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Reentry 2022:  A "Wholistic " Approach to Reentry




 “Wholistic” approach to reentry?


Often referred to as the “holistic” approach, this conference will focus on the full scope of the needs of returning citizens. The “wholistic” approach provides guidance and support focusing on all aspects of the returning citizens’ life.  


Reentry 2022 will focus on returning citizens & salute the professionals making strides in reentry. 


The Reentry 2022 conference staff are a multi-disciplinary team of professionals sharing best practices and experiences leading to effective,  evidence-based outcomes .  Come share in the discussions!



Objectives:


– Celebrate reentry programming excellence

– Build stronger organizational practices by connecting with coalitions and networks across the nation.

– Training with professionals and advocates working to improve reentry without discrimination.

– Strengthening programs, true-to-life discussions, opportunities, and steps to support children, families, and communities during reentry.



Who Should Attend:


Justice-involved professionals - law enforcement professionals, probation and corrections staff; victim services; families with incarcerated loved ones, crime survivors, non-profit providers, advocates, prison ministry, and other volunteers working with incarcerated people; educational; religious and social institutions; health services; housing,  employers and legal rights organizations.





Sponsorship Opportunities, General Schedule & Presenters

September 29th -30th, 2022

Sponsorship Opportunities still available!

Conference Presenters

Syrita Steib, President/CEO

Operation Restoration, Inc.

New Orleans, LA

Syrita’s notable work in advocacy, criminal justice reform, and policy has received local and national recognition.

"From facing incarceration to passing major legislation across the nation as the founder and executive director of Operation Restoration, these are the words that have defined my life."


After one year in college, Syrita withdrew from Xavier University and joined the United States Navy where Syrita was training to become an Electronics Technician (ET). Unfortunately, the Armed Forces during the Clinton Administration didn’t have the pay scale it did today. Syrita wasn’t able to make ends meet and ultimately some of her decisions led to her being incarcerated. President Donald Trump later pardoned Syrita.

After returning home, Syrita started over and began to rebuild her life with the values instilled by parents as guidance.  In 2016, Syrita followed her heart and commitment to the community and created Operation Restoration (OR). OR’s mission is to eradicate the roadblocks women and girls face when returning home after incarceration.  Syrita has served as a policy consultant for Cut50’s Dignity for Incarcerated Women campaign and worked on the passage of the First Step Act. Governor John Bel Edwards appointed Syrita to the Louisiana Justice Reinvestment Oversight Council, and Syrita served as the Vice-chair for the Louisiana Task Force on Women’s Incarceration. She also co-curated and was featured in the Newcomb Art Museum’s Per(Sister) exhibit, which shared the stories of currently and formerly incarcerated women. She also served on District Attorney Jason Williams’ Transition committee, Protect Vulnerable Communities Committee.

Maggie Agerton, MA

Florida, Bureau Chief, Department of Corrections

Tallahassee, FL


Maggie has worked for Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) since 2008. She is responsible for the clinical, operational, and administrative functions for substance use treatment programs and other re-entry programming. Maggie began her career in corrections as a volunteer in 1999. During her career, Maggie worked in various positions with both the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the Florida Department of Corrections including case management, religious services, substance use treatment, transition, and reentry. Maggie earned her master’s degree and bachelor’s degree in Criminology from Florida State University in 2001 and 1999. She is an ACA Certified Correctional Executive, a PMI Project Management Professional, a Florida Certified Addictions Professional, and a Florida Certified Criminal Justice Addictions Professional. Maggie currently serves as an elected member of the ACA Delegate Assembly and a member of the ACA Substance Use Disorders and ACA Behavioral Health committees.

Jimmy McGill

Arkansas Director of Peer Services

Jacksonville, AR


Jimmy, Arkansas Director of Peer Services, was the founding member of both the Arkansas Peers Advisory Committee (APAC) and the Arkansas Peers Achieving Recovery Together (A.P.A.R.T) coalition and is the current chair for the SAMHSA Region 6 Peer Support Advisory Committee. Jimmy is also an executive committee member of the National Peer Recovery Alliance.


Jimmy is the State’s Recovery Manager for the Arkansas Drug Director’s office, and he is a certified Peer Recovery Peer Supervisor (PRPS). His lived experience has allowed him the chance to lead the development of the Peer Recovery Infrastructure throughout Arkansas. 


Jimmy's former experiences with 23 years of addiction and several incarcerations give him the unique ability to lead other Peer Recovery Specialist.  His dedicated efforts have allowed Arkansas to place peer recovery inside the Department of Human Services, the Division of Youth Services, the Department of Health, emergency rooms, drug courts, jails, reentry centers, prisons, law enforcement partnerships, Recovery Community Organizations (RCOs) and community service centers.  


He and his wife are the founders of Next Step Recovery Housing, a non-profit recovery foundation that houses people in recovery. 


