OUR TEAM

Samantha Gerson, Founder

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Founder, CEO of UnBroken

         Samantha Gerson is a Clinical Social Worker (ACSW/LMSW) that is currently based in Los Angeles, CA. She identifies as a Survivor of Institutional Abuse and Conversion Therapy. Samantha enjoys traveling around the country speaking at conferences, and has recently been recognized as a finalist for Forbes 30 Under 30, 2019, and named an Honorary Faculty and Panel Speaker with Outlaw at Thompson Reuters. Additionally, Samantha was recognized as a Woman of Worth with L'Oreal Paris.  Samantha has published two articles on her research of Conversion Therapy, and currently works as a therapist. In summer of 2018, Samantha started UnBroken, a nonprofit that offers free legal, therapeutic and vocational services to survivors. Samantha plans to enroll in a PhD program in fall of 2020, and focus her research on disassociation disorders that occur in survivors of Institutional Abuse and Conversion Therapy. 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Alice Kremelberg

Alice Kremelberg, UnBroken Board of Directors, Troubled Teen Industry Help

Alice Kremelberg is an actor born in New York. She is recurring as ‘Nicole Eckelcamp’ on the new season of ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK now showing on Netflix.  Alice found her love for the stage early, dancing alongside The New York City Ballet.  On stage she originated the role of ‘Reba’ in Ruby Rae Spiegel's breakout play DRY LAND (Colt Coeur, NYSAF, HERE).  Inspired by many forms of art and connection, she continues to let her curiosity drive her.

Contact info: 

IG @alicekremelberg

Email: alice@unbroken-survivos.com

Emily Little

Emily Little, UnBroken Board of Directors, Troubled Teen Industry Help

 Emily graduated Cum Laude from San Francisco State University with a bachelors degree in Communicative Disorders. She has worked in elementary school settings, teaching children with special needs, and is an advocate for adaptive learning. Emily was placed in a residential treatment center as an adolescent and identifies as a survivor of Institutional Abuse. She is determined to address the national crisis of the Troubled Teen industry, through supporting other victims of institutional abuse.

Contact info: 

facebook.com/ewilhoite

Email: emily@unbroken-survivors.com

Jen Robison

Jen Robison, Board of Directors for UnBroken, Troubled Teen Industry Survivors

  Jen Robison is an artist born in Los Angeles, CA. After training in and studying Applied Behavior Analysis, she has worked closely with children with special needs as a behavioral therapist and program coordinator. She later worked with disabled and hospice patients as a caregiver.  In 2015 she dedicated herself to her creative work. Her art has since shown at H Gallery in Ventura, CA, exhibitions with the Nampa Art Collective, and art festivals in the Northwestern United States.

Jen is herself a survivor of institutional abuse. She has since been an advocate for teen rights and determined to help change the troubled teen industry.

Contact info:

Email: jen@unbroken-survivors.com

Cydnia (Cyd) Jackson

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 Cyd is a compassionate, clinical social worker dedicated to recognizing the inherent worth and dignity of all people from different cultures and backgrounds. She attended Howard University in Washington, D.C. and received her Bachelor of Arts in Administration of Justice. Upon graduating from college, she commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. Over the course of eight years in military human resources, her experience focused on leading, training, coaching, and guiding both soldiers and civilian employees in a fast-paced work environment. It was her platform as an Army leader that shaped her into a strategic thinker and problem-solver who uses social innovation to find solutions to complex issues. In 2017, Cyd resigned her commission as an active duty Army Captain and focused her efforts on successfully completing her Master of Social Work practicum at the Center for Child and Family Services in Williamsburg, VA. In summer 2018, she received her Master of Social Work degree from the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work at the University of Southern California. Cyd currently resides in Newport News, VA and is working on launching her non-profit organization “Heart Work,” blog, and podcast. She enjoys singing, baking, traveling the world, and serving as a missionary in Haiti. 

Contact Info:  Instagram: @Cydstarr1  Email: cydnia@unbroken-survivors.com

Carol Martinez

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 Carol Martinez is a New York native that currently works as Human Resources Recruiter at Cenikor Foundation, where she actively screens and hires qualified candidates that are passionate about the Foundation's mission, in Houston Texas. Carol has worked with reputable nonprofit agencies since the start of her professional career, including Memorial Hermann Health Systems, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and Cenikor Foundation, among others. Currently, Carol is dedicated in helping job seekers find a good career fit that will best suit both candidate and employer by keeping a balance of foundation budget and personal career goals. Carol is an LGBT rights activist and enjoys volunteering with the youth, holding small seminars about resume editing and interviewing strategies; this is one of the many ways she continues to help people in their vocational endeavors. Carol graduated from University of Houston with a Bachelors in Psychology, and has future aspirations of continuing her education in the Human Resource field. 

Contact info:

Email: carol@unbroken-survivors.com

Unofficial Advisors and Staff

 Unofficial Advisors will be available for questions as needed. Please email founder@unbroken-survivors.com to contact an advisor.

Unofficial Advisors

Phoenix Schneider

Rev. Kelby Harrison

Steve Coe

Robert Hanson 

Staff

Samantha Irene: CEO and Founder 

Emily Little: Head of Vocation

Melody Weiss: Business Manager

Jen Robison: Graphic Designer