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Meet our team

Thomas ridley

President & Founder

Thomas Lee Ridley III is the President of Thomas Ridley’s 1 Like Me, which is a recently formed nonprofit organization that focuses on providing reintegration assistance to the formerly incarcerated and reducing the recidivism rate. An Indianapolis native, he hopes to center his reentry work here in the city.

SHONTOVIA ATKINSON

Team Member

Shontovia Atkinson is a purpose driven beacon of hope with over 20 years of human service experience, education and lived experiences, and has assisted hundreds of individuals, families and service providers in realizing their full potential thus enhancing the lives of themselves and others. Her purpose in life is to help others create legacies that transcend generations. Her favorite quote is: “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant.” — Robert Louis Stevenson

 

Jennifer Poltrock

Team Member

Jennifer Poltrock is a resource Navigator with an extreme hunger for change. She collaborated with 1Like me in early 2021 as a mentor and then joined as a full- time employee in January 2022. For her, this
is not only an experience of a lifetime but a lived experience. Successful re-entry has and always will be close to her heart. “It takes a strong person to survive a major fall; however, it takes an even stronger person to get back up and keep persevering.”

 

Board of directors

Thomas ridley

President & Founder

Thomas Lee Ridley III is the President of Thomas Ridley’s 1 Like Me, which is a recently formed nonprofit organization that focuses on providing reintegration assistance to the formerly incarcerated and reducing the recidivism rate. An Indianapolis native, he hopes to center his reentry work here in the city.

Lahny Silva

Board Member

Lahny R. Silva is a professor of law at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law where she teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, and criminal sentencing.  Her scholarship focuses on reentry and the collateral consequences of conviction.

Ms. Silva is also a Team Member.  She serves as the outreach facilitator for much of the community engagement programming.

Sara Varner

Founding Board Member

Sara Varner is the First Assistant Federal Defender with the local federal public defender’s office, the Indiana Federal Community Defenders. An accomplished appellate attorney, she is best known for passionate advocacy on mass sentence reduction cases in the Southern District of Indiana.

Kyle Montrose

Board Member

 Kyle is a Managing Associate in Dentons’ Business Service Department in Indianapolis, IN. Prior to joining Dentons, Kyle obtained a Juris Doctorate from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Kyle has also obtained a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Miami University

Janeia Brounson

Board Member

Janeia Brounson is a strategic adviser to businesses eyeing ambitious construction and real estate projects. She also communicates openly with clients regarding potential liabilities and effective risk management practices. Janeia is passionate about criminal justice reform and reentry efforts.

Carole McKinney

Board Member

A retired faculty member-Franklin College. Psychologist currently servicing on the Board of Directors Adult and Child Health Previously served as board member for Turning Point Domestic Violence program, Edinburgh Community Schools, Indiana Academy for Mathematics, Science and Humanities, MacMurray College. Mother of two sons and twin grandchildren.