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Senator Jim Webb
Jim Webb presently serves as the senior Senator from Virginia.

As a combat Marine in Vietnam, an attorney, a senior defense department official, an Emmy-award winning journalist, a film-maker, and the author of nine books, Jim Webb has maintained a life-long commitment toward protecting America's national security interests, promoting economic fairness and social justice here at home, and increasing the accountability of government. In 2007, following his first-ever run for political office, he brought those passions with him to the United States Senate. By the fall of 2008, Washingtonian Magazine had picked him as the "Rising Star" in the magazine's "Best & Worst of Congress" edition, Politico newspaper had named him "Rookie of the Year" in Congress, The Atlantic magazine named him one of the world's 27 "Brave Thinkers," and Esquire Magazine had counted him among the 75 most influential people of the 21st century, for doing "more to repair his party's relationship with the military" than anyone since the Vietnam War.

Arriving in the Senate with long experience in military and veterans affairs, on his first day in office Webb introduced a comprehensive 21st century GI Bill for those who have been serving in our military since 9/11, and within 16 months had guided the most significant veterans legislation since World War Two through both houses of Congress, prompting The Atlantic Magazine to term him "the master of the Senate." Along with Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri, he created the Wartime Contracting Commission, with responsibility for bringing accountability for fraud, waste and abuse brought about by the often-unsupervised contract processes in Iraq and Afghanistan. Long dedicated to reforming our criminal justice system, Webb designed and chaired a series of committee hearings and conferences to examine the issues of mass incarceration and policies toward drugs, and became one of the strongest voices in Congress on the need for a top-to-bottom restructuring of the criminal justice system.

In addition to these individual endeavors, Webb has remained an active voice on military, economic and foreign affairs through his membership on the Armed Services, Foreign Relations, Joint Economic and Veterans Affairs committees. With long experience overseas that predates his time in the Senate, particularly in Asia, Webb now serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs on the Foreign Relations Committee. He also serves as the chairman of the Personnel Subcommittee of the Armed Services Committee.

Born in St. Joseph, Missouri, Webb is a descendent of the Scots-Irish settlers who came to this country in the 18th century and became pioneers in the mountains of Southwest Virginia. Webb graduated from the Naval Academy in 1968, receiving the Superintendent's Commendation for outstanding leadership contributions while a midshipman, and subsequently chose a commission in the Marine Corps.

First in his class of 243 at the Marine Corps Officers' Basic School in Quantico, Virginia, Webb served with the Fifth Marine Regiment in Vietnam, where as a rifle platoon and company commander in the infamous An Hoa Basin west of Danang he was awarded the Navy Cross, the Silver Star Medal, two Bronze Star Medals, and two Purple Hearts. He later served as a platoon commander and as an instructor in tactics and weapons at Marine Corps Officer Candidates School, and then as a member of the Secretary of the Navy's immediate staff, before leaving the Marine Corps in 1972.

Webb received his J.D. at Georgetown University Law Center in 1975. He served in the U.S. Congress as counsel to the House Committee on Veterans Affairs from 1977 to 1981. In 1982, he led the fight for including an African American soldier in the memorial statue that now graces the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall, and wrote the inscription at the base of the flag pole. In 1984, he was appointed the inaugural Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs. In 1987, he became the first Naval Academy graduate in history to serve in the military and then become Secretary of the Navy.

In addition to Webb's public service, he has enjoyed a long career as a writer. He has authored nine books, including Fields of Fire, widely recognized as the classic novel of the Vietnam War, Born Fighting, an ethnography that explores how the Scots Irish shaped America, and A Time to Fight, his latest best-selling non-fiction about reclaiming a fair and just America. He has worked extensively as a screenwriter and producer in Hollywood, taught literature at the Naval Academy as their first visiting writer, has traveled worldwide as a journalist, and earned an Emmy Award for his PBS coverage of the U.S. Marines in Beirut. In 2004, Webb went into Afghanistan as a journalist, embedded with the U.S. military.

Webb speaks Vietnamese and has done extensive pro bono work with the Vietnamese community dating from the late l970's. He is the proud father of children Amy, Jimmy, Sarah, Julia, Georgia, and step-daughter Emily. He lives in Northern Virginia with his wife Hong Le Webb.

