Herb Konowitz – Chairman of the Board
Herb’s bio is several pages long; he’s in numerous “who’s who” publications. He is a former very successful business owner, approaching 80 years of experience, a former President of Delaware S.C.O.R.E., active in his synagogue and in numerous civic organizations, including Delaware Interfaith Mission for Housing (Delaware’s premier homeless shelter, where Herb serves as Vice Chair), Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce, and many others. He is, quite simply, one of those people who “knows everybody”, including many judges, attorneys, and convicted felons (somewhat like yours truly). His accomplishments are far too many to list here. Google him. We are most grateful that he is serving as our Chairman of the Board.
Ken Abraham – Founder & President
Former Deputy Attorney General of Delaware, defense attorney, entrepreneur, business broker, and a former prisoner and addict.
From 1974 to 1979, Ken was a deputy attorney general for Delaware with statewide authority and jurisdiction prosecuting all manner of criminal cases, thousands of them, from investigations through trials and appeals. Then, as a defense attorney, he represented the first person in the state to be prosecuted under a drug law requiring a mandatory minimum sentence. A veteran of winning more than 400 jury trials and about 200 non- jury trials, Ken has seen the system when it worked well.
He says, “During my unlawful incarceration, I learned as much as any lawyer on the planet about prisoner civil rights issues and other prison related issues. I learned about all types of post-conviction litigation, where I got a good look at the state of what America now calls its criminal justice system.”
Ken is acutely aware of the dangers of drugs as a former cocaine addict who spent five years (four unlawfully) incarcerated. Having recovered and having educated himself concerning addiction, and being active in of NA/AA meetings for years, and learning what he describes as a “boatload of information about addiction and related behavioral problems”, Ken has seen that punitive drug laws and incarceration only make the problem worse. Treatment is needed, not prison. Ken is also a member of the Speakers’ Bureau for LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition), and a former Rotarian.
“These laws strip us of reason and judgment,” he says of mandatory sentencing laws. “They endanger officers every day and do nothing to stem the flow of drugs. There is a better solution: legalize, regulate and tax.” Ken explains that he could see from his first mandatory-minimum case that the war on drugs would be a futile catastrophe. He advocates for a reformed system to legalize and regulate drugs.
Ken is a graduate of the Penn State Dickinson School of Law, Kenyon College. and The Peddie School. He lives in Delaware, where after retiring, he founded Citizens for Criminal JUSTICE, a fast-growing nonprofit organization created to address the myriad problems plaguing today’s criminal justice system, including a Church Reentry Program to aid prisoners reentering society. 96% of inmates will be released; When we help them we help our communities.
Mary Trice – Vice President
Mary works as a civilian for the Department of Defense, Air Force, Dover AFB Dover DE.
She retired from Andrews Air Force Base after serving her country for more than 22 years.
She is active in many organizations past and present.
- Citizens for Criminal Justice, Vice President and Board member
- Rotary International, The Hub Club, Harrington, President Elect for 2014-2015
- Felton High School Alumni, President 2014
- Pilgrim Chapel, Serves on the council as Member at Large
- DAFB Retirees Group, member
- Women of the Moose, member
- American Legion, Past member
Proud mother of two, grandmother of 8 and great grandmother of 4.
Rebecca Wright – Secretary
1999 graduate of James H Groves High School
33 years old
3 kids, 1 granddaughter
Rebecca is currently a home health care provider, and the secretary for a construction company.
Previously was a supervisor for U.S. Census.
Prior experience includes waitress, restaurant manager, and lawn care business owner.
Rebecca has the kind of knowledge and understanding of the problems we address which only can be had by one who has a loved one in the system.
Dr Kim Warfield
Dr. Kim Warfield was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY.
She joined the New York City Police Department in July 1986 and retired in September 2000 as a Detective.
She attended the College of New Rochelle, in New York, Harvard Divinity School, Palmer Theological Seminary and Faith-Way Bible College. She received her Bachelors of Arts, Masters of Theology, and her PhD in Christian Counseling and Christian Education.
In 2005, she relocated to Dover, DE where she is active in the political arena. Dr. Warfieid is the Chaplain of the Delaware Republican Party. She is the overseer and founder of Cultivating Wholeness & Restoration Ministries, where she oversees ministries in the U.S. and in Barbados. She is also active in reach out to the Dover community.
Dr. Warfield wrote her first book in 2010.
Tom Mealey, born in Ireland, WV, now in his mid 60s, is a common sense, down to earth former railroad worker, a citizen who had a brother in prison for many years; hence, he is familiar with the system.
Wm. Penn HS 1969,
Del Tech Comm. Coll.1996 Alcohol. & Drug Counseling. ASSOC. Deg.
Retired :Amtrak 1974-2011
Karen L Kaufman
Born and raised in Hatfield, PA (1956)
Graduate of North Penn High School (1974), Lansdale, PA; Delaware Valley College (1985), Doylestown, PA, B. S. Food Science, A.A. Ag. Business; Community College of the Air Force (1986), A.A. Hotel/Resturant Management
United States Air Force (1978-1982), SSgt.
United States Air Force Reserve (1982-2000), CMSgt., retired
Desert Shield/Storm Veteran (1991)
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agriculture Marketing Specialist/Safety Manager (1985-2006), retired
USDA Honor Award Recipient (1997)
The Kritter Sitter LLC, Owner/CEO/Chief Kritter Sitter, Professional Pet Sitting Service (2007 to Present)
Federally Employed Women (FEW), USDA New Horizon Chapter President (1999-2003)
National Association of Professional Women (NAPW), DelMarVa Chapter Vice President of Events (2014 to Present)
Delaware’s Pet Professionals Networking Group, Pack Leader/Founder (2014 to Present)
Member: Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce, Middletown Chamber of Commerce, Better Business Bureau, Pet Sitters International, National Association of Professional Pet Sitters