About Us

Our Staff

Fred Nelson

Fred Nelson - Executive Director and Board President

Until he relocated to Tucson, AZ at the end of 2019 to focus on prison and reentry ministry, Fred was the lead pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church, a multisite congregation located in Park Ridge and Chicago, Illinois. He is also the founder and Executive Director of the Lutheran Church Planters Network, created to help train and network church planters across the country. A former missionary in Bangladesh and an expert in Christian-Muslim relations, Fred has been involved in prison ministry since 2005 as a volunteer chaplain at Stateville Prison in Joliet, Illinois, including founding the Under the Door Prison Ministry, writing the Spiritual Survival Guide for Prison and Beyond, and crafting RED Chicago, a reentry directory for the Chicago area.

He is the founder and executive director of the Inside Out Network, dedicated to crafting innovative solutions to connect returning citizens with service providers, churches, and ministries, as well as to connect those serving on the inside in prison ministry with those outside who are working on reentry challenges. Because of Christ’s call and claim on his life, Fred sees himself fundamentally as a change-agent – an agent of Christ’s life-changing hope and joy – to everyone he meets, but especially to those who are feeling hopeless or disconnected. He has a passion for networking, coaching, hiking in the desert, and Indian food. Fred and his wife Carol have four grown sons between them.

Maddi Briguglio

Maddi Briguglio – Illinois Program Manager

Maddi was born and raised in Fountain Hills, Arizona and she attended Arizona State University where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice and her Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice. During her year off between undergrad and grad school, she became a volunteer for the Arizona Department of Corrections; she helped host activities at Perryville Prison several times per month. Working with the women at the prison made her even more passionate about wanting to assist with their transitions upon release. Maddi loves working with the Inside Out Network to improve the re-entry process throughout Illinois- she hopes to use her education and experiences to help returning citizens successfully reintegrate back into society.

Miranda Campos

Miranda Campos – Arizona Program Manager

Miranda is a native of Tucson, Arizona and has spent her life thriving in its close-knit community. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Northern Arizona University and her Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Arizona State University. Throughout her life, she has seen the impact the criminal justice system has had on those close to her, which influenced her to pursue an education in the field. She is passionate about criminal justice reform and improving the re-entry process for returning citizens. She firmly believes that ION, with the assistance of Arizona’s dedicated community resource providers, will help change the face of re-entry for the better!

Sara Trivedi

Sara Trivedi – Financial Administrator

Through much of her childhood, Sara lived in northern Alabama with her parents and three siblings. When she was 16 years old, her family moved to San Francisco, CA. She graduated from high school in the CA bay area and went on to the University of California, Davis to earn her bachelor’s degree in Mathematics. At UC Davis, she met her now-husband Aneel Trivedi. In 2001, after graduating from college and getting married (both events separated by only one week—this was intentional so as to allow her family to travel once to be a part of both events), Sara and Aneel moved to Los Angeles. Until their oldest child Noah was born in 2004, Sara worked as an office administrator in the UCLA Math Department, and later, as an accountant at the same university. Their family then traveled to Alabama so Aneel could attend graduate school at Auburn University. During their short time in Alabama, their second child Kai was born. A job opportunity for Aneel brought the family to Chicago in 2008. Sara spent much of her children’s early lives volunteering in various roles in their elementary and middle schools (a personal favorite: the school library). For the past four years, she has worked part-time as the office manager at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Park Ridge, IL, where she currently lives with her husband and two children. She looks forward to being a part of ION and helping returning citizens obtain the resources they need to lead successful lives.

Emilee Edwards

Emilee Edwards – Inmate Registration

I have lived in Arizona for the majority of my life and currently attend Arizona State University. I received my Bachelors Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice and my Masters Degree in Criminal Justice. Working alongside the community and positively making an impact has always been my passion. For the duration of this internship, I look forward to becoming more familiar with ION while also gaining knowledge and experience.

