This month we are spotlighting a member of the Medina County Coalition Against Human Trafficking. Brian Sommers is the Service and Support Administrator Manager at the Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities.
We are grateful for Brian’s ongoing commitment to the Coalition.
We asked Brian to share a little bit more about himself so that we could all get to know him a little better.
How did you get involved with the Medina County Coalition Against Human Trafficking?
I attended a Human Trafficking 101 presentation and then started attending the monthly meetings.
What is your current role with the Coalition?
I am a general member. I attend meetings and help with projects as I am able.
What are you most proud of in your work with the Coalition?
This does not relate to me specifically but I love to hear about victims who have been rescued.
What is the best compliment you have ever received?
I was at an annual dinner that I coordinate for a different group. One of the members told me, “everything you do is awesome.” The compliment was especially nice because we have both been members of this group for over 25 years and don’t always see eye to eye. I have never known him to compliment my efforts in the past.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I did not have a clear goal. I wanted to be happy and help people. What that looks like has changed over the years.
What would we most likely find you doing on the weekend?
I enjoy canoeing on the Tuscarawas River. I canoe year-round and have completed a multi-day (canoe/camping) trip at least once a year for the past decade.
What is one song you have completely memorized?
I really enjoy music of all types. I know the words to most Jimmy Buffet or Beastie Boys songs. My daughter and I will be going to see Weird Al Yankovic in May.
What does the community need to know about the Medina County Coalition Against Human Trafficking?
Human Trafficking happens everywhere, including in Medina County. Human beings (just like you and I) are being used and sold like property. The Medina County Coalition Against Human Trafficking (MCCAHT) is a great place to take the first step to increase your awareness and help inform others. The meetings are held on the third or fourth Thursday of the month and are open to everyone. You should attend a meeting.