Author of From Prison to Purpose

Lonnie Davis Wesley, III, D. Min.

Pastor

Greater Little Rock Baptist Church

Pensacola, FL


Pastor Wesley leads the Greater Little Rock Baptist Church in providing resources for reentry, recovery, and homelessness. The church has opened it doors to returning citizens and encourages them to be active participants in all church activities. Every week people find Greater Little Rock a place to call home. “No matter where you are in the journey, our church is glad to have you among us”.


In 2021, Dr. Wesley was selected by Gov. Ron DeSantis to be a member of the Escambia Children's Trust Board.


Dr. Wesley holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications (Public Relations) from Alabama State University. Immediately following college graduation, Wesley was recruited by Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi, as the Assistant Sports Information Director/Director of Marketing and Promotions.

After starting on a Master of Arts degree in Christian Education at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Wesley finished and graduated from Selma University. He graduated with a Doctorate of Ministry degree in Expository Preaching at Anderson University in Anderson, South Carolina. 

Jennifer Rechichi, MS

Assistant Bureau Chief, Bureau of Program Development

Florida Department of Corrections

Tallahassee, FL


Jennifer A. Rechichi is a solutions-focused professional with an extensive background in the development of risk/needs assessment, program development, and program implementation in both the fields of juvenile justice and adult corrections. Jennifer currently serves as the Assistant Bureau Chief of Program Development, at the Florida Department of Corrections after working for nearly 13 years in numerous leadership positions for the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. In this role, she is responsible for the training and oversight of the implementation of the Department’s risk/needs assessment instrument, as well as the Program Clearinghouse. Jennifer holds an M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University and a B.S. in Family, Child and Consumer Sciences, from Florida State University. Jennifer’s research interests include training, implementation, and fidelity of evidence-based and best practices and risk assessment.

Pastor Larry McGruder, MS

Mt. Bethel Missionary Baptist Church

Career Development Chaplain

Waterfront Rescue Mission

Pensacola, FL


Chaplain McGruder has 16 years of experience in rescue mission operations & programming and is responsible for providing services to clients in the second half of a 12-month recovery program. He provides biblical counseling and mentoring of rehab clients and is responsible for facilitating multiple areas of activities related to homelessness and living in the homeless shelter.


In addition, Chaplain McGruder supervises and provides services to clients living in transitional homes. He coaches clients as they return to various employment and housing environments. He provides mentorship and coaching to ensure they have greater chances of reentry to prevent future criminal lifestyles, drug addiction, and homelessness.


Chaplain McGruder plans social and clinical activities for homeless shelter clients which include coordinating clinically appropriate speakers, and leading chapel and evangelism teachings. Weekly he leads a bible study as a support for clients in the shelter.

Pastor Larry McGruder has pastored first-hand expertise in reentry. He has recruited, trained, & supported volunteers in numerous jail and prison ministries. He has taught bible studies at Pathway for Change and plans annual events for community youth to mentor and inspire them and give them hope.


Felita S. Robinson, Co-Founder

Rise Reentry, Inc.

Tampa, FL


Felita Robinson, a returning citizen, spent 37 years, 11 months and 24 days incarcerated in prison prior to her release.  Felita will outline the unique challenges she faced and continues to face as she transitions from prison to the free world.  


Felita has a riveting story that will benefit all conference attendees.


One of the first challenges Felita faced preparing for her release was the inability to find housing in the county where she was sentenced.  As such, Felita and another returning citizen Lisa Johnson, started a nonprofit business supporting women coming home to the Tampa/St. Petersburg area.  This program, Rise Reentry, Inc., is a residential/residential program open to women being released from prison without discrimination.

William Taylor, NCPSS, LADAC

Faith-Based Community Coordinator for Middle TN Grand Division

Regional Overdose Prevention Specialist

TN Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse

Castalian Springs, TN

 

Will has 8 years of experience in the field of mental health and substance abuse services. Will serves as a Youth & Adult Mental Health First Responder, a member of the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network Postvention Response Team, a QPR trainer, Youth Mental Health First Aid trainer, a WRAP I & II facilitator, a Trauma-informed Approach trainer, and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor.


In his role as an Overdose Prevention Specialist, Will provides Naloxone training and distribution to individuals at high risk of opiate overdose. He creates access points for individuals seeking recovery support by staying current with evidence-based practices, treatment bed availability, and current funding sources. 


Will is a graduate of Tennessee State University.

John Woods, Ed.D.

Family Integrity Trainer

Facilitator/Board Member

Pensacola, FL


Dr. Woods is originally from Los Angeles, California. He served in the United States Air Force for 30 years, retiring as a Chief Master Sergeant. After retiring from the Air Force, He taught Middle/High School Social Studies and tutored At-Risk youth in the Pensacola Area.