Faye Taxman, Ph.D.
Faye S. Taxman, Ph.D. is a University Professor in the Criminology, Law and Society Program at George Mason University. Dr. Taxman is recognized for her work in the development of the seamless systems of care models that link the criminal justice with other service delivery systems as well as reengineering probation and parole supervision services, and organizational change models. She has several studies that examine the efficacy of various models of technology transfer and processes to integrate treatment and supervision. She has active “laboratories” with her 18-year agreement with the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services and four year agreement with the Virginia Department of Corrections. She is the senior author of Tools of the Trade: A Guide to Incorporating Science into Practice, a publication of the National Institute on Corrections which provides a guidebook to implementation of science-based concepts into practice. Dr. Taxman has a Ph.D. from Rutgers University-School of Criminal Justice and a B.A., from University of Tulsa.

Pat Nolan
Pat Nolan served 15 years as a member of the California state legislature. He was indicted for corruption and made the difficult decision to plead guilty to one count, resulting in a 33-month prison sentence. That sacrificial choice set in motion a whole new mission and career path for Mr. Nolan. After serving 29 months in federal custody, Mr. Nolan’s eyes were opened to the plight of prisoners. When Mr. Nolan got out of prison, his political experience—now coupled with a new understanding of prison life and the needs of prisoners and their families—made him the right person to assume leadership of Justice Fellowship, the arm of Prison Fellowship dedicated to criminal justice reform. His commitment to victims' rights is now joined by a zealous advocacy for reforms related to prisoners, which will, in turn, help restore greater peace to our society. He earned both his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and his Juris Doctorate at the University of Southern California.

Dr. Danielle Rudes
Dr. Danielle Rudes is Deputy Director of the Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence! and an assistant professor in the Department of Criminology, Law, & Society. Dr. Rudes' research falls at the nexus of organizational theory and socio-legal studies where she is broadly interested in understanding how street-level workers negotiate organizational change and the impact their decisions have upon policy and practice. At present, Dr. Rudes is involved in qualitative fieldwork and data collection examining various aspects of organizational change among police in Trinidad, among Federal Drug Court work-groups, and with correctional officers in Maryland. She is also beginning a new project with Dr. Shannon Portillo that explores the occupational socialization of justice views among public, criminal lawyers.

Mark Earley
Mark Earley became president and chief executive officer of Prison Fellowship® in 2002. Mr. Earley practiced law for 15 years with the Norfolk, Virginia, firm of Tavss, Fletcher, Earley, and King. His criminal defense work frequently took him to jails and prisons to meet with clients and build relationships with "men and women on the other side of the law," he says. He then served in the Virginia State Senate from 1988 to 1998, followed by a term as Attorney General of Virginia from 1998 to 2001.

While serving as Attorney General, Earley formed a task force on gangs and youth violence to determine how to prevent young people from succumbing to drugs and crime. As president and CEO of Prison Fellowship, Earley oversees the national ministry founded by Chuck Colson in 1976, which has since spread to 113 countries, in addition to the United States.

Earley graduated from the College of William and Mary, where he received a bachelor of arts in religion. He later earned a juris doctorate from Marshall-Wythe School of Law. Earley now leads the Prison Fellowship staff in Lansdowne, Virginia, and travels often to visit field staff across the nation, speak at events, and spread the good news of what the ministry is doing. His strong commitment to family and other biblically based values has made him a highly respected teacher and commentator, and he regularly broadcasts on radio programs "BreakPoint" and "The Point."

Lester Wingrove
Lester Wingrove is currently the Chief Probation and Parole Officer in District #34 in Williamsburg. He has been employed in the field of corrections for over 30 years. He has previously been employed as a United States Deputy Marshal in the City of Norfolk, the Chief Probation and Parole Officer in Newport News and the Director of the Hampton-Newport News Community Diversion Incentive Program. He has been engaged in the implementation of Evidence Based Practices (EBP) in community corrections for over six years. He frequently presents on EBP implementation strategies and has been involved in training judges on EBP practices. He has a Master’s Degree in Counseling from the College of William and Mary and an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Old Dominion University.

Derwin Overton
Derwin Overton is the Executive Director of Opportunities, Alternatives and Resources, Inc. (OAR). OAR is a non profit organization established in 1971that provides pre-release and post incarceration along with Alternative Sentencing services to offenders and their families in the Fairfax County, Prince William and Loudoun Counties.

Prior to working for OAR, Mr. Overton was the Assistant Director of the Embry Rucker Community Shelter and has over 15 years of experience in non-profit human services administration.

Mr. Overton is currently active with the Northern Virginia Human Services Coalition, Fairfax County Network Against Family Violence, Fairfax County Criminal Justice Advisory Board, the Virginia Offender Transition and Re-entry Coalition and was appointed to Governor Bob McDonnell’s Virginia Prisoner and Juvenile Offender Re-entry Council. Mr. Overton has a bachelor’s of science degree from Elizabeth City State University and is a graduate of the Leadership Fairfax.

