About Us

Scroll down to learn more about the visionaries behind Amour Center and Safe House.

Our Story

We are a team dedicated to supporting ALL survivors of rape, abuse, and trafficking, especially the most marginalized and stigmatized.

Meet The Team

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Amber Johnson is the Founder of Amour Center and an Author, Certified Sexual Assault Victim Advocate, Spiritual Coach, Certified Kemetic Reiki Practitioner, Sex Educator, Linguist, Humanitarian, and a Motivational Speaker. She is a former employee of the Human Rights Campaign, creator of #StopRapeEducate, and Creating Consent Culture. Amber has worked in the adult entertainment industry which is why she has deep compassion for sex workers. She has since retired and committed herself to supporting adult entertainers who have been raped and trafficking victims.

She has been a guest speaker at the University of California Riverside, University of California Santa Barbara, Arizona State University, Manhattan College and at the University of Cape Town. Amber’s work has been featured in The Huffington Post, Tiny Buddha, Elle, Marie Claire, Galore Magazine and international publications worldwide. She has written four ebooks on consent and healing after sexual assault. Amber has been offering tropical retreats for survivors of sexual assault since 2019 and has been working on opening a retreat center since 2020.

 

She speaks French and Spanish proficiently and is currently learning American Sign Language and Plain Indian Sign Language. She also speaks her ancestral languages (Yoruba, Medu Neter, Taino), Italian, Portuguese, German, and Arabic at a novice level.

Amber is a survivor of sexual and domestic violence, trafficking and molestation. This is why she is fully committed to helping survivors thrive through healing. 

Amber Johnson, Founder

Board of Directors

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Vanessa Green, Board President

Vanessa Green relocated to San Diego in September 2018 to be closer to her children. In May 2019 she began working for Alliance San Diego as the Census and Redistricting manger. In June 2021 Vanessa was hired for the newly created County of San Diego Office for Equity and Racial Justice as Equity Impact Manager. One of the missions of the office is to champion belonging for all and advocate for people suffering from structural and systemic racism and exclusion.

Vanessa Green was the Director of the VCS Domestic Violence Program for Men and was the organizer of all anti-oppression work at VCS Inc. Her anti-oppression work included Rockland Pride, and their LGBTQI initiative in Hudson Valley New York for over 25 years. Vanessa was recognized in New York State as an activist in the fight to end men’s violence against women. In addition, Vanessa’s article, “The Impact of Pornography on Women” was published and shared widely.

Her specific interests revolve around Human’s rights, women’s rights (including Trans) and sexuality, and race and identity politics concerning diaspora’d peoples. She is founder of Call BlackLine a crisis listening line for Black, Indigenous and People of Color, LGBTQI, gender non-conforming community. Witnessing caller’s negative interaction with police, vigilante and businesses across the United States and Canada. Call BlackLine is non-judgmental, affirming, and supportive, listener-witnessing and information gathering about BIPOC, LGBTQI, gender non-conforming experience.

Vanessa along with #100Sistas organized Black Women’s March Continuing the Legacy of Harriet Tubman on April 7th, 2018. The largest march in the Hudson Valley NY with demands and issues focusing on gender and racial injustice, since the Tawana Brawley case in 1987.

As a multi-generational Black Women, Vanessa was raised by an outspoken and politically active mother, Jean Green, and has two beautiful children, Nyisha and Ahkiem.

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Eldotha Fields

Eldotha W. Fields serves as a Recovery Care Coordinator. She builds community, develops and coordinates recovering service members recovery plans; cultivates and maintains relationships with the necessary resources for warriors on her caseload; and enacts culturally responsive practices. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration from Georgia Southwestern State University and Master of Science in Human Services (with distinction) from Capella University. Eldotha has over 20+ years of experience within the social services profession to include living and working abroad in Japan with the Department of the Navy.

 

She has worked as a Case Manager and served as a Domestic Violence Victim Advocate as well as equipping parents with resources to support family members with special needs. Eldotha serves as member of the Poiema Movement Personal Development Team as a volunteer/mentor to residents housed in the transitional living program. Eldotha is a certified Anger Management Specialist-II (CAMS-II); National Advocate Credentialing Program as an Advanced Advocate, and Mental Health First Aid USA.

