George J. Limbach – President
George is a Principal with Compass Ion Advisors, an independent financial advisory firm, and works with individuals, families and business owners to meet their financial goals and investment needs. Prior to that he was an officer with a large Philadelphia Life Insurance Company, developing and managing retirement investment products. He has been active in working with marginalized citizens in Philadelphia, Appalachia and El Salvador to improve their living conditions and help them achieve their full potential. He has been an outside advisor to the Graterford PAR “Day One Parole Preparation Program” for two years. George has a B.A. cum laude in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and a M.B.A. with honors from Temple University.
Timothy V. Lyons, C.M. – Vice President
Timothy Lyons, C.M., a Vincentian priest was born in Philadelphia – one of six children. Ordained to the priesthood in 1986, he presently serves in Saint Vincent DePaul Church in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. For the last four years, Tim has been working with Laura Ford in various programs of prison and re-entry ministry. For the last two years, he has been an active participant in the work of PAR at SCI-Graterford. Profoundly interested in the work of personal transformation, Tim dedicates himself to serving others on the journey. Tim has a B.A in Philosophy from Niagara University, M.Div from Mary Immaculate Seminary, M.A from LaSalle University and a D. Min. from Catholic Theological Union. He lives in a small community with other men and his beloved Golden Retriever, Meme.
Laura Ford – Treasurer
Laura worked as Director of the Prison Ministry Program of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for 14 years. Much of her ministry took place in the Philadelphia Prison System where she initiated and taught a pre-natal class for pregnant women, provided spiritual counseling to women and coordinated religious services in all the jails. She trained volunteers to act as mentoring teams for men and women returning to the community. She also provided other re-entry services out of her Northeast Philadelphia office. At the beginning of her ministry she also became acquainted with the Lifers at SCI-Graterford and through their organization came to know the good work of PAR and has been a volunteer with them for the past five years. Laura retired from the Archdiocese in 2012 and is now Director of the Prison Ministry and Re-Entry Program at St. Vincent’s Church in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. At St. Vincent’s Laura provides support to men and women returning to the community from prisons and jails. Most especially, they are the “outside home” of PAR offering program graduates a place to come for community and connection to resources when they are released. Laura has a B.A. in Psychology from Immaculata College and a M.S. in Counseling Psychology from Chestnut Hill College.
Mary Kathryn (Mimi) Limbach
Mimi worked for Saint Joseph’s University for 18 years creating, developing and advocating for innovative program opportunities to enhance the excellence of the university. She was responsible for bringing the internationally acclaimed Inside-Out program to the university, enabling students to attend class within a jail, and having incarcerated persons as classmates. For 2-1/2 years Mimi was the Employment Specialist for the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program where she taught job classes to individuals in the Work Release Program and to 18 – 24-year-olds on probation, and for others as an alternative to incarceration. She also built relationships with prospective employers and assisted clients with resume development and application submission. For the past 5-years Mimi has been volunteering weekly at the State Correctional Institution at Graterford (PA). She is an outside member of PAR (People Advancing Reintegration) and helps to facilitate a Parole Preparation Class, along with several men serving life sentences. She has a B.A. in Psychology from Chestnut Hill College and a M.S. in Pastoral Care and Counseling and Spiritual Direction from Neumann University.
Michelle earned a Master’s degree in Social Work in 2009 from Bryn Mawr’s Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. She is the Associate Director of Depaul House, a transitional housing program for men experiencing homelessness. Michelle would like to help create more housing opportunities for citizens returning to the community following incarceration.
Wiley L. Redding – Secretary
Wiley currently works with the homeless population at Depaul House as a Job Readiness Trainer. He is a retired Philadelphia police officer with over twenty-three years of service in a various units, including, Patrol, Accident Investigations, Community Relations, and internal Investigations. While there, he received letters of commendation from the business community as well civic associations, and was the second Philadelphia police officer to received the George Fencil Award for Outstanding Community Service presented annually by the Philadelphia Daily News. He is also a retired Master Sergeant, PA Air National, Visual Information Center with twenty-five years of active service. Wiley has also worked as Drug counselor in SCI-Chester and served as chief or supervisor of security in two community-based corrections facilities. He is currently Board Chair for Power Philadelphia, a non-profit, interdenominational, community activist organization. He is active at St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church, including serving as co-chair the Parish Council and serving on the Reconciliation and Unity Ministry. He is also active in the Knights of Columbus, formerly serving as Faithful Navigator, leading an assembly of more than 600 members and presently holds the position of Faithful Trustee.