About Us

Our Story

Freedom is a fundamental human right. It is a cornerstone of what makes us human. Yet, across the world and in our own communities, this right has been stripped from far too many as they are forced, tricked, and coerced into situations over which they have no control. They are robbed of those same rights that we value most.


Since its beginning in 2007, the Collaborative to End Human Trafficking has identified human trafficking as a prevalent, yet often unrecognized, issue in Northeast Ohio. It was in response to the need for awareness and advocacy that the organization has brought together local professionals and members of religious female communities to create a community-wide call to action, seeking a systemic, multi-disciplinary response to human trafficking in this region.

Today, this ever-growing collaboration includes diverse communities, businesses, non-profits, and governmental organizations. In partnership with them, the Collaborative equips the community with the knowledge, tools, and resources needed to address human trafficking. We provide leadership and expertise that empowers the community, making it easier to identify and support those impacted by the crime and to eradicate those factors that enable the crime.


From the Collaborative’s broad public-awareness campaign, Human Trafficking Happens Here Too, to the development of suggested best practices across healthcare, public safety, hospitality and other sectors, the Collaborative to End Human Trafficking exists to uphold every person’s fundamental right to freedom and dignity.

Our Mission

Mission: Lead, empower, and connect our community to eradicate human trafficking.

Vision: A world without human trafficking, one community at a time.

The Way: We provide leadership and expertise to empower a systemic, community-wide response to human trafficking.

The Work: We equip organizations and individuals with the knowledge, tools, and resources to address human trafficking by increasing public awareness, delivering tailored trainings, and facilitating multi-disciplinary collaboration. As the backbone organization of a 60+ organization membership program called Greater Cleveland Coordinated Response to Human Trafficking, we provide strategic leadership to create social change.

Our Programs

The Collaborative to End Human Trafficking provides programs for Awareness, Education, Training & Technical Assistance, Greater Cleveland Coordinated Response, and Community Engagement.


Kirsti Mouncey, LISW-S

President & CEO

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Suzanne Bednarchik, Chair

Owner, The Quilting Bee


Teresan W. Gilbert, Vice Chair

The Lubrizol Corporation (Retired) 


Michael A. Shemo, Treasurer & Finance Committee Chair, Chair Emeritus

President, Wolf Investors, LLC


Jennifer Cupar, Governance Committee Chair

Director, LLEAP Program, Professor of Lawyering Skills, Case Western Reserve University School of Law 


George Moy, Development Committee Chair

Executive Vice President, Finance and Development at Green Harvest Capital


Michael P. Coyne

Co-Founder, Waldheger Coyne, A Legal Professional Association


Stacy Dever

HR Director, Barrio


Daniel J. Flannery, PhD 

Professor and Director, Begun Center for Violence Prevention, Research and Education, Case Western Reserve University


Shannon Fogarty Jerse, Esq.

General Counsel, Government Affairs, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center

Deputy General Counsel, Sisters of Charity Health System


Honorable Patricia A. Gaughan 

Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, N.D. Ohio


Thomas R. Hanson 

Eaton Corporation (Retired)


Domonic Hopson, MPH, FACHE

President and CEO, Neighborhood Family Practice, Community Health Centers


Dara Krueger

Executive Director International Marketing & Marketing Account Services, Cleveland Clinic


Sr. Toby Lardie, HM 

Congregation of Humility of Mary


Patrice McCarthy, PhD, RN, CNS

Professor (Retired)


Shirley Morgenstern 

President & CEO, The Cleveland Pops Orchestra


William R. Murman 

First Vice President, Wealth Management, UBS Financial Services, Inc.


Honorable Brendan J. Sheehan 

Administrative and Presiding Judge Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas


Ellen Cronin Zegarra 

Vice President, Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement, Baldwin Wallace University

Honorary Board Members

Karen Walsh 

Past President/CEO