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October 5-7, 2022


Hilton Palm Beach Airport

Booking Details Here



(includes breakfast, lunch, and cocktail reception)

Preliminary Schedule


4:00 p.m. – Registration opens

5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – Welcome Reception


7:30 a.m. – Registration Opens

8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. – Breakfast and Keynote Address

10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – Breakout Sessions

12:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. – Lunch and Keynote Address

2:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. – Breakout Sessions


7:30 a.m. – Registration Opens

7:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. – Breakfast and Keynote Address

9:30 a.m. to 12:15 a.m. – Breakout sessions

12:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. – Lunch and Keynote Address


  • Behavioral health and reentry

  • Cultural competency

  • Education and reentry

  • Employment and reentry

  • Faith-based reentry

  • Family and the reentry process

  • Gender-specific reentry initiatives

  • Getting started with reentry in your community

  • Housing and reentry

  • Innovative reentry programming

  • Jail reentry

  • Peer support in reentry

  • Programming for high-risk reentrants

  • Reentry for older populations

  • Reentry for people with sexual offenses

  • Risk assessment

  • State-level reentry initiatives

  • Veteran-specific reentry initiatives

  • Youth reentry

  • The LEAP Prison to Community Approach to Reentry for Women

    Mahlia Lindquist | Executive Director | Ladies Empowerment & Action Program


  • A Community’s Response to Meeting the Housing Needs of Women Returning from Incarceration

    Val Stanley | Director of Women’s Services | The Lord’s Place, Inc.

    Diana Stanley | Chief Executive Officer | The Lord’s Place, Inc.

  • Peer Mentoring, Alumni, and Post-Release Services

    Oswald Newbold | Returned Resident & Case Manager | The Reentry Center of Riviera Beach

    Arthur H. Townes | Returned Resident & Alumni Coordinator Manager | The GEO Group

    Amlak-I Foley | Returned Resident & Post-Release Case Manager | The GEO Group

    Craig Spatara | Director of Post-Release Services | The GEO Group

    Angela Geisinger | Senior Director of Programs | The GEO Group

  • Employer Persuasion: Helping Employers Understand Fair-Chance Hiring

    Dr. Heather Lyall

  • Evidence-Based and Results Driven Practices in Workforce Development at the Florida Department of Corrections

    Robert Melgaard | Statewide Career and Technical Education Administrator | Florida Department of Corrections

    Jynelle Robinson | Statewide Community Transition Administrator | Florida Department of Corrections

  • Increasing Odds of Being Hired

    Dhiny Mercedes | Reentry Department Manager | CareerSource Palm Beach County

  • Reentry and Violence Prevention: Lessons from READI Chicago

    Sophia Manuel | Senior Program Manager | READI Chicago Heartland Alliance

    Raqueal Pullums | Reentry Program Manager | READI Chicago Heartland Alliance

    Reality Allah | Reentry Coordinator | READI Chicago Heartland Alliance

  • Reentry: The Integration of Housing, Peers, and Behavioral Health

    Hannah Studer | Deputy Director | Bridges to Change

    Monta Knudson | CEO/Executive Director | Bridges to Change

  • Education, Employment, and Mental Health Needs and Outcomes for Juvenile Reentry

    Dr. Wendy Cavendish | Professor | University of Miami

    Kayla Larkin | Instructor & PhD student | University of Miami

  • Reentry to Resilience (R2R): A Unique and Transformative Program that Transitions Youth from Youth Development Centers back into their Communities, Seamlessly and Successfully

    Christal Carmichael | Director of Youth Development | Communities In Schools of North Carolina

  • Achieving Long-Term Recovery and Reducing Recidivism through Social Capital Enhancement

    Dr. Heather Howard | Associate Professor | Florida Atlantic University
    Natalie Crespo | Chief Operating Officer | Rebel Recovery Florida
    Nancy McConnell | Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder | Rebel Recovery Florida
    Cristina Mitchell | Care Coordinator | Rebel Recovery Florida
    William | Returned Resident and COSSAP Participant

  • Honestly, Reentry Collaboration is for Everyone: How Nebraska Does Reentry

    Kasey Moyer | Executive Director | Mental Health Association of Nebraska

    Tony Britten | Reentry Program Manager | Nebraska Department of Correctional

    ​LaVon Stennis-Williams | Facility and Community Reentry Program Development Consultant

    Dr. Katelynn Towne | Research Coordinator | Nebraska Center for Justice Research, University of Nebraska at Omaha

  • Innovative Reentry Initiatives and Programming

    Nichole Landrum | Statewide Reentry Administrator | Florida Department of Corrections

