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Board of Directors

The members of the Board of Directors for the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence are a dedicated group of volunteers who have the responsibility of directing the organization’s financial development, public policy, and fiscal oversight, which helps to ensure the continued success of OAESV. Board Members for OAESV welcome your input and appreciate any feedback you have to offer in guiding the important work of the Alliance.

Apply to Join Our Board of Directors

OAESV is currently accepting applications for skilled and committed individuals to be considered for the OAESV Board of Directors for a minimum 2-year termOAESV Board members are located across the state and represent diverse backgrounds, populations, and experiences. Use the button below to download our  board application form, which includes additional information about the skills and qualities we’re seeking, as well as submission instructions.

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Below, Board Members share their reasons for joining the Board, and for standing up against sexual violence in Ohio:

Amy LaGesse

President

Amy LaGesse has worked for the Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition since 2014 and has held positions over the past 25 years at both the state and local levels fighting HIV/AIDs and other sexually transmitted diseases and ensuring that women receive the healthcare they need. She serves as the current Secretary for the Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition and is a member of the Northwest Ohio Rescue and Restore Coalition and two of their local chapters. Amy is the Regional Grant Coordinator for the Look Beneath the Surface Grant funded through the Ohio Department of Public Safety and also served as the Coordinator for the Rescue & Restore Grant. Through the Look Beneath the Surface Grant, she works with 21 counties to ensure that professionals are trained to identify and refer human trafficking victims to appropriate services, provide outreach to at-risk populations, and provide technical assistance as requested. Most recently, Amy is serving as one of the PATH Project Co-Coordinators through the University of Toledo Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute. PATH stands for Partners Against Trafficking in Humans, and the main goal of the project is to improve access to services for human trafficking victims and survivors. In September 2019, Amy served on an expert work group with the Department of Health & Human Services to incorporate identifying human trafficking victims into Title X clinics across the country.

Ryn Farmer

Vice President and Board Recruitment & Development Chair

Kathryn “Ryn” Farmer received a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Taylor University and a Master of Social Work degree from Baylor University. She is the Rape Crisis and Anti-Human Trafficking Director at Day One of Crime Victim Services, the Chair of the Northwest Ohio Rescue and Restore Coalition, a member of the Ohio Amber Alert Advisory Committee, and the Vice President for the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence’s Board of Directors. Ryn’s first interactions with OAESV were in the capacity as a Rape Crisis Director in Northwest Ohio. “One of the aspects I value most about OAESV is that they provide critical leadership in how sexual violence intersects with race, gender, class, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, ability, age and so much more.” She is committed to working alongside OAESV to help provide a comprehensive response to survivors who are impacted by sexual violence.

Jamie Small

Treasurer

Jamie L. Small is an assistant professor at the University of Dayton. She earned her PhD in Sociology and Women’s Studies from the University of Michigan. In her research, she studies the intersection of law and sexual violence. She has published on diverse topics such as sex offenders, sexual trafficking, child sexual abuse, and statutory rape. The North Central Sociological Association recognized her research with their Scholarly Achievement Award in 2020. Currently, she is writing a book manuscript about how prosecutors and defense attorneys make sense of men who experienced sexual assault. She will serve as a Science and Technology Policy Fellow for the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2020-2021. In this role, she will work on gender-based violence initiatives at the U.S. Agency for International Development. In her leisure time, Jamie enjoys reading novels with her daughter and taking photographs of little things. She is eager to work with OAESV and help make Ohio a better place.

Lee Ann Cochran

Fundraising Committee Chair

Lee Ann Cochran is a well-versed professional with expertise across the aerospace, defense, start-up, and non-profit industries. She received her BS in Materials Science & Engineering from the Ohio State University and has advanced her career with experience in research, development, process scaling, manufacturing, proposal development, capture management, business development, sales, marketing, and licensing. A passionate volunteer, Lee Ann spends her free time supporting causes which champion human rights and equality.

Ms. Cochran advocates to give women and girls access to education, actively participates with the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, is dedicated to advancing the cultures of diversity and inclusion in STEM, and volunteers in the community. Her unique background in engineering and sales allows for her to lead fundraising efforts for non-profits in a positive way. She values authenticity and a purpose-driven life.