Dr. Owen C. Cardwell, Jr.
Dr. Owen C. Cardwell, Jr., has been in the ministry for 40 years. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Virginia Seminary and College, Lynchburg, VA, a Masters of Theology from Boston University, Boston, MA, a Masters of Education from Cambridge College, Cambridge, MA and in June, 1997 he received the honorary Doctorate in Sacred Literature from the Spirit of Truth Institute, Richmond Virginia Seminary. He has recently completed course requirements for the Ph.D. in Counseling from Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA. He is founder and pastor of the New Canaan International Church, Richmond, VA and Executive Director for New Jubilee Educational and Family Life Center, Inc. In April of 2006, New Canaan became a pilot site, working with the Virginia Department of Corrections, with a video-conferencing visitation program to maintain family connectivity for incarcerated families. Family members of inmates are able to visit their loved ones through video conferencing at the church without having to go to the prison facility. Over 650 inmates and almost 2000 family members have been served since April 15, 2006. In January 2010, this program was expanded to 10 prisons with visitor centers at Shiloh Baptist Church, Alexandria and Norfolk United Methodist Church. In 1994, Dr. Cardwell was selected to be a delegate for Opportunities Industrialization Centers, International at the African Leadership Summit in Dakar, Senegal. He has been certified as a trainer in PREP and both the African American Marriage Curriculum and African American Parent Education Curriculum. Additionally, Dr. Cardwell conducted Fatherhood Initiative training for Henrico County Department of Social Services, as well as conducting marriage workshops throughout the state of Virginia. Dr. Cardwell was appointed to the Virginia Re-Entry Policy Academy and is chairman for the Family and Community Reintegration subcommittee for the Richmond Re-Entry Project.

Harold W. Clarke
Harold W. Clarke grew up in the Canal Zone in Panama.

After graduating from Doane College in Crete, Nebraska in 1974, Mr. Clarke joined the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services as a counselor. He rose through the department, becoming a unit manager, deputy warden, and then warden at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in 1987.

In August of 1990, he was appointed Director of the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services, a position he held until 2005, when he left Nebraska to become the Secretary of the Washington State Department of Corrections. In November of 2007, Mr. Clarke left Washington to become the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Correction. In August 2010, he completed a 2-year term as President of the American Correctional Association. Mr. Clarke has also served as President of the Association of State Correctional Administrators and served on the Board of Trustees of Doane College 2002 – 2004.

His awards include the Legacy Award from the Association of Women Executives in Corrections in 2007, the Pioneer Human Services Partner of the Year Award in 2006, the Michael Francke Award from the Association of State Correctional Administrators in 1997, the Citizen of the Year Award from the Nebraska Association of Substance Abuse Directors in 1996, the Dedicated Correctional Service Award in 1994, the Martin Luther King Service award in 1991 and Honor “D” Award from Doane College in October 2007.

Jane Brown
Jane Brown serves as Director for Community Partnerships in the Public Safety Secretariat of the Office of Governor Robert McDonnell. Jane has served in state government over 30 years at the local, regional and state level leading Department of Social Services programs that support families and strengthen communities. She holds an undergraduate degree in social work, a Masters Degree with concentration in public administration and judicial process and is currently a candidate for a Masters of Pastoral Studies. Jane has led a number of new statewide initiatives including implementation of the Virginia Faith-Based and Community Initiative. She has also led the design and implementation of the Virginia Community Reentry Initiative being implemented in a number of Virginia localities. In 1997 Mrs. Brown was selected an outstanding Richmonder for her leadership in the successful community effort to overturn a city ordinance that prohibited churches from feeding the urban poor. Jane is the mother of two adult daughters.

Alford Young, Ph.D.
Alford A. Young, Jr. is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and Chair of Sociology at the University of Michigan. He also holds a joint appointment in the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies. He completed his Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Chicago in 1996. He also received his M.A in Sociology at the University of Chicago in 1992, and his B.A. in Sociology, Psychology, and African American Studies (with honors) at Wesleyan University in 1988. He was born and raised in New York City.