Dr. Woods has been a volunteer in various Correctional Institutions since 2010. He is currently a national board member for Family Integrity Training (FIT) and Christian Military Fellowship. Dr. Woods is a trained facilitator for FIT courses.


He has worked with incarcerated Veterans and Reentry individuals since 2015. Dr. Woods is the Academic Coordinator for Veterans Upward Bound at Pensacola State College. He holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Public Administration degrees from Troy State University and an Education Specialist and Doctor of Education degrees from the University of West Florida.


He is the Co-Author of the Practical Parenting course published by Family Integrity Training.

Rosetta P. Taylor, MHA

Founder/Training Coordinator

National Association of Reentry Professionals, Inc.

Jacksonville, FL


Providing substance abuse counseling to infantry soldiers, overseas in the United States Army; working in the Federal Bureau of Prisons in positions from Correctional Officer to Unit Manager; and working with Veterans in substance abuse and reentry programs, Rosetta has experienced many facets of reentry. With a Systems Redesign background and 40 years of service, I was determined to find a way to build a platform for professionals in reentry to network and support each other. She envisioned the National Association of Reentry Professionals, Inc. providing an opportunity for professionals and returning citizens to share best practices (education), networking (collaboration), and setting the standards in reentry (inspiration). Rosetta believes, “No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care!” She understands, focusing on that motto the best reentry practices will be evident in the services we provide to our returning citizens, their families, and our communities.

Arlene Pace Green, Ph.D.

Organizational Psychologist & Author

Dallas Metro Area, TX


Founder - Enelra Talent Solutions, LLC

Executive Coach, Leadership Development Speaker, Author: You Deserve to Love Your Job


Arlene’s mission is to help you identify and achieve your greatest aspirations, and have a lot of fun along the way. She is the founder of Enelra Talent Solutions, LLC – a consulting group that specializes in Executive Coaching and Leadership Development.


Arlene is known for her business partnership, kind and fun-loving spirit, and ability to collaborate with her clients to bring solutions to complex challenges. Arlene has a Ph.D. in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology from Old Dominion University and over 20 years of experience in corporate, consulting, and non-profit environments.


Arlene studied her undergraduate degree at James Madison University, and her Master’s degree from Old Dominion University.

Nichole Landrum, FCCM

Statewide Re-Entry Administrator

Bureau of Substance Use Treatment

Florida Department of Corrections

Tallahassee, FL


Nichole Landrum began her career with the Florida Department of Corrections in 1995. Throughout the past 27 years she has held positions of increasing responsibility and authority. She has more than 10 years of experience working with reentry initiatives, to include serving as the Classification Supervisor during the opening of Gadsden Re-Entry Center and Assistant Bureau Chief for the Bureau of Re-Entry and Education, where apprenticeship programs were introduced to facilities, several veterans’ dorms were created, and the management of the 100 Hour Transition program and Re-Entry Seminars were under her direction. Nichole currently is the Statewide Re-Entry Administrator where she is leading the efforts to establish programming and restorative connections the FDC’s Short Sentence Correctional Institutions (SSCI). Additionally, she oversees the Mentor Academy selection process, Roadmap to Restoration efforts throughout the state, the oversight, and operations of the statewide Volunteer Services program, monitoring of the reentry seminars statewide, and providing training to staff, volunteers, and stakeholders. She also participates in several local reentry coalition/taskforce meetings. Nichole is a member of the American Correctional Association.

Ivy Mathis

Founder/President

Successful Imperfections, Inc.

Baton Rouge, LA


Ivy started a for profit business and a non-profit organization, Successful Imperfections. She was approved by the Governor of Louisiana to sit on the Families of Incarcerated Parents and Caregivers Board. A member of the Families of Loved ones Advisory Board with the Department of Corrections where she sits on the re-entry committee knowing firsthand how integrating back into society looks whether it be someone who has served a shorter term or a longer one. The needs are different.


Ivy Mathis was given a life sentence at the age of 17. She served 26 years and was released on December 11, 2018. She was the first female juvenile lifer granted release through the parole board due to a ruling that passed at the Supreme Court in 2017. The ruling stated: Life sentences given to anyone under the age of 18 were unconstitutional. When she was released, she made a promise to the women she left behind, vowing she would never forget them. Ivy created a re-entry program called "Life Support" which she now teaches at the same prison where she was incarcerated. She graduated the Life Support, 1st inaugural class of 22 women on June 30, 2022.


Recognizing the limited opportunities for women after incarceration; Ivy focuses on teaching them how to avoid barriers while implanting success.  


