In the photo above (left to right): Sharon Blouch (Penn State Harrisburg), Rhonda Hendrickson (YWCA Harrisburg), Lauren Enlow (Center’s Intern), Dr. Don Gogniat (Board Chair), Robert Woods (United Way of York County), Dr. Stepanka Korytova (Center’s Director), David McVeigh, Jessica Castle (Access York).
The Center for the Study of Human Trafficking in South-Central Pennsylvania, a project of the Foundation for Enhancing Communities, was founded to raise awareness and provide information and resources regarding the state of human trafficking in South-Central Pennsylvania, the United States and around the globe.
Meet the Director
| Dr. Stepanka Korytova (Magstadt)
A migration historian educated in the U.K., the United States, and the Czech Republic, she is currently teaching courses dealing with Global Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking and Domestic Violence she developed. Stepanka is the Director of the Center for the Study of Human Trafficking in South-Central Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on identifying vulnerabilities to Sex Trafficking and Domestic Violence.
Meet the Board
| Dr. Don Gogniat, Chair of the Board
For the last 25 years, Mr. Gogniat has worked as an administrator for Penn State University. He was the Campus Executive Officer at Penn State York from 1993- 2002; and from 2003 – 2005 he was the Director of International Programs for the Commonwealth College of Penn State.
Additionally, since 1993, he has been teaching a geography course each year at a Penn State Campus. Gogniat has sailed on Semester at Sea where he taught geography in the fall of 1985 and 2008, and Global Studies in fall of 1990 and spring of 2004, 2010 and 2012. He was the Executive Dean on the summer voyage in 2006.
| David McVeigh
Long-time trial lawyer J. David MacVeigh retired from the York County District Attorney’s office where he was First Assistant in an office of 25 prosecutors and 50 support staff. Before that he worked in the York County Public Defender’s office.
He teaches English as a Second Language, is active in his church, speaks German, and has volunteered with Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center.
| Robert Woods Since
1992, Mr. Woods has served as the executive director of the United Way of York County. He has been in the United Way system for over 36 years, beginning his career at the United Way of Michigan, followed by the United Way of Jackson County in Michigan and ultimately, United Way of York County.
Mr. Woods currently serves as chair of the Healthy York County Coalition and United Way of Pennsylvania Board of Directors as well as serves on several other initiatives in York County. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
Sharon A. Blouch
Administrative Support Coordinator;
Chancellor’s Office, PSU Harrisburg,
Women’s Commission, Harrisburg
Dr. JeanMarie St. Clair-Christman
Penn State York
Director, Violence Intervention and Prevention Services
Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center
Dr. Amanda Rich
Faculty, Coordinator of the Human Services Program
York College of Pennsylvania
Meet the Staff
Assistant to the Director
In addition to serving as Assistant to the Director, Lauren also serves as a Teaching Assistant with Dr. Korytova. Lauren is a senior political science student with minors in legal studies and criminal justice at York College of Pennsylvania.
On campus, she is involved with Student Senate, The American Investigative Society of Cold Cases, The York Journal of History & Politics, as well as the History and Political Science Student Union. She feels passionate about helping others, especially those enduring human rights violations and, following graduation, it is her hope to move into a career in investigations or governmental affairs. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys reading, going to performances, and hiking.
Kayla is a history major at York College of Pennsylvania with a minor in international studies. She is involved in many organizations on campus, including Alpha Sigma Tau and Habitat for Humanity. Kayla’s hobbies include participating at UN and Arab League models, hiking, and spending time with her pets.
Public Policy Assistant
A senior political science student at York College of Pennsylvania with a minor in American history, Ashleigh is active in local and state politics, has worked with a number of elected officials, and currently sits on Gov. Wolf’s Roundtable on Higher Ed Affordability. At the Center, she heads the Policy Briefing initiative and will also be working on development-related matters.
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