Second Life Tennessee began as an unexpected conversation between two friends in 2007. Over time this conversation grew into the development of our organizational commitment to not only fight human trafficking, but to be a part of the movement that will bring about the end of the crime in the U.S. From our beginning, we have been a partnership-driven organization, realizing that collaboration is central to the success of our cause. As part of a statewide network of non-governmental, governmental, law enforcement, and private sector partners, Second Life Tennessee has helped to position Tennessee as the leading state in the country in the fight against human trafficking. Throughout our history we have endeavored to impact our communities and state through our core values of human dignity, integrity, excellence, partnerships, and innovation. Fulfilling our mission means we create and coordinate prevention, policy, and survivor services in the 25-county footprint of Lower East Tennessee. A decade into our journey of working on behalf of those who are affected by trafficking, our dedication to the cause is stronger and clearer than ever. We do our work every day guided by hope, passion, and an unshakeable belief that we can and will see human trafficking defeated. We invite you to step into this story with us, as together, we will ensure that a trafficking-free future will be realized.
Co-Founder | CEOJerry is the Co-Founder and CEO of Second Life Tennessee. He received a master of arts degree in Transformational Leadership from Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, MN, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Lee University in Cleveland, TN. Prior to co-founding Second Life, Jerry served as a pastor, as well as provided leadership-based consulting to both organizational and individual clients.
Jerry’s primary responsibilities with Second Life include speaking, vision-casting and organizational development, fund-raising, and governmental relations. Jerry chairs the Chattanooga Coalition Against Human Trafficking, the Hamilton County Citizen Review Panel, serves on the Governor’s Human Trafficking Advisory Council, and is a member of the federal Department of Health and Human Services’ Region 4 Anti-Trafficking Working Group.
Director of AdvocacyAnnie attended Tennessee Wesleyan College where she obtained a bachelors of science in Human Services. She has built her career on building awareness for domestic violence, ensuring client specific services and advocating in court for children at risk. Annie has held several positions within the human and social services setting including, In-Home Care Coordinator, In-Home Counselor, Case Manager and Program Director.
Annie’s primary responsibilities with Second Life Tennessee include supervising our Survivor Advocates, referral development with partners and advocating for clients in the lower east region of Tennessee.
Frances Warner, LCSW
Program DirectorFrances is the Program Director. She attended the University of Kentucky to pursue a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Social Work. Frances is now a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She began her career working with at risk youth and their families. She has specialized in working with clients with complex trauma. Frances has held many positions within the community mental health setting including as an intensive-in-home counselor, an outpatient counselor, and later as a team leader and clinical supervisor for case managers, therapists, MSW interns and LCSW candidates.
Frances’s primary responsibilities with Second Life Tennessee include assisting in creating and implementing the survivor services program for the 25-county Lower East region of Tennessee and supervising the Survivor Services team.
Allana attended Dalton State College in Dalton, GA, where she obtained a Bachelors degree in Social Work. She has volunteered, interned and worked in mental health, hospice, and local social service clinics for numerous years. Allana’s great passion is empowering and advocating for/with individuals to find their voice through active listening, empathy and open-mindedness. Allana is trained in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), and a certified Leader in Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP).
Allana’s primary role as a Case Manager at Second Life Tennessee includes assisting survivors daily with support, resources, advocation, education, and empowering survivors to begin again in the lower east region of Tennessee.
Community Outreach CoordinatorLilly is the Community Outreach Coordinator. She attended Lee University where she attained a bachelors of arts degree in Public Relations. With a background in working with youth and children, Lilly has experience as a camp counselor and outdoor safety and team building coordinator. She has held a position as a teachers assistant as well as a circulation assistant at the library during her undergraduate time at Lee.
Lilly’s responsibilities include: engaging with the 25 counties that we serve, conducting human trafficking 101 for the community, volunteer management, and marketing.
Program CoordinatorMegan is SLTN’s Program Coordinator. She attended Lee University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Sociology. Megan has varied administrative and leadership experience in the Chattanooga non-profit community.
BookkeeperWendy attended Wheaton College and obtained a degree in Business & Economics. She worked in Finance in Chicago and Dallas for over 10 years before moving to Chattanooga.
Wendy’s primary responsibilities are bookkeeping and managing grant reimbursements.
InternKilian has interned with us for the past two years while pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice and minor in Political Science. In her two years she has assisted us with promotional events, fostering partnerships and promoting Human Trafficking 101 awareness events. Most recently her responsibilities include research to better assist in strategic marketing. Upon her early graduation in December 2018, she hopes to pursue a career in ending this modern day slavery.
Marina Evers is interning at Second Life during her senior year at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s of Social Work degree and plans on graduating in May. As an aspiring Social Worker, she is deeply passionate about working with women in domestic violence as well as women and children who have experienced trafficking. Marina’s primary responsibilities include building a resource book for client needs in and around the Chattanooga area, assisting staff members with informational trainings, and learning as much as she can while enjoying her time here at Second Life.
Dr. Terry Johns
Board ChairDr. Terry Johns is Executive Director and co-founder of The Refuge in Cleveland, TN.
Board MemberMelydia Clewell is the Director of Community Outreach for the Hamilton County, TN District Attorney’s Office.
Board MemberPaige Evatt, Attorney at Law is the Pro Bono Project Director for Legal Aid of East Tennessee.
Board MemberRussell Waldrop does community outreach and public relations for Chattanooga Cares.
Board MemberBob Rodgers serves as Street Grace president and CEO. He is also the co-founder of the Freedom Coalition.