LIFE
SUPPORT
ALLIANCE

1-916-402-3750

staff@lifesupportalliance.org

P. O. Box 277

Rancho Cordova, CA.  95741

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Victims of Injustice/Life Support alliance is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization in good standing with the IRS and the California Registry of Charitable Trusts.
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Meet the Team

Vanessa Nelson-Sloane

Vanessa Nelson-Sloane; Director and Cofounder of Life Support Alliance;  she holds degrees from Chico State in both Political Science and Journalism, and a Paralegal Studies Certification from UC Santa Cruz (Extension). A recognized veteran of more than 25 years in the prison reform movement. Former member/ Chairperson of several Inmate Family Councils,  as well as Statewide Inmate Family Council member, she is Primarily responsible for the editorial content of all publications of LSA and program/workshop curricula. She is married to a paroled lifer, David Sloane, also active in the Prison reform movement

Board of Directors

David Sloane

Former lifer released in early 2013 after 23+ years as a life term prisoner, David brings a unique perspective to the challenges of promoting the cause of lifers and helps us focus on what is truly important to lifers and how best to engage them. His insight into the challenges of returning to society on parole is a major asset to our mission.  Although still on parole, David has been approved to return to several prisons to present LSA workshops to lifers still hoping for parole.  David is our resident IT tech and assists our organization in a variety of ways including but not limited to writing curricula and fundraising.

Ellen Yates, Ph.D.

A Retired psychologist with CDCR, Dr. Yates holds a Ph.D. in Clinical and Developmental Psychology from U.C.L..A. Her professional insight and experience are valuable assets, both in terms of CDCR practice and clinical understanding.  Dr. Yates facilitates "The Amends Project" workshops and contributed to the formulation of the "Connecting the Dots" curriculum and the upcoming program, "Understanding Your CRA." Dr. Yates is focused on the roots and function of the Board of Parole Hearings' Forensic Assessment Division She currently serves as the Board Secretary.

Raquel Reay

Married to a seasoned lifer who has served 23 years and is dedicated to personal change and achieving parole, Raquel brings lengthy career experience working with financial and data analysis and project management. She is our in-house "expert" on spreadsheet use and admin. She is recently Semi-retired and  applies her fine tuned skills to a broad range of tasks, including but not limited to: managing our (several) newsletter mailing lists and our volunteer mailers, and assists in managing our calendar to keep track of our prison clearances, appearances and timely returns. 

Eugene Dey

A former 3-strikes lifer who served 15 years before his 2013 release via Prop. 36, Eugene has been a prolific litigator and writer on social injustice during his incarceration and developed a training and treatment program for self-help rehabilitation.  Eugene is a CDAC (certified drug and alcohol counselor) and forensic addiction counselor. He is currently working in the areas of policy, reentry and recovery to develop cost-effective rehabilitative programs and community partnerships. Eugene is affiliated and active with a variety of reentry and social justice organizations and holds a BA in Sociology from Cal. State University, Sacramento.

Helen A. Nonymous, LCSW

Helen is a dedicated supporter of the Restorative Justice model  and a strong proponent for change of California's current draconian incarceration practices. She is a licensed counselor in private practice. Having worked in the clinical field within the California State mental health delivery system, she has keen insight into the actual workings of the CDCR Mental Health Delivery System.

Helen is instrumental in helping develop our in prison workshops to include  proven therapeutic methods to restructure beliefs and  patterns of thinking and behavior.

Gene Hein

Gene is the father of a current life Term Prisoner who has recently been found suitable for parole.  Gene is a motivational speaker, focusing mostly on at risk youth, and the owner of a printing company. He oversees production of our bi-monthly publication, California Lifer Newsletter, with a personal interest in making sure it's of the best quality possible. Gene brings a practical perspective to the board from a business point of view. We're excited at the prospect of Gene's son's parole and the following adventure of him joining in the struggle, "outside the wire" for justice reform in California and the nation. 

Victor Abrunzo

Vic is an attorney, retired from the finance industry, and former member of the Inmate Family Council at California Institute for Women (CIW) and the Statewide Inmate Family Council in Sacramento. Vic is married to a former lifer. His passion is for incarcerated veterans and/or female prisoners and their specific issues. Vic serves as a stakeholder-member of the CDCR’s Gender Responsive Strategies committee. Vic also volunteers his time and talent as a handyman for the elderly and impoverished.  Vic's legal viewpoint in our orgqanization has been invaluable, and his keen perspective an unmateched asset. 

Kymberly Ketchum MSW

Kym is currently working as a social worker with Native American children. She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work, specializing in mental and behavioral health and a B.A. in Sociology.  She is a Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor and has developed curricula for mutual aid groups for students affected by parental incarceration. Her advocacy for lifers developed over 10 years through a loved one serving a life sentence. She volunteers as a presenter with Life Support Alliance to educate lifers on family relations and reentry issues.  She has an innate talent for program development and presentation which we benefit from. 

Keith Chandler

Keith Chandler; Former lifer, who served 21 years, Keith won his freedom through court action and became a zealous advocate for change. Originally a self-educated paralegal he filed countless petitions for fellow prisoners prior to his own release through court action.  Keith became involved in campaigns for Prop. 66 and 36.  Now a law school graduate and having passed the bar he is in the process of becoming a licensed attorney. Keith’s work was the driving force behind the 2012 exoneration of Kash Register, after 34 years in prison for a murder he did not commit.  Keith helps keep us in line legally and lends his historical credentials to the movement.

Advisory Board

Vacant

We're in the searching and interview mode for paroled lifers to partner with us as advisory board members.  Applicants should be fairly intelligent and well spoken, in the general Sacramento area, and remain actively involved in the social justice movement and in personal growth.  Should believe in LSA's cause and mission and be eager to help push the move forward. If you think you are interested and qualify please contact us by email at staff@lifesupportalliance.org and use "Advisory Board Applicant" in the subject line.

John Dannenberg

John self-studied the law while in prison over 27 years ago and fought his way out through the courts while this state's underground "No Parole for Lifers" policy was in full effect, earning John a hero's status among the lifer cohort. John has been the legal news writer for CLN for the past 10 years.  He is also well known to lifers as the subject of the iconic In Re: Dannenberg cases. John has an uncanny legal mind and his knowledge and insight are invaluable resources for LSA and CLN. In his other life, John is vice-president for business development of an electrical contracting firm, and holds BSEE (electrical Engineering) and BS, Mathematics degrees.

Vacant

We're in the searching and interview mode for paroled lifers to partner with us as advisory board members.  Applicants should be fairly intelligent and well spoken, in the general Sacramento area, and remain actively involved in the social justice movement and in personal growth.  Should believe in LSA's cause and mission and be eager to help push the move forward. If you think you are interested and qualify please contact us by email at staff@lifesupportalliance.org and use "Advisory Board Applicant" in the subject line.