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Reentry 2022:  A "Wholistic " Approach to Reentry

 “Wholistic” approach to reentry?

Often referred to as the “holistic” approach, this conference will focus on the full scope of the needs of returning citizens. The “wholistic” approach provides guidance and support focusing on all aspects of the returning citizens’ life.  

Reentry 2022 will focus on returning citizens & salute the professionals making strides in reentry. 

The Reentry 2022 conference staff are a multi-disciplinary team of professionals sharing best practices and experiences leading to effective,  evidence-based outcomes .  Come share in the discussions!


– Celebrate reentry programming excellence

– Build stronger organizational practices by connecting with coalitions and networks across the nation.

– Training with professionals and advocates working to improve reentry without discrimination.

– Strengthening programs, true-to-life discussions, opportunities, and steps to support children, families, and communities during reentry.

Who Should Attend:

Justice-involved professionals - law enforcement professionals, probation and corrections staff; victim services; families with incarcerated loved ones, crime survivors, non-profit providers, advocates, prison ministry, and other volunteers working with incarcerated people; educational; religious and social institutions; health services; housing,  employers and legal rights organizations.

Sponsorship Opportunities, General Schedule & Presenters

September 29th -30th, 2022

Sponsorship Opportunities still available!

Conference Preliminary Schedule

September 28, 2022

Come early, register and relax.

3:00 pm – 8:00 pm           Registration Opens

6:00 pm                          Board Meeting – Baarts Room, 2nd Floor

September 29, 2022

7:00 am                      Registration Opens

8:00 am Opening –      General Session

                                  Welcome            Vince Whibbs, Jr., Reentry Alliance Pensacola, Inc.

                                                           Executive Director

                                 Keynote Speaker:  Syrita Steib, Operation Restoration, Founder, Executive Director

9:30 am                     BREAK

9:45 am                     Breakout Sessions

                                Where Are the Children?                                 Joan Irby, Guardian Ad Litem

                                The Challenges That Women Face                    Ivy Mathis, Successful Imperfections, Inc., Founder/Executive Director

10:30 am                    BREAK

10:45 am                    The Church & Reentry                                     Dr. Lonnie Wesley, III, Pastor,  Greater Little Rock Baptist Church

                                 Talk Back                                                       Rodney Jones, New World Believers

                                 ConConnect Technology                                  Conconnect, Inc.

11:35 am                     LUNCH

1:00 pm                     Welcome Florida Dept of Corrections                           Patrick Mahoney, Director

                                                                                                                 Office of Programs & Reentry

                                 FDOC Breakout Sessions

1:30 pm                      Evidence-Based and Results Driven Practices in Workforce Development at Florida

                                 Department of Corrections                                          Jynelle Robinson, Program Dir.

                                 Innovative Re-Entry Initiatives and Programming           Nichole Landrum, FCCM

                                 Corrections Integrated Needs Assessment System          Jennifer Rechichi, Deputy Dir.

2:20 pm                     BREAK

2:30 pm                   You Deserve To Love Your Job                             Dr. Arlene Green, Enelra Talent Solutions, Inc.

                               Reentry, Homelessness, Addiction & Church          Larry McGruder, MA, Waterfront Mission

3:20 pm BREAK

3:30 pm                   General Session       Impact of Prison Ministry             Al Stubblefield, FACHE,  CEO (Ret.), Baptist Healthcare

6:30 pm                    JAZZ Networking Social and Awards Night          Richard Griffin, Recording Artist

                                                                                                        Lotta Vinson, Hostess – Director, Santa Rosa County Probation (Ret.)

Day 2

September 30, 2022


8:00 am                   Registration Opens

9:00 am                   Opening Session:    From Prison to Purpose                     Jimmy McGill, State of Arkansas

                                                                                                               Director of Peer Services

9:55 am                    Incarceration to Freedom - From the Inside Out – Prison to Reentry & Probation

                                Initial Mental Health/Housing/Employment Management – Coordinating Services

                               Recreation/Relationships/Reentry                                        Timothy Shanklin

                               Probation Challenges                                                         FDOC Probation Panel

                               Addiction/Mental Health/Employment/Housing

10:45 am                  BREAK

11:00 am                  The Felita Robinson Story – 37years, 11 months, 24 days of Incarceration

                              Sex Offenders' Special Issues                                           FDOC Probation

11:45 am                   LUNCH

                              Registration Closes

1:00 pm                   General Session:         The Honorable Judge M. C. Rogers – Importance of Reentry Programs

                                                               Northwestern District of Florida

1:50 pm                     BREAK

2:00 pm                     Veterans/Mental Health Impacts on Reentry                      Dr. John Woods

                                 Addiction Will Impact Reentry                                         Will Taylor, LADAC

2:50 pm                     FINAL BREAK

3:00 pm                    Close-out Session

Conference Presenters

Syrita Steib, Founder

Operation Restoration, Inc.

