Erin Meyer, Coalition Manager
Advisory Board Members
Erin Meyer, Coalition Manager
Ms. Meyer began her work with the Anti-Human Trafficking Program at The Salvation Army in Cincinnati at its inception in May of 2012. Ms. Meyer has also served as the Coalition Manager of End Slavery Cincinnati (ESC) since November of 2011. She is responsible for providing case management to trafficking victims in the area; the development and maintenance of service provider, law enforcement, and member contacts with the coalition; the coordination of public education programs sponsored or implemented by the coalition; and the management and development of Anti-Human Trafficking Program and ESC projects and volunteers.
Prior to joining ESC and The Salvation Army, Erin was employed with Polaris Project and the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline. As a Program Specialist and Shift Supervisor, she fielded and responded to hotline calls from community members, victims of trafficking, service providers, law enforcement, and other actors working in the anti-trafficking field. In these positions, Ms. Meyer has conducted training and presentations for service providers, government officials, community members, and international audiences.
Ms. Meyer also spent 3 years teaching ESL in the Czech Republic and Ecuador. While living in Ecuador, Ms. Meyer worked with the Casa de Maria Amor domestic violence shelter to coordinate a volunteer childcare program and administer relationship violence awareness workshops for area high school students. Before moving abroad, she served victims of sexual assault as a Victim Advocate with the Sexual Assault Center of Prince George’s County, Maryland. Ms. Meyer is fluent in Spanish and has a BS in Psychology and Masters of Public Policy, with a concentration in Social Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Mary Richie, Partnership Against the Trafficking of Humans
Mary began working with Women’s Crisis Center and Kentucky Rescue & Restore in 2008. She provides outreach and services to victims of trafficking, screenings, and case development (including raids or investigative assistance). She also develops and provides trainings for social services, legal advocates, and local/federal/international law enforcement.
Since 2005 Mary has been working, and gaining experience in development, cultures, languages, poverty, abuse, and slavery. Fluent in Spanish Mary has served in in seven Latin American and Caribbean countries. In 2006 she partnered with Invisible Children to raise awareness in Kentucky about child soldiers and sex slavery in Northern Uganda. In 2011 Mary visited India to compare methods of victim services from rescue to reintegration and authored the 2011 Northern Kentucky Human Trafficking Area Assessment.
Mary founded P.A.T.H.—Partnership Against the Trafficking of Humans in August of 2008 to address research and service needs from a local to global scale seeking to help people find pathways to freedom. Much of PATH’s initial work has been in establishing services and strengthening the Northern and North-Eastern Kentucky Taskforces (PATH-NKY & PATH-Ashland). PATH Pillars include: Partnership, Education & Research, Holistic Services, Global Accountability, and Sustainability.
Theresa Singleton, YWCA of Greater Cincinnati
Theresa Singleton is a long time advocate of women’s issues and is actively committed to ensuring their rights and protection in Greater Cincinnati and beyond. Ms. Singleton earned a BA in Liberal Studies from Wilmington College, and has worked for the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati for twenty-one years. She holds the position of Director, Protection from Abuse.
As the PFA Director, Ms. Singleton supervises and is responsible for the YWCA’s state- of- the- art Battered Women’s Shelter, House of Peace, Eastern Area Court & Sexual Assault Programs, Transitional Living Housing Programs, Alliance for Immigrant Women, The Strategic Humane Intervention Project and Domestic Violence Impacts the Workplace. She is passionate about dispelling misconceptions that surround victims of intimate partner violence and works to educate a broad range of professionals about the serious and sometimes fatal consequences of intimate partner violence.
Ms. Singleton is also actively involved with community groups that work toward the reduction and elimination of domestic violence. These groups include the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council of Hamilton County, Ohio Domestic Violence Network, End Slavery Cincinnati, State of Ohio Barbara Warner Domestic Violence Workplace Committee, Family Violence Prevention Project, and past board member of the Greater Cincinnati Coalition on Homelessness.
Theresa Singleton believes that public awareness and education is the key to reducing domestic violence. To that end, she has developed, coordinated, and / or presented over 400 educational presentations, workshops, and events to a wide range of community groups, social service agencies, colleges, and corporations. In addition, she has participated in countless broadcast and print news stories to increase community awareness about intimate partner violence.
