The Re-entry Coaching Academy (ReCA) was primarily created to assist and empower newly released re-entrants from prison during the first eighteen (18) months, which is the essential phase that determines their success in society after prison. Our academy is the vessel through which we facilitate and encourage deep introspective analysis, increase self-awareness and personal empowerment, and improve the overall health and well-being of each participant. In addition, we will create a cohort effect by having participants move through our system together, which increases the level of engagement and accountability. This community of high functioning re-entrants will be a part of an ecosystem of support that will ensure the long-term viability of this life-transforming endeavor.
ReCA and its H.O.P.E. Coaching Project will embody a distinct niche in that it is peer-based and designed primarily for the participants’ transition period to society. The organization is led by
successfully restored citizens who intimately understand the challenges and fears that their participants face. With this understanding, we are uniquely positioned to build rapport and
facilitate the discovery of their path through obstacles like the ones we encountered and overcame. Perhaps the single greatest asset that the team possesses would be that participants
can relate to us through common experiences, and therefore they allow themselves to open up answer the questions we posit in order for them to dig deep within themselves to succeed
Our peer facilitators are highly trained and extremely skilled life coaches, facilitators, and community leaders. These "restored citizens" have chosen to invest their wealth of knowledge, skills and experiences into transforming entire communities, one group at a time. Our structure optimizes our facilitators' shared experiences, having successfully navigating the criminal justice system and reintegration process themselves
Mike Talley is certified as a Master Life Coach through the (ILCT) Institute for Life Coach
Training. During his time in prison, Mr. Talley along with fellow peers, co-created the training program and instituted it as an aspect of the FCI McKean Reentry Team. This institution stands alone as the only institution in the country that offers this program. While imprisoned he
became certified as Offender Workforce Development Specialist. He has paired his Bachelor’s
Degree in Sociology from Norfolk State University along with his other training's to help men
become better individuals and to take full control of their lives by creating a life vision for themselves. Mr. Talley has presented before Drexel University’s 25th Forensic Rights and Treatment Conference.
Jamar D. Williams, who was sentenced to 5 years in federal prison, has been released for nearly
13 years. Since being released, he received formal training to earn an Associate’s Degree in
Accounting as well as his Enrolled Agent Licensure from the IRS. While working in public
accounting for 7 years, he began to see that change was needed in the re-entry process. This
personal revelation prompted him to reach back into the prison system. Mr. Williams began as
a mentor in the Allegheny County Jail (ACJ) with Foundation of Hope. He later launched into
working as a co-facilitator for the Parenting and Relationship classes for the men and women
housed in the Re-entry Program at ACJ and subsequently a case manager of the same. Mr.
Williams presents on the subject matter of prison re-entry at national, state and local levels,
educating the public while providing hope to those imprisoned. He is also a motivational speaker and trainer with the Department of Corrections. He has Leadership Training through
Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation and the City of Pittsburgh Civic Leadership Academy coupled
with training as an Offender Workforce Development Specialist, Reentry Employment Specialist
and most notably Institute for Life Coach Training.
Anthony Boyd is a Re-Entry Consultant/Life Coach who provides services to businesses and
organizations that help returning citizens improve their lives through life-restoring
opportunities in order that they may receive healing, elevation, respect, and optimism. A
returning citizen, Anthony started his consulting/coaching business in 2016 to help businesses,
organizations, and other returning citizens better understand the challenges and difficulties
they will face upon release from prison. Prior to consulting/coaching, Anthony spent 18 years as
a teacher’s aide, tutor, mentor, and facilitator. Today Anthony offers a wide range of programs
and services - individual/group coaching, to workshops and motivational speaking. Along with
the above-mentioned accomplishments, Anthony has also been involved in a variety of
programs: Veteran Business Development Course: (Business Plan development, market
research, etc.); Military History Course: (Studied Leadership Principles); Peer Facilitator
Training; Victim Impact Adjunct Professor with the University of Pittsburgh @ Bradford (UPB):
(taught a criminal justice class called Just Mercy, alongside Dr. Tony Gaskew; The head of
Criminal Justice Department @ UPB); Teacher’s Aide Apprenticeship Program; Computer
Education Technology-Computer Refurbishing, and Business Education Technology. He has an
A.A.S. degree in Computer Information Systems/ Business Administration from Jordan College,
and he is a Certified Coach through the Institute for Life Coach Training.
