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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 pretty niche, so we are particular about who joins our team. We think you’ll notice the difference pretty quickly.
Chief Executive Officer
Prior to starting Damascus, Todd Marallen was the President and owner of Novastar Group,
LLC, a boutique lobbying and investment consulting firm founded in 2007 and located in Cincinnati, where
he was born and raised. After graduating from Thomas More College, Todd’s early career in the IT
industry led him into the world of startups and venture capital for over 15 years before returning to
school and earning his Juris Doctorate from the University of Cincinnati.
In 2005, Todd was elected to Mason City Council and engaged in the drama and intrigue of local party politics for several years. He currently divides his time between Damascus, Exodus Transit, Divine Mining, civic involvement, and his amazing wife and his children.
Todd is highly involved in the arts community. He was elected to the Cincinnati Art Museum Board of Trustees in 2007 - the second youngest member ever chosen to serve. He was chosen to be a Shareholder of the museum after finishing his Board term in 2016. He was appointed Chairman of the Cincinnati Arts Allocation Committee by former Mayor Mark Mallory in 2012, and has also served on the Board of Trustees of the Contemporary Arts Center.
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. Todd is a wine lover, a fan of fine Kentucky bourbon, and smokes the occasional cigar while working on his old Dodge pickup truck. He is a literary aficionado, and enjoys doing mission work abroad. He also believes Bigfoot is real.
Contact Todd Marallen at [email protected].
Chief Strategy Officer
Christine Marallen currently spends much of her week inside prisons, jails and halfway
houses throughout Ohio and is certain she has the best job in the world.
Working with the incarcerated since 2002, Christine is the former Director of Prison Ministries for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, a position she left in 2019 to continue changing the reentry narrative in Ohio and the country. As the Chief Strategy Officer for Damascus, Christine facilitates the Damascus Reentry Class inside numerous correctional facilities around Ohio, and manages the talented 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 other gatherings where people seek clarity and solutions in areas of justice and the fiscal implications of incarceration.
Born in Cincinnati, Christine lived throughout the U.S. while working with USA Today Newspaper in various sales and marketing management roles from 1988 to 2002. As the National Manager/Sales Development and Training for USA Today, Christine wrote sales and personal development training and facilitated throughout the globe. From 2010-13, she was the Spiritual Director at The Glen at St. Joseph, a facility/program for single mothers and their children in Dayton, Ohio.
From 2006-2018, Christine 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 (based at Temple University in Philadelphia). There is little Christine likes better than to see perspectives widen.
Christine holds a B.A. in English from Miami University; an M.S. in Criminal Justice 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. Christine is a former City Councilmember in Mason, Ohio; past President of the American Catholic Correctional Chaplains Association and in 2020, Christine was awarded the Anna E. and Williams F. Madges Alumni Award from Xavier University for Outstanding Contribution to Church and Society. Christine has loved all her gigs, but would trade it all for a writer's cabin, a steady supply of Orin Swift's Prisoner and the opportunity to write all day. Look for her book, Good Lookin' Out: Chapel Girl in Prison soon.
Currently living in Cincinnati, Christine's best work is her five children, who have been hearing about crime, justice and prisons since they were old enough to care. Christine is available to speak and train on matters of incarceration, ministry and how to raise healthy children without having to actually cook anything.
Contact Christine Marallen at [email protected]
Director of Community Engagement
Going to prison might seem to be one of the worst things that can happen to someone, but for Mike it turned out to be a blessing. Not only for him, but for many other incarcerated men whose lives he helped transform through his educational work while serving his 2-year sentence. A graduate of Culver Military Academy, Mike knew the value of the leadership training he experienced. While incarcerated, Mike recognized that many did not have the opportunities he did and that he could offer his time and talent to men as they prepared to reenter communities in search of their second chance. Working with a local NAACP chapter, Mike developed and facilitated a 12-week reintegration program for African American inner-city men aged 18-25 based on Culver’s Leadership Development curriculum.
As Mike 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 work hard, and who were deserving of a second chance at a productive life. Mike made it his mission to use his communication and leadership skills to help these men realize their potential.
Since Mike’s release in December of 2013, he has continued his mission of preparing men for reintegration by returning to Richland Correctional as a volunteer for the Toledo Diocese Prison Ministry Team.
