February 2016 EPWA Meeting: Human Trafficking in Our Life

  • Tuesday, February 09, 2016
  • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Hilton Garden Inn


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:

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Meeting Chairwoman:  Heidi Duncan
Attorney, Scoggin Law Office

Human Trafficking in Our Life

Cathleen Knauf
Founder, SW MI Human Trafficking Task Force

Tuesday, February 9

5:30p.m. Networking
6:00p.m. Dinner & Meeting

Reservations Due by February 4

Speaker Topic
An introduction to what human trafficking is, and isn't, and where one might see it in our every day life. Real examples, what the warning signs are, what we are doing about it, and how you can help.

Speaker Biography
  • Undergrad degree from Grand Valley with certifications in Mental Impairment, Emotional Impairment, & Learning Disabilities
  • Graduate Degree from Western Mi. University as one of the first 3 in the state with a pre-primary special education degree.
  • Started the first Autistic preschool for Berrien County ISD (now RESA) and later opened a preschool (Rainbow Rompers) while working as a special education teacher for St. Joseph Public Schools
  • Worked as a Special Education Coordinator for Bridgman for 10 years
  • Owned “Where’d You Get That” Phantom Screen Door business for 3 years
  • Was a Key Volunteer  for Alpha Co. 1/24 during their deployment
  • Governor appointee to the Mi Women’s Commission for the past 5 years
  • Founder of the SW MI Human Trafficking Task Force
  • Founding member of the Lakeshore Education Foundation and I was a
  • St. Joseph Charter Township Parks elected officer for 10 years
  • Mother to 3 great young adults

Hilton Garden Inn
1300 Cinema Way
Benton Harbor, MI 49022

Take I-94 to Exit 28, M-139 North/Scottdale Road. Continue North on M-139 North/Scottdale Road for a half mile, then turn Right onto Nickerson Ave. In 0.20 miles, turn Left onto Nickerson Court/Cinema Way. Hilton Garden Inn will be on your right in 0.40 miles.

Meal Cost
$25 (Members and Visitors) Late reservations or payment at door will incur extra $10 fee.


Tuscan Buffet:  Caesar salad, rolls/bread, penne pasta, marinara sauce & pesto cream sauce, sliced Italian sausage with onions and peppers, marinated grilled chicken, herb Parmesan and crushed red pepper.
Questions? Reach Jo Ann Bertrand by email at epwami@yahoo.com.

If paying by mail, please remember that you still need to make your reservation on the EPWA website.

Send payment to: EPWA c/o Jo Ann Bertrand
902 Eagle Point Drive
St. Joseph, MI 49085
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