Building new lives

beyond prison walls.

board of directors

Ruth Snyder, Chair                                                                                      Board member since January 2005

Leadership role in nonprofit organizations for 45 years. Directed or led 6 nonprofits, Founded 3 organizations, one a 501(c) 3. Founded Changed Choices. Advanced education in administration and substance abuse. Knowledge of nonprofit board governance. 17 years of work in and supporting programs for jails and prisons. 36 years of active networking and establishing partnerships in the Charlotte area. Service on other nonprofit boards since 1990.

Sherry Teat, Vice Chair                                                                               Board member since February 2018

More than 20 years experience helping individuals and businesses make wise stewardship decisions. Education – B.S in Accounting from UNC-Charlotte and Masters in Personal Financial Planning from Kansas State University. Past and current Board positons; The Barnabas Group, Financial Planning Association, the National Advisory Board of the Master’s Program for Women. Current position, Sr. Private Wealth Advisor at Ronald Blue Trust. 

Betty Smith, Secretary                                                                                 Board member since January 2005

Experience working as a Paralegal in large law firms since 1982. Taught budgeting classes in the Mecklenburg County Jail. Stephen Ministry leader at local church. Previously served as Deacon and Elder of local church. Previously led Crown Financial Ministries’ small groups and member of city team.

Claire Wilson, Treasurer                                                                              Board member since January 2005

CPA with extensive experience in accounting for nonprofit organizations. Audit manager for a local accounting firm for many years where duties included performing audits of a few large local nonprofit organizations. Former CFO for a large, government funded nonprofit organization in Charlotte.

Katie Clark                                                                                                                  Board member since 2008

Worked with Prison Fellowship from 2004-2007 piloting campus ministry to involve college students in ministry in prisons and working with families, particularly mentoring children with parents in prison. North Carolina Director for Prison Fellowship from 2007-2009 managing volunteer work throughout the state in Angel Tree, in prisons and reentry. Director of Changed Choices from 2010-2011.

Nancy Conniff                                                                                                           Board member since 2007

Project Management Manager at Wells Fargo. More than thirty years of proven leadership experience. Broad experience in several technology domains. Extensive experience building, leading and retaining talented teams. Leading fundraising efforts to support Changed Choices, including the Wells Fargo Community Support Campaign event, from 2012-2017. 2015 Wells Fargo Volunteer Service Award winner of $10,000 for Changed Choices. 2016 Wells Fargo Volunteer Leave Award winner.

Gricelda Cruz                                                                                                Board member since February 2016

Graduate of Community Culinary School of Charlotte. Experienced event planner and catering manager. Past client of Changed Choices since 2012, successfully completing all programs both in and out of the Mecklenburg County Jail. Actively using past experience and knowledge to advocate for and strengthen community understanding and awareness of incarceration’s impact on the individual as well as to our society.
Daren McGrew                                                                                             Board member since January 2005

Masters Degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. Post-grad studies completed at Columbia International University, emphasis on leadership development. Pastor of Grace Covenant Church. Founder and Board Member of Faith, Hope & Love, a Christian nonprofit agency dedicated to mentoring underprivileged children. Chaplain, Federal Bureau of Investigation. Chaplain, Federal Air Marshal Service.

Nancy Moore                                                                                                 Board member since February 2016

Masters of Arts in Christian Counseling from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary.  Christian counselor in private practice working with trauma, anxiety, loss, and relational difficulty.  Extensive experience with incarcerated women including juvenile offenders, and abused women, Teaches classes on boundaries, loss, forgiveness, parenting and other elements of emotional health.  Mentors younger women in local church.  Former Board member of Pure Hope.

Robert Phifer                                                                                                            Board member since 2009

Attorney retired from Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Steward, P.C. More than thirty-five years of experience representing employers in employment-related and benefits-related litigation and in counseling employers on compliance with federal and state employment laws. Board member of The First Tee of Charlotte.

Evan Stratton                                                                                                Board member since May 2017

Master of Business from Queens University and Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Guilford College. Board Chair of Fashion & Compassion. Former Operations Manager at SunBelt Capital Management (5 years) and retired Chief Operating Officer from Sapere Wealth Management LLC (14 years). Founder of Strattegize, LLC.

Michael Malone                                                                                             Board member since November 2017

Retired Partner with RSM, the fifth largest accounting firm in the United States. Extensive experience in Audit, Tax, Internal Controls, Organizational Management, Financial Analysis, Mergers and Acquisitions and Strategic Planning. Past and current Board positions in numerous non-profit organizations, including the Chamber of Commerce, YMCA, Junior Achievement, The Barnabas Group, Charlotte Awake and Congregations For Kids. Member of Calvary Church.

Wendolyn Diggs                                                                                            Board member since February 2018

Masters in Business Administration and BS in Accounting from SNHU, Manchester,NH. Financial consultant at Wells Fargo with more than 20 years of financial and leadership experience.  2017 Wells Fargo Volunteer Service Award Recipient of $1,000 for GirlScouts USA PaceSetter. GirlScout Leader for 8 years engaged in fundraising activities, empowering young ladies in community service, financial literacy and international travel. GirlScout Gold Award Committee Board Member. Minister in Training serving as Hospitality Ministry Lead Administrator and on Friends & Family Committee and Office Administration Team at Empowered Love Ministries International.