We are excited to show off all of the dedicated and generous souls who are committed to supporting LifeChangers in serving returning citizens.
We have a small but mighty team, working to further the mission of LifeChangers. We are excited for the explosive growth we are experiencing. We know this is just the beginning of teaching people how to STAY L.I.T. (LifeChangers In Training)!
Please meet our Volunteers, Interns and Board Members:
Chairperson, Board of Directors
Ericka Scott is a mother and grandmother. She is passionate about helping the younger generation gain the knowledge and wisdom needed to take their place in society.
Unfortunately, parents are working harder to maintain the same standard of living, as just five years ago. Schools are stretched on resources and qualified staff. There is no place for the at-risk teenagers to find the help needed.
Unfortunately, this leads too many to the streets and a life of crime.
The biggest problem is that it seems slice there is a price tag on the heads of our teens and young adults. It’s more beneficial, for some corporations, to keep people in their prisons, than in society. The “profit prisons” have too much influence on how our youth are educated, and the laws.
I am determined to take the grips of those “profit prisons” off of young adults. The programs, classes and workshops that taught them valuable skills while incarcerated, have been taken out of the prisons and jails. Why is that?
LifeChangers will do the best we can, to teach every workshop participant how to obtain and maintain gainful employment.
Rashia van den Ende
Communications Organizer, Volunteer
Secretary, Board of Directors
Rashia van den Ende is one of the founding staff members of LifeChangers, Inc., as well as our Communications Organizer. Rashia quite literally has her hands in almost every aspect of the organization. This young woman has many great responsibilities within our organization, maintains all our social media accounts, takes care our graphic design needs, and tracks our analytics to name a few.
After years of providing customer service in the work force, Rashia decided to join the LifeChangers team to continue to help others in a way that she never thought she would. Helping those in need has always been a life goal for Rashia, which is part of what drew her to LifeChangers, Inc. This opportunity has not only been a learning experience, but also, has given her a way to put her talents to great use.
Having experienced her own family members become part of the corrections system, Rashia understands firsthand how this can affect not only the person themselves, but also their family and friends. What inspires Rashia to continue to work with the LifeChangers team is not just the opportunity to help others, but more so the ability to have a helping hand in changing the lives of those who the world has deemed less worthy.
Volunteer Program Director – L.I.T. Academy
Akeisha has worked in community outreach determined to make a difference by bridging gaps for close to two decades.
She has been an advocate for criminal justice reform and reentry programs in communities where juveniles and adults are most susceptible to spending their lives behind bars by giving them the necessary resources needed to help reduce recidivism.
Many of those resources included employment assistance, housing assistance, childcare, educational programming, etc.
Akeisha obtained her Master’s Degree in Organizational Management with a specialization in Leadership. Akeisha is a firm believer in the power of positive thinking and helping other succeed!
Akeisha has joined LifeChangers as a Volunteer Prgram Director over L.I.T. Academy. We believe her experience, passion and skills will prove to be a good fit for the team fueling the charge that is already in motion.
Visit the Contact Us page to reach out to Akeisha.
Admin Assistant, Volunteer
Now, semi-retired from the entertainment industry, Angela Scott can spend more time helping the less fortunate in a variety of ways.
Angela has a gift of giving – offering whatever resources are available to her, to help someone else’s situation be better.
It is the sense of community and each one, teach one, that magnetized Angela to LifeChangers, Inc.
Angela has supported the vision and mission of LifeChangers since its inception. She now has joined the mission as a volunteer.
Angela is currently working to grow the transitional housing program from a plan on paper, to a dream-come-true.
We are excited to welcome Angela as the newest Volunteer, passionately working to reduce the rate of incarceration and recidivism in the United States.
Bill Buckner, Esq.
Legal Counsel, Member, Board of Directors
Bill is passionate about helping LifeChangers support the individual, their family, and the community, in which they live, experience a smooth reintegration process.
Bill is a husband and father. He and his wife have been long-standing, active members of their community. As the coach his sons’ football and basketball teams, during their residency in the Atlanta, Ga area and while living in Texas.
