Collaborative Leadership

Executive Board Chair Andrea Lisowksi,

Andrea 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 as a therapist specializing in EMDR, trauma therapy and expressive arts techniques (including dance and yoga interventions).  She has experiencing providing trauma therapy to survivors of sexual violence, human trafficking and other types of abuse.  Andrea has additional experience working with survivors of human trafficking through multidisciplinary teams, program development and the court systems.  Andrea currently serves as the Executive Board Chair for the Summit County Collaborative Against Human Trafficking.

Executive Board Secretary – Joey Compton,

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 original 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. 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 serves at Summit County Public Health where she is a Public Health Coordinator for the Adult and Senior Services Program. This role focuses on meeting the needs of an aging population within Summit County, and 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 Treasurer – Leanne Biltz,

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 works 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,

Kelli is 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, leading multi-disciplinary teams, and developing programs that serve survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and trafficking. Kelli is the Direct Services Chair for the Summit County Collaborative Against Human Trafficking and Co-Chair of the Victim Service Committee for the Ohio Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Commission. Her desire is to strengthen the continuum of care for survivors in Ohio, making it easier for survivors to access trauma-informed services on their path to healing. Kelli holds her graduate degree in Social Work from Case Western Reserve University and has her LISW-S.

Legislative Chair – Samantha Salamon,

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,

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,

Mary Kate is a two-time graduate of the University of Akron, with a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Social Work. She is passionate about working with survivors of human trafficking, abuse, and trauma. She completed her undergraduate and graduate internships with Hope & Healing Survivor Resource Center, which allowed her to develop skills in community outreach and leadership. She currently works as the Coordinator for the Summit County Human Trafficking Task Force (SCHTTF), overseeing task force sting operations and victim advocacy services through RAHAB Ministries. She also serves as the Education and Outreach Committee Co-Chair alongside Megan Vermillion for the Summit County Collaborative Against Human Trafficking.