Elizabeth Coldren, founder and director of The Grace Place School, has a MS in Education with a focus on children with behavior and emotional disabilities and a BS in Communications and Theatre.
She is now excited to use her extensive experience working with at risk youth and families as director of Grace Place School to provide hope to youth on whom most people have given up. Elizabeth believes that the success of Grace Place depends on strong partnerships with individuals, churches, businesses, and volunteers who have a heart to generously invest in the lives of our “throwaway and forgotten youth.”
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Noelle Volin, M.A., J.D., coordinates the Minnesota Statewide Safe Harbor Protocol Implementation Project through the Sexual Violence Justice Institute at the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault.
Previously, Noelle was the Staff Attorney and Director of Policy at a Minnesota-based nonprofit serving sexually exploited women and girls. In addition to providing direct services to victim/survivors, Noelle created the Legal Advocacy Program and helped counties across Minnesota implement diversion programs for prostituted women.
Noelle is a graduate of Hamline University School of Law and is admitted to practice law in the state of Minnesota. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with a Certificate in International Peace and Conflict Studies from the International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan.
Sergeant Grant Snyder is a detective with the Minneapolis Police Department, Criminal Investigation Division. He has been investigating human trafficking and sex trafficking crimes since 2000, and is currently the lead investigator in all human trafficking/sex trafficking cases for Minneapolis Police with an emphasis on juvenile sexual exploitation.
Sergeant Snyder has consulted with and trained other police departments and investigators on diverse areas such as:
He also trains and consults with area schools, private businesses in the hospitality industry, and both City and County Attorney’s Offices in the Minneapolis Metro Area. Sergeant Snyder holds a BA from the University of Minnesota and has done graduate work with an emphasis on the sex trade at the same institution.
Cynthia (CeCe) Terlouw is the Executive Director of Terebinth Refuge. CeCe has dedicated her life to the development and advancement of others. With a full scholarship to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, she received her B.S. in Therapeutic Recreation.
Her career at HGR has included nearly every job essential to the successful operation and development of programs, landing at Executive Director in 2008, and Executive Director of Strategic Development in 2015. Under her leadership, Heartland became a model program recognized throughout the state for at-risk and sexually exploited/trafficked girls.
Currently CeCe has begun a new venture with a new non-profit, Terebinth Refuge. In its beginning stages, Terebinth Refuge, is a Christ-centered shelter and home that will provide strength-based, trauma informed healing and holistic services to women 18 and older who are escaping sexual exploitation and sex trafficking.
CeCe serves on the Safe Harbor Statewide Director Advisory Panel and is an active member of the Statewide Human Trafficking Task Force. She completed her Executive Director Leadership through University of St. Thomas, co-authored “Heartland Girls’ Ranch Hearts for Freedom Project: A Resource Guide for Working with Sexually Exploited Youth & Minnesota’s Safe Harbor Law”, is certified in the My Life, My Choice curriculum for sexually exploited youth and has also written her own curriculum, designed specifically for sexually exploited girls.
Ed Heisler is the Executive Director of Men As Peacemakers in Duluth, Minnesota and a national trainer on prevention, Ed has worked extensively with communities and college campuses developing and implementing strategies to end violence against women.
Ed completed his B.A. , a double major in Peace Studies and English from St. John’s University, drawing from a year of in-depth immersion experiences studying conflict, social change and social equality in Belfast, Ireland and at the prestigious historically African-American, Morehouse College.
A sought-after speaker and trainer, Ed’s unique background in peacemaking and primary prevention stems from his work as Community Education Coordinator with Safe Haven Shelter for Battered Women in Duluth, MN, as a former Prevention Specialist and current Co-Coordinator of the Minnesota Men’s Action Network: Alliance to Prevent Sexual and Domestic Violence (MN-MAN), and as a Core Trainer for A Call To Men.
Additionally, Ed specializes in gender and racial equality, engaging men alongside women, in developing and implementing innovative community-driven violence prevention strategies. His current highlights include the creation and development of the innovative BEST Party Model to prevent sexual violence in the college environment. Through BEST, he worked with college students to create a peer education program focused on helping students build social environments that provide safety, equality, and respect for women. Ed is also working with students and community members to develop a replicable BEST Bar Model focused on prevention of sexual violence through the shaping of the bar/club environment. Utilizing the Spectrum of Prevention, a public health framework, Ed has also created a process for embedding sexual and domestic violence prevention into athletic organizations.
Ed serves on a numbers of local and statewide taskforces, advisory committees, and steering committees related to restorative justice, youth programming, and the prevention of violence against women and children—including trafficking. His published research culminates around men’s involvement in efforts to prevent violence against women and children, including an article entitled “Male Commitment to Gender Equity and Antiviolence: A National College Study” published in Men’s Lives, 9th edition.
Kjersti Bohrer is the founder and president of Beautiful and Loved, Inc., a survivor led, faith-based outreach and care group for women working in strip clubs. As a former sex-industry worker, she understands the isolation one can experience working in a lifestyle that is counter-cultural and dangerous.
When she’s not in the strip clubs delivering gifts and chatting in the dressing rooms she’s at home with her two bubbly, cuddly children, beating her husband at cribbage, or working out.
To learn more about what Beautiful and Loved is doing and how to get involved go towww.BeautifulAndLoved.com
Dan Rollins is the founder and president of LiveWire Films, a video production company in Burnsville Minn. that primarily works with nonprofits and small businesses on video messaging.
When Dan isn’t at the LiveWire studio collaborating on video projects you will find him with his wife Kita and 20-month old daughter Glory. If you do not see Dan with a cup of coffee in his hand something is very wrong.
Andrew Coons is the the Creative Director at LiveWire Films. Andrew is always looking for how a video can best communicate a story and message.
When he’s not at work Andrew enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, reading a good book, and working on perfecting his secret panini recipe.