Leadership

James J. AckermanJAMES J. ACKERMAN

PRESIDENT AND CEO

A seasoned executive with over 20 years of experience worldwide in leading advanced media companies, today James Ackerman leads Prison Fellowship in its mission to restore those affected by crime and incarceration.

While Ackerman formally joined Prison Fellowship in 2016, his desire to serve prisoners and their families began much earlier. Since his first visit to a prison – a 2004 tour of a Prison Fellowship faith-based unit – he has been a faithful prison ministry volunteer. Ackerman’s volunteer service in prison includes as a counselor to a man on death row in California’s San Quentin State Prison and as a pre-release instructor in Tennessee’s Riverbend Maximum Security Prison, through which he developed an ongoing mentoring relationship in and outside of prison with a man convicted of murder. He and his wife Martha have also coordinated Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree program at their church, creating pathways for incarcerated parents to restore and strengthen relationships with their children and families.

Ackerman has garnered a reputation as a highly effective executive, helping media companies like Documentary Channel, British Interactive Broadcasting, Broadway Systems, and Open TV navigate periods of transition and growth. In 2005 he founded Spinnaker Media to develop innovative entertainment and digital media companies. He also previously held roles at British Sky Broadcasting, A&E Television Networks, Hearst Entertainment, International Family Entertainment, and Grey Entertainment & Media.

Ackerman is a member of the second graduating class of the Colson Center’s Centurions program, now called the Colson Fellows program, and was personally mentored by Charles Colson, the founder of Prison Fellowship. He serves as chairman of the board for Accedo, a Stockholm-based global pioneer in video applications, and is a member of the board of directors of the International Documentary Association. He is a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard. He and his wife Martha reside in Washington, D.C. They have two adult children, Holden and Lily.

SENIOR LEADERSHIP TEAM

Prison Fellowship's Senior Leadership Team is composed of seasoned experts, leading the ministry with collaboration, transparency, and accountability.

TIM ROBISON

Executive Vice President, Administration and Operations

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SAM DYE

Senior Vice President, Field Operations


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CRAIG DEROCHE

Senior Vice President, Advocacy & Public Policy


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FRANK CERUTTI

Vice President, Development


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SENIOR STAFF

BRIDGET ATKINSON

Vice President, Human Resources

JOE AVILA

Regional Director, West

DAVE BAER

Regional Director, Southwest

MARY ENGLE

Regional Director, Mid-Atlantic/Great Lakes

VIVIAN FLEMING

Director of Finance

KELLY FRIEDLANDER

Director of Program Assessment and Marketing

DOUG GILLQUIST

Executive Director, Strategic Gifts

NORM HAWN

Vice President, Information Technology

DAN KINGERY

Vice President, Ministry Programs

BRENDA MCGOWAN

Regional Director, Midwest/Northeast

HEATHER RICE-MINUS

Director of Government Affairs

WILL RIDDLE

Director of Operations

KRISTINE STEAKLEY

Director of Planned Giving

STEPHEN TUCKER

Director of Financial Reporting

JESSE WIESE

Director of Community Engagement

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Prison Fellowship Board of Directors draws on the wisdom and experience of its diverse members to move the ministry forward with integrity and excellence.

Chairman of the Board

Carl F. Dill, Jr.

Managing Director
TriCour Partners
Naples, FL
Chairman of the Exec. Committee

Heidi A. Huizenga

Huizenga Capital Management
Oakbrook, IL

Treasurer

Paul S. Cauwels

Cauwels & Stuve Realty & Development
Advisors, LLC
Albuquerque, NM

Dr. W. Brian Byrd

Founder and CEO
Texas Family Medicine
Fort Worth, TX

N. Burl Cain

Former Warden, Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola
Angola, LA

Christian B. Colson

Senior Vice President
BB&T Bank
Charleston, SC

Erika N. Harold

Meyer Capel, P.C.
Urbana, IL

Marten S. Hoekstra

Chief Executive Officer
Emerging Global Advisors
New York, NY

Jack Kiervin

Director
Prison Fellowship International
Ontario, Canada

Thomas E. Mader

CEO
Guardity Technologies, Inc.
Plano, TX

Robert S. Milligan

Chairman
Wood-Stieper Capital Group
Lincoln, NE

Bishop Harry R. Jackson, Jr.

Senior Pastor, Hope Christian Church
Founder and President, High Impact Leadership Coalition
Beltsville, MD