Barbara Barron, Chairperson
Barbara Barron is a Pretrial Case Manager for CASES Manhattan Supervise Release Program, and an advocate for those incarcerated and the formerly incarcerated. She has a passion for women and families who have been impacted by the criminal justice system and holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the College of New Rochelle and is currently pursuing Ministry credentials.
Rahson Johnson, Vice-Chairperson
Rahson holds a Bachelor of Behavioral Science and a Master of Professional Studies with a major concentration in Urban Ministry. He is excited about his work and has served as a lead facilitator for a boys group at Brooklyn East Collegiate Charter School and a Violence Interrupter for Save Our Streets Bed-Stuy, where he worked to reduce gun violence.
Douglas Duncan, Secretary
Douglas holds a Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Sciences and a Master of Professional Studies in Urban Ministry. He is a dedicated servant of those who have no voice, or just not heard. Douglas devotes his time to doing advocacy work via public speaking and organizing events.
Thomas Little, Events/Projects
Thomas Little served thirty-five years in New York State Correctional Facilities. During his incarceration, he used education to change his life; earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a master’s degree from New York Theological Seminary, which enabled him to work in various areas facilitating classes behind the wall. Determined to help rebuild his community, Thomas aids men and women reentering society after incarceration.
Aaron Talley, Advocacy
Aaron is an experienced consultant with a history of working in the public policy industry. Skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Research, Event Planning, Microsoft Excel, and Management, with a Business Studies Diploma from Ulster County Community College.
Thomas Edwards, Circles of Support Liaison
Thomas oversees the development of new pilot programs focused on formerly incarcerated youth. He also coordinates our Advisory Board of formerly incarcerated individuals who provide critical input in the development of all Circles of Support Initiatives. He previously worked as the Community Engagement Specialist at the Harlem Community Justice Center, and as a project manager for a youth program at Exodus Transitional Community, Inc. Thomas has a BA in Behavior Science from Mercy College and an MA in Professional Studies (MPS) from New Theological Seminary. He has also published a novel.
We recognize that returning citizens know best what they need to survive and thrive; our every action is guided by an Advisory Board made up entirely of formerly incarcerated men and women. Once a month they meet to develop programming, offer feedback, and set the course of our work in Harlem. They seek to share the expertise of community members and thought-leaders about criminal justice reform that is rooted in the lived realities of people with high levels of justice involvement and police contact. By raising awareness and stimulating conversation, the Advisory Board hopes to move from a place of no justice to knowing justice.
Advisory Board Members