LIFE
SUPPORT
ALLIANCE

1-916-402-3750

staff@lifesupportalliance.org

P. O. Box 277

Rancho Cordova, CA.  95741

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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 Members

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.

Dr. Ellen Yates, Ph.D.

A Retired psychologist with CDCR, Dr. Yates currently 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. 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 manipulation. She is recently 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 program scheduling to keep track of our prison clearances, appearances and timely returns. Raquel is currently our chief bookkeeper. 

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.

Dr. Helen A. Nonymous

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 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 a retired finance attorney,  and former member of the Inmate Family Council at California Institute for Women (CIW) and the Statewide Inmate Family Council. Vic is married to a former lifer and his heart is with female prisoners and their specific issues. Vic serves as a stakeholder-member of the CDCR’s Gender Responsive Strategies committee. As a Vietnam Era military veteran, Vic is drawn to prisoners who are also veterans and avails himself to assist in a variety of VA related issues.

Kymberly Ketchum MSW

Paralegal for 27 years and former lifer, 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. 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, holds BSEE and BS, Mathematics degrees

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 Prop. 36.  Now a law school graduate and having passed the bar exam 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 between the legal lines.

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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.

John Dannenberg

John earned his paralegal degree 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.

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Married to a seasoned lifer who has served 23 years and is dedicated to achieving parole, Raquel brings lengthy career experience working with financial and data analysis and project management. She applies her skills to a broad range of tasks,
including managing our newsletter mailing lists and our volunteer mailers, program scheduling. Raquel is currently our chief bookkeeper.