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The Damascus Team: A Force for Good
At Damascus, we merge our respective and collective experiences to breathe life into our Mission: To use our talent for good and create opportunities for both workers and employers so they can reach their goals. It’s a unique calling, so we are particular about who joins our team. Get to know our team a little better by clicking on our photos!
Chief Executive Officer
After graduating from Thomas More University, Todd Marallen’s early career in the IT industry led him into the world of startups and venture capital for over 15 years. Prior to Damascus, he was the President and owner of Novastar Group, LLC, a boutique lobbying and investment consulting firm founded in 2007 and racked up many accomplishments in the arts community.
In 2005, Todd was elected to Mason City Council and engaged in the drama and intrigue of local party politics for several years. He was elected to the Cincinnati Art Museum Board of Trustees in 2007 – the second youngest member ever chosen to serve – and was appointed Chairman of the Cincinnati Arts Allocation Committee by former Mayor Mark Mallory in 2012.
He currently divides his time between Damascus, Exodus Transit, Divine Mining, and civic involvement.
An avid athlete, Todd loves to play sports while willfully ignoring the fact that his sons will soon be able to beat him in most of the sports he enjoys. He is a wine lover, fan of fine Kentucky bourbon, and smokes the occasional cigar while working on his old Dodge pickup truck.
He is a literary aficionado, enjoys doing mission work abroad, and believes Bigfoot is real.
Contact Todd Marallen at [email protected].
Chief Strategy Officer
Christine Marallen is a former Director of Prison Ministries for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and has worked with the incarcerated since 2002. After leaving the Archdiocese to continue changing the reentry narrative in Ohio and the country, she now spends much of her time inside prisons, jails and halfway houses.
As the Chief Strategy Officer, Christine facilitates the Damascus Reentry Class inside numerous correctional facilities, and manages the staff that provides reentry curriculum, employment opportunities, and social support for those returning home from incarceration.
Christine and her husband, Todd, speak on the innovative Damascus Reentry Model both locally and nationally at workforce development symposiums, reentry conferences, prison ministry events, and gatherings where people seek clarity and solutions in areas of justice and the fiscal implications of incarceration.
From 2006-2018, she taught Criminal Justice at Xavier University and has taken hundreds of undergraduate students into Ohio prisons to learn alongside incarcerated students in the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program.
Born in Cincinnati, Christine holds a B.A. in English and an M.S in Criminal Justice from Miami University and an M.A. in Theology from Xavier University. She is a certified prison/jail chaplain, a member of the Cincinnati Enquirer Editorial Board, the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Steering Committee, and the Xavier University's Institutional Review Board.
In 2020, she was awarded the Anna E. and Williams F. Madges Alumni Award from Xavier University for Outstanding Contribution to Church and Society.
Christine’s best work is her five children, who have been hearing about crime, justice, and prisons since they were only enough to care.
Contact Christine Marallen at [email protected].
Director of Community Engagement
As Mike Carr confronted and addressed his own thinking errors through rehabilitative programming, he realized there were many others like him: men who had made mistakes, who were willing to hold themselves accountable, and who were deserving of a second chance.
His time in prison turned out to be a blessing. He recognized many did not have the opportunities he did and helped transform lives through his educational work as they prepared to reenter communities in search of their second chance. He has since made it his mission to use his communication and leadership skills to help these men and women fulfill their potential and has continued his mission of preparing the incarcerated for reintegration.
A graduate of Culver Military Academy, Mike developed and facilitated a 12-week reintegration program for African American inner-city men aged 18-25 working with a local NAACP chapter based on Culver’s Leadership Development curriculum.
He has been a builder of markets as senior management with technology sector startups, yet it’s his role in changing lives that Mike experienced through his Leadership Development course at Richland Correctional Institution that he views as one of his most rewarding achievements. He has a highly successful background as a top producer & regional director in the health insurance industry for fortune 500 companies (Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Assurant Health).
Mike’s work with Damascus builds and strengthens relationships in the community by utilizing his leadership and management skills. As the Director of Community Engagement, he meets with the corporate community to introduce them to the Damascus Model and provides the roadmap to workforce solutions.
Contact Mike Carr at [email protected]
Regional Client Manager
Carly Stock realized her love for working with the incarcerated while interning in the reentry pod of River City Correctional, a Community-Based Correctional Facility in Cincinnati, Ohio.