Jay Pimble is an artful Life Coach with professional certification through the Institute for Life Coach Training. As the owner of Jay Pimble's Coaching and Mentoring Services, he offers relationship coaching, health and wellness coaching, general life coaching, career coaching, and peer recovery coaching. He is currently preparing for accreditation to the International Coach Federation, the world-leading professional association for life coaching. Jay is an active facilitator for the Alternative to Violence Project in Maryland. This project focuses on non-violent solutions, despite us being in such a violent day and time for incarcerated men and women in the Brockbridge Correctional Facility in Jessup Maryland. He is passionate about results, believing that the "coach approach" is the best way to get those results. His motto is: "JayPimblecoaching.com" is where the light bulb turns on."
Shane Falwell specializes in Re-entry/Career-Coaching and Consultation for the people who are
deemed hard-hires and newly released individuals. He is a Certified Coach through The Institute
for Life Coach Training. Mr. Falwell is also a Certified Career Development Specialist through the
Pennsylvania Department of Labor and the founder of The M.A.R.C.U.S. Group, which is a non-profit organization geared towards the development of a well-rounded transition from good-to-
great for the individuals who want to take their lives to the next level of greatness. He is also
the Director of Curriculum Development for "SELF", a non-profit organization geared on helping newly released female offenders in the Lehigh Valley area. Mr. Falwell has an intensive background with working with men in an institutional setting by designing curriculum and facilitating thinking and behavior modification classes such as "Victim Impact";"New Beginnings","Thinking for a Change","Parenting Classes from the Inside", "The Inside-Out Program” with Dr. Tony Gaskew, Professor at University of Pittsburgh at Bradford campus. He also has 8 years of experience running a Career Resource Center and job readiness classes as well as job fairs. Mr. Falwell strives to develop a unique and caring relationship/partnership with each client because he believes that is the best way to help stimulate growth and development.
Jason O’Malley is a life-long learner and educator. He has taught mathematics for over twenty
years: while his mother was his first adult student because he helped her to get her G.E.D.
when he was 15 years old, most of his experience comes from teaching men during his
incarceration. Mr. O’Malley is a junior at Youngstown State University—majoring in
anthropology, with a 3.9 GPA and awarded Magna Cum Laude. He was offered a job at Y.S.U. to
tutor in mathematics, and he has been certified through the United States Department of Labor
as a teacher’s aide. Mr. O’Malley also has over ten years of experience facilitating various
classes and has been certified under three different facilitator training systems: 1) Alternatives
to Violence Project (AVP); 2) Offender Workforce Development Specialist (O.W.D.S.); and 3)
Facilitator Awareness and Competency Training System (F.A.C.T.S.). He has also been certified
as a personal trainer through the National Council for Certified Personal Trainers and a life
coach through the Institute for Life Coach Training. One of his favorite accomplishments is
being a part of team that has created and facilitated a system of classes—the Core 4 as well as
H.O.P.E. and F.A.C.T.S.—that helps participants live more intentionally as their best selves to
reach their aspirations. Not only is Mr. O'Malley a part owner of ReCA, be he also owns his own life coaching business called BridgeGap LLC—where he specializes in academic coaching as well as spiritual and general life coaching.
Arturo is a bilingual, self-motivated, hardworking individual with a diverse background, skill set,
and work experience. He has taken his tact for networking, resourcefulness, and diverse
knowledge, paired it with his unique ability to personally engage and invest in people, and used
it to stimulate transformational growth within himself and others. During his tenure in federal
prison, Mr. Cantu developed and managed many improvements in the personnel practices,
programs, and overall culture of hostile environments, which combined with his experience
from life coaching has helped to ensure societal-reintegration readiness for the men he has
worked with. His impassioned leadership as well as the development and refinement of curricula assisted in the spearheading of FCI McKean’s Life Coaching program. Arturo has provided guidance and support for organizational and individual improvement in the following: Physical, Relational, Transitional, and Emotional Life Coaching, Leader and Facilitation Training and Development, and Curriculum Development in areas that include Emotional Intelligence (EI), Personality Assessments, Developing Diversity, and Conflict Resolution. Arturo is certified through the Institute for Life Coach Training (ILCT), and he has served as Adjunct Facilitator for the ILCT and Alternatives to Violence Program (AVP) as well as has worked alongside Dr. Tony Gaskew, Director of Criminal Justice at the University of Pittsburg-Bradford, on a number of returning- citizen initiatives and projects. Arturo’s hard work and positive spirit serves as an impetus to positive, pro-growth change for organizations and for individual life transitions. He has developed positive relationships within the Federal Bureau of Prison Administration and
Executive staff, and his key strengths are his ability to build rapport, expand interpersonal
networks, motivate through a strength-based approach, and ability to handle day-to-day issues
while planning and implementing programs, innovations, and new methodologies.
