Leadership through Service

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Florida Foundation for Correctional Excellence Board of Directors

Denver Stutler, Jr., FFCE Board Chair;
Chief Executive Officer, U.S. Submergent Technologies and SediVision®

Erik Dellenbeck, FFCE Board Vice Chair;
Director, Florida Faith-Based and Community-Based Advisory Council

Jon McGavin, FFCE Board Treasurer;
Area General Manager, Grande Lakes Orlando

David Black, Attorney, CEO and President, Black Capital Investments, LLC

Doug Deason, President, The Deason Foundation

Kevin Gay, Founder, Operation New Hope

Mark Inch, Major General, U.S. Army (Retired); 15th Provost Marshal General, Former Director, Federal Bureau of Prisons, and former Secretary, Florida Department of Corrections

Vicki Lopez, Founder, VLL Consulting, State Representative, 113th District of the Florida House of Representatives

Mark Reynolds, National Director, Trinity Broadcast Network

Newton Sanon, President/CEO of OIC South Florida

Preston Scott, Radio Host (WFLA)

Josh Smith, Founder, Fourth Purpose Foundation

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Erica Averion

Executive Director

Erica believes people want to live their greatest wishes—not resolve their greatest regret. She’s especially passionate about advocating and working alongside those who have made grave mistakes and those navigating the narrative of fair chances.

With an uncanny way of finding the good in anyone and any situation she has spent a great deal of her time over the past decade serving in jails and prisons, facilities and institutions that she believes are filled with the biggest underdogs and most overlooked talent pool in America.

With her system-impacted perspective, Erica served for many years within Florida prisons, leading programming initiatives in character dorms, including the Faith & Character, Re-Entry, and the Veterans/Honors dorms. During her service, she co-founded a re-entry transition mentor program targeting offenders who are within six months of their release date and who do not have outside support to assist with post-release plans.

Erica has served as the Executive Director for Florida Foundation for Correctional Excellence since its inception.


Noelle Manasco

Associate Director

Noelle Manasco is a compassionate professional with extensive experience working with marginalized populations. Valuing meaningful engagement and tangible results, Noelle collaborates with partners to identify and tackle issues, striving for comprehensive and holistic benefits.

In her personal capacity, she volunteers with incarcerated individuals at a local prison, and professionally, she plays an integral role with the Florida Foundation for Correctional Excellence, where she promotes innovative career readiness and community re-entry programs.

Based in northwest Florida, Noelle is dedicated to making a positive impact in her community.

Florida Department of Corrections

Ricky Dixon, Secretary,
Florida Department of Corrections

Patrick Mahoney, Director,
Office of Programs and Re-Entry, Florida Department of Corrections

Conner Birdsong, Correctional Programs Consultant, Liaison to FFCE