As the Regional Client Manager, Carly guides the good work of the Client Reps throughout Cincinnati and Columbus as they walk with formerly incarcerated men and women into the workforce. Her staff matches eligible work candidates to work opportunities with the Damascus employment partners and positively impacts the recidivism rate in Ohio by providing the social support individuals need to be successful at home.
Originally from Clayton, Ohio, Carly holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati. Outside of Damascus, she enjoys spending her time with family and her two rescue pups.
Contact Carly Stock at [email protected]
Regional Logistics Manager
Jason Gilmer has passion for helping people overcome the impossible and believes everyone deserves to be treated equally regardless of their past.
He moved to Kentucky after 14 months of incarceration where he had the opportunity of growth, not only for him, but for those he taught while inside. During his sentence, he learned the need for restoration programs and community support, equipping him with the desire and understanding to forward the Damascus Mission.
Jason brings over 12 years of Logistics and Leadership experience to the Damascus Team. He holds degrees in Employment Law, Logistics Management, Leadership Development, and Distribution management from Gateway Community College along with several DOT required certifications from Lion Technologies.
As the Exodus Transit Transportation Manager, Jason ensures that the Damascus workforce can get to and from employment sites by providing transportation, a team of drivers, and a sense of community to the men and women reentering the workforce and society.
Outside of Damascus, he loves spending time with his wonderful wife, Hope, and their four children.
Contact Jason Gilmer at [email protected].
Kelley Patmon’s passion for reentry education became personal when her son was arrested in 2016 and incarcerated in 2018. Upon his release, Kelley realized that there were many gaps in his life associated with his mental, physical and emotional health.
The Damascus Reentry Class takes a hard look at the trauma, bias and decisions in one's life, and provides the tools and options to make positive future choices. As a Reentry Facilitator, Kelley can pay it forward, assisting men and women in looking at the choices made that led them to incarceration and construct with them a plan to move forward.
She currently facilitates reentry classes and halfway houses in prisons throughout Ohio and brings over 20 years of experience to Damascus in banking, investigations, public housing and mental health.
A graduate of the University of Cincinnati, Kelley holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice and enjoys spending time with family, watching movies, and reading True Crime.
Contact Kelley Patmon at [email protected].
Bev Smith began working with the incarcerated in 2006 as a volunteer with the
Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s Prison Ministry Team. Facilitating various faith-based classes to men at
Ohio’s Lebanon Correctional Institution and women at Dayton Correctional Institution, Bev learned
quickly that when people believe that you care about their story they will trust you and trust
themselves to address the areas of their lives that have lead them to incarceration.
Bev has decades of organizational and administrative experience and has facilitated the Damascus Reentry Class in multiple prisons throughout Ohio since 2019. She continues to see unprecedented attendance, completion, and participation in her classes because of the authentic experience she provides.
“You go in there thinking you’re going to teach something, but you come out with so much more,” Bev says. “I love seeing someone “get it” and changing because of something we’ve said or something they’ve learned from us or themselves. I love seeing the difference.” Bev’s graduates frequently contact Damascus for employment opportunities and to keep staff apprised of their post-incarceration plans and success.
Contact Beverly Smith at [email protected]
Reentry Coordinator/ Executive Administrator
Kaitlin holds a passion for corrections, specifically reentry, since beginning her pursuit of a B.S degree in Criminal Justice. During her time at Michigan State University, Kaitlin participated in the Inside-Out course Prison Exchange Program at Carson City Correctional Institution where students held conversations about the prison systems and how society views those involved.
From this experience, she gained insight of the correctional institution, realizing she wanted to find a career that allowed her to work closely with those directly affected by the prison systems. As Reentry Facilitator and Executive Administrator, Kaitlin supports the reentry facilitators in their prison classes and is the main contact for people who discover Damascus.
Outside of work, Kaitlin loves exploring Cincinnati and all of its hidden treasures and is currently pursuing a M.A in Education from the University of Cincinnati.
Contact Kaitlin Rolli at [email protected].
If anyone understands both sides of the Damascus Mission, it’s Aaron Henry. Aaron struggled with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after returning home from the Army and turned to drugs to help cope with his battle. He has been incarcerated multiple times and struggled with reentry following each release.
Today, Aaron is sold out on the Damascus Mission, being promoted to Logistics Coordinator after starting out as a driver. Outside of work, Aaron is an ordained minister and paster at a local church. He also believes bigfoot is real.
