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Our Team

Our team is made up of a group of professionals varying in industries, backgrounds and expertise, most of whom volunteer their time. We have a a common goal of fighting for the rights of human trafficking survivors. Learn more about ALIGHT’s founder, board members and advisors below.


Founder & Executive Director

Marianna Kosharovsky

Marianna Kosharovsky, J.D. is the Founder and Executive Director of ALIGHT (Alliance to Lead Impact in Global Human Trafficking), a nonprofit organization with a mission to empower human trafficking survivors at scale on their journey to true freedom. Ms. Kosharovsky’s expertise is rooted in over 15 years of experience in human trafficking, law and cross-sector collaboration in the U.S. and Eastern Europe/Russia. As an attorney, Ms. Kosharovsky represented survivors of sex and labor exploitation at the domestic violence agency Sanctuary for Families, as well as corporate clients at the international law firm Milbank in New York. In Eastern Europe/Russia, she worked on human trafficking and human rights development with PILnet: Global Network for Public Interest Law, and was a Visiting Professor at the Pericles Center for International Legal Education LLM Program. She is a contributing author of the American Bar Association book Lawyers as Changemakers (2016) and serves on Freedom Collective’s Global Advisory Community. Ms. Kosharovsky holds a law degree from N.Y.U. Law School.
Pro Bono Network Manager

Neysa Nankervis

Neysa Nankervis Callen is the Pro Bono Network Manager with ALIGHT, where she helps connects survivors of human trafficking to specialized pro bono attorneys in over 20 areas of law. Neysa also provides trauma informed webinar and technical assistance to attorneys and community service providers throughout the United States. Prior to working at ALIGHT, Neysa represented juvenile survivors of human trafficking, foster youth, and unaccompanied children with various legal matters ranging from family law to educational access issues. Neysa received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine in 2009, her J.D. from Notre Dame Law School in 2016 and is currently pursuing her Master of Social Work at the University of Denver. Before attending law school, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bulgaria from 2010 – 2012 where she worked with youth at a juvenile detention center.

Board of Directors

Katie Matheson
Interim Chair and Secretary

Katie Matheson

Katie Matheson is a Director at PwC LLP serving in the firm’s national quality organization for Trust Solutions. With a background in finance, she currently focuses on supporting client risk assessment processes as well as firm level risk monitoring. Her previous roles include positions in Trust Solutions client service as well as Global Learning & Development, spending time abroad working across many cultures. Ms. Matheson brings nearly 20 years of experience in a high-paced financial environment and a deep rooted desire to contribute in a way that has a meaningful impact. She is active in her local Women’s Inclusion Network which focuses on inclusivity and diversity in the workplace and serves as the fundraising chair for the local elementary school. Ms. Matheson holds an accounting degree from Illinois Wesleyan University.
Robert Lantz

Robert Lantz

Robert Lantz has over 30 years of experience as a commercial litigator, business transactional attorney and insolvency professional. Mr. Lantz is a Managing Member of Castle, Lantz Maricle LLC and licensed to practice law in CO, WY, KS and MS. He has been honored as a Super Lawyer in 2020-21. Mr. Lantz serves the community by providing leadership and assistance to nonprofit organizations throughout the Denver metropolitan area. He has been the president of the Denver Council on Foreign Relations since 2019 and currently also serves on the Board of Directors of Sox Place. He also acts as a mentor to junior attorneys and law students to help build professionalism and excellence to the legal profession. Mr. Lantz holds a JD from Drake University Law School.
Rachel Niemiec
Board Member

Dr. Rachel Niemiec DNP, FNP-C

Rachel Niemiec DNP, FNP-C is a Coordinator of the Family NP Track with the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School. Previously, she was a Pediatric & Adult/Adolescent Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health where she provided direct services to victims/survivors. She serves as the Board Liaison to the ALIGHT Survivor Advisory Council and is also a Board Member of Living in Freedom Together (LIFT) Worcester. As a survivor of commercial sexual exploitation, she is committed to helping service providers respond compassionately to this issue. Ms. Niemiec holds a master’s degree in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts Worcester and is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner.
Board Member

Will Healy

Will Healy is a Vice President with the global consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton. His expertise is in critical thinking, analysis and bringing talented people together to solve difficult problems with holistic solutions. Mr. Healy’s experience includes work in a variety of disciplines including IT systems development, emergency preparedness, transportation security and environmental policy for clients around the world. He also serves as Vice President for the LT Thomas F Healy Foundation. Mr. Healy is a graduate of the Webb Institute of Naval Architecture, where he earned a BA in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.
Board Member

Monica Trosclair

Monica Trosclair is currently a Regional Sales Manager at the global technology company DELL. She holds over 15 years of experience as an energetic, results-oriented and accountable leader who is passionate about building strong relationships. Ms. Trosclair is a member of DELL’s local Women in Action chapter that is focused on leadership & professional development, brand advocacy & business impact, community engagement and women in technology. Her previous roles include global consulting with a top financial and accounting firm as an IT Audit Manager, as well as a Compliance Team Lead. Prior to joining ALIGHT’s board, served as the Finance Committee Chair and Treasurer on the board of directors for a local nonprofit organization. She holds an MBA from Oklahoma Christian University and a CISA (Certified IT Systems Auditor) certification through ISACA.

