Team

Susan is the founder and president of Walk Her Home, a 501(c)3 charity with a mission to fight human sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation in the United States. She is also the founder of SRI Media, Inc., a communications company specializing in creating customized content. She currently sits on the National Center on Sexual Exploitation’s Advisory Committee and is an active member of the Chester County Anti-Trafficking Coalition. In addition, Susan serves as the Co-chair of Community Assessment of human trafficking activity in metro Philadelphia for International Justice Mission (IJM) and partnered with congressional representatives to draft the Duty to Report Sexual Assault Act. In 2017, The Congressional Victims’ Rights Caucus selected Susan to be honored as the recipient of the Eva Murillo Unsung Hero Award for her efforts in using her experience to make a positive difference in public education, public policy development and greater awareness about crime victims’ rights and needs.
Bill Schneider

Bill Schneider

Board Treasurer
Bill and his wife Susan live in Annapolis, Maryland, where they are fully engaged in community advocacy work to break down the socioeconomic stratification that persists in Maryland’s state capital. Bill is a retired engineer, and has most recently earned a Masters in Theological Studies from Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC. He would be most interested though in talking to you about sailing.
Shelia Simpkins

Shelia Simpkins

Board Secretary
, Thistle Farms
Shelia Simpkins is the Director of Residential Services at Thistle Farms, a nonprofit social enterprise dedicated to helping women survivors recover and heal from trafficking, prostitution, and addiction. Her past trafficking experiences are the driving force behind her desire to help others who have experienced trafficking. She sits on the Human Trafficking Advisory Council for the State of Tennessee, and she 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 completed the Human Trafficking Leadership Academy fellowship program in 2018. She has an MSW from the University of Tennessee–Knoxville with a concentration in Organizational Leadership.
Samuel Baez

Samuel Baez

Board Member
, Key Financial, Inc.
Sam graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a degree in business focused on financial services. Sam has a strong passion for people and loves being active in his community. He has participated in several community-oriented projects and local events geared towards bringing the community together. He has also served with his Church, on missions’ trips to the Dominican Republic, where they educated communities on, literacy, health care and built shelters for communities in need.
Amanda Hightower

Amanda Hightower

Board Member
, REST
Amanda is Executive Director and co-founder of REST (Real Escape from the Sex Trade), a nonprofit residential program that provides pathways to freedom, safety, and hope for victims of sex trafficking and exploitation. She has over 12 years of experience working with individuals in the sex trade. She is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and is also a nationally certified High Fidelity Wraparound Coach. Amanda has her BSc in Psychology from Northwest University and an MSW from the University of Washington.
Rachel Thomas

Rachel Thomas

Board Member
, Lead Author for Ending the Game
A graduate of UCLA and a personal survivor of human trafficking, Rachel has extensive experience teaching, training, curriculum writing, public speaking and mentoring. As director of Sowers Education Group and lead author of Ending The Game: An Intervention Curriculum for Survivors of Sex Trafficking, Rachel has helped millions to become more aware of human trafficking and has helped hundreds of survivors break the bonds of attachment to traffickers and the lifestyle of commercial sexual exploitation. Recently, Rachel was appointed to the United States Advisory Council on Human Trafficking for a term of 2 years.
www.RachelCThomas.com
Instagram: @RachelThomasWasHere
Facebook: @RachelCThomas

Interested in hearing updates from NTSA?

Get the latest updates on how the NTSA is supporting service providers & survivors of human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Sign up for the NTSA Newsletter here.