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, LCDCIII



Shannon Majewski


Senior Director of Collective Impact

Michelle Pearson, MNO

Director of Development


Kaitlyn McClintic, MPA

Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator

Alicia Ley

Program Coordinator


Rachel Socorro

Program Coordinator


Kathy Andrews

Director of Finance

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Patrice McCarthy, PhD, RN, CNS, Chair

Professor, Notre Dame College (Retired)


Teresan W. Gilbert, Vice Chair

Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, The Lubrizol Corporation


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

President, Wolf Investors, LLC


Michael P. Coyne, Governance Committee Chair

Co-Founder, Waldheger Coyne, A Legal Professional Association


George Moy, Development Committee Chair

Executive Vice President, Finance and Development at Green Harvest Capital



Jennifer Cupar

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


Suzanne Bednarchik

Owner, The Quilting Bee


Tanzalea Daniels

Chief Financial Officer, Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland & East Central Ohio


Daniel J. Flannery, PhD 

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


Honorable Patricia A. Gaughan 

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


Thomas R. Hanson 

Eaton Corporation (Retired)


Sr. Toby Lardie, HM 

Congregation of Humility of Mary


Shirley Morgenstern 

President & CEO, The Cleveland Pops Orchestra


William R. Murman 

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


Fredy Robles 

Chief Program Officer, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland


Honorable Brendan J. Sheehan 

Administrative and Presiding Judge Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas

Honorary Board Members

Karen Walsh 

Past President/CEO