Since joining the faculty of the University of Michigan in 1996 (his only appointment since completing graduate studies) Professor Young’s primary area of research has been on low-income African American men, and he has studied their experiences with schooling, employment, incarceration and post-incarceration, family, and community life. His objective there has been to argue for a renewed cultural sociology of this population. He argues that behavior is not solely produced and regulated by values and norms, but is also affected by other frameworks of meaning. These additional frameworks – beliefs, worldviews, and personal ideologies – are types of common-sense understandings that emerge out of patterns of social exposure, and they are broadened or narrowed by the extent to which people interact with members other racial groups or with people who are positioned differently throughout various kinds of social hierarchies. In exploring the various kinds of meanings that these men construct about their lives he aims to move beyond scholarly and public preoccupation with values and norms as the pivotal concepts for the cultural analysis of low-income individuals. In his view, greater attention to the meanings that such men construct about various social processes and structures allows for a more profound assessment of how they ultimately function as social beings.

Professor Young has published The Minds of Marginalized Black Men: Making Sense of Mobility, Opportunity, and Future Life Chances (Princeton University Press 2004) and co-authored The Souls of WEB Du Bois (Paradigm Publishers, 2006). He has published articles in Sociological Theory, The Annual Review of Sociology, Symbolic Interaction, Ethnic and Racial Studies, and other journals. He is completing a manuscript entitled, “From the Edge of the Ghetto: African Americans and the World of Work.” He is also working on a follow-up manuscript to The Minds of Marginalized Black Men that examines how African American men who were reared in poverty but who have engaged extreme upward mobility as young adults discuss learning to navigate of race and class-based constraints over the course of their lives.

Finally, Professor Young coordinates the Scholars Network on Masculinity and the Well-Being of African American Men, which is an assembly of mid-career scholars in the humanities, social sciences, and applied and professional fields designed to influence social policy and broader public understanding of the cultural dimensions of the condition of African American men.

Aaron Kupchick, Ph.D.
Dr. Aaron Kupchick is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware. He researches juvenile delinquency, school crime, juvenile courts and prisons, as well as crime rates, the causes of crime and inequality in schools. Dr. Kupchick is the author of the books, Judging Juveniles: Prosecuting Adolescents in Adult and Juvenile Courts and Homeroom Security: School Discipline in an Age of Fear. He sits on the Campaign for Youth Justice's advisory board. He received his PhD in Sociology from New York University.

Kiminori Nakamura, Ph.D.
Kiminori Nakamura is an assistant professor in the criminology department at the University of Maryland. He received his Ph.D. in public policy from Carnegie Mellon’s Heinz School of Public Policy. His research interests include criminal careers, life course/developmental criminology, offender reentry and recidivism and quantitative methods. Dr. Nakamura has conducted extensive research with Dr. Al Blumstein of Carnegie Mellon.

Kevin Gale
Kevin Gale is a participant in University Legal Services' PEERS Coalition (Promoting Empowerment, Education and Reentry Solutions). He has been incarcerated in the juvenile and adult correctional systems in DC, Maryland, Pennsylvania and within Federal Bureau of Prisons and most recently was released from FCI Estill in January 2010. He currently lives in DC and volunteers with the PEERS Coalition to help improve conditions of reentry for other individuals with psychiatric disabilities returning home from prison and jail.

Max Freedman
Max Freedman is a junior at the University of Maryland, College Park majoring in Government and Politics. His interests include the United States government, legislation and the influences on both. Most recently he has become interested in the United States criminal justice system and is seeking to declare Criminology and Criminal Justice as his second major.

Cindy Redcross
Cindy Redcross is a Senior Research Associate in MDRC’s Welfare and Barriers to Employment policy area. Her research focuses on evaluating the effects of policies and programs for former prisoners and other hard-to-employ adults. Her current projects include the Reintegration of Ex-Offenders Evaluation, a 24 site random assignment evaluation of programs funded under the Second Chance Act; the Center for Employment Opportunities Evaluation, a random assignment study of a transitional jobs program in New York City; and the multi-site Transitional Jobs Reentry Demonstration, a random assignment study of four programs in the Midwest providing transitional jobs to former prisoners. Ms. Redcross has been with MDRC for over 15 years and holds a MS in Sociology with a focus on Urban Affairs.

