Our staff is one of our greatest assets at SWITCH. Meet the team below.
Zaina Greene has served as SWITCH’s Executive Director since 2016 and also serves as a Co-Chair to the Upstate Human Trafficking Task Force. She brings passion and a wealth of ministry experience to this position, having served women and youth through various organizations in her local community for over seventeen years. Most recently, she has been trained under Shared Hope International’s JuST Conference for five consecutive years and a Grassroots Leadership Institute.
It was 2012 when Zaina first learned that human trafficking was happening in her own state. This ignited something in her, and the more she educated herself about the issue, the stronger her resolve grew to take action. After much training, counsel, and prayer, she joined Switch in 2014. This role has only deepened Zaina’s desire to be a culture changer and to help mobilize Upstate South Carolina in fighting human trafficking and sexual exploitation. She believes an awakened and united community will see human trafficking abolished.
Erin is an upstate native who has worked in various parts in various parts of the state in her counseling career. She graduated from Winthrop University and received her master’s in clinical counseling from Columbia international University. Erin is a licensed professional therapist and trauma certified therapist who has worked with trauma and grief extensively in group home settings across the state and internationally while in graduate school. She has worked with and been an advocate for survivors of sexual assault and abuse in the college setting as well at Clemson and Furman Universities. She lives in Greenville with her husband and children and actively serves at her church Brushy Creek Baptist. Erin claims Isaiah 61 as her life passage and seeks to bring hope to poor, bring hope to the broken-hearted, bring freedom to captives, and see beauty from ashes.
Growing up in North Carolina, Lauren has followed the call the Lord placed on her life to “set captives free” (Isaiah 61). She graduated in May of 2013 from North Greenville University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies.
She began working with Human Trafficking awareness and prevention efforts during her time at North Greenville, including international efforts in India. She has served as a youth and children’s minister, as well as, a houseparent for a group home where she cared for multiple foster children. Seeing connections to the vulnerability of sexual exploitation, trafficking, and further abuse led to learning how to practically help those in voiceless and hopeless situations and advocate for their betterment. Through these experiences, she was offered a long-term opportunity to serve in Eastern Europe to work with an organization that helps children and teens rescued from severe abuse and sex trafficking, in the restoration and empowering stages. During re-entry state side, she furthered her administrative and case management skillsets as she began her journey of seeking what was next. The passion within to live a life full of purpose and being a vessel to bring light to the darkness was not a passion that could fizzle out. Through prayer and following the steps the Lord laid out for her, she has decided to move back to the lovely city of Greenville, SC and join the fight alongside Switch to see an end to modern day slavery.
April Brien, Care Coordinator
April Brien was born and raised in Liberty, South Carolina. Since childhood, she has been passionate about integrating her love for music and her love for wounded people. This calling led to the pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in music from Winthrop University, a master’s degree in music therapy from Florida State University and a seminary degree in ministry care/counseling from Columbia International University. Her professional life as a board-certified music therapist (MT-BC) involved clinical experiences in various medical and psychiatric settings around the southeast. April taught music therapy at Charleston Southern University for several years and enjoyed mentoring and training music therapy students. She gained experience working with sex-trafficking survivors while supervising music therapy students at Doors to Freedom near Charleston, South Carolina. April has also counseled women experiencing substance addictions and women with histories of sexual trauma. Her mission is to minister to hurting women through the offering of a compassionate and supportive presence. April and her husband, Tim, have been married for 10 years. They have a lively and loving four year old son, Sam, who is a tremendous blessing of joy. Tim and April both have a passion for serving God and serving others in their church. April especially enjoys creating healing prayer services involving liturgy, scripture, worship, and prayer for people who are hurting.
