Thank you to everyone who attended EJP’s 2021 Annual Impact Gala on April 10!

Our Full-Time Staff

Rebecca Ginsburg

EJP’s current director is Rebecca Ginsburg, a University of Illinois faculty member. As a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley she taught in the college program at San Quentin State Prison and became convinced of the necessity of providing quality education programs to incarcerated individuals. After arriving at Illinois as an assistant professor in 2004, she worked with a group of fellow Illinois faculty, graduate students, and community members to found EJP. She has a Ph.D. in architectural history from Berkeley and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. Though not employed by EJP, she works full-time on its behalf.

Jamie Hines

Operations Director Jamie Hines has been with EJP since 2015. She joined as Operations Manager, and became Director of Operations (later Operations Director) in 2017, in recognition of the expansion of our campus office and its operations under her leadership. Jamie also teaches Public Speaking at Parkland College and has an MS in Communications Studies from Illinois State University.

Ellen Ritter

Our Academic Director is Ellen Ritter. She started with EJP as a member of our Mindfulness Discussion Group in 2015, became co-facilitator of MDG in 2017, and EJP Student Services Director in 2019. From there, she rapidly transitioned to overseeing all of EJP’s academic programming at the prison. Ellen has a BA in Sociology and Psychology and an MA in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Illinois.

RGI Director

Position to be filled.

Assistant Academic Director

Position to be filled.

Beth Pearl

Beth Pearl has been EJP’s writer since March 2020. In her role she helps edit and write for many programs and projects within EJP. She has a BA in journalism from the University of Missouri and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Beth Pearl has been EJP’s writer since March 2020. In her role she helps edit and write for many programs and projects within EJP. She has a BA in journalism from the University of Missouri and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Other Staff

Kenneth Davis

RGI Outreach Coordinator

Natalie Fic

RGI Distribution Coordinator

Linda Larsen

RGI Research Coordinator

Jan Blair

VISTA Volunteer

Temporary On-Site Coordinator

Position to be filled.

Halie Reyes

SW Intern

The EJP director is guided by an Advisory Council that assists in setting policy and strategic planning. The chair of the Advisory Council is Helen Neville and its members are:

Carla Hunter

Associate Professor, Psychology, University of Illinois

Charlotte Bauer

Assistant Dean, Graduate College, University of Illinois

Edmund Buck

EJP Alumnus

Gail Johnson

Key Account Manager, Takeda Pharmaceutical

Greg Jahiel

Social Worker, READY School, Champaign

Helen Neville

Professor, Educational Psychology, University of Illinois

Yoon Pak (ex oficio)

Head, Department of Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership

William Brown

CEO of HoodVote Vision Voice and Co-Founder of HV Neighborhood Transformation, Champaign

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