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.

Lauren Masten, MSW

Membership Coordinator

Lauren Masten joined CATE in June 2019. Even though she grew up in a tiny, rural town in Illinois, she’s always been drawn to the humanity and diversity cities hold. She was first inspired to pursue a career in social work after listening to a fierce and passionate woman, who opened a shelter for women and children experiencing domestic violence, speak about her work. Lauren has developed a deep passion to work with and support change in communities so they are inclusive and supportive of all people, especially those who are most marginalized in their community. This led her to move to St. Louis in 2017 to pursue her Master of Social Work from Saint Louis University with a focus on nonprofit administration and community practice. Lauren joined the CATE team in hopes to work for effective system level, community change to end trafficking and exploitation.

Reach out to Lauren at lauren@mocate.org with any questions.

Hannah Chandler, BS

Community Educator
AmeriCorps State Member

Hannah Chandler started as the Community Educator for CATE in August 2019 after completing a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA member. Hannah holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health Studies with a concentration in Community Health from East Carolina University. After graduating, Hannah prepared to join the Peace Corps as a Community Health Volunteer providing education on Women’s Health Issues to the community in the country of Guinea. Unfortunately, there were barriers that prevented Hannah from departing, but what felt like one of her greatest failures turned out to be her biggest blessing. Hannah’s drive to serve and help others led her to Healing Action in St. Louis. Hannah has always had a passion for public service and social change and finds importance in individuals using what they know and applying it to fields other than their own. Hannah joined the CATE team to apply her Public Health perspective when providing community education and promoting social justice.

Reach out to Hannah at hannah@mocate.org with any questions.

Become a Member

Memberships are offered in two main categories plus a Community Network and Ally Network designation and enjoy common privileges or opportunities, including leadership, professional development, resources and discounts.
Professional Development

Build your teams skills and knowledge 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 their problems and excel in the many jobs they do.


Connect your team with other professionals facing the same challenges. They can make valuable connections with other providers and community members across the state.

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