Bryan Kelley

Chief Executive Officer

Bryan Kelley serves as the CEO—Chief Empowerment Officer as we like to call it—of the Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP). Before his current position, Bryan has been a consummate servant-leader in many roles for PEP: Peer Educator, Executive Judge, Business Plan Advisor, Mentor, Character Coach, Transition Coordinator, Case Manager, and Executive Relations Manager to name a few. He has also been a conduit of innovation, wise stewardship, and fun when performing other tasks such as property manager, eSchool instructor, public speaker, event coordinator, volunteer recruiter, fundraiser, and friend-raiser.

Bryan has been a part of our organization since 2007 and graduated with Class 21 at the Cleveland Unit where he was voted “Mr. PEP.” He joined our staff shortly after his fresh start in 2014 and has earned his way up the ladder of our family with integrity and execution. Bryan knows well both sides of the fence and can bridge the razor wire gap—and communicate a message of hope and love—as well as anyone. PEP’s 10 Driving Values are definitely in his DNA.

Bryan has a BS in psychology from Sam Houston State University. He has been a business owner and is currently serving on the governing board of another nonprofit organization that helps released felons secure much-needed clothing upon release. He is an active member of Watermark Community Church in Dallas, Texas, where he volunteers on the External Focus Team, specializing in prison ministry. He has also become a passionate prison-reform advocate giving voice to those who wear the scarlet letter of ex-felon. Each day, Bryan models the blessed hope of what it can mean when one lives out the mission of PEP.

Bryan Kelley Interview on The Texas StandardJanuary 5, 2021

Phi Tran

Chief Operating Officer

Phi Tran serves as Chief Operating Officer. Phi is PEP’s longest serving employee, integral in the creation of the program’s back-end services (financial management, receipting, audits, database and technology systems, etc.) He is primarily responsible for building out and managing all of our re-entry and reintegration services.

Phi has worked for PEP since October 2004 and has served in many different capacities over the last six years, beginning with design and development of a comprehensive database for case management. He actively manages PEP’s in-prison programs as well as chairing all of management meetings for the organization.

Phi brings to PEP a diverse entrepreneurial background with multiple successful ventures in industries ranging from technology distribution to entertainment. He was the founder and owner of JDP Production, an organizer of entertainment events. Previously, he founded and owned a company called Panorama, a storefront selling Japanese animation products. The business rented videos to a 600-member customer base and sold related products, generating monthly sales of up to $30,000 over two years. Phi holds a Bachelors Degree in Accounting at the University of Houston.

Tim Hamilton

Chief Financial Officer

Tim Hamilton serves as Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for PEP’s fiscal management as well as that of our for-profit venture, Auto-Lab of Texas. He has worked in public accounting, both with a national firm and with a sole practitioner. In both practices, Tim’s client base was almost entirely entrepreneurial businesses – owners who need hands-on financial expertise to solve day-to-day problems including financing, bonding, accounting controls and automated systems.

He has also worked as a small business consultant in the Dallas Minority Business Development Center, a U.S. Department of Commerce initiative. Tim owns Rock Pointe Financial Services to provide accounting and financial services to individuals and small businesses. Both with unit campus teaching and post-release consulting, Tim’s personal and financial experiences are a great match with our participants’ needs. Tim holds BS and MS degrees in Accounting from the University of North Texas and received his CPA license in 1986.

Allison Sheeder

Director of Development

Allison Sheederhas over ten years of experience leading nonprofits and strategic relationship development. Prior to the Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP), she served on the Development team at The Salvation Army, where she worked to align, cultivate, and strengthen key partner relationships. Allison managed a portfolio of 200 key family relationships, Foundations, and corporations by converging mission and passion with program funding priorities. During her tenure, she oversaw strategic planning and execution for year-round giving initiatives, as well as elevating partner goodwill across the community. Earlier in her career, Allison worked in marketing, overseeing digital and print campaigns for several Fortune 500 companies.

Al Massey

Executive Relations Manager, Houston

Al Massey is our Executive Relations Manager in Houston responsible for coordinating monthly events at the Oliver J. Bell Unit (Cleveland) and recruiting prospective volunteers and supporters through meetings and public speaking engagements.

Riley Flores

Executive Relations Manager, Dallas

Riley Flores is our Executive Relations Manager in Dallas responsible for coordinating monthly events at the Sanders Estes Unit (Venus) and recruiting prospective volunteers and supporters through meetings and public speaking engagements.

