North Save the Kids
Northwest Save the Kids
Alisha Page is a community advocate for change and passionate about ending mass incarceration. She’s has volunteered for the last 8 years creating and assisting with reentry programs. Additionally, an active comrade with Save the Kids originally with Wisdom Behind Walls but now wherever she is needed. She actively attends juvenile court advocating for families caught up in the system. Ms. Page facilitates equity training for k-12, and often provides guidance on teacher retraining. Ms. Page is also a small business owner who is passionate about helping people rebuild their credit and work on debt. She has been providing community workshops for financial literacy and small business for the past fifteen years. Ms. Pages holds a degree in Psychology concentration in Financial Management and B.A. in Sociology.
Reece Graham is a son, brother, uncle, nephew and friend to people who deserve better than what they receive from our justice system. He has no children, is unmarried, and has no idea how to work facebook, Instagram, or any other platform developed in the last twenty-five years due to his incarceration at an early age. In that time he has engaged in leadership development and mentorship through the Power of People Leadership Institute, specialized in nonviolent communication as an Alternatives to Violence Project facilitator, explored alternative justice systems and techniques as part of nearly two decades as a student and instructor for Restorative and Transformative Justice organizations. He currently resides in Seattle, and in addition to his activities with Northwest Save The Kids instructs in nonviolent communication training through Projects for a Civil Society, facilitates workshops and sits on the editorial board for the AVP Newsletter, and has a leadership role in the Inside Workers Organizing Committee fight to get conditional medical release and expanded early release programs for prisoners.
Marisol Adriana Burgueño A Bay Area native, Marisol has dedicated her career to public advocacy and to the intersections of design and social impacts. Marisol received her MA in Product Design & Development from ELISAVA Barcelona School of Engineering, and holds a BA in Industrial Design from the California College of the Arts. Marisol began her career through various roles in product design and visual communications for social entrepreneurship companies. After leaving the for-profit sector, she mobilized her knowledge of design and her background in communications to work with nonprofit anti-violence organizations and educational programs for underserved youth in the Bay Area. Marisol’s goals are fueled by her passion for ending the cycles of violence and poverty in her community, and building an equitable, interconnected society. She is committed to strengthening community partnerships, increasing access to resources, and public awareness.
Northeast Save the Kids
Luana DeJesus – Coordinator, Annual Transformative Justice and Abolition Criminology Conference
Lou DeJesus is a graduate of Williams College with degrees in Religion and History. She has an extensive background in theatre, puppetry and performing arts. Lou took part in Occupy NY, was pivotal in bringing the Black Lives Matter movement to Buffalo N.Y. and continues the abolitionist fight against the preschool to prison pipeline, mass incarceration and all other carceral structures of racist oppression. She is also proud to be a lead organizer with the Third World People’s Alliance. She works closely with the Little Africa Culture Club to build the movement through poetry, spoken word, political education and African centered cultural production. Most importantly, Lou is absolutely certain that the new world in our hearts will be a reality sooner than we could ever imagine.
South Save the Kids
Selinda Guerrero – Regional Coordinator
Selinda Guerrero, Afro-Latina Feminist, is the Albuquerque Coordinator for Save the Kids, a national all-volunteer organization building a movement to end the school-to-prison pipeline. She leads Millions for Prisoners, the New Mexico chapter, a national movement to abolish prisons and oppressive systems in the U.S. and beyond. Organizer for Justice for Jaquise Lewis (“Albuquerque’s Trayvon Martin”) continuing our fight for justice. She is a Black Lives Matter organizer with Building Power for Black New Mexico. She is a single mother of six with deep roots in New Mexico. She grew up in a gang environment consisting of violence and drug activity. As a teen mother and eighth grade pushout she became active and motivated to work for change by building networks of community alliances over the last twenty-five years.
