Margie Quin - CEO

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If you could invent a holiday, it would definitely involve ______________?

Spending time with your children or family. In today’s busy world, we don’t spend enough quality time with loved ones. I would spend all of my free time with my daughter and husband – we are happiest when we are all together.  

What are your three favorite podcasts and/or books?

It’s hard to pick favorite books – and I’m not into podcasts (yet). I have always loved Gone With the Wind – the story about women, relationships and challenge is a great timeless tale. I am into series, so a throwback for me are the Narnia Chronicles by C.S. Lewis, and a modern series would be A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones) by George R.R. Martin.

What are you currently binge watching?

I am currently watching Lucifer, which started as a Fox series, and has now been picked up by Netflix. I love all period pieces as well, so The Last Kingdom, Poldark or Downton are always on the list!

What can you be found doing in your free time?

Free time? Who has free time! JK – I coach my daughter’s middle school volleyball and basketball teams, so during the year, I spend quite a bit of free time with her and the teams. It’s great fun to be able to spend that extra time with her – the early teen years are so important!

What does your job look like day-to-day?

I started the job on June 1, so this first 60 days has felt like a whirlwind. I’m kind of on a listening tour, just soaking it all in, being present and in the moment with everything that is going on at the agency. It’s so important to assimilate into the culture, be a part of the chemistry of the staff and learn the healing strategy that we depend on to lift up survivors. I think going forward, I’ll continue to get on top of the day-to-day operations, dive into policy and board work. I’m really enjoying meeting and seeking advice from my peers at other nonprofits. I can learn so much from those in the nonprofit community, and I’m so excited to see what the next 60 days bring!

What’s the most inspiring part of your job?

Gosh, it would have to be the dedication and passion of the End Slavery Tennessee staff. They are really deep into the work with survivors. They work every high and low, and they stick with it – never giving up. It’s amazing to watch how they stay positive, recommit to the mission every day and embrace all of the crazy challenges that come flying their way.

Where did you go to college? What did you get your degree in?

That’s a two-part answer – I got my undergraduate degree from Auburn University in 1989 with a degree in Criminology. I graduated with a Masters in Public Service Management from Cumberland University in 2016. So, a long time between degrees, but it was worth the wait – a fabulous program.

What path led you to work at End Slavery Tennessee?

Well, I spent a “first” career in law enforcement – 26 years worth. While at the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, I began working on the human trafficking issue around 2009. I was the AMBER Alert coordinator and the Missing Children’s Clearinghouse Manager for the state. It was in doing that work that I came to realize that Tennessee’s children were being trafficked. I’m not sure I was ever the same again – after I really understood what was happening. So, for about 10 years, I worked the enforcement side, the state policy side and worked hand-in-hand with ESTN’s founder, Derri Smith on how to tackle the trafficking in Tennessee. When I retired, Derri asked me if I would consider coming on board as a consultant and then ultimately as the next CEO of the organization. Of course, I jumped at the chance, and am so grateful to be in a position to devote a “second” career to victim services through nonprofit work.

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