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About UsThe National Incarceration Association (NIA) was born from the personal story of its president and chief executive officer, Kate Boccia and her husband Frank. Their son Daniel spent years incarcerated in a medium security prison in Georgia. Daniel fell into an all-too-common spiral of drug addiction despite the best imaginable parenting efforts and an otherwise stable upper middle-class suburban Atlanta environment. Kate openly reflects on that moment of the night they first received “the call” alarming them that their child had been arrested. Her “journey” was suddenly the same as a growing quiet number of tens of millions of American families.
FAMILIES CHANGEthe moment they receive THE CALL...
MONTHS PASSand the family realizes that the shock and trauma of incarceration has to be managed
because new questions now define their days.
YEARS PASSand the family now realizes that he might be coming home soon. Tears. Reflection. Preparation.
Of course you’re happy. But your worries continue anew.
The NIA exists to make INCACERATION = RESTORATION for all.
The family story of mass incarceration is in the center of every page of our American story. It is the story of endless journeys through failed policies and outdated norms. It’s the story of unsettled work that we have capacity to fulfill.
Public Awareness and Informed Empathy Campaigns
More than one-third of all American families are directly impacted by the continual consequences of having been incarcerated. Although unknowingly in most cases, the other two-thirds are at least indirectly impacted as taxpayers, business owners and neighbors. Effectively spreading this message is critical in narrowing public opinion gaps. It gives employers and policy makers permission to be more assertive with smarter ideas.
Partner Asset Integration Projects and Initiatives
When the NIA launches or gets involved with any project or initiative, our aim is to demonstrate how partners can work together more effectively and in ways that advance common interests and yield measured results.
The NIA formula coaches a disruption of this pattern
NIA coaches this kind of cohesive formula
Direct Constituent Services and Support Program
In the absence of systematic and comprehensive reforms to rehabilitate how offenders think and behave, this program is designed to intervene at the point of inmate and/or family outreach with a specific concern or problem. Each point of such sought-out intervention creates for the NIA a new Constituent Case File and an opportunity to help manage repair and personal development as well as facilitate resolutions.
OTHER AREAS OF INTEREST
- Neighborhood-Based Pre-Arrest Diversion strategies and coordinated initiatives
- Assessment at Hearing and Sentencing for comprehensive case-managed rehabilitation
- Bail Bonding Reform to eliminate disproportionate impacts and erosion of presumption of innocence
- Automatic Record Restriction and Arrest Record Expungement when deemed safe and appropriate
- Corrections Facility Reform and rethinking current relationships with Private Prison Contractors
- Strong review of the need for Mandatory Minimums in that such undermines problem resolution
- Community-Centered Family Restorative Justice Centers with practical wrap-around services
- Reasonable Housing for All and Neighborhood Assimilation where screened to be appropriate
- Elimination of Voter Disenfranchisement in that such has no correlation to public safety
- Decriminalizing Mental Illness and Adjudicating Drug Addiction Behavior as Symptoms of Disease
MISSION & VISION
To help families navigate the journey of incarceration with positive outcomes, and to push innovations throughout justice systems to correct, rehabilitate, cure and restore, for greater public safety for all. Our vision is that the justice and corrections system of the United States becomes a system of dignity, safety, and progressive personal improvement for all involved.
End the absurd economic and social cost of mass incarceration as we know it from the perspective of families and community.
Build models of resolution and rehabilitation to change mindsets and behavior for the better public interest and safety.
Help integrate the actions and assets of stakeholders in the pursuit of evidenced-based solutions to reach visible results.
DRIVEN BY CORE VALUES
The demonstration of respect and caring about the plight and circumstance of those whose lives and personal stories are different from others.
The focused pursuit of right, fairness, justice and innovation, without tiring, slowing down or conceding to difficulty.
The demonstration of steadfast loyalty to the NIA mission and the commitment to be transparent, accountable, ethical and professional in doing this work to change lives.
