Naomi Andrews, Esq., has a bachelor’s degree in international studies from Middlebury College and a law degree from the University of Richmond. Since 2007, Naomi has worked for New Hampshire Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter as her chief of staff and currently as her campaign manager. Nedra Hoffman, MPH, has a bachelor's degree in telecommunications and business from the University of Florida and a master's degree in global public health from New York University. Formerly a pharmaceutical representative with Pfizer, she participated in their flagship corporate social responsibility program and worked with Population Services International (PSI) training local health workers in Uganda. She runs a charitable Rodan + Fields consulting business. Diana McKune, BA, has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Seattle University. She works for Trupanion health insurance. She is actively involved in volunteering with TreeHouse, a Seattle-based nonprofit supporting foster children. Anne-Marie Phillips, BA, has a bachelor's degree in social science from the University of Michigan. She currently works as Associate Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Choice Organic Teas.
Gillian Wood, MPH, has a bachelor's degree in psychology and women & gender studies and a master's degree in international public health. She is the founding director of Resilience Rising.
Founding Director Gillian Wood, MPH, earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and women's studies with a minor in African-American studies from Middlebury College. Her undergraduate thesis explored how pornography influences the hegemonic model of masculinity and its subsequent correlation with violence against women and children. After the tsunami of 2004, Gillian traveled to Thailand to volunteer. Learning about the vulnerability of children orphaned by natural disasters to sex trafficking, she decided to focus her graduate studies on a more global scale. Gillian pursued a master's degree in international public health from New York University, where she focused on the cultural factors that influence maternal and child health worldwide. For her graduate internship with ECPAT-USA, she honed in on domestic sex trafficking. Gillian helped to write Safe Harbor legislation and worked with policy makers across the country to encourage ratification, advocating for states to recognize sexually exploited youth as victims instead of criminals.
Gillian worked with Child Protective Services (CPS) in Seattle, WA for three years supervising and coaching visits between children in out of home placement and their biological parents. She also worked for CPS in Denver, CO for five years as an intake caseworker investigating reports of child abuse and neglect. Here she worked solo on the overnight crisis team responding with law enforcement to nocturnal crises involving children, including located missing and exploited youth, drug trafficking, prostitution, driving under the influence, domestic violence, homicide, and suicide. Gillian has testified in court on behalf of women and children.
She completed a two-year program in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) under the supervision of Marsha Linehan, the creator of DBT. Gillian is highly trained in the impact of abuse and neglect on child development, the neurobiology of trauma, domestic violence, runaway prevention, self-harming behaviors, and crisis intervention and de-escalation. With her extensive knowledge, experience, and passion, Gillian has been invited to speak at multiple charitable and educational engagements, including on the topic of domestic minor sex trafficking.
Gillian spent time working as a youth coordinator in a domestic violence shelter, where she organized therapeutic art, dance, and recreational activities. She spent three years with an organization that works with some of the most challenging children in Washington state. She worked in one of their group homes for adolescent girls, some of whom had been sexually exploited. During graduate school, Gillian worked at SNACK - Special Needs Activity Center for Kids in New York City, a recreational program for children and youth with developmental disabilities including autism, Down syndrome, and cerebral palsy.
A lifelong athlete and coach, Gillian was a semi-professional ballerina, a competitive and show figure-skater, a collegiate competitive cheerleader, a collegiate soccer forward, and a collegiate track sprinter and jumper. In college, she started Middance; producing a biannual show, it gave many students a place to belong and raised thousands for local charities. She currently still trains as a figure-skater, snowboards recreationally, and performs annually in a flying trapeze circus show. She enjoys occasionally jumping out of planes and off of forty-foot platforms donned in a purple tutu in the name of charity. Gillian is an active participant in other charity events such as Susan G. Komen's Race for the Cure and the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America's MG Walk.
Assistant Director Amy Au, BS, has a bachelor’s degree in special education from Texas Christian University and a certificate in trauma counseling from The Seattle School. She worked in human resources and staff support for twenty years with a faith-based nonprofit, seventeen of which were spent overseas in East Asia where she became a fluent Mandarin speaker. Her family – husband and two tween children – has resided in Denver for three years. Amy has experience in homeschooling, fundraising, and building community partnerships. Her strength lies in her deep understanding of trauma and its lifelong impact on survivors. She uses a narrative approach to trauma stewardship through coaching, counseling, and supporting professionals who serve in trauma recovery. You can learn more on her blog. Amy helps RR’s staff team grow in its ability to maintain sustainable self-care practices while doing the weighty and meaningful work of combatting sex trafficking. DATA Conference on Human Trafficking - April, 2016 Board Chair Katharine Perekslis-Schmitt, BA, has a bachelor's degree in French and women & gender studies from Middlebury College. She works as a senior director of project management at TransPerfect Legal Solutions.
Board Secretary Rekha Rajagopal, MPH, has a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln and a master’s degree in international public health from New York University. She has worked with AmeriCorps serving homeless youth and as a healthcare assistant for Planned Parenthood. Currently she is raising a tiny but mighty toddler activist.
Board Treasurer Julie Potter, BA, has a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Puget Sound and is finishing a second bachelor's degree in graphic design from Southern New Hampshire University. She manages the Northwest's largest federal hydrogeneration contract and runs a charitable Jamberry consulting business.
Lead Residential Supervisor Rachel Wirtanen, BSW, has a bachelor’s degree in social work from Metro State University, where she is also pursuing her master’s degree in social work. Her passion to help children is evident through her volunteer work at Tennyson Center for Children, Bannock Youth Center, Brandon Center, Jacob Academy, and the Special Olympics. As a volunteer at West Pines Behavioral Health, she led group therapy sessions for clients with a range of mental health issues. She completed an undergraduate internship with Urban Peak, a drop-in center for homeless youth. Like many social workers, Rachel has personal life experiences that drew her into this field. When asked why social work, she always answers, “I want to be who I wish I’d had when I was younger.”
Parenting Coach Jodi Dible, MNM, has a bachelor’s degree in dietetics from Kansas State University and a master’s degree in nonprofit management from Regis University. She worked as residential staff in group homes for individuals with developmental disabilities, including a home for adult women and a home for adolescent males. As a case manager for United Cerebral Palsy in New York City, she coordinated and monitored services for children and adults with special needs.
For many years, Jodi served as a full-time nanny for infants, toddlers, and young children. Throughout her time as a professional caregiver, she supported children with special needs like autism and cerebral palsy, children on an IEP for emotional and behavioral regulation, and children navigating loss due to divorce or the death of a parent. Jodi is also a published author of two children’s books.