Lee Ann received the Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN) Presidents award in 2018. She was recognized as a 2017 Smart Business Progressive Woman in Cleveland and in 2016 was selected for the Outstanding Soroptimist Award for Columbus and Franklin County. She was also named as one of the 2014 Women You Should Know by Women for Economic and Leadership Development (WELD) and acknowledged by Battelle as a Women’s History Month Honoree for bringing forward ideas to drive change and shape the future.

Board Members, alphabetical by last name

Jamahal C. Boyd

Jamahal C. Boyd, Sr. joined The Crossroads Center as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in July of 2019. The Crossroads Center is a behavioral and mental health, substance use and addiction treatment Agency providing service to the Cincinnati, Ohio region. The Agency he leads has been around for 69 years, initially established as a drug and alcohol treatment service. He is the former Director of Diversity, Inclusion, and Language Services for TriHealth (Cincinnati). In this capacity, Jamahal led a team of direct reports in the development and implementation of TriHealth’s Diversity and Inclusion strategy. His key responsibilities included operationalizing the Health System’s strategic direction and providing vision and leadership to TriHealth’s diversity and inclusion function. As a key member of TriHealth’s leadership team, he advanced TriHealth’s work on establishing the business case for diversity through a focus on healthcare disparities and workforce development. Additionally, he played a vital role in TriHealth’s efforts to strengthen its supplier diversity strategy in collaboration with the executive team and supply chain leadership.
Jamahal brings a wealth of diverse experience after almost 25 years as a progressive professional in the healthcare industry. He joined TriHealth in 2016 from the Mercy Health System, where he last served in the role of Director of Operations for the Clinically Integrated Network (Cincinnati). During his tenure with Mercy Health, he also served in the role of Director, Multicultural Equity. Prior to his tenure with Mercy Health, he was the Director, Office of Health Equity for the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

He is a (Former) National Board Member, serving as the Co-Chair of the Public Policy Committee and Past President of the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE) – Delaware Valley Chapter. (Former) Chairman of the Trustee Board for the Lincoln Heights Missionary Baptist Church, (Former) Board Member for the National Underground Freedom Railroad Center; (Former) Board Member for the Family Nurturing Center (FNC); and (Former) Board Member for The HealthCare Connection (a Federally Qualified Health Center serving the Cincinnati Region). In 2006, he received the Young Executive of the Year Award from NAHSE. Jamahal holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Delaware State University and is an unapologetic Philadelphia native.

His proven, award – winning ability to collaborate with community leaders, physicians, executives, and team members at all levels of the organization, has proven invaluable to the organizations he has served. His Agency was recently acknowledged by HELP.org as the #1 Drug and Alcohol and Rehabilitation facility in the Cincinnati Region and by Newsweek.com and Statista as one of the Top 200 and ranked by them as #4 in Ohio. Yet, the most important position, status and ranking of greatest value to him is being the proud husband (for 19 years and counting) to his lovely wife (Eboni) and father of 3 amazing children (Jamahal Jr 17, Jayla 12 and Jace 9).

Ashley Nicole Cook

Ashley Nicole Cook is a national speaker, author, facilitator, and consultant who delivers high-energy and thought-provoking presentations. As a survivor of intrafamilial and clergy sexual abuse and woman of faith, she has garnered faith leaders’ trust throughout the nation and is recognized as a trusted and vital voice in critical conversations about child sexual abuse and its prevention.

After enduring shocking backlash after disclosing her child sexual abuse experiences, Ashley realized there was an opportunity to help others overcome. She has trained hundreds of adults as an Authorized Facilitator for Darkness to Lights Stewards of Children® and is devoted to addressing individual and social factors that influence adults’ willingness and ability to take action to prevent child sexual abuse.

In her previous role as the Director of Partnerships at Darkness to Light, Ashley utilized her drive and commitment to this work to coordinate relationships with existing partners and leverage those relationships to greater collective impact. She helped maintain relationships with business partners, enhanced the quality of partner interactions, identified opportunities for new alliances, and worked alongside senior leadership to develop revenue and awareness strategies.

Lending her expertise to various platforms such as the Survivors Agenda- a collective of organizations who believe that survivors should be the ones shaping the national conversation on sexual violence-has created momentum in her pursuit to keep the prevention conversation going. She is regarded as the go-to source on child sexual abuse prevention within the Christian church, college campuses, child advocacy centers, and more. Her experiences have positioned her to present as a subject-matter expert at Harvard Divinity School, Xavier University, University of Cincinnati, Kent State University, and others.

