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Elisa Johnson

Founder & CEO

Elisa empowers ordinary people to be fully alive and make the difference they were born to make through Average Advocate, while also working to bring freedom to the exploited after founding Blackout Trafficking (formerly the LBD.Project.) She is passionate about raising up leaders, discipling well, and changing the world. Whenever and wherever she can, Elisa reads, writes, and explores with her three littles.


Kara Yetter

managing director + finance & administration

Since as far back as middle school, Kara has been an active participant in many fundraising efforts for various causes. When she found out about the opportunity to focus a whole month on raising awareness and funds for anti-human trafficking organizations, it was an easy yes. Transitioning from a participant to a board member has allowed her to contribute year-round to a cause that currently needs all hands-on deck. Kara is also a full-time nurse working night shifts and loves making memories with her husband and son. A concert is usually at the center of those memories, as live music and supporting up and coming artists is her jam.

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Jen Pool

chair of the board of directors + communications

Jen has volunteered and worked in the anti-trafficking world for 8 years, partially due to stumbling upon Elisa’s Average Advocate blog when she was trying to figure out how a stay-at-home mom could make a difference in the world. When she’s not working on Communications for Blackout Trafficking, she’s working with other local community non-profits, running her martial arts business, exploring nature, reading, writing, or chasing after her two children.


Meg Carswell

director of partnerships & education

Meg has lived her life advocating for others. She's previously been a Prevention Outreach Coordinator with another anti-human trafficking organization, and designed an entire human trafficking curriculum, complete with relatable and real-life stories, to reach middle and high school students. She currently works as a Registered Behavior Technician for kiddos living with autism. Her passion is translated by creating safe spaces for those children so their voices and opinions can be communicated. In her free time she works to slay the stigma of mental health through her writing, practicing martial arts, and attempting to play the ukulele. Living life with her "adopted family" brings her great joy.


Sarah Shepherd

director of volunteer engagement & Member of the board

In 2012 Sarah started going to India to work with organizations to rehabilitate survivors in human trafficking. After doing that for several years she began volunteering with an organization to create an ESL curriculum to teach survivors English in India and Nepal. Then in 2019 she participated in the LBD Project (now Blackout Trafficking), wearing the same black dress for 90 days. During that time, she presented to university and high school classes educating students on human trafficking and all the ways they can get involved and create awareness. When not fighting for freedom she works for a university recruiting international high school students to study in the United States. In the moments she is states side she can be found adventuring with her husband, eating chicken nuggets, reading, or hanging with her girl gang.