New Orleans, LA

Syrita’s notable work in advocacy, criminal justice reform, and policy has received local and national recognition.

"From facing incarceration to passing major legislation across the nation as the founder and executive director of Operation Restoration, these are the words that have defined my life."

After one year in college, Syrita withdrew from Xavier University and joined the United States Navy where Syrita was training to become an Electronics Technician (ET). Unfortunately, the Armed Forces during the Clinton Administration didn’t have the pay scale it did today. Syrita wasn’t able to make ends meet and ultimately some of her decisions led to her being incarcerated. President Donald Trump later pardoned Syrita.

After returning home, Syrita started over and began to rebuild her life with the values instilled by parents as guidance.  In 2016, Syrita followed her heart and commitment to the community and created Operation Restoration (OR). OR’s mission is to eradicate the roadblocks women and girls face when returning home after incarceration.  Syrita has served as a policy consultant for Cut50’s Dignity for Incarcerated Women campaign and worked on the passage of the First Step Act. Governor John Bel Edwards appointed Syrita to the Louisiana Justice Reinvestment Oversight Council, and Syrita served as the Vice-chair for the Louisiana Task Force on Women’s Incarceration. She also co-curated and was featured in the Newcomb Art Museum’s Per(Sister) exhibit, which shared the stories of currently and formerly incarcerated women. She also served on District Attorney Jason Williams’ Transition committee, Protect Vulnerable Communities Committee.

Patrick Mahoney, Director

Florida Department of Corrections

Tallahassee, FL

Patrick Mahoney has over 25 years of experience with the Florida Department of Corrections beginning in 1994 as a Correctional Probation Officer in Ft Lauderdale Florida. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the State University of New York at Brockport and has extensive programs and reentry experience. He has served in a variety of leadership roles within the FDC, currently serving as the Florida Department of Corrections Director, Office of Programs and Re-Entry. He is a member of many professional organizations. He serves and has served as a board member of many of the professional community organizations, to include Drug Policy Advisory Council, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Planning Council, Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency, Florida Association for Community Corrections and the Peyton Tuthill Foundation. He also serves on the Delegate Assembly for the American Correctional Association. Patrick has strong communication and organizational management skills and is a self-motivated and selfless leader.

Jimmy McGill

Arkansas Director of Peer Services

Jacksonville, AR

Jimmy, Arkansas Director of Peer Services, was the founding member of both the Arkansas Peers Advisory Committee (APAC) and the Arkansas Peers Achieving Recovery Together (A.P.A.R.T) coalition and is the current chair for the SAMHSA Region 6 Peer Support Advisory Committee. Jimmy is also an executive committee member of the National Peer Recovery Alliance.

Jimmy is the State’s Recovery Manager for the Arkansas Drug Director’s office, and he is a certified Peer Recovery Peer Supervisor (PRPS). His lived experience has allowed him the chance to lead the development of the Peer Recovery Infrastructure throughout Arkansas. 

Jimmy's former experiences with 23 years of addiction and several incarcerations give him the unique ability to lead other Peer Recovery Specialist.  His dedicated efforts have allowed Arkansas to place peer recovery inside the Department of Human Services, the Division of Youth Services, the Department of Health, emergency rooms, drug courts, jails, reentry centers, prisons, law enforcement partnerships, Recovery Community Organizations (RCOs) and community service centers.  

He and his wife are the founders of Next Step Recovery Housing, a non-profit recovery foundation that houses people in recovery. 

Author of From Prison to Purpose

Lonnie Davis Wesley, III, Ph.D.


Greater Little Rock Baptist Church

Pensacola, FL

Pastor Wesley leads the Greater Little Rock Baptist Church in providing resources for reentry, recovery, and homelessness. The church has opened it doors to returning citizens and encourages them to be active participants in all church activities. Every week people find Greater Little Rock a place to call home. “No matter where you are in the journey, our church is glad to have you among us”.

In 2021, Dr. Wesley was selected by Gov. Ron DeSantis to be a member of the Escambia Children's Trust Board.

Dr. Wesley holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications (Public Relations) from Alabama State University. Immediately following college graduation, Wesley was recruited by Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi, as the Assistant Sports Information Director/Director of Marketing and Promotions.

After starting on a Master of Arts degree in Christian Education at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Wesley finished and graduated from Selma University. He graduated with a Doctorate of Ministry degree in Expository Preaching at Anderson University in Anderson, South Carolina. 

