As followers of Christ, we empower currently and recently incarcerated women to achieve lasting, positive change
through programming and personalized mental, emotional, physical and spiritual support.
Executive Director - Diane Hunt
Director of Operations and
Detention Center Services - Challise Cantleberry
Director of Finance and Volunteer Care - Gail Clark
Director of Programming/Re-entry Manager - Terre Lucas
Pre- Release Manager - Katrina Ikard
Spiritual Care and Outreach Manager - Gayle Eason
Development/Grant writer - Katie Gauntner
Ruth Snyder Home Manager - Brenda Freeman
Back in 1999 Ruth Snyder began visiting two women incarcerated in
the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Detention Center.
She found the ladies broken, afraid and feeling very much alone.
Ruth recruited others and they began to teach, mentor and encourage an
increasing number of women at MCSO on a spiritual and emotional level.
When the women left MCSO to go to prison, personal
contact continued through the mail and phone calls.
It was out of this that "Changed Choices" was born.
A non-profit agency which has continued to develop;
meeting the needs of the "clients" they followed into prison.
Today, Changed Choices staff and volunteers continue to
serve the ladies at MCSOas chaplains' assistants, mentors,
life skills instructors, and professional counselors.
Those who become Changed Choices clients benefit from the
CARE program (Comprehensive Approach to Re-entry Effectiveness)
which has two key components:
CARE 1 supports clients in prison.
It provides correspondence with a Pre-Release Care Manager, a pen pal,
a Bible Study coach and card writers and for some, provisions for basic needs.
CARE 2 supports clients as they return to the community.
Our Re-entry Care Manager and volunteers provide the tools and resources
the women need for successful independent living in our community,
such as housing, employment, and family reunification.
Some clients reside at our Ruth Snyder Re-entry home.
Our program along with partnerships in the community has made Changed
Choices a leader in helping women build new lives beyond prison wall.
Today, the very low recidivism rate continues to speak clearly to the
effectiveness of the program. Our staff has grown, but we continue
to rely on our strong volunteer base to carry out our mission.
Co Chair - Evan Stratton
Co Chair - Susan Heusser
Vice Chair - Chad Miller
Treasurer - Claire Wilson
Secretary - April Smith
Director - Nancy Conniff
Director - Gigi Cruz
Director - Wendy Diggs
Director - Mary Haynes
Director - Cheryl Maddox
Director - Amber McFall
Director - Daren McGrew
Director - Robert Phifer
Director - Betty Smith
Founder - Ruth Snyder
Director - Janice Vincent
Changed Choices, as a ministry and as individuals called to serve this ministry, is committed to anti-racism, knowing that it is a learning, challenging and even uncomfortable process.