Leaders

Derri Smith

Derri Smith

Founder and CEO

In 2012, Derri Smith moved End Slavery Tennessee, an organization she founded in 2008, out from under a parent organization to become an independent 501c3.

Previously she served as Director of End Slavery Ministries with International Teams, with global responsibility for building teams and placing workers in the worldwide fight against slavery. But her heart and passion remained for the travesty of this crime, in epidemic proportions yet hidden in plain sight, right here in her own backyard.

Her career leading up to these roles includes teaching in public schools, heading an inner-city work based out of Carter-Lawrence School in Nashville, and working overseas, serving refugees and those recovering from decades of repressive government in Eastern Europe. For decades she's addressed the issue of child abuse in the church, informally counseling women recovering from such abuse.

Derri is the 2011 regional recipient of the Soroptimist Ruby Award for Women Helping Women and 2012 winner of the Trafficking in America Service award. She received the 2014 Salute to Excellence Baptist Healing Trust Access to Care award, the 2015 Diverse Generations award and the 2016 Frist Team Building award for the work of End Slavery Tennessee. In 2016, she was also awarded the Human Rights Outstanding Service Award from the Tennessee Human Rights Commission. She sits on both the governor appointed Tennessee Human Trafficking Advisory Council and the Federal Human Trafficking Task Force. Her many speaking venues include the US Capitol and TEDx Nashville. 

She now devotes her knowledge, experience and passion to promote healing of human trafficking survivors and strategically confront slavery in our state.

 

Administration

CHELSEA HARDIN

OFFICE MANAGER

Chelsea graduated from Cumberland University in 2013 with Bachelor Degrees in Psychology and Humanities & Social Sciences and again in 2016 with a Master Degree in Public Service Management.

At Cumberland, Chelsea found her passion for non-profit work through various internships and a service trip to Haiti. She worked with Cumberland’s Office of Admissions as an advisor, where she found joy in working with young adults and helping students pursue their dreams. These experiences have molded Chelsea’s heart for people and her desire to see change in our world. As a native Tennessean, Chelsea has a strong love for her home state and hopes to be a vital part of ending slavery.

In her free time, Chelsea enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, going to concerts, reading, laughing, and watching a good movie. 

Lorraine McGuire

Director of Development

Experiencing poverty at a young age gave Lorraine a strong sense of justice issues early in life and drove her to work hard as a waitress to earn a degree in psychology from BIOLA university.

Though she was recruited into corporate sales right out of college, Lorraine knew she wanted to do more to make a difference in our hurting world. In 2008, she became the Missions Pastor at Springcreek Church in Garland, Texas. There, she built the missions department and directed all the local and global outreach, leading people in her church to live to their fullest potential in serving the vulnerable with time and resources. Her position allowed her to learn more about so many issues of injustice, including domestic sex trafficking.

When she moved back to California in 2012, she decided to take her sales, ministry and nonprofit experience and pursue a job with World Vision, working as a Church Advisor. She was promoted to Director of Strategic Church Partnerships, where she worked with church in the Southwestern US to come up with strategic fundraising plans to fund their international development.

This summer Lorraine and her dog Romo left her tiny beach cottage to marry a Tennessean. She, her amazing husband Jeffrey, 4 step kids and their 2 dogs live in Mt. Juliet. She loves (and misses) the beach, running, meditating, motorcycle rides with her husband, and ridiculous animal videos.

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Jill Rutter, RN, MSN, PCPNP-CB, CCE

Director of Community Outreach

Jill received her undergraduate degree in nursing at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Tennessee and her graduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She has worked in pediatric oncology as well as maternal nursing, general and acute pediatric care, perinatal education, nursing education, and perinatal grief counseling. She has also worked in staff development, as adjunct faculty at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and Bethel University, and as clinical coordinator for the pediatrics program at Belmont University.  

She became involved with End Slavery Tennessee after watching a documentary about human trafficking. She found out about the horrific treatment of children overseas, but after some research, found out the horror was just as great here in the states, with a particular focus in Nashville. With an overwhelming passion for children, she felt the need to be a part of an organization whose entire purpose was making a difference for the victims of human trafficking in middle Tennessee.

Jill's goal is to educate as many people as possible about the problem of human trafficking and how they, too, can become involved. She hopes through knowledge, more and more people will become advocates against trafficking and supporters for ESTN.

Jill and her husband Richard have 7 children (4 - two-legged, and 3- four-legged), as well as 3 grandchildren.  In their spare time, they work as professional photographers. They also love to cook, travel, play with their “grandangels.”

 

Direct Services

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Shelia Simpkins Mcclain

Intervention Specialist, PT

Shelia's story began with sexual abuse at an early age, followed by running away from home and early drug use. By the time Shelia was 18, she was being prostituted and was subsequently trafficked across the country. Shelia has learned to turn her past experiences into the driving force behind her desire to help those who are victims of trafficking. She’s been able to turn all the wrongs in her life into her greatest asset and a sense of empowerment. Shelia is a living example to those we serve of a rich full life after trafficking; as a wife, mother and educated professional woman. She has a B.A. in Psychology, earned in order to provide a higher level of service to survivors.

