Debra is Founder and CEO of the "Life Beyond Reentry Center," a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization located in the Heart of Pontiac, Michigan. Since 2016 Debra has served as Chief Executive on LBR's Board of Directors. Before her current position as Executive Director, Debra Nurtured a Career in the Medical Field, supported by a degree in Applied Science; However, it became more and more difficult for her to watch so many failed attempts made by ex-offenders, both men and women in her community while trying to find their way after being incarcerated.
Debra was able to see first hand the struggles that ex-offenders faced after being released back into society. She was compelled to make the first move helping other ex-offenders establish a pro-social lifestyle after their release, providing outlets that encourage a positive view on life.
Debra's position as Executive Director, requires her to manage the LBR Center’s daily operations, such as keeping track of participants that are enrolled in the reentry program, monitoring the growth and progress of each participant, overseeing classroom sessions, workshops, and motivating positive energy.
She has dedicated herself to educating her community on the high rates of re-incarceration of ex-offenders. Also, Hosting Speaking Engagements and Public Workshop events in order to bring awareness to communities; throughout the State of Michigan. Regarding the importance of having Reentry Programs set in place to assist in the transitional phase for ex-offenders returning into society. Which; would overall contribute to the reduction of recidivism rates in our Cities, Counties, and State.
“Leaving my career behind to pursue something so passionate at the time seemed like a huge decision for me to make, especially for a person taking care of a family, but we have our callings, this one just so happens to be mine.” Call answered!
Debra Black, Founder, and CEO