“Thank you for entrusting SAFE in Tampa Bay with the mission of ensuring your donation goes to the most significant need facing our community today.” – Dotti Groover-Skipper, Chair

SAFE Advisory Board

SAFE was started by a team of people who lose sleep at night because they know girls and women are being sexually exploited in their communities.
That small group grew into a fantastic Advisory Board, that provides counsel on the direction, funding, and grant-making of SAFE.
We are grateful to everyone who helped SAFE come to life, and to the Advisory Board for giving their time, expertise, and resources to this effort.

Edie Rhea – Healing Root
Brent Woody – Justice Restoration Center
Jillian Penhale – Created
Natasha Nascimento – Redefining Refuge
Alan Wilkett – PCSO Retired
Dr. Bob Rohrlack – Tampa Chamber
Meghan McGuire – Junior League
Matt Floyd – Port Tampa Bay
Gina Evans – Tampa International Airport
Rep. Jackie Toledo
Ross Spano

Dotti Groover-Skipper – Chair, SAFE in Tampa Bay
Brian Sanders – National Christian Foundation
Tricia Collins – TrustBridge Global
Troy Caradonna – ISE
Don Snyder – SFG Wealth Advisors
Sara LaChance – Advocate
Pippa Greenberg – Advocate
Brian Stamey – International Diamond Center
Kim Figueroa – Advocate/More Too Life
Joanna Winters – FREE Network
Bill Losasso – Florida Dream Center
Kristen Bracy –  I RISE

Dotti Groover-Skipper – Chair, SAFE in Tampa Bay

Dotti Groover–Skipper believes in dynamic living through servant leadership! Since graduating from the University of South Florida, she has facilitated expert programming to impact positive policy change in tobacco, alcohol, gambling, substance abuse, addiction, and sex trade and has helped develop numerous sustainable community coalitions. She is founder of HeartDance Foundation, which serves men, women and children engaged in the sex industry and exploited through labor or sex trafficking.

Groover-Skipper is an ordained elder and missionary. She has operated at the national level in Washington, DC to mobilize and train clergy and faith communities to engage in issues of addiction, human rights and social justice. She continues to present at numerous National Conferences on anti-trafficking strategies.

Groover-Skipper is credited as a catalyst to peak action against human trafficking in Tampa Bay and recognized by former Florida Governor Rick Scott and former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, as the “Human Trafficking Advocate of the Year” for the State of Florida 2013. In March 2014, she was recognized for her tireless work as a “Woman of Distinction” by the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida. Groover-Skipper received the 2014 Florida Achievement Award from the Florida Commission On the Status of Women. Additionally, in February 2016, she was recognized by the Tampa Bay Lightning Foundation as a “Community Hero”, received the Zonta International “Status of Women” award as the 2016 Human Trafficking Victims Advocate, in 2018 received the “Ribbon of Honor” award from The American Association Of University Women, and in 2019 received the “Heartbeat of the Community” award from the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. Groover-Skipper graduated from the Department of Homeland Security Investigations Citizens Academy in February 2020.

Groover-Skipper is appointed by Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody to the legislatively formed Statewide Council On Human Trafficking and appointed by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to the Florida Drug Policy Advisory Council. She serves on various local boards including the Hillsborough Commission On Human Trafficking, the FREE Network, the Hillsborough County Commission On the Status of Women, the Hillsborough County Anti-Drug Alliance, and is Chair of the SAFE Collaborative (Strategic Alliance to Fight Exploitation in Tampa Bay). Groover-Skipper is also a partner with the Regional Law Enforcement Human Trafficking Task Force. She recently retired as the Florida Anti-Trafficking Director for the Salvation Army.

In 2009, Groover-Skipper married her high school sweetheart, Roger. Together they are the proud parents of seven adult children and grandparents of two.

Alliance Partners

Many great people and organizations have partnered with SAFE and the list is growing daily.  We know the criminal network behind sexual exploitation is vast, diverse, and well-organized, and we must be the same if we are going to fight it.  We applaud each of the following SAFE partners for stepping into the fight and believing with us that we can have a state that is free of commercial sexual exploitation.