Our Core Values

Hope for Prisoners is dedicated to helping former offenders find their path after release from the penal system. We have adopted a set of core values that serve to inspire us and our clients to be our very best. Our core values are integrated in our training and mentoring, and our staff and clients are expected to understand and live these values every day.
Integrity
Accountability
Motivation
Honor
Optimism
Perseverance
Excellence

Leaders

Jon Ponder

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Jon Ponder

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Angela Brookins

Operations Manager

Angela Brookins

Operations Manager

Jay Barbeau

Accounting/Grants Manager

Jay Barbeau

Accounting/Grants Manager

Charles Navarro

Reentry Manager

Charles Navarro

Reentry Manager

Jackie Doyle

Lead Case Manager

Jackie Doyle

Lead Case Manager

Courtney Lund

Operations Specialist

Courtney Lund

Operations Specialist

Eddie M. Loya

Workforce Development Specialist

Eddie M. Loya

Workforce Development Specialist

Rodney Taylor

Mentor Coordinator

Rodney Taylor

Mentor Coordinator

Terrance Kenan

Career Coach

Terrance Kenan

Career Coach

Carolyn Willis

Case Manager

Carolyn Willis

Case Manager

Johnny Morales

Career Coach

Johnny Morales

Career Coach

Lois Hockersmith

Case Manager

Lois Hockersmith

Case Manager

Metro Mentors and Trainers

Captain Nichole Splinter

Mentor and Trainer

Captain Nichole Splinter

Mentor and Trainer

Officer Arnold Parker

Mentor and Trainer

Officer Arnold Parker

Mentor and Trainer

Officer Arnold Parker began his career with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department in 2009. His strong desire for building a better community and passion for helping others Officer Parker decided to join the Community Oriented Policing (COP) Unit at South Central Area Command. While at COP Officer Parker was able to build a hearty relationship with the community he served by leading, assisting, and developing programs. Parker is a true believer in “We are as strong as our weakest link,” and “Without mentoring and development we have no FUTURE”.

Prior to joining the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Officer Parker was born and raised locally in the Las Vegas community where he attended Cimarron Memorial High School. Officer Parker was a team captain of his High School’s Football Team and Track Team, later to be honored as the “Nevada State Football Player of the Year” and “Athlete of the Year”. Officer Parker later went on to earn himself an academic/athletic football scholarship to the University of Utah. While at the University of Utah Officer Parker was voted as a team captain, served as a student-athlete mentor, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology. After graduating Officer Parker was able to continue a lifelong dream to sign an NFL contract and play 5 years of professional football.

Officer Parker is currently serving in the Office of the Sheriff Security Section where he continues to provide great leadership and customer service for the community. Officer Parker also continues to give his free time as Advisor for the LVMPD Explorer Program, mentor our youth at juvenile detention facilities, sports program developer for low income and at-risk youth, and a mentor for the Hope for Prisoners ex-felon reentry Program.

Officer Darryl Mcdonald

Mentor and Trainer

Officer Darryl Mcdonald

Mentor and Trainer

– Current assignment: Detective Office of Community Engagement.

– How long you have been with LVMPD: 9 Years

– Brief description of your LVMPD history: I was in Patrol for 2 ½ years

o 5 years in Community Oriented Policing at Enterprise Area Command and Spring Valley Area Command

o 1 ½ years in Office Of Community Engagement.

– How long you have been involved with HFP and why:

I have been involved with Hope for Prisoners for the past 3 years. The reason why I chose to be with such a great program is for the genuine transformation of the students. I feel being a Law Enforcement Officers it take more than just arresting our way out of problems. We need to focus on the hearts of the individual and figure out why they are committing the crime. If the individual doesn’t have hope in themselves then they can’t make the transformation needed to stop commit crimes. Hope for Prisoners does an excellent job on transforming the mindset and the heart of each individual that attend the program. A true difference comes from the consistency of mentorship throughout the community. I always think of the traditional African Proverb “it takes a village to raise a child” Which means that it takes the entire community of different people interacting with children in order for a child to experience and grow in a safe environment. The villages would look out for the children. The reflection of the African Proverb can be seen in the success of Hope for Prisoners.

Officer Eric Richard

Mentor and Trainer

Officer Eric Richard

Mentor and Trainer

Currently assigned to the Office of The Sheriff and Executive Staff Head Quarter Security Detail.

I’ve been with LVMPD for nine and half years.

The first year and half of my career with Metro was on bikes in the Downtown Area Command. I spent the next five and half years patrolling the various communities within the 9 square miles of the Downtown Area Command. In January 2017 I proudly joined the Head Quarter Security Detail where I have learned so much about the inner workings of the LVMPD. In October 2013 I joined the LVMPD Explorer program as an advisor and am currently the coordinator for the program where we mentor youth and young adults ages 16-20 as they explore careers in law enforcement. Approximately a year and a half ago, I was introduced to the Hope for Prisoners Program. I enjoy sharing the application of basic leadership principals to real life situations with the participants.
I love interacting with the community through school events, Hope for Prisoners Graduations and Team Huddles. Watching the relationships grow between community members and law enforcement is more rewarding than I could’ve ever imagined. It keeps me coming back for more!

