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Founder/Former President

DOUG TJAPKES

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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President/CEO

MATT TJAPKES

I have been with HFP part time since 2010 and full-time since 2013, taking over as President/CEO/CFO in April of 2019. My goal is to make sure we can provide all our services to as many clients as necessary, and to continue building HFP to ensure we can provide these services as long as they are needed. Every person we serve was someone's baby at some point, and deserves to be treated with dignity and respect no matter the reason for their incarceration.

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Client Services Specialist

SUSIE GREENBAUER

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 in to 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

SARAH EBIDON

As a Legal Studies and Criminal Justice undergraduate student, my passions for prison reform and altruism led me to my position with 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 Assistant

TED DIMKE

What started out as a desire to volunteer has parlayed itself into life changing passion to help those who feel unheard and assure them that we not only hear them, but genuinely care.

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Client Services Assistant

MITCHELL PUGH

As a formerly incarcerated juvenile lifer with 30 years of experience in litigation, Mitchell has become very knowledgeable in the legal profession, state and federal court systems, and the Michigan Department of Corrections. He's able to apply all that knowledge to help HFP clients navigate the system. 

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Rodney Gulley

Pastor at New Covenant Community Baptist Church

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John M. Rottman, Th.D.

Professor of Preaching, Calvin Theological Seminary

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Mary Margaret Grillo

Charity and Justice Commission, St. Patrick- St. Anthony Parish

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Dave Bardolph

Accountant, Calvin Theological Seminary.

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Rick Duncan

Product Owner III, Compassion International

HFP Board of Directors

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Heather Moore, MA, ACC

Prison Reform/Prisoner Advocacy

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Nancy Pagan

Owner, Fancy's Tokens

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Onesiphorus Burrel

Former Chaplain, MDOC

Pastor/founder West Shoreline Community Church

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Russell Bloem

HFP Board Chair, former pharmaceutical executive 

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Joseph Haveman

Former Michigan State Representative,

Hope Network

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Marla Mitchell-Cichon, J.D.

Director of WMU-Cooley Innocence Project