The 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 is 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.
A domestic nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable corporation, the NIA is now a conglomerate of compassionate business people, devoted community advocates, seasoned public policy strategists and professional service providers, the NIA seeks to highlight the stories of a representative number of those tens of millions of families. Through the perspective of these families the NIA works to reduce the economic costs and social impact of status quo criminal justice policies and practices.
The NIA does not seek to reinvent the wheel by simply duplicating existing evidence-based strategies. The NIA’s distinctive resolve is to help facilitate the integration of assets among the many successful strategies of equally devoted advocates and activists, so as to eliminate the systemic fragmentation that works against aggregate, yet marginal gains. Most importantly, we maintain that the success of changed policies and popular initiatives be measured only by the visibly improved quality of life of impacted families. From the direct voices of these families, we - all of us - have a lot of work still yet to do.
The key, we feel, lies in coordinated thought innovation, grass roots strategies and public policy leveraging, from one local theatre to another. Hence, as seen in the NIA logo, the “star of optimization” is formed by five heads joining outstretched hands. The NIA formula seeks to connect together these five characters as categories of essential stakeholders: Family, Advocates, Service Providers, Policy Makers and Business Stakeholders.
End the absurd economic and social cost of mass incarceration as we know it from the perspective of families.
Build a model within select states that integrates the assets of stakeholders in the pursuit of evidence-based solutions to reach measurable results.
Help coordinate actions among those who have the authority and the resources to make measured changes for the better public interest and safety.
Empathy – The demonstration of caring about the plight and circumstance of those whose lives and personal stories are different from others, and respecting who they are – where they are.
Diligence – The focused pursuit of right, fairness, justice and innovation, without tiring, slowing down or conceding to difficulty.
Responsibility – The demonstration of steadfast loyalty to the NIA mission and purpose and the commitment to be transparent, accountable, ethical and professional in doing this work to change lives.
Roland Lawson WashingtonChief Operating Officer
He’s a public policy consultant and social innovator with more than 28 years of experience in building operational and management systems, and leading community interests in a number of social impact campaigns and initiatives.
Kate BocciaPresident & CEO
Kate Boccia has etched her mark into Georgia politics, public service and philanthropy as nothing more than the most diligent of moms who will knock on any door and never settle for an easy answer to a complicated question.
Monikah KellyTreasurer & CFO
Treasurer & CFO, and a partner with DV Marshall & Associates, LLC., with more than 20 years of tax accounting and paralegal experience
Truth GrafSecretary & Director of Public Relations
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.
Bobbie BattistaAdvisory Board
Director, Corporate Communications & Culture, Express Jet Airlines; Public Relations Executive and former CNN News Anchor
Barbara Ann Bush, MPSAdvisory Board
Consultant to Community Ministries, Nonprofits, Governments and Public/Private Partnerships for comprehensive Human Services
Ron CoppockAdvisory Board
President, International Sales & Global Marketing, Arris Group, Inc., Corporate Social Responsibility Advocate
Kit CummingsAdvisory Board
Activist, Conflict Mediator, Author, Founder &President of the Power of Peace Project (“POPP”)
Rev. Ewell Hardman, M.Div.Board of Directors
Master Addiction Counselor, Certified Clinical Supervisor, The Summit Counseling Center
Monalisa JohnsonAdvisory Board
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”
Susan Jacobs-MeadowsAdvisory Board
Director, Canine Cell Mates; Fulton County’s Jail Dogs Program
Pamela Antoinette Larde, Ph.D.Advisory Board
Tenured Associate Professor at Mercer University, Entrepreneur, Award-Winning Author, Certified Life Coach, Post-Traumatic Growth Expert, founder of Tandem Light Press and the Holistic Institute for Creative Life Change
Sona Nast, LCSW, LSOTPBoard of Directors
Social Worker, Family Sustainability Activist and Specialized Treatment Professional for the incarcerated
LaTeekey D. SwiftAdvisory Board
Impacted Mother and Spouse, and widely sought after Criminal Justice System Reformist, Speaker and Family Sustainability Advocate
Bobbie Ticknor, Ph.D.Advisory Board
Assistant Professor at Valdosta State University whose instruction includes Seminar in Corrections, Classification of Criminal Behavior, Data Analysis, Criminological Theory, and Research Methods.
Judge Cynthia WrightAdvisory Board
Law Partner with Boyd Collar Nolan & Tuggle, LLC; retired Chief Judge of Fulton County Superior Court