I moved to California in 1999 with dreams of getting in the film business. I found early and long lasting success in this field. But it was in 2004 when I attended a creative writing class for incarcerated youth, which led me to my life’s passion and work. I have spent the last 16 years working with youth in the criminal justice system, and founded The Anti-Recidivism Coalition in 2013. I most recently produced the Warner Bros film, JUST MERCY.
Several years ago my heart was drawn to amazing organizations doing prison ministry and God’s command to visit those in prison. Eventually I was led to Oregon. While there, I met with Oregon prison officials, some members of the legislature and other citizens whose common bond was to give hope and purpose to men and woman in the Oregon prison system.
Several months ago I met Judge Tom Kohl who is the founder and executive director of Paid in Full Oregon (PiFO). Since then I have learned more about the mission and vision of PiFO to change the culture of the Oregon prison system from the inside out. This change will be possible for through a biblically based 4 year college degree program offered by Corban University. The potential for changed lives is truly amazing, and has my full support.