Sergeant Steve Riback

Mentor and Trainer

Sergeant Steve Riback

Mentor and Trainer

I am currently assigned as a detective sergeant on an investigative squad. Been with Metro for almost 21 years. My past assignments have included jail corrections, patrol, Problem Solving Unit, DARE, Quality Assurance, Violent Crimes, and Vice. I have been involved with HOPE for a little over 2 years. I am committed to the program because I have seen with my own two eyes that it is successful and ultimately working. Simply taking criminals to jail and adding to the high recidivism rates is not benefiting the community. The genuine partnership between HOPE and the police department is not only effective, but it is also positively contributing to society and changing it for the better. Being a small part of HOPE has absolutely been one of the highlights of my career.

Sergeant Ashe Packe

Mentor and Trainer

Sergeant Ashe Packe

Mentor and Trainer

Sergeant Anthony Packe, a Las Vegas native, is an 18 year Nevada law enforcement veteran, the past 15 years of which have been with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. He has worked in corrections and patrol, and spent time as a Field Training Officer and Firearms Instructor. As a detective, he worked in several specialized units, including the Property Crimes Unit, the Tourist Crimes Unit and the Counter-Terrorism Section. He spent two and half years as a Task Force Officer on the Federal Bureau of Investigation Joint Terrorism Task Force, where he conducted investigations into international terrorism threats and has worked with the Department of Homeland Security in Washington DC. He is a member of the LVMPD Crisis Intervention Team and teaches on the subject of international and domestic terrorism to law enforcement and first responders. He previously volunteered with the Narcotic Educational Foundation of Nevada as the lead instructor for the Drugs Impact Everyone victim impact panel. He is currently a patrol supervisor and has mentored with Hope for Prisoners since 2015

Captain Sasha Larkin

Mentor and Trainer

Captain Sasha Larkin

Mentor and Trainer

Sasha Larkin is a Captain with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, where she has served for nineteen years. She currently commands Northwest Area Command Station which encompass over 380,000 residents, 100 square miles and over 180 officers and civilian staff under her direction. She was originally promoted to Captain leading the Support Operations Bureau, which encompasses Vice, Special Events, Human Trafficking, and the Office of Community Engagement (which conducts all religious and cultural outreach, refugee education, gang prevention, and overt counter-terrorism activities), Homeless Liaison Section, Spanish interpreters, the Patrol Watch Commanders and Laughlin Area Command.
Recognized for her work in community engagement, Sasha was integral in building the Office of Community Engagement (OCE) and the Fusion Liaison Officer Program. These two offices have reached thousands of people from all cultural, religious, and minority communities that would have never otherwise had a voice with the police. She is also Chair of Women of Metro, an outreach organization that mentors woman internally for promotion in law enforcement, and hosts a variety of community events.

Sasha has served in a variety of assignments through her career giving her a well-rounded platform to lead from which includes: Patrol, Field Training, Vice, undercover in the Intelligence Unit, a bike officer on the iconic LV Strip, the Problem Solving Unit, as a Sergeant in the Southern Nevada Counter Terrorism Center, and Internal Affairs, as a Lieutenant in Gangs/Narcotics, and in the Office of Community Engagement.

Sasha teaches all over the world, to include the Naval Postgraduate School, Police Executive Research Forum and US State Department, for the LVMPD in the field of building programs that support the prevention of terrorism and crime, how to build bridges of trust with the community and prevent a sense of isolation, and ensure the police are integrated throughout the community they serve.

Sasha has been honored by numerous community organizations for her work in terrorism, law enforcement and community building efforts. In 2016 she was recognized by the Anti-defamation League as the recipient of the “Shield Award” for building one of the largest, most successful Terrorism Liaison Officer Programs in the country, along with one of the leading refugee integration programs nationwide. Sasha has also been honored by Girl Scouts of America and Top Cops in Washington D.C.

Sasha attended the University of New Mexico, majoring in Biological Anthropology and Criminal Justice, receiving her Bachelor’s degree and currently working on entering a Master’s degree program at the Naval Post Graduate School. In addition to serving on with the LVMPD, Sasha has been teaching yoga for twenty years and travels around the world to teach and train various yoga disciplines. Her most significant outside accomplishment is being the proud mother of a little boy and adorable twin girls, and wife to a spectacular husband.

Captain Roxanne Burke

Mentor and Trainer

Captain Roxanne Burke

Mentor and Trainer

Captain Roxanne Burke was hired on at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department in August of 1995. Roxanne has worked in many facets of LVMPD to include Defensive Tactics and Reality Based Training, Background Investigations, Undercover Vice operations, Internal Affairs and Leadership Training.

