CEO & Co-Founder
In her role as CEO, Heather is responsible for the overall development and implementation of the organization’s mission and strategic priorities. Ms. Stockdale’s passion for child advocacy, youth development and government policy began during her time working under the Office of the Child Advocate. Her aspirations and dedication to these areas led her to a career at the Governor’s Office for Children and Families (GOCF). In her role at Georgia Cares, a passion for child advocacy, policy, social justice, and innovative solutions are joined in the fight to end modern day slavery in the form of child sex trafficking. Ms. Stockdale serves on several advisory boards and groups for trafficking and youth related issues, is a member of the Junior League of Atlanta, and is a proud graduate of the University of Georgia.
Director of Programming
In her role, Hannah directs the provision of all of our programs and services at Georgia Cares. She collaborates with each and every program coordinator as they work towards fulfilling the agency’s strategic plans. Hannah’s goal is to ensure that every program at Georgia Cares results in a positive, evidence-driven impact on the youth in communities served. She helps our agency meet its mission by overseeing the organization’s daily operations as well as leading our advocacy and policy reform efforts. She received her LMSW/MPH from the University of Georgia and recently received her LCSW in 2018. Aside from serving Georgia Cares, Hannah enjoys being a full-time mom to a wild one-year-old!
Quality Assurance Program Coordinator
Shanequa is the Quality Assurance Program Coordinator at Georgia Cares, where she helps with policy and procedure, grants management, grant applications, our standards for safe home providers, and data management through our annual evaluation, collaborate, and continuous quality improvement projects. She helps ensure youth in Georgia get the highest quality of care possible. The Quality Assurance Program also assists in the certification and technical support of residential safe homes across Georgia for confirmed youth victims of DMST/CSEC. Shanequa obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Jacksonville State University and her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of New England. She gained valuable experience while working for the Department of Family & Children Services and the Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities.
Hotline Program Coordinator
Katie manages our 24/7 hour Georgia Cares Hotline, through which individuals can call and obtain assistance in emergency situations, make a referral for youth who may have been exploited, and learn more about the important work that Georgia Cares does. She also manages the intake program and processes through new referrals, ensuring that each case is handled in a timely manner and with appropriate follow-up. Katie has a Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Georgia and spends her spare time training service dogs. She is currently raising her 6th dog, a Golden Retriever, who is in training to be a mobility service dog for a handler with ALS.
Assessment Program Coordinator
Amanda is responsible for managing and operating our Assessment team. This team travels throughout the state conducting evidence-based assessments for at-risk and victimized youth. Amanda oversees the collaborative stabilization of the youth during the initial phases of being integrated into Georgia Cares. The Assessment team also provides referrals for resources for confirmed and non-confirmed victims of domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST). Before coming to Georgia Cares, Amanda worked as a bilingual enrollment specialist at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta. Amanda received her Masters in Social Work with a concentration in Community Empowerment and Program Development from the University of Georgia. Prior to that, she received her Bachelors in Social Work and Bachelors in Spanish Language from Cedarville University.
Care Coordination Program Coordinator
Sabrina supports Georgia Cares’ strategic priority of Victim Support and Restoration. She manages a team of care coordinators who work to ensure that youth who are confirmed for sexual exploitation receive case management services to assist them on their path to recovery. Our care coordinators travel across the state to provide trauma-informed, youth-centered care, all while maintaining community partnerships. Sabrina has a Masters in Social Work from Boston College and enjoys working and advocating for at-risk populations. She possesses a deep passion for social justice, women’s rights, advocacy and prevention.
Outreach Programs Coordinator
Robyn supports the impact of Georgia Cares by engaging with communities and volunteers through-out the state of Georgia! Providing awareness and training on domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST) is a crucial part of Robyn’s work in conjunction with managing Georgia Cares’ marketing and communication efforts, event planning, and fundraising. Her goal is to provide the necessary tools and resources to others in order to provide quality care and services to victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC). Robyn and her family now reside in Atlanta, Georgia after living in the UK for the last ten years.