Lyndsay Collins, Intervention Coordinator
Lyndsay grew up in South Carolina and from an early age found herself drawn to people on the margins of society. The older she got the more interested she became in getting to know people from other cultures and backgrounds. At age 16 she took her first mission trip to the Dominican Republic and recognized a call to missions and that speaking another language was one way she could serve. Lyndsay received her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from NGU with a focus in Linguistics and Spanish in 2008. During her time in college, Lyndsay served on an IMPACT team that served the Hispanic community in Marietta, SC, and also spent her summer and Christmas breaks serving alongside her parents in Loja, Ecuador where they were serving as missionaries among university students. She later moved to Santa Cruz, Bolivia where she served for three years as a missionary with SIM USA. While there she focused on work with university students where she received a year-long training in Biblical Counseling in both Spanish and English. In addition, she worked with different partner ministries including a women’s refuge, crisis pregnancy center, as well as participating in discipleship groups and serving on the worship team at her church. During that time, she also started studying Portuguese to be able to reach the many Brazilian students in her city. Lyndsay returned to the States in the Fall of 2013 and shortly thereafter began working with a local interpretation and translation company in Greenville, SC. She pursued and obtained certification as a healthcare interpreter for Spanish and began working as the Interpreter Coordinator where she enjoyed working with individuals from many different cultural and linguistic backgrounds. In the Fall of 2016, Lyndsay found herself at another crossroads when she recognized the need for bilingual counselors and decided to pursue a Masters in Counseling from Colorado Christian University. Lyndsay did volunteer training with Switch at the start of 2017 and began serving in the areas of Outreach and Advocacy, where she was able to see the practical application of many of the skills she was learning in her Masters program. Lyndsay’s internship experience was at a child advocacy and sexual assault center where she provided trauma-focused counseling and received further training in trauma-informed care. Over the last year she was able to use both Spanish and Portuguese in Outreach and felt drawn to the position of Intervention Coordinator. Lyndsay is excited to serve in a role where she can use the clinical skills obtained in her masters program as well as her volunteer experience with SWITCH and background working cross-culturally. Ultimately she knows that it is God who will do the work: “I am the Lord; I have called you in righteousness; I will take you by the hand and keep you; I will give you as a covenant for the people, a light for the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness… And I will lead the blind in a way that they do not know, in paths that they have not known I will guide them. I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground. These are the things I do, and I do not forsake them.” Isaiah 42:6-7, 16 (ESV).
Donna Rivera joined the Switch team in May of 2016 as our bookkeeper. She brings 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector. Donna was on staff at a large local church in the Accounting Department. At that time, she led a mentoring group for women through Leading Ladies. Donna served as Treasurer and was a member of the Executive Board for the SC Ovarian Cancer Foundation.
In May of 2016, Donna received her Associate In Science Degree in Human Services. Human trafficking was brought to Donna's attention from friends who were volunteering at Switch. Like many, this information was surprising and became heavy on Donna's heart. She believes in the vision of Switch and is grateful to be a part of something so powerful.
Caroline Sweatt, Office Administrator
A 2018 graduate of Southern Wesleyan University, Caroline enjoys serving her community and sharing her faith in a myriad of ways. From singing in a traveling worship group to camp counseling elementary and middle school students for 6 years, she has discovered her calling in advancing the gospel through service to the neighborhoods and the nations and advocating for those around her. She is incredibly excited about the opportunity to join hands with the SWITCH family and help be a positive voice of truth in the world of human trafficking.
Cianna Clinkscales, Restoration Administration VISTA
Cianna is from Greenville, SC. She graduated from the University of South Carolina Upstate, receiving her B.S in Criminal Justice. This is Cianna’s second year serving in the AmeriCorps VISTA program. Cianna enjoys the opportunity to give back to her community where she was raised. She does a lot of outside community service with her sorority sisters, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. In Cianna’s free time, she enjoys working in her garden and walking on nature trails.
Carlie Boyd, Volunteer Systems VISTA
Carlie is originally from Dallas, GA. She graduated this past May from the University of Georgia with a degree in Psychology. Carlie discovered her passion for the underserved populations by working with kids in low income areas and volunteering at her church. It was through these unique serving opportunities that she realized she wanted to work in the nonprofit sector. Carlie looks forward to learning, growing, and helping those affected by human trafficking during her time with SWITCH.