As a volunteer, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence. The darkest moments of Ashley’s life became the launching pad for her mission to end sexual abuse and her commitment to helping amplify survivors’ voices. She believes that pain stewarded well can become a tool that facilitates healing in others’ lives.

Kelli Daniels

Kelli Daniels, Owner & Lead Consultant for JAYRAMON, a business strategy company in northwest Ohio.  Kelli graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science & Black World Studies, with an emphasis in American Political Systems.

She has invested her time exploring the correlation of institutions of faith and social justice while educating herself and others about the importance of HIV-AIDS prevention, human trafficking and community organizing.  Kelli has also worked for two institutions of higher education.

In her leisure time, Kelli enjoys a good laugh, cup of coffee and spending time with her family.

Denique Dennis

Denique “Neeky” Dennis provides strategy and capacity-building support to private, public, and social sector entities to develop healthy, thriving, equitable communities. She has spent the past 8 years in the nonprofit and community development field across the United States, Central America, and the Caribbean. Her most notable accomplishments exist at the intersection of socioeconomic and gender justice.

Among her previous roles includes serving as a Human Trafficking Survivor Advocate at Day One of Crime Victim Services in Lima, Ohio and a member of the student advisory council of the It’s On Us national campaign to mitigate the prevalence of sexual violence in college campuses.

Denique is currently the Founder and Chief Strategist of Tallawah Innovations, a social impact consultancy serving the Caribbean and Latin America. She is also a Licensed Social Worker in the state of Ohio, USA. She holds a B.Sc. in Social Work and Religious Studies from Defiance College and a M.Sc in Social Administration from the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. She has earned certificates in areas of trauma-informed care, adult mental health first aid, and social impact strategy.

Hannah Servedio

Hannah Servedio is dedicated activist in the world of progressive social change, most notably in the fields of reproductive rights and domestic and sexual violence prevention. Her primary expertise includes grassroots community mobilization, facilitating educational programming and training, and volunteer management.

Currently, she works for NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, the state’s leading advocacy organization dedicated to advancing reproductive healthcare access through policy and legislation. Additionally, she is a lead coordinator of Cleveland’s clinic escort program.

Hannah comes to OAESV’s Board of Directors as a former advocate with Summit County’s domestic violence and sexual violence crisis center(s), where she spent her time doing direct service and working with students to develop their understanding of consent, healthy relationships, and being an active bystander. While in Summit County, she also served as a CASA/GAL through their Juvenile Court system. Hannah feels deeply that identifying gaps in service, providing advocates opportunities to significantly develop trauma-informed skills, and keeping programming adequately funded is critical to the compassionate care of survivors.

She is a proud graduate of Kent State University, resides in Lakewood, and is thrilled to be able to serve OAESV in this unique capacity.

Sharetta T. Smith

Sharetta is an attorney and currently serves as the Chief of Staff for the City of Lima. She first became an advocate for sexual assault victims while working as a student intern at the University of Toledo’s Catherine S. Eberly Center for Women, and has carried that passion for connecting survivors, their families, and communities with resources, support and education for prevention and survival. “I am honored to join the OAESV Board and committed to working with OAESV to end sexual violence.”

Wendi Stern

Wendi Stern provides family mediation services as well as coaching for individuals and (former) couples at The Center for Family Resolution, located in Worthington, Ohio.  Wendi is also a contract mediator with Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Relations Division and Juvenile Branch.

Community service is an important part of her life.  She has been involved with Soroptimist International of Columbus & Franklin County for over twenty-five years where she served in leadership positions. She also held the position of District Secretary and Region Secretary within Soroptimist Midwestern Region.  She was named Outstanding Soroptimist of her club and recognized as the Midwestern Region Outstanding Soroptimist in 2011.

In addition to serving the community through her work with Soroptimist, Wendi has been actively engaged at her place of worship.  She served as the Religious School Committee Chair from 2011-2015, Board Secretary from 2015-2017, and was a part of the Steering Committee that oversaw a million dollar building expansion from 2014-2016.  She is also part of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Behavioral Health Family Advisory Council and is a family mentor.

Wendi earned her B.S. in Business Administration and Human Resources Management from Franklin University.  She returned to Franklin and earned her MBA.

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