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Lifecycle Conferencelifecycle representation

Thursday, July 21, 2016
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

St. James Missionary Baptist Church
600 28th Avenue North
Nashville TN 37209

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The third annual Lifecycle Conference is designed to provide education and awareness for the community on issues regarding offenders in an effort to:

  • Stimulate discussion of ideas that would challenge the community reception of the ex-offender.
  • Share ideas regarding the need to have multiple county, community, and jail programs working in unison.
  • Exchange information and ideas specific to the inmate incarceration and how to best use that time.
  • Increase awareness of the value and benefits of offender workforce development in conjunction with the re-entry process.
  • Ultimately increase safety in Davidson County by reducing recidivism.
  • Create a viable countywide network of communication between the DCSO and community partners.


Sheriff Daron Hall

Daron Hall was sworn-in as the 61st sheriff of Davidson County September 2002 and elected to his fourth term in 2014.

Since Hall became sheriff, the Davidson County inmate population has decreased by 26 percent. Under his direction, programming, treatment, and community involvement has become a priority and has led to offenders becoming productive citizens; therefore, reducing over incarceration. Hall has always expressed the desire to celebrate the closing of a jail and, in 2011, he realized that goal and shut the doors of a 300-bed facility. For the first time in Nashville history, fewer jail beds are being built. As he continues this effort, he is also passionate about decriminalizing the mentally ill and currently working towards criminal justice improvements for this population.

During his 25-year criminal justice career, Hall has served Davidson County under three sheriffs. He is on the National Sheriffs’ Association’s Executive Board and Board of Directors; serving as that organization’s Treasurer and will become the first NSA president from the state of Tennessee. Additionally, he served as the 101st president of the American Correctional Association and was the first sheriff ever elected to this position in the organization’s 141-year history. Seen as an expert in his field, Sheriff Hall has been interviewed by national and international media outlets including Fox News, the Wall Street Journal, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, NPR, the New York Times, CNN, and Fortune Magazine.

He is currently a board member of Franklin Road Academy. His affiliations with community organizations over the years include Nashville’s Exchange Club Family Center, Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital; Senior Citizens, Inc.; Boy Scouts Council of Middle Tennessee; the Rochelle Center; and the Alcohol & Drug Council of Middle Tennessee, Inc.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Nashville Prevention Partnership Lifetime Achievement Award, 2012, for his career-long commitment to battling substance abuse for those incarcerated and beyond.
  • National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) Ambassador of Hope Award, 2005, recognizing outstanding service to the mentally ill in criminal justice.
  • Women’s Political Caucus “Good Guy” Award, 2004, recognizing men who promote the cause and advancement of women.
  • Dismas, Inc. Jack Hickey Award, 2006, recognizing a lifetime commitment to justice and reconciliation.
  • Business Tennessee Magazine, named Top 40 Under 40.
  • The Tennessean, named Top 40 Under 40.
  • Leadership Nashville, Class of 2004.

Criminal Court Clerk Howard Gentry

Criminal Court Clerk Howard Gentry

Howard Gentry serves the Metropolitan Government of Nashville as the Criminal Court Clerk of Davidson County in the Twentieth Judicial District. In this capacity, his office is responsible for performing the clerical duties (hard copy and electronic forms) for the operation of the General Sessions and State Trial Criminal Courts.

A Nashville native, Gentry was elected three times to countywide public office. He was a Metro Council member-at-large before being elected Metro Nashville-Davidson County’s first African American vice mayor. He was reelected in 2003. In 2007, Gentry was a candidate for Mayor and narrowly missed the run-off by less than 300 votes.

Howard Gentry has served as CEO of the Nashville Chamber Public Benefit Foundation, an organization that is focused on finding solutions to socio-economic challenges such as poverty, homelessness, adult literacy and workforce development.

He formerly served as CEO of Backfield in Motion, a nonprofit organization that combines athletics and academics to inspire inner-city boys to reach their maximum potential. For 15 years prior, Gentry held various senior positions at Tennessee State University including director of athletics, executive director of the TSU Foundation, assistant vice president for university relations and development, and associate vice president for technology and administrative services. His professional life has also included work in banking, insurance and over 30 years in sports radio broadcasting. He received his B.S. and master’s degrees in education from Tennessee State University. He is the proud father of four daughters.

