Founder and CEO of the Lifeboat Project, a central Florida 501(c)3 nonprofit which increases awareness and provides wraparound services to victims and survivors of Human Trafficking such as trauma counseling, housing, personal development and educational resources. The life-long central Floridian Co-Founded the Greater Orlando Human Trafficking Task Force and the Zonta Club of Greater Orlando, an international organization which empowers women and girls.  Jill is a four-time delegate to the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations.  In 2015 she was honored as one of two ‘Peace Seekers’ by the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship. Jill attended Ecumenical Advocacy Days in Washington, DC in the spring of 2011 as a delegate and lobbied both Florida Senators and her Congressman to reenact the Violence Against Women Act, which was accomplished in 2013. Jill spearheaded the creation and development of a human trafficking educational gaming app designed to protect our youth. This app has received international awards and was developed by Central Florida’s Engineering Computer Simulation. In March of 2016, the app ACT-Awareness Combats Trafficking was presented at the United Nations during a parallel event. In 2017, Jill received the Humanitarian Award from the Women’s Executive Council of Orlando; and in 2018 she was presented with the Orlando Magic Creating Change Award for The Lifeboat Project. The Lifeboat Project is also a member of the Freedom Network USA, only one of six partners in Florida. Jill is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and has served as Chair of Women’s Issues for the DAR Sallie Harrison Chapter.  Jill is also on the Board of Directors of the Rotary Club of South Seminole, and is the Florida State Coordinator for RAGAS-- Rotarian Action Group Against Slavery. She was Vice-President of her family’s Coffee Service which has served central Florida for over 45 years. Her passion and previous career are that of a professional Jazz singer and worship leader. Jill was educated at Francis Marion University in Florence, South Carolina and Lake Brantley High School in Altamonte Springs, Florida.   She and her husband, Gary, reside in Apopka, Florida. 


Joanne Fowler, Survivor Advocate

Joanne Fowler is a survivor of Labor Trafficking. She is currently pursuing her B.S in Nursing. After volunteering at The Lifeboat Project, she realized that she was a victim of human trafficking herself, and began her journey to healing. Now Joanne hopes to raise awareness about Human trafficking and speak on issues that affect human trafficking survivors. 

Contact Joanne at: joanne@thelifeboatproject.org 

Advisory Board

Terynna (Trina) Koehler CSP, TRC, CIPS,

Solid Rock Realty

Mentor and Volunteer


JILL BOLANDER COHEN, fOUNDER / c.e.o.

Lori Ray, Supervisor

Lori graduated from Stetson University, earning a B.S. in psychology.  Before discovering her passion was in advocacy, she also completed several semesters toward a graduate degree in Mental Health Counseling. She volunteered for many years as a facilitator of children’s grief groups, and previously worked as an administrative assistant. However, she has been dedicated to case management for over ten years.  Her clients have included children with mental health diagnoses, runaway and homeless youth, youth in transition from foster care, juvenile sex offenders, and families experiencing homelessness.  Along with advocacy, she brings a background in policy and procedure development and a penchant for incorporating creativity whenever possible. 

Contact Lori at: lori@thelifeboatproject.org 

Board OF DIRECTORS

our leadership team

Kathy McLain, Chairperson of the Board of Directors

Consumer Marketing Senior Manager (Ret.), Visit Orlando
             








Gary Cohen, Treasurer of the Board of Directors

 Chief Financial Officer, Nperspective and

 Greater Orlando Sports Commission

              









Dorothy Benson, Member of the Board

Director of Administration - VolVikUSA
              










Ed GilbertMember of the Board
Chairperson of Marketing and Development Committee

Head Thinker - Absolute Thinking Inc.
            






Michael Miller, Member of the Board
VP Corporate Marketing & Communications for

SmartSky Networks









Ron Nation, Member of the Board
Chief Executive Officer, Nation Technologies Group
       










Catherine Reeves, Member of the Board

Director of Leasing (Ret.), Highwoods Properties, Inc.                 

               








   

Randy Simpson, Member of the Board

Chairman, Cosnolidated Minerals, Inc.

      

Caitlin Wise, Executive Assistant & Volunteer Coordinator 

Caitlin was born and raised in Orlando, Florida. She graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor's in History. She recently graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University with a Master's in Mental Health Counseling and is currently a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern. She volunteered with The Lifeboat Project for a year and assisted with marketing, event planning, and mentoring clients. Caitlin is currently employed as the case manager for The Lifeboat Project. She also works as a therapist intern for Phenix Counseling. She is training to incorporate the body, movement, and expressive arts to help clients heal from trauma on a deeper level. 

Contact Caitlin at: caitlin@thelifeboatproject.org 

Migdalia Roman, Program Director
Migdalia,affectionately known as "Millie", was born in New York City and raised in the South Bronx, New York.  Migdalia attended Grace Dodge Vocational High School, graduated from Russell Sage College and majored in Sociology. Migdalia is certified as a Medicaid Provider Waiver Support Coordinator, Targeted Case Manager, and designated as a Victim Services Practitioner. Migdalia has worked in the field of Human Services for over 40 years in areas that include emotionally disturbed & abused youth, the disabled,  homeless mothers with children and families. Migdalia recently received her MBA in Nonprofit Management & Leadership from The Springfield College in the School of Professional and Continuing Studies. Migdalia is a State Certified Notary Public. In addition to being a skilled caretaker, Migdalia enjoys cooking, mentoring, and exercising an impressively wide array of skills for the good of others. 

Contact Millie at:mroman@thelifeboatproject.org

Ted Bogurt
 
The Ted Show










Donald Christopher
 
Attorney and Counselor at Law, 
Baker, Donaldson Bearman, Caldwell  & Berkowitz, PC 








Daniel DeBrucker-Cota
 National Organizer, Presbyterian Network to End Homelessness










 Todd Lamphere,

  Pastor of Global Outreach, Paula White Ministries

               







   

Angela McConnell











Cornita Riley,
Chief (Ret.), Orange County Corrections

              








 
Nadia Rivera
Medical Doctor, DaVita Medical Group