Ann Meisenzahl, Chair
Anne Meisenzahl has an MS in Exceptional Education from Bank Street College in New York City and an MFA in Creative Writing from Florida State University. She is a retired adult education / GED teacher, curriculum writer, reentry advocate, and poet. She is the author of Taking Care of Yourself: Making the Transition from Corrections to Work, Education & Daily Life, a free, reproducible on-line life skills curriculum for people releasing from incarceration, and The Open Book: Teaching Poetry in Prison. Her novel Long Time Gone was published in 2019 by TouchPoint Press. She and Beth Nichols co-founded the Big Bend AFTER Reentry Coalition in 2012, and she has been an active Board member ever since.
Dr. Keith Parker, Vice Chair
Dr. Parker is the founder and CEO of the National Education and Empowerment Coalition, Inc. He is also a professor of sociology and criminal justice at Florida A&M University. He is author and co-author of numerous articles including Pathways to Reducing Recidivism: Providing Formerly Incarcerated Individuals with Resources to Achieve Attainable Goals in Society (2022), Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964: Implications for Higher Education (2022), Voter Participation in the Absence of the 1965 Voting Rights Act (2021) and Using Microaggression to Examine U.S. Voter Suppression Tactics (2018).
Keith is listed in Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who Among African Americans, Outstanding Young Men of America, and 2000 Outstanding Scholars of the 20th Century. He serves on numerous committees of professional associations and as a reviewer for professional journals.
Dr. Keith Dwight Parker, known for his dynamic and gentle-giant leadership skills, is highly sought after as a lecturer and diversity facilitator. He is the recipient of many awards. For example, in November 2013, he was inducted into the Delta State University Alumni Association Alumni Hall of Fame inductees; in 2008 he was listed among Cambridge Who’s Who among Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs; in 2006 he was presented the Ladies of Elegance Organization, Citizenship Award for Outstanding Contributions and Volunteer Services, Cleveland, MS; in 2003 he was presented the NAACP-Lincoln Chapter, Lenora Letcher Community Service Award, Lincoln, NE; in 2002 he was listed among Who’s Who in America; in 1998 he was presented the First Annual Chancellor’s University of Nebraska-Lincoln “Fulfilling the Dream” Award, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE; just to mention a few!
Rachel Bunting, Secretary
Rachel earned her Masters in Social Work at Florida State University in 2019, and is the Senior Social Worker at Joseph House.
Rachel has experience working with at-risk youth and adults in residential settings and re-entry case management. She has been serving on the board for the Big Bend After Reentry Coalition since January 2020.
Marcellas Durham, Membership Chair
Beth Nichols, Treasurer
Fr. Dustin Feddon
Fr. Dustin is the Founder / Executive Director of Joseph House, a nonprofit ministry of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee. Joseph House offers a wide range of services for those coming out of prison as they accompany them in their reintegration back into free society and their complete restoration into our communities.
Fr. Dustin combines his dedication to those on the margins of society with his service to the Catholic Church. After spending years visiting the incarcerated in Florida’s massive prison system, he believes that the church has the resources and the community to assist those that are returning back into society from prison.
Fr. Dustin has a B.A. in Religion and Classics, as well as his Masters and Doctorate in Religion, all from Florida State University. He also has his Masters in Theological Studies from St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Seminary in Boynton Beach, Florida. He was ordained as a Catholic Priest in the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee in 2016.
Fr. Dustin has spoken at various events and conferences including NY Encounter 2021, Appalachian Psychoanalytic Society 2020, Notre Dame Seminary (NOLA), and American Academy of Religion. In addition to his service to the Board of the Big Bend After Reentry Coalition, Fr. Dustin serves on the board of Catholic Prison Ministry Coalition and TEMPO.
Edrene Johnson is a native of Tallahassee and has dedicated her career to ensuring that those individuals that unfortunately find themselves involved in the criminal justice system are adequately represented and treated fairly, no matter their race or socioeconomic status.
Edrene has a Bachelor of Arts in English Education and a Master of Education in Secondary Education, both from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. She received her Juris Doctor from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. She currently practices Criminal Law and has represented indigent adults and juveniles charged with felonies and misdemeanors for almost twenty years.
Edrene lives the Muhammad Ali quote “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” She serves on the board of Big Bend Reentry Coalition and Legal Services of North Florida. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Leadership Tallahassee (Class 39), and the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Tallahassee Chapter).
Ms. Yvonne Powell graduated from Florida A&M University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Library Science and a Master of Science Degree in Counseling. Powell spent 28 years as a civil service employee and 17 years in education. Currently Ms. Powell is a case manager at Keeton Corrections Federal Halfway House Tallahassee. Since earning her degree in counseling, she began her social service and reentry work in the North Florida area in the following positions:
- Victim Advocate
- Batterer’s Intervention Program Facilitator
- Counselor Bannum Place Federal Halfway House
- High School Guidance Counselor
- Case Manager Gadsden Reentry Prison
- Substance Abuse Counselor Gadsden Reentry Prison
- Social Services Counselor GRC
- WHYTRY Facilitator GRC
Ms. Powell has earned many certificates in Reentry training as well as Employment and Development which assist her in her mission to provide viable community resources to her clients.
Originally from the Florida Panhandle, Isaiah recently received his Bachelor of Science (BS) in Political Science and minored in Pre-Law from Florida A&M University in 2019. Post-graduation, Isaiah interned with the 2nd Circuit Public Defender’s Office in Leon County and had the opportunity to work alongside attorneys and investigators in the Investigative Division. In 2019, he worked as a Dependency Case Manager for the Northwest Florida Health Network Agency (NWF Health). There, he provided services such as child protection, substance abuse, and mental health services within the Northwest Florida area. During his tenure, he was able to reunify families and achieve permanency for children in the child welfare system by assessing and connecting vital resources to ensure the safety and well-being of the child. He received valuable experience in communicating in difficult situations, advocating, and legal reporting.
Isaiah currently works for the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) and serves as the Adult-Re-entry Employment Strategic Program (ARES) Project Lead. The ARES project is aimed to assist justice-involved citizens transitioning back into society and connect them to employment. The overall goal of this federally-funded project is to reduce the number of justice-involved citizens who pose a threat to public safety and are a concern to their community.