Kate BocciaChief Executive Officer
She serves on the National Board of Directors of the Multi-Faith Initiative to End Mass Incarceration and launched the NIA with years of business development experience and a reputation of never settling for a passive answer to a challenging problem.
Roland WashingtonChief Operating Officer
He’s a public policy consultant and social innovator with more than 32 years of experience in building operational and management systems, and leading community interests in a number of social impact campaigns and initiatives.
Alicia Teague, M.Ed., NCCChief Development Officer (CPR)
Katina AtmoreCPR Case Coordinator
Diana AshworthCPR Case Coordinator
Diane SpaarCPR Research Coordinator
Leesha ReinekeCPR Intake Coordinator
Andrew CurtinMarketing Director
Linda TettamantChief Communications Officer
Kevin WeeksSpecial Projects Manager
Randy CarpenterChief Data & Technology Officer
Claudia ZimmermannChief Resource Officer
Veronica KulonResource Development Assistant
Jessie Mabrey, CPA-MH, FPMProgram Development Manager
Rev. Dr. Willie Alfreida Capers, MPA, MDIV, DMINRC Case Services Coordinator
Michelle Boatright, CS-MH, CS-AD, CPS-WH, FPM, CAMS, CARESCPR Case Coordinator
Markieta WilliamsChief People Officer
Dr. Kelly C. DregerExecutive Assistant
Chris O'NeillSpecial Projects Manager
Shay RaySpecial Projects Manager
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Burrell Ellis, Esq.Board of Directors
Attorney and Systems Reform Activist. Former twice-elected CEO of one of the largest counties in the state of Georgia. Former President of County Executives of America, Southeast Region Director, of the National Association of Counties (NACo) and Chair of NACo‘s Large Urban County Caucus
Rev. Ewell Hardman, M.Div.Board of Directors
Master Addiction Counselor, Certified Clinical Supervisor, The Summit Counseling Center
LeAnne Jackson, J.D.Board of Directors
A trust and assets management expert, proficient in insurance and multi-billion-dollar investment strategies, as well as code compliance, settlement negotiations and resource connectivity.
Karen JamesBoard of Directors
Policy reform advocate with more than 33 years of federal government administration and human resources experience. An EEOC specialist that co-manages public affairs for the NIA.
Treasurer & CFO, and a partner with DV Marshall & Associates, LLC., with more than 20 years of tax accounting and paralegal experience
Community Development Manager for Pinnacle Financial Partners, project manager, investment and financial equity expert, and former early childhood educator. Founder and Executive Director of Project Restart; focused on stable reentry and recidivism reduction.
Janis Mann, Esq.Board of Directors
Attorney at Law; founder of the Mann Law Group, former Georgia Public Defender, National and Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Member
Sona Nast, LCSW, LSOTPBoard of Directors
Social Worker, Family Sustainability Activist and Specialized Treatment Professional for the incarcerated
Secretary & Director of Public Relations, and an activist and advocate for social justice with more than 30 years of radio, television, film and print media.
Amanda CryerAdvisory Council
A social impact entrepreneur and acclaimed filmmaker focused on transforming criminal justice stereotypes and illuminating the tragic reality of the prison industrial complex. Amanda is the co-founder of Big Change Makers, LLC
Kit CummingsAdvisory Council
Activist, Conflict Mediator, Author, Founder &President of the Power of Peace Project (“POPP”)
Billy Joe HolmesAdvisory Council
“Big Billy” as he is widely known, is a business owner and frequently requested speaker to audiences across several states against systems that fail to correct and rehabilitate.