Client Representative Coordinator
Kayla Spencer has enjoyed working at mission driven companies since entering the workforce. Prior to Damascus, she assisted individuals in receiving public assistance at Commonwealth of Kentucky and was a site director at Children Inc.
Kayla graduated from Northern Kentucky University with a B.S in Criminal Justice and a minor in Pre-Law. There, she discovered her passion for reentry work, realizing the struggle that people coming out of the correctional system face.
As our Client Representative Coordinator, Kayla assists our client representatives with their hiring materials and maintains relationships with walk-in clients. She will be working on our attendance letters and managing reports.
In her free time, Kayla enjoys hiking, playing with her dog, Ruger, and spending time with her family and friends.
Contact Kayla Spencer at [email protected].
Director of Finance
Brandon Cooley has long admired Damascus’s mission through his relationship with Todd and Christine to help give the incarcerated a solid foundation with their second chance in life. Originally from Michigan, Brandon graduated from Western Michigan University with a B.A in Business Administration before moving to Cincinnati in 2004.
Prior to Damascus, Brandon spent the past 17 years leading finance departments for multiple Fortune 500 companies in the Tri-state including Fifth Third Bank, Luxottica North America and Clopay Corporation. He is excited to use his finance expertise to help grow the organization to new heights.
While working for Luxottica, Brandon was selected to a OneSight mission, where he spent a week providing prescription glasses to children in Houston, Texas. He has also been on several mission trips providing school supplies to children in rural towns of Costa Rica.
Outside of Damascus, Brandon is an avid runner, enjoys playing golf, and is a Board Member for Cincinnati United Soccer Club.
Contact Brandon Cooley at [email protected].
Tamara Kissel wanted to use her skills and experience to work for the greater good in her next step after nearly 25 years of operating a business with her husband.
“I love the mission of Damascus and the incredible impact we’re making on lives. When we seek His guidance, I believe God puts us in the right place at the right time,” she says.
A University of Cincinnati graduate, Tamara enjoys travel adventures with her husband and two daughters. She is working towards her goal of running a 5k, enjoys playing golf, and reading.
Contact Tamara Kissel at [email protected].
Cimone found her niche for corrections as a student at Youngstown State
University, learning about the injustices within the
correctional system, reform, and re-integration.
A Cleveland, Ohio native, Cimone holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice and a minor in Sociology. She began working with the Community Corrections Association (CCA), a re-entry facility located in Youngstown, Ohio. There, she was cross-trained on different components of rehabilitation, earned her CDCA (phase 1 and 2), Ohio Risk Assessment certification(ORAS), and was promoted from Resident Supervisor to the Vocational Specialist.
As a Client Rep in the Cincinnati region, Cimone prepares, hires, and walks with men and women who have both felony/addictions backgrounds with a desire to successfully navigate working at Damascus employment partner locations.
Outside of work, Cimone enjoys playing video games, meditating, and spending time with her loved ones, especially her Bombay cat, Kratos.
Contact Cimone Cummings at [email protected]
Client Representative– Cincinnati
Max Foreman discovered his passion to work with the reentry population while working a summer job with incarcerated
men and women. Throughout his employment, a recurring thought remained
with him: "What will these men and women do with their lives once they are out of incarceration and back
into their families and communities? What is in place to navigate their next steps?" A dream of his was to be
engaged with the incarcerated community and assist men and women---something he is fulfilling at Damascus.
As a Client Rep, Max works with men and women who are leaving incarceration or battling addictions in the Central and SW Ohio region. Max places them into Damascus employment opportunities and helps navigate ways they want to better themselves in society.
Originally from Springfield, Ohio, Max is a graduate of Xavier University, holding a B.S. in Finance. Outside of work, Max enjoys the outdoors and spending time with friends and family.
Contact Max Foreman at [email protected]
Client Representative– Dayton
Brea Muzykoski understood the importance of providing social support to incarcerated individuals from a
young age. Having walked with loved ones through the criminal justice system, she learned that reentry
is where her passions lie.
Originally from Newark, Ohio, Brea obtained a B.A. in Political Science Pre-Law and African American studies and an M.A. in Law, Justice, and Culture from Ohio University. Formerly a Career Coach, Brea provided vocational support for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities.
Working with both incarcerated men and women and the halfway houses in the Dayton Region, Brea matches eligible work candidates to employment opportunities with the Damascus client partners. She is integral in the support Damascus workers receive both before and during employment.
Outside of Damascus, Brea loves to read books by her favorite author, James Baldwin.
