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)
Sarah 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
I grew up in Syracuse, NY. In Syracuse, I worked on a suicide hotline for one year and was active in small groups and the kid's ministry at my church.I have worked at Panera Bread for nearly six years along with four of my siblings. In order to pursue my desire of serving women in situations of vulnerability and oppression, I am currently finishing up my degree in Social Work from Lancaster Bible College and will graduate in May. I have been interning at Susquehanna Valley Pregnancy Center for the last year and meet with clients for prenatal education, pregnancy tests, and options counseling. I went on two short-term missions trips to the Dominican Republic and served in a home for women who have been in human trafficking which sparked my desire to work with this population. In my spare time I enjoy hiking, journaling, and reading.
Romans 5:8 (ESV) "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
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
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
In 2000 I had my first experience witnessing sex trafficking when serving in the military and visiting South Korea. I was reintroduced to sex trafficking in the States when I worked in Corrections and as a Police Officer. I continued to work in Law Enforcement up until December 2017 when I retired as a PA State Parole Agent. The Lord has prepared and opened a new door for me at NorthStar; I am blessed and honored to be a Restoration Coach at “The Harbor.” I look forward to offering hope and restoration to the residents by sharing the Gospel of Jesus.
“I sought the Lord, and He answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.” Psalm 34:4
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.”
"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.)