Administration

Dr. Jeanne Allert

Dr. Jeanne Allert

Executive Director

Chelsea Longo

Chelsea Longo

Executive Assistant

Clint Elliott, Esq.

Clint Elliott, Esq.

Legal Counsel

Dr. Carol Wolfe-Ralph

Dr. Carol Wolfe-Ralph

Finance Manager

Shelter Academy

Kim Checkeye

Kim Checkeye

Director of Shelter Mentorship

Jennifer Fox

Jennifer Fox

Assistant Director of Shelter Mentorship

Jasmyne Crow

Jasmyne Crow

Shelter Mentorship Program Manager

Hailey Clark

Hailey Clark

Shelter Mentorship Program Associate

Ben Byler

Ben Byler

CMS Training and Technical Support Specialist

 Communications & Development

Linda Thomas

Linda Thomas

Communications Director

Amy Woeller

Amy Woeller

Communications Manager

John DeMichael

John DeMichael

Creative Director

Amanda Fillebrown

Amanda Fillebrown

Communications/Development Associate

Ann Taylor

Ann Taylor

Communications Assistant

John McKenna

John McKenna

Strategic Giving Director

Community Education

Linda Blackiston

Linda Blackiston

Special Projects Director

Jeanne L. Allert, PhD

Jeanne L. Allert, PhD

Founder and Executive Director

In 2007 Jeanne was convicted to leave the trappings of a lucrative career as an Internet consultant to establish one of the first long-term restorative care programs in the Mid-Atlantic for victims of domestic sex trafficking.  She immersed herself in learning—mostly from survivors themselves—and created TSW-ISC’s unique Care Model.  Over the years TSW expanded its service and took on several national research projects.  In 2018-2019 she led the organization through a major shift to create the Institute of Shelter Care, which leverages the expertise of TSW-ISC and industry peers across the country to train and mentor new shelter programs in the areas of greatest need.

Publications:

Allert, J. (2021, June 21). Justice Professionals’ Lens on Familial Trafficking Cases. Criminal Justice Review. doi.org/10.1177/07340168211024719 

Allert, J. (2017). SHELTERED – National Practices Survey Report. The Samaritan Women. 

Allert, J. (2016). Funding Landscape for Residential Service Provider Agencies for Victims of Domestic Sex Trafficking.  The Samaritan Women.

United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia. (2015). Residential Service Provider’s Guide to Working with Law Enforcement Referrals of Human Trafficking Victims.  

Education: Doctorate of Philosophy in Counseling and Psychological Studies, Masters of Church Ministry; Masters of Education, Bachelor of Arts

Life verse: Luke 12:48 –“To whom much is given, much more is expected.”

Linda Blackiston

Linda Blackiston

Special Projects Director

Passionate about changing lives through education, Linda Blackiston specializes in raising awareness about various forms of abuse and neglect.  For nearly a decade, Linda served on the Board of Directors and as a volunteer for The Samaritan Women. Because of her direct involvement with survivors, Linda was invited to contribute to curriculum development on human trafficking for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service.  In her previous professional capacity, she served as Mid-Atlantic Manager of Professional Education for Philips North America, developing and delivering training for dental professionals.

Linda holds a Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry

Life verse: Psalm 46:10 –Be still and know that I am God”

Ben Byler

Ben Byler

CMS Training and Technical Support Specialist

Ben loves to strategize, create, and serve with businesses and nonprofits. After encountering the weight of trauma but the hope of grace from an early age, Ben desires to sustainably, lovingly, and patiently care for those impacted by traumatic experiences. Whether he’s writing, designing, communicating, or managing projects, he dedicates his work to this cause.

Ben holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Bucknell University.

Life verse: 2 Corinthians 12:9: – But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

Kim Checkeye

Kim Checkeye

Director of Shelter Mentorship

After working 12 years in the legal field and volunteering her time to various women’s advocacy organizations, Kim’s passion for empowering women who were struggling became the backbone of her career change into the nonprofit world.