 

Kelsey Whitlow

Care Coordinator

Kelsey’s heart and desire to help those who are hurting led her to pursue a degree in Christian Ministry and Counseling from Johnson University, Florida. It is here that Kelsey learned more about the realities of human trafficking and was able to help raise awareness and fundraise for the cause. Upon moving to Nashville, Kelsey began working as a Case Manager for children and youth at a mental health organization. In this position, Kelsey gained valuable experience advocating for the children’s needs and learned the importance of building and strengthening social supports among the families and communities. Kelsey is excited to join End Slavery as a Care Coordinator because the position perfectly combines her experience as a case manager with her passion and desire to work with survivors of human trafficking.

In Kelsey’s free time she enjoys cuddling with her puppy, spending time outdoors and diving into a good book.  

 

TRAVONDA DAVENPORT

CARE COORDINATOR

Travonda is passionate about supporting women and helping them see life through “a different lens”. Although new to Nashville, she has worked with families in crisis for over thirteen years and received extensive training in the Strength Based Approach and Trauma Informed Care. Travonda is also a trained facilitator in Effective Parenting and Self Advocacy Skills. She received certifications in Domestic Violence, Systems of Care, 40 Developmental Assets, Advanced Motivational Interviewing, Youth and Adult Mental Health First Aid and several other programs that have enhanced her ability to connect and relate to the families that she serves. Travonda has served as a leader in ministry alongside her husband for nine years and strongly believes in a holistic approach to every healing journey.

Travonda is currently enrolled in school full-time and enjoys being a mom to her two children. She loves to sing, read, and spend time with her family and friends.

 

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Amber Hampton, LMSW

Interim Director of Survivor Care

Amber graduated summa cum laude with her Bachelor's degree in Global Studies from the Honors College at MTSU.  During her time in college, she spent her summers in El Salvador working with children in high-risk areas for gang violence.  While planning to move to El Salvador full-time, she began building friendships with those experiencing homelessness in her community.  It was here that she began to meet and work with survivors of trafficking.  She noticed the work to be done in her own community, and began working directly on the ground level with those who had experienced trauma.  

She worked as the Missions and Community Service Coordinator for a non-denominational church in Murfreesboro, where she built partnerships with local nonprofits, built volunteer teams, developed training materials, and led trips to Central and South America.  Upon finishing her Master's degree, she transitioned into crisis counseling for youth and worked as a medical social worker for Vanderbilt University.

She graduated in 2015 from the University of Tennessee College of Social Work with her Master's degree in Evidence Based Interpersonal Practice and a graduate certificate in the Treatment of Trauma.  She is certified in EMDR and TF-CBT.  She currently co-leads Murfreesboro Cold Patrol, a community organization dedicated to working directly to find solutions and build relationships with those experiencing homelessness. 

In her spare time she enjoys running, traveling to visit her friends across the globe, and hanging out in the woods and under bridges with her street family.

 

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Kayla Davenport

CARE COORDINATOR

Kayla received her Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology at the University of Tennessee at Martin. While doing her internship with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, she learned more about human trafficking going on in our very own state. After graduation, she spent two years working with underprivileged children at a Nashville non-profit. Here, her passion to help and empower others flourished. Kayla is grateful for the opportunity to be able to serve the women at End Slavery Tennessee and walk with them through healing and recovery. 

Kayla loves to spend her free time hiking with her husband, Ryan, and two fur babies, Kimber and Aspen. She also loves volunteering with the children's ministry at her church, reading, and kayaking throughout Tennessee. 

 

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Chelsea Nixon

Care Coordinator

Chelsea received her undergraduate degree in social work from Eastern Michigan University, where she became passionate about advocating for women in under-served populations and gained knowledge on the issue of human trafficking. Here she worked at a community center training volunteers and working with individuals in crisis, growing her abilities in direct service and community outreach.

She obtained her graduate degree in social work with a specialization in nonprofit management from Loyola University Chicago. While helping to strengthen the network of childhood crisis response teams in Illinois, she began working with a team of childhood trauma specialists and studying the work of trauma researcher Bruce Perry. Seeing the effects of complex trauma and the incredible work being done in this field, Chelsea’s desire to become a trauma-informed care specialist was born.

Having now made a home in Nashville, Chelsea is excited to be part of the team at End Slavery Tennessee where she can combine her two passions to help empower others and cultivate a community focused on self-love and healing.

In her spare time, Chelsea enjoys acting as a doula for new and expecting moms, exploring Nashville, and sipping a good cup of coffee.

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Jasmine J-baptiste, Lmft

Contracted Therapist

Jasmine obtained her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Trevecca Nazarene University and her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Tennessee State University. She has been employed with the Sexual Assault Center since March of 2014. Her role as a Clinical Therapist at S.A.C. includes individual therapy with children, adolescent, adult survivors, and Non-offending Parents as well as one on one counseling at the Tennessee Prison for Women. Jasmine has received specialized training in Attachment, Self-Regulation and Competency (ARC), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and is Level 1 trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). As a survivor of child sexual abuse, she is passionate about helping and empowering other survivors. 

 

VOLUNTEER GROUP LEADERS

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Brentwood Group

Stacy Elliott

Stacy Elliott 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.

 

Clarksville Group

SherRy Gatewood

Sherry Gatewood is a Physician Assistant, a retired Army officer, and a Clarksville Sunrise Rotarian. 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 is married to Richard Gatewood; they have two sons, four dogs, and fifty chickens. As a family, they enjoy outdoor activities and serving the Lord by taking care of the widow, the foreigner, and the orphan.    

 

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Franklin Group

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. 

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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.

Hermitage Group

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.

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Murfreesboro Group

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.

 

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Nashville Group

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.

 

Tina McLane

SPRING HILL GROUP

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. 

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