Kristina Beretta

Kristina Beretta – Intern

Hi there! My name is Kristina Beretta and I am currently attending Arizona State University's bachelors program for Criminology and Criminal Justice. Raised in the "Egg Basket of the World," a small town turned city in Northern California, I started working customer service jobs at the bright age of fourteen. My first look into the world of Criminal Justice came while puttering my way through an English degree. After that taste I was hooked! Now here at Inside Out Network, I'm looking forward to working with a program dedicated to helping fill a void our justice system desperately needs and provide the tools for those second chances everyone deserves. Outside of school and work I still make time for writing stories and doodling in the margins of my homework while enjoying a wide range of music.

Em English

Em English – Intern

Em English is about to start her senior year at Arizona State University. She has previous internship experience with the Arizona Justice Project her sophomore year and is excited to now be working with the Inside Out Network. Her passion has always been about approaching the criminal system with empathy and understanding. After receiving her degree, Em plans to pursue law school with hopes of becoming a prosecutor and advocating for change.

Emily Purkis

Emily Purkis – Intern

Hello, my name is Emily, and I am a junior at Arizona State University. I am majoring in Criminology & Criminal Justice and minoring in Psychology. I was born in Bolingbrook, Illinois and moved to Phoenix, Arizona to pursue my Bachelor’s degree. I love to travel, and find myself rotating between college in Arizona, family in Illinois, and my partner in California.

I have had many friends and family become incarcerated during some point of their lives, and have seen how difficult it is for them to adjust after release. I am honored to be a part of the organization that is the Inside Out Network.

Heather McDermott

Heather McDermott – Intern

Hi! My name is Heather McDermott and I am an undergraduate psychology and criminal justice student at Arizona State University. I was raised in a northwest suburb of Chicago before moving out to Phoenix to pursue a college education. After I complete my degrees, I hope to pursue graduate-level education in a field that encompasses both psychology and law. I am very passionate about criminal justice reform and making available resources more well-known and accessible to everyone. I believe that this internship will provide me with the experience and firsthand knowledge that not many people are able to have.

Brenda Melchor

Brenda Melchor – Intern

I am an undergraduate senior studying criminology and criminal justice at Arizona State University. I will also be continuing on at ASU for my master of science in criminology and criminal justice in the Fall of 2023. I was recently accepted into ASU’s 4+1 program which allows me to start working on my graduate classes as I finish my last year as an undergraduate. I am originally from South Carolina but moved to Arizona after my daughter went into the U.S. Navy. I am currently located in Washington D.C. but my home is in Sierra Vista, AZ. In my free time I love to read research articles, spend time with my grandchildren, and attend or watch football games (Go Jaguars!). This is my first semester that I have had the opportunity to participate in the ION program. I look forward to being in this internship and seeing all of the good that I can do. I also look forward to learning everything that I can learn so that I can contribute to my community and others. It has always made me feel good learning about the criminal justice system and seeing where my contribution can make a difference.

Samuel Van

Samuel Van – Intern

Hi, My name is Samuel Van, and I'm about to start my junior year at ASU with a major in Criminal Justice. The reason I'm drawn to this field is because I find myself surrounded by criminal justice-related discussions and situations much of my time. It is worth mentioning that criminal justice is broad and widespread in most of our daily lives, perhaps more than we tend to be aware of. I've always advocated for helping communities, but I must be honest, I haven't taken full advantage of the opportunities available to help people, and I wish to change that. I appreciate ION for giving me this opportunity.

Téa Massi

Téa Massi – Intern

Hello! I am Téa. I was born in Flemington, New Jersey and moved to Scottsdale, Arizona at a young age. Currently, I am heading into my third year at Arizona State University as a Criminology/ Criminal Justice major. I have always wanted to make a difference in our crazy world, which is what drew me to Criminology/Criminal Justice, and I am thrilled to be apart of this amazing Network!

Destiny Segarel

Destiny Segarel – Intern

Hi my name is Destiny Segarel, and I am a senior at Arizona State University majoring in Criminal Justice. I was born and raised in the north suburbs of Chicago, and still live here today. I find a sense of happiness and belonging when being a part of something that I know is contributing to helping others. In my free time I love to read, paint, and travel! I look forward to learning as much as possible through ION and gaining experience on what the process of reentry looks like.