  • Transition from Jail to Community Initiative: Designing a Systemic Flow for Special Populations in Programming

    Dr. Lolita Johnson | Lead S.O.A.R Counselor | Davidson County (Nashville, TN) Sheriff’s Office

    Dr. Carmen Turks | Reentry Supervisor | Davidson County (Nashville, TN) Sheriff’s Office

  • Jail Re-Entry: Providing Holistic Programs to Effect Change
    Christopher Howell | Treatment Counselor | Hillsborough County (Tampa, FL) Sheriff’s Office

  • Leaving Prison When Older: How Communities can Prepare for Older Formerly Incarcerated Individuals
    Dr. Jessica Grosholz | Associate Professor | University of South Florida
    Dr. Sandra Stone | Professor | University of South Florida
    Dr. Sondra Fogel | Associate Professor | University of South Florida

  • Building a Circles of Support and Accountability Program for Sexual and other High-Risk Offenders: Challenges, Accomplishments, and Lessons Learned in Palm Beach County
    Nikki Girard | Former CoSA Coordinator
    Vanessa Klein | Director of Reentry Services | The Lord’s Place
    Dr. Cristina Lucier | Vice President of Community Programs | The Lord’s Place

  • Sex-Offending Treatment: Yes, It Works!
    Dr. Jill Levenson | Professor | Barry University

  • Collaborating with Local Prisons: Bringing Education to Incarcerated Individuals
    Dr. Jennifer Brinkley | Assistant Professor | University of West Florida

  • Community Colleges as Reentry Partners: Pedagogies and Services that Support Reintegration and Academic Achievement at Palm Beach State College and Broward College
    Dr. Richard Louis | Manager, Bachelor of Applied Science Student Support | Broward College
    Alia Spencer | Faculty Librarian | Palm Beach State College

  • Collegiate Recovery Programs: Saving the Criminal Justice System Millions and Never Getting Credit
    Dr. Noel Vest | Returned Resident and Research Scientist | Stanford University

  • Going Home to Stay
    Judge Timothy C. Kuhlman | Toledo Municipal Court
    Holly Matthews | Executive Director | Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
    Tom Luettke | Reentry Coordinator | Criminal Justice Coordinating Council

  • Reading, Writing, and Reentry: A Unique Book Club’s Pre- and Post-Release Success
    Tara Libert | Co-founder and Executive Director | Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop

  • Criminalization of Mental Illness and the Need for Formal Diversion/Reentry Programs
    Dr. Risdon Slate | Professor | Florida Southern College

  • Integrating Evidence-Based Reentry Practices with Transitional Work in a Social Enterprise
    Amy Barch | Founder and Executive Director | Turn90

  • The Implementation, Evaluation, and Outcomes of a Transitional Employment Program
    Dr. Cassandra Atkin-Plunk | Associate Professor and Associate Director | Florida Atlantic University

  • A Temporary Guaranteed Income for Formerly Incarcerated People
    Kevin Scott | Director | Just Income GNV
    Dr. Lucius Couloute | Assistant Professor | Suffolk University
    Just Income GNV recipient
    John Wise
    | Returned Resident and Executive Director | Education Access Partnership

  • Getting Started with Reentry in your Community
    Diana Stanley | Chief Executive Officer | The Lord’s Place
    Carey Haughwout | Public Defender | Palm Beach County
    Craig Spatara | Director of Post-Release Services | The GEO Group
    Dr. Wendy Guastaferro | Professor and Director | Florida Atlantic University

  • Family Day Program at the Federal Bureau of Prisons
    Clark Porter | Returned Resident and Program Support Specialist | United States Probation Office Eastern District
    Lisa White | United States Probation Office Eastern District

  • Corrections Integrated Needs Assessment System (CINAS): The Integration of Research and Practice to Assess Risk and Needs of the Florida Department of Corrections Inmate Population
    Jennifer Rechichi | Assistant Bureau Chief of Program Development | Florida Department of Corrections

  • Post-Conviction Traumatic Stress
    Dr. Jill Levenson | Professor | Barry University

  • The Importance of Cultural Competency in Reentry Work
    Barbara Cheives | President and CEO | Converge & Associates Consulting, Inc.

  • Hope Dealer Mentoring Cliques: Be the Change You Want to See in Your Community
    Ricky Aiken | Founder and Executive Director | Inner City Innovators

  • Reentry Risk Factor Identification and Remediation: Effective Reentry Clinical Interventions
    James Haskell | VA Maryland Healthcare System

Presentations and Presenters