Jon D. Ponder
Chief Executive Officer
Jon D. Ponder is the founder and CEO of HOPE for Prisoners, Incorporated. As CEO, Mr. Ponder is responsible for all aspects of the programs and services, provided by HOPE for Prisoners, including overseeing a comprehensive array of program components designed to assist individuals within the judicial system to successfully reintegrate into mainstream society.
He is responsible for developing and implementing strategic planning for the organization, and he is extremely passionate about the value of mentoring for persons coming out of correctional settings. He routinely collaborates with board members, other community organizations, churches, and federal and state agencies, with a focus on collaborative and synergistic approaches.
Mr. Ponder is himself, an ex-offender with more than ten years experience in providing training for offender populations in correctional settings. His personal life experiences uniquely equip him to provide the guidance, direction and motivation for individuals attempting to navigate the challenges they face during the reintegration process.
In addition to his unwavering commitment to HOPE for Prisoners, Mr. Ponder is the founder and co-chair of the Coalition of Reentry Evangelicals, serves in key leadership roles with the International Church of Las Vegas in Men’s Ministries, and is an ordained chaplain with Chaplaincy Nevada. He also sits on the Board of Directors of Gen1 Arts and holds a seat on the Executive Committee of a faith- based/law enforcement community partnership called RECAP (Rebuilding Every Community Around Peace). Jon is married to the love of his life Jamie and they are raising three beautiful girls Jayden, Promise, and Liberty.
Volunteer Director Of Information Technology
Marisa Rugari was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. After working as the technical support supervisor for a major international Fortune 500 company for 3 years, she moved to Las Vegas, Nevada to attend CCSN and UNLV to further her education. While working first as a corporate Technical Support Lead, then an IT Security Engineer for two of the biggest casino owner/operators based in Las Vegas, she earned her Associates of Applied Science in Business Managed Information Systems at the Community College of Southern Nevada and her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Marisa has over 12 years of IT experience with 7 of those years at management level. Today, along side volunteering as the Director of Information Technology at Hope For Prisoners, she is the Director of Technology for a privately owned international Las Vegas based manufacturing/distribution company.
Marisa has a dedication and passion for Hope For Prisoners, the vision, and the change they make in peoples lives.
Special Advocate Volunteer
Nicole Cauchois was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. She graduated from the University of Nevada Las Vegas with her Bachelors Degree in Human Services Counseling and also minored in Addiction Prevention and Addiction Treatment. During her time at the university, she spent two semesters as an intern for HOPE for Prisoners. It was at HOPE that she realized her true passion; working with those reentering society from various arenas of the judicial system. Nicole has stayed with the organization post graduation. She plans on getting get masters degree and becoming a counselor.
Volunteer Case Manager
Ginger Davis learned of Hope For Prisoners last December at an ICLV women's group she attended with an aunt. When Jon Ponder came in and spoke about Hope, it's partnership with Angel Tree, and they're involvement of adopting 8 families who had a parent in jail or prison, her heart was touched. Her aunt with tears in her eyes said, "That's the program I was trying to get Johnny in". Johnny is Ginger's 22 year old cousin whom she loved and was close to. He recently passed away, September 3, 2012 due to a heroine overdose. In addition to her being a single parent with her children's father in jail, Ginger could more than relate to what those families were going through. She knew she had to get involved. Once she began volunteering at Hope, it was apparent Ginger was exactly where she wanted and needed to be. Had her cousin met Jon and got involved with Hope, there's no doubt in her my mind he would be alive today.
Ms. Davis started off answering phones, then began doing donations. Ginger is now a Case Manager and assists with Tuesday mentor meetings. She has finally found her calling in life aside from being a mother to four beautiful children. Ginger plans to be a part of Hope For Prisoners for a very long time.
"If I can just help one person who is struggling with addiction, employment issues, and is trying to better themselves for their families, my heart is fulfilled and I know without a doubt my cousin is proud of me. We are not only co-workers we are a family"...Ginger Davis.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
“The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has a cooperative relationship with Hope for Prisoners, with volunteer officers mentoring ex-offenders and assisting them on their paths to reintegration. With a combined total of over 150 years in law enforcement, this group has undertaken a partnership with the ministry that is the first of its kind in the United States. Each mentor officer brings unique dimensions to the effort, with backgrounds ranging from military service to social outreach to professional sports; they in turn share the lessons learned from those experiences with the people they work with in the HOPE ministry, achieving a goal of mutual enrichment and the success of those participating in the program.”
(Photo, left to right: Officer Chad Baker, Officer Cindy Williams, Officer Aden “AG” Ocampo-Gomez, Officer M. Drew, Lt. Chris Petko, Officer Michelle Williams, Officer Arnold “AP” Parker…Not pictured: Officer Robert “Thack” Thacker, Detective Bernard “BJ” Plasket)