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Our Team

The daily operations of Reentry Essentials are overseen by an Executive Director, Treasurer, and Secretary. Additionally, Reentry Essentials engages a dedicated group of volunteers in our operations who assist with clerical and other support functions.

 

Terrell M. Hall, Co-Founder and Executive Director

Terrell attended Hostos Community College, where he studied Community Health. He attained his certification as a Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor, and a Counseling Aide certification through the New York State Department of Labor. After years of working with the Departments of Parole and Probation, Terrell along with many advocates, contributors, and community partners, validated through life experience,education and collaboration, what it truly takes to assist formerly incarcerated individuals, families and most impacted communities. Through interactive methods that include a life skills series, resources, and on the ground engagement. 

Reentry Essentials is poised to become one of our nations premier educational and community service providers. Built on the premise that lifelong success begins from within, Reentry Essentials provides educational and community supports for individuals, families and communities impacted by the criminal justice system. Through a series of  unique projects and initiatives, Reentry Essentials aims to strengthen overall reentry success through education and engagement.  

"We're not reinventing the wheel, we're simply consolidating resources and making them accessible to the people who need them most. A paradigm shift begins with all of us doing what we can with what we have. Our intentions are to create a platform for collaboration, where facilities, agencies, and families are working together towards a common goal."

Terrell currently resides in New Rochelle, New York. Terrell looks forward to what the future holds, and is committed to advancing opportunities for personal growth and development, employment, and entrpreneurship through the recidivism reduction strategies being developed by Reentry Essentials.

 

Frances Aboytes, Secretary & Executive Assistant

Born in Mexico but raised in Los Angeles, California, Frances encountered the criminal justice system in her mid-20s and as a result was deported to Mexico where she built a life, career and family from nothing. Frances spends her time helping others avoid the challenges she encountered returning to a country she knew very little of.

Currently employed by Vertible Connect in Juarez, Mexico as a Customer Service Leader, Frances is dedicated to furthering the mission and vision of Reentry Essentials through her role as Secretary and Executive Assistant. Frances currently resides in Juarez, Mexico with her two cats.

 

 

Our Board of Directors

Reentry Essentials is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of professionals who represent a wide-range of disciplines.  Elected to two-year terms, each Board member voluntarily dedicates their time and expertise to ensure the overall success of Reentry Essentials.

 

Martin Sokoloff, President of Good Groceries Company, Inc.

Marty, for the past 40 years has been the owner of Good Groceries Company, a natural and specialty food marketing company based in Brooklyn, New York. Good Groceries Company sells its products throughout North America and beyond under its Suzie's brand, named for Marty's wife.

Marty has been a member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and mentors many aspiring food industry professionals. Additionally, Marty enjoys serving as mentor to returning citizens and helping them overcome the challenges associated with community reintegration.

 

Keasha Thomas, Educator and Advocate

Keasha Thomas is an educator and advocate for individuals with disabilities who ensures accessibility to challenging educational resources that will create opportunities for personal growth and success.  Keasha believes that all individuals should have access to quality education and resources that will help them develop their best selves to positively impact their families, communities and society at large.  Keasha works within and supports educational institutions that empower individuals to enlighten their minds and pursue their dreams, thus living beyond the stereotypes placed upon them. The quest for knowledge and the improvement of self are necessary steps to becoming a better you!  

Keasha's educational background includes a M. Ed in Educational Leadership from Bank Street Graduate School of Ed ucation in New York, NY; a MS Ed. In Special Education from The City College of New York in New York, NY, as well as a BA in Political Science and a BA in Administration of Justice from Howard University in Washington, DC.