President and CEO Trafficking in America Task Force
Jerome Elam is a survivor of child sex trafficking, child abuse, and child pornography. He is also the child of an alcoholic and a child survivor of domestic violence as well as a child of divorce. Raised in the south, Jerome enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at the age of seventeen to escape the nightmare he had become trapped in. That day, Jerome’s life found a new beginning as he embarked upon a journey that would show him the world and open his eyes to the strength of the human spirit. After his enlistment was finished, Jerome attended college and graduated to work in the Biotechnology sector. Motivated by the painful memory of his past, Jerome began to speak out about his abuse and found the healing force of God’s unconditional love and the joy of starting his own family. He is a fierce advocate for all children deprived of their voices, a speaker, a Staff Writer and Columnist for Communities Digital News and a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. When asked to describe his life Jerome says,” I have struggled against many things in my life and somehow I found a way to survive. Writing is my passion and it keeps me in touch with the wealth everyone holds deep inside their hearts and minds. I share my experiences in the hope that those suffering in silence will find the courage to speak out and share their voices. I have been blessed to have God reveal his purpose for me in saving innocent children from predators.
Vice-President Trafficking in America Task Force
Director of Research Programs
Samantha Kinkaid is a consultant, writer, and graduate researcher. Her 20 years of professional experience have bridged government, private, and nonprofit organizations. Samantha is also a trauma-sensitive certified yoga therapist and meditation teacher trainer. Founder of Yoga Everyone and ReVision Youth, she has been professionally focused on serving populations with therapeutic needs, including individuals experiencing anxiety, chronic pain, and trauma-related conditions. She has been dedicated to working with youth populations for over a decade and has developed successful programs for children and teens with autism, sensory, social and emotional challenges, in high-risk environments, as well as children in general education settings. Trainings, retreats, and workshops for families and educators have also been a source of inspiration infusing her passion to support and engage youth. In 2015, Samantha returned to graduate school to pursue a PhD in Depth Psychology with specialization in Community Psychology, Liberation Psychology and Eco-Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Here she is investigating the profound impact of child trafficking worldwide, including effective prevention initiatives, healing programs, and transformational models of education. On a personal note, she lives with her family in Southern California where they enjoy hiking, swimming, and playing in the park with their dog, Angel. For more information, please visit samanthakinkaid.com or revisionyouth.org
Mary Ellen Mann
Throughout my career I have focused on the issues surrounding sexual trauma recovery, families and children. My experience includes working with gangs in California, providing therapy to severely emotionally disturbed children, clinical research, foster care supervisor, drug prevention program development, residential treatment for at risk youth, and school social work.
In 1998, I also began to build my private practice to continue with my dream of working with people on an outpatient basis. As president of Mann Counseling Group, P.C., I feel very fortunate to have been able to continue this outpatient work today as my full time focus. I am a trained facilitator for the internationally recognized and scientifically proven childhood sexual abuse prevention model, “Stewards of Children” created by Darkness 2 Light. I speak nationally to varied audiences and bring a combination of humor, mental health/clinical expertise and my personal recovery process to every event. I believe that emotionally and physically scarred people can be tomorrow’s best leaders. “Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” – Kahlil Gibran
Director of Technology and Innovation to Fight Human Trafficking
A former professional ballet dancer and engineer, Keri Kukral has a deep appreciation for the intersection of art and science. She trained and danced with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Ruth Page Foundation, and has worked with world renowned choreographers including Peter Anastos and Larry Long. Keri graduated from Purdue University with a bio/electrical engineering degree after receiving the Freshman Engineering Alumni and Advanced Micro Devices Design awards. She helped develop medical devices including the “The Navigator,” one of the first approved to monitor blood glucose real-time continuously with wireless data transfer, and the “Apollo” neuro-catheter to treat brain AVMs. Keri is committed to education through science media and won an entrepreneurial pitch competition to create the online science channel Raw Science TV.
