Kayla Carter-Moilanen, a San Antonio native, is bridging the divide between the sacred and the secular, addressing systemic inequities, and creating space for unlikely but powerful connections in our community.
Fostering dignity and growing equity for young women is what launched Kayla into the nonprofit sector. She is the founder and CEO of For Her, a local nonprofit preventing sexual exploitation and supporting survivors since 2012. For Her was born from Kayla’s own experiences with power-based abuse and sexual assault. She discovered on her healing journey that her story was not unique, but shared by many women in our community. These injustices inspired Kayla to be a catalyst for change. She is helping survivors rewrite their narratives, honoring their truth with dignity.
For the last nine years, her focused efforts have been in mobilizing outreach, fighting for those who have been silenced, training and equipping community stakeholders, and on-ramping survivors of sexual exploitation towards successful lives. Today, Kayla has become a sought-after voice and advocate for women.
Kayla is an ordained minister, served on the Bexar County Prostitution Prevention Committee, and the Alamo Area Coalition Against Trafficking.
A native of Flatonia, Texas, Taryn Tipton is a graduate of Texas A&M University and also has a Master’s in Higher Education Administration from Louisiana State University. As an educator with a decade of experience, she has worked as a teacher and college counselor and in university admissions and student affairs. As the Program Manager at For Her, Taryn’s focus is on serving women who are marginalized, overlooked, and underserved. She is responsible for the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the agency’s client and community facing programming that provides culturally-grounded and trauma-informed services. Taryn also supervises volunteers, provides training, and works directly with clients.
Taryn is a staunch believer in the power of inclusive and authentic community, and her passion is to empower women to use their voice and walk with them on their journey towards healing and holistic wellbeing. Taryn is an Enneagram 1, an optimist, and a wannabe runner. You can often find her exploring San Antonio with coffee in hand or planning her next adventure.
Originally from Mexico, Theresa has lived in Texas for the past 12 years. She graduated from Southern Methodist University with her BBA in Marketing, and went on to receive her Masters in Social Work with a focus on Community and Administrative practice from The University of Texas at Arlington.
Theresa comes to us with a wealth of knowledge about social and community services, project management, and program coordination. With For Her, Theresa's focus is on supporting Programs and Development, attending to social media communications, and helping execute events that directly benefit our clients. In her free time, she loves cooking and spending time with her dog, Benito.