Moneka Stevens – Regional Coordinator
Moneka Stevens serves as the Community Engagement Director at Health Leadership High School. Since 2000, she has worked in community development and curriculum designed focused on Positive Youth Development as well as youth engagement in community transformation. She serves on a variety of Boards including the Bernalillo County Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities. Moneka earned her Masters from the University of New Mexico in Community & Regional Planning with a concentration in community development, youth development and youth policy.
Tony Quintana is a loving father, educator, emcee, and activist. He has worked in Health Promotion/Disease Prevention for over 9 years, and has managed health education programs on a wide variety of topics including HIV, diabetes, fitness and nutrition. As an emcee and show promoter, Tony (also known by his stage name I.Q. the Professor) has been very active in the local hip-hop scene in Albuquerque, NM where he co-founded the Conscious Eating and Hip-Hop event series, and is a co-founder of the Dezert Banditz hip-hop crew. He is currently the Plant-Based Eating Program Manager for Animal Protection of New Mexico and Youth Education Director for the Albuquerque Center for Spiritual Living.
Southeast Save the Kids
Jorge Palacios – Regional Coordinator
My name is Jorge, also know as BE!¡ and I have been rocking with Save the Kids since 2015. I first started working with Save the Kids with Bro David Michael. David and I currently rock Save the Kids with many activities that we do revolving around urban gardening in food deserts. We have a community garden in Overtown, Florida where we teach children and adults on how to grow their own food and give back to those in need. I currently work with a nonprofit where we build food forests in elementary schools all throughout Dade County, Florida. I have a business with my good friend, Sam, called Plant Philosophy where we grow plants, sell them, and conduct food justice workshops. Last, but not least, I am part of a nonprofit called The Green Haven Project, the mission is to build a food paradise in economically disadvantaged communities.
David Michael – Regional Coordinator
David Michael is a community activist that feeds the homeless and also gives back to the community by putting on events for the Youth he has ran two successful programs such as teaching the youth how to grow there own food and mentoring kids in the foster care system
Southwest Save the Kids
Dr. Anthony J. Nocella II, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology in the Institute of Public Safety at Salt Lake Community College. He is the editor of the Peace Studies Journal, Transformative Justice Journal, and co-editor of five book series including Critical Animal Studies and Theory with Lexington Books and Hip Hop Studies and Activism with Peter Lang Publishing. He has published over fifty book chapters or articles and forty books. Nocella is the National Coordinator of Save the Kids, Executive Director of the Institute for Critical Animal Studies, Director of the Academy for Peace Education, and acquisitions editor of Arissa Media Group. His work has been translated in Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, German, Korean, and Japanese. He has been interviewed by New York Times, Washington Post, Houston Chronicles, Durango Herald, Fresno Bee, Fox, CBS, CNN, C-SPAN, and Los Angeles Times.
Xris Macias is the Director of the DREAM Center at the University of Utah where he works with undocumented students and other students of mixed status. He has a masters degree in Education Culture and Society, where his research emphasis was on Lowriders being educational tools for marginalized communities. Aside from research of this artform, he is also a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellow, with the focus area of Latin America and is Chair of Chicana/o Scholarship Fund. He enjoys training Capoeira, and riding his bike. He is fluent in Spanish and can speak Portuguese and enjoys spending time with his two sons.
Gina C. Alfred is a Student Affairs Coordinator, and President of Staff Association at Salt Lake Community College. She holds a Bachelor of Religion in Biblical and Theological Studies from Liberty University and is certified in Leading with Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion through the University of Utah. As an avid champion and cheerleader for individuals representing the Global Majority, Gina makes it her priority to ensure that equal and equitable practices are harvested in their favor.
My name is Shawn Clay. I was convicted of a felony in 1997 I was sentenced to a 0-5 in the Utah State Prison. This Changed my life, prison didn’t prepare me for the set backs of being a felon. Today I’m a ordained Pastor and activist for prison reform and strengthening our urban communities and youth. I believe it will take the whole community working together to put a dent in the Recidivism rate and end the school to prison pipe line.