About Us

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 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 CHANGE

the moment they receive THE CALL...
families change

MONTHS PASS

and the family realizes that the shock and trauma of incarceration has to be managed
because new questions now define their days.
Months pass

YEARS PASS

and the family now realizes that he might be coming home soon. Tears. Reflection. Preparation.
Of course you’re happy. But your worries continue anew.
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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 It is the story of endless journeys through failed policies and outdated norms.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.

OUR WORK

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.

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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. 

Disruption Pattern

The NIA formula coaches a disruption of this pattern

Cohesive Formula

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.

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OTHER AREAS OF INTEREST

  1. Neighborhood-Based Pre-Arrest Diversion strategies and coordinated initiatives
  2. Assessment at Hearing and Sentencing for comprehensive case-managed rehabilitation
  3. Bail Bonding Reform to eliminate disproportionate impacts and erosion of presumption of innocence
  4. Automatic Record Restriction and Arrest Record Expungement when deemed safe and appropriate
  5. Corrections Facility Reform and rethinking current relationships with Private Prison Contractors
  6. Strong review of the need for Mandatory Minimums in that such undermines problem resolution
  7. Community-Centered Family Restorative Justice Centers with practical wrap-around services
  8. Reasonable Housing for All and Neighborhood Assimilation where screened to be appropriate
  9. Elimination of Voter Disenfranchisement in that such has no correlation to public safety
  10. 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.

GOAL 1

End the absurd economic and social cost of mass incarceration as we know it from the perspective of families and community.

GOAL 2

Build models of resolution and rehabilitation to change mindsets and behavior for the better public interest and safety.

GOAL 3

Help integrate the actions and assets of stakeholders in the pursuit of evidenced-based solutions to reach visible results.

DRIVEN BY CORE VALUES

EMPATHY

The demonstration of respect and caring about the plight and circumstance of those whose lives and personal stories are different from others.

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 the commitment to be transparent, accountable, ethical and professional in doing this work to change lives.

PASSIONATE LEADERSHIP

Kate Boccia

Kate Boccia

Chief 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 Washington

Roland Washington

Chief 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.

WORKING TEAM

Andrew Curtin

Andrew Curtin

Digital Marketing Director
Linda Tettamant

Linda Tettamant

Chief Communications Officer
Karen James

Karen James

Senior Special Projects Manager
Chris O'Neill

Chris O'Neill

Special Projects Manager
Shay Ray

Shay Ray

Special Projects Manager
Lisa Granger

Lisa Granger

Special Projects Assistant
Randy Carpenter

Randy Carpenter

Chief Data & Technology Officer
Claudia Zimmermann

Claudia Zimmermann

Chief Resource Officer
Julia Kebanli

Julia Kebanli

Resource Development Assistant
Carin Ikenberg, Ph.D., LMSW

Carin Ikenberg, Ph.D., LMSW

CPR Development Manager
Alicia Teague, M.Ed., NCC

Alicia Teague, M.Ed., NCC

Chief Development Officer (CPR)
Nicole Wiesen, MSW, CCTS-I

Nicole Wiesen, MSW, CCTS-I

CPR Development Manager
Diana Ashworth

Diana Ashworth

CPR Intake Coordinator
Leesha Reineke

Leesha Reineke

CPR Intake Coordinator
Anita Eggleston

Anita Eggleston

CPR Case Coordinator
Stephanie Lee

Stephanie Lee

CPR Case Coordinator
LeAnne Jackson

LeAnne Jackson

CPR Case Coordinator
Kathryn Major

Kathryn Major

CPR Case Coordinator
Shenetra Shellman

Shenetra Shellman

CPR Case Coordinator
Diane Spaar

Diane Spaar

Research Coordinator
Markieta Williams

Markieta Williams

Chief People Officer
Ellie Day

Ellie Day

Executive Assistant

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Truth Graf

Truth Graf

Secretary & 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.

Rev. Ewell Hardman, M.Div.

Rev. Ewell Hardman, M.Div.

Board of Directors

Master Addiction Counselor, Certified Clinical Supervisor, The Summit Counseling Center

Karen James

Karen James

Board 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.

Monikah Kelly

Monikah Kelly

Treasurer & CFO

Treasurer & CFO, and a partner with DV Marshall & Associates, LLC., with more than 20 years of tax accounting and paralegal experience

Janis Mann, Esq.

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, LSOTP

Sona Nast, LCSW, LSOTP

Board of Directors

Social Worker, Family Sustainability Activist and Specialized Treatment Professional for the incarcerated

Jacqueline Ranke

Jacqueline Ranke

Board of Directors

Corporate supply chain expert with more than 20 years of senior project management-level E-Commerce, Import/Export, Strategic Sourcing and Contract Negotiating experience.

ADVISORY COUNCIL

Ron Coppock

Ron Coppock

Advisory Council

President, International Sales & Global Marketing, Arris Group, Inc., Corporate Social Responsibility Advocate

Kit Cummings

Kit Cummings

Advisory Council

Activist, Conflict Mediator, Author, Founder &President of the Power of Peace Project (“POPP”)

Hon. Burrell Ellis, Esq.

Hon. Burrell Ellis, Esq.

Advisory Council

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

Billy Joe Holmes

Billy Joe Holmes

Advisory 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-Meadows

Susan Jacobs-Meadows

Advisory Council

Director, Canine Cell Mates; Fulton County’s Jail Dogs Program

Monalisa Johnson

Monalisa Johnson

Advisory 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.

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”

Pamela Antoinette Larde, Ph.D.

Pamela Antoinette Larde, Ph.D.

Advisory Council

Dr. Pamela Larde, a professor, coach, award-winning author, and business owner, is committed to engaging in the work of advancing the reach and commitment of the coaching profession to serve and build up heart-centered leaders around the world. Read Full BIO

Angela H. Marshall

Angela H. Marshall

Advisory 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.

Hon. Judge Beverly Martin

Hon. Judge Beverly Martin

Advisory 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

Jose Morales

Jose Morales

Advisory 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.

Kathryn Rice, Ph.D.

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) Rumsey

Carl Jamal (CJ) Rumsey

Advisory Council

Urban ministry and social reform activist. Founder and Executive Director of the Maverick City Music Initiative in alliance with the renowned Maverick City Music Group.

Bobbie Ticknor, Ph.D.

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.

Roderick L. Wyatt

Roderick L. Wyatt

Advisory 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