Terrie Buchanan-Dittman has worked in the Printing, Publishing and Direct Mail industry for more than 40 years in San Antonio, Texas, with companies such as Monarch Paper Company, The Psychological Corporation, and most recently The Watermark Group. She has held a board position with the San Antonio Postal Customer Council for more than 38 years, and holds certifications with the USPS for Mail Design Professional and many other certifications for Mail Design Consultant, Leadership 2000+ and Mail Center Professional certifications. She has been involved in many community activities, fundraising for The Epilepsy foundation, San Antonio Bereavement Center, Habitat for Humanity and Project SAVE, and currently participates on Victim Impact panels for Parole and Probation, speaking to many organizations such as Parents of Murdered Children, AA groups and more.

Terrie received the Governors Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award in 2009 for her volunteer services with Bridges to Life. Terrie has been volunteering for Bridges to Life at the Kyle facility since the fall of 2003, and also speaks at many of the other prisons around the San Antonio area. She also speaks regularly at the University of Texas at San Antonio and Austin for restorative justice classes and served for a short time as the Regional coordinator for the San Antonio area. She has assisted with other more personal situations with victims of violent crimes, helping them to understand they are not alone, and sharing her story with them of finding peace and forgiveness.

Terrie was followed home in March of 1995, and was shot 3 times in an attempted carjacking. The bullet that went into her neck was 1 cm from paralyzing her, and 1 cm from killing her. By the grace of God, she is sharing her story and helping others to heal and she finds healing and peace for herself. In recent years she was able to meet her offender and establish a relationship with him. Finding forgiveness for him and finding peace for herself.

Edward Davis has been a Certified Public Accountant in Texas since 1975. His professional experience includes over 20 years in Big Four accounting firms as a Federal and State tax specialist plus approximately 25 years in Chief Financial Officer positions in various industries. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Texas Christian University where he served as President of his social fraternity. Edward and his wife, Suzanne, currently reside in Wimberley, Texas. They were married in 1973 and have two children and six grandchildren.

Edward has been active in religious, community and social activities throughout his life. He has served as President and in numerous other officer capacities of various homeowner groups and on administrative boards and committees of churches. He founded and directed men’s bible study classes for many years and has served as a personal mentor to several young persons through various church programs.

Edward began volunteering for Bridges To Life in 2003. Through this restorative justice ministry, he has participated in scores of projects to assist hundreds of inmates, victim volunteers and small group facilitators to strengthen their faith in God, heal personal wounds, restore broken relationships, and find peace and purpose in their lives. He joined the Board of Directors in 2013 and currently serves as its Chairman.

 

Robert Dorrough, President and Chaplain of The God of Hope Ministries, has been involved in prison ministry since 1988.  Robert, a former campus police chief, saw crime spiral out of control.  After his first visit to a prison in 1988, he was deeply moved with compassion as he saw men who were living life without God and without hope.  In 2000, Robert left his job and career because he believed that God was calling him to go and share the message that “God is the God of Hope.”

In addition to leading The God of Hope Ministries, Robert also serves as a Volunteer Chaplain at the Travis Unit in Austin, Tx and at the Lockhart Unit in Lockhart, TX. Besides spending time with his wife Sharon, Robert also loves hiking, bike riding, fishing and traveling.

Bill Laughlin retired in 2016 after serving as Executive Director of The God of Hope Ministries here in Austin.  He continues to volunteer with them at the Travis State Jail, both as a Bible teacher and as a certified Facilitator in “Getting Ahead while Getting Out,” an international program for preparing inmates for release. Prior to working in prison ministry, Bill pastored in three churches over a 30-year period – both in Austin and in an international church in the Netherlands.  Bill is a native Texan, growing up in Houston where he met his wife Jo in high school. He holds degrees from Southern Methodist University (BSEE), Stanford University (MBA), and Dallas Theological Seminary (ThM).  Prior to becoming a pastor, Bill had a ten year career in the pollution control industry.  He and Jo have been married for 50 years and are the proud parents of Kristin, Curt, and Scott, all three married with wonderful families. He relaxes by reading widely, traveling with Jo, meeting with Christian men in mutual discipleship, and pursuing family genealogy and DNA research.