Rachel Tenpenny Crawford After the deaths of her twin daughters Aubrey and Ellie Rachel Crawford was suffering from a broken heart. It was a visit from her sister Crystal Tenpenny that set in motion the events that would come to change Rachel’s life in a way she never expected. “My sister could see how I was suffering and the way that my heart was so terribly broken over the loss of Aubrey and Ellie. She was suffering also because her heart was broken as well over the loss of the twins and because of her love for me as a sister,” Rachel says. It was then that Crystal said, “I wish I could put something in your tea that would make you feel better.” Rachel said, “That was when the light bulb went off in my mind and I said I’m going to find a tea that has the ability to help me heal emotionally or I am going to make one that does!” Rachel had always loved tea. She says, “I consider myself a tea enthusiast and I have been blessed to travel the world and experience the cultures of many countries and how tea is such an important part of their lives. Rachel and her sister Crystal Tenpenny created Teamotions Tea Company.
Rachel Crawford is filled with a boundless compassion that is evident in everything she does. “If I can help those people who are struggling to find the way to feel better and find healing in their lives I would love to do so. I will pack my car with tea and go where I am needed and speak to five or five hundred about how Teamotions has helped so many others and me heal from their pain. I would love to reach out to survivors of domestic violence, child abuse and any trauma that causes them great pain and help in any way I can,” Rachel says.
My heart is for people.To help them, serve them, and guide them to live a full, heart-centered life.
I am an entrepreneur and the co-founder and CEO of Teamotions and Heal by Choice.I am responsible for the development, management, and strategy of the brands, business, and products/services. I also take the reigns of the company’s operations, finances, culture, values, marketing, and event planning.
My interest in business started young watching my entrepreneurial father build a successful company. As a young adult I was able to work closely with start-ups, spending time at Petunia Pickle Bottom, Westside Balance Wellness and Treesje Handbags during their beginning and formidable years in business, where I not only got hands-on business experience but was also able incorporate my love of natural health and people.
I also allowed time for education, graduating from Chapman University with a BS in Business and Marketing in 2007 and am currently working on my Holistic Health Practitioner certification.
After College, I took my passion and empathy for people, love of natural health, and intuitive business skills and together with my sister created Teamotions, a company that helps others live with purpose and passion after pain and helps them find healing and emotional well-being through the ritual of tea and the remarkable healing power of adaptogen herbs.
Five years later my sister and I founded yet another company, Heal by Choice, which helps hurting people find healing using our Heart Stewardship Program.
Having successfully developed and launched Teamotions in 2011, I remains responsible for the creation and implementation of our direct sales model. I am also responsible for leading the creation and marketing of Heal by Choice Retreat – a cruise retreat devoted to healing your heart after loss.
I currently live in Ojai, CA and can often be found in Washington D.C. with my sister.
LOUIS ROMANO is Bronx born and raised. He is the author of two book series: the Gino Ranno series and the Detective Vic Gonnella series. YOU THINK I’M DEAD is the second book in the Detective Vic Gonnella series. It follows INTERCESSION, which was published in spring 2014.
Romano, who now lives in New Jersey, holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a minor in fine arts, and is an accomplished businessman and entrepreneur who has had much success in the energy business. His love for writing has always tugged at his soul. He began writing urban poetry at the age of 18, and published these poetry writings in a compilation of his work from 1968-2012 in two books: Anxiety’s Nest (2011) and Anxiety’s Cure (2013). His Gino Ranno book series includes FISH FARM (2010) and BESA (2012). BESA has won five awards for best screenplay, and will be followed up in spring 2016 with a third book in the series which focuses on Ranno’s dealings with the Russian mafia.