 

She is eager to serve all survivors of sexual assault, including, but not limited to: Black and Indigenous people of color, women, adult trafficking survivors, men, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, people with disabilities, tribal communities, and those who have experienced sexual trauma while working in the military or adult entertainment industry.

 

Eldotha received a Mediation Training Certification from the Community Mediation of Maryland. She is the proud mother of Jordan, a two-time graduate of Savannah State University and Madysen, an SSU graduate, as well. Eldotha enjoys spending time with family and friends, partaking in international foods and travel, and serving others.

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Seletha Jones-Willis, Board Secretary

Navy Installation Sexual Assault Response Coordinator

Naval Support Activity Bethesda, Maryland

 

Seletha was born and raised in Valdosta, Georgia. She is the mother to an adult son and daughter.

Seletha started her advocacy career in 2003 as a Child Victim Advocate with the district attorney’s office in Valdosta, GA. While advocating for children within the court system, she found her passion of advocating for victims of crime. After leaving the district attorney’s office, she went on to work for The Haven’s Battered Women’s Shelter, advocating for domestic violence victims. After six months working in the domestic violence shelter, she was offered the position of Sexual Assault Coordinator/Advocate for the Haven’s Rape Crisis Center.

Following two and half years with the rape crisis center, she accepted a contractor position as a Victim Advocate with the US Army at Ft. Stewart, GA. In 2011, Seletha transferred to Joint Base San Antonio-Ft. Sam Houston, San Antonio, TX. She worked as a contractor with the US Army until October 2012 when she accepted a position with the US Navy as their Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC), supporting more than 3000 17 – 25 years old students and over 3000 permanent active duty, reserve and government civilian Navy personnel located in San Antonio, Houston, Austin, College Station and Galveston, Texas. She reported to the Commander, Navy Region Southeast in Jacksonville, FL. After seven years of services in San Antonio, early December 2019 Seletha transferred to Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bethesda, Maryland as an Installation SARC. She now supports more than 5000 Sailors, Soldiers, Marines, Coast Guardsman, and Airman and their dependents on a truly diverse installation. NSA Bethesda houses Walter Reed Military Medical Center as well as the Uniform Services University for the Health Sciences Campus.

Seletha is certified as a Level IV Victim Advocate through the National Organization of Victim Assistance’s Department of Defense Sexual Assault Advocacy Credentialing Program. She holds the honor of being selected to sit upon the Commander, Naval Installation Command’s 2021 Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Advisory Group.

Seletha continues to work in the field she loves. She is dedicated, passionate and always willing to help those who reach out to her.

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Dr. Dulcinea Alex Pitagora, Board Treasurer

Dr. Dulcinea Alex Pitagora (they/them) has been a member of and mentor in New York City's LGBTQ, BDSM, and Sex Work communities for about two decades. They hold a Master of Arts in Psychology, a Master of Social Work, a Master of Education in Human Sexuality, and a Doctoral degree in clinical sexology. Dr. Pitagora is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensed to practice psychotherapy by New York State and an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist (CST) and CST Supervisor. They have completed EMDRIA-approved EMDR Basic Training through the Parnell Institute, which specializes in Attachment-Focused EMDR, and also offer Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy in partnership with Journey Clinical. Dr. Pitagora has a private psychotherapy practice in Manhattan, and works with people across the spectrum of power role identification, gender expression, and sexual orientation, as well as those who are unsure of or evolving through identifications. Their therapeutic approach is psychodynamic-based, person-centered, holistic, and tailored to fit their clients. They do not believe in a one-size-fits-all therapeutic approach, and integrate different methods as each collaboration indicates. 

