Esther Schmucker

President

Esther is a Motivational Speaker and Coach who channeled her strict Amish background and experience with childhood sexual abuse into self-empowerment through health and fitness. Esther believes in the healing power of fitness training and uses her past challenges as a foundation to help women find and build their inner strength. Her goal is to help others use their own experience to transform their lives & bring healing to those who have suffered childhood abuse and trauma.

Esther receives ongoing training in Victim Assistance through the National Office for Victims of Crime and is pursuing her credentials as a National Advocate and Pennsylvania Dutch interpreter.

Joanna Yoder

Vice-President

Joanna’s story was part of a 2019 Pulitzer Prize-winning series in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, that uncovered an unprecedented investigation of child sexual abuse and cover-ups in the insular Amish and Mennonite communities.

Joanna was born and raised in a Mennonite community and left after years of sexual abuse. 25 years later, she traveled back to the South to confront her past, report to law enforcement, and meet with lawmakers about the crimes that had been committed. In 2019, Joanna founded a nonprofit organization to stand with other victims of abuse in the courtrooms.

One of Joanna’s greatest pleasures since leaving the Mennonite lifestyle is the freedom to add color to her wardrobe, home, and surroundings.

Joanna receives ongoing training in Victims Assistance through the National Office for Victims of Crime.

Molly MAEVE

Communications Director, Board Secretary

M. Maeve was introduced to the Plain People during her collaboration with an Amish survivor on the groundbreaking book, Behind Blue Curtains.

A survivor and silence breaker of sexual abuse, she also receives ongoing training as a county advocate with the National Office for Victims of Crime and in trauma-informed crisis intervention.

Her experience as an award-winning investigative reporter and Immigration Liaison for U.S. Congress, assist her ability to help find avenues of justice and resources for survivors of sexual abuse. She's also a trauma-informed writer, editor & coach for survivors writing Victim Impact Statements to memoirs.

Tim Lennon

Senior Advisor

Tim is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse by a Catholic priest. He’s been an activist and advocate for survivors for over 15 years, serving on the Board of Directors of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) for 11 years and as President for 3 of those years. He is honored with the title of Emeritus President of SNAP.

Tim’s website: standupspeakup.org is designed to help victims and survivors find support. He is also writing a book about the Survivors Movement. https://linktree/timlennon

Tim takes yoga classes four times a week for emotional and physical health.

Amie Gallette

Treasurer

Amie is the mother of three daughters and lives in Kansas City Missouri. She was raised in the Plain community in Pennsylvania and moved to the Midwest with her family when they left the church.

She has channeled her background in the community into helping raise awareness of abuse where least expected. Amie is a firm believer in the power of food, laughter, and the indomitable human spirit.

Amie receives ongoing training in Victims Assistance through the National Office for Victims of Crime.

The story that inspired the lifetime special, "an amish sin"

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Esther Schmucker

Esther is a Motivational Speaker and Coach who channeled her strict Amish background and experience with childhood sexual abuse into self-empowerment through health and fitness. Esther believes in the healing power of fitness training and uses her past challenges as a foundation to help women find and build their inner strength. Her goal is to help others use their own experience to transform their lives & bring healing to those who have suffered childhood abuse and trauma.

Esther receives ongoing training in Victim Assistance through the National Office for Victims of Crime and is pursuing her credentials as a National Advocate and Amish interpreter.