Christin Foster 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.
Mindy Conney, Secretary,
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.
Menia Chester, Board Member,
Menia L. Chester has an undergraduate degree in Education and a minor in music from Florida A&M University, a Master of Science degree in Education with a specialization in Curriculum, Instruction and Technology and is working on completing a Doctorate in Education with a Minor in Adult Education from Nova Southeastern University. She has received numerous awards in her field and is recognized nationally as an innovative leader in the areas of cooking education, food deserts, farmers markets, nutrition education, lifestyle and living education, and leadership development. She wholeheartedly believes that everyone should “know their food.” She also believes that youth and adults should understand what farm-to-table means. She works with farmers in the area to learn more about what they do and to give them ideas that will help their businesses flourish. In an effort to assist with chronic disease prevention, she works with youth and adults in her community to help make the farm-to-table connection.
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.
Ina Hawkins, Board Member,
Ina has worked for the 2nd Judicial Circuit on and off for the last nine years. She was hired by the longest presiding Chief Judge Charles Francis three times. The last hire was just two years ago as his judicial assistant, all while earning and receiving her master’s degree in Homeland Security from Keiser University. Her thesis topic was “Forced Labor Trafficking: Its Social and Economic Effects on the United States.” She has traveled the world and has lived in Naples, Italy, and Osan, South Korea. She is a native of Tallahassee, Florida and a graduate of Lincoln High School, as well as, Florida A&M University. Born in Marianna, Florida, she has been a lifelong member of the oldest A.M.E. church in Florida, Bethlehem A.M.E. Church, serving in various leadership capacities. She has also worked with several different law enforcement agencies, both local and statewide. Recently, she was rehired with the Leon County Court System, as a case manager for the Felony Adult Drug Court and its participants. Her current vision is to bring community awareness to forced labor and human trafficking to rural areas by reaching out to youth in Jackson County to start. Her hopes are to bring youth development programs and before/after school programs to the area as alternatives to outside influences.
Susan Levin Turner, Board Member
Susan is the founder and co-owner of Food Glorious Food, an acclaimed Tallahassee restaurant in operation for more than 35 years. She is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and experienced fundraiser and volunteer.
A native of Jasper, Florida, Susan graduated from the University of Florida with a B.A.E. degree in 1969. She taught for the Head Start Program in Jacksonville, Florida, and taught elementary school for five years. Susan served as the Food Editor of Tallahassee Magazine and managed her own catering business before opening Food Glorious Food in 1982. The restaurant has won many “Best of Tallahassee” awards, was named Best Outdoor Café in Florida, and won several Florida Trend Golden Spoon Awards, including Best Taste of the South. Susan’s recipes have been featured in Tallahassee Magazine, The New York Times, and Gourmet magazine.
Her civic leadership has included president of the Tallahassee Junior Museum Guild, president of the National Council of Jewish Women, a member of the Junior League of Tallahassee, and board member of the Telephone Counseling and Referral Service, Refuge House, Big Bend Hospice Foundation, Producer’s Guild – Florida State University Film School, and Women for FSU. Susan was chairman of Big Bend Hospice’s largest annual fundraiser, Spring Fling, for 10 years and was the first recipient of the Humanitarian Award from the Holocaust Educational Resource Council.
In addition to the STAC Board, Susan serves as vice president of Reunion, Community Revitalization Project and Baking and Southern Hospitality School, on the Advisory Board for the Center for the Study and Promotion of Communities, Family, and Children at FSU, and on the board of the Tallahassee Symphony.
Susan and her husband, Stephen Turner, a Tallahassee attorney, have been married since 1971. Their children are Shawn and wife Sally, Serrin and wife Sharon, and Marisa and husband Jason Harkavy. They have three grandchildren: Oscar Turner and Reese and Oliver Harkavy.
Vania Aguilar, MS, Board Member,
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.
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.
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.
Renee C. Starrett, Administrative Support
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.