Patrick McGee

Director of In-Prison Initiatives

David Flores

In Prison Program Manager, Estes

Greg Phillips

In Prison Program Manager, Oliver J. Bell

Carl Bracy

Director of Education

Jeff Humphrey

Leadership Academy

Tara Freeman

Events Coordinator

Theresa Black

Family Liaison

Laura Stiehl

Family Liaison

Donald Jones

Re-Entry Manager, Houston

Jason Moore

Re-Entry Manager, Dallas

Gerald Dooley

Life Caddie, Dallas

Jeremy Jones

Life Caddie, Dallas

Edin Rodriguez

Life Caddie, Houston

Michael Galloway

Life Caddie, Houston

Stephen Guajardo

Life Caddie, Houston

Courtney Dykstra

Bookkeeper

Max Han

Fleet/Office Manager

Mi Lai

Curriculum Curator

Edison Nguyen

IT Specialist

Brandon Green

Marketing & Communications

Mr. ROBERT BARKLEY

Principal
Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss, Inc.

Mr. Oliver J. Bell

CEO
Oliver Bell

Mr. Charles Blain

President
Urban Reform Institue

Mr. DOUGAL CAMERON

President
Cameron Management, Inc

Mr. MIKE COFFEY

Owner
Intex Commercial Flooring

Mr. PAT GOTCHER, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

CEO
LifeSynch, Inc. (Retired)

Mr. STEVE HAUSMAN

CEO
Triumph Business Capital

Mr. MIKE HUMPHREY

Senior VP
Tanglewood Investments, Inc.

Mr. ROGER MANNY

Executive VP & CFO
Range Resources Corporation (Retired)

Mrs. NANCY WHITE

Timex Corp. (Retired)

Kappie Boles

Jack Browder

Travis Chulick

Partners Group

John Crabb

90 MPH

John Hunter

National Sealants & Lubricants, Inc

DAVE JACOBS

TechKnowledge Consulting

Geoff Lanceley

Wealth Enhancement, Inc.

MELVIN MALTZ

Lone Star Advisory Group

KEITH MCJUNKIN

McJunkin & Associates, Inc.

GUILLERMO MENDOZA

Impact Coaching Solutions

BILL MILLER

Goldman, Sachs & Co. (Retired)

Monte Pendleton

Silver Fox Advisors

Cully Platt

Bank of America

Adele Stotler

5212 West, Inc.

KEITH BERRY

Intermodal Bridge Transport

ROBERT CALLAHAN

Hewlett-Packard Co.(Retired)

JAVIER CREIXELL

Trinity Fiduciary Partners, LLC

Roy Foster

Andrews Distributing

MICHELE Gagne

Novartis

Steve Heussner

Mogul Wealth Strategies, LLC

JIM HOLLOWAY

hGroup

Melissa Horner

LYNN NEWMAN

McCaslin Barrow Henderson, LLC

David Sakamoto

Alcon (Retired)

SCOTT J. SCHLEGEL, CPA, CFP®

SchlegelDunn LLC

JOHN SELZER

Septariate, LLC

Cindy Vandersleen

ELIZABETH ENGLISH

The Council of State Governments Justice Center

BOB GRAHAM

AIM Management (Retired)

Kyle Henderson

First Baptist Athens

Jo Kwong

The Philanthropy Roundtable

JERRY MADDEN

Right on Crime

PAUL MORRIS

SupportFocus, Inc

JEFF SMITH

Concordance Academy

In addition to the classroom leaders from our staff and servant leaders, we also rely on a number of other individuals for their expertise and assistance with specific parts of our curriculum.

Jim Arnold – Toastmasters

Keith Bird – Men’s Life, Estes Unit

Vice President, Global Engineering and Manufacturing Strategy, ALCON

Keith Frazier – Men’s Life, Cleveland Unit

President and CEO, Bird’s Nest Services, Inc.

Steve Hausman – Integrity Selling

President, Advance Business Capital

Michael Humphrey – Business Case Studies

Chairman, Communitas Auto Group, LLC

Colleen Rickenbacher – Business Etiquette

Colleen Rickenbacher, Inc.

John Younker, Ph. D. – Myers Briggs Type Inventory

Professional Training and Coaching