Al Stubblefield, FACHE

Board President, Reentry Alliance Pensacola

Executive Coach & Senior Advisor President Emeritus, Baptist Health Care

Pensacola, FL


Al Stubblefield actively participates in the leadership of the First Baptist Church, Prison Ministry Program. As a member of the prison ministry team, he has the unique privilege of ministering to incarcerated men. His experiences allow him to see firsthand the difficult daily responsibilities of those who work in correctional facilities and make him poignantly aware of the challenges those who are incarcerated experience. Al knows all about creating cultures that wow. During his tenure as President and CEO of Baptist Healthcare Corporation, Al led his team of administrators, physicians, nurses, and staff through a cultural transformation journey. In a few short years, Al took his health system from the 17th to the 99th percentile—an achievement that earned him the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.


The culture he and his entire workforce created cemented Baptist Health Care as a leader in patient and employee satisfaction, and Al as one of the most influential people in healthcare. As a result of his leadership, Baptist Healthcare has led the nation in patient satisfaction for 12 consecutive years during Al’s tenure, has earned it recognition as being the best company to work for in America by Fortune and Time, and has been named to Training Magazine’s Prestigious “Top 100 List.”


Al is nationally and internationally recognized as a founder of the patient experience movement. He is a frequent speaker and author of The Baptist Health Care Journey to Excellence: Creating a Culture that WOWs! Al also contributes to articles that help healthcare execs reduce staff turnover, increase market share and improve financial performance. Al travels the country working with our client’s senior teams, board members, and leaders to create cultures that empower and engage employees and providers to achieve organizational goals and ambitions.

Jynelle Robinson, FCCM, FL CWDP, CQIA, 

Statewide Community Transition Program Administrator, Office of Program & Reentry

Tallahassee, FL


Jynelle Robinson is an innovative and accomplished program and human resources management professional with a track record of success in human capital strategies, workforce development, operational oversight, quality improvement, labor relations, coaching, and organizational development. She is a collaborative professional, experienced in small, mid, and large-scale project/program management, (including the management of multi-disciplinary teams), and is adept at identifying training and developmental needs through job analysis, appraisal schemes and partnering with leadership. Currently, Mrs. Robinson is the Statewide Community Transition Administrator for the Florida Department of Corrections, where she is leading an effort to align best practices in reentry to improve employment and other outcomes for those returning from incarceration and reduce recidivism. Previous work assignments have included Project Coordination for the division of workforce development at Tallahassee Community College, Board Staff at CareerSource Capital Region, Director of HR and Administration at Mainline Information Systems, Director of HR and Administration at Disability Rights Florida, and Director of HR and Administration at VISIT FLORIDA.

Timothy Shanklin

Restaurant Manager


Timothy was born in Pensacola and he and his family moved frequently with his military father. At the age of 14, the family moved to Mississippi where the gang life took over and his legal troubles began. Surviving a level 8 juvenile facility, he was released at 18 years old. 


This only led to adult legal problems. After serving 10 years in the Florida State Department of Corrections, he violated his probation and served an additional 5 years in prison. With no reentry programs available to him, he began working and depending on his family for support. Just as he began to change his behavior, married the love of his life, and living a life free of crime, his family had to face additional stressors. 


Timothy will outline how life after incarceration has impacted his family, his wife, and his employment options. He will discuss his journey of reentry, relationships, recreation, and realistic expectations.

Krisha A. Hawkins, Ph.D.

Author, CEO

Krisha Consulting, LLC

Jackson Metro Area, MS


Dr. Hawkins is a Career Mapping Strategist and Career Detox Coach. With a focus on helping people transition from workplace toxicity to tranquility, she is

a best-selling author, national speaker, coach, and consultant.


With over 20 years as a registered nurse and more than 15 years of combined experience as a teacher, coach, mentor, and HR manager, she uses her perspective as

a healthcare professional and senior-level administrator to share her passions about workplace-related issues.

She currently serves as a national deputy director of education and training for the largest healthcare organization in the nation and is the CEO of Krisha Consulting.


Through her experiences, she has worked with people of diverse backgrounds and at all stages of their careers.

Krisha Consulting exists to motivate, inspire, and empower people with the tools needed to make a lasting impact on the workforce.


Vince J. Whibbs, Jr.

Executive Director

Reentry Alliance Pensacola, Inc.

Pensacola, FL


Executive Director – Reentry Alliance Pensacola, Inc.

Re-entry Alliance Pensacola, Inc. (REAP) is a 501c3 organization committed to improving the safety and quality of life in Northwest Florida by enabling previously incarcerated individuals to return to their community as self-sufficient, crime-free, productive citizens and neighbors.


He served in the United States Marines Corp - Judge Advocate General's Corps


JD Degree from the University of Florida

Magna cum Laude, Order of Coif, Phi Alpha Delta, and a member of Omicron Sigma Fraternity


Board of Directors Member – National Association of Reentry Professionals, Inc 

Richard Griffin, M. Ed.

Recording Artist

Director of Bands and Jazz Studies at Nashville School of the Arts, Retired

129th Army Band, Jazz Ensemble Conductor & Drum Major, Retired

....And many more!

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