We believe that
sex as a commerce
needs to be stopped.
Board Vice Chair
Heather Evans is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a private counseling practice in Coopersburg, Pennsylvania. She has over 17 years experience providing individual, marriage, and family therapy, specifically specializing in complex trauma. Heather is Co-founder and involved with the Survivor Services Council. In 2013, Heather received the Allied Professional Award from Crime Victims Council of the Lehigh Valley for outstanding commitment to victims’ services. Heather has also traveled internationally with the goal of partnering with and training trauma healing caregivers. Specific interest and passion relate to anti-trafficking work is training of service providers and empowering of survivors towards effective aftercare. She is also passionate to see a multidisciplinary unified community and service response to preventing and responding to human trafficking.
A native of Western PA, Mike has lived in the Lehigh Valley for 22 years. As a father of 2 teenage girls and a young son, Mike is passionate about protecting children from the evil of sex trafficking. Especially here in our community.
Mike earned his Bachelor’s degree in economics at the University of Pittsburgh. He is the owner of a wealth management firm in Easton PA.
Nani Cuadrado, MSPAS, PA-C
Nani Cuadrado, MSPAS, PA-C is the director for Valley Health Partners (VHP) Street Medicine. She began working as an emergency medicine physician assistant (PA) for the network 17 years ago and began to realize the prevalence of homelessness and its close relationship to human trafficking within her own community. She has been a proud member and supporter of VAST (Valley Against Sex Trafficking) for six years, serving on the organization’s Board since 2017. Five years ago she established a physician assistant team at a local refugee resettlement site to provide health care for unaccompanied minors primarily from Central America many of who were victims of human trafficking or exploitation. As an assistant professor, she taught graduate physician assistant students how to care for the community’s most vulnerable and spearheaded efforts to provide free health care to a local residential home for sex-trafficked women. She is the first physician assistant to be asked to join a national commission against human trafficking for the Christian Medical Dental Association. In 2018, Nani was a TedX speaker and last year a moderator for Emmy-nominated PBS documentary about human trafficking. In 2019 she has been asked to serve on an expert work group for the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, and the Office of Population Affairs to review the intersection of human trafficking and family planning services. In October 2020, she received national recognition for her work as change agent in advocacy for street medicine, human trafficking prevention and survivor ally with the 2020 Pearl Birnbaum Hurwitz Award.
Caitlin Kolba is an area social worker with 9+ years of experience in the field. She earned her Masters in Social Work from Our Lady of the Lake University in 2017. She has served on several non-profit boards while residing in Virginia, including Greater Piedmont Trauma Informed Community Network, and has become a board member of VAST since relocating to the Lehigh Valley. Caitlin has a strong desire to enact community change and a passion for helping people succeed. Her primary focus is on empowering survivors to find themselves, set boundaries, create healthy relationships, and heal from past trauma and abuse.
Teri Haddad is a career educator and eleven-time Emmy-Award winning producer. She serves as VP of Community Early Learning Initiatives for Community Services for Children (CSC) and owns her own educational media company, eMediaWorks. Haddad spent much of her career serving in various roles at PBS39, including Chief Learning Officer. Haddad’s passion for education has earned her numerous awards including ATHENA, Women of Influence and others. Teri is a beauty enthusiast who seeks beauty in all areas of her life. Family, friends, small children and mosaics are among her favorite things.
Heather is a native to the Lehigh Valley and is steadfast to her commitment of finding ways to make her community a safer place. As a mother to two daughters, she is passionate about bringing awareness about the dangers of trafficking and also informing her fellow neighbors that these things do not only happen in big cities or in the movies–they are happening locally too. She wants to see an end to all forms of human trafficking, but she is especially impassioned to cease the exploitation of children. Heather has volunteered with a number of other nonprofits within the Lehigh Valley and has been a member of various event committees.
Michelle Wagner, MPH currently serves as the Project Coordinator for the Valley Health Partners (VHP) Street Medicine practice in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She received her Bachelor’s degree from The Pennsylvania State University where she studied bio-behavioral health with a minor in biology. Michelle earned her Master’s degree in Public Health (MPH) from West Chester University with a concentration in Healthcare Leadership.
Michelle began working for VHP Street Medicine in January 2021 and she is responsible for data monitoring, project management, and overseeing research projects. She coordinates a Medical Respite program which provides a safe place for individuals experiencing homelessness to recover from acute health issues. Prior to 2021, Michelle spent four years working as a Community Health Specialist in Bethlehem where she coordinated a shelter-based outreach program, trained pre-public health students on Social Determinants of Health, and advocated a local level to meet the needs of individuals experiencing homelessness in the Lehigh Valley.
Outside of work, Michelle owns a small vegetable farm, Sun Drop Farm of PA, and she enjoys spending time with her animals, Maggie and Oliver.
Tashina Khabbaz is a User Experience Researcher at Robert Half. She received her
doctorate at Lehigh University in the Department of Educational Leadership. In addition
to a bachelor’s in psychology and a master’s in Education, Khabbaz holds a certificate
in Comparative and International Education and in Technology Use in Schools.
Khabbaz is presently on the Board for an anti-trafficking organization VAST (Valley
Against Sex Trafficking), prior to this role she was the Educational Specialist where she
developed and enhanced instructional materials used for education and outreach, and presented resources in a variety of setting. Her research interests target racial inequality within sex trafficking as well as sex trafficking preparation and response within the K-12 sector.
John Petruzzelli has spent his entire 31-year career in Catholic education. In October 2018, John was appointed Principal of Kolbe Academy, the first faith-based/Catholic recovery high school in the nation, by Allentown Bishop Alfred A. Schlert.
Prior to Kolbe Academy, John served as Principal at St. Joseph Preparatory School in Philadelphia and Principal of Bethlehem Catholic High School in Bethlehem. He has a wealth of experience in the Catholic school system that includes school administration, admissions, campus ministry and advancement. He has also been a teacher in the Dioceses of Wilmington, Arlington and Philadelphia.
John is a graduate of St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in History. He has earned a Master’s degree in Education in School Leadership and Instruction from Wilmington University in Delaware.
John has enjoyed the life-changing work he is doing over the last two years as the founding Principal of Kolbe Academy. He recently completed the first school year of Kolbe Academy and hosted the school’s first Graduation this past summer. The opportunity to travel across the Diocese of Allentown, speak with many families who have been touched by addiction, travel to other recovery high schools, and work with students in recovery are all highlights of his tenure as Principal.
Frank DeVito is an attorney living in the Lehigh Valley. He has practiced in the areas of corporate law and civil litigation since 2019, and will serve as full-time solicitor to the Carbon County office of Child and Youth Services beginning in June, 2021.
He resides in Northampton County, PA with his wife and three children, where he also serves on the Northampton County Election Commission.