Volunteer Groups & Leaders

Join a group of like-minded people who want to learn and take action to end slavery.
Volunteer groups now meet in the following locations.

Brentwood

Stacy Elliott

Stacy grew up on Army bases and lived in Atlanta, GA and Huntsville, AL before moving to Brentwood, TN ten years ago.  With a Masters in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis specializing in family therapy and nonprofit management, her commitment to helping people and positively impacting culture is serious. Recently, she has pursued a new avenue for advocacy - screenwriting.

International Justice Mission helped Stacy actively learn about the fight to stop human trafficking. But when she found a local group called End Slavery Tennessee, she knew this was exactly where God wanted her to jump in headlong … right here in her neighborhood.

Stacy is married to songwriter and professor, James Elliott and has two amazing kids - Harrison and Sophia.

Contact leader Stacy Elliott at brentwoodgroup@endslaverytn.org

Meeting Second Monday each month at 7:00pm

Location:
Brentwood Library
8109 Concord Road
Brentwood, TN 37027

Clarksville

Sherry Gatewood

Sherry is a Physician Assistant and a retired Army officer. She is excited to work with End Slavery Tennessee in performing its mission to provide healing to survivors and to use networks to spread awareness of human trafficking. She hopes to help change cultural mindsets to aid in prevention and to end human trafficking in generations to come.

Sherry has two sons and four dogs. As a family, they enjoy outdoor activities and serving the Lord by taking care of the widow, the foreigner, and the orphan.    

Contact leader Sherry Gatewood at clarksvillegroup@endslaverytn.org

Meeting First Monday of each month at 7:00pm

Location:
Living Hope Baptist Church
225 Little Hope Church Road
Clarksville, TN 37043

FRANKLIN

Cara Deese

Cara received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Coker College in South Carolina then moved to Nashville where she graduated from Belmont University with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. After graduating, Cara and husband, Conrad, relocated with his company to various areas in Georgia and Florida. Through these moves, Cara joined the Junior League where she was first introduced to human trafficking. In Tampa, her heart was drawn to serving the community as an advocate of victims of human trafficking, as she heard the heart breaking stories from victims. Since moving back to Nashville in 2014, Cara has tried to volunteer with the Junior League of Nashville in any way focused on trafficking. Now she is very fortunate to have the opportunity to co-lead the Franklin Group of End Slavery.

Cara's goal is to be an advocate for these women, men and children, who are victims of this horrific crime. She hopes to educate as many people as she can come in contact with so that the public opinion is changed to really see this crime for what it is and that it truly has to stop. By educating others, she hopes that the number of advocates in Franklin will rise and the demand lowered.

Cara is blessed with her marriage to Conrad Deese and their three little boys and puppy. She is currently a stay-at-home mom, but volunteers in multiple organizations in the Nashville area. 

Dana Hardy

Dana received a master’s in social work from Florida State University and a Ph.D. in psychology from Oklahoma State University.  After completing her doctoral internship at Duke (and receiving from there a bountiful supply of blue blood – the Duke basketball variety), she spent a year at the Community Mental Health Center in Tullahoma and two subsequent years in a group private practice in Nashville.  Following that time, she started her own private practice also in Nashville.  Since then, for the past 25 years, her primary treatment focus has been on working with trauma survivors and individuals with addictions (with more often than not the addiction being a product of the trauma or at least the method by which the individual has attempted to deal with it).  Dana sees it as a privilege to be able to witness the grit, determination and resilience of these survivors as they face the pain of their trauma and find their way through the healing process.  It is this intensely rewarding experience coupled with the realization of the gravity and pervasiveness of human trafficking that led her to ESTN.

Dana is involved in several volunteer activities in her neighborhood and her Franklin community.  She is excited to be afforded the opportunity to co-lead the Franklin group of ESTN along with Cara Deese.

Contact leaders Cara Deese or Dana Hardy at franklin@endslaverytn.org.

