OUR STORY

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.

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Our Story

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.

Our Team

Jerry Redman

Jerry Redman

Co-Founder | CEO

Jerry Redman is Co-Founder and CEO. His responsibilities with Second Life include vision casting and strategic development, fund-raising, as well as speaking on behalf of the organization. Jerry is a member of the Tennessee Governor’s Human Trafficking Advisory Council, as well as Chairperson of the Chattanooga Coalition Against Human Trafficking Executive Committee. He also serves as Chairperson of the Hamilton County Citizens Review Panel, which provides counsel to the Department of Children’s Services.

Jerry holds a Master’s Degree in Transformational Leadership from Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, MN, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Lee University in Cleveland, TN.

Megan Nichols

Megan Nichols

Operational Support for Survivor Services

Megan’s primary responsibilities include providing administrative support to the Survivor Services’ team. Megan manages and utilizes the Second Life volunteers. She also schedules the Human Trafficking 101 trainings within the community.

Megan attended Lee University to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. She has served at several local nonprofits and has been passionate about this cause for several years.

 Emily Aikins, LMFT

Emily Aikins, LMFT

Director of Survivor Services

Emily is the Director of Survivor Services. She is a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist in the state of Tennessee and holds a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Richmont Graduate University in Chattanooga, TN. Emily completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Taylor University in Upland, IN. Emily has worked in the field of community mental health providing in-home therapy to adults, children, and families, while also providing leadership to a team of therapists and case managers. She has additionally worked in the juvenile justice system, providing counseling and trauma-informed care to adolescents and their families. 

Emily’s primary responsibilities with Second Life include creating the Survivor Services program and building a team to provide services to the 25-county Lower East region of Tennessee.

Jeanine Redman

Jeanine Redman

Executive Assistant

Jeanine’s primary responsibilities are scheduling and correspondence. She also documents financial donations and assists in event planning. In addition to her over 35 years of experience in various areas of sales and management, she was a Licensed Funeral Director for ten years in Cleveland, TN.

Jeanine attended Lee University and obtained a B.S. degree in Elementary and Special Education.

 

Frances Warner, LCSW

Frances Warner, LCSW

Survivor Services Program Coordinator

Frances is the Survivor Services Program Coordinator. 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 Chattanooga include assisting in creating and implementing the survivor services program for the 25-county Lower East region of Tennessee.

Wendy Halvorson

Bookkeeper

Wendy’s primary responsibilities are bookkeeping and managing grant reimbursements.

Wendy 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.

Our Board

 

 

Dr. Terry Johns

Board Chair

Dr. Terry Johns is Executive Director and co-founder of The Refuge in Cleveland, TN. 

Melydia Clewell

Board Member

Melydia Clewell is the Director of Community Outreach for the Hamilton County, TN District Attorney’s Office.

Paige Evatt

Board Member

Paige Evatt, Attorney at Law is the Pro Bono Project Director for Legal Aid of East Tennessee.

Russell Waldrop

Board Member

Russell Waldrop does community outreach and public relations for Chattanooga Cares.

Bob Rodgers

Board Member

Bob Rodgers serves as Street Grace president and CEO. He is also the co-founder of the Freedom Coalition.

Our Partners

 

 

If you or someone you know is in trouble,  please call the national or state human trafficking hotline number.

National Hotline: 1 (888) 373-7888
Tennessee Hotline: 1 (855) 558-6484

Contact Us:

PO Box 25485
Chattanooga, TN 37422

(423) 994-4857
contact@secondlifetn.org