Senior Vice President, Advocacy and Public Policy
Craig DeRoche serves as senior vice president for advocacy and public policy at Prison Fellowship, the nation’s largest outreach to prisoners, former prisoners, and their families. He leads the organization’s efforts to advance restorative criminal justice reform at the state and federal levels. A recognized subject-matter expert, he has testified before Congress and confers with lawmakers to help them design legislation that prioritizes accountability, community participation, and second chances.
DeRoche made front-page news when, at 34, he became the speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives. In 2010, he made national headlines again for two alcohol-related arrests, revealing a long-concealed addiction to alcohol. It was only after his arrests, the ensuing rehab, and a renewed focus on his Christian faith that he entered lasting recovery. He relates the story in Highly Functional, his 2015 memoir.
Since joining Prison Fellowship, DeRoche has brought his political acumen and personal experiences to the pursuit of restorative criminal justice. He pens op-eds for publications including The New York Times, The Washington Times, and The Christian Post. He serves on the Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections, a bipartisan body charged with making recommendations to Congress and the president about how to improve the federal corrections system. He is also a signatory to Right on Crime’s Statement of Principles on conservative criminal justice reform. Right on Crime is a project of the Texas Public Policy Foundation in cooperation with Prison Fellowship and the American Conservative Union Foundation.
Director of Government Affairs
Heather Rice-Minus serves as director of government affairs at Prison Fellowship, the nation’s largest outreach to prisoners, former prisoners, and their families. She is a powerful, knowledgeable voice articulating the case for restorative criminal justice solutions.
As leader of Prison Fellowship’s policy staff, Rice-Minus directs lobbying, research, and legislative campaigns on pivotal criminal justice issues at the state and federal levels. She also spearheads its efforts to build coalitions with advocacy groups, think tanks, faith-based organizations, and other key stakeholders in Washington.
Rice-Minus has contributed to stories about criminal justice reform in outlets including Slate, CBN News, PBS’ Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, and World magazine. Though sought after for her wide-ranging policy expertise, Rice-Minus is also personally vested in justice reform as someone who has both been a victim of crime and walked alongside a family member during his incarceration.
A native of Virginia, Rice-Minus resides in Washington, with her husband. Prior to her tenure at Prison Fellowship, she managed advocacy efforts on behalf of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture. She is a graduate of George Mason University School of Law and Colorado State University. She is a member of the Virginia State Bar.
Senior State Campaign Manager
Kate Trammell serves Prison Fellowship as the senior state campaign manager, overseeing state policy campaigns on criminal justice and juvenile justice reform. While coordinating with state coalition partners and policymakers, Trammell plans and supervises legislative research in support of federal and state advocacy priorities. She serves as primary facilitator of the Faith and Justice Fellowship, a bipartisan body of members of Congress, governors, and state legislators motivated by their faith traditions to advance restorative values in criminal justice reform. Prior to joining Prison Fellowship, Trammell worked as a magistrate for the Supreme Court of Virginia. She is a graduate of the Liberty University School of Law and is a member of the Virginia Bar.
Senior Program Services Coordinator
Caitlin Dawkins serves Prison Fellowship as the senior program services coordinator, planning and facilitating projects and events for the organization's advocacy and public policy work. With extensive project management experience, Dawkins works to build awareness and develop a network of support for the formerly incarcerated. She also researches and drafts communications to help challenge and shape public perceptions of those who have paid their debt to society and want to become productive citizens. Before joining Prison Fellowship, Dawkins was a regional capacity coach in South Carolina, providing technical assistance, strategic plan development, deliverable and project evaluation, and budget management. She holds an MBA from Strayer University with an emphasis on project management and a bachelor’s degree from Winston-Salem State University.
Advocacy Volunteer Coordinator
Sullivan joined Prison Fellowship in January 2016. As advocacy volunteer coordinator, Sullivan works with a network of high impact volunteers to pursue restorative justice values in our law and culture. She coordinates and equips these volunteers to raise awareness about people impacted by crime and incarceration in their churches and communities and to engage in the legislative process. Before joining Prison Fellowship, Sullivan directed alumni programs at Georgetown University and Episcopal High School. She most recently served as communications director of a local church. Sullivan holds a Master’s degree from Miami University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Richmond.
Legislative Research Associate
Jeremiah Mosteller serves Prison Fellowship as a legislative research associate, using technical research and writing to inform state and federal advocacy campaigns and other efforts supporting justice that restores. Before joining Prison Fellowship, he was an intern at Liberty Counsel in Orlando, Florida, and the Office of General Counsel at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. He also worked as a constituency services intern for a United States congressman. In addition to conducting legal and statistical research, Mosteller has experience drafting motions, memos, and other legal memoranda on a broad range of legal issues. Mosteller is a graduate of the Liberty University School of Law, with a juris doctorate and a master's degree in business administration. He holds an undergraduate degree in political science from Western Carolina University.