MEET THE TEAM
We are advocates, innovators, prayer warriors and servants dedicated to restoring the lives of survivors of sex-trafficking; For Freedom, For Life, Forever!
Pam has an eclectic career history: from a finance manager for a national Financial and Securities firm, to Sales Director of a multi-state manufactured housing corporation, to a consultant for development and business operations for local non-profits. For ten years she owned and managed a multi-million-dollar retail operation in the manufactured housing industry. Upon the sale of her company, she entered into the arena of local non-profits, focusing primarily on the human condition. Pam is a compelling speaker on the topic of employee/volunteer engagement, non-profit operations, and more recently on the topic of domestic human trafficking. She is a board member of Lancaster County Project of the Needy, has served as a board member for Community Homeless Outreach Center and is an active member of her church.
“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”
RESTORATION PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Callie Neff has extensive experience in residential programs from serving as a counselor in an outdoor therapeutic wilderness program, overseeing group homes for adults with developmental disabilities and living and working with minors in foster care who were actively parenting. She and her husband have had leadership of the maternity housing program, House of His Creation, which is now part of Family of Restoration Ministries also in Lititz. Callie has expanded to serving others in housing programs through teaching, training and consultation and part of that has been serving on the restoration team for NSI during the development of the Harbor residential program. Through all these seasons God has been faithful to weave together her love for the Lord with great compassion and desire to see those served and serving walk in freedom, hope and into the fullness of God’s design for their lives.
"The Spirit of Adonai Elohim is upon me, because Adonai has anointed me to announce good news to the poor. He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted; to proclaim freedom to the captives, to let out into light those bound in the dark." Isaiah 61:1 (CJB)
Alicia is passionate to see each woman find their purpose as they find restoration and healing.
"Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails" Proverbs 19:21
Sheila served with Youth With a Mission for 5 years and continues to enjoy working with young adults in her home church. She uses her administrative and bookkeeping gifts to bless ministries, but her most valued time, if not in a good book, is with her husband and kids.
“Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken.” Psalm 55:22
EDUCATION AND BEHAVIORAL SUPPORT SPECIALIST
Paula has a calling to see God glorified in the education of each individual, so each person may walk in fellowship with Him and be the person he or she was created to be. She is a certified school psychologist who homeschools her own children and teaches at Lancaster County homeschool cooperatives. She has also been an adjunct faculty for Harrisburg Area Community College within the psychology department. Paula first began supporting women coming out of trafficking by hosting for Women At Risk International and now supports women in their educational goals in her work at The Harbor.
"And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns." Philippians 1:6
Lauren is a Lancaster local and works as the Administrative Assistant at North Star Initiative. She has a heart for non-profit ministries as well as seeing God’s restoration change and empower lives. Lauren studied in Lynchburg, Virginia, and graduated from Liberty University with a BS Interdisciplinary degree combining Psychology, Theater, and Women’s Ministry. She hopes to merge all three in a therapeutic-based ministry one day. Lauren has served in positions that offer care to prison inmates and young women. The first verses she memorized years ago continue to motivate her today:
“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
After raising her kids, Margie felt a calling to homeless and abused women. She spent the past several years as a Medical Advocate for sexually assaulted victims and serving the homeless in her community. Margie is also involved in a strip club ministry that encourages, supports and loves on local women monthly.
“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, and to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.” Isaiah 61:1
Maria grew up in central Pennsylvania and has traveled to multiple country since she was seven. In the past, she worked at a safe house, managed a coffee shop for two years (she loves a good cup of coffee), and was involved in youth group and worship leading at her home church. Most recently, she moved to Lancaster for college for her bachelors in Social Work and Bible.
“Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.” Habakkuk 3:17-18
Kerry has always had a heart for helping people. She did a study through Laugh Out Loud Ministries and rediscovered after years of being a Mom that trafficking was that “thing” she couldn’t stay silent about anymore. She has been working at the Harbor for a few months and finding it to be challenging and rewarding all at the same time. “I’m glad to be a part of this team.”