Lisa M. Ruth
Lisa M. Ruth started her career at the CIA, where she won several distinguished awards for her service and analysis. After leaving the government, she joined a private intelligence firm in South Florida as President, where she oversaw all research, analysis and reporting. Lisa joined Communities Digital News as a journalist in 2009 and writes extensively on intelligence, world affairs, and breaking news. She also provides Communities Digital News with investigative reporting and news analysis. Lisa continues to write both for her own columns and as a guest writer on a wide variety of subjects, and is now Executive Editor for Communities Digital News. She is also a regular contributor to Newsmax and other publications.
Rose Morrisroe, MAT
Rose is the founder of Soldiers Against Child Abuse, a 501C3 national non-profit organization whose focus is to make a positive impact on the lives of all children and parents. Along with the publication of No Secrets Between Us, she has written body safety & child abuse awareness curriculum currently being considered by schools across the country and Members of Congress. Please email Rose to discuss implementation of No Secrets Between Us Body Safety Curriculum in your school district. It’s Self Defense for the Mind! A strong woman, child advocate, educator and author, Rose Morrisroe, was today named New Yorker Of The Week. She deserves this honor because, in the words of NY1 News, “she encourages children to become their own advocates.” Recently featured on NY1 News, film crews captured Morrisroe, educating students against child sexual abuse at P.S. 18 Edward Bush. When Rose isn’t writing or teaching, she is a motivational speaker who has been interviewed for newspapers and on television at many key events for child safety. She holds a Masters in Education and is an educator in an inner city school district. Rose has dedicated her life to her calling…raising awareness, body safety education, and prevention in order to protect the most innocent citizens…our children. Morrisroe says, “Our greatest weapon in the battle against child abuse is knowledge.”
Lindsy Anton graduated from Belmont University in Nashville, TN with a dual degree in political science and psychology. She is currently working to attain her Masters in Counseling at Vanderbilt University. She spent four years traveling between Nashville and Houston, conducting research on sex trafficking and working with anti-slavery organizations. Her research focuses primarily on offenders, including traffickers and “johns”.
Lindsy is currently conducting interviews with johns from all corners of the nation and exploring their motivations and gathering narratives. This research has expanded into a graduate dissertation project that will eventually be peer reviewed and published. She has worked with both the Nashville and Houston Juvenile detention centers, where she worked with youth diagnosed with aggressive behavior disorders as she studied the links between environment, teen delinquency, gang involvement, and juvenile entry into the sex trade. Her current research interests include psychotherapy solutions for men who are self-diagnosed “sex addicts” and other contributors to the demand side of human trafficking. She is excited to see “demand” becoming a major focal point of organizations working to eradicate human slavery and hopes to contribute relevant and effective research and programming ideas to assist groups wishing to work on this element of the economic equation of human trafficking.
Cleo Tellier is a 21 year old actress and is best known from her French-Canadian series regular roles on Virgine & 30 Vies. She has also appeared on La Galore, Max and Shred, Being Human, Wingin’ it, Subito Texto, Lost Girl, The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe, Trauma, Make It Pop, How to be Indie, The Stanley Dynamic, Degrassi, Une grenade avec ça? Beverly Hills Canine Country Club etc. Cleo has dubbed French versions of The Karate Kid, The Hunger Games, Piranha 3D, The Spy Next Door, Life of Pi, Bedtime Stories, Harry Potter, Reservation Road and over 50 other films. She has also had roles in several feature films including: Gerry, Catimini, Blood Red Christmas and She Wants Me. Cleo has also appeared in commercials for brands like Tim Hortons, McDonald, Much Music, Hotmail, Red Bull, Dove, Nutella, Pepsi, Loblaws, Ford, Nature’s Path, Apple, Adidas, Kit Kat, Colgate etc. She studied in Film Production at York University and now continue to work in front and behind the camera. At 19 years old, Cleo Tellier directed her first film about child abuse and human trafficking, The Silence, which won over 25 awards across the world and over 20 nominations. At 20 years old, Cleo directed her second film, Mishka, about children’s sexual abuse. She now works actively with several organizations and charity to fight child abuse and human trafficking.