ABOUT US

Leadership

Jack Cowley

 National Director

Jack retired with 30 years of service from the State of Oklahoma Department of Corrections. Most of his career with the state was as a prison warden where he served in that capacity at three facilities. Upon retirement in 1996 he joined the staff of Prison Fellowship Ministries where he served as National Director of Operations for the InnerChange Freedom Initiative establishing reentry programs in Iowa, Kansas and Minnesota. Through IFI a model was established which vastly reduces the rate that inmates released from prison re-offend. As the National Director for Prisons & Reentry with Alpha USA since 2004 his primary function is to link Faithbased and community organizations with correctional facilities to reduce recidivism and thereby increase public safety.

Jack consults nationally and internationally regarding criminal justice issues to include testifying before Congress and was previously appointed to an 8-year term by the US Attorney General to the Advisory Board of the National Institute of Corrections. He earned his Bachelors of Science from Oklahoma State University in Sociology as well as a Masters of Science in Correctional Administration. He completed his course work toward his Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma in Organizational Leadership.

Jack and his wife Mel live in Wichita Falls, Texas and are thoroughly enjoying life.

Bruce Paulus

National Deputy Director

Through his six-year appointment as Vice-Chairman of Prison Fellowship’s Justice Fellowship National Leadership Advisory Council he worked with the Missouri “Jobs for Missouri” Committee, which specifically addressed Prison Industry legislation. During this time Bruce developed a strong interest in the criminal justice system. He has also served on the Restorative Justice Council of the National Diocese Association of St Louis and was a presenter at the National Community Sentencing Guidelines Association of Chicago. As a result of his contributions to this work he was hired by Prison Fellowship as the Program Manager of the Iowa “InnerChange Freedom Initiative”, which is an intensive prison pre and post release program for inmates. For two years he served as the Director of Prison Ministries for “Child Evangelism Fellowship”, developing resources and programs for the highest at risk population in the world, the child of a parent in prison.

Bruce is primarily responsible for developing local church communities to invest in prisoners through not only the delivery of the Alpha Course but also for assisting in their transition back into the community through partnering with local prisons and jails through the establishment of the Alpha USA model of prisoner reintegration.

Lou Ronna Richardson

Operations manager

With over ten years experience in ministry organizations as an office manage from Child Evangelism Fellowship and working in the import/export business for a large retail chain for another ten years, Lou Ronna was a great fit to the Alpha Prison and Reentry team.

Lou Ronna works with all the Prison Advisors, volunteers across the US that run the courses in the prisons and jails.  Her strength is networking with church/prison leaders across the country to promote additional courses and helping to supply them with information, resources, and prayer. Her main focus is continually building those relationships.

Her passion is that every inmate, juvenile or anyone who’s serving time in jail would have a chance to explore the meaning of life through the Alpha course. 

She lives in Missouri with her husband Jack and has been with Alpha Prisons for over eleven years. As Jack Cowley says: “She our glue that keeps us together!” 

Contact Us

Jack Cowley

National Director

Bruce Paulus

Deputy Director

Lou Ronna Richardson

Office Manager

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State Contacts


Alaska

Kirk Petersen KirkPetersen@alphausa.org

David Arestad   david.arestad@alaska.gov

Arizona

Jad Levi JadLevi@alphausa.org

Tedi McClain Tedimcc@gmail.com

Kevin Carson   kecarsaz1@aol.com

Scott Bagshaw scottbagshaw@alphausa.org     

California – North

Linda Miller   
Lindaleemiller11@gmail.com 


California – South

Melinda Williams  
melindawilliams@alphausa.org

Colorado

Jen Ortmann jjortmann@comcast.net

Connecticut

Larry Mayer    LarryPMayer@yahoo.com

Florida

David Juliano jdavidjuliano@gmail.com


Illinois

Kim Gates Kbg128@aol.com

Gabe Lerma GabrilLerma@alphausa.org

Iowa

Scott Hanson
smhanson2009@live.com

Amy Thorson AmyThorson@alphausa.org

Kansas

Gene Ronsick   
ronsickej@aol.com

Nathan Paulus
nathanpaulus@gmail.com


Kentucky

Gregg & Keene Howard 
greghoward@twc.com

Minnesota

Brittany Williams brittanywilliams@alphausa.org

Missouri

Bruce Paulus bruce.paulus@gmail.com

Lou Ronna Richardson  
louronnarichardson@alphausa.org


Nebraska

Jodi Meyer jodimeyer@alphausa.org

New Jersey

Linda Tiner lintinpeoples@gmail.com

New York

Peter Johnson pkjohnsonpm@aol.com

Nada Pottinger NadaPottinger@alphausa.org

New Mexico

Bruce Paulus Bpaulus@alphausa.org

North Carolina

Linda Davis lgd919@me.com


North Carolina – West

Susan Garland spg60@hotmail.com

Ohio

Jessica Gatton JessicaGatton@alphausa.org

Matt Rankin mattrankin@alphausa.org

Alan Starr AStarr@tabuilding.com

Michael Swiger micswig@sbcglobal.net

Oklahoma

Jack Cowley JackCowley@alphausa.org

Oregon

Kirk Petersen KirkPetersen@alphausa.org

Juliana Helwig juliana.helwig@gmail.com

Susan Triplett Triplett.S@comcast.net


Pennsylvania

Jacki Tase JackiTase@alphausa.org

Rhode Island

Willard Cook WillardCook@alphausa.org

South Carolina

Margaret Cotton   
margaretcotton@alphausa.org

Tennessee

Denise Santella DeniseSantella@alphausa.org

Texas

Casey Miner caseyminer@suddenlink.net

Terry Strom   Terjean@mac.com

Texas – Dallas

Harden Wiedemann hardwied@sbcglobal.net

Texas – Houston

Gregg Bergersen  gwbergersen@gmail.com

Texas – Weatherford

Jeff Wagner wagner7376@sbcglobal.net


Utah

Gayla Totaro GaylaTotaro@alphausa.org

Vermont

Lisa Oelerich LisaOelerich@alphausa.org

Virginia

Rebecca Dorn RebeccaDorn@alphausa.org

Washington

Christian Downs ChristianDowns@alphausa.org

Wisconsin

Dave Deshazer Dave.Deshazer5@gmail.com

Wyoming

Kirk Petersen KirkPetersen@alphausa.org


Endorsements

Charles W. Colson

“I know of many people whose lives have been transformed through the Alpha course.  I rejoice at how God is using it so powerfully to renew many churches both inside and outside prison walls.”

Charles W. Colson
Prison Fellowship Ministries

Reverend John C. James

“I commend the Alpha course because I know that many hundreds of our Baptist churches are finding it very helpful in reaching rank outsiders to the local church.”

Reverend John C. James
President of the Baptist Union

Reverend Gordon Scruton

“God is using the Alpha program to transform the lives of churched and unchurched people in parishes across our diocese.  We need this kind of basic evangelistic and formation process to build healthy Christians and congregations.”

The Right Reverend Gordon Scruton
Bishop of Western Massachusetts, Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts

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