Caroline Fish, LMSW, JD
Co-Founder, Story Editor, Board President
Caroline is a New York-based social work and legal professional with a passion for storytelling, advocacy, social justice, and human rights. Her educational background is in psychology (B.A), international development (M.S.W), and international law (J.D.); her specialized training and experience is in working with vulnerable populations, at-risk youth, and communities on issues of sexual assault, relationship violence and human trafficking. She has tackled these topics in nonprofit and government agencies in North Carolina, Missouri, rural Maine, Paris, France, and, now, New York. Projects she has led in the past include two community art campaigns against gender-based violence, a federal human trafficking case manager certification program, a documentary on campus sexual assault, and multi-national research project involving over forty human rights activists in four countries. HOSTL is the first ongoing, community, storytelling project that she has been a part of since its founding.
Dessa Somerside, MPH, MSW
Story Editor, Board Vice President
Dessa applies her background in systems dynamics to critically evaluate and develop solutions to social issues. She has worked in child welfare, maternal and child health and nutrition, and economic and social development in over ten countries. Dessa moved back to St. Louis after working for the UN World Food Programme as an International Leland Hunger Fellow in Cambodia. She is now the Director of Quality Systems for Project Peanut Butter, which produces a life-saving therapeutic food product for malnourished children in Africa. Dessa received her bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from Boston University, and Masters degrees in Public Health and Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis in 2013.