Palm Beach County Reentry Summit Sponsored by Harcourt M. and Virginia W. Sylvester Foundation


Palm Beach County

October 3-5, 2018 – West Palm Beach Florida


Sponsored by Harcourt M. and Virginia W. Sylvester Foundation

Presented by Palm Beach County’s Nationally Recognized Reentry Collaborative

Co-chaired by The Lord’s Place and PBC Public Defenders Office.

Community partners include:  Palm Beach County Department of Public Safety, Florida Atlantic University, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Public Defender’s Office – 15th Judicial Circuit, Palm Beach County School District, Palm Beach County Sherriff’s Office, National Association of Mental Illness, Palm Beach State College, Gulfstream Goodwill Industries, Florida Department of Corrections, Riviera Beach Justice Service Center, Matthew 25 Ministries, CareerSource, Plunk Designs, Wordsmith Communications, and Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work.


*In conjunction with each course: General CEUs for Florida licensed LCSWs, LMFTs, LMHCs and Psychologists. FAU Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work is an approved provider of the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and counseling and the Florida Board of Psychology (BAP #50-6251).


The Reentry Summit will be held in beautiful West Palm Beach, Florida and is a perfect venue to share best practices and identify opportunities to collaborate on reentry solutions and programs.  Workshops will address a variety of topics including innovative funding solutions, integration of peer specialists, overcoming barriers, behavioral health care, housing, employment, creating a reentry system, racial diversity, gender responsiveness, evidence based practices, juvenile services, and many more related topics.


Key Note Speakers

  • John Wetzel,  Pennsylvania Secretary of Corrections;  Chair of the Board of Directors for the Council of State Governments Justice Center
  • Tonier Cain, Author of Healing Neen – One Woman’s Path to Salvation from Trauma and Addiction and CEO of Healing Neen, Inc.
  • Ed Latessa, Ph. D., Professor and Head of School of Criminal Justice at University of Cincinnati and author of over 110 works in the area of criminal justice.  

Who Should Attend

Community leaders, government officials, non-profits, policy makers, correctional professionals, law enforcement personnel,legal services, foundations, philanthropists, academia, students, businesses, health care professionals, faith based entities, human resources professionals, returning citizens and families, and others interested in reentry services.

Why Attend

The reentry movement is at a crucial point throughout the nation – over the past few years, significant progress has been achieved in the field nationally, but there are still critical challenges that need to be addressed so that outcomes continue to improve. This summit will bring  people from across the nation to network, share best practices, exchange ideas, and advocate for systemic reform.




Researcher/practitioner partnershipCurrent State of Evidence- Based Reentry PracticesDefining Success“Keys to Making it Work”
HousingInnovative Funding SolutionsBehavioral Health/Substance Abuse (Wrap-Around Services)Employment
Overcoming Barriers to Reentry“The Hidden Gems of Libraries”Peer InvolvementReentry though the Eyes of Families
Gender ResponsivenessJuvenile Reentry/Education and Juvenile Justice ReformRacial DisparitiesReentry for Sex Offenders
Reentry SimulationReentry in the Private Sector“Leading Adaptive Change in Community Corrections: Making Yourself and Your Agency More Nimble, Agile, and Effective”A Model for Implementing CBI-Employment


Sec. John Wetzel – Pennsylvania Department of Corrections

Tonier Cain – Neen Cares

Ed Latessa, Ph.D. – University of Cincinnati





Dr. Cassandra Atkin-Plunk – Florida Atlantic University
Anna Banks – Local Client
Brad Bogue – Justice System Assessment and Training
Orie Bullard – Riviera Beach Justice Center
David Burch – The GEO Group, Inc.
Judge Jeffery Colbath – 15th Judicial Circuit of Florida
David D’Amora – Council of State Governments
Wenfred Dorsey – The Lord’s Place
Armando Fana – WPB Housing and Community Development
Dr. Ralph Fretz – The GEO Group, Inc.
Josh Gibson – The Lord’s Place
Kiera Gordon – Gulfstream Goodwill
Carey Haughwout – Palm Beach County Public Defender
Talmedge Hayes – Local Client
William Hollis – WPB Library
Anthony Hoskins – Local Client
Lauren Jablonski – Colorado Department of Corrections
Rev. Kevin Jones – Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church
Dr. Jill Levenson – Barry University
Dr. Kerensa Lockwood – Florida State University
Adam McMichael – U.S. Attorney’s Office
Dr. Wendy Morrison-Cavendish – University of Miami
Erica Nelson – Council of State Governments
Oswald Newbold – Local Client
Dr. Tom O’Connor – Transforming Corrections
Justine Patterson – Florida Department of Corrections
Calvin Phillips – The Lord’s Place
Julie Radlauer-Doerfler – The Ronik-Radlauer Group, Inc.
Debra Robinson – PBC School District
Ted Rodarm – Matthew 25 Ministries
Marci Ronik – The Ronik-Radlauer Group, Inc.
Dr. Lincoln Sloas – Florida Atlantic University
Craig Spatara – PBC Public Safety
Alia Spencer – Palm Beach State College
Diana Stanley – The Lord’s Place
Val Stanley – The Lord’s Place
Faye Taxman – George Mason University
John Thurston – The GEO Group, Inc.
Chris Warland – Heartland Alliance
Quintin Williams – Heartland Alliance
Bert Winkler – PBC Criminal Justice Commission


Event Program (PDF)


Non-profit providers, Government Officials, Criminal Justice Advocates


October 3-5, 2018


Airport Hilton, West Palm Beach Florida


$275 early registration (includes breakfast, lunch, and cocktail reception)



4:00 p.m. Registration opens

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Welcome Reception


7:30 a.m. Registration Opens

8:00 a.m. Breakfast Buffet

9:00 a.m. Keynote Address – Penn. Department of Corrections Sec. John Wetzel

10:45 a.m. Breakout Session 1 | Choose From 5 Sessions

12:15 p.m. Lunch Provided

1:30 p.m. Keynote Speaker – Tonier Cain

2:30 p.m. Breakout Session 2 | Choose From 5 Sessions

4:00 p.m. Breakout Session 3 | Choose From 5 Sessions


8:00 a.m. Registration Opens

8:00 a.m. Breakfast Buffet

9:00 a.m. Keynote Speaker – Dr. Ed Latessa

10:30 a.m. Breakout Session 4 | Choose From 5 Sessions

12:00 p.m Lunch Provided – Keynote Speaker

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