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TEAM MEMBERS.

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Bridgette Simpson

Co-founder/Executive Director

Bridgette is a formerly incarcerated survivor, activist, advocate, entrepreneur, published author, motivational speaker, mentor, certified life coach, co-founder of Barred Business and the Formerly Incarcerated Small Business Rescue Fund, Minister of Organizing for M4BL, an organizer for Women Run Campaign, a canvasser for Working Families Party, and trailblazer who partners with other survivors, activists, social justice reform organizations, organizers, public figures, formerly incarcerated and incarcerated people to empower, inspire change and promote hope. She worked as a case manager for NBO and the Center for Resilient Individuals, Families, and Communities (CRIFC); facilitates training for impacted individuals; and is a past M4BL Minister of Organizing and Relationship Building and a current M4BL field team manager. In October 2022, she addressed the National Council’s annual FreeHer Conference on “Leveraging Local Legislation as a Springboard for Federal Wins.” After spending a decade training in the professional corporate arena, Bridgette spent 10 years in the state of Georgia’s Department of Correction, receiving up-close and personal training in the penal system. Bridgette now fuses both aspects of her training to educate people on the inequalities of the criminal justice system and the pressing need for social justice reform. She also teaches perseverance, drive, change, and the willingness to overcome any obstacle. Because of Bridgette’s unique experiences, she has the ability to connect with the beating hearts of people who are or have been behind bars, their supporters, and people who are uninformed about the injustices of the criminal justice system.

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Roslynn Calhoun

Executive Assistant

A dynamic individual, who is a passionate organizer, public speaker, and reentry specialist dedicated to making a transformative impact. My exceptional ability to turn adversity into advocacy is a driving force in criminal justice reform.

 

As a skilled organizer I have showcased an impressive array of talents, orchestrating events and initiatives that resonate with purpose and impact. My innate strength in public speaking shines through, captivating audiences with compelling narratives and insightful perspectives. Knowing how to engage and inspire is a testament to my commitment in driving meaningful change.

Specializing as a reentry specialist my deep passion supports individuals navigating the challenges of reintegration into society. As a facilitator I’ve learned to create spaces for growth and empowerment, embodying a transformative figure dedicated to guiding others toward positive paths.

Notably, I am recognized as a prison reform specialist, contributing significantly to the ongoing discourse surrounding criminal justice reform.

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Denise Ruben

Co-founder/Deputy Director 

Denise is an abolitionist, criminal justice/civil rights activist and advocate, community organizer, and survivor of incarceration. While working diligently to lift up the community and dedicating her life to changing the narrative of criminal and social justice reform; she works vigilantly to improve the quality of life for formerly incarcerated, demarginalized, and disenfranchised communities. She has been a community organizer for Women on the Rise; a member of the National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls; and a fellow with the National Bail Out (NBO). She is a member of the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) Organizing Table.  She is a formerly incarcerated woman who actively seeks balance and stability for all humans affected by the judicial system. 

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Tera Bell

Operations Manager

Tera has over 25 years of experience in operations, administration, database administration and workshop facilitation.

 

She has worked with Federal and State government agencies, healthcare systems, non-profit organizations including but not limited to Federal Center for Disease Control (CDC), WellStar Healthcare Systems and Google 3rd Party logistics company.

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Quiana Malone

Campaigns & Canvassing Manager

Ms. Malone served as the Sr. Regional Field Manager for Color of Change, a prominent Social Justice Organization in the U.S, from 2018 to 2023, she passionately spoke out against injustices worldwide and advocated for rehabilitative support services for individuals with criminal records. Her advocacy work caught the attention of various news outlets, including The Guardian, and she was featured in Essences Magazine in November 2018. May 2020, Ms. Malone founded Dear Black Girl. an Initiative geared towards Trauma Informed Anti-Recidivism. The organization has successfully graduated six cohorts to date. and assisted over 100 women. In addition to her impactful work, Ms. Malone is also a published author of two books, "I Forgive You" and "PIvot." She has undergone training at the prestigious Harvard Kennedy School in Public Narrative and Storytelling, enabling her to conduct training sessions worldwide for different organizations. She was selected as one of the top 40 under 40  most influential people in FL. Furthermore, she serves as a certified Life Coach and Public Speaker, with her facilitation skills bringing added value to her endeavors.

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Cynthia White 

Canvassing Lead/Community Organizer

Cynthia White is a community organizer, activist, advocate, political observer, lead canvasser, and lover of people. She continually exemplifies her passion for movement and issue based causes.

 

Cynthia has a profound knowledge of the political process and a fearless approach to life. When Cynthia isn’t advocating for marginalized people, she enjoys living life and spending time with her grandchildren.

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Devonnie McEwan

Digital Media Manager

With over 11 years of experience in graphic design, content creation, and brand development. Her professional journey includes a strong background in leadership, spanning over 8 years. She is also proficient in audio storytelling.

Educationally, Devonnie holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Radio & Media Production, a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies and various other academic achievements and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Business Management.

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OUR 
TEAM.

BOARD MEMBERS.

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Dawn Harrington

Board Member and Executive Director of Free Hearts 

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Marcus Wilson

Board Member and CEO of Bounce Back and Intelligis

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Dean Steed

Board Member and Communications Director, Solutions Not Punishment Collective.

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Tiffany Kirk

Board Member and CEO of Project Restart and Community Development Manger for Regions Bank.

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Jacqueline Worrell

Board Member and Realtor at JacKEYS Atlanta

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Mathew Green

Board Member and Hot Sticky Buns Consultant

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Kwame Teague

Board Member and Currently Incarcerated Activist, Advocate, Film Maker and Essence #1 Best Selling Author.

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Sekwan Merritt

Board Member and Founder & Owner of Lightning Electric

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Micah Herskind

Board Member and Organizer, Writer, & Law Student

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