/* Project Restoration

Billy Redding - President/CEO


Experience:

Mr. Redding learned crime and violence at an early age and it became a driving focus of his younger years. His troubled life led to an early release from the military for criminal activities and eventually to sex offenses that brought it all crashing down. A long prison sentence forced him to reevaluate his life and to look to what he wanted for the future.

While incarcerated he began looking outside of himself, trying to find solutions to life's problems that didn't involve hurting others. He became a civil rights advocate for those who couldn't help themselves and learned to work within the system to better others' lives.

Through both prisons and community programs, he has moved forward in his goal of improving himself and others. While under mental health he has authored a number of changing programs aimed at helping patients find stability in their lives, and has stood alone as the only patient facilitator of such a program. He is always looking to promote positive change, and his work with various newsletters and other venues has affected many of his peers.

Mr. Redding today is a man who has committed his life to helping men who, like him, have made the decision to be better human beings upon their release from custody. As the original creator of Project Restoration, he believes his work will prevent further victimization and make society safer by providing newly released ex-felons a support system, built around healthy and safe principles that will aid them to recover, rehabilitate, and restore their lives.



Kenneth Herman - Executive Vice-President ⁄ COO


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Mr. Herman endured a life of ups and downs. Although a natural leader in his school years, serving many different Student Senate positions, troubles led to substance abuse that became a defining part of his life. His addictions led to failures in the US Military and in marriage and eventually led to trouble with the law, including thefts, assaults, and finally sex offenses.

But Mr. Herman was not finished with life. Incarceration woke him up to his miserable state and gave him the first motivations for change. He discovered the freedom of living the 12-step way of life, learning to rely on his Higher Power to keep him on the path to change. During his time of incarceration he rediscovered a desire to help - not hurt - others, leading him back to positions of advocacy, a practice that he took with him out of prison and into mental health over the last twenty-one years of his life.

In mental health he also continued to learn the tools he needed to leave behind his life of hurting others, continuing his education and using programs and practices such as meditation, centering prayer, and Thinking Skills for Re-offense Prevention to focus his life on the positive and to constantly strengthen his desire to no longer hurt others. Continued advocacy through various advisory councils gave him opportunities to practice giving back, making the community safer and better because of his efforts.

All he does requires a high degree of transparency, patience, and integrity. He practices the skills that he has learned because they work. He is no longer a ″taking″ individual, but rather is pro-social, caring and giving. He deeply desires to amend his past by doing what is right in the present. Project Restoration allows him to bring the greatest positives from his life experience and education to bear in a meaningful and badly needed way.



Lance Purcell - Director


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The middle son of three, Lance had his basic needs met by a distant father and a physically abusive mother. His sexually criminal behavior began early, continuing until age fifty-three, when he had an enlightening experience that changed his entire point of reference. He enrolled into the treatment program at Atascadero State Hospital immediately upon arriving there.

Soon afterward, Mr. Purcell began to see, among other things, that the state of California did not have a comprehensive, coherent program designed to treat and release patients, falling somewhat short in the area of either releasing those held in custody or providing a realistic transitional program designed to promote successful reentry. Mr. Purcell subsequently dropped out of the official treatment program.

He did not stop all treatment, however. He completed many groups; for example, those which he felt had value in helping him to understand more completely what he had been trying to accomplish by offending. This participation built on the life-changing experience mentioned earlier, and helped to refine and solidify his determination and commitment to reversing the earlier trend of his life; one in which he took advantage of people and situations to satisfy his immediate wants and desires, to one in which he contributes to the needs of others.

In August 2009 Mr. Purcell graduated from Coastline College in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Program, with honors. He has financially supported St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and the USO.

Given the fact that the state of California has done nothing in the crucial area of placement or even transitional housing for FISOs being released unconditionally by the courts from the state hospital at Coalinga, Mr. Purcell views Project Restoration as the obvious choice to apply his contribution of time and energy.