Mike 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), and 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, along with his ongoing sobriety and alcohol recovery, that he views as his most rewarding and proudest achievements.
Mike’s work with Team Damascus will build and strengthen relationships in the community by utilizing his leadership and management skills and continuing that strong desire to carry his passion forward. As the Director of Community Engagement, Mike meets with the corporate community to introduce them to the Damascus Model and to provide 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.
Originally from Clayton, Ohio, Carly holds a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice from the University of
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.
Outside of Damascus, Carly enjoys spending her time with family and her two rescue pups.
Contact Carly Stock at [email protected]
Regional Logistics Manager - Exodus Transit
Jason brings over twelve years of Logistics and Leadership experience to the Damascus
Team. He holds many certifications and degrees from Gateway Community College such as Employment Law,
Logistics Management, Leadership Devolvement, and Distribution management. Jason also holds several DOT
required certifications from Lion Technologies.
As the Exodus Transit Transportation Manager, Jason ensures that the Damascus workforce can get to/from the employment sites each day by providing a fleet of vans, a team of drivers and a sense of community to the men and women reentering the workforce and society.
Years ago, Jason spent 14 months incarcerated in Tennessee. Going to jail for most is a horrific experience, but for Jason it was an opportunity of growth—not only for him, but for others that he taught while inside. He learned the need for restoration programs and community support during his sentence and those realizations have equipped him with the desire and understanding to forward the Damascus Mission today.
Originally from Morristown, Tennessee, Jason moved to Kentucky after being released and has since helped within the homeless community and his local church. He has passion for helping people overcome the impossible, after experiencing it himself. He believes that everyone deserves to be treated the same regardless of their past.
Jason loves spending time with his wonderful wife, Hope, and their four children. “This is the reason I push forward for the prize daily.”
Contact Jason Gilmer at [email protected].
Kelley Patmon brings to Damascus over 20 years of experience in banking,
investigations, public housing and mental health. Kelley’s passion for reentry education became very
personal when her son was arrested in 2016 and incarcerated in 2018. Upon her son’s release in 2019,
Kelley realized that there were so many gaps in his life associated with his mental, physical and
The Damascus Reentry Class takes a hard look at the trauma, bias and decisions in a person’s life, and provides the tools and options to make positive future choices. Being part of the Damascus team as a Reentry Facilitator, Kelley can pay it forward and assist men and women in looking at the choices made that led them to incarceration and construct with them a plan to move forward. As a graduate of the University of Cincinnati, Kelley holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice and facilitates reentry classes and halfway houses in prisons throughout Ohio.
At a very young age, Kelley was in foster care prior to being adopted by her loving parents. Prior to marriage, she experienced the struggles of being a young single mother, juggling full-time work while completing a college education. Now a mother of three, she 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 since 2019 has facilitated the Damascus Reentry Class in multiple prisons throughout Ohio. She continues to see unprecedented attendance, completion, and participation in her classes because of the authentic experience she provides and the reminder that she will work hard, but not harder than her class participants do.
“You go in there thinking you’re going to teach something, but you come out with so much more,” she 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 has had a passion for corrections, specifically reentry, since she started
earning her B.S. degree in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University. During her time at MSU,
Kaitlin participated in the Inside-Out course Prison Exchange Program at Carson City Correctional
Institution where both inside and outside students shared conversations about the prison systems and how
society views those involved within the system. It was this experience she gained inside of the
correctional institution where she realized that after graduation, she wanted to find a career that
would allow her to continue working closely with those directly affected by our prison systems.
Kaitlin moved from Michigan to Ohio to pursue her dream of working with individuals who are incarcerated and began working with Damascus as the Reentry Coordinator and Executive Administrator. In this role, Kaitlin supports the reentry facilitators in their prison classes and is the first point of contact for most people as they discover Damascus.
Outside of Damascus, Kaitlin loves exploring Cincinnati and all its hidden treasures.
Contact Kaitlin Rolli at [email protected].
Client Representative - Cincinnati
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 for one year with a second chance hiring company in Cincinnati. Ashley is
originally from Cleveland, Ohio, and holds a B.S. degree In Criminal Justice and Business and a M.S.
Criminal Justice from Xavier University.
