Massachusetts Speakers
  • Pony Holmstrom: A writer and artist who served 4 and a half years at MCI Framingham where she participated in Boston University's prison higher education program, and is now committed to speaking publicly about the transformative power of education in prison
  • Clinton Smith: 3rd year PhD student at Harvard Graduate School of Education conducting research the intersection of education and incarceration, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. Before graduate school taught high school English in Prince George's County, MD. Was a TA for writing composition through the Petey Greene Program at MCI-Norfolk. Has taught poetry in prisons as well. Writer and poet who has written extensively about prisons in numerous media outlets
  • Amanda Klonsky: A doctoral candidate in Education Leadership at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her work focuses on expanding access to education for people who are impacted by the American prison system. Prior to entering Harvard, Klonsky taught and co-led an education program at the public school inside of the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center for nearly a decade. She went on to serve as Program Manager of Juvenile Justice Programs at Chicago Public Schools, where she led a large-scale reentry initiative for the District.
  • Gary Donato: Lecturer of Global Studies at Bentley and adjunct professor in Prison Education Program at Boston University. Has taught college courses in prisons for years. Judge and mentor to Center for Study of the Presidency Fellows Program as well as to Massachusetts Day History Program students. As a retired naval officer he remains a strong advocate for mentoring and public service.
  • Julissa Muñiz: Student in the Prevention Science and Practice master's program at Harvard's Graduate School of Education. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Ethnic Studies with a minor in Education from the University of California, Berkeley. While in California, she was highly involved in prison education work at various prisons, including San Quentin, Central California Women's Facility, and San Francisco's Youth Guidance Center. Julissa volunteered briefly for Petey Greene is MA and is committed to prison education reform, thus she is starting a doctorate program that will help her advance this educational pursuit.
  • Dominique Donnette: Student in master's program at Harvard's Graduate School of Education. Was born in prison and her mother remains incarcerated.
  • Kaia Stern: Director of the Prison Studies Project and visiting faculty in the Department of Sociology at Harvard University. She has been working in U.S. prisons for more than two decades.
  • Scott Ruescher: Administrator of Arts and Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education and adjunct professor in Prison Education Program at Boston University. Has taught college courses in prisons for years.
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