During the 10+ years as a youth sports coach, Bill often paid the tournament fees and expenses, personally, enabling the players who came from economically disadvantaged households to participate in the team activities.
Bill brings to LifeChangers years of experience and knowledge of the legal system. He has proven to be an invaluable source of information for LifeChangers as a nonprofit organization, and its work in the community.
Google Ads and Analytics Manager, Volunteer and Board Member
My name is Arianne Garcia.
If you need an editor for your project, a copywriter, a consultation, SEO expertise, A/R expertise, or a new productive addition to your team, I’m your person.
I’m an autistic adult with ADHD based in San Antonio, Texas (CST). I’ve written about being late-diagnosed autistic since I was diagnosed by a psychiatrist in 2016. I’m an Editorial Board Member for Stairway to STEM, a website resource for autistic students/students on the autism spectrum transitioning from high school to college. I frequently peer review for Autism in Adulthood academic journal.
My website has my blog, my published works, resources I’ve found helpful, and my contact form. I am currently available for opportunities and open for projects.
Arianne is volunteerng to optimize all of our Google platforms – Ads and Analytics. Her bright and bubbly personality, coupled with her brilliance, radiates in her conversation and her work. We are truly pleased with all of the time, talents and effort Arianne is donating to LifeChangers!
Grant Writer, Volunteer
Jon grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area on the island of Alameda and attended UC Berkeley, where he obtained a BA in English.
Shortly, thereafter he began a career as an ESL teacher, teaching at a Christian Women’s college in Taiwan for 2 years.
He returned to America and spent a couple of years training as a monk in a Zen Buddhist monastery in Carmel Valley, California. He returned to the marketplace and worked in the Financial District in San Francisco as a mortgage broker.
After a decline in his career, he returned to Asia and taught English once again. In South Korea, he worked for the Ministry of Education in Seoul developing an English curriculum for the South Korean public school system.
He continued to work as an English teacher in the Far East for the next several years, working in China for 3 years and back and forth between Taiwan and South Korea for 8 years, and one year in Saudi Arabia teaching for the Ministry of Education before returning to America to live in Hawaii on the Big Island for the next 9 years.
He operated his own business online as an English teacher during that time.
In 2022, Jon switched to a new career as a freelance writer and began grant researching/writing.
He currently is working for an NGO in the Netherlands that assists Ukrainian refugees, mostly children, to deal psychologically with the trauma of the war, in addition to his work with Life Changers.
Jon is currently in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he has lived since November, ’21. He spends his free time exploring the desert of the American southwest, playing chess, and writing poetry.
He spends his free time exploring the desert of the American southwest, particularly the Grand Canyon, becoming a skilled chess player, and working on publishing his fifth volume of poetry.
Funding Researcher,, L.I.T. Intern
Hannah Minton is a senior majoring in Criminology at North Carolina State University. Upon graduation, Hannah hopes to pursue a career in behavioral or crime analysis, or research and content writing.
Hannah joined the LifeChangers mission because she has collegiate experience on ReEntry and crime trends or patterns and how they affect citizens. Hannah’s college major requires an internship, and LifeChangers was a perfect fit for her ten week course requirement.
We welcome Hannah, and are excited to see her grow in her role as Content Creator, writing blog posts for the LifeChangers website.
Video Creator, L.I.T. Intern
Salman Abdulrazak is a Senior at Shenyang Institute of Engineering. He will graduate with a degree in Computer Science & Technology. Salman joined the LifeChangers mission to fine-tune his skills as a Video Creator, something he works on for himself, aside from school. Salman is doing a great job setting up LifeChangers’ YouTube channel for SUCCESS!
Regarding my goals for the future, I plan to further my education, take what I learn and apply it to the computing industry in my native country Nigeria. This industry is rapidly growing and shows great potential, yet compared to other more advanced countries, it is still in its relative infancy.
By furthering my education, I expect to have the expertise, the perspective and the experience necessary to lead our industry to a new era.
In my free time I love to explore and learn about new trends.