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LESLIE R. ROBINSON

President Beyond the Bars / Founder & CEO, Trance4mation Games / President, Trance4mation Nation

Leslie is the inventor of Recharge the Game. She is also CEO and Founder of Trance4mation Games, the President and Founder of the non-profit "Trance4mation Nation, Inc."

She is a practicing Psychotherapist alongside actively leading Recharge workshops.

Leslie is a leading figure in developing social communication games as tools to heal and transform. Her Recharge Beyond the Bars Re-entry game, Warrior Spirit Mission Homefront game, and Keep It Real Diverse game are high-impact tools to provide safe spaces for courageous and deeply meaningful conversations, leading to empathy, compassion, understanding, and authentic connection.

Terrance Coffie

National Campaign Director of the Recharge Reentry Support Group Movement / Founder of Educate, Don’t Incarcerate / Director of the I Am A Credible Messenger National Campaign / Co- founder of the United Freedom Coalition.

Terrance is the Founder of Educate Don’t Incarcerate, a grassroots organization that raises awareness surrounding criminal and juvenile justice reform, and assists formerly incarcerated men with mentorship in pursuing higher educational opportunities. He is also the Director of the I Am A Credible Messenger National Campaign, as well as Co- founder of the United Freedom Coalition.

Terrance has committed himself to creating social and political change within the criminal justice system. In this capacity, Terrance has partnered with Leslie Robinson, the creator of the Recharge Reentry Restorative Communication game. Utilizing the evidence-informed Recharge Reentry game, Terrance and Leslie are building a nationwide grassroots mobilization effort to provide greatly needed healing, resilience and community to those impacted by the criminal justice system. Terrance is building a Credible Messenger (formerly incarcerated individuals) “Army” who will provide workshops within prisons, halfway houses, programs, in communities, and in families, both online, and in person nationwide.

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JEFFREY M. DESKOVIC

Vice President Beyond the Bars, L.L.C. Founder and Executive Director of the Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation for Justice, Inc. Criminal Justice Advocate, Journalist, Public Speaker & Lobbyist for Reform

Jeffrey partnered with Leslie to launch Recharge Beyond the Bars Re-entry game. Forming Beyond the Bars was a natural addition to Jeffrey's life mission and the mission of The Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation for Justice.

In 1990 Jeffrey was wrongfully convicted of the rape and murder of a high school classmate and subsequently spent 16 years in prison, kept in maximum security prisons until DNA evidence exonerated him and identified the actual criminal, who killed another victim 3 1/2 years later because he was left free.

Jeffrey was offered an apology and compensation, and chose to turn the unjust situation into a positive. He has since become an advocate for other exonerees and made it his life mission to fight for the justice and the wellbeing of the imprisoned.

Kevin Mayes

Beyond the Bars Columbia University Fellow / Former President of Lifers & Long - Termers Organization at Otisville, CF

Kevin has joined our team as our Lead Credible Messenger Recharge Reentry Support Group Facilitation Trainer & Coach. Kevin is a Beyond the Bars Columbia University Fellow, Former President of Lifers & Long-Termers Organization at Otisville, CF, Advocate for Parole Preparation Project (PPP), and for Release Aging People from Prison (RAPP). Kevin served 28 years in prison, during which time he developed a 16 week Program/Workshop called “Reconciliation” that addresses Pathological Anger that young adolescents and young adults suffer from, stemming from their Primary and Secondary stages of Growth & Development, and implemented and facilitated them within prison environments. Kevin possesses a Paralegal Degree from Mercy College, an Associate’s Degree in Humanities from Dutchess Community College, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Syracuse University. Kevin is heavily active in the Social and Restorative Justice Community. He is presently employed as an ATM Technician with All County ATM, LLC., and has worked with several Not-for-Profits i.e: Network Support Services, Inc., The Parole Preparation Project, Common Justice, American Friends Service Committee (Quakers), to name a few. Kevin has also spoken to Special Interest Law Students at NYU; Fordham, Cardoza and CUNY. Finally, Kevin was invited to speak on National Public Radio Station’s WBAI 99.5 FM; and WKRB 90.3 FM.

Contact: Kevin.mays01@gmail.com

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Shawanna Erena Vaughn

Founder and Director of Silent Cry Inc.

Shawanna has joined our team as a Lead Credible Messenger Recharge Reentry Support Group Facilitation Trainer & Coach. She is the Founder and Director of Silent Cry Inc., member of the Confined Arts Project, and member of Peace and Justice Studies. Shawanna’s Organization Silent Cry Inc. is the product of tears she shed while overcoming the pain and hardships of incarceration, loss of a brother to gang initiation as a young man, and as a cancer survivor. She is the true meaning of strength, courage and determination. In Shawanna’s words: “I've been impacted by the aftermath of senseless violence, and I'm also formerly incarcerated. I have turned tragedy into Healing through my pain. I now find my voice in justice, and in healing our communities and hearts.  My life’s journey has led me to many places, and I've had the wonderful pleasure to work with Columbia Business School in simulations, and reform and criminal justice issues.”  Shawanna is a native of Bakersfield CA.  Her greatest accomplishment is being a mother of two wonderful children.

Contact: silentcryinc@gmail.com

 

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