Cindy Roberts recently married her partner. They met during his incarceration. Cindy is a homemaker, mother of two, ages twenty-three and seven, and stepmother of two, ages seventeen and fifteen. She decided to become a PWGP organizer because when she had nowhere else to turn, PWGP provided the comfort she needed and still needs. Cindy wants to share the support she found at PWGP with others. email@example.com
Erin Freeman offers moral support to several people in the Illinois Department of Corrections and the federal system. Erin works full time with the mentally and developmentally disabled. She is a proud mother of two wonderful boys ages four and nine. Erin decided to become an organizer for PWGP because she wants to help others in this situation know they are not alone. Erin says, “With the support of our family (PWGP), we will get through this.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Jane Bailey is married to Joshua Bailey an inmate in the Florida Department of Corrections. They have been together for six years but have been only been married since October of 2007. Jane was featured in a television documentary on the Investigation Discovery channel called “Prison Wives.” Doing the documentary brought lots of new people into Jane’s life, many who have a loved one in prison, but felt alone in their struggles as a prisoner’s wife, partner or family member. Jane believes that you have to be the change you want to see in the world and wanted to help but didn’t know where to start, she found the answer with the PWGP group. Jane’s favorite quote is: “We are what we think. With our thoughts we make the world.” She wants to make a world filled with compassion for all, including those who struggle with the stigma of being a prisoner’s wife or partner and feels like being able to start a support group in Florida is a great step in that direction. email@example.com
Jenny Giltner is married to John Giltner, an inmate in the California Department of Corrections. They have been together for eight years, married since September of 2005. They have two beautiful children; a boy, nine and a girl, six. While working full-time, Jenny is pursuing a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice with a focus in substance abuse.
Jenny decided to become a PWGP organizer because she wanted other wives of inmates to know they are not alone and that there is a place to go for support. After a lot of prayer, Jenny decided this was a passion, to help people in her situation. firstname.lastname@example.org
Lanasia Shabazz Peoples married her husband and best friend, an inmate in the New York Department of Corrections,in June 2010. She is the mother of a beautiful daughter. She currently works as an Information Technology Manager in NYC. Lanasia is proud to represent PWGP as an Organizer in the Tri-State area (NY, NJ, and CT), with fellow Organizer Serenity Divine-Lee, assisting those partners who are also working to endure the time with their loved ones who are incarcerated.
She wanted to become an Organizer to continue to perpetuate the more positive image of the prisoner’s wife and show that we are professional, intelligent, confident, articulate and supportive partners that have chosen this path in actively supporting those we love by supporting each other in our own very valid and personal struggles.
Lanasia’s favorite quote, coined by Helen Keller, is “Doubts and mistrust are the mere panic of timid imagination, which the steadfast heart will conquer, and the large mind transcent.” Lanasia can be reached anytime at email@example.com.
Patricia Suhre is married to, Bryan Suhre, an inmate in The Texas Department of Criminal Justice. They have been married for eight years. Patti strives to build a strong foundation for family members of incarcerated individuals. She enjoys the outdoors and fellowship of sisters she has come to depend on for emotional and spiritual support over the years; sisters who are living the life of a wife of an incarcerated man. Patti has a stepson who she is very supportive of in the absence of his father. She decided to become a PWGP organizer because she loves the PWGP mission. Patti feels the state of Texas is in very strong need of an organization such as PWGP. firstname.lastname@example.org
Rae works full-time as a graphic artist. She recently married to her partner of three years. Rae is the mother of two kids, ages four and three and the stepmom to a three year old. She decided to become a PWGP organizer because she knows this journey is not an easy one, especially alone. Rae has received a lot of support from being a member of PWGP. She has met new friends through the organization and wanted others to experience the same support and fellowship that she does. Rae is co-organizer of the Texas Chapter with good friends Patti Suhre and Laura Mosqueda. email@example.com
Serenity Divine-Lee has been with her mate for almost three years and married for almost one. She works as a social worker with children and young adults who are classified as Learning Disabled and/or Severely Emotionally Disturbed. Serenity enjoys the work she does, as well as working with people in the community as a whole. She wanted to be a part of PWGP because organizations for loved ones of those incarcerated are hard to find in her area. Serenity’s motto is “Loving unconditionally beyond the wall.”
Serenity Divine-Lee can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tawanna Smith is currently supportive of several loved ones in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Tawanna is an Accountant, Real Estate Agent, and a full-time mother to two beautiful teenage children. She enjoys helping others, mentoring when needed and being there when people need someone to listen. After her best friend went to prison, Tawanna found PWGP while seeking support from women that were in the same life. She has a desire to help other members that may feel like they have nowhere to turn, no one to talk to, and need to hear positive encouraging words.
Tawanna is able to continue her journey supporting her friends and family by taking it one day at a time. She never thinks about the amount of calendars she will have to turn before her loved ones come home. Tawanna is a firm believer that with faith, support, communication, love, understanding, prayer and God– all relationships are on the right track to success.
Azia Phifer is engaged to Keith Brewington, an inmate in the South Carolina Department of Corrections. Azia and Keith are childhoodfriends who reconnected during his incarceration. This would eventually confine her as a prisoner of live. Azia is a self-published author who also works in the media center of an area middle school. She is the mother of three children ages: thirteen, nine, and six. Azia chose to become a PWGP organizer to educate and supply moral support to other prisoners’ wives, girlfriends, & partners. She wants others in this situation to know they are not alone and that partners on locked down are loved and cherished every day. Her personal motto: “Still…we will survive.” Contact Azia at email@example.com.
Michelle Walker has been with her partner, an inmate with the Michigan Department of Corrections, for two years. She is the mother of four children and grandmother of two. She works in finance but has a strong passion for “helping” others. This passion and the “experience” of loving a prisoner motivated her to join the PWGP family. Michelle says that PWGP has provided her support and encouragement as well as a place where she does not feel alone. Overall, it is her goal to share this experience with others who are on the uncertain journey of loving a prisoner. Michelle’s signature or motto: Against all odds “ENJOILYFE” (enjoy life)! Contact Michelle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shauna Keplar is married to Charles Keplar, an inmate of Texas Department Criminal Justice. They have two daughters ages eight and six and a two year old son. Shauna is studying to be a paralegal. She found PWGP upon her husband’s re-incarceration and loves the amount of support she found with PWGP. She has always been “the strong one” and the one everyone goes to for advice and feels that PWGP would be a great place for that quality to come out and shine.
Shauna says, “Being a prisoner’s wife can really show you how strong you are but it can also be very rough at times. With each other’s support and love we can make it past the rough times and share the great times. We have a different sense of life and do things in ways that only fellow prisoners’ wives would understand.”Contact Shauna at email@example.com.