Jennifer Rechichi, MS

Assistant Bureau Chief of Program Development

Florida Department of Corrections

Tallahassee, FL

Jennifer A. Rechichi is a solutions-focused professional with an extensive background in the development of risk/needs assessment, program development, and program implementation in both the fields of juvenile justice and adult corrections. Jennifer currently serves as the Assistant Bureau Chief of Program Development, at the Florida Department of Corrections after working for nearly 13 years in numerous leadership positions for the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. In this role, she is responsible for the training and oversight of the implementation of the Department’s risk/needs assessment instrument, as well as the Program Clearinghouse. Jennifer holds an M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University and a B.S. in Family, Child and Consumer Sciences, from Florida State University. Jennifer’s research interests include training, implementation, and fidelity of evidence-based and best practices and risk assessment.

Pastor Larry McGruder, MA

Mt. Bethel Missionary Baptist Church

Career Development Chaplain

Waterfront Rescue Mission

Pensacola, FL


Felita S. Robinson, Co-Founder

Rise Reentry, Inc.

Tampa, FL

Felita Robinson, a returning citizen, spent 37 years, 11 months and 24 days incarcerated in prison prior to her release.  Felita will outline the unique challenges she faced and continues to face as she transitions from prison to the free world.  

Felita has a riveting story that will benefit all conference attendees.

One of the first challenges Felita faced preparing for her release was the inability to find housing in the county where she was sentenced.  As such, Felita and another returning citizen Lisa Johnson, started a nonprofit business supporting women coming home to the Tampa/St. Petersburg area.  This program, Rise Reentry, Inc., is a residential/residential program open to women being released from prison without discrimination.

William Taylor, LADAC

Faith-Based Community Coordinator for Middle TN Grand Division

Regional Overdose Prevention Specialist

TN Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse

Castalian Springs, TN


Will has 8 years of experience in the field of mental health and substance abuse services. Will serves as a Youth & Adult Mental Health First Responder, a member of the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network Postvention Response Team, a QPR trainer, Youth Mental Health First Aid trainer, a WRAP I & II facilitator, a Trauma-informed Approach trainer, and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor.

In his role as an Overdose Prevention Specialist, Will provides Naloxone training and distribution to individuals at high risk of opiate overdose. He creates access points for individuals seeking recovery support by staying current with evidence-based practices, treatment bed availability, and current funding sources. 

Will is a graduate of Tennessee State University.

John Woods, Ed.D.

Family Integrity Trainer

Facilitator/Board Member

Pensacola, FL


Rosetta P. Taylor, MHA

Founder/Training Coordinator

National Association of Reentry Professionals, Inc.

Jacksonville, FL

Providing substance abuse counseling to infantry soldiers, overseas in the United States Army; working in the Federal Bureau of Prisons in positions from Correctional Officer to Unit Manager; and working with Veterans in substance abuse and reentry programs, Rosetta has experienced many facets of reentry. With a Systems Redesign background and 40 years of service, I was determined to find a way to build a platform for professionals in reentry to network and support each other. She envisioned the National Association of Reentry Professionals, Inc. providing an opportunity for professionals and returning citizens to share best practices (education), networking (collaboration), and setting the standards in reentry (inspiration). Rosetta believes, “No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care!” She understands, focusing on that motto the best reentry practices will be evident in the services we provide to our returning citizens, their families, and our communities.

Arlene Pace Green, Ph.D.

Organizational Psychologist & Author

Dallas Metro Area, TX

Executive Coach, Leadership Development Speaker, Organizational Psychologist, & Author

Dr. Green’s mission is to help you identify and achieve your greatest aspirations. She is the founder of Enelra Talent Solutions, LLC a consulting group that specializes in Executive Coaching and Leadership

Development. Arlene is known for her business partnership and ability to collaborate with her clients to bring solutions to complex challenges. Dr. Green has a Ph.D. in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology from Old Dominion University and over 20 years of experience in corporate, consulting, and non-profit environments.

Nichole Landrum, FCCM

Statewide Re-Entry Administrator

Bureau of Substance Use Treatment

Florida Department of Corrections

Tallahassee, FL

Nichole Landrum began her career with the Florida Department of Corrections in 1995. Throughout the past 27 years she has held positions of increasing responsibility and authority. She has more than 10 years of experience working with reentry initiatives, to include serving as the Classification Supervisor during the opening of Gadsden Re-Entry Center and Assistant Bureau Chief for the Bureau of Re-Entry and Education, where apprenticeship programs were introduced to facilities, several veterans’ dorms were created, and the management of the 100 Hour Transition program and Re-Entry Seminars were under her direction. Nichole currently is the Statewide Re-Entry Administrator where she is leading the efforts to establish programming and restorative connections the FDC’s Short Sentence Correctional Institutions (SSCI). Additionally, she oversees the Mentor Academy selection process, Roadmap to Restoration efforts throughout the state, the oversight, and operations of the statewide Volunteer Services program, monitoring of the reentry seminars statewide, and providing training to staff, volunteers, and stakeholders. She also participates in several local reentry coalition/taskforce meetings. Nichole is a member of the American Correctional Association.

