The Allies and Ambassadors program is for community partners.

The Wichita State University Center for Combating Human Trafficking Allies and Ambassadors program is an opportunity for community partners to more formally engage in CCHT activities and events.

Allies and Ambassadors are community members who are trained to communicate effectively about the realities of human trafficking and the work of CCHT. We offer opportunities to focus on specific areas of interest or passion through our different teams.

Executive Team

The Executive Team will provide support, advice, and wise counsel to the Executive Director and will be instrumental in extending the voice and impact of CCHT efforts.

J.D., Legacy Legal, LLC

Doug Coe

Janice VanSickle Community Advocate

Janice VanSickle

Executive Director, Vess Family Foundation

Lacey Vess

D.O., F.A.C.C., C.P.E

Darrell Youngman

Independent Consultants

Doug Coe, JD

Legal Consultant

Doug Coe serves as a legal consultant for the Center for Combating Human Trafficking. He realized his passion for the abolition of modern day slavery and the fight against human trafficking in 2004 while in undergraduate school at Trinity University. He quickly set his sights on law school to further develop his skills as an advocate for justice. After working with an anti-trafficking organization in Guatemala, Doug attended the University of Kansas School of Law. While there, he served as the Managing Editor of the Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy and held a variety of other leadership positions. When not helping at the Center, Doug provides estate planning services to clients through his private practice, Legacy Legal, LLC.

Mark Masterson

Youth Justice Consultant

Mr. Masterson is a native New Yorker who moved to Kansas to attend Wichita State University (WSU). He graduated with honors with major course work in sociology and criminology and went on to earn a Master's degree in education specializing in juvenile offender counseling. He became a National Certified Counselor (NCC) in 1984. His professional career spanned three decades working for Sedgwick County Department of Corrections. He has been a collaborative leader and partner working with justice system stakeholders, policymakers and community groups on challenging issues and opportunities. He effectively developed, administered and managed a complex combination of facility and community programs in the juvenile and adult justice systems with annual peak budgets totally $31M, a staff of 475, and a daily client population of 2800. Mark was active throughout his career learning, presenting workshops, sharing information, volunteering and serving on task forces, committees and projects. He directed a project to reduce racial disparity and increase fairness for youth who come into contact with the justice system as part of the Models for Change DMC Action Network from 2007-12. He earned awards for excellence in public service, a champion for change and leadership contributing to juvenile justice reforms at the local, state and national levels. He is a graduate fellow at Georgetown University, Center for Juvenile Justice Reform where he also served as a member of the Juvenile Justice Leadership Network from 2010-2016. He retired from county service directing the corrections department in April 2016. His retiree activities include joining the team at the Wichita State University, Center for Combatting Human Trafficking as a youth justice consultant.

Mark began working in corrections as a juvenile court services officer in family services. He was hired by Sedgwick County in 1983 to work with juvenile offenders in a residential rehabilitation program. He advanced quickly through the ranks working as a juvenile counselor, chief counselor, project director, program coordinator, and assistant director at the Department of Youth Services. In 1995 when the Youth Services and Community Corrections departments merged, he was named youth services administrator. In January, 1998 he was named director of the Sedgwick County Department of Corrections, where he assumed responsibilities for both juvenile and adult programs.

His responsibilities included facilitating and monitoring juvenile justice prevention funding and programs, operating juvenile intake and assessment, juvenile intensive probation and case management (out of home placements and reentry), juvenile detention facility and alternatives, aftercare facility, adult community corrections intensive probation and residential center, pretrial services, and administering felony drug court and day reporting (contracted).

Mark served as the administrative contact for Sedgwick County with the state juvenile justice agency from 1998-2016. He was an advocate and leader planning and implementing juvenile detention and juvenile justice reforms. He directed efforts to address disproportionate minority contact (DMC) in the juvenile system and is an advocate for teen victims of human trafficking. Sedgwick County was a partner site in the Models for Change (MFC) DMC Action Network Initiative (2007-12) and he was named the 2011 Champion for Change in this national initiative funded by the MacArthur Foundation. He is a graduate fellow at Georgetown University for completing the Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare: Multi-System Integration Certificate Program for Public Sector Leaders (2010) and he was a founding member of the Juvenile Justice Leadership Network at the Georgetown Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (2010-2016).

Pam Tinoco, LMSW

Social Work Consultant

Pamela Tinoco is a former practicum student at CCHT. She completed her masters in Social Work at Wichita State University in the spring of 2016. As a former practicum student, Pam has had the opportunity to be engaged in a number of CCHT's projects including: co-facilitating Lotus Prevention for ProsperityTM curriculum for middle and high school age groups; speaking to multidisciplinary professionals about the LotusLM Prevention for ProsperityTM curriculum; and planning and coordinating awareness events during Human Trafficking Awareness Month of January. Pamela strives to apply the core competencies of social work to her work activities and advance in her professional skills by working alongside CCHT staff.

Pamela holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Wichita State University and has experience working with youth. She worked as a High School AVID Tutor for five years at Southeast High School and served as a volunteer for Juvenile Field Services for one year.

Pamela hopes to continue work and learn at CCHT and assist with the development, refining, and implementation of the LotusLM Prevention for ProsperityTM curriculum and participate in direct service through advocacy work and other awareness activities. She plans to continue her involvement in the anti-trafficking movement and wants to serve youth and women who have experienced trauma as a result of abuse or exploitation.

