OCREP Project Director
Meghan Medlin, MAS
Hope Builders, Director of Career Services

Meghan has been at the head of OCREP since the end of 2014, and has been a member of the board since 2012.
Since 2009, Meghan has worked full time for Taller San Jose Hope Builders, a nonprofit organization that provides disadvantaged youth with life skills and job training needed to achieve enduring personal and professional success, as their Director of Career Services. Working at Hope Builders has enabled Meghan to not only learn about the reentry population, but become passionate about getting the formerly incarcerated successfully employed, creating better futures for not only for themselves, but their families as well. Meghan is extremely active in the community and also serves on several county and community based committees including the Orange County Community Corrections Partnership (OCCCP) and AB109 Workgroups as the Community Based Organization (CBO) Representative, and Orange Coast College's CTE Program Advisory Committee for Construction Technology. In 2017 she served on several subcommittees for OC's Stepping Up Initiative representing county CBO's and also speaks on many panels at all levels regarding the importance of fair chance hiring and successful reentry. She completed the FBI's Citizen's Academy in 2014 and is an active member of their Alumni Association and also a member of LA's Infragard Chapter. In 2010, Meghan earned a certificate in Gang Prevention and Intervention from Coastline Community College and also was a member of Orange County Superior Court's Leadership Academy. Meghan earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Redlands and a Master of Advanced Study degree in Criminology, Law & Society from the University of California, Irvine.

OCREP Assistant Director
Ashley Baribeault-Vlcan
Working Wardrobes, Senior Manager, Career Success Institute/VetNet

Ashley Vlcan works as the Senior Manager of Career Success Institute/VetNet at Working Wardrobes. Ashley has been a member of OCREP's Advisory Committee since 2013 and became the Assistant Director in 2017.
Ashley oversees the Working Wardrobes job search lab and assists with curriculum development, as well as fund development and grant identification and submission. She also serves as a job coach for Working Wardrobes and provides career development services to adults emerging from crises. In addition to her responsibilities with the job search lab, Ashley runs the youth and young adult career programs. This includes curriculum development, career counseling, and career development services, for at-risk youth and young adults between the ages of 16-25, including those who have been incarcerated. Ashley has a Bachelors Degree in Women's Studies from California State University Long Beach.

OCREP Treasurer
Stephanie Hammerwold
Pacific Reentry Career Services Inc., Co-Founder & Executive Director

Stephanie Hammerwold is the Co-Founder and Executive Director at Pacific Reentry Career Services Inc., a new nonprofit that helps formerly incarcerated women find meaningful employment. She has been a member of OCREP's Advisory Committee since 2017 and also serves as the Committee's Treasurer. She has over ten years of experience working in Human Resources (HR) and received a Bachelors Degree in English from California Lutheran University and a Master's Degree in Women's Studies from San Diego State University. Prior to her career in HR, Stephanie worked at a domestic violence shelter where she ran a weekly art and writing workshop for residents. She later ran similar workshops for women in the Santa Cruz County Jail as part of a volunteer program that brought art and writing to incarcerated women. Stephanie's experience working with incarcerated women and her many years of hiring and training employees as an HR professional led her to form Pacific Reentry Career Services. She hopes to encourage employers to embrace fair chance hiring practices and to form strong connections between employers and the reentry community.

OCREP Secretary
Cassie Owens
211OC, Community Wellness & Outreach Manager

Cassie Owens works as the Community Wellness & Outreach Manager at 211OC and also serves as OCREP's Secretary. 211OC is a non-profit organization whose mission is to connect Orange County's most vulnerable with health and human services support at their times of greatest need. She has launched 211OC's reentry initiative by teaching skills classes at local jails and prisons pertaining to a successful transition from incarceration. Cassie graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a degree in Criminal Justice in 2014 and also holds a degree in Human Services. She has also been mentoring and educating women at VSPW and CIW for the past six years.

OCREP Advisory Committee
Lori Fasbinder, Ed.D
Santiago Canyon College, Dean of Instruction and Student Services Continuing Education

Lori Fasbinder has over 20 years of experience serving socio-economically disadvantaged adults as an administrator of community college continuing education noncredit programs, including Adult High School Diploma, Adult Basic Education, English as a Second Language, Citizenship, Career Technical Education, Health & Safety, Parenting, Older Adult, Students with Substantial Disabilities, and Workforce Preparation. Prior to her administrative work in community college, for 12 years she was a tenured faculty member and coordinator for the International Teaching Assistants Training Program at Arizona State University and a corporate trainer at Intel, Motorola and Honeywell-Bull. In her volunteer service to the community, she has served as a local Tough Love Coordinator, Boy Scout leader and committee member, Girl Scout leader, Days for Girls facilitator, and a member of the Interfaith Council. She has a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Applied Linguistics from Cal State University Fullerton and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Argosy University.