Contact Brea Muzykoski at [email protected]
Client Representative - Columbus
Tim Shimrock first knew the impact that was possible when he designed and piloted a
12-week Fitness Program inside Ohio’s Lebanon Correctional Institution in 2018. Over 25 men—of all sizes
and fitness abilities—completed the program and enjoyed the spirited competition and camaraderie not
normally present inside prison walls.
A graduate of Bowling Green State University, Tim holds a B.A. degree in Political Science and is a First Lieutenant in the United States Army and an active member of the Ohio Army National Guard. He is a former Congressional Intern and is the Executive Officer for Bravo Toop 2-107th Cavalry in Lebanon, OH.
As a Client Rep, Tim prepares, hires, and walks with men and women in the Columbus area who have both felony backgrounds and a desire to successfully navigate the workplace at Damascus employment partner locations.
Outside of Damascus, Tim enjoys working out, watching the Indianapolis Colts, and spending quality time with both of his Aussie dogs, Reggie and Cleo.
Contact Tim Shimrock at [email protected] .
Client Representative - Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky
Ashley Uveges found her passion for working with the reentry population through her
studies in criminal justice, partaking in the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program at Lebanon Correctional
Institution and interning with a second chance hiring company in Cincinnati.
Working with both incarcerated men and women and the halfway houses in Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky, Ashley matches eligible work candidates to employment opportunities with the Damascus client partners. She is integral in the support Damascus workers receive both before and during employment. She aspires to dive herself into the mission of revamping reentry in all ways possible.
Ashley holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice and Business and an M.S. in Criminal Justice from Xavier University. Outside of Damascus, she enjoys cheering on the Cleveland Browns, staying active, and spending time with friends and family.
Contact Ashley Uveges at [email protected].
Kasey Jo Trbovich
Kasey Jo Trbovich began her non-profit career in Washington D.C. at the Salvation Army National Capital Area Command where she worked to combat human trafficking and support survivors throughout the world. After spending nine years in D.C., she moved to Cincinnati to work at the Cincinnati Art Museum as the Associate Director of Development, expanding their corporate partnerships throughout the city.
Kasey Jo brings over a decade of business development and relationship management experience to Damascus. She holds a B.S degree in Sociology from George Mason University and is a recent graduate of C-Change, Cincinnati Regional Chamber’s premier leadership program.
As the Director of Development, Kasey Jo manages all development and communication efforts - creating opportunities for awareness and fundraising for the organization throughout the region. The Department will develop and implement fundraising strategies that integrate annual campaigns, corporate grants and sponsorships, events, and other financial resources.
Outside of Damascus, she enjoys spending time with her two children.
Contact Kasey Jo Trbovich at [email protected].
Madalyn Mills loves working for Damascus because it is an organization that truly helps people change their perspectives on their life and future for their greater good.
Before Damascus, she began her career at Memorial Hall and later managed events at the Cincinnati Art Museum and Cincinnati Opera. She is a fundraising strategist and has enjoyed how the arts can inspire, tell stories, unite people, and change perspectives.
She graduated from Butler University with a B.S in Arts Administration and enjoys playing piano, singing, and spending time outdoors.
Contact Madalyn Mills at [email protected].
Spencer Schultz holds a strong passion for fundraising and being involved in the community, interning at Anthony Munoz Foundation during college. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Spencer graduated with an B.S in Journalism and Communication from the University of Cincinnati.
As Communications Coordinator, Spencer assists in the Damascus Mission by creating public relations and marketing materials such as press releases, blog posts, and newsletters. His role also involves tracking and reporting analytics on marketing and communications campaigns and coordinating promotional events.
Outside of Damascus, Spencer enjoys trying new foods, playing golf, and spending time with family and friends.
Contact Spencer Schultz at [email protected].
Cheyenne Osagie found her passion for criminal justice and reform after moving from
England to Ohio when she was 14. Part of the culture shock was learning about the injustices that people
in the United States face which prompted her to fight for justice.
A student at Xavier University, Cheyanne studies Criminal Justice, with minors in psychology, sociology, and criminalistics III. Although leaving her hometown of Basingstoke, Hampshire in the United Kingdom was challenging, it sparked a passion for Criminal Justice and helped her exceed her comfort zone. As our intern, Cheyenne assists the Client Reps and Client Rep Coordinator while furthering her knowledge of incarceration, reentry, and justice.
In her free time, Cheyenne enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and her dog Archie.