For 14 years, Kim served as Executive Director of a nonprofit organization recognized in providing restorative care for sexually exploited women. Kim has assisted law enforcement on sting operations by providing services and support to recovered victims. Kim has firsthand experience on the devastating effect trauma has on survivors and the individualized care needed to provide a safe environment for the healing process.

Life verse:  John 8:32 –“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Hailey Clark

Hailey Clark

Shelter Mentorship Program Associate

Hailey has always looked for opportunities to serve as the hands and feet of Jesus. She first interacted with The Samaritan Women – Institute for Shelter Care in 2018 when Jeanne spoke at the Global Missions Health Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. She was simultaneously impacted and stirred to become involved. In early 2019 after volunteering at the shelter in Baltimore, Hailey felt confident that her involvement with the organization would not end there. She is humbled and honored to join the Shelter Mentorship Team to serve to “equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ” (Eph. 4:12) in a specific, tangible way.

She has varied experience serving under non-profits as a counselor at a Wilderness Therapeutic Boarding School in Georgia, a program coordinator at CRISTA Camps in Washington, and most recently, as an Executive Assistant for the Missions Team at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville. She is confident the Lord has guided her through these seasons to land on the team with The Institute for Shelter Care, and is thrilled to support, raise awareness, and join in the ministry of serving the vulnerable and exploited.

Education: Bachelor’s in Cross-Cultural Studies from Toccoa Falls College

Life Verse: 2 Corinthians 5:20 –Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.”

Jasmyne Crow

Jasmyne Crow

Shelter Mentorship Program Manager

Jasmyne first became involved at TSW as a volunteer, driving and accompanying the residents to church. When an AmeriCorps/Volunteer Maryland opportunity arose, Jasmyne was eager to fulfill the position as Volunteer Coordinator to empower volunteers to contribute to the healing and restoration of the residents at TSW. In 2019, Jasmyne accepted the offer to become Church Impact Manager, inspiring and equipping the faithful to rise up against all forms of sexual abuse and exploitation.

Education: Bachelor’s in Elementary Education

Life verse: Matthew 6:33 –Seek first the Kingdom of God, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”

John DeMichael

John DeMichael

Creative Director

John first worked with Jeanne in the business sector in the 90’s, and has since become invaluable for his creative direction, strategy, and implementation. As an experienced communicator in all aspects of commercial marketing, he now directs his creative energies towards designing for social change. John has worked alongside TSW since their inception in 2007.

Life verse: John 15:5 –“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

Clint Elliott, Esq.

Clint Elliott, Esq.

Legal Counsel

Clint is a founding partner in Doane & Elliott, PSC, a Cornerstone Law Group established to serve, defend, and support faith-based businesses, nonprofit organizations, and individuals in the face of an ever-shifting legal landscape and new cultural challenges. As a formative foundation for this law practice, Clint has served as an affiliate attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom since 2001, representing clients in cases involving the First Amendment, Title VII, and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, as well as helping clients navigate new state and local laws that impact religious liberties and ministry effectiveness. In addition to his law degree, Clint also obtained a master’s degree and a graduate certificate in urban ministry from seminary, an experience that shapes his law practice in protecting ministries so that they may flourish as a blessing to the communities they serve.

Amanda Fillebrown

Amanda Fillebrown

Communications/Development Associate

Amanda is an advocate for social justice and is committed to working for equity for all people in our community and world. She has over 10 years of experience in the nonprofit sector as a volunteer, board member and staff member.  She is excited for the opportunity to use her skills to manage and cultivate TSW donors.

Education: B.A. Psychology, M.S.L. Christian Education

Life Verse: Micah 6:8 – “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you?  To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”  

Jennifer Fox, MSW, MBA

Jennifer Fox, MSW, MBA

Assistant Director of Shelter Mentorship

Jennifer has a passion for fighting for social justice and a dedication for improving intervention services for people who have experienced sexual exploitation and /or sex trafficking.  

