Johanna Holliday was one of the first residents to come to Engedi Refuge and has graduated from all three phases of the program.  Johanna was hired by Engedi in March of 2016 and serves as Administrative Assistant and Event Coordinator.  She is excited to help survivors of sexual exploitation in practical ways, to serve as a mentor and advocate on their behalf.                                    engedi.johanna@gmail.com


Jill LeVasseur graduated from Phase Three of Engedi Refuge in October 2015,  Jill was hired by Engedi as Client Support Advocate in 2015 and today is the Director of Client Support Services.  Jill assists Engedi residents with goal planning, housing and healthcare.  Most importantly Jill serves as a mentor, actively encouraging and supporting Engedi residents as they find healing and work to achieve their goals.  Jill is passionate about advocating for survivors and helps each resident find her voice.                       engedi.advocate@gmail.com


Carma Roetcisoender met some young boys who had been trafficked in 2007 and it changed the direction of           her life, moving her from a corporate marketing career to ministry.  She has been involved in the rescue and  restoration of victims of trafficking ever since.  She volunteered with Engedi before joining the staff in February            of 2017, assisting Aaron and Lea in a variety of tasks and currently is teaching, leading a trauma support group, counseling and assisting with crisis management.                            engedi.carma@gmail.com


Hana Dosthene joined the Engedi staff in the early fall of 2017 as Client Support Advocate.  She is now the house manager for one of our transitional houses, teaches the Spiritual Awakening class as well as leads the Book Club class and oversees the Arts and Crafts class.  Hana spent over 10 years as a YWAM missionary.



Kendra Pasma MS,LMFT; Kendra is a licensed therapist who specializes in trauma and is invested in fighting gender injustice.  She joined the Engedi team in 2014 and is now the lead therapist and Clinical Supervisor on staff.  Kendra earned her Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Fuller Theological Seminary.  She has been practicing therapy since 2008.


Carrie Cochran comes to Engedi with a Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Messiah College and serves as one of Engedi's therapists and co-facilitates a trauma support group. 


Brianna Neyens recently joined us as our Community Service Coordinator, assisting our residents with all necessary services in our community.

Staff Bios:


Lea Newcomb is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Engedi Refuge. She has been involved in the Anti-Human Trafficking arena since 2007 and has been involved in direct victim care services since 2011. In addition to overseeing the daily operations of the Engedi Learning Center, Lea speaks to various groups about trafficking and teaches Interpersonal and Relational Life Skills classes for our residents.             engedi.refuge@gmail.com


Aaron Newcomb is the Development Director and Co-Founder, Facilities Manager and Public Speaker. Aaron has been passionately fighting human trafficking since 2007 and fully invested in developing long-term care for sex trafficking victims since 2011. Aaron is an entrepreneur with 25 years experience in the construction industry. He and Lea have been married since 1985, they have four children and he is an ordained Christian minister.

                      engedi.aaron@gmail.com





Keri Allen is our House Manager at Engedi House.  Keri came to us as a respite volunteer and within a year, she came on staff.  Keri brings a warmth and nurturing element to the care given in our restoration house.  As a parent of two adult children, she has learned the value in establishing healthy boundaries, being firm yet loving.  Keri makes the residential aspect of our program successful!


Sharon Akers is the Addiction Counselor at Engedi Refuge. In the past 35+ years Sharon has worked in hospitals, treatment facilities, jails and Crisis Residential programs as well as community and private sector counseling, gathering a wide range of training and experience in working with those suffering from all forms of addiction and trauma. In 2012 Sharon was led to join in the support of opening Engedi Refuge. Though she "thought" she would simply advise on the subject of recovery and volunteer to teach a class, once the doors opened Sharon quickly felt the calling to immerse herself in serving those who found themselves residing at Engedi and has found it to be truly a blessing.         

                                          engedi.sharon@gmail.com

Board Members

    Aaron & Lea Newcomb, Jake & Lauren Locker   

                  Dave Bushnell, Dana Parreria                     Shawna Walton