Our Trainers

Jon D. Ponder -
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.
 
Isabelle Parker -
Isabelle Parker has her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy and practices as a licensed MFT Intern. She is also the Director of the Wellness Center, at International Church of Las Vegas. Isabelle is a dynamic speaker who believes that God has called us to walk in freedom and wholeness. Her powerful testimony is about cancer, eating disorders, depression and finally being set free and learning to walk out her healing. Her calling is to help others break out of the things that hold them captive and learn to live free through Christ. She is married to Levi Parker and is a mother of three young energetic boys.
 
Las Vegas Metro 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 “OG” Ocampo-Gomez, Officer M. Drew, Lt. Chris Petko, Officer Michelle Wilson, Officer Arnold “AP” Parker…Not pictured: Officer Robert “Thack” Thacker, Detective Bernard “BJ” Plasket)
 
Joel Garcia -
Joel Garcia, Founder and Lead Coach of Latino Townhall, Inc., brings over 20 years experience developing leaders and building high performance teams. Joel possesses a Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis in coaching and mentoring from Regent University. He has also published articles for the school's Leadership Advance Online. Joel is currently writing a book dubbed "LeaderSphere - Enlarging the Leader Within to Influence the World Throughout". As an ordained minister, Joel frequently preaches and teaches at Prayer Mountain in Las Vegas.
 
Gregg Ketter -
If the quality of one’s life is in direct proportion to his commitment to excellence, regardless of his chosen field of endeavor, then Gregg Ketter is a walking, talking example of what is possible when one lives his commitment to achieving excellence. Never one to be content waiting for the opportunity to excel, Gregg Ketter arrived in Los Angeles in 1987 with little more than a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism from the Virginia Commonwealth University. The Philadelphia native was determined to do the seemingly impossible: become a broadcast professional in the second-largest U.S. market, despite lacking actual broadcast experience. Ketter quickly settled in and continued his studies, concentrating on meteorology, while working for a national consumer electronics retailer. Ketter consistently ranked in the top 10 in sales throughout his first three years with the electronics sales firm, which earned him a promotion to National Corporate Trainer. During his nearly 10 years as the retailer’s corporate trainer, he helped open more than 25 retail consumer electronic stores in untapped markets across Central and Western U.S. He also launched numerous sales training tours for the company, sharing his real-world techniques to motivate thousands of the company’s employees across the U.S. But Ketter never lost sight of his dream -- it just took on more significance. To prove the validity of his training techniques, he began employing the same principles for success that he was teaching to become a broadcast professional. The result? Ketter is a veteran broadcaster, having served as the weather anchor for KTTV-Fox 11 News in Los Angeles for more than nine years. He loves giving good news, which made announcing the weather in Los Angeles, a natural. It also is part of what makes his seminars and workshops for veteran professionals and newcomers alike so motivating and effective. He thrives on teaching others how to turn their “cannots” into “can-dos.” He considers their successes as part of his own. Ketter has successfully completed hundreds of consulting and training assignments for companies large and small around the world. His clients include IBM, the Hilton Hotels, Warner Bros., McDonald’s Corp., University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA), Las Vegas (McCarran) International Airport, and Booz Allen Hamilton. Beginning in 2001, he expanded his reach to the international business community, delivering customer service, sales and brand image training throughout major resorts in the British West Indies, the Caribbean and Virgin Islands. In 2006, Gregg became a Program Associate, teaching Business-to-Business concepts at the University of Nevada - Las Vegas (UNLV). Ketter and his team of motivated professionals are ready to infuse you and your staff with a renewed passion for personal growth and professional development.
 
Barbara Loupe -
Barbara Loupe is a Corporate Communicator and Image Consultant with The Winning Edge, a Las Vegas based image consulting and corporate training company. Educated in the United States with a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing from San Francisco State University, Barbara brings us 30 years of experience in the image industry. Passionate, fun and practical, she thrives on packaging people and accentuating their positives while moving them from 'Good' to 'Great'! She has worked in the Hospitality and Gaming Industry for 13 years with senior executives to entry-level employees preparing for hotel openings and re-branding. Thousands of men and women across the country have strengthened their professional presence through her image and communication seminars. "Packaging" professional men and women from head to toe is her expertise. "See Yourself Differently!" Her clients include: Ameristar, Four Seasons, Maui, Gaylord Opryland Resort, Harrah's Entertainment, Hilton, Las Vegas, Ford Motor Credit Company, Community College of Southern Nevada, TRW, Digital Equipment Corporation, Taco Bell, Hallmark and Exxon Information Systems.
 
Steve Beason -
Steve Beason was a geologist with the U.S. Department of the Interior for 35 years working primarily on dams and tunnels in the western United States. Steve has supervised teams of scientists and technicians and has trained rope access teams throughout North America. Steve left the science field in 2009 to become an associate pastor at the International Church of Las Vegas, where he works on missions, men’s ministries, and a host of other duties. Steve also serves as a chaplain with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, works with Southern Nevada Human Trafficking Task Force, and the Las Vegas Mayor’s Faith Initiative Human Trafficking Working Group.
 
Robyn Garcia -
Robyn Garcia is passionate about helping others discover and walk out the dreams they have for their lives. She is a graduate of Golden Gate University with a Bachelors in Business Management. She has worked at the International Church of Las Vegas since 1993 in various departments including running the Administration team. She is a board member of International Network of Commissioned Workers and a Trainer with Hope for Prisoners. Robyn has been married to Joel since 1984 and they share 3 adult children and 2 grandchildren.
 