Roxanne served as the Safe Strip Commander encompassing all aspects of the Las Vegas Strip Resort Corridor as well as leadership over the Events Planning Section of LVMPD, commanding events such as New Year’s Eve, Electric Daisy Carnival, Mayweather boxing, UFC Fights, Music Festivals and numerous major film events throughout the valley. In addition, Roxanne worked closely with and coordinated dignitary visits for the President and Vice-President of the United States as well as large scale operations for major incidents throughout the valley. Throughout her career, Roxanne has remained passionate about leadership and teaching and continues her certifications in Leadership Classes and Facilitator Training Courses across the states.

As Captain, Roxanne has run one of the largest patrol area commands in the Las Vegas valley, served as the Internal Affairs Commander and now serves in the Professional Services Division over the Office of Human Resources which includes Backgrounds, Recruiting, Selection and Classification.

Roxanne became involved with the Hope for Prisoners program in 2012 as a Lieutenant and has constantly increased her involvement by both mentoring and teaching within the program. She has also been instrumental in developing expanded leadership courses for graduates of the Hope for Prisoners program and attends multiple conferences to educate other law enforcement agencies about the benefits and success of Hope for Prisoners and the continuing partnership with LVMPD.

Officer Mike Martin

Mentor and Trainer

Officer Mike Martin

Mentor and Trainer

Officer Martin became a police officer with LVMPD in 2004. He routinely participates at community events. While in the South Central Community Policing Unit he participated in; Take Back the City, National Night Out, Back to school back pack drive, Easter and Halloween events, 3-on-3 youth basketball, youth P.O.W.E.R. football camp, and HOPE for Prisoners. Officer Martin believes that, by reaching out to the members in the Las Vegas Community he can understand the needs of the community first hand.

HOPE for Prisoners has shown that; there are people that have made mistakes in their lives for which they are not proud of and they want a second chance. HOPE teaches the participants how to improve their lives for the better and not return to custody at any level. As a participating mentor, Officer Martin has shared his experiences and helps to motivate the participants to commit to the life changes and staying on track.

Trainers

Barbara Loupe

Trainer

Barbara Loupe

Trainer

Barbara Loupe is a Corporate Communicator and Image Consultant with The Winning Edge, a Las Vegas based image consulting and corporate training company. Educated in the United States with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from San Francisco State University, Barbara brings us 30 years of experience in the image industry.

Stacy Burrell

Trainer

Stacy Burrell

Trainer

Stacy Burrell is currently the Supervisor and Authorized Trainer for Common Sense Parenting for Boys Town Nevada. Prior to her appointment to management, she served over 2000 parents and children through evidence based behavior management workshops. In addition, she has over 20 years’ experience working at all levels of education and community based services.

In 2018, she was recognized by the organization as the most Inspirational Leader for Boys Town Nevada. She has dedicated herself to evolving into a Professional Speaker, Author, and Leadership Expert. Burrell continues to operate under the principle that we all have a responsibility to develop our inner gifts and serve God through our work.

STEVE BEASON

Trainer

STEVE BEASON

Trainer

Steve Beason was a geologist with the U.S. Department of the Interior for 35 years working primarily on dams and tunnels in the western United States. Steve has supervised teams of scientists and technicians and has trained rope access teams throughout North America. Steve left the science field in 2009 to become an associate pastor at the International Church of Las Vegas, where he works on missions, men’s ministries, and a host of other duties. Steve also serves as a chaplain with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, works with Southern Nevada Human Trafficking Task Force, and the Las Vegas Mayor’s Faith Initiative Human Trafficking Working Group.

ROBYN GARCIA

Trainer

ROBYN GARCIA

Trainer

Robyn Garcia is passionate about helping others discover and walk out the dreams they have for their lives. She is a graduate of Golden Gate University with a Bachelors in Business Management. She has worked at the International Church of Las Vegas since 1993 in various departments including running the Administration team. She is a board member of International Network of Commissioned Workers and a Trainer with Hope for Prisoners. Robyn has been married to Joel since 1984 and they share 3 adult children and 2 grandchildren.

GREGG KETTER

Trainer

GREGG KETTER

Trainer

If the quality of one’s life is in direct proportion to his commitment to excellence, regardless of his chosen field of endeavor, then Gregg Ketter is a walking, talking example of what is possible when one lives his commitment to achieving excellence.

KIMBERLY MALLOY

Trainer

KIMBERLY MALLOY

Trainer

Kimberly Malloy has owned and operated her own training business (Train2excel, Inc.) for 13 years, where she takes her passion for improving relationships between employees, customers and management and develops specific programs to meet the needs of organizations. Her conferences on Positive Conflict and Interpersonal Communication Skills have consistently received high marks from corporations and individuals alike. She is a licensed presenter for The Color Code Personality Profile, a program designed to help individuals understand themselves and communicate more effectively.

Partner Agencies and organizations

Hope for Prisoners recognizes the critical needs that must be met in order for a former offender to successfully rejoin society and sustain that success: Employment, housing, transportation and family reunification. We have built strong community partnerships with agencies and organizations providing resources to help meet the needs of our clients.

Community Partners


Faith-Based Partners


National Partners

  • What they’re saying...

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    Paul Ryan
    Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
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