Judy A. Gagnon, RMR, FCRR, President
Judy 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.
Susan Levin Turner, President-elect
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 the 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.
Debby Kearney, Secretary
Debby recently retired after practicing law with the State of Florida for more than 30 years, which included serving as the General Counsel of the 1997-98 Constitution Revision Commission and General Counsel for the Department of State, the State Court’s System (Supreme Court), the House of Representatives, the Department of Education, and the Department of Community Affairs…
Most recently, she served as the Ethics and Compliance Officer for Citizens Property Insurance Corporation. An A-V rated lawyer, Debby is a 1981 graduate of the Florida State University College of Law and was the 2001 recipient of the Florida Bar’s Claude Pepper Outstanding Government Lawyer Award and the FSU Law School’s 2019 Exemplary Public Service Career award. Her volunteer work includes leadership positions in the Florida Bar’s Administrative Law Section, the FSU Law School Alumni Association, and the Tallahassee Film Festival.
Melissa Wright, Treasurer
Melissa is a Vice President and Private Banker with Capital City Bank Group, and has nearly 22 years of experience in the financial services industry. As a Private Banker with CCBG, she not only is a dedicated personal banker to her clients; she also provides comprehensive financial planning…
Melissa strives to educate and guide individuals, families and small businesses by taking a holistic view of their finances. She is a graduate of the College of Business at Florida State University and in 2010 graduated from the College of Financial Planning with the Accredited Wealth Management Advisor (AWMA® ). Melissa is a Leadership Tallahassee Class 29 Graduate, and a committed community volunteer. She is an expert on the importance of the financial sector being informed about human trafficking, and led an internal effort to train associates of Capital City Bank on how to recognize and respond to potential human trafficking in the banking world. She has 2 beautiful daughters, 10 and 14, and a step-son who is 24.
Lorie Asifor-Tuoyo, Board Member
Lorie Asifor-Tuoyo has 25 years of women’s health care experience. She earned a BSN in Nursing from Florida State University in 1994. She worked as an obstetrical nurse and later earned her MSN from the University of Florida in 1998 to become a Certified Nurse-Midwife/Nurse Practitioner…
She has delivered over 1200 babies and cared for women from diverse backgrounds. She has always been an advocate for women’s health, particularly in the African American community which has a high rate of maternal-infant morbidity and mortality and chronic diseases. She is also an advocate for women’s social justice issues such as violence against women, chemical dependency, poverty, homelessness, and human sex trafficking. Although she is no longer in clinical practice, she still strives to give voice to the voiceless. She is currently pursuing her PhD in psychology and is interested in trauma-related events and the relationship to psychological and social dysfunction.
Cicely Brantley, Board Member
Dr. Cicely Brantley is a dynamic educator, psychotherapist, and speaker. Cicely is currently an Associate Professor at TCC, where she teaches psychology in the Social Sciences Division and advises the Black Student Union…
She is also a social justice advocate who offers trainings in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, in addition to being a licensed psychotherapist specializing in culturally-informed counseling/therapy and psychoeducation for women, couples, families, and members of marginalized groups.
As a graduate of both FAMU and FSU, Cicely has been living, working and serving in Tallahassee for more than 25 years. In addition to being a member of the STAC Board, Cicely also serves on the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls and is a charter member of the Greater Tallahassee section of the National Council of Negro Women. Her commitment to the community is evident in how she engages with others to empower the people – especially women, girls and other historically disadvantaged groups.
Pastor Douglas McArthur Harris, Board Member
Pastor Harris is a visionary pastor, leader, social activist, and teacher engrossed in preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ and committed to economic justice and empowerment in underserved communities. He has been in ministry for over 20 years and serves as the senior pastor of Midway Unity Fellowship Church in Midway, Florida…
He graduated from Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where he received his bachelor’s degree in biology. After his enrollment in Jacksonville Theological Seminary, he achieved his master’s degree and is now pursuing his doctorate in theology. Retired as regional specialist with the Florida Education Association for 25 years, he was president of the Gadsden Education Foundation in Quincy, Florida, where he would oversee and guide decision-making efforts to award educational assistance grants to teachers. He is the founder of Revive to Rebuild Ministries, serves on the Gadsden Pregnancy Center Board, the Executive Committee Gadsden County Baptist Association, and the Nomination Committee Florida Baptist.