Working with both incarcerated men and women and the halfway houses in Cincinnati, 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.
Outside of Damascus, Ashley enjoys cheering on the Cleveland Browns, staying active, and spending time with friends and family. Ashley aspires to dive herself into the mission of revamping reentry in all ways possible.
Contact Ashley Uveges 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 oversees the men in 2nd Platoon Bravo Troop 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 and capacity 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 Cooridnator
Kalliah is originally from West Chester, Ohio, and obtained her Bachelor’s in Criminal
Justice with a minor in Psychology and Criminalistics from Xavier University in Spring of 2020.
As the Client Rep Coordinator for Damascus, Kalliah provides administrative support for the Client Rep team. Outside of her work for Damascus, Kalliah loves to spend time with friends and family.
Contact Kalliah White at [email protected].
Client Representative– Columbus
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Contact Desmond Page at [email protected].
Client Representative– Cincinnati
Cimone found her niche for corrections during her first year at Youngstown State
University. As a first-generation college student, she learned about the injustices within the
correctional system, reform and re-integration and knew that she must be part of the change. She
switched her major from Pre-Veterinary and holds a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in
During her junior year, Cimone began work with Community Corrections Association (CCA), a re-entry facility located in Youngstown, Ohio. 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. While working as a Vocational Specialist, Cimone became determined to use her skills, drive, and ability to contribute to a more significant cause. That drive—and desire to continue her development in the field—led her to the Damascus team.
Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Cimone is a Damascus Client Rep in the Cincinnati region. In this role, Cimone prepares, hires, and walks with men and women who have both felony/addictions backgrounds and a desire and capacity to successfully navigate the workplace 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/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. degree in Political Science Pre-Law and African American studies from Ohio University and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Law, Justice, and Culture. 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/Springfield areas, 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 her work for Damascus Brea loves to read books by her favorite author, James Baldwin.
Contact Brea Muzykoski at [email protected]
Client Representative– Cincinnati
Max Foreman discovered his passion to work with the reentry population while working with incarcerated
men and women who were part of a summer job he held. Throughout the summer, 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? Max knew then that
engaging with the incarcerated community and assisting men and women as they turn the page to the next
chapter of their lives was a dream of his---something he is now living with his work at Damascus.
As a Client Rep, Max is working with men and women who are leaving incarceration or battling addictions in the Central and SW Ohio region. In understanding their histories and what ways they want to better themselves in society, Max places them into Damascus employment opportunities and navigates other areas of their lives with them.
Originally from Springfield, Ohio Max is a graduate of Xavier University in Cincinnati and holds a B.S. degree in Finance. Outside of work, Max enjoys the outdoors and spending time with friends and family.
Contact Max Foreman at [email protected]
Cheyenne Osagie found her passion for criminal justice and reform when she moved across the world 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 and she knew from then she wanted to fight for justice.
Cheyenne is currently at Xavier University in Cincinnati; she is a Criminal Justice student with minors in psychology, sociology and criminalistics III. Cheyenne is British and grew up in Basingstoke, Hampshire in the UK. She is grateful for that move even though it was hard because it has sparked her passion for Criminal Justice and helped her see things beyond her bubble. As an intern for Damascus, Cheyenne assists the Client Reps and Client Rep Coordinator while fostering further her knowledge of incarceration, reentry and justice.
In her free time Cheyenne enjoys spending time with her family, friends and her dog Archie.
Lora Gregory brings to Damascus over 20 years of experience in payroll, human resources and recruiting.
She was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana and relocated to the Greater Cincinnati area in 2014.
She has two grown daughters and two dogs.
Lora is excited to be part of Team Damascus as she realized in 2007 the necessity of finding employment for those who had a compromised background a renewed opportunity to reenter the workforce. Since that moment, she spent much of her career coaching employees on how to be effective in their employment opportunities to help them achieve greater successes. Until being introduced to Damascus, she did not realize there was an organization doing what she had seen necessary and taking it one step further with rehabilitation.
Lora is a lover of music, nature, photography and amusement parks. She is presently working on a documentary and writing her first book on the necessity of unconditional self-love. She spends some of her free time volunteering for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. She is always on the look-out for the best local “mom and pop” restaurants and for fried chicken that rivals her mother’s.
Contact Lora Gregory at [email protected].