Ivy Mathis

Founder/Executive Director

Successful Imperfections, Inc.

Baton Rouge, LA

Ivy started a for profit business and a non-profit organization, Successful Imperfections. She was approved by the Governor of Louisiana to sit on the Families of Incarcerated Parents and Caregivers Board. A member of the Families of Loved ones Advisory Board with the Department of Corrections where she sits on the re-entry committee knowing firsthand how integrating back into society looks whether it be someone who has served a shorter term or a longer one. The needs are different.

Ivy Mathis was given a life sentence at the age of 17. She served 26 years and was released on December 11, 2018. She was the first female juvenile lifer granted release through the parole board due to a ruling that passed at the Supreme Court in 2017. The ruling stated: Life sentences given to anyone under the age of 18 were unconstitutional. When she was released, she made a promise to the women she left behind, vowing she would never forget them. Ivy created a re-entry program called "Life Support" which she now teaches at the same prison where she was incarcerated. She graduated the Life Support, 1st inaugural class of 22 women on June 30, 2022.

Recognizing the limited opportunities for women after incarceration; Ivy focuses on teaching them how to avoid barriers while implanting success.  

Al Stubblefield, FACHE

Board President, Reentry Alliance Pensacola

Executive Coach & Senior Advisor President Emeritus, Baptist Health Care

Pensacola, FL

Al Stubblefield actively participates in the leadership of the First Baptist Church, Prison Ministry Program. As a member of the prison ministry team, he has the unique privilege of ministering to incarcerated men. His experiences allow him to see firsthand the difficult daily responsibilities of those who work in correctional facilities and make him poignantly aware of the challenges those who are incarcerated experience. Al knows all about creating cultures that wow. During his tenure as President and CEO of Baptist Healthcare Corporation, Al led his team of administrators, physicians, nurses, and staff through a cultural transformation journey. In a few short years, Al took his health system from the 17th to the 99th percentile—an achievement that earned him the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

The culture he and his entire workforce created cemented Baptist Health Care as a leader in patient and employee satisfaction, and Al as one of the most influential people in healthcare. As a result of his leadership, Baptist Healthcare has led the nation in patient satisfaction for 12 consecutive years during Al’s tenure, has earned it recognition as being the best company to work for in America by Fortune and Time, and has been named to Training Magazine’s Prestigious “Top 100 List.”

Al is nationally and internationally recognized as a founder of the patient experience movement. He is a frequent speaker and author of The Baptist Health Care Journey to Excellence: Creating a Culture that WOWs! Al also contributes to articles that help healthcare execs reduce staff turnover, increase market share and improve financial performance. Al travels the country working with our client’s senior teams, board members, and leaders to create cultures that empower and engage employees and providers to achieve organizational goals and ambitions.

Jynelle Robinson

Program Administrator

Florida Department of Corrections

Tallahassee, FL

Jynelle Robinson is an innovative and accomplished program and human resources management professional with a track record of success in human capital strategies, workforce development, operational oversight, quality improvement, labor relations, coaching, and organizational development. She is a collaborative professional, experienced in small, mid, and large-scale project/program management, (including the management of multi-disciplinary teams), and is adept at identifying training and developmental needs through job analysis, appraisal schemes and partnering with leadership. Currently, Mrs. Robinson is the Statewide Community Transition Administrator for the Florida Department of Corrections, where she is leading an effort to align best practices in reentry to improve employment and other outcomes for those returning from incarceration and reduce recidivism. Previous work assignments have included Project Coordination for the division of workforce development at Tallahassee Community College, Board Staff at CareerSource Capital Region, Director of HR and Administration at Mainline Information Systems, Director of HR and Administration at Disability Rights Florida, and Director of HR and Administration at VISIT FLORIDA.

Timothy Shanklin

Project Manager


K. Angela Hawkins, Ph.D.

Jackson Metro Area, MS


Vince J. Whibbs, Jr.

Executive Director

Reentry Alliance Pensacola, Inc.

Pensacola, FL


Richard Griffin, M. Ed.

Recording Artist

Director of Bands and Jazz Studies at Nashville School of the Arts, Retired

129th Army Band, Jazz Ensemble Conductor & Drum Major, Retired

....And many more!

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