/// Our Staff

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Co-Director

Kelly is a graduate of UCLA School of Law where she specialized in Critical Race Studies, Public Interest Law and Policy, and Business Law and Policy. 

Co-Director

“You have to crawl before you can walk, that’s you make it out here. If you

were in 13 years, you got nothing, but if you can stay out here 13 years you will accomplish something,  give it time, give yourself a chance.”

Chaplain

Pastor Tyrone was born and raised in New Orleans Ninth Ward, in the Desire Housing Development. When he returned home he was committed to “saving the community [he] destroyed.” Today he serves as the Senior Pastor of the Next Generation of the Original Morning Star Full Gospel Baptist Church (NGOMS).

Re-Entry Coach

Henry's sons, Mekhi, Malik, and Mikal are the primary motivators for starting his own business as he hopes to pass it onto his kids, provide for their educations, and give them the opportunities he never had growing up.

Re-entry Case Manager

Troy works as a re-entry case manager in the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court's Reentry Workforce Development Program.

Director of Client Services

Kisha joined our team as the Office Manager in February of 2019 after years of volunteering, and transitioned to Director of Client Services in April of 2020. She facilitates the steady re-entry of First 72+ clients back into society. 

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Director of Economic Empowerment

As Director of Economic Empowerment, Chad leads the RisingFoundations Small Business Incubator, administers the Pay-it-Forward Communal Loan Fund, and develops new initiatives aimed at providing greater financial security for our clients.

Re-Entry Coach

Smitty is a Re-Entry Coach at The First 72+, and helps support others as they make the transition from prison back into society.

Original Peer Mentor

Donald Muse was one of our original peer mentors. He served as a peer mentor up until his death in November of 2019. We keep his bio on our website to celebrate his service.

Wrongful Conviction

Project Coordinator

After being wrongfully convicted of second degree murder in 1987Doug self-educated himself in the law and won his release from prison in 2001.

Re-Entry Coach

Wayne is a Re-Entry Coach at The First 72+, and helps supports others as they make the transition from prison back into society.

Re-Entry Coach

Eric believes in second chances and that everyone can do better in life. He is grateful to help others on their paths to work to improve themselves.

Program Coordinator

Juliana joined the First 72 family in September of 2019, and coordinates the Public Benefits clinic and community partnerships.

Re-Entry Case Manager

MK serves as a re-entry case manager in the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court's Reentry Workforce Development Program.

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Office Manager / Program Administrator

Emma is the First 72+’s incoming Avodah corps member, and she cannot wait to jump in and get to know The First 72 community!

We Need Your Help!

We envision a world where prior incarceration is not a barrier to secure housing, employment, and community engagement & acceptance. Please consider donating to help us pursue this vision.

The First 72+ is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Your generous donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. 

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