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Meet our Leadership Team!

Heather Stockdale
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.

Shanequa Stepps
Director of Programming

In her role, Shanequa directs the provision of all 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. Shanequa’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. 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.



Hannah Murfet
Grants & Data Manager

 Hannah is the Grants & Data Manager 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, collaborations, 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. 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!


 Katie Samuels
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.  



Valerie Hard
Assessment Program Coordinator

Valerie 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. Valerie 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 Valerie worked as a case manager for Access Inc. of San Diego. Valerie received her Masters in Social Work with a concentration in Administration and Community Development from San Diego State University. Prior to that, she received her Bachelors of Science in Social Science with a concentration in Social Services from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo.


Sabrina Fiaz
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

Meet our new staff member in November 2019!

This position 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 the work in conjunction with managing Georgia Cares’ marketing and communication efforts, event planning, and fundraising.

About Georgia Cares

Georgia Cares is a non- profit 501(c)(3) entity. We are the state coordinating agency connecting services and supports for child victims of sex trafficking and exploitation. We strive to bring hope, build resilience, and give every child the opportunity to thrive.


Contact Us

P.O. Box 724197
Atlanta, Georgia 31139

24-Hour Hotline

404-602-0068 Admin
404-371-1030 Fax