Leadership & Staff

Coalition Leadership

CATE leadership is made up of executive leaders from our Collaborative Partnership organizations. Collaborative Partner organizations have made anti-trafficking interventions an organizational priority, strictly adhere to shared values, share responsibility and resources, and are considered equal partners in the leadership of CATE.

Currently, CATE is hosted and administratively supported by Healing Action, a Collaborative Partner Organization.

Coalition Staff

Coalition Director

Linda McQuary, MSW, LCSW, as the director of the Missouri Coalition Against Trafficking and Exploitation (CATE), is responsible for planning, implementing, and evaluation activities associated with the coalition.  Linda holds a Master of Social Work from St. Louis University.  She began her career working to protect child abuse victims in both rural and urban areas of Missouri. Her passion for protecting vulnerable populations transitioned from direct services to a trauma informed leadership position, building, training, and facilitating multidisciplinary teams involved in the investigation, prosecution, and service provision of child abuse victims.  Most children served by these multidisciplinary teams experienced sexual abuse, including victims of human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation.
Reach out to Linda at linda@mocate.org with any questions.


Coalition Support Coordinator

Cristina Scholl, MSW, joined CATE as Coalition Support Coordinator in Summer 2021, providing support, training, and technical assistance to current and future coalition members and providing administrative support to help further CATE’s mission. Cristina is an MSW graduate from Washington University St. Louis. Cristina is a St. Louis native with a passion for ending gender-based violence. Cristina has a background in providing direct-services for victims of domestic and sexual violence, and is excited to now help service providers work together to move the dial on helping trafficking survivors in our State and beyond. 

Reach out to Cristina for at cristina@mocate.org with any questions. 

Community Educator

Tim Stout joined CATE as an Americorps State Member in August of 2020. He grew up in rural areas outside of St. Louis, but now lives in St. Louis County. From a very young age, Tim was surrounded by an extended family of social workers and instilled with the importance of working for others. This is Tim’s first time working in a non-profit agency, after an internship was cut short due to Covid-19, and he is very excited to serve CATE for the upcoming year. Tim graduated from Knox College in the spring of 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and sociology, and hopes to continue on to graduate school after serving with Americorps. 
Reach out to Tim at tim@healingaction.org with any questions.

Become a Member

CATE is currently accepting applications for membership. To request an application, email us at organizer@mocate.org

Make valuable connections with other providers and community members across the state facing the same challenges.

Professional Development

Build your team's knowledge and skills year around to continually meet the changing needs of human trafficking victims.

Practical Resources

Empower your staff with access to content and tools to solve problems and excel in the many jobs they do.

Education and training is available to membership and community members to ensure best practices in understanding, preventing and responding to human trafficking in Missouri.
Conferences, workshops and regional meetings facilitate a collaborative movement among community members and service providers in Missouri.
Recommended information and resources about human trafficking nationally and statewide.