The Georgians for Refuge, Action, Compassion, and Education Commission (GRACE) was created to combat the threat of human trafficking in the State of Georgia.

The GRACE Commission is comprised of public officials, law enforcement, for-profit and non-profit organizations, faith-based institutions, and subject matter experts to tackle human trafficking, seek justice for victims, hold bad actors accountable, and end human trafficking.

 

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Marty Kemp

First Lady of Georgia

Co-Chair of the GRACE Commission

Marty Kemp is a small business owner, community volunteer, wife, and mother of three teenage daughters.

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Jan Jones

Speaker Pro Tempore, Georgia House of Representatives

Co-Chair of the GRACE Commission

First elected to office in 2003, Representative Jan Jones has distinguished herself as a passionate advocate for changing lives and increasing economic opportunities through improved public education and government closer to the people. Jan was re-elected Speaker Pro Tem, on January 14, 2019, the second highest position in the Georgia House of Representatives.

Vic Reynolds

Director, Georgia Bureau of Investigation

Co-Chair of the GRACE Commission

Vic Reynolds was appointed the Director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation on February 18, 2019 by Governor Brian Kemp. In this position, he leads an agency of over 900 employees. Vic is the former District Attorney of Cobb County, where he was elected twice.

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Allison Ausband

Senior Vice President of In-Flight Services, Delta Air Lines

Allison Ausband is Senior Vice President — In-Flight Service for Delta Air Lines, leading a team of 24,000 flight attendants, supervisory and support personnel around the globe, as well as Delta's onboard global food and beverage operation and experience. Her key responsibilities include leading her team to ensure 200 million Delta customers have an enjoyable flight experience while maintaining a focus on safety, and building upon Delta’s “great place to work” philosophy.

Stephanie Blank

Board Chair, Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students and President, Naserian Foundation

Stephanie Blank is the Board Chair for Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students and President of the Naserian Foundation.

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Sherry Boston

DeKalb County District Attorney

Sherry Boston stands among the elite in the world of prosecution. She is one of only three African-American female District Attorneys in the State of Georgia, and among the rare one-percent of African-American females currently serving as District Attorney nationwide.

Mary Frances Bowley

Executive Director, Wellspring Living

Prior to Wellspring Living, she was first a teacher and and then, a leader in Women’s Ministry at her home church. After co-directing a large event at Philips (currently State Farm) Arena in 2000, the group of cross-cultural, faith-based women, who coordinated the event with her, desired to impact the lives of marginalized women. After much prayer and research, Wellspring Living was incorporated under my leadership and continues to forge a pathway for those who have been victimized and at risk.

Bachelor of Science in Education, Samford University, 1973 Master of Education, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1976

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Chris Carr

Georgia Attorney General

Christopher M. Carr was appointed by Governor Nathan Deal and sworn into office as Georgia's 54th Attorney General on November 1, 2016. On November 6, 2018, Carr was elected by the people of Georgia to serve a full four-year term. As Attorney General, Carr believes he has no more solemn duty than to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, the Constitution and laws of the State of Georgia and the interests of the people of the State of Georgia. He also believes that his office must play a significant role in protecting Georgians.

Dr. Meria Carstarphen

Superintendent, Atlanta Public Schools

Dr. Meria Carstarphen is the superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools. She leads the district's 52,000 students, 6,000 full-time employees, and 87 schools. 

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Geoff Duncan

Georgia Lieutenant Governor

In his first legislative session as the President of the Senate, the Georgia General Assembly passed landmark health care reform measures, ensured that computer science courses will be offered in every middle and high school across the state, and offered legislation to term limit the Office of Lt. Governor to two consecutive four year terms.

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Evia Golde

Community Advocate

Evia Golde is a community advocate and works for United Way of Greater Atlanta.

Donna Hyland

President and CEO, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Donna W. Hyland has been a tireless advocate for pediatric healthcare and the children of Georgia for more than three decades. Hyland, President and CEO of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, has overseen monumental growth and achievement throughout her career. During that time, the not-for-profit has become one of the preeminent pediatric clinical care providers in the country, with more than 11,000 employees managing more than a million patient visits a year.

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Katie Kirkpatrick

Chief Policy Officer, Metro Atlanta Chamber

Katie Kirkpatrick is the chief policy officer for the Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC), leading the Public Policy team which focuses on public policy, government affairs and political action.

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Dave McCleary

Vice Chair, Rotary Action Group Against Slavery

Dave founded "End Human Trafficking Now" in 2012 with the goal to bring awareness and action, these include Business Engagement, Effective Law Enforcement and Sustaining Freedom though empowering survivors. In 2013 Dave was appointed worldwide Vice Chair of Rotarians Against Slavery with the mission to engage 1.2 million Rotarians and 35,000 clubs on over 200 counties to take on the issues of ending modern day slavery. Dave serves on Georgia’s Statewide Taskforce as workgroup chair “Deterring Traffickers and Buyers” though Business Engagement.

In 2019, Dave was asked to join the White House Round Table on Human Trafficking with the expressed goal to engage the business and Civic Communies in the fight to end Modern-Day Slavery and Human Trafficking.

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Danelle McCusker Rees

President of Human Resources, U.S. Domestic Operations, UPS

Danelle McCusker Rees is the President of HR, U.S. Domestic Operations at UPS and serves on the GRACE Commission Board.

Jay Neal

Executive Director, Criminal Justice Coordinating Council

Mr. Neal currently serves as the Executive Director for the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. He was appointed to this position by Governor Nathan Deal in November of 2016.

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B.J. Pak

United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia

On October 10, 2017, Byung J. “BJay” Pak was sworn in as the 25th presidentially appointed U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia. He is returning to the office, having served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division from 2002 to 2008.

Gene Rackley

Director of Government Relations, Coca-Cola Company

Gene Rackley is the Director of Government Relations for the Coca-Cola Company and is responsible for federal and state legislative and regulatory issues that impact the beverage industry.

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Tom Rawlings

Division Director, Division of Family and Children Services

Tom Rawlings was previously the director of the Office of the Child Advocate before assuming the role of Interim Director for the Division of Family and Children Services.

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Heather Stockdale

CEO & Co-Founder, Georgia Cares

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.

Michelle Wallace

Senior Vice President - Clinical Operations, Grady Health System

Michelle Wallace came to Grady in 2012. She is a Registered Nurse and responsible for numerous clinical services including include emergency, trauma, burn, pharmacy, imaging and respiratory.

Camila Zolfaghari

Vice President of Policy, Street Grace

Camila Zolfaghari is the Vice President of Policy at Street Grace, a faith-based organization that focuses on helping business and community leaders end domestic minor sex trafficking throughout the United States.