Brendan Kavanaugh, LCSW, CASAC, SIFI
Phoenix House, Program Director

Brendan Kavanaugh joined the Phoenix House Residential Program and Outpatient Services in Santa Ana as Program Director in 2015. He oversees residential and outpatient treatment as well as recovery support programs for adults in the county, prevention services, and Wraparound services. He was previously the Managing Director of Phoenix House Residential Program in Long Island City, New York. He was drawn to the addiction treatment field by for a variety of reasons from studying psychology as an undergraduate, to being an athlete during school and witnessing the connection between athletics and substance abuse. Brendan had the opportunity to work with adolescents after finishing school and found that he had a natural knack for working with young people. He was a case manager at a health center serving teens struggling with addiction and also has experience working with families. He enjoyed the sense of community his work fosteredhe worked not only for the kids, but for the population. Later, Brendan received his graduate degree from Fordham University, and subsequently went into management.
Innovations in the field excite Brendan. As more people seek careers in substance abuse treatment, he sees an opportunity to build a team of future leaders and a new model of counselors. He seeks to embrace innovative forms of care, such as medication assisted treatment, to best serve Phoenix House clients. Additionally, Brendan and his team develop feedback processes to consistently improve service. He enjoys the challenge his career entails and collaborating with talented colleagues. Brendan joined OCREP in 2016.

Esther Landin, MA.Ed.
North Orange County Regional Consortium for Adult Education, Workforce Development & Career Pathways Special Projects Manager

Esther Landin is the Workforce Development & Career Pathways Special Projects Manager at the North Orange County Regional Consortium for Adult Education. As a workforce development professional, she focuses on helping special populations get access to the education, training, and work experience necessary to get and keep employment in Orange County. She is also the founder of the Orange County Opportunity Youth Collaborative, an initiative to bring agencies and organizations who provide services to youth and young adults in Orange County together to share best practices, enhance program delivery, leverage resources, and bridge the gap between traditional education and the workforce. The goal of the Orange County Opportunity Youth Collaborative is to address the youth and young adult unemployment rate in Orange County by decreasing high school dropout rates, reengaging former high school dropouts in educational opportunities, and reducing the employment skills gap through workforce development services. Esther is also a member of the Long Beach Job Corps Workforce Council and is an Ambassador for the Delhi Center. She has 20 years of experience in education, program development and management, mentoring, academic advising, gang intervention, case management, internship and job placement, offender reentry, as well as crisis and career counseling. Esther earned her BA in Liberal Studies from CSU Dominguez Hills and is completing her MA.Ed. in Adult Education and Training at University of Phoenix.

Agency Representatives
Latisha Fairley
Division of Adult Parole Operations, Parole Service Associate

Latisha Fairley serves as an Agency Representative for the Division of Adult Parole Operations.

Ms. Fairley acts as liaison between the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and contracted resources of the Department of Rehabilitative Programs (DRP) to ensure the successful reintegration of newly released inmates and parolees into the community. She works to identify program placement for eligible parolees to assist with their criminogenic needs with a primary focus relating to social readjustment in employment, education and substance abuse. She has over 18 years with CDCR and is currently assigned to the Adult Program Unit, South Coast District. Ms. Fairley also has expertise working in the Parole Planning and Placement Program, now called the Community Transition Program at the California Institution for Men (CIM) located in Chino, California. She attended Mount San Antonio College and later transferred to Arizona State University majoring in Sociology.

Geoff Henderson, MS.Ed.
Orange County Sheriff's Department, Programs and Services Manager

Geoff Henderson serves as an Agency Representative for the Sheriff's Department.

Geoff Henderson has over 25 years of experience in the substance use disorder and mental health services field. As a graduate from treatment and longtime dedicated clinician, hes aware of the potential that treatment holds for changing lives. He currently serves as Program Services Manager at the Orange County Sheriffs Department, leading the Inmate Services Divisions In-Custody Programs and Reentry Services. Previously, Mr. Henderson served as Regional Administrator for Telecare Corporation- managing several mental health treatment programs in the Ventura County area; and Vice President, Director of New Business Development, Government Affairs and Marketing for Phoenix Houses of California. Mr. Henderson served many years as the Chairman of OCREP and has also aided similar advocates in LA and Ventura counties to establish a reentry council- the Los Angeles Regional Reentry Partnership (LARRP) and reentry coalition in Ventura County. Mr. Henderson holds a Masters of Science degree specializing in Special Education and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Management and Organizational Leadership at the University of Phoenix.

Erik Wadsworth, M.A.
Orange County Probation Department, Division Director

Erik Wadsworth serves as an Agency Representative for the Probation Department.

As a public safety agency, the Orange County Probation Department serves the community using efficient and research supported corrections practices in reducing crime, assisting the Courts in managing offenders, promoting lawful and productive lifestyles, and assisting victims. Division Director Erik Wadsworth is a 28 year veteran of the Orange County Probation Department and supports a safer Orange County through positive change. He has a lengthy history of collaborating with local law enforcement, County agencies, treatment providers, and various community based organizations. Erik has a BA in Sociology from Cal State Long Beach, and a MA in Sociology from Cal State University, Fullerton. He currently oversees the Adult Field Supervision Division and has served on the OCREP board since 2012.

Interested in becoming an Advisory Committee Member? Please contact Meghan Medlin.