Board of Directors
We are a collaborative of agencies and people who bring human trafficking issues into focus through education, advocacy and support.
President: Celia McIntosh, DNP, RN, FNP-C, CCRN, CEN, SCRN, CNRN (2020 - 2022)
Secretary: Janelle Snow (2020 - 2022)
Treasurer: Marilyn Rosen (2019 - 2023)
Communications Strategist: Melanie Blow (2020 - 2022)
Ad Hoc Member: S.M. Hernandez (2021 - 2023)
Ad Hoc Member: Sparkle Wells (2021 - 2023)
Melanie Blow is the Chief Operations Officer for the Stop Abuse Campaign, a national organization that prevents Adverse Childhood Experiences through public education and public policy. As a member of RRCAHT's steering committee, she uses her experience to help RRCAHT manage its media and communications goals. Melanie also sits on the Trauma Informed Community Initiative of Western NY, the Downstate Crime Victims Coalition (the only member west of the Hudson) and is a member of the public policy committee of the Association of Professionals Against Child Abuse.
S.M. Hernandez is a member of the COVID-19 response team for both New York State and Monroe County, and has been working at both testing and vaccination sites since April 2021. They are passionate about community service and political advocacy work. Among other projects, they led a self-harm and addiction outreach program in Colorado high schools, and directed a campaign to educate immigrant communities on their rights in Dallas, TX. Since moving to Rochester in 2019, they have facilitated a support group at the Out Alliance, and currently serve on the Rochester Mutual Aid Network's education committee. They are excited to utilize their wide variety of experience in contributing to RRCAHT's mission.
Dr. Celia McIntosh is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner who completed her Masters and Doctorate degrees (DNP) at the St. John Fisher College; she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the College at Brockport State University of NY and her Associate of Applied Science in nursing from Monroe Community College (MCC). Dr. McIntosh's specialty areas include neurology. Her interests includes health policy, advocacy, human trafficking, psychological trauma, and child sexual assault. She joined the Rochester Regional Coalition Against Human Trafficking (RRCAHT) in 2014 in an effort to bridge her love for nursing, law and advocacy. As a member of the coalition she worked on the visibility subcommittee. She has been the current chair of RRCAHT since June 2016. Dr. McIntosh is passionate about increasing awareness about human trafficking, ending human trafficking and becoming a voice for policy and social change in the fight against human trafficking.
Marilyn Rosen is a founding member of RRCAHT and previously served as membership chair. She is also a volunteer for the Rochester Chapter of Hadassah, Temple Sinai, Wilmot Cancer Center, Planned Parenthood, St. Joe's Neighborhood Center, School 45, the MUCCC, and CURB (Community Uprooting Racism in Brighton). Marilyn is a story-teller.
Janelle Snow is a Grant Writer and Program Development Specialist at Community Resource Collaborative. She graduated from University at Buffalo in 2012 and immediately began working with youth in workforce development and education under the Workforce Innovation And Opportunity Act. In her role as grant writer and program developer, she is focused and passionate about obtaining stable funding to create unique, accessible, and impactful programming for youth who are at risk of violence of all forms. Since 2018, she has been serving as the co-chair of Youth Services Quality Council and Board Secretary of the Rochester Regional Coalition Against Human Trafficking. She remains committed to making Rochester a safe, healthy , and equitable community that allows all to thrive.
Sparkle Wells is a Community Health Project Coordinator for the Cancer Services Program of the Finger Lakes Region, and the Promote Health, Prevent Cancer initiative at URMC. She previously supervised the Safe Harbor/Street Outreach/Safe Place programs at The Center for Youth. She is a credentialed Chemical Dependency Counselor with a passion for behavioral health. She is skilled in nonprofit organization management, public policy, crisis intervention, public speaking, group therapy, community outreach, and client advocacy. Sparkle holds a Master of Public Administration degree and a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Public Health, both from SUNY Brockport, as well as an Associates of Science degree in Psychology from Monroe Community College. Her passion for awareness of human trafficking stems from her work in behavioral health. Sparkle has been a member of the board since late 2021.