Janelle, born and raised in Lancaster County, carries a passion for the Lord and a heart to see women experience healing and freedom so they can walk out their God-given destiny. She has been involved in discipling and mentoring women and young adults through various capacities, including Cleansing Stream Ministries at her local church. One of her greatest roles has been over the past 20 years as a stay-at-home mom!
“Rest in God alone, my soul, for my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and salvation, my stronghold; I will not be shaken. My salvation and glory depend on God, my strong rock. My refuge is in God. Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your heart before him. God is our refuge.” Psalm 62:5-8
Jannelle grew up in Lancaster City and attended Millersville University to study Social Work. Prior to serving at NSI, she worked as a case manager assisting and serving those experiencing homelessness and mental health. She loves spending time with her family and has a heart for people from all walks of life. Jannelle is currently working towards a MSW and looks forward to working within her community.
“Those of us who are strong and able in the faith need to step in and lend a hand to those who falter, and not just do what is most convenient for us. Strength is for service, not status. Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking ourselves, “How can I help?” Romans 15: 1-2
Heather is originally from Minnesota and has had diverse experience including hospitality, residential education, and health care. She is active in her church's women's ministry and serves as a mentor in the young adult ministry. She is passionate about helping women achieve their God-given potential.
"We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God, but our lives as well because you have become so dear to us."1 Thessalonians 2:8
Jaleen, from Reading, PA, is a 2018 graduate from Millersville University, earning her Masters of Social Work. She has over 3 years of experiencing work with individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Lancaster County. She has a strong passion for working with youth and plans to begin working with homeless youth in the near future. Jaleen serves as the Full-Time Program Coordinator at Good Samaritan Service but also enjoys traveling abroad, cooking, and time spent with family.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your path.” Proverbs 3:5-6
"It is a great privilege to serve Him as a Board Member of North Star Initiative and I look forward to seeing His vision and purpose being revealed and played out in the lives of our residents."
Kim is the Regional Liaison for Pa. Assoc. of Business Officials. He is also a consultant for KLS Consulting and Capital.
"Sex trafficking is a heinous evil and I can't think of a better way to help than providing a safe place for healing and restoration for women caught in this horrific bondage."
"For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another." Galatians 5:13
"My desire is to be a voice for the helpless and hopeless. While we will never be able to fix all the brokenness in the world, I am thrilled women in our community have the opportunity to find healing and be restored."
“It is my privilege to make a small contribution to the sincere and strong team at North Star Initiative. I have responded to the Lord’s call on my heart to reach out to women whom are in need; to help speak the love and the truth of salvation in Christ into their hearts and to not only encourage them, but to equip and enable them to move away from the darkness of sex trafficking and into the light and joy of living as one of Christ’s daughters."
When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” Matthew 25:39-40 "How can I not help those who are imprisoned in the world of sex trafficking? It is my passion to see them freed and given the chance to be restored to a life of beauty in Christ."
North Star Initiative began in 2009 as a grass roots movement known as Lancaster Initiative aGainst Human Trafficking (L.I.G.H.T.), formed by Christians with a heart to combat modern day slavery.
During this time, Founder Jen Sensenig noticed signs that led her to believe that women in Lancaster, PA were being used for sexual services just miles from her home. Jen worked for the next year with an organized crime unit gathering observations based on her interaction with local women, their traffickers, and their johns. The investigations revealed that the women were involved in a large prostitution ring that extended to several states along the East Coast. Jen's ongoing interaction with one of the women in a massage spa was the catalyst for forming North Star Initiative.
"That was the point that human trafficking now had a face and name for me... it was no longer a statistic. Ever since, it has become about 'restoring the one.'" — Jen Sensenig
The women were "freed" from the prostitution ring and were not prosecuted or deported. However, the debate began if these women were willing prostitutes or sex trafficked victims in need of support and restoration. This series of events caused Jen to become aware that there was an enormous gap between freed trafficking survivors and the restoration aftercare they need.
L.I.G.H.T. then transformed into North Star Initiative, shifting its focus to the restoration and aftercare of trafficked persons with the vision of operating Lancaster County's first restoration home, The Harbor, which officially opened in the late winter of 2017.
North Star Initiative received its 501(c)3 non-profit tax-exempt status In January 2013, and is a founding member of the Lancaster Anti-Trafficking Network (LATN.)