Jose is a workforce development specialist, life coach, and a skilled facilitator who specializes in
curriculum development and implementation through facilitation. Since Mr. Ceballo is
bilingual—speaking Spanish and English, he brings added value to any team for facilitating or
translating curricula. During his transformation process, Jose has learned and developed many
tools to help him guide individuals in a co-creative partnership on how to become the very best
version of themselves while they develop the same skills he learned during his aforementioned
transformation. This experience in peer-to-peer facilitation is what has helped him to become
an expert facilitator.
Alfonso Carter is a Certified Coach who works with at choice youth and adults to bridge the gap
between our communities. He believes that a moral compass built upon core values is the
catalyst and the very foundation of a community. Mr. Carter also has been vested with, and
committed to, change within the community by holding himself and peers accountable to their
words, actions, and deeds in efforts to eliminate the gap in between the community, our youth,
and at choice adults. He is a Life Coach with over 200 hours of peer-to-peer coaching and 200
hours of group coaching sessions with men in khakis. Alfonso has also transferred these very
skills beyond the walls, coaching at choice youth and adults within the community as an agent
of change. He holds a Certified Coach Certification from the Institute for
Life Coach Training.
Christopher Colon is one of the original life coaches that was honored by taking the certified life coaching program from the Institute for Life Coach Training (ILCT). He is using this training to get totally involved and start helping others in any way he can. Chris is involved with the Re-entry Coaching Academy (ReCA) to put his skills and passions to work. He just got released from the Federal prison after 27+ years and has been back in the free world since June 24th of this year (66 days to date). He’s been there and done it all. Mr. Colon is 120% committed and is known as a perfectionist, persistent, energetic, resilient, focused on excellence, creative, tenacious, intuitive, optimistic, and noble with integrity, and sincerely thankful for the life he’s creating. Chris definitely walks the talk. Since he’s been out, Mr. Colon has attained his driver’s license and his motorcycle permit as well as bank accounts and a job. He’s a Certified Life Coach and was an adjunct professor with the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford for an inside out class that he was privileged to co-teach with two of his peers. Chris holds three Department of Labor Apprenticeships: two for Quality Assurance and one for Career Technician, and he’s a published author. Mr. Colon’s main objective is to use his tools for the youth and those who were incarcerated and that want a better life re-integrating back into society. He often says, “the door is always open and please come in if I can assist you in anyway.” .
Charles Woods served 20 years of a 30-year sentence in federal prison. He was released in July 2019. During his time in federal prison, He was given a great opportunity to become a Life Coach by the love shown by Dr. Ellen Ritter of the Institute for Life Coach Training. He is also a certified paralegal, an offenders workforce development specialist, and has a host of other certificates in a range of subject matters. Mr. Woods focuses on social equality and civil rights activism, motivational speaking, and uplifting the youth. He seeks to empower people with the belief that no matter how dark your path gets in life, there is always light present. Contact Charles by the following: Phone: 715-487-5670; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Instragram: @lifecoach_cw for Daily Motivational Quotes; YouTube: Life Coach CW.
Vince King was raised in Detroit, Michigan. He transformed his life while serving a life sentence for a federal drug crim in the 1990’s. After serving 21 years, that sentence was commuted by President Barrack Obama, and Vince was released.
Believing that a lack of information is what led to that negative life event, Vince worked hard while incarcerated to feed his mind and educate himself. He received multiple certifications such as Associate of Science in Business Management, as a Life Coach, an Apprenticeship For Office Manager, and a certificate in Business Planning. And with that effort, he obtained incredible growth and development, which lead to a passion to help other men similarly situated. To that end, Vince has worked as a Reentry Program Supervisor, Office Coordinator/Transition Coach, and a Procurement/Office Clerk.
