Jeff Hunsaker, COO/Director of Programming
Jeff Hunsaker has been involved with Horizon since its inception and served as the first Program Coordinator at Marion Correctional Institution. When Horizon Prison Initiative became a separate nonprofit in 2009, he became Executive Director. Previously, Mr. Hunsaker worked as the Restorative Justice Coordinator for West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church. He is a member of the United Methodist Church for All People and has served in various capacities with the Kairos Prison Ministry. Mr. Hunsaker has traveled across the U.S., and to Brazil, South Africa, Northern Ireland, and the Bahamas to train volunteers for ministry.
Richard Boone, Program Coordinator
Dr. Boone has had an extensive career in academia, ministry, and nonprofit organizations. A teacher at the seminary level, a pastor in the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church, and as Director of the United Methodist Mission Society of Columbus Districts. He has been actively involved with the Kairos Prison Ministry in several of Ohio’s high security prisons. Currently, he is a commissioned missionary on behalf of the United Methodist Church assigned to Horizon.
Jeff From, Trauma Specialist
Mr. From is a Restorative Justice Practitioner based in Berea, Ky., with experience that spans emergency home repair, wilderness therapeutic counseling, and sustainable agriculture. After earning a Master’s Degree in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University, Mr. From co-founded the Re-Entry Partners Program, maintained a restorative mediation practice, and trained people in trauma healing awareness and victim outreach. He is a founding partner in Restorative Associates, a statewide effort in restorative justice initiatives in the juvenile and criminal court systems, prisons, and schools. He also worked as a stay-at-home father for 3 years.
Madeleine Glynn Trichel, Curriculum Consultant
Ms. Trichel has actively worked with Horizon since its beginning in 2000. For 25 years she directed the Interfaith Center for Peace in Columbus, Ohio, working in mediation, conflict management, peace education, interfaith dialogue, and restorative justice. She has provided curriculum and training for juvenile corrections officers, teachers and students in state, national and international contexts. She is an anti-racism trainer for the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio and is commissioned for prison ministry by the Federation of Christian Ministries.
Mary Kerns, Program Coordinator
Ms. Kerns has had an expansive career to date, from teaching incarcerated women parenting skills to representing the elder community as a private-practice attorney. She has deep experience as a successful substance abuse counselor and cognitive behavioral specialist, working with men and women who are struggling with substance abuse issues and those transitioning back to the community after being incarcerated. Recently, she has worked at Maryhaven, Common Ground, Alvis House, Westgate United Methodist Church and The Shepherd’s Place. In addition to undergraduate work and a juris doctorate, Mary has a master’s of arts of divinity and counseling from the Methodist Theological School of Ohio.
Pam Patsch, Volunteer Coordinator
Dr. Patsch served as a school psychologist for Worthington Schools for 28 years. Since retiring in 2012, she has been involved in social justice and interfaith work. Dr. Patsch has served as the Social Action Committee chair at North Unitarian Universalist Congregation, a member of the Executive Board for Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio, a member of the Interfaith Association of Central Ohio, and chair for the Northwest Earth Institute courses at Simply Living. She is excited about her new role coordinating the Outside Sister Volunteers and looks forward to working with staff and participants to build the Horizon program at the Ohio Reformatory for Women.
John Cantrell, Consulting Supervisor
Mr. Cantrell has focused his career on mental health and the criminal justice system. He worked 29 years at Buckeye Ranch, an adolescent treatment facility. A graduate of Manchester University, Ohio University, and The Methodist Theological School, Mr. Cantrell served 10 years as an ordained Methodist pastor. He is passionate about interfaith and ecumenical issues; social, racial, and gender equality; and servant leadership.
Patty Yoder, Communications
Ms. Yoder started her career as a journalist before entering the emerging digital arena in 1994. She moved from CompuServe/AOL to The Ohio State University then Nationwide. She works to spread the word about the important work happening with Horizon Prison Initiative.