 

Dr. Pitagora believes that encouraging sex positive outreach, education, empathy, and tolerance in mainstream communities is equally as important as cultivating self-acceptance and -actualization in all individuals, no matter how they identify or choose to live life. While their work as a therapist is their primary focus, they like to stay involved in education, research, and outreach. To those ends, they supervise early career therapists and therapists-in-training; offer supervision and consultations to seasoned psychotherapists and sex therapists; teach sexual health in social work practice at New York University; founded and maintain ManhattanAlternative.com, a nonprofit listing of alternative lifestyle affirmative providers serving New York City; and co-founded the AltSex NYC Conference. They are also the creator and host of the talk show pilot Kink Doctor. Dr. Pitagora has published articles in peer-reviewed journals, presented at conferences, lectured in universities, and conducted training in clinical environments on topics of gender diversity and non-mainstream sexuality. They are regularly quoted in the press as an identity and sexuality expert. 

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Julia Koerwer

Julia Koerwer, LMSW is a therapist who works primarily with clients who provide as part of the LGBTQIA+, kink, non-monogamy, or sex work communities. She specializes in working with trauma. Julia holds an MSW from Hunter College of the City University of New York and is pursuing education to become a certified sex therapist. 

 

While her work as a therapist is centered around helping individuals, she passionately believes that systemic change is necessary to improve the lives of everyone, especially those in historically oppressed populations. She believes that safe housing is a human right, that sex work should be decriminalized, and that everyone deserves access to health and mental health care. In her spare time, she likes to play board games and hang out with her cats.

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Danielle Simpson-Baker

Danielle Simpson-Baker wears many hats, both in the world of mental health and sex work. Danielle is a Registered Marriage & Family Therapy Intern in the state of Florida, a Certified Sexologist with the American Board of Sexologists, and a soon-to-be Certified Sex Therapist. She currently works as an Associate Therapist for Brave Health in addition to working part time as a sex therapist for a private practice in Winter Park, FL. Danielle also owns and operates her own online sexual wellness center, launching in late 2022. 

 

Danielle has also worked in the nonprofit sector as a sexual assault advocate and counselor in the Greater Orlando area. This role allowed her to work directly with survivors of sexual assault, from forensic collection to trauma counseling, and allowed her to get a first-hand view of what survivors experience. As a survivor herself, Danielle’s work has been informed by both personal and professional experience. 

 

Danielle is also a retired full service sex worker and has experience in both virtual and in-person sex work. She has run sex worker support groups and continues to offer discounted mental health services to sex workers whenever possible. She has amassed a social media following of more than 23,000 on Instagram, Twitter and Tik Tok, where she talks freely and openly about sex therapy, sex education and sex work in an authentic, accessible way. 

In her spare time, you can find Danielle cuddling  with her cats, spending time with family, finding things to do around Orlando or napping

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Prather Stinson

Prather Stinson is an Addiction Counselor at Cowlitz Tribal Health. She services both Indigenous and non-indigenous clients with a substance use disorder. Prather strives to create a safe place for those she serves by combining a holistic healing approach to treatment. She incorporates cultural ceremonies and aspects such as drumming, sweating, beading, smudging and traditional native medicines.

She received her Associate Degree in Healthcare Administration from Pima Medical Institute, Bachelor of Social Work from Talladega College, and Master of Science in Addiction Counseling from Grand Canyon University. She is a Certified Medical Assistant, Phlebotomist and Certified Allied Health Instructor. Prather served as member of the Washington State Department of Health Rules Committee as a Credentialing Advisor, and Jones & Bartlett Clinical Medical Assisting Education Reviewer (Published).

Prather is an Army Veteran who has over 20+ years of experience working with diverse and underserved populations in the social services and education arena. She has worked as a Medical Assistant Instructor and Program Director at Pima Medical Institute. During her tenure at Pima, she taught students from various nationalities, ethnic groups, races, and backgrounds. While working as a Mental Health Case Manager and Case Manager for the state of Texas, she assisted individuals with disabilities, sexual trauma, domestic violence, sex workers, child and adult trafficking survivors, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, Black and Indigenous people of color, women, and adult entertainment industry.

She is happy to support all survivors of sexual assault, including, but not limited to: Black and Indigenous people of color, women, adult trafficking survivors, men, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, individuals with disabilities, tribal communities, and those who have experienced sexual trauma while working in the adult entertainment industry.

