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.
Community Engagement Coordinator
Jesslyn graduated Magna Cum Laude from Oral Roberts University with a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational/Interpersonal Communications. She brings over 20 years of work experience in the areas of administration, marketing, project management, business development, and client relations to her role as SWITCH's Community Engagement Coordinator. Jesslyn became a SWITCH volunteer in February of 2018 and has been serving in awareness and fundraising since that time. She carries a burden for victims of human trafficking and has a passion to empower people with knowledge to protect themselves and others from falling prey to the schemes of traffickers. She desires to see the Upstate unite together and lead the charge in ending modern day slavery. Jesslyn, her husband, and their three girls live in Greenville and are active members at Grace Church.
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.
Maggie Turner, originally from Orlando, Florida has lived in the Upstate since 2011 with her family. She studied ministry at Emmanuel College and then earned her Master's degree in counseling from Clemson University. She is a published author and an ordained pastor. She is passionate about the church embracing the call to pursue justice here on earth just as it is in Heaven and she is committed to seeing the end of human slavery in the Upstate and beyond.
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.
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 myriadof 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.