The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO) has graciously teamed with Eyes Up Appalachia as our fiscal sponsor. Our vision dovetails with theirs in the desire for citizens of Appalachian Ohio to live in a region abundant with possibilities. Working with and serving these communities will make a lasting difference in the region. Together we can be the catalyst that changes the lives of those being trafficked and help prevent the vulnerabilities that lead there in the first place. You can find our page on their site here.
Christi Scott Bartman has been involved in anti-human trafficking efforts in Ohio for over a decade. Working areas such as law, legislation and advocacy, she saw the need for even more dedicated effort. In order to do that, she left her position as Director of Public Administration, Public Policy and Legal Studies at American Public University System and now operates as a compassionate catalyst to push for better ways to address human trafficking and the vulnerabilities that underlie it – specifically poverty and lack of education. She is the founder of the Eyes Up Appalachia initiative as well as her own nonprofit and educational consulting firm. Christi holds an undergraduate degree in business from Appalachian State University, a Master of Public Administration from Troy State University (achieved while on active duty in the Air Force), a law degree from the University of Toledo College of Law and a PhD in Policy History from Bowling Green State University. She is also a Certified Professional Coach. You can reach her at .
Christi Scott Bartman
Carie Martin resides in Columbus, Ohio but grew up in the Appalachian foothills of southern Ohio. It was her childhood that gave her a deep appreciation of the natural beauty of the area and the community of people in southern Ohio who helped shape her into the woman she is today. Always aware of the income inequality of the area, and the societal ills that come with it, she has spent most of her career helping others.
As a first-generation college graduate, she spent ten years of her career in higher education, helping other first-generation college students overcome the barriers to getting a college degree. Currently, she owns her own training and development company to help individuals and organizations thrive in a stressful world. Carie holds an undergrad degree in business administration, a graduate degree in psychology, a postgrad certification in applied positive psychology and wellness coaching, and is a board-certified health and wellness coach. Eyes Up Appalachia is her way of giving back to a community that has given so much to her.
Vanessa’s story begins in the small town of Nelsonville, Ohio where she was sexually abused for years and began coping from a young age with drugs and alcohol. She was eventually trafficked in Columbus, where she also became involved with the criminal justice system. Her last arrest in 2009 afforded her the opportunity to opt into CATCH Court, a specialized docket for survivors of sexual exploitation and trafficking.
After a period of time where she was focused primarily on her own healing and recovery, she began her journey of employment and independence. Vanessa worked for a couple of years at a nonprofit social enterprise called Freedom ala Cart, where she was able to develop skills that would ultimately allow her to enter a different kind of workforce. She was hired by the Columbus City Attorney’s Office in 2013 where she was promoted multiple times, until finally in 2018 she accepted a position as Bailiff to the Honorable Judge Paul Herbert. Instead of standing in the middle of the courtroom to check-in with her CATCH Court Judge, Vanessa now sits right next to him, helping him carry the mission he started.
Vanessa has educated thousands of people, presenting at conferences such as the End Violence Against Women International conference, the National Association of Drug Court Professionals national conference, the International Human Trafficking & Social Justice Conference. Most recently, she presented to the Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. Vanessa is most definitely a Survivor Leader, paving the way for other survivors behind and beside her.