Rachel O’Dell joined the GGRA Board in the spring of 2018 after becoming a member of GGRA and a church volunteer at the jail. She is a stay-at-home mom with a Masters Degree in Music Education. She has also been a teacher for Bible Study Fellowship for 3 years. In 2018 she began a ministry called Gwinnett Shepherds of Returning Citizens, in order to help connect returning citizens to local churches.
As an administrator of LEE Inc., I am the ‘go to’ person once a seminar is complete and the next step is about to take place. This next step involves passing an exam, turning in assignments, and making sure each life coach in trainee is on the right path to graduation, certification and ordination. I also assist Lee with other admin duties that not only stay within LEE Inc., but also with Vital Signs Reentry Ministry and UpLift Transportation Services. Vital Signs is a men’s reentry home through our church and it allows men who are transitioning from prison and back into society to have a place and a fresh start with a faith based program. UpLift is a transportation service for all returning citizens once a chapter is set up; this chapter can be set up by a friend, family member, church, organization and/or business. It’s a great resource for all returning citizens who are needing rides to and from work, to and from their probation meetings and anything in between they are needing. Each month with a chapter, the sponsor will receive monthly statements of each ride, who the rider was and the cost. We want to have all returning citizens get a better chance once they begin the transition process and show that they too have every chance to succeed when they make the decision to do so. It also helps when a community is involved and having resources available to them.
Taylor Davis is CEO of Help One Save One, Inc. A 501(c) (3) non-profit prison ministry designed to help reduce recidivism and give the returning citizen the knowledge and skills necessary for a better quality of life. He currently spends time at Clayton Transitional Center, next to the Atlanta airport, and at Phillips State Prison and Transitional Center in Buford, Georgia. Taylor also spends time with many he mentored in prison after their release.
Karen has a diverse background in community relations, large-scale event planning, sales and building teams. A change agent and difference maker, while carrying the message of obstacles and struggles faced by returning citizens, her desire is to generate awareness and open the eyes and hearts of people in our community to these realities. In addition, this role has served as the catalyst for her return back to the classroom where she is pursuing a degree in psychology/criminology.
Rep. Gregg Kennard
Gregg Kennard was born in Atlanta and has remained in Georgia his entire life, most of that time residing in Gwinnett County. He attended bible college and has been in occupational ministry for over 30 years. In addition, he is a non-profit executive director (working with homelessness and domestic violence), a John Maxwell certified coach, and an accomplished musician. Gregg also represents District 102 in the Georgia State House of Representatives.
Lorenzo R. Lewis is a servant of God,faithful husband, father and paw paw. Lorenzo is a Certified and Ordained Christian Life Coach that specializes in Reentry, with a heart for those that are currently incarcerated and those that are reintegrating back to their communities. Lorenzo also is a trainer for ” Life Empowerment Enterprise’s” Life Coach Certification program. Lorenzo is coming from a managerial background, customer service and transportation. Lorenzo serves as a facilitator at Phillips State Prison and is a Justice Ambassador with Prison Fellowship ( Prison Outreach) Lorenzo joined the GGRA family in 2018. Lorenzo is an Ordained Minister and currently serves in his local church here in Gwinnett.
Col. Don Pinkard
Colonel Pinkard began his career with Gwinnett County in 1999. Lt. Colonel Pinkard was assigned to various positions including Field Operations Commander from 2003 to 2007. In 2007, he was appointed as the Jail Division Commander. He is a board member and past chairman of the Gwinnett Neighborhood Leadership Advisory Board and also serves as a board member of the Gwinnett Coalition of Health and Human Services. He is the At Large Representative for the Georgia Jail Association, and is a board member and past chairman of the Law Enforcement Committee of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency All Hazard Council. He is also on the board of directors for View Point Health.
Sen. Renee Unterman
Senator Renee Unterman represents District 45, part of Gwinnett County, in the Georgia Senate. She is Chairman of the Science and Technology Committee. She is a member of the Appropriations, Health and Human Services, and Rules committees and serves as an Ex-Officio on the Insurance and Labor committee.
During her tenure in the Senate, Sen. Unterman has concentrated on healthcare policy, serving seniors and children, as well as disadvantaged Georgians. In 2016, she passed legislation placing a Constitutional Amendment on the ballot to create the Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Children Fund, which passed with more than 83 percent of ballots cast.
Lee Robbins has planted and pastored churches for 15 years has played a role in helping people reshape their lives, not only spiritually but in many other ways; to find purpose again. His expertise in coaching was developed through an extensive study of coaching technologies, philosophies, and various profile assessment tools. Lee has coached pastors, ministers, entrepreneurs, businessmen and women, and more. He has also been a motivational speaker for various organizations, especially those who work in/with reentry (previously incarcerated individuals).
Rev. Russell Gray has served as a pastor on call and as a church volunteer at the Gwinnett County Jail. He now serves as GRIP Volunteer Coordinator for the Gwinnett Reentry Intervention Program and on the boards of several local reentry ministries. (GRIP was initiated by Sheriff Conway to connect homeless inmates with local assistance before being released from incarceration). Rev. Gray has been honored as Volunteer of the Year in 2010 from Prison Fellowship and as a Volunteer of the Year in 2013 from the Georgia Department of Corrections.