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HFP Staff
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Founder, Former President

Man’s inhumanity to man (and woman) seems to be more pronounced behind bars. My two previous careers were simply preparation for this one, in which I have felt the calling to make “good trouble.”

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Executive Director, President

I believe in humanity for everyone. My approach to this work is informed by the lived experiences of 12 years behind bars, walls, and fences in Michigan prisons. We are in the business of assisting those who request our help, active listening, reading their requests for assistance, affirming the human dignity of each client regardless of reason(s) for incarceration, offering compassion, empathy, and understanding, and by simply upholding the intrinsic worth of every person we serve. It is a privilege and an honor.



Office Manager

I find joy and meaning in using the empathy I have always had to help others. I believe in our mission in delivering compassion.  We don't know what people were born into and the shaping that took place for them as a child. We are not here to judge, but to help make the world a little better with kindness.

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Volunteer Manager

My personal experience in the criminal justice system, my education in legal studies and criminal justice, and my passion for prison reform led me to HFP in 2021. I am extremely passionate about our mission, and I look forward to continuing our work by ensuring that incarcerated people and their families know that they matter regardless of their circumstances.

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Client Services Specialist

I am passionate about the work that we’re doing at Humanity for Prisoners, and I am making it my mission to address and solve our clients’ needs as quickly and efficiently as I can.

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Web Developer

Although a newer member of the HFP team, Julia has quickly proven to be compassionate, articulate, and ready to help! As an undergraduate film student Julia has an empathetic world view that serves us well here at HFP.

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Eric Wilkins, LMSW-Clinical

Social Work Clinical Therapist

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Jennifer Juhasz

Training Center Manager, Fresh Coast Alliance

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Joe Whalen

Business and Fundraising Manager, Reach the Forgotten Jail Ministry

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Sarah Cale, M.Ed.; MLIS

Family Counselor, Highfields

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Bill Zeilstra

Corporate Controller, Kamps Pallets

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Katie Costello

Senior Director of Development, Voters Not Politicians

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Onesiphorus Burrel

Former Chaplain, MDOC
Founder and Pastor, West Shoreline Community Church

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Ronald Bultje, J.D.

Attorney, Dickinson Wright

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James Niewenhuis, M.D.

Pathologist, Lamont Pathology


Joseph Haveman

Former Michigan State Representative,

Hope Network

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Marla Mitchell-Cichon, J.D.

Director of WMU-Cooley Innocence Project

HFP Board of Directors
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