Board Affiliations

Alignment Nashville, Arts and Business Council, Boy Scouts of America Nashboro District (chair), The DISTRICT, Foundation for Athletics in Nashville Schools, Inc. (FANS), Frist Center for the Visual Arts, National Association for Court Management Clerk of Court Director, Operation Andrew (vice chair), Penuel Ridge (recent past president), State of Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame (past president), Tennessee State Museum Foundation and Tennessee State University’s College of Public Service and Urban Affairs.

Civic Engagements

Nashville’s Agenda, Leadership Nashville and United4hope (co-chair), Metropolitan Homelessness Commission (founding chair), Metropolitan Social Services Commission (former chair), Music City Bowl, NAACP, Nashville Alliance for Public Education, Nashville Poverty Reduction Council (founding chair), Nashville Sports Council, 100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee, and State of Tennessee Prayer Breakfast Committee (past chair).

Appointments by the mayor

Advisory Council for Adult Literacy, Advisory Council on Early Childhood Development and Early Education, Advisory Group on Sustainable Healthcare Services to Underserved, Indigent Citizens and Communities Putting Prevention to Work Leadership Team and Youth Violence Summit Committee.

Appointment by the governor

State Capitol Commission – Private Citizens Representative.

Judge Rachel L. Bell

Judge Rachel L. BellJudge Rachel L. Bell is a Native Nashvillian and proud graduate of Hillsboro High School, where she was a stellar basketball player. Judge Bell attended Auburn University and The University of Memphis on a NCCA, Division I-Women’s Basketball scholarship earning her Bachelor of Science in Education and her Juris Doctorate Degree from Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.

In 2012, Judge Bell, was elected, General Sessions Court Judge, Division VIII (8) and unanimously re-elected in 2014 to another term. In August, 2014, Judge Bell was elected by her peers to be the Presiding Judge over the Davidson County General Sessions Court for a one (1) year term and re-elected to a second term in August, 2015 to serve until September 1, 2016. Prior to her election to the court in August 2012, Judge Rachel was the Managing Partner of Bell & Kinslow, PLLC and COO of Pinnacle Title & Escrow, LLC with offices in both Bordeaux-North Nashville and West Nashville.

Judge Bell is deeply committed to the rule of law, applying it fairly, impartially and treating all participants in the court process with dignity and respect. Additionally, Judge Bell believes her involvement and visibility in the community at large OFF the bench is just as important as her commitment to service ON the bench because “justice does not stop at the courthouse steps”-TM. Rachel L. Bell.

Shortly, after taking the bench, Judge Bell started working on pilot projects to establish the General Sessions Music City Community Court, by adopting a portion of Highway 41 A in Davidson County to establish the Judge Rachel L. Bell Beautification Project; a summer literacy program called REACH for rising 1st-4th graders and the FUTURE summer internship for rising 5th-12th graders. The Community Courts mission is to focus on preventive and diversionary justice initiatives in bridging the gaps prevalent with Justice Reform efforts for restoration and rehabilitation.

Judge Bell is a member of New Covenant Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.- Nashville Alumnae Chapter, Top Ladies of Distinction- Nashville Capitol City Chapter, GROW (Golfers Recognizing Opportunities for Women), Napier- Lobby; Nashville; Tennessee and Stonewall Bar Associations, Lawyers Association for Women, League of Women Voters, WIN (Women in Numbers), DCDW (Davidson County Democratic Women), IMF (Interdenominational Ministers Fellowship), Women’s Political Collaborative, NAACP, Nashville Chamber of Commerce, the Bordeaux-North Nashville Chamber of Commerce and CABLE.

Throughout her personal and professional life, she currently and previously served on several boards such as Hands on Nashville, Davidson County Industrial Development Board, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, (JDRF), Golfers Recognizing Opportunities for Women (GROW), Women in Numbers (WIN), Disciples Village, Nashville Black Chamber of Commerce, East Nashville Hope Exchange, Disciples of Christ National Convocation Board of Trustees and National Hope Partnership for Transformation Trustee and Kaplan Career Institute. Judge Bell is also the proud founder of the Ring the BELL Foundation, Inc. and the co-founder and Board Chair for the Bordeaux-North Nashville Chamber of Commerce.

Derek Blake

Derek BlakeIf there is anyone that can offer a testimony of how a Boys & Girls Club can have an impact on a young child growing up it is Derek Blake. As a member of the Boys & Girls Clubs in Chattanooga Derek knows the sense of belonging the Club provides to a young child. In fact, so much so that all of his childhood membership cards are proudly displayed in his office. Each card representing a year of membership at his local Club.

