Lissa Jones, Executive Director of African American Family Services
Ms. Jones passion and love for people is contagious. She engages
her audiences with her energy and talent as a public speaker. Through her mastery of written and oral history, Ms. Jones shines
light on issues of disparity, race, poverty, privilege and oppression. She celebrates the diversity in our lives and believes
that every culture matters.
Lissa compels her audiences to meet one another in the questions
presented by today's social, economic and political climates. She challenges each listener to recognize their own opportunities
to make change in the world, their communities and in themselves. Recognizing that truth is the essence of healing is one
of Ms. Jones core beliefs and she eagerly pushes those around her to do so.
Lissa Jones considers it a privilege to be the Executive Director
of African American Family Services and has lead the organization since 2002. Ms. Jones possesses a strong background in organizational
development and has used these talents in a very successful private practice. The recent focus of her varied talents is on
cultural competency training in the public, private and non-profit sectors.
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W. Curtis Marshall, MS Public Health
Educator/Consultant with the Wisconsin Division of Public Health
is a Public Health Educator and Consultant for the Wisconsin Division of Public Health (WDPH). From 1991-2005 he worked with
the Sexually Transmitted Disease Program as their Syphilis Eliminator Coordinator, reducing congenital, primary and secondary
syphilis in Milwaukee County. Through the mobilization of the community by the Community Action Team, this team was recognized by the
Center for Disease Control as a model for public health and community partners.
works with the WDPH as a consultant with local health departments, health consortiums and community based organizations and
disparity workgroups. He provides technical assistance to assist the development and implementation of strategies, policies
and protocols toward achieving 2010 Healthy Wisconsin objectives.
He provides consultation
to fatherhood service providers to increase awareness and skills to increase father paternal education and involvement. He served 2005-2008 on the Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative Board of Directors as Program
He serves as a board member of:
Wisconsin Association of Perinatal Care
The Milwaukee Fatherhood Collaborative
The Milwaukee YMCA
The Cream City Medical
Society of African-American Physicians
and Stroke Alliance
He received his
undergraduate degree from the University of Louisville
and MS from the University of Minnesota.
Sharen Southard and
Robert Tesch-Stevson, MCORP Supervised Release Officers
Sharen Southard, Career Supervised Release
Officer: Hennepin County —1983 to present
Duties include: Supervising a case load of adult Supervised
Releasees by enforcing Supervised Release Agreements, referrals to community programs, planning and cooperating with Department
of Corrections and institution staff and conducting investigations as assigned.
urrent Assignment: The DOC Pilot Project "Minnesota Comprehensive
Offender Reentry Plan" supervising agent in Hennepin County, with emphasis on female offenders.
Prevention Specialist: Minneapolis Crime Prevention, 1982 to 1983
Duties included developing community leadership, training
volunteers, conducting meetings and organizing crime prevention programs with local enforcement.
Cadre Director: Statewide training and advocate program for developmentally disabled, crime victims and offenders, 1980 to
Duties included administrative responsibilities, developing
and presenting training materials for criminal justice system personnel and supervising client intake and services.
Education: Mankato State University:
Master in Sociology, corrections classes 1977 and 1978
Licences: State of Minnesota: Licensed
Social Worker, 1989 to present
Professional Organizations And Committees:
Department of Corrections Closing The Gap Committee: December 2002 to 2005
County Evidence-Based Practices Steering Committee: 2007
Services, Inc. Advisory Committee: 2000 to present
Department of Corrections Advisory Task Force on Female Offenders: May 2002 to present
Resource Center Female Offender Program: 2004 to present
Opportunities for Developmentally Disabled Offenders; Co-Author, 1978
Community Corrections Directory, State Guide to Community-based Correctional Services, Committee Member, 1980
Tina M. Jackson, M.Ed., Faculty member at Minneapolis Community & Technical
Tina M. Jackson
is a Faculty member in the Education Department at Minneapolis Community & Technical College, Inver Hills Community College
and Metropolitan State University in Minnesota. In July of 2009, Jackson was awarded a scholarship from the National Black
MBA Association to support her doctoral research in K-12 financial literacy education for students living in poverty. In November
of 2008, Jackson was appointed by community leaders to serve in the position of NAACP Minneapolis Chapter Vice President representing
the greater Twin Cities area to work with communities of color on issues related to economic development. Surviving The Game
was founded in 2000 by Tina M. Jackson, a former high school teacher who realized after doing a lot of research on poverty
and academic development that teaching students about economic development issues would strengthen their ability to break
out of poverty and achieve economic success. Currently Jackson is pursuing a doctoral degree in education at The University
of Saint Thomas in Minneapolis, MN. Her area of research is on historical trends of economic development in urban areas throughout
the United States. Ms. Jackson holds a Bachelors Degree In Science, and a Masters Degree in Education.
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Director of Project Imani
is a county social worker in Children’s Mental Health & Family Assessment/Child Welfare, and also Director of Project
Imani. He has over 15 years of mental health case manager experience with African-American
boys and their families. He has served as an Advisory Commissioner for the African-American
Men’s Project, served as an Advisory Council Committee member for the Urban Learner Framework for Hamline College, and
also serves on many committees for STARS for Children’s Mental Health. LaRone
is a seasoned mental health practitioner in school-based mental health. LaRone
believes a “multi-systemic therapy” is the best approach to therapy that includes the patient, as well as caregivers. LaRone has spoken locally in Minnesota, as well as nationally, on topics that range
from Juvenile Justice to African American Children’s Mental Health to Children in the System of Care.
Imani is designed to facilitate the education & empowerment of African American boys through school, home, &
community. Through this discussion, African American boys are challenged to fight
or flight with this Black Pain.
