Jeanne L. Allert, M.Ed.m MACM

Jeanne L. Allert, M.Ed.m MACM

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, serving as faculty in the Institute, and working to build up a national infrastructure of residential service providers.

Education: Masters of Church Ministry; Masters of Education, Bachelor of Arts

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

Institute Staff

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.

Steve Allert

Steve Allert

Director of Operations and Financial Strategist

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

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: “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

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 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

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.”

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 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”

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.”

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: 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

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.

Patty Lee

Patty Lee

Intake Coordinator, Faculty

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. She also serves as Faculty in the Institute’s Shelter Mentoring Program.

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.

Favorite Psalm 116:I love the Lord, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications. Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live.”

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: “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 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.

VITAL VOLUNTEERS

Ms. Dolly Dyer

Ms. Dolly Dyer

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.