Jill Bolander-Cohen, Founder and Executive Director


Is the Founder/Executive Director of the Lifeboat Project, Inc. a Central Florida 501c3 nonprofit, which advocates on behalf of survivors of labor and sex trafficking. She is the co-founder/Vice President of the Greater Orlando Human Trafficking Task Force which follows the guidelines of the Dept. of Justice and HHS, partnering with all law enforcement and NGO’s.


Jill is the Presbyterian Women Chair of Justice and Peace with the Synod of South Atlantic and sits on the Central Florida Presbytery Immigration Task Force. She has twice been a PCUSA delegate to the Commission on the Status of Women at the UN and attended Ecumenical Advocacy Days in DC three times, lobbying the Violence Against Women Act, the Farm Bill/Snap Program and Gun Violence. She gives EAD credit for God planting the seed to her work.


Jill is the Founder/President of the Zonta Club of Greater Orlando, a local chapter of Zonta International. She sits on the Board of Directors of her Rotary International Club. She was recognized as an “Everyday Hero” by Central Florida Bright House Channel 13. Jill is a professional Jazz singer and worship leader, a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She is a cradle Presbyterian and attends Maitland Pres. She was educated at Francis Marion University in South Carolina and resides in Apopka, Florida with her husband, Gary.

2017 Board


Dorothy Benson, Community Volunteer
Ted Bogert, Spectrum Global Financial
Gary Cohen, Nperspective Orlando, LLC
Lisa Haba, Seminole County District Attorney’s Office
Kathy McLain, Visit Orlando
Ron Nations, Nation Technologies Group
Nadia Rivera, Park Avenue Medical Center
Erika Rembrandt Smith, Washington Shores Presbyterian Church

Contact Information

Phone: 407-310-8905


Address:  PO Box 1083  Apopka, Florida  32704


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