Advisors to the Board

Communications Advisor

Skip Thurman

Skip Thurman is a veteran media specialist who has served in senior communications roles in Fortune 500 companies, including as Vice President of Communications at DaVita. He is currently Partner at Rockford Gray, a strategic communication and media training consultancy. As a journalist, he covered Washington D.C. and all facets of policy, law and national crises from the White House for The Christian Science Monitor and MSNBC.
Technology Advisor

Nadav Cohen

Nadav Cohen advises ALIGHT on technology strategy. Mr. Cohen has been working with software and software engineers for the past 20 years, including as Director of Engineering at Forter. He has also worked as Director of Engineering at Spotify NYC and with companies including Getco LLC, UBS, Goldman Sachs and Tolerate. Mr. Cohen has managed teams from three-person startups to eighty thousand person multinationals.
Compliance Advisor

Kathy Kaoudis

Kathy Kaoudis advises ALIGHT on grant and regulatory compliance. Ms. Kaoudis has spent over 12 years in community college higher education and an additional two decades in the private sector as a CPA. Her experience with professional and community organizations includes Charter Member and Chapter President of the Metro-Denver chapter of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges, Leadership Jeffco, Girl Scouts, Colorado Fiscal Manager’s Association, Colorado Bar Association and Denver Bar Association. Ms. Kaoudis is currently Vice President of Administrative Services/Chief Financial Office at Community College of Denver. Ms. Kaoudis holds a JD from the University of Denver Sturm School of Law.
Strategic Advisor

Carolyn Bond

Carolyn has a 20-year career spanning the fields of accounting, finance, manufacturing, cryptocurrency mining and banking. She is the Controller at LCS Financial / LCS Capital. Previously, served as the Controller for Girl Scouts of Colorado. Carolyn’s background also includes building infrastructure and processes for start-ups, ERP conversions, IPO audit compliance and acquisition/ merger transitions. Carolyn earned an MPA with honors from Colorado State University.

Survivor Advisory Council

Megan Lundstrom

"The Avery Center has been a referral partner with ALIGHT since the very beginning. I have seen not only their dedication to providing legal assistance to survivors of trafficking, but also their commitment to centering the voices of survivors. Serving on the inaugural council seemed like the next logical step in forging this partnership and continuing to scale ALIGHT’s services nationally."

Rachel Niemiec

"I chose to get involved with ALIGHT because every day in the work I do to support survivors of interpersonal violence, including human trafficking, I see firsthand the barriers to accessing appropriate legal services. If we want to talk seriously about successfully exiting and remaining exited from exploitative situations, we need to reduce the barriers that survivors face in their attempt (and right!) to live healthy, productive and safe lives. Providing access to appropriate legal services is one way we can ensure survivors have a fresh start.

ALIGHT's innovative response to meeting the legal needs of survivors is unlike anything I had heard of before and I jumped at the opportunity to be part of this amazing work. ALIGHT has already helped to highlight and address some of the gaps in services for my own state and I'm really excited to see what we can create together with this network of passionate, driven, and intelligent professionals. It is truly an honor to contribute to the work."

Grace Irene Tang

"I chose to get involved with ALIGHT because I felt Survivors finally have a way to voice and fight for their right to be heard and seen as a human being and not the label society has put on them. As a Survivor turn Overcomer. I know what is needed to overcome the obstacles to become integrated back into society. Especially with the added stigma that a survivor, has been identified as.

Throughout my life HANDS were used to cover my mouth to silence me, to put a gun to my head, to rob me of my innocence. I quickly learned to read mannerisms. Hands told me everything, hands saved my life and Hands is how I found my purpose. I am Founder and CEO of Keepsakes of Triumph and I teach influential people to ditch the gold guy that sits on top of your trophy and create Masterpieces that is within them, while raising money for safe houses for survivor of sex trafficking.

I am also former Program Director of Masterpiece Mentorship in Tucson, Arizona where we provided services to sex trafficking victims. Where I was able to provide resources care and support for survivors in my care while continuing to educate myself to better serve them."

Legal Advisory Council

Michael Cheroutes

Michael Cheroutes is the Principal at Colorado Center for Infrastructure Development (bio). Mr. Cheroutes holds a JD from Stanford University School of Law.

Edward Ramey

Edward Ramey is a Partner at Tierney Lawrence (bio). Mr. Ramey holds a JD from the University of Colorado Law School.

Stephen Jewett

Stephen Jewett is a Counsel at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton (bio). Mr. Jewett holds a JD from the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

Bob Connelly

Bob Connelly is the former Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at US WEST and Treasurer of American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Colorado (bio). Mr. Connelly holds a JD from Columbia University School of Law.