Jeremiah Porter -
Jeremiah Porter is the owner and operator of J.P. J.P. Maintenance and the co-owner of Finishing Touches, LLC. A native of Portland, Oregon, Jeremiah is a father of four daughters and has been married for over 10 years. Jeremiah, an ex-offender himself, knows firsthand the challenges that are faced during the reintegration process. He has overcome many obstacles on the journey to becoming a successful business owner and has a God given passion to escort other ex-offenders to walk in the newness of life. Jeremiah specializes in leadership develop and has personally worked with hundreds of ex-offenders. Jeremiah has a heart for youth and serves as a youth leader with the International Church of Las Vegas. He works closely with the underserved youth of the city with a burning desire to become a Father to the Fatherless. He has been with HOPE for Prisoners since the inception.
 
Kimberly Malloy -
Kimberly Malloy has owned and operated her own training business (Train2excel, Inc.) for 13 years, where she takes her passion for improving relationships between employees, customers and management and develops specific programs to meet the needs of organizations. Her conferences on Positive Conflict and Interpersonal Communication Skills have consistently received high marks from corporations and individuals alike. She is a licensed presenter for The Color Code Personality Profile, a program designed to help individuals understand themselves and communicate more effectively. She is also licensed in The Character Code, a personal development program which help people see where they are today and work towards a healthier tomorrow. Kimberly received her Bachelors of Communication from the University of Nevada Las Vegas and recently was awarded her Masters of Counseling in Marriage, Family & Child Therapy. She loves being able to help individuals, businesses, couples, families and adolescents clarify their vision, see their value and help them grow, both personally and professionally. In honor of her sister Starr, Kimberly co-founded Starr Ministry, a women’s ministry dedicated to bringing the message of hope and healing to women. She has been to several different cities, states and countries delivering the message GOD has laid on her heart about the value of women. Although Kimberly was born in Rochester, New York, Las Vegas has been her home for more than 40 years. She and her husband of 30 years, Monty, have three wonderful daughters and 2 grandsons. Kimberly founded Businesswomen for Christ, which meets monthly to bring together working women throughout Las Vegas to inspire, network, pray and fellowship with one another. Kimberly is a 2000 graduate of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Las Vegas program, and served as Curriculum Chair in 2007. In 2009, she was chosen as a Clark County Mother of Honor by the American Mothers Inc.. She loves serving at her church, Cornerstone Christian Fellowship, including sitting on their Advisory Board.
 
Marie Robertson -
Marie Robertson has been married for 30 years and has three grown children. She has lived in Las Vegas for 20 years. Marie has been involved with leadership and ministry at International Church of Las Vegas for the past 19 years. She is a dynamic speaker who believes in helping people change the way they think and helps to change a persons self image. She has run support groups that have dealt with addictions, co-dependency, and abuses for over 25 years. Marie has a love for life and believes that change can happen to anyone who believes in themselves.
 
Al Waid -
I have a business degree from Auburn University, Alabama and an M.B.A. from Georgia State University with a major in Management and a minor is Finance. In my professional career I have worked for a Large and Small Corporation, Arthur Anderson C.P.A. firm, been in a Gas & Oil Partnership and owned my own business. Before retiring I was the Secretary Treasure at Logan Clay Products in Logan, Ohio. However, the Good Lord blessed me in business and I was able to retire at the age of 49.
 
Pam Waid -
I received my LPN nursing license in 1983 and have worked for 20 years in some aspect of the medical field. Over the course of my career I have worked in Orthopedics, private duty nursing, Chiropractics plus co-owned a business and managed a retail business. Together, we’ve done private financial counseling for couples/individuals for 9 years plus hosted several financial classes. November 2010 we returned to I.C.L.V. and began teaching an 8 week course on finances in Sunday school plus the Kairos School of ministry. For the past year we have been actively involved with Hope For Prisoners in teaching a course every quarter on budgeting to re-entry inmates and this has been our greatest reward. Currently we are facilitating a 13-week course with Financial Peace University (Dave Ramsey) on all aspects of finances. Besides our love and devotion to Christ-Confidentiality, Integrity, and No Condemnation are the most important aspects of our ministry and we hold them in highest regard; because, “if people don’t feel safe to talk openly then no one benefits.” Our passion is to see others learn how to handle money and teach them how to become debt free!
 
Sherman Ray -
Sherman Ray is a speaker, Author, Teacher and Leadership Development Coach. For more information go to www.redlettermedia.net Degree in Pastoral Counseling Calvary Theological Seminary Founder, President of Diversity Networking Group Co-Owner, Linda Ray Designs Speaker, Author, Leadership Coach I have spent the last 15 years as a leadership development coach in Las Vegas, working with local churches. In 2010, Linda and I decided to birth a Business networking group which we called the Diversity Networking Group. DNG currently has two chapters with nearly 200 businesses that we work with on a weekly basis locally and internationally, via the internet.
 
Joni Reid -
Dr. Joni Reid, Founder and CEO of Breakthrough Mindset Coaching & Consulting, LLC, holds a Master’s degree in Social Work and a Doctoral degree in Strategic Leadership with an emphasis on leadership coaching. She has been on an exhilarating journey of uncovering buried dreams, identifying passions, and truly stepping into her divine destiny. In addition to this, she is confident that ALL were created to live healthy and prosperous lives. She is naturally gifted and has developed exceptional skills in the area of human behavior. Dr. Reid works effectively with individuals and groups, providing a myriad of tools that are designed to bust through the piles of “junk” that make up personal limitations. The tools, group interactions and coaching are derived from her own personal development and professional experiences, as well as her education in social work and leadership coaching. Whether working with corporate clients or her philanthropic work with at-risk populations, Joni is incredibly successful in consistently empowering breakthrough in her client's personal and business lives.