Rebeccah Lutz, Board Member
Rebeccah Lutz is an expert storyteller and communicator who focuses on nonprofit storytelling and fundraising. She is a development officer for the Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Foundation, where she manages donor communications…
She is also a small business owner. Through Rebeccah Lutz Content Strategy, LLC, she helps businesses and nonprofits grow their audiences and accomplish their strategic goals through the power of their authentic story. Prior to 2015, Rebeccah was a journalist for 15 years with Gannett and the USATODAY Network. She worked as a reporter and editor for newspapers in West Virginia, Ohio, Texas, North Carolina and Florida. Her reporting included coverage of the December 2004 tsunami from Meulaboh, Indonesia, and coverage of the civil war between Sudan and South Sudan in 2005. She is the former managing editor of the Tallahassee Democrat, where she led news operations and digital/social strategy. In addition to storytelling, Rebeccah is passionate about singing. She is a classically trained singer and performs as a member of the Tallahassee Community Chorus. Rebeccah and her husband, Matthew, have one son, Richie, who is the light of their lives.
Dr. Maria Pouncey, Board Member
Maria 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.
Shoshana Silver, Board Member
Shoshana Silver is an attorney and policy analyst in the House Democratic Office (HDO) of the Florida House of Representatives. In this role, she advises lawmakers on issues in connection with proposed legislation that addresses various subject matters that impact commerce, government integrity, and elections in Florida…
Prior to joining HDO in October 2019, Shoshana gained experience in administrative, contract, and public records law by holding associate general counsel positions in Florida’s Department of Elder Affairs, Department of Business and Professional Regulation, and Department of Health. She became interested in immigrants’ rights and human trafficking during her time at FSU College of Law, and practiced immigration law in Los Angeles for almost three years before returning to Tallahassee in June 2014. Shoshana has attended and volunteered at various STAC events since that time, and is honored to serve on the board of such an amazing organization.
Khia Thomas, Board Member
A native of St. Petersburg, Fl, and a graduate of Florida A&M University, School of Journalism and Graphic Communications…
She is an avid blogger of “The Professional Project.” Khia is currently the Public Relations Manager for Fasig Brooks Law Office.
Amber R. Tynan, Board Member
Amber R. Tynan is the Executive Director for United Partners for Human Services and has over 18 years of non-profit management experience. She has spent most of her career consulting with non-profits ranging in asset sizes of one million to five-hundred million – finding ways to improve their operational efficiency, while creating alternative solutions to meet the needs of their target demographic and local communities…
Amber has been recognized for her demonstrated commitment and performance in our nonprofit community as the Fundraiser of the Year by the Big Bend chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, “Leader of the Year” by the Leadership Academy of North Florida, Tallahassee Democrat’s 25 Women You Need to Know, Golden A.C.E. Recipient, the Tallahassee Magazine’s Women Who Mean Business Rock Star Award Recipient, Girl Scout Council of the Panhandle’s Women of Distinction Nominee and a member of Leadership Tallahassee Class 35.
A philanthropist at heart, Amber enjoys volunteering within the community and serves on multiple boards sharing her personal philosophy of “together we’re better.” Amber is a graduate of Florida State University with a B.A. in English and Communication. Amber and her husband Ray welcomed their daughter Finnley-Ann Harper in 2016 and when she is not at the office, you can usually find Amber SCUBA diving or on their boat in the Gulf of Mexico.
Alicia C. Smith, Board Member
Ms. Smith was the founding partner of Alicia Smith and Associates (ASA), a DC based health care consulting firm specializing in the design, negotiation, and operationalization of statewide Medicaid waivers. In 2011, her firm was acquired by Mercer Health and Benefits and became the Washington office for Mercer’s government practice. She retired from Mercer in December 2013…
Prior to establishing ASA, Ms. Smith was a founding partner at EPP health care consulting and, prior to that, served as the Director for the Human Resources Group at the National Governor’s Association (NGA) for a decade. During her time at the NGA, Ms. Smith represented the nation’s Governors before various Administrations and the Congress on issues related to health care, education, workforce development and welfare programs. Towards the end of her career at NGA, Ms. Smith developed significant expertise in the financing and policy of Medicaid; on behalf of the states, she wrote the law on Disproportionate Share Hospital and Provider Taxes, the only piece of free-standing Medicaid legislation in the program’s history.
Prior to her tenure with the NGA, Ms. Smith served in a variety of positions with the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services, including Medicaid Director, General Counsel and Assistant Secretary for Program Planning and Development.
Ms. Smith is a lawyer by training and received her J.D. from The Florida State University. She did her undergraduate and graduate work in English Literature.
Ms. Smith is now living in Tallahassee, Florida. While living in New Mexico, she chaired the Board of Futures for Children, an organization devoted to increasing school success and graduation for Native American children. She also served on the Board of Healing Voices/Personal Stories, a group dedicated to making documentary films about women who have survived domestic abuse. Ms. Smith was also Vice President of the Board of Creativity for Peace, a NGO serving young Israeli and Palestinian woman determined to make peace within and across their communities.
