The Ladies of Hope Ministries is working to end the crisis of poverty and incarceration of women and girls. We offer safe housing, reentry support, and advocacy programs that are grounded in the lived experiences, insights, and ideas of people with direct, lived experience with the criminal justice system. The LOHM was founded, and is led, operated by, and serves primarily women of color who understand the value and importance of new approaches to addressing behaviors that may arise as responses to trauma and violence.

The women we meet every day have a variety of service needs that range from basic survival such as safe shelter and food, employment and long-term sustainability in the community, and spiritual and existential needs.

Our Vision is EPIC – Ending Poverty and Incarceration of Women and Girls – and we address this crisis through our interrelated core mission program areas:



Hope House

Angel Food Delivery Service

Pathways 4 Equity


Advocacy & Engagement

EPIC Ambassadors/PPAP

Faces of Women Imprisoned

The Staff and Board of Directors

LOHM understands the value of proximate leadership. Our core team includes formerly incarcerated leaders and others with first-hand lived experience in the fields in which we work.

We pair this lived experience with technical and professional expertise, allowing us to address structural inequities that prevent the advancement of solutions developed by people closest to the communities being served.

Our staff's strong networks in their respective fields have allowed the LOHM to have an outsized impact with a small team.

We are entrepreneurs. At our core, we believe that reducing barriers and creating opportunities are often the most direct path towards true self-sufficiency and independence.

We are unstoppable. The barriers that our participants face can seem insurmountably high, but our staff model success and demonstrate what is possible when we pair access to opportunity with commitment and perseverance


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Amber Knee

Director of Sustainability

Amber Knee is an urban planner and the Director of Sustainability with the Ladies of Hope Ministries (LOHM)...

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Cheryse Murray

Part-time custodian for Hope House NY

Cheryse Murray was incarcerated for 17 years. While serving time, Cheryse earned her Sighted Guide Technician Certification, Information Clerk Certification and Conflict Resolution Specialist Credential......

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Christopher Michael

Personal Assistant to the Executive Director

Christopher provides hands on support to the Executive Director to ensure her life runs seamlessly...

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Ebony Young

Chief Operating Officer

Ebony Young is the Chief Operations Officer of the Ladies of Hope Ministries...

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Karen Dickson-Morrison

EPIC Program Director

In 2014, Karen discovered her passion for justice upon learning her dear friend was serving life in prison for a first-time, nonviolent drug offense. ...

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Kate Emmons

Communications and Research Manager

Kate has a passion for gender empowerment and equity that has taken her across the globe. In South Africa,..

Katharine Nephew

Katharine Nephew

Katharine Nephew, LCSW is a criminal justice reform advocate, producer and clinician who has worked in crisis settings for over two decades in NYC.

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Luis Ramos


Luis A. Ramos has over 8 years of financial management experience...

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Patricia Lewis

Faces of Women Imprisoned Program Director

At the age of sixteen, Trish and her God-sister enlisted in the United States Army. A year later, they found themselves at bootcamp, taking orders and marching in formation like cattle...

Richard Yao

Richard Yao

Chief Financial Officer

Richard Yao is a business management consulting professional with twenty years of experience working in and with corporations...

Tamara Forrest

Tamara Rochell Forrest

HR Project Manager

Tamara joins the The LOHM team as the HR Project Manager. She leverages past experience and understanding...


Whitney Miller

Agency Administrative Assistant

Whitney was born into a family that valued standing up against injustice no matter how impossible...


Dr. Eleanor Moody Shepherd

Dr. Eleanor Moody Shepherd

Faith Leach

Faith Leach

Isabel Wilkinson

Isabel Wilkinson

Keia Clarke

Keia Clarke

Linda White Andrews

Linda White Andrews

Michelle Marcellus

Michelle Marcellus

Toney Earl, Jr.

Toney Earl, Jr.

Topeka K. Sam Executive Director

Topeka K. Sam Executive Director