Collaborative Leadership

Executive Board Secretary – Amanda Smith,

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.  

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!

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.

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.

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!

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.