Our staff is one of our greatest assets at SWITCH. Meet the team below.
ZAINA Greene, Executive Director
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 four consecutive years.
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.
Jesslyn Griffith, 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.
ASHLEY HUGHES, OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR
Ashley Hughes graduated from Clemson University with a bachelor’s of psychology. She first became involved with Switch as an intern while she was still in undergrad after recognizing the problem of human trafficking while working with a missions organization in Bulgaria. She is passionate about giving voice to the voiceless, and she is passionate about the work that Switch is doing to advocate for those who society overlooks.
Kat Teears, Care Coordinator
Kat is gifted in compassion and has a holy discontent for injustice, fully equipping her in her calling to SWITCH. Kat has experience with Victim Advocacy and Ministry environments and has learned how relationship can fuel productivity. Her heart is to show the love of Jesus in all she does. She has served with the Julie Valentine Center as a victim advocate to help empower victims/survivors of sexual assault and/or child sexual abuse in re-establishing control of their lives. Kat has also served on staff with Set Free Alliance, an anti-human trafficking organization focusing their efforts in India. Kat is expectant to have dreams come to fulfillment and is grateful to serve alongside the people of SWITCH to fight against human trafficking and sexual exploitation in South Carolina.
Maggie Turner, Care Coordinator
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.
Donna Rivera, Bookkeeper
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.