Executive Board Chair
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
Amanda is the Advocate Supervisor of the Ahimsa department at Asian Services in Action, Inc. (“ASIA”). Amanda graduated from Kent State University with a degree in Criminal Justice and minors in Human Development/Family Studies and Non-profit Management. Amanda is passionate about advocating for domestic violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking survivors. She has a wealth of experience helping survivors, including providing on-scene crisis intervention at the Victim Assistance Program, advocacy in hospitals and schools for the Rape Crisis Center of Summit and Medina Counties, and culturally specific services to survivors to help them with their trauma at her current position in the Ahimsa department at ASIA. Amanda strives to help eliminate barriers and advocate for culturally-specific survivors. In her role as supervisor, Amanda encourages and emphasizes self-care and sees to it that the advocates practice self-care to lessen burnout and compassion fatigue. Amanda is a registered advocate through the National Organization of Victim Assistance (NOVA) and facilitates the monthly Immigrant and Refugee Ohio Coalition (IROC) to End Sexual Violence, educating and encouraging conversation around specific issues facing survivors from the immigrant and refugee communities.
Executive Board Treasurer
Ashley Kline is the Director of Services for the Rape Crisis Center of Medina and Summit Counties where she is responsible for implementing the agency’s overall strategic plans, as well as overseeing all areas of programing including 24/7 crisis intervention, trauma therapy, advocacy services, and training programs. She is a licensed professional clinical counselor with supervision designation (LPCC-S) specializing in the treatment of trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder due to experiences of intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking. She received her master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Kent State University and has completed advanced training in trauma treatment modalities, including EMDR therapy. Additionally, she is involved with numerous community collaborations and multi-disciplinary teams working towards improving systems responses for those impacted by sexual violence. Ashley is passionate about providing accessible trauma-informed services to survivors, as well as working to end relationship and sexual violence in our community.
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.
Direct Services Committee Chair
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.
Education & Outreach Committee Co-Chair
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 is the Assistant Director for the Rape Crisis Center of Medina and Summit Counties. Megan also holds leadership roles in the Summit County Sexual Assault Coalition and Summit County Collaborative Against Human Trafficking. Her desire is to strengthen community collaboration and create a strong continuum of care for survivors. 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 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 operations and victim advocacy services through RAHAB Ministries. She also serves as the Education and Outreach Committee Co-Chair alongside Megan Vermillion for SCCAHT.