Community Groups & Leaders
Join a group of like-minded people who want to learn and take action to end modern slavery! Our community groups are a great resource to the work we do at ESTN, offering help with fundraising, community education, awareness, and direct service to our survivors.
Our groups meet between once per month and once per quarter, and require a one-year commitment. A yearly contribution of $100 is also requested, and can be done any time in the year through a one-time donation, several donations, or in-kind gifts. Before requesting to join a group, please attend an upcoming Human Trafficking 101 lecture, if you have never done so before. You can find these listed on our events calendar.
For general questions regarding community groups, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community groups now meet in the following locations:
Led by 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 lead the Franklin group of ESTN.
Contact leader Dana Hardy at email@example.com.
Meeting: Third Sunday of each month
Led by Shelby Brown
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Meeting: Third Monday of each month
Led by Jill Kilgore
Jill Kilgore is the Public Relations Media Manager for the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development. She became passionate about getting involved with End Slavery TN after seeing a seminar about Human Trafficking in the Hotel & Hospitality Industry during a work conference.
Jill also worked as a news producer at Fox 17. Before moving to Nashville in 2017, she worked as a news and special projects producer for WGNO in New Orleans where she produced specials like “Hurricane Katrina: 5 Years Later” and “Saints: Road to the Super Bowl.” She spent a decade in the news business after starting at WSIL in Carterville, Illinois.
Jill has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications/Radio and Television from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She grew up in the small town of Hanna City, IL. She is a proud book nerd, writes short stories, loves to paint, travel and spends her spare time running and hiking with her pup.
Contact Jill at email@example.com
Meeting: First Saturday of each month
Led by 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 community 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
led by TINA McLane and Sue Jeffers
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.
Sue Jeffers has lived in Spring Hill for 28 years and has worked as a full time realtor since 2000. She is involved in multiple organizations across Middle Tennessee, including the Spring Hill Economic Development Commission, the Spring Hill Chamber, the Williamson County Association of Realtors, and the National Association of Realtors.
Furthermore, Sue was a founding member of Kiwanis of Spring Hill/Thompsons' Station in 2006, is on the board of The Pregnancy Centers of Middle Tennessee and has spoken for End Slavery TN in the past. She is thrilled to co-lead the Spring Hill volunteer group.
Contact leaders Tina McLane or Sue Jeffers at email@example.com
Meeting: Second Monday of each month
led by Annette Valentine
Annette Valentine has a deep sense of compassion for the many individuals who need a second chance. She began an outreach in 1989 with a prison ministry that lasted 20 years and has been a volunteer for ESTN since 2016. Annette founded Valentine Interiors and was a professional designer for 34 years before selling her business in 2016. She is a graduate of Purdue University and author. She lives with her husband, Walt. They have two grown children and six grandchildren.
The atrocities currently being committed against 4 million human beings have prompted her to whole-heartedly jump in to serve ESTN in the anti-slavery movement.
She says with all sincerity, “I am confident that the good work we as volunteers hope to accomplish will benefit others in countless ways.”
Contact Annette at firstname.lastname@example.org
led by Christie Huschke
Christie Huschke came to know about End Slavery Tennessee at a 101 Human Trafficking lecture lead by Dana Hardy in Franklin, TN. After having to travel so far to hear about End Slavery Tennessee she decided to launch the Clarksville group to raise awareness among her local community. She is a lifegroup leader and member of Lifepoint Church. Being passionate about serving throughout her own community, she works with other nonprofits such as Meals on Wheels, Yaipaks, and Manna Cafe.
Having four children herself has made spreading the awareness and facts on human trafficking so urgent in her life. She says, “Having these conversations with our children in the age of social media is so important because once you hear it you can’t unhear it.” Her hopes for this group is not only to just raise awareness, but to see real change in our communities. She is very excited about her new role as community group leader and prays she will be helping support victims throughout Clarksville and all other areas of Tennessee.
“Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration wonderful things can be achieved.” - Mattie Stepanek.
Contact Christie at email@example.com
Meeting: Last Saturday of each month at 1pm