STAY CONNECTED, STAY STRONG: SUPPORTING FAMILIES IMPACTED BY INCARCERATION

Sharon Ricks, MA

Go to our website and get book of ra deluxe demo. Hurry up to go and start winning. Sharon Ricks is the Regional Health Administrator for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She is the senior federal public health official focused on improving health outcomes for 65 million Americans in the 8 southeastern states and 6 tribal nations. She has 32 years of federal experience and 23 years at HHS. Mrs. Ricks began her federal career in 1986 at the U.S. Agency for International Development. In 1995, she joined HHS where she supported public affairs activities at three of the National Institutes of Health. In 2001, she joined the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health where she has worked to promote women’s health, reduce infant mortality, and end human trafficking. She has also been a strong advocate for environmental justice, health equity, and the justice-involved. She received her BS in Journalism from the University of Maryland University College in 1990 and her MA in Journalism from Regent University in 2004.

Sandra Kay Barnhill

For 31 years, Attorney Sandra Kay Barnhill has been an activist and national advocate for prisoners, their children, and family members. She has also been a champion for reentry services that provide comprehensive support to prisoners so that they can successfully reunite with their families and reintegrate into the community. Barnhill is the founder and National President of Foreverfamily, Inc., a national nonprofit, in Atlanta, that has provided services to over 30,000 children with a parent in prison. Her work has been recognized by the Ford Foundation, and in 2004, she was selected as one of 18 recipients of their Leadership for a Changing World Award. She was also heralded by Barrister Magazine as “One of Twenty Lawyers Who Make a Difference.” In 2009, she was selected as One of Atlanta’s Top 100 Black Women of Influence by the Atlanta Business League. She received her Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas at Austin and her BA from Georgia State University.

Ernest Drucker, PhD

Dr. Drucker is Professor at the College of Global Public Health, New York University; Emeritus Professor of Family and Social Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine; and Visiting Scholar at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of NY. He is licensed as a Clinical Psychologist conducts research in AIDS, drug policy, and prisons and is active in public health and human rights efforts in the US and abroad. He was the Director of Public Health and Policy Research at Montefiore/Einstein and the founding Director of Montefiore’s 1000 patient drug treatment program until 1990. He is author of over 120 peer-reviewed scientific articles, texts, and book chapters, founding Associate Editor of The International Journal of Drug Policy; founder and Editor in Chief (with John Booth Davies) of Addiction Research and Theory (1993- 2005); and founding Editor in Chief of Harm Reduction Journal ( 1994 – 2015). He is author of A Plague of Prisons: The Epidemiology of Mass Incarceration in America and Editor of Decarcerating America: From Mass Punishment to Public Health.

Ron and Catherine Tijerina

Ron and Catherine Tijerina are passionate innovators whose vision, skills and experience allow them to be a catalyst for change wherever they are. They are respected advocates for families, authors and nationally‐renowned speakers. Their dynamic and inspiring leadership has helped transform tens of thousands of lives across the country. In 1991 they experienced a tragedy when Ron was convicted of a crime he didn’t commit and sentenced to 14 – 25 years in an Ohio prison. The Tijerinas discovered that there was little to no support for vulnerable families, especially families who had a loved one in prison.This experience ignited their passionfor being an advocate for families. During Ron’s incarceration, the Tijerinas created a program, TYRO Dads, to help strengthen families. In the year 2000, while Ron was still incarcerated, the Tijerinas founded The RIDGE Project as a vehicle for building strong families. Ron was released in 2006. Most recently, they have authored HIGH FIVE Love Never Fails which presents a recipe for healthy families built on 5 time‐tested principles.

Kate Boccia

Kate’s personal mass incarceration journey as a parent began when her son Daniel, was sentenced on a mandatory minimum in the state of Georgia. As is too often the ignored case, Daniel was a heroin addict, shackled by desperate behavioral tendencies. “My son’s story underscores the issues we are facing in our country, issues that must be addressed and solutions that must be implemented.” After many tears and sleepless nights, Kate adjusted to her family’s new normal and launched herself into an untamed public spotlight. Ignoring stigmas and shame, she now spends all her time waging strategic battles for families who are losing their loved ones to mass incarceration and addiction.

As the brain child of The National Incarceration Association, Kate has opened many doors for ordinary people and their families who had become accustomed to being silenced by status-quo power and outdated public policy.

Sunny Slaughter

Sunnetta “Sunny” Slaughter is the CEO/Principal Consultant of Sunny Slaughter, LLC, a diversified consulting firm providing crime and policy consulting, training, and subject matter expertise for a national and international clientele. Slaughter offers over 30 years of executive leadership as a policy strategist, subject matter expert and expert witness, across a broad spectrum of crime and policy, human rights, social justice and civil rights issues. She is the co-chair of the Violence as a Public Health Issue Committee for the Southeastern Health Equity Council, Region IV, and a member of the newly formed national steering committee on Opioids spearheaded by the federal Office of Minority Health (OMH). Slaughter has a public health policy focus on human trafficking, mass incarceration, gun violence, criminal justice reform, mental and behavioral health and intersection issues that impact vulnerable and marginalized communities. She has coordination of high-profile collaborative partnerships and multijurisdictional operations across professional disciplines, for the execution of initiatives and strategies with a focus on prevention, intervention and community engagement. Sunny is a TEDx speaker and has served as a Media Crime Analyst for international and national radio and media outlets including; ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN/HLN After Dark and Trinity Broadcast Network.

