MEET THE TEAM

We are advocates, innovators, prayer warriors and servants dedicated to restoring the lives of survivors of sex-trafficking and sexual exploitation; For Freedom, For Life, Forever!

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PAMELA ARMSTRONG PAUTZ

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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.” 

Jeremiah 33:3

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REBECCA CRUTCHER

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
and CHURCH DEVELOPMENT

Rebecca Crutcher has been with NSI since September 2015 and is in charge of the day to day operations of NSI as well as the Church Development program. Originally from Richmond, VA, she and her husband moved to Lancaster with their then teenage daughters in 2011. With a background in teaching (B.S. Elementary Education, 1993), Rebecca brings organizational giftings and detail to our ministry. She has led several Bible Studies and Small Groups through the years in various churches and ministry settings and enjoys mentoring young adults and encouraging them in the Lord.

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in Him.”

Lamentations 3:22-24

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CALLIE NEFF

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)

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SARAH RACINE

RESTORATION COACH

Sarah Racine is from Reading, Pennsylvania and has spent the last 10 years working and advocating in and with various justice based initiatives. With a background in Art and counseling, she has worked overseas in the red light districts of Thailand, Cambodia and India focusing on the restoration process with women who were rescued from trafficking. Sarah has also spent a significant amount of time in a Refugee camp in Greece helping with the vulnerable cases that were trafficked through the Island. Sarah's desire is to open the door of creativity in places where it has not been easily accessible whether it be in the prison, safe house, restoration home or refugee camp. Her heart is to seek justice, healing and restoration for those who are caught up in captivity.

"And he said to me, 'Son of man, can these bones live?' And I answered, 'O Lord God, you know.'"

Ezekiel 37:3-9

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JENNA CARNUCCIO

RESTORATION COACH

Jenna is from West Chester, Pennsylvania. She studied psychology: counseling and human development at Liberty University. In the desire to become a licensed counselor, she currently attends Immaculata University working on her masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Passionate for restoration in women coming from broken backgrounds, she spent two years working with women in Chester County Prison teaching life skill courses while accompanying individual and group counseling sessions for women with addictions and mental disorders. She spent one year trained as a client advocate at Blue Ridge Pregnancy Center directing and mentoring abortion vulnerable clients. Engaging her passion for the nations and human trafficking, she spent three months in Cambodia and Thailand working in restoration safe homes for men, women and children who have been trafficked all over the world.

“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?”

Isaiah 58:6

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ALLY MOORE

MARKETING COORDINATOR/RESTORATION COACH

Ally grew up in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, and attended Messiah College to study Psychology and Business Administration. She is an avid traveler, part-time photographer and constantly seeks adventure. Ally’s career history is in nonprofit management, development, and international mission work. She spent over three years traveling to and from Zimbabwe to serve and educate the poor, teaching the community sustainable agriculture, basic nutrition, and sharing the gospel. Ally is currently pursuing her MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with the hope of working alongside women throughout the nations and to continue to give a voice to the marginalized and poor.

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 

2 Corinthians 4:18

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LAUREN GROFF

ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR

Lauren Groff 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.”

Matthew 6:33-34

The Board

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CRAIG ROBERTSON
Board chair

"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."

ADRIENNE MILLER

“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."

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KATELYN KIEHL

"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."

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STEPHANIE LIPPI

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."

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North Star History

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 proper holistic support and restoration. A series of events caused Jen to become aware that there was an enormous gap between 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 opening Lancaster County's first restoration home, The Harbor.

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.)

Why are we called North Star Initiative?

For centuries, the North Star, also known as Polaris, was the guiding light of hope for thousands of African slaves as they traveled north to freedom.

It is a fixed visual beacon, aligned with the Earth's axis of rotation directly above the North Pole. While the apparent position of other stars changes throughout the night, the North Star's position remains fixed.

At North Star Initiative, we see Jesus as our fixed point and guiding light to freedom.

Today, there are more slaves in the world than in the four centuries of the African slave trade. Where the North Star brought hope and a point of navigation toward freedom for brave men, women, and children in the tumultuous South, we at North Star Initiative desire to offer hope, restoration, and a bright beacon of freedom for those in slavery today.

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Our Values

North Star Initiative's core values are developed for all those we serve, including survivors, volunteers, staff, partners, vendors, and the community that surrounds us.

FAITH:
We are a faith-based organization that seeks to accomplish its mission through the love and hope that is found in a relationship with Jesus Christ. Regardless of religious preference, we will love and accept each and every individual.

SERVANT LEADERSHIP:
We will serve others before ourselves with love, authenticity, humility and a sacrificial attitude.

INDIVIDUAL WORTH AND CARE:
We believe that every individual has dignity and value. We are committed to restoring each individual to a full life through intentional relationships.

STEWARDSHIP:
We are diligent in protecting and utilizing the gifts that have been entrusted to us with integrity to create a safe environment for those we serve.


GUIDING SCRIPTURE:

"Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; You will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings," — Isaiah 58:12

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