Derek is the Chief Operating Officer for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee in which he oversees 7 Club locations and a RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) program.

Prior to becoming the COO for BGCMT, he held the following positions with the Rutherford County organization: part-time staff, Program Director, Unit Director, Director of Operations, and Executive Director.

Derek holds a B.S. degree in Elementary Education from MTSU, and numerous achievement awards through his work within Boys & Girls Club. Derek was a member of the Murfreesboro Noon Rotary Club and a 2012 graduate of Leadership Rutherford.

Derek and his wife, Rhonda, have been married for fifteen years. They are the proud parents of three boys: Myles, Mason, and Maxwell. Derek and his family attends Lake Providence Missionary Baptist Church.

In his spare time, Derek enjoys simply spending every moment with his family.

Gerald Brown

Gerald Brown“I am truly honored to serve the Middle Tennessee community as the Chief Executive Officer for Dismas, Inc. I hope to galvanize the community, enrich the lives our clients, and raise awareness about the work Dismas does in the community. I look forward to the opportunity to serve those seeking a second chance at life."

With over a decade of experience in the non-profit sector, Mr. Brown most recently served as Executive Director of Development for The Nashville Salvation Army. Prior to his service to The Salvation Army, Gerald oversaw advancement for the Boy Scouts of America, as there Chief Development Officer. In addition to his fundraising prowess, Gerald’s approach to leadership is innovative and impactful. Mr. Brown also served as a Resident Counselor at Cedar Grove Treatment Facility in Murfreesboro. There, he gained hands on experience what the needs are of at-risk youth and their families.

As a Collegiate football player at Middle Tennessee State University, Mr. Brown transferred the skills acquired on the playing field to a summer youth ministry for at-risk youth in Antioch, TN. The camp was started by Mr. Brown and several community leaders to teach high school aged boys the fundamentals of teamwork, leadership, and attitude. Gerald has also been an active member of several civic organizations such as the Downtown Nashville, Lebanon, and Hermitage Rotary Clubs, Young Nonprofit Professionals and currently serves as President-Elect for The Association of Fundraising Professionals – Middle TN chapter.

Mr. Brown is a native of Memphis, TN but has called Middle Tennessee home for the past eighteen years. He and his wife, Danielle, have two daughters. 

Dr. Malinda Davenport-Crisp

Dr. Malinda Davenport-CrispDr. Malinda Davenport-Crisp is the Executive Director of Family Reconciliation Center (formerly Reconciliation Ministries), a nonprofit organization based in Nashville serving families impacted by incarceration since 1984. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University (1993) with a degree in Human and Organizational Development. She earned a Master’s degree in Counseling from Trevecca University in 1996 where she also earned a Ph.D in Clinical Counseling and Supervision in 2014. Her dissertation is on factors impacting ex-offenders during the critical reentry period. Malinda is a licensed professional counselor, mental health service provider (LPC/MHSP #2835) in the State of Tennessee. She is a Tennessee Supreme Court Listed Rule 31 Family and Civil Mediator, as well as a Tennessee board approved Sex Offender Treatment Provider.

Her extensive experience centers on counseling ex-offenders and their families, and individuals who suffer from trauma, addiction/chemical and relationship dependency, and other life controlling issues. Malinda honed her skills while working at Project Return, Men of Valor, Restore Ministries of the YMCA, and Leaving The Cocoon. She has written curriculum called Separate Prisons, a family reunification handbook which is based on the classes that have been offered inside Tennessee Prison for Women and Charles Bass Annex highlighting the special concern of families impacted by incarceration.

She is passionate about helping family members grow even under difficult, often tragic, conditions. She feels honored to have assisted the hundreds of men and women in transition from life behind bars to the free world. In her own family, she loves being the biggest fan of her two teen-aged sons, and spending time with her extended family which she affectionately refers to as a “bunch of inlaws and outlaws.”

Gwen Hamer

Gwen HamerGwen Hamer, MA, CPC is Director of Education and Development and Coordinator of The Title VI Compliance Office for the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS). She works closely with the TDMHSAS’ Medical Director to develop educational programs which impact the continuum of mental health care in Tennessee. Mrs. Hamer also interacts closely with other State Departmental divisions, public and private agencies, and the faith community to facilitate TDMHSAS’ involvement in community health initiatives that promote public awareness of/and support for important mental health issues. Mrs. Hamer recently co-chaired and helped organize the Suicide Prevention and the African American Faith Communities Conferences that were held in Nashville and Murfreesboro and she is on the Executive Planning Committee of the Suicide and the Black Church Conference Committee (Memphis). She has held key positions in her previous employment and at Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. Mrs. Hamer earned her BS degree in Social Welfare from Tennessee State University and her Master’s degree in Social Gerontology from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Harold Moses Love, Jr.

