Regional Grant Coordinator

Hi my name is Amy LaGesse.

I am the newly hired Regional Grant Coordinator for the Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition. I am honored to be a part of this dedicated hard working group. I look forward to the opportunities ahead and playing an active role in the implementation of the Coalition’s newest funding opportunity.


I attended the University of Toledo and graduated with my Master’s Degree in Sociology in 1999. When I started my professional career in 2000, I had the privilege of working at David’s House, the local AIDS Service Organization at the time. I was the Volunteer Coordinator and I am so happy to report that I have made many life-long friends through that role.

I moved forward in my career and had the honor of holding leadership roles in HIV/STD prevention at the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department and later at the Ohio Department of Health. As I have worked for public health agencies, universities and nonprofit organizations throughout my career, I have gained varying levels of experience with grant implementation and oversight. My last position provided more grant experience and a new opportunity with operations management. At that point I was working with family planning health centers across the state of Ohio.


The Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition has secured a new funding opportunity to strengthen human trafficking activities across this region. Current Coalition counties include Lucas, Wood, Ottawa, Sandusky and Seneca and now include Williams, Fulton, Defiance, Henry, Paulding, Van Wert, Mercer, Allen, Putnam, Hancock and Hardin.

Grant objectives include the following:

  1. Identification and Referral of Foreign Born Victims of Trafficking
  2. Training and Technical Assistance
  3. Coalition Building
  4. Public Awareness

I look forward to partnering with many in our region, as we know human trafficking knows no boundaries.