Citizens united for the rehabilitation of errants

BOARD ADVISORS

Chris Ng Esq. attended Suffolk Law School in Boston. Additionally, he has a degree in Sociology from Boston University. While attending law school, Chris represented indigent defendants as a Rule 3.03 certified student-attorney for the Suffolk Defenders. Chris enjoys practice in criminal law, appeals and civil litigation at Willis and Ng. Chris is admitted to practice law in NY, Massachusetts and the NY federal bar.

Trevers Jackson (Green Haven) is a Certified Counselor Aide in Transitional Services. He facilitates a general business and investing course he designed, and serves as an Office Manager. He is President of the Association for Community Teamwork (ACT) organization, and previously served as COO for Project for a Calculated Transition (PACT). He has achieved training certificates from Bard College, Vassar College, and Yale University, and has also created and facilitated courses in Real Estate and Spanish as a second language.

INCARCERATED ADVISORS

Khalil A. Cumberbatch- is the Strategic Initiatives Coordinator at the Immigrant Defense Project. He is the founder and president of Kinetic Solutions: a consulting business assisting not- for-profit organizations. Additionally, he is an academic counselor at the College Initiative. Khalil is the Communications and Development Manager at On the Count: The Prison and Criminal Justice Report. He is a national council member to the Incarcerated Nation Campaign and an at large Board member for AVP. He contributes to Unheard Voices magazine. He was recently inducted into the Just Leadership USA Inaugural Leading with Conviction Development Program.

Michelle Lennon (Taconic CF) -Michelle completed Family and Domestic Violence, AA, NA, AVP (basic and advanced), Choices and Changes, Anger in You, ART and ASAT. Michelle completed a course on Microsoft, IPA training and legal research. She completed horticulture obtained her GED and took college courses earning 27 credits towards a degree. Michelle enrolled in the MICA program. Michelle is currently in the Cosmetology program serving as an IPA Instructor.

Brian Congelosi (Fishkill CF) -Brian completed some college courses at Cornell University (15 credit hours). He completed 12 credits in legal courses, Phase one and two, two writing workshops at Cornell and 3 in a writing memoir course. Between 2003 and 2008, Brian earned 66 credits towards an Associates Degree in Civil Engineering. He was awarded the LCTA for his college participation, program achievements, progress and disciplinary. Additionally, Brian completed the Cadre Program, Legal Research, ASAT, ART, Transitional Services Phase I and II and AVP (basic and advanced). Brian functioned as the dorm porter, taught the legal research classes, was IGRC clerk and worked in the law library. Vocationally, Brian completed welding and masonry.

LONG-TERM ADVISORY

Aaron Talley (served 42 years in NYS prison) Aaron attended college and earned an Associate Degree in Arts of Humanities and Social Science. He completed counselor’s training. He served as a clerk for outside clearance for many years. Aaron enjoys working with at-risk youth and participate din the YAP Program. He facilitated many programs and served as an officer in many inmate organizations. He has an extensive background in legal work.


FORMER BOARD MEMBERS

Rudy and Betty Cypser

Thomas Grant.

Marty Tankleff- holds his Jurist Doctorate from Touro College of Law and is currently preparing to sit for the NYS bar. Additionally, he has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Hofstra University and an Associate’s Degree from Clinton Community College. He worked as paralegal while incarcerated and after his release; and also worked at Barket Marion Epstein & Kearon, LLP in Garden City, NY.  He was wrongfully convicted himself and plans to establish a non-DNA innocent project to help others. While at Touro, he helped establish an wrongful conviction externship where Touro students work at a law firm on wrongful conviction cases.  He speaks regularly on “wrongful conviction

Michelle Lennon (Taconic CF) -Michelle completed Family and Domestic Violence, AA, NA, AVP (basic and advanced), Choices and Changes, Anger in You, ART and ASAT. Michelle completed a course on Microsoft, IPA training and legal research. She completed horticulture obtained her GED and took college courses earning 27 credits towards a degree. Michelle enrolled in the MICA program. Michelle is currently in the Cosmetology program serving as an IPA Instructor.

