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.”

Ministry Operations

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.”

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.”

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.”

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

Rachel Shade

Rachel Shade

Manager of Donor Relations

While attending an anti-human trafficking conference with women from her church, Rachel became captivated by one survivor’s story. Her passion for serving women and strong value for philanthropy brought her to The Samaritan Women in 2017 to focus on stewarding donor relationships and fostering a philanthropic environment. Prior to The Samaritan Women, Rachel worked in volunteerism and community engagement at the Y in Central Maryland and served as the Director of Philanthropy in her sorority at the University of Maryland. 

Education: B.S. in Community Health with a minor in Global Poverty

Life Verse: Proverbs 3:5-6 –“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight.” 

Dorcas Schindehette

Dorcas Schindehette

Development Assistant

Dorcas has a passion to help and empower others. She first became involved at TSW through volunteering. She obtained her master’s degree in 2008 in Criminal Justice with the intent of working in the field of Human Trafficking, however, life and God happened which led her life through a different path where she moved to Maryland and started working with low-income families at another non-profit. She loved helping those families, but knew that God was calling her for more. When the opportunity came to work for TSW, she knew it was all in God’s plan.

Life verses: 1 Peter 5:7 – “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you” 
1 John 4:19 – “We love, because He first loved us” 

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.

Robert Ransom

Robert Ransom

Operations Manager

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.

Institute – Shelter Planting

Julie Kaye Haltom

Julie Kaye Haltom

Survivor Services Director

Julie comes from a work history in Behavioral Health with a focus on a Recovery Oriented System of Care for a focus population of those with co-occurring disorders in which she continuously sought new innovative ways to break down barriers for those needing addictions treatment. From work with homicidal & suicidal youth, to addictions recovery coaching & prisoner reintegration; Julie advocates for marginalized populations. With a certification in addictions treatment, education in counseling, and lifespan of ministry work ranging from leading youth conferences, speaking events, and women’s groups; Julie is continuously drawn to helping women find their voice and heal from trauma wounds. Her mission is to ensure that TSW is offering the highest level of spiritually-grounded and trauma-informed care to survivors across our proprietary Continuum of Care model and through the activities of a well-equipped team of staff and volunteers, and to teach others how to do this work with compassion and credibility.

Life verses: Romans 15:13 –“May the God of hope fill you with joy and peace as you keep your purpose firm and put your trust in Him”
John 3:30 –“He must become greater, we must become less”

Calvin Fanning

Calvin Fanning

Director of Shelter Mentoring

Calvin serves The Samaritan Women as our Director of Shelter Mentoring, overseeing our training and mentoring initiative that seeks to equip and establish credible shelter programs across the country. His background in Christian ministry ranges from university student ministries to church-planting initiatives in North Africa. Calvin’s passion is to encourage the Church to seek a deeper understanding of God’s heart for the enslaved, and to inspire the Christian community to a greater level of conviction and service.

Education: BA in Anthropology with minors in Psychology and Arabic Language

Life Verse: Psalms I39: 9-12 – If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, 10 even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me. 11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,” 12 even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.”

Roslyn Lindner

Roslyn Lindner

Graduate Program Manager

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.”

Church and Community Impact

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

Guiding Quote: “Do for one what you wish you could do for many.”
~Anonymous

Karen Loewenberg

Karen Loewenberg

Research Associate

Born and raised in a tight-knit family in Baltimore, Karen has been focused on community service and giving back from the beginning. After obtaining her Bachelors degree in Elementary Education from Loyola University, she stepped back to raise a family and focus on the welfare of her and other less fortunate kids as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for Baltimore County. Karen also provides support to our national research initiatives.

Education: Bachelors in Elementary Education

Favorite verse: St. Francis of Assisi: “For it is in giving that we receive.

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.” 

VITAL VOLUNTEERS

Mary Hines

Mary Hines

Development 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.” 

Gerard Hergenroeder

Gerard Hergenroeder

Institute Advisor

Gerard Hergenroeder is a recently retired Global Payments Executive from IBM. He has served IBM as a global payments solutions leader, and as a senior banking consultant. He is a known subject matter expert in banking and payments with many years of hands-on industry, sales and consulting experience. He managed lines of business for twenty years as a former banking executive and launched major payment services at both Visa and MasterCard. He has worked extensively in North America and globally with an emphasis in Europe, China and Brazil. He has extensive industry experience in transforming businesses, and growing emerging ones with lots of innovative technology experience. He is graduate of The Johns Hopkins University and Towson Unversity with degrees in Operations Research (M.S.), Economics and Mathematics.

He is a Baltimore native and has been married to Lourdes Hergenroeder for 45 years and helped raise 3 very successful children with 7 grand children.

Life Verse: Matthew 19:26With God all things are possible.

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.” 

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.

Meghan Ross

Meghan Ross

Health Impact Liaison

Meghan heard Jeanne Allert speak at a church event in 2011 and that day her heart was broken for the issue of human trafficking. In 2014, the Lord brought her back to TSW and she now serves as the Health Impact Liaison. This role gives Meghan the opportunity to engage the community in anti-trafficking efforts, and share the mission and heart of TSW with supporters across the country.

Life Verse: Proverbs 3:5-6Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.