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 Shegog began his journey with PACE in 2016 as the Financial Coach, and is responsible for teaching financial management skills and facilitating various workshops on budgeting, renting, and credit.
Robert is a Navy veteran with over 20 years of community service experience helping people. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, from Jackson State University. Robert is passionate about helping ex-offenders and their families obtain tools to succeed post incarceration.
Suzanne came to PACE as a volunteer in 2015. She assisted the front desk, and was soon hired on as the office manager.
While her background is in the medical field, she also has experience in customer service, administration, and computer skills, and Suzanne is extremely happy at her job and loves everything about it. In her spare time, she loves to play with her 5 year old son.
Lydon started volunteering at PACE and was officially hired on as the Intake Specialist in 2013. Since that time, he has transitioned to the Employment Coach, where he teaches individuals job readiness, resume writing, and networking skills.
Lydon’s unique approach to employment keeps our individuals engaged and enthused about finding stable employment, and dedicates himself to making a positive difference in other people’s lives.
Lydon has also been involved with community improvement projects as well as raising money for the Pink Ribbon Connection. Lydon earned his A.S. in Biblical Studies and B.S. in Organizational Business Management from Grace College.
LEAP Pre-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 Post-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.
Restoring Recovery Program Manager
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.
TBI Resource Facilitator
Jason Cochran joined the staff of PACE in late 2015 accepting the position of Traumatic Brain Injury Resource Facilitator. He works in conjunction with the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana to serve clients who have been diagnosed with mild or moderate/severe brain injuries.
Jason has over 20 years’ experience as a counselor in many areas ranging from alcohol/substance abuse counseling to mental health counseling to youth/adolescent development and the criminal justice system.
In addition to his TBI case management duties, Jason also sees client for individual sessions as well as facilitating two traumatic Brain Injury Education and Life Skills Groups.
Shannon West joined the staff of PACE in November of 2016. She is a graduate of IUPUI where she earned her BA in Psychology with over 25 years of experience as a case manager and counselor in many areas, ranging from alcohol/substance abuse counseling to mental health to adolescent prevention/intervention programming.
Shannon has 29 years of her own personal recovery and is fervent about carrying the message of hope to those who have been affected by substance abuse, mental health issues, and disabilities. She is grateful to have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those who are embarking on a new path, to help them confidently begin their journey equipped with the resources they need to begin their Second Chance.
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!