Meet Our Team

Mary King - Executive Director

Mary King joined MCCD as Executive Director on January 1, 2016. She began working with people in prison as an intern at Huron Valley Women’s Correctional Facility in the early 80’s. In 1988 she created the Women’s Program at Option’s Center, for women with a felony conviction, and went on to become the first Coordinator for the Children’s Visitation Program, which brought children from all over Michigan for structured visits with their incarcerated mothers. This was also Mary’s first experience working with MCCD and the indomitable Beth Arnovits, who Mary still refers to as “her favorite boss.” In 2006, Mary began working as Community Coordinator for the Michigan Prisoner ReEntry Initiative (MPRI) in Washtenaw and Livingston Counties, where for eight years she engaged key stakeholders in a unified effort to provide evidence-based services for returning citizens.

Jason Smith, LMSW - Director of Youth Justice Policy

Jason Smith leads MCCD’s legislative advocacy efforts and serves as the coordinator of the campaign to raise the age of juvenile jurisdiction in Michigan 18. Additionally, Jason is responsible for managing several of MCCD’s projects that aim to reduce the use out of home placement through the statewide expansion of effective, community-based programming for justice-involved youth. In the past, Jason served as the lead researcher and co-author of "Restoring Kids; Transforming Communities,” a report the details the use of juvenile court diversion programs in Michigan.

Jason began his career in the field of juvenile justice as an intern with the Ingham County Circuit Court’s Family Division. After graduating from Michigan State University, Jason worked as a direct care provider at a transitional home for adjudicated girls, then as a case manager within Wayne County’s juvenile justice system. While working on his Master of Social Work degree at the University of Michigan, Jason interned with the Washtenaw County Michigan Prisoner Reentry Initiative and MCCD. Before joining MCCD in 2014, Jason co-managed a youth diversion program in Skokie, IL and was also a 2011 Youth Justice Leadership Institute Fellow with the National Juvenile Justice Network.

Heidi Frankenhauser - Operations Manager

Heidi Frankenhauser serves as MCCD's Operations Manager, supporting staff, interns, and contractors in all aspects of project management, communications, fundraising, and general administration. Heidi has a graduate degree in psychology and many years of experience in the non-profit sector, working with a broad variety of populations, including incarcerated artists, homeless families, and veterans. Heidi brings a diverse range of skills and knowledge to the MCCD team and is deeply invested in youth and adult justice reform. She has previously worked with the Prison Creative Arts Project, of Ann Arbor, and the IF Project, of Seattle. Outside of her paid work, she proudly serves as the Vice Chair of the board of the Ypsilanti Housing Commission.

Michelle Weemhoff - Senior Policy Advisor

Michelle Weemhoff, M.S.W., is the Founder and Lead Strategist of Next Generation Justice Consulting, LLC and part-time instructor at Western Michigan University’s School of Social Work. Over the past decade, she has held various roles at the Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency, including Deputy Director and Senior Policy Advisor, leading initiatives to improve court proceedings and quality legal representation for youth, expand the use of alternatives to detention and incarceration, and end the prosecution of youth in the adult criminal justice system. She frequently serves on statewide coalitions addressing justice reform, child welfare, mental health, race equity and the school-to-prison pipeline and has co-authored numerous reports, including MCCD's “Youth Behind Bars: Examining the Impact of Prosecuting and Incarcerating Kids in Michigan’s Criminal Justice System (2013) and the Youth Transition Funders Group’s “Blueprint for Youth Justice Reform (2016). Michelle received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Social Work degrees from the University of Michigan.

Kevin Harris - Nation Outside State Coordinator

Kevin Harris is the State Coordinator for Nation Outside. He is also the Senior Pastor at the Nazarene Baptist Church in Detroit, and former Chief of Staff and Current District Assistant for State Representative Leslie Love. Kevin Harris is a returning citizen who spent 14 years in the Michigan Department Of Corrections.

Antoniese Gant - Nation Outside Chapter Coordinator, Jackson

Antoniese Gant is the formerly incarcerated Coordinator for the Jackson Chapter of Nation Outside.  He was released in 2015 after serving a twenty year sentence within the Michigan Department of Corrections. He is an author, a business owner, a husband and father. More importantly, he is a fierce criminal justice reform advocate. 

Johnell Allen-Bey, Jr. - Nation Outside Chapter Coordinator, Flint

Johnell Allen-Bey is the coordinator and chair for the Nation Outside Flint Chapter. After serving 29 years with the Michigan Department of Corrections, Johnell is committed to developing change in our communities. After being released in 2018, he is relentless in his efforts and has left an indelible mark with Nation Outside, MCCD, Michigan Liberation, and the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office. He is also the proud owner of Johnell’s Transportation which delivers packages for Staples, Amazon, Walmart and Cardinals Pharmaceuticals. Johnell is happily married to Dr. Tshombe O. Allen and is a proud father and grandfather.

Percy Glover - Nation Outside Chapter Co-Chair, Flint

Percy Glover is currently a Program Manager at Oakland County Michigan Works/Pontiac. As a former employee of Mott Community College, General Motors, Elite Career Solutions, and as a contractor for the Michigan Department of Corrections, Percy has become an expert in workforce development, General Education Diplomacy, post-secondary education, prisoner reentry, admissions/recruitment, employment development, at risk youth services, mentor-ship, as well as community advancement.

As the co-chair for Nation Outside-Flint Chapter, Percy’s efforts have touched not only the residents of his community but also local and state agencies like Big Brothers & Big Sisters, My Brother’s Keeper, many of the local churches, YouthBuild, Project Safe Neighborhoods, Michigan Liberation, and The Boys and Girls Club.

Daniel Jones - MI-CEMI Project Coordinator

Daniel “Danny” Jones is a mediator, facilitator, speaker, and organizer. As a former Juvenile Lifer, Danny spent his time inside doing deep, introspective work, and mentoring others. In 2012, he worked to develop the Personal Enrichment and Parole Readiness program, which is now used in several prisons across the state. Upon his re-sentencing and release in March of 2019, Danny worked with AFSC to facilitate a national convening on Ending Perpetual Punishment, and has recently been contracted to continue this work in Washington, D.C. in an “Unlock the Box” campaign to end solitary confinement. In addition to working with MCCD, Danny is currently completing his Associates Degree in Business Management, has started his own company, IN POSITION, LLC. , and above all, is enjoying his freedom.  

Darci McConnell - Communications Consultant

Darci E. McConnell, president and CEO of McConnell Communications, Inc., in Detroit, has 29 years of experience in the areas of communications strategy, crisis management, media relations, marketing, advertising and political consulting. In 2016, she was recognized as the Pat Tobin Media Professional of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists.

 

Prior to establishing her company in 2004, McConnell spent 14 years as a reporter for newspaper outlets across the state as well as in Washington, D.C. Her personal passion is making a difference in the lives of young people, through mentoring programs and other opportunities.

Alan C. Young & Associates - Accountant

Alan C. Young & Associates, P.C. (ACY) is a City of Detroit based firm of independent Certified Public Accountants and Consultants. Our service areas include Audit (Financial and Compliance), Taxation, and our Business Service Group (BSG) which works internally to assist with any back room, Controller, and/or CFO related services. ACY brings their total firm experience, from partner to staff, on each engagement we enter into. The account representative at MCCD is Ms. Loraie Austin.

Jay Campbell - Graphic Design Consultant

Jay Campbell is an experienced, freelance graphic designer and recent Michigan transplant from Austin, Texas. Alongside his work at MCCD, he is the in-house designer for the University of Michigan Center on Law, Finance & Policy, and is currently attending the Stamps School of Art and Design.

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