Meet the Board

Thrett Brown, Board President

Thrett Brown, Board President

Pronouns: He / Him

Thrett is the Executive Director of Young Business Men and Women, a student at Tacoma Community College and Business Coach for youth and some adults. He works as an independent mentor, keynote speaker, workshop and program developer. He is the co-director of Inside Out Toastmasters reentry club, and the co-director of Numbers 2 Names. Thrett joined the Freedom Project Board in 2019.

Linsay Hill, Board Vice President

Linsay Hill, Board Vice President

Pronouns: She / Her

Linsay is the Positive Outcomes Coordinator with the Multi Service Center, Executive Director of My Sisters Keeper, a public speaker, and mentor for young women. Linsay’s passions are teaching life skills, supporting youth with advocating for themselves,  teaching young people about generational trauma and how to break cycles within the family structures. 

Emily Westlake, Board Treasurer

Emily Westlake, Board Treasurer

Pronouns: She / Her

Emily has been working in prison reform since moving to Seattle in 2013, first volunteering with the If Project and Freedom Education Project Puget Sound and later joining the staff of Yoga Behind Bars as Administrative Manager. She is a graduate of Seattle University’s Masters of Nonprofit Leadership program and is now the Development and Community Partnership Manager at CHOOSE 180, an organization that collaborates with systems to transform the way in which young people are criminalized and help them achieve their goals. Emily’s family was deeply impacted by the criminal legal system with the incarceration of her father, and she has been committed to transforming the justice system ever since. She is from New York and in her free time enjoys swimming, music, and art. Emily is inspired by the work that Freedom Project does, and specifically their commitment to racial equity and healing. She is thrilled to join the Freedom Project team.
Mike Anthony, Board Secretary

Mike Anthony, Board Secretary

Pronouns: He / Him

Mike is a motivational and inspirational keynote speaker. He has 30 years of experience assisting people experiencing homelessness, counseling couples and families, and mentoring troubled youth. Mike placed third in the semi-finals at the 2015 International World Championship of Public Speaking. Having served 3 ½ out of a 5-year sentence in Washington State, Mike has a driven purpose to see that each incarcerated person is provided the tools necessary to start rebuilding upon release.

Gerald Labensky

Gerald Labensky

Pronouns: He / Him

Gerald is a Field Leader of Chipotle Mexican Grill overseeing the Pacific Northwest market. He is passionate about breaking employment barriers and supporting People of Color transitioning from incarceration to society. Gerald served 17 years of a 40-year sentence in the Washington State system from 1996 to 2013. Gerald joined the Freedom Project board in 2018.

Karen Chung

Karen Chung

Pronouns: She / Her

Karen is the executive director of Workforce foundation. Karen is completing her doctorate in education and organizational leadership, with a focus on peer mentorship and women, and how the addition of mentoring in reentry affects self-efficacy and recidivism rates. She is an outspoken advocate for justice-involved women. Karen was convicted and served time in Minnesota, in addition to navigating a 15 year community supervision term.

Pam Orbach

Pam Orbach

Pronouns: She / Her

Pam is a Restorative Justice practitioner, mediator, circle keeper, Nonviolent Communication (NVC) consultant and trainer. In addition, she also is an executive empathic self-leadership coach. Pam’s practice is grounded in Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication and Dominic Barter’s model of Restorative Circles. Her work is informed by her previous experience teaching both middle and high school, and her years supporting conflict between parents and teens/youth for the City of Bellevue, where she supervised a parent-teen mediation program.

Susan Mason

Susan Mason

Pronouns: She / Her

Susan Mason is a co-founder and Executive Director of What’s Next – Washington. She advocates for systemic policy change and the reinstatement of civil rights for people with conviction histories. Susan is active in the reentry community and is a member of the National Council of Formerly and Currently Incarcerated Women and Girls. Susan is a National Council 2019 Reimagining Communities Fellow and Just Leadership USA 2018 Leading with Conviction Fellow. Susan Mason was incarcerated in federal prison for 15 months and was released in 2003.