The Review Panel acts as an overseeing body that ensures that the Essential Standards established by NTSA are met and upheld by organizations seeking accreditation. In order to ensure objectivity, credibility, and consistency when vetting NTSA General Members, NTSA’s expert review panel of trusted professionals acts as the final decision-maker in the review process. Through Accreditation, NTSA members can trust that their organization is being reviewed in an unbiased manner by individuals with relevant expertise.
The NTSA Review Panel consists of six individuals from varying disciplines relevant to NTSA’s Essential Standards. The NTSA Board of Directors selected members of the panel to ensure that different viewpoints are adequately represented.
The disciplines represented include:
- Risk Management/Safety/Facilities
- Personnel/Client Care/Services
- Minor-Serving Considerations
NTSA Review Panel members were nominated by current NTSA Members or recommended by a relevant professional association or by the NTSA Board of Directors. All panelists have proven expertise in their respective fields, through holding an advanced degree and/or demonstrating extensive professional experience.
NTSA’s Review Panel will not only hold members accountable to the Essential Standards, they will also provide support to members through suggestions and practical next steps for those not quite able to meet the standards. The individuals on this panel have shown dedication to training and equipping agencies with kindness, professionalism, and passion for the work members are doing on the ground.
NTSA Accreditation Review Panelists 2021-2023
Aryn works as the Development Director for Rapha International, an anti-human trafficking organization based in Joplin, MO. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Aryn’s background is in child welfare- she worked for five years at the regional child advocacy center in Southwest Missouri and has worked with children who have experienced trauma and maltreatment in several settings, including a domestic violence shelter, residential behavioral health, and foster care management.
Mandy’s career spans over 30 years beginning in coaching those with special needs, writing court submissions for a Civil Rights attorney, directing Safe Home’s, and many years as a Mental Health Advocate and Consultant in the Human Trafficking arena. Mandy has helped develop several unique recovery programs that can be individualized to suit survivors at various phases of recovery. She is passionate about ‘Care’ and her ‘get it done’ attitude has earned her a reputation in the field for overseeing operational procedures to train teams to provide high standard Trauma-informed support. Mandy is now working with the Rights Lab at Nottingham University in London to empower survivor-led organizations.
Shannon is the Director of Education and Outreach for Thistle Farms. She directs the Thistle Farms National Network which comprises over 70 sister organizations throughout the United States, Canada, Central America and New Zealand. She also directs and leads workshops and educational seminars for Thistle Farms. Shannon has a Master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Missouri and she is a graduate of Stanford University’s Effective Philanthropy Learning Initiative and Cornell University’s Conflict Resolution Program. She is a wife, mother, philanthropist, and survivor of sexual abuse and sexual exploitation. She treasures Thistle Farms’ relationship with NTSA.
Dr. Stephany Powell
Dr. Powell retired from the Los Angeles Police Department as a Sergeant in charge of a Vice unit. Dr. Stephany Powell’s unique insight into the world of sexual exploitation and trafficking gained through her thirty years with LAPD, has made Dr. Powell an unparalleled choice to lead Journey Out in 2013 (formerly known as the Mary Magdalene Project). In 2020, she joined the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) as the Director of Law Enforcement Training and Survivor Services.
Dan Sartor, Ph.D., NCC
Dan is the Vice President of Integration and Professor of Counseling at Richmont Graduate University in Atlanta, GA. He is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (GA), and a Nationally Board Certified Counselor. Dan’s clinical specialties include complex trauma recovery, sexuality issues, addiction recovery, marital therapy, and the integration of faith with clinical practice. He provides continuing education, advising, clinical supervision, and consultation to non-profit and ministry organizations on complex trauma, trauma-informed care, vicarious trauma, and compassion satisfaction to promote thriving at the levels of organizational health, staff wellness, and client care.
Tonya is the founder of It’s Going To Be Ok, Inc. which seeks to create a just world where women, children, and vulnerable adults are safe, respected, and valued. At IGTOK, she and the staff work to provide necessary housing assistance and trauma-informed services, including educational, job readiness, outreach, and prevention services. As a survivor of human trafficking, Tonya is a passionate advocate, dedicated to educating the public about human trafficking and supporting victims in rebuilding their lives. As a keynote and public speaker, she tells her story to inspire audiences to believe in themselves and remind them that the past does not determine your destiny. Outside of her work, Tonya loves being a wife, mother, and grandmother.