Harold Moses Love, Jr.State Representative – District 58

Born December 14, 1972 in Nashville, Tennessee to the Late Rep. Harold M. Love, Sr. and Mary Y. Love he is the last of five children and the only male. He was educated in the public schools of Metro Nashville Davidson County and graduated with Honors from Whites Creek High School in 1990. Entered Tennessee State University in 1990 and Graduated in 1994 with a Degree in Economics and Finance with a minor in Political Science. Graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Divinity in 1998 with a Masters Degree in Theological Studies. Currently is pursuing a PhD in Public Administration at Tennessee State University. While attending Tennessee State University as an undergraduate he marched in the Aristocrat of Bands, and was initiated into the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. “Mighty Rho Psi” Chapter and elected president of the Graduating class. Was ordained an elder by the A.M.E. Church in 1999 and received his first Pastoral assignment. Since October 2002 he has been the Pastor of St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Nashville, TN. In October 2014 appointed and served a year as Presiding Elder of The South Nashville District of The A.M.E. Church. He is a 33° Mason and a Shriner. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Tennessee State University Foundation, The 18th Avenue Family Enrichment Center, Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR), and Tennessee Higher Education Initiative (THEI). As the State Representative for District 58 he serves on the Education Instruction Programs Committee, Business and Utilities Committee and Calendar and Rules Committee for the TN House of Representatives

Dr. Kevin Riggs

Dr. Kevin RiggsDr. Kevin Riggs was born and raised in Nashville, TN, where he has conducted ministry over 30 years; more than 25 of those years as a pastor. Dr. Riggs received his Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Administration from Welch College (Nashville, TN), his Master of Arts in Religious Studies from Trevecca Nazarene University (Nashville, TN), and his Doctor of Philosophy degree in the Integration of Society and Religion from Oxford Graduate School (Dayton, TN).

In addition to pastoral duties at Franklin Community Church, Dr. Riggs founded Franklin Community Development, an organization committed to be a conscious of the community. For fourteen years, Dr. Riggs taught Sociology at Nashville State Community College. He has also written two books, Failing Like Jesus and Evangelism of the 21st Century. Dr. Riggs is an active member of Rotary and a board member for Community Housing Partnership of Williamson County and the 21st Drug Court.

Missy Wallace

Missy WallaceMissy Wallace became inspired to study faith and work in 2013 after working in the nonprofit sector and corporate America for over 10 years each and realizing that work can be a part of God's unfolding story if we allow him to guide it rather than our false idols. During academic divinity study, she wrote a proposal for the Nashville Institute for Faith and work and then had the opportunity to study in an intensive with Katherine Alsdorf, David Kim, and their team at The Center for Faith and Work at New York’s Redeemer Presbyterian Church. Prior to launching NIFW, Missy worked at Ensworth School from 2003-2015 in various roles in marketing, admissions, and college counseling through the launch and maturation of Ensworth’s high school campus. Missy joined the non-profit sector after spending the first half of her career in the corporate world, including several years in consulting at the Boston Consulting Group in SE Asia, NYC, and Chicago; in Corporate Strategy at Time Warner in NYC, and in banking in Charlotte, NC.

Missy received an MBA at The JL Kellogg Graduate School of Business at Northwestern and a BA in Economics from Vanderbilt. She has taken classes towards a Masters in Christian Practice at Lipscomb University, where she wrote a proposal for The Nashville Institute for Faith and Work. She is married to Paul Wallace, who works in the healthcare venture capital industry and has three teenage children. When she is not working, you can often find her at her favorite place in Nashville, the "red trail" of Percy Warner Park.

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Jenny Charles

Jenny CharlesJenny Charles is a native Nashvillian, an attorney and has worked in several different capacities in the criminal justice system. She currently works as an assistant district attorney and in 2016 created the Violence Interrupted program aimed at reducing gun violence in Nashville. She serves on the board of the Dismas House, 4:13 Strong, the Junior League and the Davidson County Democratic Executive Committee.

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