Sister Therese DelGenio, Sisters of Notre Dame
Thérèse DelGenio is a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur and is currently acting as the national canonical director of novices for her community. She is also on an inter-community committee working against human trafficking and is a volunteer at Our Daily Bread, a day shelter for people who are homeless.
Her degree is in English, and she has been a certified addictions counselor on the local, state, and national levels. She has lectured extensively and written many articles on addiction. In addition, she is a certified spiritual director.
In the past, Sister Thérèse has taught elementary school children, often in a creative – non-graded learning model. She served as a board member and then as director of Harbor House, a Catholic Worker House for homeless men in Hammond, Indiana. For twelve years, she was pastoral associate at an Illinois church where she trained parishioners to care for the needs of the materially poor and to act as interventionists for individuals and families with addiction problems. As Director of Field Education at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, she taught and arranged ministry sites for theology students. For seventeen years, she was the founder and executive director of Southwest Chicago PADS, a shelter and resource center for men, women, and children on the streets.
Mary Carol Melton, Cincinnati Union Bethel
Mary Carol Melton is Executive Vice President for Cincinnati Union Bethel, a 182-year-old non-profit social service agency in Cincinnati, Ohio. Mary Carol has worked for over 30 years in non-profits serving the needs of women and children in the areas of substance use, mental health, and the criminal justice system. Currently, Mary Carol is the Project Director for the innovative multi-system community collaborative, Off the Streets SM which provides services for prostituted women. She also works with the Hamilton County Mental Health Court and served as a consultant to the Hamilton County Juvenile Court’s Mental Health Diversion Court for youth. Mary Carol was a member of Leadership Cincinnati Class 32 is a member of WCPO-TV’s Community Advisory Board.
Prior to joining Cincinnati Union Bethel, Mary Carol was the Assistant Director of Central Clinic, a community mental health agency, and was the Project Director for the Alternative Interventions for Women program which serves as an outpatient treatment alternative to incarceration for women with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.
Mary Carol’s leadership and commitment to ‘bringing people together for a common cause’ has resulted in the formation of numerous community collaborations and partnerships. While serving as the Executive Director for the Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse for Greater New Orleans, she was recognized for her leadership in this area with the FBI Community Leadership Award for the Louisiana Field Region.
While her professional career has been in the non-profit sector, Mary Carol is also an ardent volunteer. She currently serves on the national advisory board for the National Association for Children of Alcoholics, is past president/board member of the Alcoholism Council for Greater Cincinnati, and is a past board member and CASA for ProKids.
Luke Blocher, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Luke is the Director of National Strategic Initiatives at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. He leads the Freedom Center’s national programming and partnerships, with a particular emphasis on positioning the Freedom Center as a leader in the fight to end modern slavery. Most recently, Luke executive produced the documentary film Journey to Freedom, which tells the stories of two men – a 21st Century Cambodian and a 19th Century American – who were each sold into slavery over 150 years apart, and of the individuals in both eras that fight to free men and women who are held against their will and forced to work for others. This film was funded in part by the Trafficking in Persons Office in the U.S. State Department and Google, and was shown in several U.S. Embassies in the Fall of 2012 during commemorations of the 150th anniversary of the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. Luke also serves on the Ohio Human Trafficking Commission and sits on the Advisory Board of End Slavery Cincinnati. Originally from Cincinnati, Luke returned home in 2011 after practicing law at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Washington, DC, and serving with Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray. He attended Amherst College and Columbia Law School.
Michelle Hannan, The Salvation Army – Central Ohio
Michelle Hannan, MSW, LISW-S is the Director of Professional and Community Services for The Salvation Army Central Ohio. Ms. Hannan is responsible for The Army’s workforce development, basic needs, and anti-human trafficking services in Central Ohio.
In 2007, The Salvation Army was invited to serve as the Coalition Manager for the Central Ohio Rescue and Restore Coalition, a network of over 60 organizations working together to combat human trafficking. In this capacity, Ms. Hannan coordinates the Coalition’s efforts in the areas of emergency response and social services for trafficked persons, public awareness, social services, legislation and law enforcement. Ms. Hannan has lectured extensively on human trafficking. She is a member of The Salvation Army’s National Anti-Trafficking Council and the Ohio Attorney General Human Trafficking Study Commission, serving as Chair of the Victims Services and Safe Locations Committee.
Jessica Donohue-Dioh, Founder
Pamela Matson, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Don Sherman, Su Casa Hispanic Center
Adolfo Olivas, Legal Aid Society of Southwestern Ohio
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