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We are pleased to announce that Annie Lord has joined the Dallas Advisory Board of the Prison Entrepreneurship Program!

“Annie brings a wealth of community development experience to PEP,” says Bert Smith, CEO of PEP. “She has a great passion for our mission and I am confident that her insights will particularly strengthen our efforts to launch, grow, and sustain businesses owned by our graduates.”

Annie serves as a Vice President – Community Development Officer at Citi. In this capacity, she stewards the community development efforts.

After attending her first meeting of Dallas Advisory Board, Annie remarked that: “PEP is an ideal partner to help cities. The organization has a proven track record of dramatically reducing recidivism and its associated costs to the public. PEP graduates become successful business owners, employees, and contributors to our society, and I am proud to support this transformation.”

Annie also organizes volunteer opportunities for company employees … and we are very proud to say that, even when 4-5 months pregnant, she was not afraid to volunteer in prison with PEP at Class 20’s Pitch Day!

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Citi’s Annie Lord volunteering at the Prison Entrepreneurship Program.

Prior to joining Citi, Annie served as the Executive Director for the South Florida Community Development Coalition, a 57-member organization dedicated to improving the performance of the community development sector in Miami, Florida. Annie also previously served in a leadership role at the Latino Economic Development Center, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that equips Latinos and other DC-area residents with the skills and financial tools to create a better future for their families and communities.

Annie earned her MPP (Master in Public Policy, Economic Development) from Harvard – Kennedy School. She previously earned a BA in Latin American History and Literature from Harvard University.

Please join us in welcoming Annie to PEP!

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John Harrell entering prison through the “tunnel of love” at PEP!

As we mentioned a few weeks ago, we are honored to announced that John Harrell has joined PEP’s Houston Advisory Board!

John retired from Deloitte after 42 years, including 29 years as a partner. He primarily served as the lead client service and audit partner for public and private entities. For 4 years before retiring, John made regular trips to India where the U.S. Deloitte firm has a subsidiary.

He has been married to Diana, who is also involved in PEP, for 44 years. They have two children. They are both Master Naturalists where they enjoy their love of the coast through volunteering in wetlands restoration and other projects. John also plays golf and tennis, and is active in his church as well as Bible Study Fellowship.

John first came to a PEP in-prison event in 2011. He has since been to prison over fifteen times, and has rapidly become a vital part of every PEP class that has graduated over the past few years. His insights during our participants’ business pitches are always insightful, and he has made a tremendous impact on the aspiring entrepreneurs whom he has coached through our one-on-one events.

Welcome to the HAB, John!

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Nancy White attending a PEP Business Plan Competition!

As we mentioned last week, we are pleased to announce that Nancy White has joined our Houston Advisory Board!

Nancy is a native Texan who was raised in Fort Worth and Houston. She attended the University of Oklahoma and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in fashion design and a minor in marketing.

She started her professional career as a buyer with Foleys Department Store in Houston and then entered the public sector with the Houston Civil Service Commission where she developed and wrote promotional exams for the police and fire departments.  She then joined Timex Corporation in 1980 and enjoyed 24 years as Sales Manager covering a nine state area before retiring in 2004. Nancy was responsible for all sales and advertising for the major retailers and distributors with primary focus on the sports industry and sporting events.  During this time, she also served as a volunteer on the Special Children’s Committee with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo for 25 years.

Since retirement, Nancy has been a mentor with Spring Branch ISD working with a young girl at Spring Woods High School for the past 4 years.  She also serves on the Board of Trustees for the CHRISTUS Stehlin Foundation for Cancer Research and have chaired their annual fundraising gala in 2004 and 2011 netting over $1million collectively.  She enjoys playing on two competitive tennis leagues and a golf league.

Nancy is married to Tim White, with whom she raised two daughters. This adventuresome grandmother has not not only been to prison, but she has made a solo flight in a single-engine airplane! She is a member of Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church and the Grace Fellowship Sunday School class, which is where she met Monte and Linda Pendleton 8 years ago.

The Pendeltons invited Nancy to attend PEP in 2012 ……and she has been returning to prison ever since! 

Welcome to the HAB, Nancy!

We are pleased to welcome the following new volunteers to our Advisory Boards:

  • Keith Bird, Vice President Global Engineering & Manufacturing Strategy for Alcon (Dallas Advisory Board)
  • John Harrell, Retired Partner-Deloitte LLP (Houston Advisory Board)
  • Mabrie Jackson, President and CEO of the North Texas Commission (Dallas Advisory Board)
  • Nancy White, Retired – Timex Corporation (Houston Advisory Board)

To see the full list of our Dallas, Houston, Austin and National Advisory Boards, click here.

The Prison Entrepreneurship Program is able to operate with a lean staff thanks to the tremendous efforts of more than 650 annual volunteers. This includes hundreds of executives, entrepreneurs, bankers, MBA students and business leaders who join us throughout the year for our monthly in-prison events or who serve as remote Business Plan Advisors (editing business plans and conducting market research for our participants). Many others serve in roles such as mentors, teachers at our Tuesday evening “eSchool” program offered in both Dallas and Houston as well as hosts for our monthly family dinners at each of our three transition homes.

We are deeply grateful for all of their contributions.

However, the contributions of our advisory board members exceed those of all others. Almost all of them serve in multiple volunteer roles within our organization. But more critically, they provide tremendous support to our staff and our 7-member governing board. Through their contributions of time, talent and treasure, these advisors are tremendous resources for PEP.