Hailey Nelson

Hailey Nelson – Intern

Hello! My name is Hailey Nelson. I am currently a senior at Arizona State University. I am majoring in Criminology and Criminal Justice, with a minor in psychology. I am from California and enjoy spending time outdoors. I chose criminology as my major because I wanted to be able to help people navigate the criminal justice system. I am excited to be part of the Inside Out Network to gain knowledge and experience while helping people in the process.

Christian Watts

Christian Watts – Intern

Hi, my name is Christian Watts. I am finishing up my Master's of Criminal Justice degree at Arizona State University this summer while working as a Head Swim Coach. I served in the U.S. Navy for 4 years and then attended my undergraduate studies at San Diego State University.

Our Board

Tony Aukett

Tony J. Aukett

I was born and raised in the U.K. where I became an English Chartered Accountant in 1960. Having qualified in what is now Grant Thornton I left the profession to go into industry where I have remained until retirement. I have worked in a number of industries over the years completing my career as CFO and partner in an international wastepaper company based on the south side of Chicago.

In my faith life I have been a member of the Church of England and Methodist Church in the U.K. On coming to the US in 1983, I joined the Lutheran Church where Carla and I were married. We remained Lutherans after our move to Park Ridge joining Redeemer Lutheran Church some 30 years. I held a number of positions within the congregation, including being President of the Congregation when Pastors Fred Nelson and Carol Breimeier were called. I also served as Treasurer of the ELCA Deaconess Community.

Carla and I have one son. We spend half the year in Naples, Florida which allows me to pursue my love of golfing pretty much all year round.

Jack Cowley

Jack Cowley

Jack retired with 30 years of service from the State of Oklahoma Department of Corrections. Most of his career with the state was as a prison warden where he served in that capacity at three facilities. Upon retirement in 1996 he joined the staff of Prison Fellowship Ministries where he served as National Director of Operations for the InnerChange Freedom Initiative establishing reentry programs in Iowa, Kansas and Minnesota. Through IFI a model was established which vastly reduces the rate that inmates released from prison re-offend. As the National Director for Prisons & Re-Entry with Alpha USA since 2004 his primary function is to link faith-based and community organizations with correctional facilities to reduce recidivism and thereby increase public safety.

Jack consults nationally and internationally regarding criminal justice issues to include testifying before Congress and was previously appointed to an 8-year term by the US Attorney General to the Advisory Board of the National Institute of Corrections. He earned his Bachelors of Science from Oklahoma State University in Sociology as well as a Masters of Science in Correctional Administration. He completed his course work toward his Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma in Organizational Leadership.

Jack and his wife Mel live in Wichita Falls, Texas and are thoroughly enjoying life.

Evan Freund

Evan Freund

Evan Freund is a retired health care executive with 25 years’ experience managing inner-city health care services and ambulatory care systems in New York and Chicago. He has held leadership positions in trade organizations, has served as a board member and Chair of Ancona School, and is Treasurer of Citizens for Global Solutions Education Fund. He is currently Board Chair of Community Counseling Centers of Chicago, a behavioral care agency serving children and adults. He took an M.B.A. in hospital administration from the University of Chicago, and an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota, focusing on public administration. Evan is a Life Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Evan has resided with his wife, Nan, in Chicago for 48 years. He and Nan intentionally chose to live in diverse communities for their entire married life. Their two sons, Max and Alex, both live in Los Angeles with their families. Nan is an educational therapist; whose office is in their home on the south side of Chicago. She is a past President of the Association of Educational Therapists, and a national leader in her profession.

Evan has a strong interest in international politics and world federation as well as reentry of rejoined citizens. He has become a passionate advocate for criminal justice reform in Illinois, working with major coalitions of advocates for legislative and system reform. He founded the Interfaith Criminal Justice Task Force to advocate for legislative reforms in criminal justice and is member of the Cook County Justice Advisory Council. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Chicago, the founding Rotary Club of Rotary International.