Since returning to Tallahassee, Ms. Smith has become a Guardian Ad Litem volunteer and has worked with two children who became successfully adopted. She also services on the Board of Temple Israel where she chairs the Security Committee and on the Board of The Village Square where she co-chairs the God Squad.
Robin Hassler Thompson, JD, MA, Executive Director
Robin Hassler Thompson, M.A., J.D., is the Executive Director of the Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center (STAC), non-profit agency she co-founded in 2015 to assist survivors of human trafficking. She also is an active member of and co-chairs the Big Bend Coalition Against Human Trafficking…
In 2001, she traveled to Bangladesh as a part of a U.S. State Department mission that included a site visit to a trafficking rescue shelter in Dhaka. This trip inspired her work to take action to end human trafficking. From 2002 to the present, she has directed numerous local and statewide anti-trafficking projects, lectured extensively on the topics of violence against women and human trafficking and contributed to many national and international publications and curricula.
In addition to her anti-trafficking work, Robin’s areas of expertise include domestic and sexual violence law and policy. She has served on and held leadership positions on local, state, and national boards and commissions.
Robin served as the Executive Director for Florida’s first Task Force on Domestic and Sexual Violence and on the National Advisory Council on Violence Against Women. She holds both law and master’s degrees from Florida State University and a B.A. from American University in Washington, D.C. where she graduated summa cum laude.
Graciela Marquina, MSW, Community Services Advocate
Graciela 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
Renee is from Tallahassee, Florida, and came to work with STAC after retiring from the State of Florida with over 35 years of experience in public policy, specifically in the area of domestic violence…
In addition to STAC, Renee devotes much of her time taking care of her 93-year-old mother, and supporting her church and a number of charitable causes and organizations. She is very passionate and dedicated to the important work of STAC.
Michael Winn, Digital Marketing Consultant
Michael Winn serves in a dual role as Chief Digital Officer of DigitalOpps and Executive Vice President at RB Oppenheim Associates…
He is responsible for analyzing and maximizing all digital media public relations campaigns, corporate marketing objectives and web-based organizational branding initiatives for our clients such as the National Association of Dental Laboratories, National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors – Florida, Florida Redevelopment Association, Florida Dental Association, American Planning Association – Florida, Florida School Board Association, Florida Energy Pipeline Association, Florida Municipal Energy Association, Florida League of Cities and non-profit organizations like the United Way and the American Cancer Society. Michael has 21 years of experience in staff management, public relations, business development and integrated digital marketing.
Kerryn Lewis, Social Media & Email Marketing Consultant
Kerryn Lewis is an Account Executive at RB Oppenheim Associates, providing communication services for educational institutions, non-profit organizations, public health initiatives, a discount grocery enterprise, real estate developments, professional and trade associations and various web and digital clients.
Her responsibilities include strategy development, branding, media relations, public affairs, crisis management, web content development and management, social media management and digital marketing.
Jamie Rosseland, Human Trafficking Subject Matter Expert
Jamie Rosseland is a consultant in the field of anti-trafficking work with expertise in the program development and implementation for victims and survivors of sexual exploitation, trauma-competent and survivor-centered digital marketing and outreach strategies, and most recently, working on policy guides and research projects.
Jamie Rosseland is a consultant in the field of anti-trafficking work with expertise in the program development and implementation for victims and survivors of sexual exploitation, trauma-competent and survivor-centered digital marketing and outreach strategies, and most recently, working on policy guides and research projects. She has been active in local government and statewide level policy advocacy. Through sharing her lived experiences and unique perspective, Jamie is committed to change the cultural view of the sex trade, addressing systems that drive demand, and confronting gender inequality.
Jamie has experience providing mentorship, court advocacy, and care coordination to youth impacted by sexual exploitation as part of the Open Doors Outreach Network with the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center. She has presented at countless community events, statewide summits, and national conferences. Currently, Jamie serves on the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice’s State Advisory Group. She is a Social Science Scholar at Florida State University, where she is working on earning her undergraduate degree in interdisciplinary social science.
In 2018, Jamie won the Survivor Advocate of the Year award presented by the Florida Attorney General for her outstanding work with exploited youth. In 2021, the United Nations published the Delta 8.7 Justice Policy Guide, which Jamie contributed to as a working group member. Additionally, Jamie recently guest appeared on the New York Times podcast, The Argument, addressing the intersection of anti-trafficking work and pro-sex work technologies.