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’s expertise in using technology to drive partnerships and advance justice for human trafficking survivors is rooted in over 15 years of experience in human trafficking, law and professional collaboration in the U.S. and abroad. As an attorney, Ms. Kosharovsky represented survivors of sex and labor exploitation at the domestic violence agency Sanctuary for Families, as well as global corporate clients at the international law firm Milbank in New York. In Eastern Europe/Russia, she worked on human rights development with PILnet: Global Network for Public Interest Law and wa sa Visiting PRofessor at the Pericles Center for International Legal Education, an LLM program. She is a contributing author of the American Bar Association book Lawyers as Changemakers. In 2021, she was named an inaugural memer of the Freedom Collaborative’s Advisory Community. Ms. Kosharovsky holds a JD from New York University School of Law.

Board of Directors

Chair & Treasurer

Bob Connelly

Bob Connelly contributes his vast expertise as an attorney with over 30 years of experience in private practice and in public interest law in the US and abroad. He is a retired attorney and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of CereScan Corp. He is a member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer of Front Rangers Cycling Club and a volunteer with the Colorado Center on Law and Policy, where he was named a Champion of Economic Justice in 2019. Mr. Connelly’s previous positions include Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at US WEST and Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Qwest Communications. Over the years, he has actively contributed to social and economic justice efforts by lending his expertise to a variety of nonprofit and grassroots organizations in Denver and Atlanta, including as former Board Member and Treasurer of the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado (ACLU-CO), for which he received the Radetsky Award in 2014. He is a former Trustee of the Denver Botanic Gardens. Mr. Connelly graduated with a JD from Columbia University School of Law.

Peggy Fraser

Peggy Fraser brings more than 25 years of experience in client engagement and business development, having led sales efforts and strategic partner management in both the private and public sectors. She is the VP of Sales and Business Development at Storyals. Ms. Fraser’s expertise is in forward-thinking and results-oriented sales and business development. She is passionate about building effective teams, collaborating with motivated people and developing impactful solutions. Ms. Fraser holds a BS from the University of New Hampshire.
Board Member

Melinda Delmonico

Melinda Delmonico has extensive experience with developing strategic vision for organizations. She is the President & CEO of Gibson Arnold & Associates, which serves the national legal community through legal recruiting, temporary staffing and document review. Previously, she worked as a Director for CMS/Data Corporation (now Aderant), which provides financial information and time-based billing software and systems for law firms. She has been a member of the Corporate Secretary Association, the Alliance of Professional Women and the Denver Metro Chamber. Ms. Delmonico has also served as President of the Jeffco Schools Foundation. She holds a BA in speech communication from Texas A&M University.
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.
Robert Lantz
Board Member

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

Rachel Niemiec

Rachel Niemiec is a Pediatric & Adult/Adolescent Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health where she provides 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.

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, and was most recently the Vice President of Communications at DaVita. Prior to that 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 19-year career spanning the fields of accounting, finance, manufacturing, cryptocurrency mining and banking. She currently serves 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

Angela Rae Clark

"Recovery is hard work. Legal support is essential to help many survivors move forward in gaining independence and total freedom. I'm excited to be part of the ALIGHT Council to find attorneys that have the heart and skills to make a difference in the healing process. I see ALIGHT as part of a radical recovery model that meets survivors of trafficking with all their basic needs. Legal issues impede many aspects of stability for survivors. With wrap around support, a survivor can transform their life in 4-5 years. It's exciting to witness personal transformation."

Jasmine Conway

As a Survivor Advocate, Jasmine uses her personal and professional experiences to inform and educate the community in the prevention of Human Trafficking. Jasmine is also highly invested in restoring livelihood to survivors and she believes in the pertinence and healing power of peer-led survivor advocacy. Jasmine aspires to increase survivor representation in every facet of life, especially advocacy. She is excited to participate on the ALIGHT adhocracy committee to address the needs of survivors with effective solutions. Jasmine believes ending sex-trafficking is imperative because it is an unjust trauma to exploited people. Jasmine feels strongly that survivors are human beings with infinite value and no one deserves to be oppressed for someone else's profit.

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.