2019 Keynote Speakers

HANNE LARSON

Co-founder; Straight Ahead Ministries
Author

BIOGRAPHY:
Hanne Larson and her husband Scott co-founded Straight Ahead Ministries, an international ministry focused on reaching juvenile offenders in more than 300 juvenile detention centers in 19 states and five countries and a myriad of aftercare programs when youth return home.

Hanne has worked full-time with troubled teens and juvenile offenders since 1981, and is the author of the book 9 Charles Street: Remembering the Power of the Lord, that details their ministry with kids living in their home while transitioning out of juvenile detention centers.

Hanne and Scott reside in Worcester, MA. She has two grown children, Sarah and David.

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REV. HAROLD DEAN TRULEAR, Ph.D.

Professor; Howard University School of Divinity

BIOGRAPHY:
Dr. Harold Dean Trulear, Ph.D. Professor at Howard University School of Divinity. Dr. Trulear is the author of over 100 articles, book chapters, essays and published sermons. His important monographs include “Faith Based Initiatives with High Risk Youth”, “The African American Church and Welfare Reform”, and “George Kelsey: Unsung Hero”.

He directs a national research and demonstration project called “Healing Communities”  mobilizing congregations to support those returning from incarceration through the establishment of family and social support networks. With Charles Lewis and W. Wilson Goode, he is co-editor of the book “Ministry with Prisoners and Families: The Way Forward” (Judson Press 2011).

Through his research and activism he has been named a Fellow at the Center for Public Justice in Annapolis, Maryland, and served as a consultant to the Faith and Families portfolio of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. In 2014, Dr. Trulear was named as one of “14 Faith Leaders to Watch” by the Center for American Progress. He also serves as a member of the Executive Session on Community Corrections at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

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BRUCE NODDIN

Founder/Director; Maine Prisoner Re-Entry Network
Co-founder; Rose’s Room

BIOGRAPHY:
Bruce Noddin lives in Lewiston, Maine and is the founder and Director of the Maine Prisoner Re-Entry Network (MPRN), an organization established to measurably reduce Maine’s recidivism rate, the highest in New England.  MPRN also oversees REPAIR of Maine and Rose’s Room. Bruce is responsible for spreading REPAIR’s unique direct care re-entry services to all areas of Maine through MPRN’s vast network of community partners. 

Bruce is the co-founder of Rose’s Room, a support group for the families and loved ones of those who are or have been incarcerated. Rose’s Room has chapters in five Maine communities, and is growing. He leads a weekly Jail Ministry at the Androscoggin County Jail in Auburn, Maine, serving 30-50 incarcerated men every Thursday evening.

Bruce and his wife Susan have 2 grown children (son Brooks, daughter Paris) two step-daughters (Brianna and Angela) and two grandchildren (Sophia & Amelia). Bruce is a former small business owner, internet retailer, and political organizer. When Bruce isn’t working, volunteering, or enjoying family time you can find him fly fishing Maine’s rivers & streams, hiking, skiing, cycling, mountain-biking, or playing guitar and singing with his Dad.

PLENARY SESSION TOPIC(S):

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