Brian's shared passion for corrections reform and social justice prompted him to end his 28-year career in corrections and start SPC. Through his tenure as warden at five separate facilities, Brian experienced firsthand the existing gaps and opportunities within the criminal justice system. His personal mission is to reform corrections.
Brian is a security expert and has vast experience in the field of corrections, which includes 14 years as warden at five separate facilities. He has managed contracts in partnership with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the United States Marshals Service, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, as well as multiple state, and county jails. Brian served as Director of Security over 65 secure facilities. He is an engaged member of the American Correctional Association (ACA) and participates in several committees.
Brian served in the United States Marine Corps and Army National Guard. He holds a bachelor's degree from St. Cloud State University and is an Ironman triathlete.
Christina is passionate about connecting people, nonprofits, business and community resources. With over twelve years of senior level leadership experience in regional nonprofit operations, re-entry services, grant writing and business development, she understands firsthand what it takes to move a mission forward. She is a natural born motivator of people who genuinely believes that by bringing a community together we are able to change the world for the better.
In 2019, Christina was awarded the Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce ATHENA Award. The national ATHENA Award Program honors individuals who strive toward the highest levels of professional accomplishment: women who excel in their chosen field, have devoted time and energy to their community in a meaningful way and also open doors so that others may follow in their path.
Christina's executive experience includes chairing the AZ Governor's award winning WIOA ARIZONA@WORK Coconino County Business Services Team, president of the Coconino Community College Foundation Board, past board member of the Las Vegas Metro Citizen Review Board, and Flagstaff Airport Commissioner. She also serves as the Chief Grant Officer for SPC.
Brandon is President and Co-Founder at Dialog Health, Inc., a senior executive with international experience in management, business development, strategy creation, and program execution in healthcare and consumer product arenas. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University, and has more than 15 years of business and program development experience in healthcare; working with some of the leading employers, physicians, and hospital systems including GTE (now Verizon), BCBS of TN, and Hospital Corporation of America.
He is a thought leader in the area of improving patient, employee, and consumer engagement with products, services, and program development. A pioneer and advocate for digital health technology for the healthcare industry. An experienced strategic advisor who garners collaboration from all key internal and external stakeholders to develop successful solutions for real problems.
Chad brings over 20 years of corrections experience and has served in various senior leadership roles, including nine years as a Warden over five separate facilities. He is a results-oriented executive and is recognized for his collaborative leadership style, proactive approach and keen ability to translate complex operational concepts into viable action plans. Chad blends big-picture visions with tactical processes that builds trust among core partners and inspires growth within an organization.
In addition to correctional leadership, Chad has extensive experience with contract procurement and compliance. He has worked in partnership with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Marshals, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and other federal, state, local and private agencies throughout his corrections career.
Chad holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from California State University-Bakersfield and a Graduate Certificate in Correctional Leadership from Eastern Kentucky University.
Mr. Gregorio E. O. Kishketon is a resident of Chevy Chase, Maryland and serves as the Contracting Officer at U.S. Dept. of Interior, Staff Advisor to the Secretary of the VA at the Department of Veterans Affairs and Native American/Alaskan Native Liaison to the Secretary of the VA OSVA at US Department of Veterans Affairs Central Office - Washington, DC
Mr. Kishketon previously worked in Washington DC with the Dept. of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs for the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs. He recently received an award from the Dept. of Justice for “Improvement for IT for VA” .
Mr. Kishketon served in the United States Marine Corps. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, The University of Texas, Oklahoma City Community College (Hall of Fame 2018) and The Dept. of Defense Contracting Officers School – Boston, MA. He received in 2014 the VA/NCA/DAV employee of the year/National Commanders Award. Mr. Kishketon has worked 22 years in the Federal Government, 5 years with the Non-Profit, and 12 years in the private sector as an Assistant Director and subsequently a director with Med-Net.
Gregorio E. Kishketon is a Tribal Elder with the Water Clan – Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma. He is board member of The Buffy Red Feather Foundation and also serves on the Board of Trustees for Saint Augustine University.
John joined Social Profit Corrections in November of 2022 as Executive Vice President, Mission Support. In this role he will coordinate the business support components of the organization including people, finance, legal and technology. Following four years as a surface warfare officer in the Navy, John worked in the healthcare sector holding leadership roles at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Lifetrust America.
He consulted with numerous hospital management companies before assuming a Vice President role at CoreCivic (then Corrections Corporation of America). He was with CoreCivic for twenty years leading technology, strategic planning and acquisition integration. John has also held volunteer leadership roles in the non-profit sector with organizations including Easterseals, Easterseals of Tennessee and the Handbell Musicians of America.
John holds a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Belmont University, Nashville, where he also served as an adjunct instructor at the Jack C. Massey School of Business. He believes strongly that for all the cost of incarceration in the United States society should be receiving a much better return than the current broken system is delivering. “The Social Profit Corrections model gives me hope that change is possible for all the individuals and families affected by our correctional system.”