Susan Jacobs-MeadowsAdvisory Council
Director, Canine Cell Mates; Fulton County’s Jail Dogs Program
Monalisa JohnsonAdvisory Council
Reform Advocate and Founder of Parents with Incarcerated Children, Inc., owner of Sierra Productions, an audio/video & production logistics company, featured star of the A&E Production “60 Days In”
Sarah Lageson, Ph.D.Advisory Council
Sociologist and Assistant Professor; Rutgers University-Newark School of Criminal Justice. Published researcher and grants recipient examining social and behavioral sciences; the criminal justice system, technology, inequality, crime data accuracy and “digital punishment”
Angela H. MarshallAdvisory Council
Former Adjunct Professor, Essex County Community College and Special Instructor of Rutgers University’s NJ STEP Program for Edna Mahan Correction Facility for Women, more than 25 years of experience in law enforcement, workforce development, criminal justice programs management, community corrections and reentry.
Beverly MartinAdvisory Council
Retired as a Judge on the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit where she served for 11 years. Former US District Judge for the Northern District of Georgia, US Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, and former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Georgia
Cynthia Webb McGarityAdvisory Council
Justice Reform advocate, business owner and manager. Long-time community organizer, founder, and Executive Director of Rehoboth Family and Community Services for justice impacted families.
Keesha Middlemass, Ph.D.Advisory Council
Brookings Institution Fellow and an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Howard University. Author of the award-winning book, Convicted & Condemned: The Politics and Policies of Prisoner Reentry. Widely published researcher of lived experiences and policy analyses to develop policy alternatives.
Jose MoralesAdvisory Council
Retired Army Airborne Infantry and retired 22-year veteran of Georgia Department of Corrections. Long-serving warden of several prisons including Georgia's highest Maximum Security facility, and now a committed advocate for systems reform.
Lauren PhillipsAdvisory Council
Lauren is a passionate advocate for justice impacted people including returning citizens and people in recovery. As the owner of Phillips Insurance Solutions, her work includes finding affordable and possibly free health insurance solutions for this underserved population. Previously she was co-director with MG Counseling Services.
Kathryn Rice, Ph.D.Advisory Council
Founder of Building Quality Communities, which specializes in community and economic development. Adjunct professor at Troy University.
Carl Jamal (CJ) RumseyAdvisory Council
Urban ministry and social reform activist. Founder of The Prayer Plug ATL and in alliance with the renowned Maverick City Music group.
Lauren ShieldsAdvisory Council
Development Director with Shatterproof.Org, dedicated to reversing the addiction crisis. Driven by her personal family journey of addiction, incarceration, reentry and stigma; advocating throughout the Dallas and Atlanta policy market.
Rev. Jon T. ShonebargerAdvisory Council
A veteran of the United States Air Force, having served over eight years in Strategic Air Command. Jon has been in ministry for over 40 years beginning in Omaha, Nebraska as a Volunteer Chaplain at the Douglas County Jail. The ministry would lead Jon into the pastorate, serving churches in Missouri, Ohio, Nebraska, and Kansas. Jon would return to Chaplaincy, serving prisons in Colorado, Mississippi and Tennessee.
Bobbie Ticknor, Ph.D.Advisory Council
Assistant Professor at Valdosta State University whose instruction includes Seminar in Corrections, Classification of Criminal Behavior, Data Analysis, Criminological Theory, and Research Methods.
Sara J. TotonchiAdvisory Council
An accomplished organizational leader and justice reform advocate. Formerly with the Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR) in Atlanta, and now as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Promise of Justice Initiative, Board Member of Motherhood Beyond Bars, and an Advisory Board Member of New Disabled South.
Joey VillemezAdvisory Council
Founder & President of Probation Information Network, a comprehensive resource for federal defendants. Consultant, researcher, and presenter specializing in the federal criminal justice system and the collateral consequences of conviction.
Anthony WilsonAdvisory Council
Advocate. Joyful Disruptor. Educator. Founding Executive Director of Equity in Education, an advocacy organization focused on supporting bold, equity-centered leaders to run for public office and deliver justice for our littlest Atlantans.
Roderick L. WyattAdvisory Council
Human Resources and Workforce Development professional with over 15 years of progressive experience in Employee Relations, Employment Law, Public-Sector Agency Management, Workers Compensation, Recruitment/Selection/Training, HR Policy and Organizational Design