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Theme: Breakout

October 9, 2017
10:00am - 4:00pm EDT
(UTC -4hrs)
Enfield, Connecticut
United States
This event is invite-only.

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31 Shaker Road
Enfield, Connecticut, 06082
United States
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Herbert Fenner

Leadership Development
Herbert Fenner is a Certified Speaker, trainer and life Coach and is a Member of the John Maxwell team which is a international leadership expert program. Mr. Fenner is the President and Founder of Invisible Ink Inspirational Leadership Development Program which specializes in customized leadership development, coaching and training.. Mr. Fenner is a published author and has written several books such as “Man Enough to Listen” and “The Inner Me”. Mr. Fenner facilitates his program in the Baltimore public school system and teaches personal development and Leadership to youth organizations, Substance Abuse Centers, Hospitals, private sectors and non-profits. Mr. Fenner is passionate about adding value to youth in depressed environments. Mr. Fenner believes that despite the challenges that one faces in life its not too late to “Rewrite Your Story”.

Jeff Grant, JD, M. Div

Executive Director, Family Reentry
Jeff Grant, JD, M Div, as interim Executive Director of Family ReEntry of Bridgeport, Connecticut. Grant served on Family ReEntry’s board of directors since 2009 — his new appointment marks the first time in the United States that a person formerly incarcerated for a white-collar crime has served as the head of a major re-entry agency. Family ReEntry provides essential support and programs to individuals and families who have been involved in or impacted by the criminal justice system. FRE works to reverse the impact of domestic violence, crime, incarceration, drug abuse and mental illness. FRE also offers Youth Mentoring programs that focus on assistance to youth that are impacted by the devastating effect of an incarcerated parent or sibling.

Louis L Reed, LADC, CAC

Program Director for Reentry Affairs, City of Bridgeport + Award-winning Author
Louis L. Reed is the Chief Visionary Officer of Louis L. Reed Empowerment Group. His empowerment group specializes in life coaching, addictions recovery support, offender reentry management, executive coaching, and relationship counseling. He is also the Executive Director of Vision of Purpose, a social justice organization, based in Connecticut. No stranger to urban issues that range from criminal activity to barriers related to ex-offenders reentering society, Louis was indicted by the United States government in 2000 and sentenced to nearly 16 years in federal prison. Today, Louis is a Forbes ® Coaches Council member, an in-demand conference speaker and sought-after thought leader on topics that include reentry affairs, recovery support, spiritual empowerment, and crime intervention, as appeared on C-SPAN, MSNBC, in The Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal and other publications. Louis has also consulted for the White House on youth violence intervention.

Maritza Bond, MPH

Director of Public Health and Social Services, City of Bridgeport
Maritza Bond is a Public Health leader with over 16 years experience. Bond currently serves as the Director of Health & Social Services for the City of Bridgeport, the largest urban in Connecticut. In this role, Bond leads efforts on creating a culture of health and wellness with a focus on addressing social determinants of health and health equity. This includes a commitment to strengthening public-private partnerships; increasing connection between public health and clinical medicine; and implementing an outcomes driven approach to program and policy development. Prior to joining the City of Bridgeport, Bond served as the Executive Director for a local nonprofit organization, Eastern Area Health Education Center (AHEC) where she provided leadership to bring educators, health care professionals, and community leaders together regionally and statewide to ensure health care access and enhance the workforce in Connecticut.

Sarah Martin-Anderson, Ph.D

Deputy Director of Health, Kansas City, MO + Public Health Policy
Dr. Martin-Anderson is currently the Deputy Director of Community Engagement, Policy and Accountability at the Kansas City, Missouri Health Department. Dr. Martin-Anderson received her Ph.D. in Public Policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. She also received a Master of Public Policy and a Master of Public Health degree (Epidemiology) from UC Berkeley and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Art History from California State University, Bakersfield. Her work focuses on the social determinants of health inequities and how public policies aggravate or heal those disparities. Dr. Martin-Anderson was appointed by Governor Jay Nixon to the State Board of Healing Arts and Governor Eric Greitens to the State Commission on Women’s Health and serves on the boards of the Missouri Budget Project, the Mother Child Health Coalition, the Migrant Farmworkers Assistance Fund and Uzazi Village Birth Center.

Scott Semple

Commissioner, Department of Corrections, State of Connecticut
Commissioner Scott Semple joined the Connecticut Department of Correction in 1988, as a front line correction officer at the high security Cheshire Correctional Institution. Commissioner Semple moved up through the ranks with assignments at the agency’s training academy, and later as the agency’s spokesperson. He was promoted to the rank of Major in 2000 and served in the capacity of Legislative Liaison. This position serves as the agency's contact with the other components of state government. In the fall of 2016 Commissioner Semple was named as the President of the Northeast Association of Correctional Administrators (NACA), a regional branch of the Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA) – of which he is an executive member. He is also a member of the Criminal Justice Policy Advisory Commission (CJPAC) and the Connecticut Sentencing Commission. Most recently Commissioner Semple, in consultation with the Vera Institute of Justice, is focusing on the 18-25-year-old

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