Shelia Simpkins

Director of Residential Services
Thistle Farms

Shelia Simpkins is a 2007 Thistle Farms Residential graduate. Her past trafficking experiences are the driving force behind her desire to help others who have experienced trafficking. Shelia serves on the Human Trafficking Advisory Council for the State of Tennessee and is a survivor advocate for Grace Empowered, a court-ordered prostitution intervention program operated by the Nashville-Davidson County Office of the District Attorney General. In addition, Shelia sits on the board of the National Trafficking Sheltered Alliance.

She has a B.A. in Psychology and in 2021 graduated from the University of Tennessee–Knoxville with a Master’s in Social Work, with a concentration in Organizational Leadership.



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