June Tangney, Ph.D.
June Price Tangney received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from UCLA in 1985. After teaching for two years at Bryn Mawr College, she joined the Psychology Department at George Mason University in 1988, where she is currently Professor of Psychology. In 2007, she was honored to become University Professor at GMU. A Fellow of APA’s Division of Personality and Social Psychology and the American Psychological Society, Professor Tangney is coauthor (with Ronda Dearing) of Shame and Guilt, coeditor (with Jim Maddux) of Social Psychological Foundations of Clinical Psychology, co-editor (with Jess Tracy and Richard Robins) of The self-conscious emotions: Theory and research, and co-editor (with Mark Leary) of the Handbook of Self and Identity. She has served as Associate Editor for Self and Identity, Consulting Editor for Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Psychological Assessment, Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, and Journal of Personality, and is currently Associate Editor of American Psychologist. Her research on the development and implications of moral emotions has been funded by NIDA, NICHD, NSF, and the John Templeton Foundation. Currently, her work focuses on moral emotions (shame, guilt, and empathy) and moral cognitions (criminogenic thinking) among incarcerated offenders. A recipient of GMU’s Teaching Excellence Award, she strives to integrate service, teaching and clinically-relevant research in both the classroom and her lab.

Alan Merten, Ph.D.
Dr. Alan Merten is the President of George Mason University (GMU). Prior to coming to George Mason University, Merten served as a dean at the Johnson Graduate School of Management of Cornell University and the College of Business Administration at the University of Florida. From 1970 to 1986, he was at the University of Michigan, first as an assistant professor of industrial and operations engineering. Merten rose to the rank of associate dean in the Michigan Business School where he was responsible for executive education and computing services.

Merten has held academic appointments in both engineering and business, and academic and business positions in Hungary and France.

He has served on business and government councils and committees, holding several leadership roles. Merten was chair of the National Research Council's Committee on Workforce Needs in Information Technology and a member of the Virginia Governor's Blue Ribbon Commission on Higher Education. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, Northern Virginia Technology Council, a real estate investment trust, a mutual fund trust, and a banking institution.

He has been recognized for his contributions to the Northern Virginia technology community, and as a leader of the Greater Washington, D.C., business community. He has also been recognized for promoting volunteerism and service to the community, and for his contributions to the use of information technology in the federal government. Named one of the most powerful people in the National Capital Region in 2007, he was also recognized for outstanding community service and dedication to improving the quality of life in the region. Merten has an undergraduate degree in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin, a master's degree in computer science from Stanford University, and a PhD degree in computer science from University of Wisconsin.

Burl Cain
N. Burl Cain has served as Warden of Louisiana State Penitentiary (“Angola”) since January 1995. Known for his approaches in prison management, Warden Cain holds a degree from the Louisiana State University and a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Grambling State University and has more than 30 years experience in corrections.

Under Warden Cain’s leadership, the inmate population of has grown progressively and dramatically more peaceful. With eight out of ten prisoners serving life sentences without parole at Angola, Cain has taken measures to make the lives of these prisoners productive and educational. Through a partnership with New Orleans Baptist Seminary, prisoners have the opportunity to get a bible degree and be transferred to other prisons as a missionary. The transformation of Angola has been covered by national publications and in a documentary, The Farm: Angola, USA.

Ernest Eley
Ernest has spent his entire professional career at the Maryland Division of Parole and Probation. He is currently the Deputy Director for Special Programs – with responsibility for the acquisition of 10 Pre-Release Centers; the agency’s Drug and Mental Health Courts operations, Research component; and Collaborative Supervision and Focused Enforcement Initiative (CSAFE) – a community collaboration strategy in 40 communities throughout the state. He has served as a Parole and Probation Agent, First-Line Manager in charge of a Parole and Probation Office, Mid-Level Manager in charge of Parole and Probation offices for several counties, as the Administrator in Charge of the agency’s Statewide Re-Invention Process – Proactive Community Supervision –PCS. He is the co-author, along with Director Judith Sachwald of “Proactive Community Supervision: A Plan for Making Maryland Communities Safer”. He is the co-author, along with Dr. Taxman and Director Sachwald, in the National Institute of Corrections Annual Issue of Dec. 2006- Effectively Managing Violations and Revocations titled “AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION: PROACTIVE COMMUNITY SUPERVISION REDUCES VIOLATION BEHAVIOR. Ernest’s work contributed to the “Tools of the Trade: A Guide to Incorporating Science into Practice” including reviewing sections of the manual. “Proactive Community Supervision: A Second Chance for Community Corrections and Supervisees”, feature article in Perspectives Magazine-Summer Edition, the journal of the American Probation and Parole Association. Ernest is the past President of the Maryland Association of Parole and Probation Agents (MAPPA). In October of 2004, he was appointed by Governor Robert Ehrlich and approved by the Maryland Senate to a 4-year on the Health and Human Services Access Board. He has served as a Part-Time Consultant to the National Institute of Corrections, the Criminal Justice Institute and has presented at the Performance Institute.