Dawn Harrington

Dawn Harrington is a formerly-incarcerated advocate from Nashville, TN. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Recording Industry Management and Public Relations from Middle Tennessee State University and a Master of Business Administration degree in Information Technology from Bethel University. Dawn is currently a doctoral candidate in Public Policy. During her incarceration, Dawn was disturbed by the impact of incarceration on families, especially moms and kids, and inspired to make a difference upon her release. Today, Harrington is a Just Leadership USA fellow, advisory board member for Nashville Defenders and Unheard Voices Outreach, systems manager for the National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls, and the executive director of Free Hearts, a nonprofit led by formerly incarcerated women that was created to reunite families and keep families together by providing support, education, and advocacy to families impacted by incarceration.

Brian McGregor

Dr. McGregor is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and Associate Director for Research at the Kennedy Satcher Center for Mental Health Equity in the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at the Morehouse School of Medicine. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Morehouse College and completed his master’s and doctorate degrees in Clinical/Community Psychology from the University of South Carolina. He is a past fellow of the American Psychological Association and an inaugural Health Policy Leadership Fellow at the Satcher Health Leadership Institute in 2009-2010. Dr. McGregor has also served as a clinician and supervisor of mental health services at medium and maximum security correctional facilities in the state of Alabama. His specific research interests are focused on developing community partnerships and collaborations intersecting the areas of mental health, substance abuse, and criminal justice to support policies and programs that reduce recidivism and improve quality of life and behavioral health outcomes.

Ed Connors

Ed Connors is an entrepreneur intensely focused on improving outcomes for vulnerable populations through the empowerment of community-based teams, capacity building, and community engagement. Nominated for the National Medal of Technology and innovation for his work to align medical care with the social determinants of health, Ed has made it his mission to inspire human ingenuity and create the community champions that are necessary to promote widespread improvement in the health and wellbeing of our Nation’s most vulnerable individuals. Mr. Connors was the lead technologist on the National Healthy Start Association’s Maternal and Child Health’s HIE Interoperability Toolkit program funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. He has developed AccessMeCare™ a Social Outreach & Community Engagement platform that creates supportive relationships and collaborative links between People in Need and People who Care.

Janis Mann, Criminal Defense Attorney

After 10 years as a public defender, Ms. Mann went into private practice. Ms. Mann’s practice focuses on post-conviction remedies: finding ways to return to their lives outside of prison walls, to reunite them with their families and creates plans for success to reduce the likelihood of returning to prison. Ms. Mann went to law school with the desire to help people, believing that everyone, regardless of financial status, deserved an attorney who would zealously defend them and ensure that they were treated fairly. After seeing a loved one sentenced to prison, Ms. Mann was faced with the reality that few people had a zealous advocate after they were convicted of felonies. After earning her B.A. at Georgia State University and her Juris Doctorate at Georgia State University College of Law, with an honors distinction for her commitment to public interest work, Ms. Mann has helped thousands of people accused of crimes.

Dominique DuBois Gilliard

Dominique DuBois Gilliard is the director of Racial Righteousness and Reconciliation for the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC). He is the author of Rethinking Incarceration: Advocating for Justice that Restores. He also serves on the board of directors for the Christian Community Development Association and Evangelicals for Justice. In 2015, he was selected as one of the ECC’s “40 Under 40” leaders to watch, and the Huffington Post named him one of the “Black Christian Leaders Changing the World. Dominique is also an adjunct professor at North Park Theological Seminary.

Valencia Miller

Valencia Miller is the Social Services Program Manager with the State of Georgia. She is responsible for coordinating and communicating the evolving design, goals, and objectives of the Georgia Prisoner Reentry Initiative. She works hand-in-hand with the Atlanta Judicial Circuit of Fulton County, Chief Community Supervision Officers, and the Superior Court staff to assure the successful transition of returning citizens from the prison pipeline back into the community. In this position, she facilitates the seamless execution of the Transition Accountability Plan process with prison officials, release authorities, supervising agencies and the local steering team. She also serves on the Executive Board of SKIP, Inc., (Save Kids of Incarcerated Parents) whose mission is to provide supportive services to at-risk children of incarcerated parents and their families and increase public awareness of the underlying problems through education, advocacy and research. She has a B.A. degree in Business Management from Clark Atlanta University and a Master’s in Education from Central Michigan University.

Hilary Runion, PhD

Hilary Runion, PhD. is a developmental psychologist with expertise in young children of incarcerated parents. She is currently a Correctional Program Specialist at The National Institute of Corrections, where she manages the “Family Strengthening Project.” Hilary has worked with incarcerated parents, their children, and their children’s caregivers both within correctional facilities and the community. Hilary has worked in academia on several large federally funded grants in an effort to research young children during parental incarceration. Further, Hilary’s expertise has centered on parent-child contact and visitation within correctional facilities in both state and local facilities throughout the country. Hilary has also worked with Sesame Street on an intervention project disseminating “Little Children, Big Challenges: Parental Incarceration.” Hilary’s work has been published in academic journals, peerreviewed articles and correctional publication platforms.

Jenelle Williams

Jenelle is a global community health and development strategist who works with governments, communities, organizations and individuals in making paradigm shifts through a cross-disciplinary and multi-sectoral approach to create innovative solutions for building or strengthening the health and resilience of communities. For almost two decades, Jenelle has served at the local, national and global levels across both public and private sectors empowering vulnerable populations and building healthy communities. Most recently she served as the VP for the Society for Practitioners of Health Impact Assessment focused on building the capacity for communities to maximize the positive health impacts and minimize the negative health impacts of proposed policies, programs or projects. In Georgia, she led the first such rural HIA around housing redevelopment which ensured community voice throughout the process of redevelopment and in doing so mitigated some significant unforeseen barriers to health and wellbeing. She believes that listening to, empowering and planning alongside the voices of those who are at the center of an issue is a critical component to long lasting solutions. Jenelle is the Director of Programs for Global Health Action based in Atlanta, GA. She earned her bachelor’s degree from New York University and her master’s degree in business administration from American InterContinental University.