Teauania Charles, LMSW

Social Work Consultant

Teauania Charles is a former practicum student at CCHT. Teauania received her Master of Social Work at Wichita State University in the spring of 2017. Teauania was a part of a number of projects at CCHT including: research and writing on human trafficking and related issues, prevention education for middle and high school youth, training of service providers, and assisting in the planning of human trafficking awareness month.

Teauania received her Bachelor’s degree in Family Studies and Human Services at Kansas State University in 2011. During her experience at K-state, Teauania began a career path serving those with mental illness and continues to work closely with men, women and children in a mental health crises. After graduation, she plans to use her degree and experience with survivors of mental illness and other trauma to empower others to pursue holistic health and prosperity.

Hieba Baig

Social Work Consultant

Hieba Baig is a former practicum student at CCHT. She graduated with her Bachelors in Social work at Wichita State University in 2018, and is currently working toward her Masters in Social Work. Hieba hopes to work with survivors in a direct service setting in the future.

During her time at CCHT, Hieba co-facilitate the Survivor Sisters psychoeducational support group. She also facilitated CCHT’s Pathway to ProsperityTM curriculum with high school-aged youth. Her support in education and awareness activities assisted CCHT in expanding their reach in the local community.

Student Ambassadors

Kristen Todd

Social Work Associate

Kristen Todd is a current practicum student at CCHT as she is working toward her Masters in Social Work at Wichita State University. In 2018, she graduated from WSU with a Bachelors in Social Work and a minor in History. While at CCHT Kristen has been involved with evaluation and facilitation of Lotus ModelTM programming. Kristen hopes to work in a direct services or research based setting in the future.

Kali Dorey

Counseling Associate

Kali Dorey is a current practicum student at the CCHT. She graduated in May of 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with minors in Criminal Justice and Human Services from the State University of New York (SUNY) College at Potsdam. She is currently working towards her Masters of Education in Counseling – Clinical Mental Health at Wichita State University. Kali is currently offering counseling services to survivors at the CCHT. She hopes to work within the local community in the future.

Alex Boyd

Social Work Associate

Alex Boyd is a current practicum student at CCHT. She received her Bachelors in Psychology with a minor in English from Wichita State University in the summer of 2018, and is currently working towards her Masters in Social Work at Newman University. Alex currently serves in the United States Air Force. She will have 10 years of service in January 2018. During her time in the military she has taught over 300 hours of Prevention Training focused on Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Suicide. Alex has also been trained on the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST).

While at CCHT, Alex has been involved in Pathway to ProsperityTM as a co-facilitator for the Survivor Sisters Saving Ourselves™ psychoeducational support group. She also facilitates CCHT’s Prevention for ProsperityTM curriculum with high school-aged youth and is focusing on developing a facilitator’s guide for P4P™. Her support in education and awareness activities has already assisted CCHT in expanding their reach in the local community.

Julian Dedeaux

Graduate Research Assistant

Julian Dedeaux is a doctoral candidate of Psychology at Wichita State University, having received his MA in Criminal Justice and an MA in Psychology. At CCHT, Julian is focusing on data evaluation of the Lotus Prevention for ProsperityTM programming. Julian has engaged in research with community agencies by assisting with developing solutions based on empirical data in response to problems defined by the communities. Some projects include: Water Quality Analysis for Sunflower Community Action in response to poor water perceptions in southwest Kansas, Survey Development and Data Analysis for Project Wichita, Program Evaluation development for Real Men, Real Heroes, Inc. Mentoring and program research for the Shocker Youth Summer Camp Program. Julian is currently in the final stages of his dissertation which explores the impact of Internet addiction and its impact on deviant behaviors and attitudes.

Awareness Month Planning Team

The Awareness Month Planning Team (AMPT) assists with planning and coordinating events and promoting Human Trafficking Awareness Month to ensure there is a more coordinated response across our community during Human Trafficking Awareness Month.

  • Aleks Sternfeld-Dunn, Director, WSU School of Music

  • Rev. Roosevelt DeShazer Sr., President, Greater Wichita Ministerial League

  • Traci Spencer, St. George Orthodox Christian Cathedral

  • Russ Widener, Retired Director, WSU School of Music

  • Lamont Anderson, ALA Enterprises

  • Will Schindler, WSU Delta Upsilon

  • Laura Roddy, President, Junior League of Wichita

  • Kari Nilsen, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, KU School of Medicine

  • Kristi Oberg, WSU Foundation

Conference Planning Committee

The Conference Planning Committee plans CCHT’s Annual Anti-Trafficking Conference.

  • Dorthy Stucky Halley, Kansas Attorney General’s Office

  • Marilyn Wells, Soroptimist International of Wichita

  • Trish Youngman, Medical Society Alliance of Sedgwick County

  • Mark Masterson, Juvenile Justice Advocate

  • Judge James Burgess, Retired 18th District Court Judge

  • Kellie Hogan, Kansas Legal Services

  • Sarah Robinson, St. Francis Community Services

  • Jennifer Montgomery, Kansas Attorney General’s Office

  • Susan Kiefer, RN, Kiefer Senior Services

  • Courtney Smith, LSCSW, Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center

  • Glenda Martens, Director Sedgwick County Division of Corrections

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