Whitney Anderson, M.B.A.
Co-Founder & Executive Director
Called out of a successful career in the corporate world, Whitney has worked full time providing direct care to human trafficking victim/survivors and anti-human trafficking advocacy since 2012. Whitney has witnessed firsthand the need for increased services for human trafficking victims outside of the residential setting. Additionally, as an enrolled member of the Chickasaw Nation, she saw a gap in human trafficking services reaching Native Americans and other under served populations. She felt led to co-found The Dragonfly Home and establish the Human Trafficking Relief and Restoration Center to fill these gaps.
Whitney also believes strongly in the effectiveness of home-like residential setting for victims of human trafficking to recover. Prior to co-founding The Dragonfly Home, she spent four years as Assistant Executive Director at an anti-human trafficking NGO in Oklahoma City. There, she helped found OKC’s first state-certified residential program for adult women victims of sex trafficking. She also operated the organization’s non-residential program for male and female victims of both sex and labor trafficking.
Additionally, Whitney strongly believes in the power of awareness, education, and community outreach and has trained thousands of individuals in academic, tribal, professional, and community settings on human trafficking and related topics.
“At The Dragonfly Home, we are passionate about affecting long lasting, positive change in areas of human rights and injustice, specifically related to exploitation of highly vulnerable populations” – Whitney Anderson
Melissa Eick, J.D.
Co-Founder & Director of Communications
Melissa Eick is a Co-founder and the Director of Communications and Development for The Dragonfly Home. Melissa specializes in educating the public on the complexities of human trafficking and the needs of survivors through writing, speaking, and diverse avenues of digital and social media. She is passionate about equipping and empowering the community to make an effective impact on the fight to end human trafficking.
Melissa participates actively on the Oklahoma Human Trafficking Task Force, serving as Co-chair of the Training and Awareness Committee, as well as serving on the Conference Planning Committee. Melissa holds a JD from the University of Tulsa and is a licensed attorney in Oklahoma, Iowa, and Virginia. She serves on the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women Advisory Council. Melissa is a writer and also consults non-profits and small businesses on digital and social media marketing.
“The community has tremendous power to eradicate the scourge of human trafficking. We all have a role to play. Take your favorite thing to do and use it to impact human trafficking. The Dragonfly Home can help you find new ways to get involved and opportunities to get equipped to bring this crime to an end.” – Melissa Eick
Co-Founder & Program Director
With an extensive background in serving health care and human service organizations, our Program Director and Co-Founder brings to The Dragonfly Home three years of experience as Program Director for an OKC-based residential program for adult women survivors of sex trafficking. A strong believer in the efficacy of home-based care for human trafficking survivors, she felt led to offer a warm, welcoming atmosphere in which non-residential clients could receive trauma informed, victim centered care/services.
Program Director photo withheld for privacy.