Correctional Ministries and
Chaplains Association

Plenary Speakers and Panelists Summit 2018

PLENARY SPEAKERS (in order of appearance)
John Sage founded Bridges To Life in response to the 1993 murder of his younger sister.  Bridges To Life utilizes the assistance of victim volunteers who go into prisons to show inmates the dramatic impact crime has on our communities. This process has proven to significantly reduce the recidivism rate of offenders, and thereby effect a consequent reduction in crime. Since 2000, Bridges To Life has experienced significant growth with over 38,000 inmate graduates and 2,200 volunteers, and programs in 135 prisons and alternative facilities.
Rev. Dr. Don Davis is Founder and Executive Director of World Impact’s Urban Ministry Institute (TUMI), a research and training center dedicated to equipping leadership and empowering movements for the urban church, especially among the poor, to advance the Kingdom of God in the city.  Don also serves as Senior Vice President of World Impact where he oversees the training of urban pastors, missionaries, church planters and facilitates training in urban evangelism, church growth, and pioneer missions. Don has a B.A. in Biblical Studies, an M.A in Systematic Theology and Ph.D. in Religion.

Evelyn Lemly is CEO of Kairos Prison Ministry International which currently serves in nearly 500 communities in 10 countries with more than 30,000 volunteers.  Evelyn also serves on the advisory board of both CMCA and The Institute for Prison Ministries. She hosts the Fourth Day Ministries annual forum and also serves as Secretary on the Executive committee of the Coalition of Prison Evangelists. Evelyn earned her Bachelor of Science degree from North Carolina State University and her MBA from Columbia Business School at Columbia University in New York.
Leticia Chavez-Paulette grew up in poverty, and while she excelled in school, life took a wrong turn. She became addicted to cocaine and lost everything. She spent five years behind bars. While in prison, God used correctional officers, staff and volunteers to transform Leticia.
In November of 2005 Leticia co-founded A Peaceful Habitation. She is executive director and involved in every aspect of the operations from interviewing prospective participants to implementing creative and evidence-based programming. Leticia has begun writing a book and prays that it will provide hope for wounded women.

Pre-Summit Policy Forum: Serving Victims | Friday, June 8 | 10AM-12PM |

Keynote Speaker
John Sage founded Bridges To Life (see above)
Panel Moderator
Ilinda Jackson is the president of CMCA.  Ilinda has earned a M.Ed, LPC, is founder and CEO of Raising The Standard Ministries, Inc., and has served as the Senior Chaplain and Coordinator of the Faith and Character Community program in a female prison.  She is currently the coordinator of the Victim Services Unit for Oklahoma Department of Corrections.   

Leslie Brown, a mother of six adult children, was abused physically, mentally, and verbally by her husband. She served nearly seven years at Dwight Correctional Center for defending herself against this abuse before being granted clemency. Her sister died as the result of domestic violence by her abuser in 2009.  Since her release, she has dedicated her life to helping women who are incarcerated or who are recently released from prison and are without resources.  Support Advocates for Women (SAW) was founded by Ms. Brown in 1989 and incorporated in 1992. Leslie’s Place was opened in December 1994 when Ms. Brown began taking paroled women into her own home. Her main objective is to provide a safe, sober, homelike, transitional environment for female former prisoners and their children. Since its inception, over 1500 women have lived at Leslie’s Place.

Cheryl De Michele Price is the Director for Volunteer Services at DVLC (Domestic Violence Legal Clinic). Cheryl has assisted low-income children and families as a pro bono attorney throughout the course of her career.  In addition to representing individual clients, Cheryl has created and managed pro bono and community service projects for both law students and attorneys. Before joining DVLC, Cheryl was the Director of DePaul College of Law’s Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center.  Cheryl clerked for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit after graduating from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where she was a CIVITAS Child Law Fellow and Editor-in-Chief of the Loyola University Chicago Law Journal.

Stephanie Frogg is the former assistant director of the Institute for Restorative Justice at UT-Austin.  Currently she coordinates restorative programming on behalf of the Institute as well as working as a private restorative practitioner.  Stephanie has over thirty years experience in the area of victim survivor rights and services, writing and speaking extensively on related topics.   She is the former Director of Victim Services for MADD’s National office, holds a masters degree in theological studies and is a trained mediator.  
Sarah Degner Riveros is a survivor of domestic and gender-based violence.  Sarah serves on the faculty at Augsburg University in Minneapolis where she teaches Spanish in the Department of Languages and Cross-Cultural Studies and through Augsburg's partnership with the Minnesota Department of Corrections. Sarah Degner Riveros earned her Ph.D. in Spanish from Columbia University in New York.