David Peña is the Founder and CEO of Texas Reach Out Ministries (TROM), which provides Transitional aftercare Services in a Christ centered living environment, that promotes spiritual growth and discipleship, for men and women released from prison. He graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Counseling and Psychology. He is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor by the state of Texas and an Ordained Minister. David is very involved with several international prison ministries. He has over 30 years of service to alcoholics and drug addicts and former inmates. He has worked as A Director for Texans’ War on Drugs and as a Director for Austin Recovery, in Austin, Texas. He has been married to his wife Margarita for over forty years, has four grown children and many grandchildren.

Kate Trammell serves as the senior state campaign manager at Prison Fellowship, the nation’s largest Christian nonprofit serving prisoners, former prisoners, and their families. She is well-versed in criminal law and research, and has unique expertise conducting state-level issue advocacy campaigns and equipping local churches for political engagement.

Each year, Trammell leads more than 10 state policy campaigns designed to bring justice that restores to those impacted by crime and incarceration across America. This work includes negotiating strategic partnerships, building and maintaining local and statewide coalitions, and directing state policy staff and lobbying activity.

Trammell also directs Prison Fellowship’s research and technical writing to build a data-centered approach to justice that restores. She serves the state policymaker members of the Faith and Justice Fellowship, a bipartisan body of members of Congress, governors, and state legislators motivated by their faith traditions to advance restorative values in criminal justice reform. Trammell has contributed to stories on criminal and juvenile justice reform in the Christian Post and Business Insider.

Prior to joining Prison Fellowship, Trammell worked directly with law enforcement, victims of crime, and criminal defendants as a magistrate for the Supreme Court of Virginia. She is a graduate of Liberty University School of Law with added studies in international law and comparative criminal procedure, and is a member of the Virginia State Bar. She resides in Northern Virginia with her husband and daughter.

Kit Van Arsdale, Southwest Regional Director, Bill Glass Behind the Walls – Kit began with Bill Glass as a volunteer Teammate on the Austin 2002 event. In 2008, he hired on as the IT and Communications Director.  From August 2013 until December of 2017, Kit served as the Youth and Missions Pastor at First Baptist Church in Mansfield, TX.  In February 2018, he assumed the newly created position of Southwest Regional Director at Bill Glass where is responsible for all the evangelism training events in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.  He holds a degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Dina Verhaalen believes the church is the foundation for healthy communities and says she is the product of it. In West Bend WI at Calvary Assembly of God church Dina gave her heart to the Lord and never turned away from Jesus or the Church. She was involved with the youth alive program and graduated from Calvary Life Academy Christian School. During that time Dina met and married her husband. They had four children and chose to raise their family in Waupaca Wi on Spencer Lake Christian Center. Their Family moved to Wimberley Texas after her husband miraculously recovered from stage four colon cancer and wanted a fresh start on life.
Dina and her family have attended  Cypress Creek Church in Wimberley since they moved. It is there that Dina heard of a program called Bridges to life and decided to join hoping  to understand Addiction. Dina was in the program when on April 9th 2008 their family received a tragic phone call that their daughter was found dead, in her apartment while away at  college. For 8 months Dina did not know who or why her daughter was murdered. It turned out to be a Pastors Son who was working as a maintenance man at her apartment complex. Someone the family never knew. During this horrific time Dina stayed involved with the BTL program but now as a Victim. Dina began sharing her story and the pain she and her family has had to endure. Dina says it was a very surreal turning process of involvement for her. Healing on this level can be so heavy and takes time. BTL was like a slow release of pressure as it was so much to endure all at once. To date Dina travels to various facilities in TX and abroad telling her story. It has brought much healing and purpose to living out this life. Dina says Bridges to Life is so powerful in the reality that it is Faith based and you need to freely want to take the program and receive from the program.