Dr. Dena Rapp, President and Founder
Dena is the President and Founder of Rivers of Justice, based in Greenville, South Carolina. As a spokesperson for Rivers of Justice she actively educates the public about Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking.
Dena earned a B.A. in Music, an M.S in Education and an Ed.S. and Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction. She has over 25 years of educational experience beginning in elementary school and ultimately taught college undergraduate and graduate programs. During this time she was also a conference speaker at conventions and in churches. After 15 years of teaching as a college professor, Dena left her position to found Rivers of Justice and pursue her passion to help children who are caught up in Sex Trafficking. In addition to her teaching Dena has written curricula and has testified before the South Carolina Senate and House sub-committees in attempt to change legislation in the area of human trafficking. Most recently Dena travel to Trinidad to speak at a conference on human trafficking and she continues to travel to Honduras to train Hondurans how to recognize respond to and prevent child sex abuse.
In her spare time Dena enjoys hiking, walking on the beach, and reading. She and her husband Ron reside in Greenville, SC. They have two married sons and four grandchildren.
Maggie Grisham, Secretary
Maggie grew up in Memphis, TN and attended The University of Tennessee-Knoxville. After graduation she moved to Clemson SC to work with the the college ministry Reformed University Fellowship for three years. While in Clemson she met her husband, Tyler, and after their marriage they moved to Pittsburgh, PA. During their time in Pittsburgh Maggie began working on her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. Tyler’s job moved them to Denver and then back to Clemson where she was able to finish her Masters in Mental Health Counseling.
Maggie currently has a private practice in counseling and is working toward her licensure. After completing a year internship at the Julie Valentine Center she has developed a deep desire to help victims of sexual abuse. In addition to her degree, Maggie has specialized training in trauma, EMDR (eye movement desensitization reprocessing) and her desire is to help advocate for and counsel those that have been affected by all types of trauma.
Maggie, her husband Tyler, and their three small children reside in Clemson SC.
Maggie Erickson, Director
Maggie was born in Dallas, TX and grew up in Clemson, SC. She earned her BS in Business Finance from Coastal Carolina University and studied in the MDiv program at Covenant Theological Seminary. Maggie and her husband Brad were married in 2006 and lived in MN until 2017.
After retiring from banking, Maggie founded SilverTree Jewelry and is launching a new business, Tria Gifts, with the purpose of providing employment for at-risk women. When she’s not working, Maggie loves to read, teach, travel and watch Clemson football.
Maggie and her husband live in Clemson, S. C. in her childhood home.
Kenny Gilliland, Director
Kenny was born in Osan, Korea to a military family and is a retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Colonel. Kenny worked in the computer and information systems arena as well as in the Air Force educational systems. After 21 years in the Air Force, Kenny retired and worked in the computer industry in Washington D.C. for three years after which he focused his efforts in helping the community and kids at risk by joining the Frazee Center in Greenville, SC to be the Director of Mentor Anderson.
Kenny earned his B.S. in Management Information Systems from The University of Tampa, a dual Masters in Computer Management and Space Operations from Webster University and a Masters in Operational Arts from Air University.
Kenny, his wife Sherry, and their two high school sons live in Easley, SC.
Jason Johnston, Director
Jason grew up in Pennsylvania and graduated from Penn State University at which time he joined the staff with the Navigators to pioneer The Navigator ministry at the University of Alabama. He and his wife, Christine, are currently campus directors at Clemson University. Their passion is to train and equip students to walk with Jesus and also to teach them to help others (II Timothy 2:2).
One particular ministry emphasis is helping students walk in sexual purity in the midst of the rising levels of pornography addiction. Jason is actively seeking to train churches and parents to prevent the next generation of spiritual leaders from growing up in our churches addicted to porn through his ministry, Soul Fire. He has been speaking for Rivers of Justice to address how pornography is fueling the demand for sex trafficking.
Jason and Christine and their three children live in Clemson, SC.
David Cathcart, Director
David currently serves as the director of Extension Education and Admissions Coordinator for Erskine Theological Seminary where he graduated with a Masters of Divinity in 2010. David also works part-time at Collins Children’s Home in Seneca, SC.
Prior to his work at Erskine Seminary, David served as the Director of Youth and Family Ministries at Crossgate Presbyterian Church in Seneca, SC for 3 ½ years. While in Seminary he was youth pastor for Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Moore, SC. He has coached on both the high school and college levels and has been a chaplain at both An Med Hospital in Anderson and Self Regional in Greenwood.
David believes there is a tremendous potential for Kingdom work when we are able to capture the hearts of young people and teach them of God’s tremendous love for them in Christ. He is the father of five children.