Jeanne L. Allert, M.Ed.

Jeanne L. Allert, M.Ed.

Founder and Executive Director

From technology director, international public speaker, and Internet consultant, Jeanne was convicted to leave the trappings of a lucrative career and create The Samaritan Women.  She acquired the property and mobilized thousands of community volunteers to learn about the issue of modern day slavery and put their hands to this work. Jeanne is chief architect behind TSW’s Care Model and directs our national research projects. Jeanne divides her current efforts between direct service to our survivors and working to build up a national infrastructure of residential service providers.

Education: Masters of Church Ministry (2019); Masters of Education, Bachelor of Arts

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

MINISTRY SUPPORT TEAM

Steve Allert

Steve Allert

Operations Director

Steve brings decades of logistics and management experience to TSW to ensure that our multiple properties are secure, functional, and maintained. As we say around here, “there’s nothing Mr. Steve can’t fix.” His role also includes overseeing our security, property and vehicle fleet. Steve is also a pro cycling mechanic and avid international cyclist.

Education: Masters in International Business from the University of Texas-Dallas, Bachelors in Engineering

Pastor Anthony Forman

Pastor Anthony Forman

Spiritual Care Director

Pastor Anthony is married to Scheherazade Forman, and together they pastor at West Baltimore United Methodist Church. They 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.
Carol Wolfe Ralph

Carol Wolfe Ralph

Bookkeeper

Carol Wolfe-Ralph has worked in academia, as a church musician, privately as a teacher, and has held leadership positions in many 501(c)(3) organizations. She is happy to be at TSW assisting with finances.

Education: B.A., M.A. in Music, D.M.A. in Piano Performance, M.A. in Financial Accounting. Carol also hold an IRS Enrolled Agent license and anticipates receiving her CPA license in October 2015.

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

Development Associate

While attending a human trafficking conference with other 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. While studying at the University of Maryland, Rachel served as the Director of Philanthropy in her sorority. Most recently, she worked in volunteerism and community engagement at the Y in Central Maryland. Rachel’s current role at TSW will focus on the development of relationships with generous donors and assisting the Executive Director.

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

Life Verse: “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.” Proverbs 3:5-6

Hope Koumentakos

Hope Koumentakos

Executive Administrator

Hope first volunteered at The Samaritan Women in 2012. In 2017 she came on board as an intern and her talents with administration, systems, and process improvements were quickly identified. As Executive Administrator, Hope supports the leadership team and manages various business processes so we can work be good stewards of our human, system, and fiscal resources.

Education: B.A. in Political Science from Gordon College

Life verse: Ephesians 2:13-14 ESV – “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility.”

NATIONAL IMPACT

Melissa Yao

Melissa Yao

National Impact Director

Melissa transitions from our anti-trafficking team to head up National Impact, specifically to direct the launch of the National Christian Sheltered Alliance.  Prior to joining The Samaritan Women Melissa worked in the Faith-based and Community Outreach Office at the United States Agency for International Development.

Education: Bachelors in International Relations, Masters in International Development

Life Verse: Psalm 50:14-15 “Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and perform your vows to the Most High, 15 and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.”

Linda Thomas

Linda Thomas

Communications Manager

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 in support of the 2016 BBQ. Following the BBQ, 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

John DeMichael

John DeMichael

Communications Specialist

Since John first worked with Jeanne in the business sector in the 90’s, Jeanne has come to rely on his creative direction, strategy, and implementation. An experienced visual communicator in all aspects of the commercial business world, he has now directed 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.”

REGIONAL IMPACT

Calvin Fanning

Calvin Fanning

Regional Impact Director

Calvin serves The Samaritan Women as our Director of Regional Impact, overseeing our communications and anti-trafficking efforts across church, corporate, and civic organizations in the DMV region. 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: 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. Psalms I39: 9-12

Beth Halley

Beth Halley

Community Impact Liaison

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

Susan Schneider

Susan Schneider

Corporate Impact Liaison

Susan first volunteered at The Samaritan Women in 2008 at the urging of a young teen in her youth group. At that time, Jeanne Allert, the Founder of The Samaritan Women, shared her vision for TSW and the women she would one day serve. Susan was an instant fan, and as the President of a local corporation, she offered TSW her time, talent and treasures for the next 7 years.
In 2015, Susan sold her corporation to UMBC-TC which freed her to bring her experience in professional job skills training to TSW as our Vocational Programs Coordinator. With the launch of the TSW Baking Enterprise in 2017, Susan transitioned from Vocational Training to Corporate Impact Liaison. In her current role, Susan is building a network of organizations that will engage in the abolitionist movement. In 2016, Susan was certified by Truckers Against Trafficking as a trainer to the trucking industry.

Life verse: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

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 3:5-6 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.

Jasmyne Cummings

Jasmyne Cummings

Volunteer Coordinator

Jasmyne is an AmeriCorps member serving through Volunteer Maryland as our Volunteer Coordinator. She has a passion for serving others and a heart for women’s ministry. She first became involved at TSW as a volunteer driver, driving and accompanying the residents to church. When an AmeriCorps opportunity arose, Jasmyne was eager to fulfill a position that would ultimately contribute to the healing and restoration of the residents here at TSW. As volunteer coordinator, Jasmyne’s goal is to strengthen the volunteer program and empower others to join the efforts against human-trafficking.

Education: Bachelor’s in Elementary Education

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

SURVIVOR SERVICES TEAM

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 finds herself seeking to be an advocate 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 finds she is continuously drawn to helping women find their voice and heal from trauma wounds. Her goal and primary mission within this position 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.

Life verse: 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”

Patty Lee

Patty Lee

Intake Coordinator

Patty Lee has used her keen skills in listening, questioning and discernment to recommend which referrals will be right for our program. Her God-given talents and life experiences make her a significant asset, not only during the intake process, but as a Life Coach for the ladies as they encounter the inevitable ups and downs of the healing process.