Judge Dennis Smith
Judge Smith served as a member and chairperson of various committees of the Fairfax Bar Association, including the Family Law Section, the Circuit Court Committee and the Judicial Screening Committee. He was on the Board of Governors of the Family Law Section of the Virginia State Bar as an attorney and a judge. He was appointed a Commissioner in Chancery in 1988 and also served as a substitute judge for the District Courts from 1990 until his appointment to the Circuit Court bench. Since then he has been appointed to various Supreme Court task forces and he chaired the Supreme Court's Committee on the Establishment of Family Court in Virginia. He also served on and chaired the Judicial Education Committee of the Judicial Conference of Virginia. He was elected Chief Judge by his colleagues effective July 1, 2007.

Nancy La Vigne, Ph.D.
Nancy G. La Vigne is director of the Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where she leads a staff of over 35 researchers and oversees a research portfolio of more than three dozen active projects spanning a wide array of crime, justice, and public safety topics. Before being appointed as director, Dr. La Vigne served for eight years as a senior research associate at the Urban Institute, directing projects on prisoner reentry, crime prevention, and the evaluation of criminal justice technologies. Prior to joining the Urban Institute, Dr. La Vigne was the founding director of the Crime Mapping Research Center (since renamed the Mapping and Analysis for Public Safety program) at the National Institute of Justice, the research, technology, and evaluation arm of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). She later served as Special Assistant to the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs within DOJ. She has held positions as research director for the Texas sentencing commission, research fellow at the Police Executive Research Forum, and consultant to the National Council on Crime and Delinquency. Her research interests focus on criminal justice evaluation, prisoner reentry, crime prevention, and the spatial analysis of crime and criminal behavior. She has published widely on these topics, appearing in a variety of scholarly journals and practitioner publications.

Dr. La Vigne holds a B.A. in Government from Smith College, a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas-Austin, and a Ph.D. from the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

Craig Schwalbe, Ph.D.
Dr. Craig Schwalbe is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work at Columbia University with ten years of professional social work practice experience. In these ten years, he provided case management, individual therapy, and group therapy to children and families involved with the child welfare and children's mental health systems as well as seriously mentally ill adults involved in the mental health system. In addition, his experience includes program development and program administration. His current research explores the effects of probation programs on the resilience of youthful offenders in the juvenile justice system. He is presently licensed as a clinical social worker in the state of North Carolina. He received his PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Kari Galloway
Kari Galloway has served as Executive Director of Friends of Guest House for six years. During that time, she has turned this struggling non-profit organization into a vibrant, community-leader helping female ex-offenders get jobs, stay off drugs, integrate back into their families and prepare to become productive contributing citizens. Under her leadership the organization has enlarged services from Alexandria-based Residential program to include statewide Aftercare, Outreach and Speakers Bureau. Their four-year-old Community Outreach program targets women in Northern Virginia that either do not qualify for or do not wish to participate in our Residential program. This program has grown from a handful of women in the first year to a projected 80 women in FY 2011-12. Prior to joining Guest House, Ms. Galloway worked on a national campaign aimed at highlighting domestic violence and breast cancer issues, building state-wide collations, organizing messaging and coalition building to mobilize pivotal grassroots effort to elect a national candidate to office. She has worked as a consultant to two women’s organizations in the DC Metro area that focus on women’s empowerment and providing low-income women with employment opportunities. Ms. Galloway has also worked as a training facilitator and founding board member of the only CDC-funded rural HIV intervention (2001-02) west of the Mississippi.

Debora Lavin
Debora Lavin grew up in San Diego, California where she received a B.S. Degree in Business Administration from San Diego State University. She moved to Virginia in 1994 after living in various locations throughout the United States with her husband, Bob, and her son Justin. Just before moving to Virginia from St. Louis, Missouri, Debora received her teaching certification from Maryville University and was working towards her Master’s Degree in Education.

Upon settling in Fairfax County, Debora volunteered as a mentor for the Naomi Project, a program for women with at risk/high risk pregnancies, eventually becoming co-director with the founder, Peggy Ferguson.

At the end of 2004 Debora resigned her position as co-director and was asked by Pat Nolan, president of Justice Fellowship, an arm of Prison Fellowship, to start a mentoring program for ex-offenders in Loudoun County. In February of 2006, Loudoun Aftercare Program, a 501c3, non-profit held its first training at the Loudoun County Sheriff’s training facility in Leesburg, Virginia. From there the ministry has grown to include five programs including a transitional home for men and our newest addition a home for our women.
 

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