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. Below, Board Members share their reasons for joining the Board, and for standing up against sexual violence in Ohio:
Board Officers, by office held
Emily began first working with survivors of sexual trauma as a volunteer victim advocate during her undergraduate studies, continuing such work through internships and graduate school, obtaining both an MA in Women’s Studies at the George Washington University and Master of Social Work at the University of Cincinnati, and as a Sexual Assault Response Coordinator at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. In her current role as a clinical social worker, she provides psychotherapy to veterans with a broad range of mental health needs, including healing from trauma. Emily was motivated to serve on the OAESV Board of Directors, recognizing the inherent connection between direct service and working collectively to influence public policy and contribute to cultural changes that will lead to an end to sexual violence. Emily lives in Cincinnati with her partner Andrew and their two cats, enjoying cooking, concerts, kayaking, and teaching meditation.
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.
Board Members, alphabetical by last name
Carolyn received a Bachelor's degree in Communications and Media Management from Miami University. She is the Executive Director of Brand Marketing for Donatos Pizza, and has spent her career in restaurant marketing with Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, Wendy's Company, and Max & Erma's Restaurants. Carolyn also has non-profit and fundraising experience from her early career start with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The mother of three daughters in their 20's, Carolyn is motivated to provide her branding, marketing, and communication skills and leadership to OAESV and impact change after one of her daughters and several nieces were raped.
Lee Ann Cochran
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.
Dr. Tyffani Monford Dent
Dr. Tyffani Monford Dent is a licensed psychologist and national presenter on issues of Title IX, gender-responsive treatment, social activism through an intersectional/anti-oppression lens, culturally-informed treatment, and faith-based work with survivors. Dr. Dent serves on several state, national, and international boards addressing issues of mental health, sexual violence prevention and intervention, and human trafficking. Dr. Dent was led to join the OAESV board because "I am passionate about addressing the need for sexual violence prevention and intervention to include the acknowledgement of the intersectionality of Black and Brown women and their needs. OAESV has demonstrated a commitment to assisting rape crisis centers in advocating for the needs of all survivors and making sure legislation fully views sexual violence as anti-oppression work".
Andrew Hulse holds an undergraduate degree in political science with a minor in business leadership and management from Capital University. Andrew has been a part of the local Columbus startup scene since graduation, and his current home is local data analytics and communications agency, Futurety. Having a passion for doing work through his father’s church and a personal connection to helping survivors of sexual violence, Andrew has been involved from a young age with local organizations that focus on aiding young men and women in need. Joining OAESV’s Board of Directors is his most recent endeavor on a continued quest towards helping to end sexual violence and providing support for survivors.
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.
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."
Danielle P. Tong
Danielle is a licensed social worker and non-profit consultant that specializes in improvement science. She was initially introduced to OAESV through positive conversation from colleagues, and then experienced for herself the strength and competence of leadership within the organization. "I am honored and excited to be a part of an unwavering organization that is unapologetic in their advocacy on behalf of people who have survived the trauma of sexual violence."
Becoming a Board Member
Are you interested in giving of your time, talents, and expertise by serving as an OAESV Board Member? Please electronically complete or print our board member nomination packet. Click HERE to view requirements regarding duties and commitment.
Nominate a Board Member Today!
The Board of Directors of the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence (OAESV) is presently accepting recommendations for skilled, committed, and active individuals to be considered for nomination to the OAESV Board of Directors for a minimum 2-year term. In order to continue our efforts to maintain a productive and progressive Board for OAESV, we are searching for potential board members who possess the necessary leadership skills to assist the organization in achieving next stage growth and ensuring that the organization flourishes.
Click HERE to access our nomination form, which includes additional information about the skills and characteristics we're looking for in a board member.