Adam Bentley Clausen is a Leader, Life Coach, Trainer and Entrepreneur whose purpose in life is to inspire others to live into their full potential. In 2001 he was sentenced to 213 YEARS in federal prison with no chance of parole. He spent 20+ years transforming his life while compiling an extensive list of “extraordinary and compelling” achievements that eventually earned him a “second chance” at life.
While trapped behind 50-foot walls, Adam acquired all of the knowledge and skills he needed to not only survive for over two decades in federal prison, but which allowed him to consistently thrive in the face of unfathomable adversity. He is highly regarded as an expert in; crisis management, conflict resolution, public speaking, physical fitness, leadership and networking.
Devon Kurtz holds a Bachelor of Arts in Classics from Dartmouth College, where he also served as Editor-in-Chief of The Dartmouth Review. Prior to joining Cicero, Devon worked at the American University of Kuwait in Kuwait City. Beyond his professional role, Devon also mentors men coming out of Vermont's prison system through the Hartford Restorative Justice Center. His writing on crime, police, and prisons has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Hill, City Journal, and The Boston Herald.
Hello, I am Morgan Penny, a twenty-one-year-old junior attending Saint Augustine's University in Raleigh, North Carolina. I am majoring in criminal justice and English. I am well-known for my outgoing personality, wittiness, ambition, grace, leadership, and perseverance through adversity. Coming from a single-parent home, I have had to exhibit those traits when my mom and I were down on our luck. As a member of the Honors College - the most prestigious academic status at the school - and being a 4.0 student, I have learned to turn my obstacles into fuel to stay on the path of irrefutable success.
My passion to join the SPC team stemmed from a very young age, as I witnessed my biological father go in and out of prison. As a child I did not understand why he could not stick around, but as I grew older and experienced many injustices, I began to understand the challenges he faced trying to reintegrate back into society after incarceration. I am honored to be part of a team who cares and is acting for people, much like my father, to acclimate into society and become law-abiding citizens who feel they have a true purpose in life. I am ecstatic for this opportunity as it aligns perfectly with what I want to achieve, who I want to be, and the energy I’d like to put into the world.
Paul wrote both the Charter for the American Correctional Association’s (ACA) Sustainability Committee and the resulting Standard and Policy on Sustainability in Corrections. In addition to his work with SPC, Mr. Sheldon continues to advise ACA on sustainability-oriented practices, with particular emphasis on saving money, increasing income, and tracking the ways in which applying sustainability-oriented principles and practices in corrections maintain safety and increase security. Paul Sheldon is also the primary author of the National Institute of Justice Greening Corrections Technology Guidebook, and has led workshops on transforming correctional culture for ACA, the American Jails Association, and the North American Association of Wardens and Superintendents. Among his many successful projects have been Planting Justice, which employs formerly-incarcerated individuals to create community gardens in underprivileged neighborhoods and, www.Dreamosophy.com, which initiates and operates ‘Dream Academies” in correctional institutions in 4 states. Mr. Sheldon has also advised the US Department of State, USAID, Natural Resources Canada, and numerous other organizations and communities on implementing principles and practices of sustainability. Paul is a certified management analyst. He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College and a lifetime Community College Teaching Credential in Business and Industrial Psychology.
Susan Folk has worked for the Federal Bureau of Prisons for thirty-one years, developing a reputation for innovative and transformational programming. She retired as the Chief of Learning and Career Development for the agency. Throughout her employment in the prison system, she served in a variety of leadership roles at the national, regional and institutional levels with both male and female offenders. Trained as a certified life coach, Susan introduced coaching into programming at two facilities and integrated the coach approach into the national mentoring program for staff.
Susan received both her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Master’s of Science in Personnel and Industrial Relations from The American University in Washington, DC.
Susan is passionate about prison reform and reentry and remains very active in facilitating positive reentry opportunities. She lives in Cumberland, MD, close to her children and grandchildren. She continues to use her extensive experience to empower her community. She plays a leadership role in the Community Resilience Network and Healing Allegany’s Reentry Program. She is excited about the possibilities for creating meaningful and much-needed change to the criminal justice system.
Keith M. James Sr. is an amazing demonstration of the possibilities of change.
Keith is Certified Coach, Leadership Trainer, and Curriculum Developer who specializes in public speaking and effective communication. Using various motivational techniques, Mr. James collaborates with individuals and organizations who desire to bring into fruition the very best version of themselves.