Patty is currently pursuing a degree in Human Services and devotes a great deal of her time with Angels of Addiction, a street outreach ministry.

Patty’s favorite psalm is Psalm 116.

Karen Loewenberg

Karen Loewenberg

Graduate Program Manager

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.

Education: Bachelors in Elementary Education

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

Keiona Gorham

Keiona Gorham

Overnight Supervisor

Keiona is a 10 year Baltimore City resident by way of Kingston, New York. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Nyack College and her Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management with a Women’s Ministry concentration from Grace College and Theological Seminary. She has served as teacher, facilitator, and mentor in various women’s and children’s ministries for at least 10 years.

Life Verse: Isaiah 61:1-4

Danielle Lohan

Danielle Lohan

Overnight Supervisor

Danielle has worn many hats at The Samaritan Women over the past seven years, including intern, researcher, public speaker, volunteer supervisor, and community activist.  She currently serves as a coverage supervisor at the residence. During the week, Danielle works in healthcare strategy and marketing for LifeBridge Health System.  Education: B.A. in Public Health, M.S.P.H in Health Policy and Management.

Guiding Quote: He did not say ‘You shall not be tempest-tossed, you shall not be work-weary, you shall not be discomforted’. But he did say, ‘You shall not be overcome.’ God wants us to heed these words so that we shall always be strong in trust, both is sorrow and in joy. ~Julian of Norwich

Lisa Harrison

Lisa Harrison

Overnight Residence Supervisor

Born and raised in Baltimore, MD. Lisa has a work history of 15 years in behavioral and mental health, with a focal point on trauma and its effects. Lisa has also been an advocate for people with developmental disabilities as well. She brings to TSW her strong passion for uplifting and helping others through various stages of life after trauma.

Life verse Psalm 5:3
“In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.”

SPECIALIZED SERVICES TEAM

Allison Deitz

Allison Deitz

Research and Evaluation Specialist

Allison oversees our client database administration and directs research to improve and prove the efficacy of the TSW Care Model.

Education: Bachelor’s in Psychology minors in English and African-American Studies, Winthrop University (Summa Cum Laude); Master’s in Evidence-Based Social Intervention, University of Oxford; (in progress) Master’s of Social Work, Clinical Behavioral Health specialization. She plans to pursue a doctorate in biopsychology.

Life Verse: Proverbs 31:8-9 “Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.”

Roslyn Lindner

Roslyn Lindner

Vocational Program Manager

Roslyn comes to the Samaritan Women after several years working in the field of immigration. She started as a Volunteer Maryland Coordinator and later served as volunteer coordinator, outreach coordinator, and career development program manager. 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 serves as a residential supervisor.

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.”

VITAL VOLUNTEERS

Our Residence Volunteers are the BEST!

Our Residence Volunteers are the BEST!

TSW’s Residence Volunteers were given the Maryland Governor’s 2015 volunteer service award for their exemplary service to survivors of human trafficking. We know how abundantly they give of their time, heart, and resources to benefit our ladies and were so pleased the Maryland has taken notice too! CONGRATULATIONS!
Ms. Dolly

Ms. Dolly

Development Advisor

Dolly Dyer brings more than 30 years of experience as a development professional, helping charitable organizations and individuals reach their philanthropic goals. She has been a Certified Fundraising Executive who believes that building personal relationships of trust, sincerity and honesty will result in thoughtful decisions in charitable giving.
Ms. Gail

Ms. Gail

Gail was born in Baltimore and trained as a Registered Nurse. After many years as a Pediatric Nurse at John Hopkins and GBMC she transfered to school nursing, becoming a trainer and supervisor of school nurses, still devoting herself to helping children. Upon retirement she looked into several charitable volunteer positions and it was when she had the pleasure of hearing Jeanne Allert speak at her synagogue’s luncheon that she realized that The Samaritan Women would be the perfect fit. Gail now enjoys working with the women in the home.
Ms. Karla

Ms. Karla

Coverage Volunteer

Karla Nemec is a native of Des Moines, Iowa and a 1990 graduate from the University of Missouri Columbia. She received a Navy commission through the ROTC program and managed joint military and civilian personnel, technology/information acquisition, and various training programs as a leader within Navy, joint, and US Government agencies. Karla rose to the rank of Captain (Navy O-6) before retiring in 2015. Since her Navy retirement, she has pursued her human rights passion with organizations focused on ending human trafficking, worked as a Senior Consultant on an Army contract, and leads the women’s ministry at Bethany Community Church in Laurel. Karla and husband Russ are new empty-nesters – proud parents of collegiate twins – and reside in Columbia, Maryland.
Ms. Laurene

Ms. Laurene

Coverage Volunteer

Ms Laurene is a former elementary school principal. She’s been volunteering at TSW for almost two years and brings a unique passion for encouraging our women to express themselves. She teaches Public Speaking, Communication Skills, and Debate–and the ladies love it!
Ms. Lois

Ms. Lois

Coverage Volunteer

When Ms. Lois heard Jeanne speak on human trafficking, she felt a tug on her heart. She started hanging out with the ladies, first with a group of women doing a Bible study with the ladies and now once a week having dinner with them and loving them. She is a special ed paraeducator with Montgomery County Schools and sponsors a human trafficking awareness club at the school where she works.
Ms. Roo

Ms. Roo

Coverage Volunteer

Ilse is on the “indefinite volunteer plan” at TSW. She came to us seeking an intern placement as she pursues her degree in Counseling from Washington Adventist University, but she’s managed to stay on for multiple semesters. The ladies love her calm demeanor, and delight in her talents as a professional photographer.