Vince has been involved in reentry for over 10 years now. He is the proud founder and owner of “Reentry Network Solutions”, where the lessons of that past are now a marketable expertise utilized to help Returning Citizens successfully reintegrate back into our communities through the “P.O.L.I.S.H.E.D. Life Skills Course & the “Getting It Right” Mentoring Program”
An Articulate public speaker, Vince has done multiple Reentry Presentations for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Federal Probation Office and the Michigan Department of Corrections. He has an extensive working relationship with multiple Non-Profit Partners where he provides Mentor Training, Transition Coaching, Program Facilitation and even Document/Content creation.
After living that often undiscussed “School-to-Prison Pipeline” lifestyle, Keith M. James Sr. gave over 14 years of his life to the federal prison system. Fortunately, and only by the grace of God, Mr. James was exposed to a very unique group of men, who completely changed the trajectory of his life, on a prison farm in Northwestern Pennsylvania.
Today, Mr. James, as a result of the immersive training he received from and with that unique group of men, with the support and guidance of The Institute for Life Coach Training, will be releasing from the federal residential re-entry center in Baltimore Maryland on Monday September 14, 2020 (the day before this summit) having already achieved the following accomplishments:
Mr. James, as a Certified Coach is building his Life Coaching company and brand Carpe Diem Coaching with a current client base of 10 highly motivated professional clients; as the Behavioral Health Programs Manager at Therapeutic Wellness Services, Inc, he manages the PHP, IOP, and OP care-level Substance Abuse Programs; manages the Supoorted Employment Program in partnership with Maryland’s Department of Rehabilitative Services; and manages the Transitional Residential Housing and Temporary Emergency Housing Programs.
Mr. James also sits on the board as one of the founding members of the Minority Human Services and Healthcare Alliance (MHSHA), which advocates for minority human services and healthcare sector businesses, professionals, leaders, and the communities they serve, as well as sits on the board of the NPO, Empowered, Inc., whose mission is to aide in the empowerment of persons and communities that have been disempowered by traumatic experiences.
Mr. James’ pet project is the comprehensive re-entry program, Paradigm Shift, which he and his team are working diligently to develop and anticipate its commencement of services to begin in the fall of 2021. This will be the culmination of all of his Post Traumatic Growth as he creates a system that will use a “Coach Approach” to partner with returning citizens in the transitional process of designing and subsequently living into the lives they REALLY REALLY want!!
Also, it must be noted, the passion behind all of the work that Mr. James has and continues to do is his drive to create the best possible quality of life for his 6 children, 3 grandchildren, and his 92-year old father to whom he is the primary caregiver.
Avery Muldrow is a recently released Reentry Coach, who has firsthand experience as to what it takes to succeed in re-entering society. While incarcerated, Mr. Muldrow studied a number of topics such as Life Coaching, Level One Carpentry vocational trade, and Teacher’s Aide Apprenticeship through the Department of Labor. He received his training in life coaching from the Institute for Life Coach Training, and his passion is helping to build better men. He started with himself and expanded into his environment by facilitating classes as well as becoming a mentor to his peers.
Our message is communicated through presentations with the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ Re-entry Affairs Coordinators. This presentation takes place twice a year. We will seek to place our services into the Individual Service Plans of those exiting the prison system.
The federal probation offices located in the Western Pennsylvania Area will be giving presentations by Mr. Talley, Mr. Williams, and Mr. O’Malley, and as we scale up our coaches in these other areas will be giving these presentations in their respective districts. This will take place on a quarterly basis to seek referrals from the proba
The federal probation offices located in the Western Pennsylvania Area will be giving presentations by Mr. Talley, Mr. Williams, and Mr. O’Malley, and as we scale up our coaches in these other areas will be giving these presentations in their respective districts. This will take place on a quarterly basis to seek referrals from the probation offices to assist them with an additional service for their caseloads. By doing so, we would share how we could create an opportunity to alleviate the strain of their caseload by providing tools for their participants to succeed, thus reducing recidivism.
We hold information sessions quarterly with prospective participants at our office to inform them of life coaching. During these workshops we will discover who they are, build rapport, share who we are and educate them of how life coaching can empower them to turn their dreams into realities. We will conclude by encouraging them to become
We hold information sessions quarterly with prospective participants at our office to inform them of life coaching. During these workshops we will discover who they are, build rapport, share who we are and educate them of how life coaching can empower them to turn their dreams into realities. We will conclude by encouraging them to become solutions to theirproblems though participating. Once participating, we will encourage them to share their experiences on our Website and to the other men and women who are transitioning home as well.