Brian Congelosi (Fishkill CF) -Brian completed some college courses at Cornell University (15 credit hours). He completed 12 credits in legal courses, Phase one and two, two writing workshops at Cornell and 3 in a writing memoir course. Between 2003 and 2008, Brian earned 66 credits towards an Associates Degree in Civil Engineering. He was awarded the LCTA for his college participation, program achievements, progress and disciplinary. Additionally, Brian completed the Cadre Program, Legal Research, ASAT, ART, Transitional Services Phase I and II and AVP (basic and advanced). Brian functioned as the dorm porter, taught the legal research classes, was IGRC clerk and worked in the law library. Vocationally, Brian completed welding and masonry.

INTERNATIONAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE

ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WOMEN’S ADVISORY

Taunja Isaac- holds a Masters in Fine Arts and a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and Broadcast Journalism. Her Associates is in Visual Communications, Photography and Television. She holds a certification in culinary arts and was a multichannel communications equipment operator in the United States Army. She has taught youth in a special program focusing on video production, served as a health project counselor. Taunja was awarded many scholastic honors. Her film “Minus 25: Betty Tyson was produced in 2014. She has served as a member of the diversity team at the American Association for Women. Taunja worked at WXXI on the 1370 Connection Radio Show.

GENERAL ADVISORY

John Norris- John facilitated a program at Attica CF in Egyptian meditation. He is an avid participant in restorative justice programs and served as the President of his neighborhood block club. John currently runs an at-risk youth program at Lincoln Library in Rochester, NY. He has served on many not-for-profit Board of Directors including the current President’s former NFP Edge of Justice. John was wrongfully accused on two occasions and was lucky enough to be acquitted.

John Derounian-   has a Bachelor’s Degree in legal studies. He has a vast background as a paralegal. He served as a project manager and is licensed as a process server. He is also a very renowned artist as a prehistoric illustrator. He appears on the Science Channel frequently die top his knowledge of fossils.

Pascual Carpenter (Otisville CF) Pascual completed his Associates Degree in Islamic and Arabic Studies (with honors). In 2007, an additional Associates Degree in Liberal Arts was earned. Pascual earned two Bachelor’s Degrees of Science (2008 Behavioral Science; suma cum laude) (2009; Islamic and Arabic Studies). Also in 2008, he completed the Rosetta Stone language studies. He earned his Master’s Degree in Professional Studies from the acclaimed New York Theological Seminary in 2014. He was awarded the LCTA by corrections. In 1997, Pascual designed a computer-based Braille program for NY. In 1998, after being awarded a grant, Pascual founded HOLLER, a project for at-risk teens. Pascual earned the state certification in peer counseling

Kamal Fardan (Fishkill CF)-My name is Kamal Fardan and I was recently released after serving a lengthy prison sentence. I was a member of the advisory counsel while inside. I am also co-author of his and hers in the newsletter, along with my wife Sherisse Bell-Fardan; co-Vice President of CURE New York.  I earned 33 credits from The Borough of Manhattan Community College in Business Administration, and 24 credits in Psychology. I have recently enrolled at Mohawk Valley Community College for the fall semester; major will be Chemical Dependency. I am presently using some of my free time to attend classes at the public library, to learn as much about technology after so many years inside. I envision becoming a drug counselor in the future and starting my own re-entry program.

Mark Gizewski- Mark is formerly incarcerated. He is also a Thalidomide survivor. He served time in solitary confinement and was abused terribly while in the Department of Corrections. He has vision of one day starting a foundation to help people incarcerated. He is a member of the re-entry community at the “Coming Home Program”.

Jef Jackson (Green Haven) Jef is a Certified Counselor Aide in Transitional Services. He facilitates a business course he designed, and serves as an Office Manager. He is President of the Association for Community Teamwork (ACT) organization, and previously served as COO for Project for a Calculated Transition (PACT). He has achieved training certificates from Bard College, Vassar College, and Yale University, and has also created and facilitated courses in Real Estate and Spanish as a second language. 

Jared Bozydaj (Green Haven)  is a member of PACT (Project for a Calculated Transition) at Green Haven CF, a long-term organization sponsored by Yale University. He has formerly been the secretary of the “Holy Name Society”. Jared is a writer of poetry and short stories and has submitted work to the Prisoner Family Conference held annually in Texas and has been published in there annual book. He has facilitated a class in his facility exploring with other incarcerated individuals the whys of criminal thinking. Jared is currently working towards his Associates Degree in Liberal Arts as a student of the renowned Bard Prison Initiative

The Auxiliary Board is a group of friends and advisors of CURE New York. These are dedicated individuals who help the Board work on projects and further the interests of CURE New York.

THE AUXILIARY BOARD