Meeting time: Third Sunday each month at 4:30 pm

Location: Westhaven Residence Clubhouse Townsend Hall

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Hendersonville

Shelby Dykes

Shelby grew up in Hendersonville, TN and received her Bachelors in Business Management and Human Relations from Trevecca Nazarene University.  She is now back at Trevecca working on a Masters of Business Management and Healthcare Administration degree.  She became familiar with human trafficking and slavery through the End It Movement Shine a Light on Slavery day and through friends that volunteered for End Slavery TN and Ride for Refuge.  She then spent some time volunteering with Rescue 1 Global and leading a local outreach task force.  After volunteering with End Slavery TN she knew she wanted to get more involved and is very excited to be leading the local Hendersonville group. One of Shelby’s passions is educating others about human trafficking, as awareness is a key piece to bring about change and fight trafficking and slavery.  With her career path being in the healthcare field she hopes to raise awareness and educate healthcare workers on the signs of trafficking and what to look for.  Healthcare workers who know what red flags to look for can be a key advocate for victims.

Contact Shelby Dykes at hendersonvillegroup@endslaverytn.org

Meeting Third Monday each month at 6:30 pm

Location:
Community Church (in Community Room)
381 W Main Street
Hendersonville, TN 37075

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Hermitage

Johannah O'Connell

After earning her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts, Johannah obtained her Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) from the Boston Language Institute. She then taught domestically and abroad for several years.

Johannah later attended the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. While at McKinney, Johannah worked at The Julian Center, a safe house for women and children who are the victims of domestic and sexual violence.  It was at The Julian Center that Johannah was exposed to the alarming prevalence of violence against children. After graduating cum laude from McKinney, Johannah began practicing family law in Nashville.

Through working with End Slavery Tennessee, Johannah hopes to combine her passions for teaching and advocacy, thereby educating people about the prevalence of human trafficking and about the best methods for combatting this serious issue.  Although she serves as the communications leader for the Hermitage/Donelson group, she shares her duties with her three amazing co-leaders, Heather McMillan, Robyn O'Connell, and Natalie Popp.

Contact Johannah O'Connell at hermitagegroup@endslaverytn.org

Meeting First Saturday each month at 10:00 am

Location:
Andrew Price United Methodist Church
2846 Lebanon Pike
Nashville, TN 37214

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Murfreesboro

Dana Garrett Montgomery

Dana’s passion as a nurse is to educate medical professionals about Human Trafficking. She recognizes that these healthcare workers have a high chance of encountering victims and that it is therefore vital for them to know the red flags that enable them to recognize victims and get appropriate help.  Dana is a Community Educator for ESTN as well as the Murfreesboro volunteer group leader.

Dana is currently employed as the Executive Director of the Rutherford County Health Department. She’s worked in public health and community education for more than 15 years.  She has bachelor’s degrees in Nursing and Public Health from Western Kentucky University as well as a Public Health Leadership certificate from University of TN. Dana lives in Murfreesboro with her husband Steven.

Contact Dana Garrett Montgomery at dana@endslaverytn.org

Meeting Second Monday each month at 5:00pm

Location:
Rutherford County Health Department
100 W. Burton Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37130

Nashville

Scott hardesty

Scott Hardesty is an End Slavery Community Educator, Volunteer Group Leader Liaison, and has been leading the Nashville Volunteer Group since 2010.   He received his bachelor’s degree from Trevecca Nazarene University and MDIV from Vanderbilt University.  Scott joined End Slavery TN because of their holistic approach to ending slavery in our state and hopes that the model we are creating can be replicated in other cities, states, and countries to end modern day slavery.

Contact Scott Hardesty at nashvillegroup@endslaverytn.org

Meeting Last Monday each month at 6:45pm

Location:
Trevecca Community Church
333 Murfreesboro Pike
Nashville, TN 37210

Spring Hill

TINA McLane

Tina McLane graduated from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College with a BA in French and Economics. She has been married 20 years to her husband Jim .They have one daughter, Maggie, and two sons, Jimmy and Will. They moved to the Nashville area in 2008, but as Kentucky was their home for 13 years, they will forever miss Keeneland and they still bleed blue!  

Tina works full time for United Healthcare, a company that strongly supports social responsibility. She has  always had a passion for volunteering  and began volunteering with End Slavery Tennessee, along with her daughter, in 2013. She is very excited about her new role as a group leader in Spring Hill. 

Contact Tina McLane at springhillgroup@endslaverytn.org

Meeting First Monday each month at 7:00pm

Location:
Catholic Church of the Nativity
2793 Buckner Lane
Spring Hill, TN 37174