Prior to joining TSW, Jennifer worked under Minnesota’s Safe Harbor Law providing case management to sexually exploited youth.  In this role, she also worked to create community partnerships for task force and protocol development, and served in a training and technical assistance role to increase quality programming for people experiencing sexual exploitation.  After working with Safe Harbor, Jennifer served as a consultant to help shelters, outreach groups, and other nonprofits increase their capacity by writing curriculum, creating effectiveness-based program designs and evaluations, as well as helping to implement their client management systems.

She is also a member of Faith in Action, a collaborative in Palm Beach County Florida.  Faith in Action is working to build affordable housing options for people who are completing their shelter/transitional housing programs and are ready to integrate back into the community.

Education: Master of Social Work, Master of Business Administration, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology

Life Verse: Jeremiah 29:11 –For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Chelsea Longo

Chelsea Longo

Executive Assistant

Chelsea has a passion to serve and help others. In recognizing this, she found her true calling in administrative support roles. With experience in retail, finance, hospitality and event planning as well as the non-profit sector, she brings a diverse skillset to The Samaritan Women – Institute for Shelter Care.

Education: B.A. in Theatre, University of Florida

Life Verse: Psalm 23:4 –“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” 

John McKenna

John McKenna

Strategic Giving Director

As a lifelong Catholic, John attributes his spiritual development to the Sisters of Providence at St. Clement Elementary School, the Xaverian Brothers at Mount Saint Joseph High School and the Jesuits at Loyola University in Baltimore.

John is a small business owner in Baltimore. After many years of chasing his sons around athletic fields, he felt a void in his life as his sons got older and stumbled across the work of The Samaritan Women – Institute for Shelter Care. He feels blessed to have been a part of this great ministry almost since its inception. He has served as a volunteer, a board member and is now part of the development team.

John is a member of the Alumni Board at Mount Saint Joseph High School and co-chairs their annual golf tournament. He enjoys travel, playing guitar and enjoying life on the Eastern Shore of Maryland at his home in Cambridge.

Life verse: John 14:6. – “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Ann Taylor

Ann Taylor

Communications Assistant

Ann comes to TSW-ISC with over 30 years of varied experiences in the healthcare and education fields.  Having served with TSW through multiple mission trips starting in 2015 she felt called to volunteer on a regular basis.  She is humbled and honored to be able to serve  at TSW to make their mission known both locally and nationally.

Life verse:  Micah 6:8  – He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.  And what does the Lord require of you?  To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

 

Linda Thomas

Linda Thomas

Communications Director

After spending 30 years as an advertising and marketing professional, Linda had a life-changing experience while serving with a mission team from Southeast Christian to The Samaritan Women – Institute for Shelter Care.  Linda felt called by God to use her communication skills in a volunteer capacity for TSW-ISC. Since 2016, Linda’s passion for TSW has continued to grow, and in September of 2018 she joined the staff as Communications Manager. Linda’s primary role is to help grow TSW’s exposure on a national level and be the primary media contact for outside communication.

Education: BA in Advertising with a minor in business administration

Life verse: Hebrews 12:1 –“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”

Amy Woeller

Amy Woeller

Communications Manager

Amy comes to TSW-ISC with more than 25 years of experience in public relations, including the education, nonprofit and business sectors. She hopes to catalyze her passion for TSW to find creative and effective ways to raise awareness about trafficking, the need for shelter care and the important work of TSW-ISC. 

Education: B.S., Retail and Marketing, Miami University; Oxford, Ohio 

Life verse: Psalms 62:5-6  –“My soul, wait in silence for God only, for my hope is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I shall not be shaken”

Carol Wolfe-Ralph, Ph.D.

Carol Wolfe-Ralph, Ph.D.

Finance Manager

Carol Wolfe-Ralph manages the financial integrity and accountability of TSW-ISC. She has worked in academia, as a church musician, privately as a teacher, and has held leadership positions in many 501(c)(3) organizations.

Education: B.A., M.A. in Music, D.M.A. in Piano Performance, M.S. in Financial Management and Accounting. Carol is licensed as an IRS Enrolled Agent and as a CPA in the State of Maryland.

Guiding quote: “Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.” – Albert Schweitzer