Leadership

Jeanne Allert

Jeanne Allert

Executive Director

Rob McGinnis

Rob McGinnis

Deputy Executive Director

Development and Communications

John McKenna

John McKenna

Strategic Giving Director

Gen Haines

Gen Haines

Director of Development

Linda Thomas

Linda Thomas

Communications Director (KY)

Ann Taylor

Ann Taylor

Communications Assistant (KY)

John DeMichael

John DeMichael

Creative Director

Operations

Carol Wolf-Ralph

Carol Wolf-Ralph

Finance Manager

Pr. Tony Forman

Pr. Tony Forman

Chaplin

Robert Ransom

Robert Ransom

Custodian

Matt Mokracek

Matt Mokracek

Facilities & Security Coordinator

Zach Boyd

Zach Boyd

Operations and Volunteer Coordinator

Shelter Mentorship

Kim Checkeye

Kim Checkeye

Director of Shelter Mentorship (PA)

Savannah Becknell

Savannah Becknell

Shelter Mentorship Program Associate

Roslyn Lindner

Roslyn Lindner

Case Manager/ Research Specialist

Karen Kutzner

Karen Kutzner

Shelter Mentor & Faculty (PA)

Lacy Tolar

Lacy Tolar

Shelter Mentor & Faculty (TN)

Church and Community Impact

Linda Blackiston

Linda Blackiston

Community Impact Director

Jasmyne Cummings

Jasmyne Cummings

Church Impact Manager

Dr. Mary Hines

Dr. Mary Hines

Executive Advisor

Beth Halley

Beth Halley

Community Impact Liaison

Jeanne L. Allert, M.Ed. MACM

Jeanne L. Allert, M.Ed. MACM

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’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 and industry peers across the country to train and mentor new shelter programs in the areas of greatest need.

Education: currently pursuing a PhD in Psychology; Masters of Church Ministry; Masters of Education, Bachelor of Arts

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

Savannah Becknell

Savannah Becknell

Shelter Mentorship Program Associate

Savannah’s work has always been fueled by her twin passions – to do justice and equip others in their faith. After graduating with a Bachelor’s in Sociology from University of Maryland in 2015, she went on staff with Cru where she empowered the church to care for vulnerable communities. After four years in ministry, Savannah began to feel a pull towards more operational-centered work, which led her to TSW. After admiring TSW for many years, she is excited to support the Shelter Mentorship Program. 

Life Verse: John 15: 9-11: “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” 

Linda Blackiston

Linda Blackiston

Community Impact 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 46:10Be still and know that I am God”

Zach Boyd

Zach Boyd

Operations and Volunteer Coordinator

Zach has been leading and coordinating volunteers at his church for the last 4 years in their Kids and Students Ministries and has led volunteers overseas in Poland while developing and executing several programs. In 2019 he became much more involved at TSW in a volunteer capacity as the Advocate Coordinator and when God put the opportunity to come on staff on his heart, he took it.

Life verses:  Matthew 6:34“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Galatians 6:9 “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

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.”

Jasmyne Cummings

Jasmyne Cummings

Church Impact 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.”

Pastor Anthony Forman

Pastor Anthony Forman

Chaplain

Pastor Anthony pastors at West Baltimore United Methodist Church and Unity United Methodist Church. He and his wife Scheherazade have 7 children. Anthony was raised in Baltimore as a Catholic, got saved in a Baptist church at age 30 and now pastors in the Methodist tradition. Clearly ecumenical, he stays focused on Christ and the indwelling of the Spirit to be our strength and our guide. He has 11 years of ministry experience specifically in start-up or revitalization churches, and has ministered with Celebrate Recovery, Frederick Rescue Mission and BCRI, so he understands brokenness and Who really does the healing. Anthony’s role is to monitor and guide the spiritual health of TSW, teach in the Institute, and lead in our Church Impact initiatives.

Gen Haines

Gen Haines

Director of Development

Gen Haines is the Director of Development for The Samaritan Women.   With more than 25 years of fundraising experience, she brings a tremendous depth of development expertise as well as an abiding commitment to our Mission.  Before joining TSW in March, Gen worked in numerous non- profits from the arts, political campaigns and human services organizations.  Gen most recently served as Director of Major & Planned Gifts for Catholic Charities of Maryland.  Gen also serves on the Board of AFP Maryland Chapter as Immediate Past President. 

Gen earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Towson University. 

Guiding quote: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.  Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”   – Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.

Beth Halley

Beth Halley

Community Impact Liaison – Health Sector, Youth Sector

Beth Halley is the Community Impact Liaison. As a modern day abolitionist, Ms. Halley is on the front lines of educating communities on the greatest of social injustices…human trafficking. Ms. Halley is also a member of various county anti-human trafficking task forces, and is an active member of AGAST, the Advocacy Group Against Slavery and Trafficking. After graduating from Virginia Tech, with a degree in Agronomy and Agricultural Economics, Ms. Halley worked as an ag-researcher. A move and career change led her into the healthcare realm where she worked for a nationwide home healthcare company for 15 years, achieving the role of Vice President of Sales and Training. After leaving that position, Beth taught fifth grade in the Maryland Public School System. Besides being an advocate in the fight against human trafficking, Ms. Halley has been involved with organizations supporting equality and education on a national and international scale. In her quest for equality, education, and freedom for all, she was invited, and attended, the United Nations International Day of the Girl for two years. She has also served as a Non-government Organization (NGO) attendee at the UN’s 52nd Annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) through her affiliation with School Girls Unite and the Alice Paul Foundation.