Mr. James currently serves as the Director of Operations for Therapeutic Wellness Services, an outpatient mental/behavioral health center in Baltimore, Md. He is one of the founding members of the Minority Human Services and Healthcare Alliance (MHSHA) which protects the interests of and educates minority owned human service businesses in the greater Baltimore area; ensuring they are properly informed and positioned to provide optimal behavioral and mental health services to the community. He also serves as the fiscal oversight and logistics manager for 2 non-profit organizations – TWS Community Outreach and Empowered Inc. – spearheading and organizing operations which have provided more than $750,000.00 in fresh produce and non-perishable groceries to the local community to combat the economic damage of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Along with being competently bi-lingual and teaching Beginner Spanish classes in his spare time, you can also add to the extensive list of responsibilities Keith’s role as an Organizational Culture Coach/Consultant for Craft Consulting, Inc., and yet he will unapologetically remind you that his positions as a devoted father and grandfather are at the top of his priority list.
Keith has spent more than 13 years of his life in prison and once he decided enough was enough, he worked very closely with the education and reentry departments behind the fence to develop programs which shifted the mindsets of the staff and inmate populations, and ultimately shifted the paradigms of deep seeded cultures.
The pain and loss Keith witnessed his children suffer while “Doing time on the outside,” (an intentional reference to the book by Donald Braman), is the impetus that has inspired him to contribute his life energy to the creation of systems of sustainable change. His ultimate purpose is to develop innovative systems which promote the cultivation of strong, healthy families and socially responsible communities by assisting them with developing a clear vision of what they truly desire and bridging the gap between that vision and their current reality.
Captain Bill Teel (Ret.) recently retired from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department after 24 years of service. Bill has a degree in Business Management and Graduate Degree in Leadership. Bill’s Corrections background and experience consist of academy trainer, Use of Force Instructor, Defensive Tactics Instructor, Special Emergency Response Team leader, Internal Affairs Detective, and legislative liaison. Bill attended the Jail Executive Class #1 and the National Jail Leadership Command Academy Class #14. Bill was assigned to the Detention Services Division (DSD) and had operational oversight of the medical and mental health services as well as worked on satisfying the LVMPD department goal of "excelling in communication, innovation and technology". Bill also had bureau commander oversight of the DSD project development team and the South Tower Bureau, which houses approximately 1500 inmates to include restrictive housing, administrative segregation, detox, close custody, and sentenced workers. Now, Bill owns his own consulting business and consults for the National Commission on Correctional Health Care and businesses within the jail industry who are focused on raising the standard for the American Jail. GROWLER Consulting LLC aims to assist correctional institutions with implementing best practices and standards that are intended to save lives, improve safety and wellbeing for staff, and mitigate facility risks and liability.
Dr. Gibson is a board-certified physician executive with decades of experience in optimizing health care delivery for government-provided health services, and for both for-profit and not-for-profit businesses. He has served as a health services consultant for dozens of clients to include state departments of corrections, local detention operations, and private health systems. Brent completed his AB with distinction at Cornell University where he focused on the Biological Sciences and was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa society, the oldest and most prestigious academic honor society in the Untied States. During his senior year he was commissioned in the United States Army and upon gradation enrolled at the Medical College of Georgia.
After earning a United States Meritorious Service Medal for that work, Brent continued his training at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences and Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where he earned a graduate degree in Public Health and completed a residency in Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Soon after he earned board-certification by the American Board of Preventive Medicine. Upon honorable discharge, he was awarded a second Meritorious Services Medal.
Dr. Gibson has dedicated over a decade of continuous work to clinical care and quality improvement for the incarcerated and other challenging populations. He has served as a medical center Clinical Director for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, as a Certified Association Executive for the National Commission on Correctional Health Care, and as the Chief Population Health Officer for a large publicly traded, private correctional services corporation. Brent is also a Certified Correctional Health Professional.
Dr. Gibson founded Avocet to enable direct and independent expert technical relationships with clients and partners nationwide. Based in Chicago, Avocet is responsive, thorough, and mission focused.
Rosanne Clausen is the founder of Strong Prison Wives & Families, a 501(c)(3) non profit organization with more than 100,000 members. Since 2008 “Ro” has provided extensive support, coaching and private counsel to wives, girlfriends, sisters, mothers, and family members around the world who have an incarcerated loved one. During that time, she has become an expert in personal development, criminal justice reform advocacy, correctional institution policy and procedure, and the prison industrial complex. She has served her community as a leader, life coach, counselor and family advocate.
Her book titled “The Comeback Code” serves as an invaluable resource for anyone in need of inspiration and sound strategies engaged in the process of self discovery, personal development and/or relationship enhancement. In recent years, Ro has begun working with media representatives, as both a consultant and talent, to help bring attention to the mental, emotional and physical well-being of those citizens suffering through the long term separation and ongoing support of an incarcerated loved one. In the fall of 2022, Ro & her husband Adam created Gritability, a podcast that highlights the power of perseverance, overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds to attain the life of your dreams.
On the personal side, Ro has a passion for her family, exercise and fitness. She has a degree in Sports Medicine and is the Founder of Fit Beautiful Life. She was also Former Ms. Fitness New Jersey.
The SPC team is comprised of former corrections executives and industry experts who are passionate about their work, excel in their respective fields, and have an extensive background in a wide variety of applications including: