We are blessed to have a dedicated team of staff who are passionate about serving the needs of domestic minor sex trafficking victims.

  • For general inquiries, please call our main office at (614) 302-9515
  • For specific questions, please see the staff directory below.

Meet our Staff

  • Terri Foltz, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Advocacy
    Terri received a Masters of Education from Texas A&M Universtiy and a J.D. from the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University. She has represented businesses and their interests in litigation but her passion is serving at-risk and traumatized children. She, along with her family, lived in The Republic of the Philippines heading Bethany Home for Children. She has also given leadership to a K-12 school tpecialized in providing effective academic intervention to students. She and her husband, Ron, have three children and live in the greater Columbus area.

    Contact Terri: tfoltz@gracehaven.me

  • Erica Peoples, Director of Programs

    Erica joined Gracehaven’s team in 2016. Her most rewarding role is being with the girls - working through the mess and being a consistent trustworthy adult who listens and shows God’s unconditional love. Prior to Gracehaven, Erica spent the last 15 years working at the City Life Center (Central Ohio Youth for Christ) living in Franklinton, working with at-risk teens in the neighborhood. Her passion is mentoring girls from hard places. Witnessing the growth and transformation of young lives is her joy!

    Erica and her husband Andre share a love for fostering teens and have four biological children of their own. She graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Science.

    Contact Erica: epeoples@gracehaven.me

  • Melissa Harvin, Director of Administration

    Melissa joined YFC staff in 2017 as a Resident Assistant at the Gracehaven house. She loves being with the girls but her prior experience as an auditor quickly became useful to Gracehaven's administrative team. She has a degree in business from The Ohio State University and professional experience in both operational and financial administration. Melissa lives in Columbus with her husband and two children. Together they serve as a licensed foster family and enjoy caring for and learning from kids from hard places. You can find Melissa either with her head in a book or at a local farmers' market, yarn shop or recreation center with a few kids in tow. 

    Contact Melissa: mharvin@gracehaven.me

  • Brooke Pollard, Resource Coordinator

    Brooke has a Bachelors degree from Ohio University in Communications and Psychology. Her passion to end sex trafficking started in 2009 when she interned at a jail where she performed interviews and psychoanalysis of the female inmates. She quickly discovered that all of these females had been abused as children, and never able to find recovery.  Her passion to start her own recovery house for sex-trafficked victims came after several years of never finding complete satisfaction in the corporate world. When researching sex-trafficking and rehabilitation centers she discovered Gracehaven. She now works as the Resource Coordinator where she works directly with the girls teaching life skills, while also performing administrative tasks. Brooke collabortes with community groups, coordinates volunteers, and is the contact person for general inquiries. 

    Contact Brooke: bpollard@gracehaven.me

  • René Porchowsky, MSW, LSW, Clinical Coordinator

    René is the Clinical Coordinator and Mental Health Therapist at Gracehaven. René earned an undergraduate degree in Social Work and Equine Business Management from Asbury University and a Master of Social Work from The Ohio State University. René is also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing and is certified to provide Equine Assisted Therapy through the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association. Her experience reflects a passion for encouraging clients to find healing from trauma through strengths-based and Christ-centered counseling.

    Contact Rene: rporchowsky@gracehaven.me

  • Amanda Friesel, Community Case Manager

    Amanda Friesel has a B.S. in Human Ecology and a Masters degree in Social Work. Amanda also works within Central Ohio’s Rescue and Restore Coalition and is the co-chair of the Public Awareness Committee. She has extensive research experience in the human trafficking field and has been directly working with survivors for two years. Her recent activities include being the Advisor and Founder of the Why Us? Campaign. This is a public awareness campaign that aims to educate Ohio State and the surrounding community on the severity of human trafficking, the diversity of it, as well as how it affects college campuses and college-aged people. 

    Contact Amanda: afriesel@gracehaven.me

  • Carrie Smith, Community Case Manager

    Carrie became excited about the mission of helping survivors of sex trafficking during an internship at Youth for Christ in 2015. It was always a dream for her that she would be able to eventually be involved in some way with supporting and advocating for the voiceless. Carrie was an intern at Gracehaven from January-May of 2018 and graduated in May with a degree in Social and Human Services from Columbus State University. Her passion is seeing survivors of sex trafficking and high-risk children understand how much God loves and values them, and for all people to live out their potential for a life full of the grace of Jesus. Carrie lives in Columbus with roommates from her college home church.

    Contact Carrie: csmith@gracehaven.me