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). Prior to 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 is able to 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.

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.

Edward Amaya

Chief Development Officer

Edward Amaya joined Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP) as Chief Development Officer to expand PEP’s impact across North America. Edward has extensive leadership experience in business, entrepreneurship, and global nonprofit work. He has led strategic planning development for numerous companies and nonprofits and has traveled the world as a keynote speaker for critical social causes.

Mr. Amaya has held leadership positions within a $9B publically traded company with 300,000 worldwide employees, to nonprofit leadership responsibilities over strategic gifts development, Foundations and Corporate partnerships, Planned and Legacy giving, fundraising events, volunteer development, new donor acquisition, generational strategies (Silent, Boomers, Gen X, Millennials, Gen Z), marketing, digital strategy, and communications, as well as executive responsibilities over programs and operations.

Edward has an unrelenting passion for innovation, growth, and keeping relevant. He is driven to see lives transforming in powerfully tangible ways that matter to all of us. He lives in Dallas, TX with his wife, Carolina.

Kristie Wisniewski

Women’s Program Coordinator

Kristie Wisniewski was recently promoted to Women’s Program Coordinator after having served as PEP’s Chief of Staff and Human Resources Manager since joining PEP in 2007. Her experience includes human resources management, office management, and contract administration. In addition to her duties as Program Coordinator, she also works within PEP’s development team to build relationships with various constituencies.

Prior to joining PEP Kristie worked in private equity, energy capital, gas and power marketing, oil and gas market research and the oil and gas industry. She also owned and operated a small business services company. Kristie attended North Texas State University and Texas A&M University where she studied business. Kristie and her husband, Wayne, reside in Houston; they have two grown sons, two daughters-in-law and four grandchildren.

Brian Troy

Executive Relations Manager, Houston

Brian Troy is our Executive Relations Manager in Houston responsible for coordinating monthly events at the Cleveland Unit and recruiting prospective volunteers and supporters through meetings and public speaking engagements. Brian is also an Entrepreneurship Instructor at the Cleveland Unit. Furthermore, Brian has worked as a Transitional Coordinator for PEP and is a Class XIX graduate of the program.

Brian has extensive sales experience in the financial services and logistics industry and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography with a Speech Communications minor from Texas Tech University. Brian also held positions in construction and retail management and served in the U.S. Army Reserve.

Stephen Fucile

Executive Relations Manager, North Texas

Stephen Fucile is our Executive Relations Manager in North Texas. He is responsible for coordinating monthly events at the Sanders Estes Unit in Venus, TX and recruiting prospective North Texas area volunteers and supporters through meetings and public speaking engagements to bring community awareness to the human potential within Texas prisons.

Stephen is an Estes Winter ’18 graduate and Business Plan Competiton finalist. After graduation, Stephen spent his time helping other participants develop their business plans and teaching them professional sales skills.

Patrick McGee

Manager Prison Initiatives

Gami Jasso

In Prison Program Manager, Estes

Greg Phillips

In Prison Program Manager, Cleveland

David Flores

Character Development Specialist

Adam Cantu

Character Development Specialist

Theresa Black

Family Liaison

Tara Freeman

Family Liaison

Sandra Jasso

Family Liaison

Laura Stiehl

Family Liaison

Marc Gamez

Transition Coordinator, Houston

Jeremy Jones

Transition Coordinator, Dallas

Harvey Mai

Re-Entry Manager, Houston

Jason Moore

Re-Entry Manager, Dallas

Joshua Munoz

Re-Entry Manager, Austin

Michael Galloway

Transition Coordinator, Houston

Timothy Washington

Transition Coordinator, Dallas

Timothy Daniels

Transition Coordinator, Houston

Courtney Dykstra

Bookkeeper

Max Han

Fleet/Office Manager

Robert McCoy

Recruiting

Edison Nguyen

IT Specialist

Roger Bewley

Development Services

Brandon Green

Marketing & Communications

Jason Wright

Foundations & Corporate Partnerships

Mr. ROBERT BARKLEY

Principal
Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss, Inc.

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. BRANDON HOLCOMB

VP – Investment Management
Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Mr. MIKE HUMPHREY

Senior VP
Tanglewood Investments, Inc.

Mr. ROGER MANNY

Executive VP & CFO
Range Resources Corporation

Mrs. NANCY WHITE

Timex Corp. (Retired)

CHARLES BLAIN

Urban Reform

DANIEL CAHILL

Equip-Co

Cathy Cobb

Charter Title Company

Philippe Cras

Private Investor and Developer

SANDI DILLON

Corporate Development Specialist

J.W. Wall

Moody Rambin Interests

GENIE ERNETA

HRS

JOHN HARRELL

Deloitte (Retired)

CRISTIAN HERNANDEZ

On Sight Welding

Bill Hopkins

Retired

Jim Hughes

Marsh

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)

BEN MORRIS

Sanders Morris Harris

Jeff Offutt

JITA Printing

Monte Pendleton

Silver Fox Advisors

Ben Pigati

Arena Energy

Abrahm Turner

Insperity

KEITH BERRY

Intermodal Bridge Transport

KEITH BIRD

Alcon (Retired)

MARC BIRNBAUM

MAB

TIMOTHY BLACK

Oracle

DAVID BLANCHARD

Voya Financial

ROBERT CALLAHAN

Hewlett-Packard Co.(Retired)

JAVIER CREIXELL

Trinity Fiduciary Partners, LLC

KEN DUNHAM

Rogers-O’Brien Construction Company

Roy Foster

Andrews Distributing

MICHELE Gagne

Novartis

JON GOODALE

Leaven Exchange

Steve Heussner

Mogul Wealth Strategies, LLC

JIM HOLLOWAY

hGroup

KERRI MATHEWS

Talent Boost, LLC

JOHN SELZER

Septariate, LLC

LYNN NEWMAN

McCaslin Barrow Henderson, LLC

KEVIN RAINEY

Corp Car LLC

DAVID RAINS

Commercial Finance Consultants

David Sakamoto

Alcon (Retired)

SCOTT J. SCHLEGEL, CPA, CFP®

SchlegelDunn LLC

ALLISON SCHLENDER

The Coca-Cola Company

CARL THOMAS

PR Incorporated

BRENT TAYLOR

Unique Concepts

Lindsay Williambrown

 Change Management Consultant

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

David Rains – Integrity Selling

President, Commercial Finance Consultants

Colleen Rickenbacher – Business Etiquette

Colleen Rickenbacher, Inc.

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

Professional Training and Coaching