Herbert J. Hoelter is Co-Founder, Chairman of the Board, and Chief Executive Officer of NCIA. Mr. Hoelter is recognized as one of the country’s leading experts in sentencing and the federal prison system and in developing alternative programs to incarceration. Click here to read Herb Hoelter’s Criminal Justice blog.
Kirk Larter joined NCIA in 2005 and is currently Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration. He is responsible for the agency’s financial planning and reporting, general accounting, human resources, information technology, and real estate and fleet management.
Rhonda Pierce, SPHR, PMP joined NCIA in January 2011 as Vice President of Human Resources with 20 years of human resource leadership experience in both nonprofit and for-profit organizations.
Earl S. El-Amin is the Vice President of Program Development and is responsible for developing and implementing new programs. He has over 25 years in management positions at community based nonprofit organizations.
Dr. Larry Norris brings over 35 years of experience in the field of education to his position as Vice President and Executive Director of Youth Services. Throughout his career, Dr. Norris has focused on special education and the needs of youth with intellectual and emotional disabilities.
Rodney Norris, MHS joined NCIA in 1995 and is currently Executive Director of the NCIA Adult Programs. His areas of responsibility include operations, finance, and supervision of the Adult residential program and the Career Development Center, which collectively serves over 250 individuals and employs 350 staff. He also supervises the design and implementation of new vocational and supported employment programs, as well as the community and business relationships that pertain to these programs.
Lindsay Hayes began his employment as a research assistant with NCIA in 1978. He has been Program Director of the NCIA Jail Suicide Prevention and Liability Reduction program since 1980, and currently operates from NCIA’s office in Mansfield, Massachusetts.
Ava Powell, MHS is the Program Director of the Youth Residential Services program. She started her career at NCIA where she worked for 14 years before recently returning. She brings over 20 years of clinical and administrative experience in working with at-risk youth and their families.
Kenneth Truitt, LCSW-C is the Clinical Director of Youth Services. Ken has been with NCIA since 1998 and has over 25 years of management and clinical experience serving youth. He has a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Kentucky.
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Dr. Jerome G. Miller is Co-Founder and member of the Board of NCIA and Clinical Director of the Augustus Institute for Mental Health – Virginia. He holds a doctorate in psychiatric social work and is recognized as one of the nation’s leading authorities on corrections and clinical work with violent juvenile and adult sex offenders. Dr. Miller remains an active voice calling for reforms in intuitions in the US. Click here for Dr. Miller’s blog.
Herbert J. Hoelter is Co-Founder, Chairman of the Board, and Chief Executive Officer of NCIA.
Lindsay Hayes is the Program Director of the NCIA Jail Suicide Prevention and Liability Reduction program.
John F. Lessner is Healthcare Counsel to Erickson Living Management, a developer and manager of continuing care retirement communities.
Christine Pahigian has worked for over 25 years in the field of criminal and juvenile justice, in sentencing advocacy and the development of alternatives to incarceration at direct service, policy and government levels practitioners. Ms. Pahigian currently serves as Executive Director of Friends of Island Academy, a youth development center which breaks the cycle of incarceration by building the capacity of young people to become contributing citizens.
Vince Wesley is Senior Vice President and Manager of the Not-For-Profit Division of SunTrust Bank and has spent over 20 years working with Not-For-Profit organizations.
Frances Wright has been in banking 30 years. Since Joining M&T in 1999 she has specialized in working with Not-For-Profit organizations. Her clients range from community-based organizations to educational institutions including colleges and universities, charter schools and independent schools.