Dave Hanson

Dave Hanson

Rev. David Hanson was ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 2000. He served congregations in Wilmette and Wheaton, both in Illinois, and served on the Stewardship Committee of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod and on the Board of Trustees of the Mission Investment Fund of the ELCA. He retired from parish ministry in 2015 and relocated to Vero Beach, Florida, where he lives with his wife, Connie.

Prior to attending seminary and entering ordained ministry, Rev. Hanson worked for 22 years with J.P. Morgan, primarily in the areas of corporate finance and investment banking. In addition to New York, he worked in the firm’s offices in Buenos Aires, Santiago, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Singapore.

Rev. Hanson has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Princeton University, and a master of divinity degree from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.

Philip Hirsch

Philip Hirsch

Philip Hirsch is the Executive Director of Domestic Mission (USA) for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The unit he leads helps to start new churches and ministries including prison ministries across the United States. They work to develop leadership and candidacy, relate to ELCA seminaries and colleges, develop youth and young adult ministries including the national youth gathering, multicultural ministries, Lutheran Disaster Response, Hunger, ministry among the poor, advocacy, disability ministries, stewardship. He is on the Board of Directors for the Lutheran Services in America.

Pastor Hirsch graduated from Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove PA in Sociology and Psychology and received a Master of Divinity degree from the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. He completed a unit of Clinical Pastor Education in the Washington State Correctional Facility, Shelton, WA. He earned a Doctor of Ministry from United Theological Seminary in Dayton Ohio in preaching with a focus on alleviating violence among youth in the inner city. Pastor Hirsch was assistant to the bishop and Director of Evangelical Mission for the Metropolitan Washington DC Synod. He was pastor at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Fairfax, VA 2000-2009 and of Christus, Epiphany, Grace, La Trinidad and New Life Lutheran Churches in Camden, NJ 1990-2000. He was Vice President of the Camden Lutheran Housing and President of Dooley House, a series of homes for sick children and their families. He was a leader in Camden Churches Organized for People, a church-based community organizing effort that brought millions of dollars to the city for housing, safety and job creating businesses.

He is married to Dana M. T. Hirsch and they have three adult sons. He is a cabinet maker and enjoys bicycling, hiking, skiing and photography. He and Dana live in Chicago, IL.

John Mclees

John McLees

John McLees is a retired partner of law firm of Baker & McKenzie LLP and an activist in connecting citizens with organizations and initiatives dedicated to reforming the criminal justice system and to improving the lives of those who are incarcerated or who have been released from jail or from prison.

He maintains a website, at http://incarcerationreform.com/, with information about resources for learning about the criminal justice system and opportunities for citizens to get involved in confronting the moral crisis of mass incarceration. John is also active in several organizations that work to pressure the United States and Israel to honor the human rights of the Palestinian people.

Aneel Trivedi

Aneel Trivedi

Aneel is the pastor at Messiah Lutheran Church in Park Ridge, IL. He worked for ION as the assistant director in 2018 and 2019. Prior to entering seminary in 2018, Aneel had a long career in sports media and holds an undergraduate degree in statistics as well as an MBA. Aneel lives in Chicago with his wife and two children.

Justin Benjamin

Justin Benjamin

Justin has an unconventional education when it comes to the corrections industry. His experience began as a youth as a justice-involved individual at the age of 17. He successfully paid his debt to society over a period of 10 years. He then formed alliances with his community supervision office and began working to help those incarcerated. He started his work in the behavioral health sector in 2007 in northern Arizona. He has worked in private substance abuse clinics, Regional Behavioral Health public clinics, and hospitals helping those with substance use disorders and forensic backgrounds. Today Justin strives to be a role model and demonstrates that there is more than meets the eye when it comes to those who are previously justice-involved. His uncanny ability to build connections with anyone he meets is the native Texan shining through. When he is not making connections in the world of re-entry he is making them on the football field where he has played and coached or on the mats in some of the top MMA gyms across Arizona. Saying Justin has a large family is an understatement. He is father to four daughters, one son and has a new granddaughter. Justin knows what it takes to grow strong communities and does just that here in Arizona, sharing with those who will listen to what he believes. He works hard to live his motto: “Know it, Do it, and Believe it.”


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