Chicago Board of Directors:
||Gerrell Tucker|| I was born on the westside of Chicago. For the most part I grew up on the Southside and came into my own in the Englewood area. I attended and graduated from The Prestigious Simeon Career Academy in 2006 and a little after a year later in the summer of 2007 I was arrested, convicted and then sentenced to 10yrs at 85% for 1st degree attempted murder. I was just 19 years old at the time. While incarcerated, especially towards the latter end on my sentence I began the process of reshaping my mind in order to change my ways so that my actions would reflect the man that I had grown into as oppose to the boy I was when I first entered the system. Since being released January 4, 2016 after serving 8 1/2 years I have been working effortlessly and diligently on utilizing everything that I learned form the whole ordeal to do and be better! And not just for me but for any and every other individual, man or women, who has been in the system to show them that just because you've been to prison for whatever reason that you can get out and live your life and be a productive citizen and thanks to FREEDOM HOUSE REENTRY EDUCATION and EMPLOYMENT CORPORATION I have been provided with a platform to do just that.
||Demetrius Cole|| Hello my name is Demetrius Cole, I am from the south side of Chicago, grew up in Humbolt Park. I enjoy reading, working out, and watching good movies. My goal here at Freedom House Reentry is to reach out and help in all that I can with whatever resources I can obtain in order to help anyone transitioning back into society to be a productive and positive citizen. I can tell you first hand that I understand how it feels to not be given a chance due to you having a criminal background. It becomes frustrating to a point, especially when you are trying to apply yourself and doing what's right. This is why I feel so strong about what Freedom House is trying to do in effort to help those that feel they have no sense of support, or resources.
||Earl Walker|| Mr. Earl M. Walker is the owner of the Head 2 Toe Fitness and Immaculate Cleaning & Hospitality. He is a Graduate Student (Criminal Justice) and has a B.S. in Psychology. A commitment to academic excellence resulted in his membership with the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society. Mr. Walker’s passion to pursue Social Justice for the marginalized in society led to his advocacy with organizations including F.O.R.C.E., Life Builders United, Stop Mass Incarceration Network, Community Renewal Society and the Education Justice Project. He is a published Author, accomplished Motivational Speaker, and a Mentor to at-risk youth and returning citizens. Currently, Mr. Walker has founded G.U.T.S. (Give Up The Streets) an anti-violence campaign for individuals seeking to renounce their ties to criminal or misguided activities and become productive and successful members of their communities.
||Andre|| Hello my name is Andre Archer I was born on the south side of Chicago and unfortunately, became a victim of Chicago by involving myself in streets and got myself incarcerated at an early age. I was Incarcerated for approximately 20 years. Now I'm trying to better myself by working here at FREE and going to school for my CDL.
||Michael Reed|| Hello my name is Michael Reed and I am a proud FREE employee. I love the fact that I am apart of a organization that focuses on reducing recidivism. I was formerly incarcerated and I look forward to helping individuals stay focused and not return to their past. I love the fact that FREE is giving me this opportunity to help others and move up the ladder within this organization.