Collaborative Leadership

Executive Board Chair Joey Compton, SCCAHT.chair@gmail.com

Joey has been a Registered Nurse since 2009, and has been working as an Emergency Department nurse for the majority of her nursing career. In 2015, the PATH Program was started at Cleveland Clinic Akron General to meet the gaps in forensic services in Summit County. Joey was part of the originally group of nurses hired and sent to attend SANE training. Since her initial SANE training, Joey has completed over 250 hours of training in special topics related to care for specialized populations. She has attended two IAFN conferences. In the Spring of 2020, she tested to receive SANE Certification (results pending). As a forensic nurse for PATH, she provides direct forensic medical assessment and connects patients with resources available for vulnerable populations within Summit County. Joey has a passion for educating others and started organizing outreach tables and events for the PATH Program to allow education to the community about PATH services, sexual assault, intimate violence, and human trafficking. She worked to develop presentations for EMS and other first responders about trauma-informed care and human trafficking. She has completed over 51 hours of educational presentations to professionals and general public community members since 2018.

She is a member of the Unit Based Council/Shared Governance for PATH and the Chair of the Executive Board for the Summit County Collaborative Against Human Trafficking (SCCAHT). As the chair, she has worked to increase resources for survivors and community awareness in Summit County. She has worked to update educational materials, presentations, and establish a dedicated human trafficking law enforcement response line within the county. She is also a member of the Direct Services Committee, and Engaging Educators and Engaging Survivors subcommittees for SCCAHT. Joey recently started a new position at Summit County Public Health where she is a Public Health Coordinator for the Adult and Senior Services Program. This new role will focus on meeting the needs of an aging population within Summit County. Her role will include developing educational materials, grant-based services based on evidence-based research, and providing education about Alzheimer’s and related dementia to professionals and community members.

Executive Board Secretary – Andrea Lisowski, SCCAHT.secretary@gmail.com

Andrea Lisowski is a graduate from Case Western Reserve University with a Master of Science in Social Administration. She is a Licensed Independent Social Worker and Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor. Andrea has worked with survivors of human trafficking since 2014. She currently works in the Summit County Juvenile Court System with minor survivors of human trafficking.

Executive Board Treasurer – Leanne Biltz, leanneb@scmcbws.org

Leanne graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelors degree in Sociology in 2011. From there, she worked at Oriana House, and soon realized her a passion for women’s rights, and helping to end violence against women. Leanne began to work for the Rape Crisis Center on the University of Akron’s campus soon after her time with Oriana House. There, she found a love for speaking to students about rape culture and consent. Following her time on campus, she moved into the role of Education and Outreach Manager for the Battered Women’s Shelter, where her focus shifted from sexual violence to intimate partner violence. Today, she serves as the Education and Outreach Manager for Hope & Healing Survivor Resource Center, which is the Rape Crisis Center and Battered Women’s Shelter of Summit and Medina Counties – her dream job! She states: “Nothing is better than loving your job.” At home, Leanne has two beautiful rescue dogs, Oakley and Emma, and they mean the world to her. She loves going on walks and exploring new cities with them!

Direct Services Committee Chair – Kelli Cary, kcary@rahab-ministries.org

Kelli has her graduate degree in Social Work from Case Western Reserve University and has her LISW-S. She is currently the Vice President of Programming at RAHAB Ministries, where she oversees all areas of programming including Outreach, Community-Based Services, and Safe Housing for survivors of sex trafficking and those vulnerable to being trafficked. She has experience providing trauma therapy to survivors of sexual violence, collaborating with multi-disciplinary teams, and developing programs that serve survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and sex trafficking. Kelli is the Direct Services Chair for the Summit County Collaborative Against Human Trafficking in which RAHAB is an active member. Her desire is to continue strengthening our community’s continuum of care, making it easier for survivors to access trauma-informed services on their path to healing.

Legislative Chair – Samantha Salamon, salamon@asiaohio.org

Samantha Salamon, Esq., serves as the Manager of the Ahimsa department at Asian Services in Action, Inc. In 2017, Ms. Salamon began representing human trafficking survivors as ASIA’s Staff Attorney and was promoted to the Ahimsa Manager in 2018. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in social work, and a law degree from Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, where she founded the Muslim Law Students’ Association. She has a passion for assisting vulnerable populations and believes that personal growth occurs most when working and helping others. After living and working abroad as an attorney in Dubai, Samantha understands the struggles an individual faces when dealing with unfamiliar cultural experiences and aspires to help people to her best ability obtain and protect their rights, from a legal perspective.

Education & Outreach Committee Co-Chair – Megan Vermillion, meganv@scmcbws.org

Megan is a two time graduate from The University of Akron with a Bachelors in Social Work and a Master’s in Higher Education Administration. Megan works for Hope & Healing Survivor Resource Center (Battered Women’s Shelter and Rape Crisis Center of Summit and Medina Counties) as an Education and Outreach Advocate. Megan’s job entails recruiting and training volunteers/interns and educating the community on sexual violence and intimate partner violence. Megan has a passion to inspire others to take a proactive stand against human trafficking, sexual violence and intimate partner violence!

Education & Outreach Committee Co-Chair – Mary Kate Waggoner, marykatewaggoner@gmail.com

Mary Kate is graduate of the University of Akron, with a bachelor’s degree in social work. She is a licensed social worker, with experience working with survivors of human trafficking, abuse, and trauma. She completed her undergraduate internship in the Education & Outreach department of Hope & Healing Survivor Resource Center, which allowed her to develop skills in community outreach and leadership. She currently works as a crisis intervention specialist at the Battered Women’s Shelter as she completes her Master’s degree in social work at the University of Akron.