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.
Judy A. Gagnon, RMR, FCRR, Board Member,
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.
Michelle L. Gaines, Board Member,
is the Director of Student Support and Academic Enrichment for the Florida Department of Education. The Arkansas native has been an educator for 28 years, and comes from a long line of academics. In 2014, Michelle began championing the human trafficking awareness initiative at the DOE by facilitating human trafficking webinars, internal and external events and provides technical assistance to communities, districts and schools. Ms. Gaines was honored as the recipient of the prestigious SHAPE Florida Health Educator of the Year Award in 2015 for her work in bringing human trafficking awareness to schools and for striving to lift the stigma of youth mental health. Ms. Gaines is a mentor and an avid community volunteer. She has been active in three mission trips abroad. Michelle’s purpose is to make a difference in the lives of all people, and strongly believes in the words of Gandhi, “be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
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.
Pamela C. Marsh, JD, Board Member,
is the former United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. While in that position, she founded the Big Bend Coalition Against Human Trafficking (BBCAHT) and led the way for the area’s first coordinated approach to human trafficking. She is the past President of the Board of STAC and a shareholder at Ausley McMullen, a local law firm.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kelly Otte, MPA, Special 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.