Our Team

Board Members


Christin Gonzalez, President,
is an attorney at Novey Law and the immediate past president of Tallahassee Women Lawyers. She has a Master’s Degree in International Social Development, with a focus on women’s rights and anti-human trafficking initiatives.

Sabrina Rodriguez de Conte, Treasurer,
is the Community Engagement Manager of PACE Center for Girls Leon and has over nine years of nonprofit experience managing and overseeing programs. Sabrina is an active member of the Big Bend Coalition Against Human Trafficking and works to build awareness of the realities of human trafficking in and around the local community and to facilitate healing for survivors of human trafficking.

Vania Llovera, MS, Secretary,
oversees the case management for victims of crimes at the FSU Center for the Advancement of Human Rights and assists clients with the preparation and filing of U-visa, VAWA and T-visa applications. She has worked for the Center since 2001 and since 2005 teaches in Adult & Community Education, regularly incorporating human trafficking education into her lesson plans.

Mindy Conney, Board Member,
is a Senior Intelligence Analyst in the Bureau of Criminal Investigations and Intelligence for the Florida Highway Patrol, currently serving as the human trafficking point of contact for the agency. She began her law enforcement career in 2007 as a dispatcher for the Sebastian Police Department, eventually moving into an analyst position in their Investigations Unit. Mindy is a certified Law Enforcement Analyst through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and is a graduate of the Department of Homeland Security’s Intelligence and Analysis Academy. In addition, she serves as the Chair of the Education/Community Outreach Subcommittee for the Big Bend Coalition Against Human Trafficking. She travels the state providing human trafficking awareness training to both law enforcement and civilian employees. With the two years that Mindy spent living in India, combined with her law enforcement training and experience, she provides a unique perspective on combatting human trafficking.

David W. Grimes, Board Member,
presently serves as the Deputy Staff Director for the Florida House of Representatives, Minority Office, advising the Democratic caucus in the areas of finance, taxation, elections, and justice. He previously served for three years as an Assistant Attorney General specializing in civil rights and constitutional law defense with the Florida Office of the Attorney General. David served as the President of the Florida Government Bar Association for two terms. He is admitted as a member of the three United States District Courts in Florida and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. David received his bachelor’s degree and J.D. from the Florida State University, graduating law school cum laude. David is passionate about youth legal education and proudly coaches the Lawton Chiles High School Mock Trial Team.

Anne Phipps, Board Member,
is a social activist, community organizer, and philanthropist. She has served on the boards of numerous non-profits and social services organizations. Her work to date is foundational to helping build the community awareness and support for assisting victims of human trafficking in our area.

Dr. Maria Pouncey, Board Member,
is the Administrator of Instructional Services for the Panhandle Area Educational Consortium (PAEC) serving 14 small and rural school districts. The last 28 years have been focused on improving access and opportunities to Migrant farm worker families and their children in 17 Panhandle Districts. She understands the dilemmas of families trying to survive and the importance of pursuing an education as a means to a productive and meaningful future. Although born in the state of Texas she has called Florida her home for the past 36 years. Dr. Pouncey is a recipient of district, state, national, and international awards for her work with farmworker students and families including the State of Florida “Champion of Service Award”. A firm believer in being involved in her community and supporting programs that “give a hand up rather than a hand out”, she strongly supports organizations such as the Oasis Center for Women and Girls, Catholic Charities, Girl Scouts, and programs providing enhanced quality of life.

Monica Smart-Gainous, Board Member,
is an In Home Family Consultant at Boys Town North Florida where her goal is to assist families with enhancing family stability. She holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice from St. Leo University in Tallahassee, Florida. Monica has received several awards for volunteering with many organizations. The most memorable is a near extreme makeover of Shanks Middle School in Quincy, Florida in 2009. As a result, the organization saved the county’s school board approximately $100,000. Monica’s goal in life is to leave a legacy of building her community through giving. Monica is a lifelong resident of Gadsden County, Florida and volunteers frequently in her community as a means to give back to the village that gave so much to her. She currently resides in Quincy.

Gwen Williams, PhD, MSW, Board Member,
is a victim advocate who offers support during times of crisis and trauma. She serves as an educator for law enforcement, social service agencies, faith communities, and to students in higher education; and as an author writes on topics of domestic violence, victimology, and faith.

Staff


Robin Hassler Thompson, JD, MA, Executive Director,
is an attorney and consultant whose work focuses on human trafficking and violence against women. She provides consultation, education and outreach to key professionals in the justice system, social services, and health care as well as to other community leaders and policy makers locally, nationally, and internationally.

Graciela Marquina, MSW, Victim Assistance Director,
has been assisting victims of human trafficking since 2011. She is a skilled researcher and interviewer, has expertise working in non-profit agencies, and provides training and education on human trafficking to communities around the state and the globe including both NGO’s and governmental agencies.

Special Advisors


Terry Coonan, JD, Special Advisor,
is the Executive Director of the FSU Center for the Advancement of Human Rights. He has done leading work nationally on human trafficking, designing and delivering trainings for numerous national and state agencies.

Judy A. Gagnon, RMR, FCRR, Special Advisor and Community Faith Liaison,
is an Official Court Reporter for the United States District Court, Northern Division of Florida and has been appointed by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts as a board member on the Court Reporting Advisory Group. She also serves as an assistant youth minister at Good Shepherd Catholic Church for LifeTeen.

Kelly Otte, MPA, Special Non-Profit Advisor,
is the Executive Director of PACE Center for Girls in Leon County. She has more than 25 years working in domestic and sexual violence programs in Carson City, NV; Norfolk, VA; Jacksonville, FL and Tallahassee. She is the Founder of The Oasis Center for Women & Girls and the inaugural Executive Director for United Partners for Human Services.

Keith Wilmer, Law Enforcement Advisor,
is the Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) for the Tallahassee Regional Operations Center of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. ASAC Wilmer is a veteran law enforcement officer with over 30 years of experience. He oversees all investigations within the Tallahassee Region and is the co-chair of the Big Bend Coalition Against Human Trafficking Law Enforcement Committee.

 


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