Life verse: Romans 12:12 “Let your hope make you glad. Be patient in time of trouble, and never stop praying.” 

Mary Hines

Mary Hines

Executive Advisor

Mary Hines spent the majority of her career at the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC), serving 24 years in Catonsville as faculty in philosophy, Humanities Division Chair, and Associate Dean of Liberal Education and Learning Services and 3 years as Dean of Instruction at Dundalk.  She left CCBC to become CEO/Chancellor of Penn State’s campus in Wilkes-Barre, PA for 8 years, followed by accepting the position of President of Carlow University in Pittsburgh for another 8 years until she retired in July, 2013.

Mary has always practiced the principles of Servant Leadership, focusing on ministering to others in professional engagement rather than seeing leadership advancement as the means to perks of prestige, power, prominence, pay, and position.  She has also committed herself to mentoring others, especially women, in achieving their goals of excellence in teaching, administration, and service.

Upon retirement, Mary joined the Baltimore Regional Chapter of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps (IVC) where she chose to serve at The Samaritan Women.  Mary has served many roles at TSW, from working directly with survivors to mentoring senior staff leadership, assisting in staff development, developing strategies for fundraising, helping recruit volunteers, and anything that is needed to advance the ministry of loving service to vulnerable women.

She is a member of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps Regional Council where she serves on the Spiritual Development Committee.

Life verse: John 13:34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” 

Karen Kutzner

Karen Kutzner

Shelter Mentor & Faculty

After working in nonprofit management for 10 years for an organization that included missions, international adoption, and orphan care, Karen felt called to join Worthwhile Wear, an organization in Pennsylvania that exists to reach and restore women affected by human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation.  She worked with the founder and the leadership team as the Program Director to develop a trauma-informed residential program in Bucks County – The Well – and a community-based program – Worth It.  Karen has had a close relationship with The Samaritan Women for several years and is grateful for the opportunity to play a part in the mission of the Institute for Shelter Care: that any survivor, anywhere in the nation, would have access to qualified, compassionate care.

Life verse: Isaiah 26:3 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusts in Thee.”

Roslyn Lindner

Roslyn Lindner

Case Manager/Research Specialist

Roslyn comes to The Samaritan Women after several years working in the field of immigration.  While working with immigrants, she learned about the scope of human trafficking in Maryland, not just among the immigrant population but among the native-born population as well. When she felt called to leave the immigration field, the Lord led Roslyn to serve at The Samaritan Women. She brings program building and management skills to the baking enterprise and is excited to work alongside the women throughout every stage of the vocational program. Roslyn also supports the Institute’s national research projects.

Education: Bachelors in Chinese Language and Literature, Bachelors in
History, University of Maryland. TEFL certification, Beijing University

Life verse: 2 Timothy 1:7 – “For God gave us not a spirit of fearfulness,
but of power and love and discipline.”

Robert McGinnis

Robert McGinnis

Deputy Executive Director

After viewing the screening, “In Plain Sight – Stories of Hope and Freedom” at his church, Rob contacted TSW and began volunteering his IT skills to upgrade their infrastructure and troubleshoot problems.  Rob loved the environment and secretly prayed that one day there would be an opening for him. Unbeknownst to him, Jeanne was also getting a nudge from the Holy Spirit to explore ideas for growth.  In a leap of faith, Rob walked away from a 20 year career in Government Contracts, IT Project Management, and Cybersecurity to embrace the mission of TSW and propel the organization forward.  Rob enjoys playing with power tools, volunteering with the Boy Scouts, and is furiously in love with his two kids.

Life verses:

Romans 12:6 – “ In his grace; God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophecy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly. 

John 8:12 –“ When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

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. 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.”

Matt Mokracek

Matt Mokracek

Facilities & Security Coordinator

After serving for some time at TSW in various ways, Matt agreed to join as a permanent volunteer serving on the maintenance team and providing facility security. Matt is a career Firefighter Paramedic with the District of Columbia Fire Department. 

Life verse: John‬ ‭16:33 – I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.

 

Robert Ransom

Robert Ransom

Custodian

Robert attended St. Conleth’s College in Dublin, Ireland for 5 years before receiving an Associate in Science degree from Ferrum College in Ferrum, VA. He finished his college career with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Georgia with a major in agriculture. He spent the majority of his career as a lab technician at Beltsville Agricultural Research Center in Beltsville, MD until his retirement in 2007.

Ann Taylor

Ann Taylor

Communications Assistant

Ann comes to TSW 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 TSW.  Linda felt called by God to use her communication skills in a volunteer capacity for The Samaritan Women. 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.”

Lacy Tolar

Lacy Tolar

Shelter Mentor & Faculty

Lacy Tolar is a global conference speaker, Master Certified Trafficking In Persons (T.I.P.) Educator, Task Force Mobilizer, Shelter/Aftercare/Caregiver trainer and the Founder of Rescue 1 Global. She and her husband Daniel have six children by blood and six by love (from multiple countries). While living in Thailand as missionaries they came face to face with the injustice, abuse and exploitation of the world’s most vulnerable —women and children. Now, through Rescue 1 Global, they have created a platform to be a voice for the voiceless all around the world by mobilizing the local and global communities into action; working with law Enforcement; and creating shelter programs that foster survivors’ potential. In order to accomplish these goals R1G strategically and specifically focuses on three efforts: Prevention, Rescue, and Restoration.

Carol Wolfe-Ralph, Ph.D.

Carol Wolfe-Ralph, Ph.D.

Finance Manager

Carol Wolfe-Ralph manages the financial integrity and accountability of TSW. 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