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John Rickenbacker

John lives in Columbia, South Carolina and has primarily practiced corporate and banking law for close to two decades.  John is passionate about helping people understand those that are suffering from trauma-driven mental health issues and the improvements to the current mental health system that are needed. 

 

Unfortunately, many of those suffering from mental health issues are also part of other disenfranchised or marginalized groups, adding to the lack of understanding they require and deserve. John believes that the Amour Center is being carefully and thoughtfully designed to provide a safe space and much needed alternative therapies to those most commonly in use.  

Daniel Arian, Real Estate Executive

Business Development and Marketing Executive with 17+ years of experience in C-level communication, marketing, and fundraising through individual donor cultivation including social media fundraising. Experienced in creating long term partnerships and raising 7-figures from corporations (technology, pharmaceuticals, biotech, professional services), foundations, educational institutions, and individual donors. Proven track record of success exceeding fundraising goals and managing teams of 10+ staff. Reported to two Fortune 500 CEOs and presented to the Board of Directors.

Advisory Board Members

Isabella DeLuca

Isabella DeLuca is an activist, organizer and artist hailing from New England.  Former head of TeamClearHeels413, a not for profit organization supporting New England based sex workers, and former chair of the sex trafficking division of Berkshire Domestic and Sexual Violence Task Force. Isabella is a community leader and educator, teaching at a University level about safe sex, harm reduction and sexual economies.

Karen Marie Campbell

Karen Marie Campbell, MBA, Licensed Spiritual Practitioner, Certified Transformational Coach through Dr. Wendy Dearborne, Adssa James Institute and a Certified Spirit Guide Coach, Deborah King, Deborah King Center, End of Life Doula Training, Suzanne B. O’Brien, RN, Sacred Woman Practitioner, Queen Afua, Emerald Green Holistic Health Practitioner, Queen Afua.

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Kimberly Harris

Kimberly is a serial entrepreneur, philanthropist, author, speaker, and workforce strategist who partners with Fortune 500 companies, executives, solopreneurs, celebrities, and career seekers to grow their personal and professional brands. After spending nearly a decade working in staffing, workforce development, and marketing for multi-million-dollar brands, she founded the Career Center of the Southeast LLC. Since its opening in 2015, the company has held hundreds of career fairs and hiring events, placing thousands back to work.

Sumaaya Diop

Sumayya E. Diop is a teaching artist in dance and drum, choreographer, actor, and administrator, whose artistic goals and aspirations are rooted in the love of dance theatre. She is the co founder and program director for Griot Gurlz, an organization that presents, produces and supports dancers, theatre artists, and dances of the African Diaspora while providing a number of diverse programs for youth, young adults and adults.

 

As a performer and teaching artist, Sumayya has created and presented works in both traditional influenced African and contemporary African dance styles. Sumayya has contributed to the field of dance, music, and theatre through performance, instruction, and program development.

 

Sumayya is passionate about sharing the dance, song and music of the African Diaspora, and bringing youth to the stage using performance as a vehicle for increased self confidence, esteem, and awareness.

Oteka Inari Nandi

Oteka was the chief planner and director of (ARS) Alcoholism Rehabilitation Services for the Akron Community Action Agency and the Assistant Director of Alumni Relations at Kent State University, Founder of MLK Jr. FESTAK Institute, co-chair of the Anti-Apartheid Coalition, served on the board of American Friends Society, President of the Atlanta Citizens Review Board, and a member of Storytellers of Atlanta. She has been an activist and humanitarian for fifty years. She attended Spelman College and Kent State University where she obtained a degree in African-American Studies with a concentration in Ethnic Culture Relations. She served as a safety and security team member for American Red Cross after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Oteka was a psychologist at the University of Lagos and taught at the American University on Victoria Island in Nigeria. She was also a Cultural Officer at the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Information; Youth Sports and Culture. 

Christina Tesoro

Damali Robertson

Mike Fusilli

Matt Southworth

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