- Treasurer


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Phillip Pizzo - Vice-President Public Relations


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Mr. Pizzo came from a broken family. His father left the family when he was five years old and his mother, an alcoholic and drug addict, neglected him and his siblings to the point that they were in foster care by the time Mr. Pizzo was nine. He was molested as a child, and at the age of 17 was beaten so badly with a baseball bat that he spent time in a coma. He used alcohol to try to ease his pain, but nothing worked. All of this left him so scarred, trust was difficult for him, so difficult that he treasures the one friend that he was able to make in school and it skewed his thinking sexually to the point that he committed sex offenses both as a youth and as an adult.

But he finally recognized that his life had been filled with self-sabotage and doubt and recognized the horror of the harm he had caused others. He has dedicated the last 19 years of his life to putting his past to rest, preparing himself to live a life of giving back and being of service to others. He strives to inspire others and to motivate them to challenge their comfort zones and, like him, excel in areas they never knew were possible.

The 12-step way of life taught him that he is not alone, that he can trust his Higher Power to help him and, through that, as well as the treatment programs he participated in both in prison and in mental health, he has learned that he can also trust the family members and friends in his life to be there for him - just as he has learned that he can be there for them.

Today, Mr. Pizzo lives a life based on principles, values, and morals which allows him to have a high degree of transparency, dignity and integrity in his life. He is now pro-social, and cares for others. He wants to make amends for the harm he’s done in his past by doing good in the present. Project Restoration gives him the opportunity to ″pay it forward″, allowing him to now freely give back the help that was given to him - and that changed his life.



Timm Hull - Chief Information Officer (CIO)


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Tim Seeboth - Vice-President Legal


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Mr. Seeboth's early life was filled with uncertainty. He was born in a home for unwed mothers and was without parents until the age of three. He lost his adoptive father four years later and was raised by his adoptive mother as a struggling single parent.

Despite these tough times, Mr. Seeboth attempted to get ahead, finishing high school and attending many hours or industrial training seminars, but his success in these areas couldn’t overcome all of the trials of his early years. Eventually these problems caught up with him, leading to his sex offenses.

Mr. Seeboth did not let this stop him, however. Throughout his incarcerated time, he continued to improve himself, strengthening his morals and spirituality by staying active in the Catholic Church, and beginning to learn the rules of law. He was able to help others with his new-found skills and eventually paroled with minimal problems.

During his time in mental health he has continued his drive to help himself and others, being part of the Peer Mentoring program, and actively doing legal research, not just for himself, but for hospital councils and individuals in need. He serves in Friends to the End, providing comfort to the terminally ill and he has pushed for a hospice care program to further ease their passing.

Project Restoration is the latest of Mr. Seeboth′s efforts to provide others the help in life that he so needed in the past. He hopes his efforts will help as many as possible live safe, positive lives upon release.



John Scurlock - Secretary


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- Director


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Edward ″Butterfly″ Svitak - Director


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Ms. Svitak identified herself as a female although she was born a biological male, which resulted in a complicated life due to the societal norms of the period as she was growing up. She encountered many prejudices as she was trying to develop her gender role and gender identity in this society that looked at her as an anomaly and or an abomination. She soon became confused and unsure of who or what she was to the point of conforming to the expectations of her family and friends to the detriment of her well-being causing her to develop low self-esteem / self-worth that became a precursor to twenty plus years of alcohol and substance abuse. This maladaptive lifestyle became a way to mask her identity of her true self to the environment and the people around her; she eventually went to prison from being involved in the drug trade and her sexual offences.

At the age of forty-nine she finally learned to accept herself as who she really is and made it loud and clear to all those around her that she is a pre-op male-to-female transgender woman who is working towards her sexual reassignment surgery. Her self-acceptance became a pivot point in her turning her life around, and working towards self-betterment and giving back to the community. She has pursued and excelled in learning and incorporating the skills taught in the sex offender treatment program that is necessary to live a pro-social lifestyle that is beneficial to both herself and the community. She is currently engaged in college courses and working towards a degree in the behavioral sciences in hopes of being able to help those that are experiencing similar life situations. In addition, she has been doing volunteer work and gained substantial experience helping patients who are terminally ill in this hospital by providing hospice type personal care through their end of life transition; which she hopes she will be able to volunteer and provide help in hospices after her release.



Suzanne Weilepp - Vice-President Legal


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