Rhiannon T. Edwards
Rhiannon began her career at PACE as the Employment Developer, creating the agency’s first official employment program, targeting employers who are willing to hire ex-offenders. From there, she went on to serve as the Director of Transitional Services & Employment before being promoted to Executive Director in 2008. Rhiannon also served the City of Indianapolis as the Director of Re-Entry for Mayor Greg Ballard.
Rhiannon gained extensive knowledge of the criminal justice system through her Master’s and Bachelor’s Degrees in Criminal Justice and her previous work as a certified paralegal, specializing in criminal defense cases. Throughout her career, her ultimate goal has been to assist those in need.
Rhiannon has nationally accredited certifications as an “Offender Workforce Development Specialist” trainer and has dedicated her life to working in the criminal justice arena, always looking for ways to improve our ever-changing system.
The importance of community stabilization and personal growth and success of all individuals is what motivates Rhiannon to continue to work hard at making PACE the most successful re-entry program in Marion County.
Her passion for offender reentry and innovative approach to ex-offender service delivery are recognized both regionally and nationally, leading her to work with a number of partner organizations to continue improving offender reentry in Indiana, including the Marion County Re-Entry Coalition, Marion County Re-Entry Policy Study Commission and United Way Public Policy Committee. She also participates in many panel presentations, tasks forces and other action driven projects in Indiana.
Director of Operations/
Robert is deeply committed to helping others. At the young age of 19, during the Gulf War, Robert decided to join the Navy. His mother asked him why he wanted to do such a thing and he replied: “someone has to protect and help people. Why can’t it be me?” Robert maintained that same perspective when he decided to begin his career in law enforcement. He has over 20 years of law enforcement experience, including serving on the special investigations unit.
His extensive career in law enforcement and serving in the military has enabled Robert to adequately meet the needs of PACE’s clients. He enjoys leading his team toward helping ex-offenders maintain successful and fulfilling lives post incarceration. Robert believes in PACE’s mission and thinks providing people with fundamentals like the necessary tools to succeed in life increases one’s chance of long-term success.
Robert graduated magna cum laude from Jackson State University with a degree in criminal justice. His degree, military experience and law enforcement knowledge come in handy as a team member for the Marion County Reentry Court where he works with judges, defense attorneys, prosecutors, parole and probation officers to determine a participant’s risk of reentry and set them on a path toward seamless reintegration into society.
Robert understands the reality of PACE’s work relative to ex-offenders…it’s a huge responsibility with its fair share of challenges, however, Robert is committed to doing the work and helping individuals regain their independence and outlook on life.
Duvall Program Manager
Employment Program Manager
Prior to coming to PACE she, in 2009, was the Coordinator for a Department of Justice funded program called “Weed and Seed” for CAFÉ on the far eastside of Indianapolis. She provided oversight for the housing and housing development program.
Yvonne is a graduate of Indiana Institute of Technology where she earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Organizational Leadership. In her spare time Yvonne is a “Handy Anna” she love to rehab and restore older homes and bring new life to them. Yvonne believes that her wealth is found in the non-profit work she loves.
LEAP Post-Release Coordinator
Shayda Killebrew joined PACE in 2016 and is currently the LEAP Pre-Release Coordinator. She graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, from Indiana State University.
Shayda previously worked for Marion County as an adult and juvenile Probation Officer. She is a Court Substance Abuse Management Specialist (CSAMS). Shayda is also member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. During her free time she enjoys traveling, and an enthusiastic Patriot’s football fan.
LEAP Pre-Release Coordinator
Michael Johnson joined PACE in 2010, and has over 10 years’ experience in case management and employment support services. Originally as the Transitional Services Coordinator, Michael is now the LEAP Post-Release Coordinator.
He has represented PACE on the Project CORE Advisory Board and at the CHIP Blueprint 2.0/Continuum of Care planning and implementation sessions as well as being part of the Supportive Services Task Force for the Continuum of Care.
A graduate of Indiana University, Michael has earned certifications as a Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF), a Distance Credentialed Facilitator (DCF) and a PREP/Healthy Marriage Facilitator as well as certification through the State of Indiana as an HIV Prevention Counselor and Tester.
Michael was in the inaugural class for the Indiana Case Management Institute sponsored by the United Way of Central Indiana and has served as a Torchbearer for the United Way since 2010.
Director of Recovery Services
Sharon Love is the Restoring Recovery Program Manager at PACE. She has over 23 years of experience working in Addictions and Mental Health. Sharon graduated from Indiana State University. She has her degree in Criminology.
Sharon has her CADAC II. Prior to coming to PACE, Sharon worked for 12 years in the Department of Corrections including overseeing the substance abuse program at the Indianapolis Re-Entry Educational Facility.
Sharon has 24 years of her own personal recovery and is passionate about helping others with their recovery as well. Sharon is an avid animal lover. In her free time, she enjoys reading, watching horror movies and spending time with her family and her pets.
Youth Employment Services Director
Shaffon Browder-Franklin joined PACE, Inc. in March 2017. Shaffon brings a wealth of experience in Program Management within the non-profit sector as well as providing direct employment case management oversight to a diverse population of individuals: to include homeless veterans, previously incarcerated juveniles & adults, individuals without a high school diplomas (GED/HSE), individuals with college degrees and vocational training as well as having provided supportive services to individuals with severe mental health concerns.
A graduate of Indiana State University, Shaffon earned her Bachelor’s degree in Criminology and earned a Master’s degree from Indiana Wesleyan University in Management. Shaffon is passionate about working with people and coming along-side them in reaching their goals-as being there is very rewarding as it is humbling. Shaffon is also a strong advocate of teamwork-as working “Together Everyone Achieves More”. She is extremely excited about her assignment with PACE, Inc. and working with the TEAM!
Lead Care Coordinator
Laura Ginn joined the Staff of PACE in March of 2017. She is a graduate of IUPUI where she received her Bachelor’s in Business Management and a Master’s Certificate in Nonprofit Management. Laura is an Offender Workforce Development Specialist. Laura began her career in re-entry as a Job Developer, assisting clients with learning how to use the computer for resume development and job searching. She also taught job skill classes. She then became a Case Manager working with clients being released from the Bureau of Prisons.
Laura enjoys working with clients to help them find resources that will aid them in finding employment, mental health treatment and recovery services.
Laura enjoys participating in endurance events such as half-marathons and triathlons in her free time.
Mental Health Coordinator
Luke Pamer began his career with Pace in July of 2017. He is a graduate of the IUPUI School of Social Work program where he achieved his bachelor’s degree. He holds the position of Mental Health Coordinator, which is a new position PACE has added to further meet the needs of client’s in the re-entry population.
Before his time at PACE he worked as a chemical dependency technician at an addiction rehabilitation hospital. He has been a case manager for clients experiencing both mental health issues and addictions as well as leading a drug safety program for youth and adults in the city of Indianapolis.
He is a community organizer/activist. His organizing efforts have primarily been around racial justice and police brutality. He views his position here at PACE as an extension to the social justice work that is being done in the community.
In his free time, Luke watches movies and more movies. His favorite time of the year is the fall, not necessarily because of the weather, but because it’s the time of the year when all of the Oscar Nominated films will be in the theater.
Stephanie Pennycuff joined the PACE team in July 2017. She is a graduate of Indiana University with a BA in International Studies. She has previously taught overseas in Vietnam and worked with children in before and after school care. She is a passionate advocate for PACE and other programs around the city.
In her spare time Stephanie enjoys spending time with her rescue dog and watching movies.