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Samuel Simmons, Jr., ADC, Behavioral
Consultant, Radio Host on KMOJ and Conference Organizer
Sam is licensed as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor who has over
22 year background in program development, group facilitation, and curriculum development specializing in the areas of Anger
Management, Chemical Dependency and working with African American men & young people. He received the “2007
Kirby Puckett Legacy Award” for work done with Life Source that led to an increase in the African American community’s
organ donation from 29% to 75% in 2006. He is currently working with Family & Children’s Service to Development
a Healing Curriculum for African Men. He was awarded the 2009 Governor’s Council on Faith and Community Service Initiatives
Best Practices Award for his work with MN Department of Veterans Outreach Services, prison reentry and in the African American
Sam for the last 6 years has been an active part of KMOJ radio
and currently he is co-host of "Voices” addressing issues that are important
to the urban community, with a focus on communities of color. He volunteers as the Executive Producer of the Public Affairs
programs. He believes “A community is empowered by the strength of the information it’s given.”
Sam is respected for his holistic, unpretentious, frank, honest
and non-judgmental manner of working with individuals from all walks of life who have displayed various self-defeating behaviors
and may have been considered difficult to work with. He has a personal commitment to helping communities help themselves by supporting a way of thinking
that leads to self awareness, community healing and peace.
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Nuriddin, M.Ed., Men's Intervention Program Manager
Sulaiman Nuriddin began working with Men Stopping Violence
in 1987 after completing the year-long Internship Program. He currently oversees educational interventions for MSV.
Mr. Nuriddin works intensively with the DeKalb County (Georgia)
court system, intervening with men who have been arrested for domestic violence. He co-instructs ongoing classes for convicted
and self-referred men and has been instrumental in planning effective interventions with men of color who batter. He has conducted
training for such organizations as 100 Black Men, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the Institute on Domestic Violence in
the African-American Community, the Black Church in Domestic Violence Institute, and the National Organization of Black Law
Enforcement Executives. He also has led trainings at Clark Atlanta University, and Morehouse and Spelman colleges.
Additionally, Mr. Nuriddin has conducted trainings for the
National Council of Churches, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health, the National Basketball
Association Summer Youth Program, the Atlanta Police Department, and the U.S. Department of Justice, for which he has also
served as a consultant. He was also a consultant for The Vera Institute of Justice and the National Men's Network to End Domestic
and Sexual Violence. Internationally, he has co-led a training initiative in Great Britain.
He has participated in discussion groups regarding domestic
violence with the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. He
co-authored the MSV curriculum Men at Work: Building Safe Communities, and the book chapter “African-American
Men Who Batter: A Community-Centered Approach to Prevention and Intervention” (2008, Family Violence and Men of Color: Healing the Wounded
Male Spirit, Springer Publishing Company).
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Lee Buckley, Community ReEntry Coordinator with the
Minnesota Department of Corrections
Lee Buckley joined the Minnesota Department of Corrections in 2009. In this role she coordinates with field service offices and community corrections
agencies as well as works with other government, faith-based and community based organizations that deliver reentry services
to offenders. Buckley leads the Governor’s Council on Faith and Community
Service Initiatives Advisory Council which works to develop a closer connection between the state government and faith and
community organizations. She serves on the board of directors for World Wide Village, Inc. and is a member of the Volunteer
Resource Leadership Strategic Directions Committee of the Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA), and the
National Association for Mental Illness (NAMI) Minnesota Vet-to-Vet and African American advisory committees.
Previously, Buckley was a Director of Labor Relations for Northwest Airlines after working as an operations director and customer
service manager. She was employed for over sixteen years in the financial services
industry in Chicago, Illinois and worked in a number of management, project leadership and consulting positions with a focus
on customer satisfaction, new business development, process improvement, and business process redesign. Lee is a graduate
of the Chicago Institute of Technology, and is currently attending Bethel Seminary pursuing a Masters of Arts in Community
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Guy Bowling, FATHER Project Manager
Mr. Bowling currently serves on Goodwill Easter Seals staff
as the Manager of the FATHER Project, a public/private partnership focusing on young fathers to assist them in supporting
their children emotionally and economically. He has served in that capacity since January of 2007. He is a member of the National Center of Fathers and Families, former advisor to the National Center for
Strategic Non-profit Planning and Community Leadership, member of the Minnesota Fathers and Families Network, and also a member
of the National Practitioners Network for Fathers and Families.
Guy is a recipient of the 2000 “Spirit of Fatherhood
Award” at the National Center for Strategic Non-profit Planning and Community Leadership’s international fatherhood
conference for demonstrating program excellence. He has recently formed a collaborative initiative with Ymen Rap Inc., to
develop a platform for African American fathers and young males to identify and navigate systems that provide services for
their unmet needs.
The panel of fathers (specific participants to be named, based
on availability) will consist of fathers who have been involved in developing the Citizen Father Project, working side by
side with the professionals listed above since the summer of 2007.
Gray, Community Liaison and Jerald Moore, Community Program Director Hennepin County Juvenile Detention Alternative
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James Muhammad, Consultant, Activist and Conference Organizer
James Muhammad has personally and professionally served the African American community for 36 years. He organized Black men
in Minnesota for the Million Man March, and later the Million Family March. Also a spiritual leader, Mr. Martin founded a
prison ministry. He has served as an educational consultant on religious and cultural diversity and founded a non-profit organization
of Black men named M.A.R.C.H. – Men Are Responsible to Cultivate Hope. A consultant, teacher, facilitator, mediator
and spiritual leader, Mr. Martin now devotes himself to eliminating domestic violence and promoting family peace in the African
American community. He is also Project Organizer of 100 Black Men Take A Stand for Family & Children’s Service.
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