According to recent statistics, 67% of formerly incarcerated men are re-arrested within three years. Our next guest’s organization however, has found a way to reduce that number significantly. Mike Switzer interviews Leah Rhyne, director of marketing and communications at Turning Leaf, a Charleston nonprofit expanding soon to Columbia, SC.
I think about their children.
Police murdered my father three decades ago, when I was 8. As his son, I know firsthand how losing a parent this way can derail a family for generations. I can still see these deaths through the eyes of the youngest victims.
Keep reading this essay by Turning Leaf Implementation Specialist Aulzue “Blue” Fields.
You may have heard our big news. Turning Leaf is opening our second location. The Print Shop is expanding to Columbia, SC next month, so our staff is expanding too. We have two new amazing team members helping to grow our screen-printing business and employ more men out of prison.
Next time you call us about an order, you’ll chat with our new Director of Business Development, Maura Langston (R). Born in Columbia, but now based in Charleston, Maura knows a thing or two about sales.
If you drop by our new location in Columbia for a tour, you’ll meet Beth Greene (L). We’re still shocked we found someone with a corrections and an apparel background to be Columbia’s Print Shop Manager. Sometimes you just get lucky.
Beth Greene comes to us originally from Kenosha, Wisconsin, and although not a farm girl herself, her college roommate was a former Iowa State Dairy Princess. But that’s a story for another day. Beth felt called to criminal justice as a career, but when positions as a case manager at a prison and a probation officer left her feeling frustrated, she tried something new: screen printing! This was at the start of the Etsy DIY movement, and she made a successful career in the apparel industry.
Something was missing, though, and when Beth saw the opportunity to work with Turning Leaf as we open our new Columbia Print Shop, she leapt at it. We’re so glad she did. As we move into October and begin preparing our new location at 630 Blue Ridge Terrace in Columbia, Beth will use her combination of criminal justice knowledge and screen-printing skills as the Print Shop Manager (Columbia) to make the new shop a smashing success.
Maura Langston, on the other hand, grew up in Columbia but will be based out of our Charleston office. Maura graduated with a BA in Communications from The College of Charleston, then made waves in the local F&B industry selling beer for over a decade, working with companies like Lee Distributors and Steel Hands Brewing. Now she’s thrilled to use her sales talent to develop business partnerships for the Print Shops, knowing she’ll be making a difference in so many people’s lives.
As the Business Development Manager, Maura will be the new point of contact for all Print Shop customers, present and future.
And since we shared a random fact about Beth, we’ll include one for Maura as well. Maura has the world’s cutest, brownest, floofiest puppy in the world. We love Chai, and since Maura’s already lobbying for Turning Leaf dog clothes, who knows what the future holds?