2017 Association for Justice-Involved Females and Organizations 

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

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Topeka K. Sam is the Founder and Executive Director of The Ladies of
Hope Ministries – The LOHM and co-founder of HOPE HOUSE NYC.
She serves on the board of directors for Grassroots Leadership and is now the first formerly incarcerated person on the board of  The
Marshall Project. 

Navigating pathways to successful reintegration (panel discussion)

Tuesday, Dec. 10

TOPEKA K. SAM

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Pamela Winn is an activist of Atlanta, Georgia, and single mother of two sons. She studied biology at Spelman College and earned three post-secondary degrees in nursing. She also served a 78 month federal sentence for a white-collar crime. Rather than diminishing her spirit, Pamela allowed the experience to empower her.

Navigating pathways to successful reintegration (panel discussion)

Tuesday, Dec. 10

PAMELA WINN

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Syrita Steib co-founded Operation Restoration (OR) in 2016 and serves as the Executive
Director. OR specializes in creating opportunities for formerly incarcerated women through
college courses, a women first clinic, clothing supply closet, case management services,
advocacy programs and more.

Navigating pathways to successful reintegration (panel discussion)

Tuesday, Dec. 10

SYRITA STEIB

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Valencia “Vee” Gunder, a Miami native, is an enthusiastic and driven Community Advocate and Organizer who has officially been branded as "Modern Day Fannie Lou”.

As Founder of Make the Homeless Smile Miami and Atlanta, she assists many community based organizations with a variety of events in South Florida and partners with many Grassroots groups to ensure that a recognizable change is executed. Apart from her organizational involvement, Valencia has hosted and organized many different initiatives and events in Miami, Florida, including the annual I Am Woman Women’s Expo and Hoodweek.

Navigating pathways to successful reintegration (panel discussion)

Tuesday, Dec. 10

VALENCIA "VEE" GUNDER

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Marilyn Van Dieten is a registered clinical psychologist with more than 30 years of experience in program implementation, training, and the design of evidence-based interventions. Her work is recognized internationally in both correctional and mental health settings and she has received awards from both Volunteers of America and the International Community Corrections Association for her contributions to the field.

We can do better: Dismantling harmful systems and replacing (panel discussion)

Wednesday, Dec. 11

MARILYN VAN DIETEN

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Kassandra Churcher is originally from Montreal where her studies focused on ethics and education. Kassandra spent several years abroad working to develop curriculum and education policy in Ghana, Japan and South Korea before returning to Canada to begin her dissertation on culturally adapted curriculum at McGill University. She has dedicated the last decade of her career to partnering with Indigenous communities to advocate and improve the access and quality of education services through her work as an education administrator and leader. 

We can do better: Dismantling harmful systems and replacing (panel discussion)

Wednesday, Dec. 11

KASSANDRA CHURCHER