Board of Directors
Sharon Turner, or Shai, is an activist, community organizer, and entrepreneur born and raised in Chicago. She attended Northern Illinois University and Columbia College of Chicago and served in the U.S. Army. She honorably discharged before arriving to Atlanta GA in 1987. Sharon currently serves as the Advisory Committee Chair for Save Kids of Incarcerated Parents, Inc. (SKIP) and as a member of Harriet's Daughters, the advisory and leadership team for Women on the Rise. Sharon was also a 2018 national organizing fellow for the Center for Popular Democracy’s FED Up campaign. She enjoys attending live music venues, cooking, and serving members of marginalized communities.
Tera Bell is the Operations & Administration Coordinator with Women on the Rise. She is a qualified facilitator, database administrator, and holds a technical degree in advanced computer software. Before joining Women on the Rise, Tera worked for a diverse group of organizations including TCWFI, the State of Georgia’s Board of Workers Compensation, and the State of Georgia’s Insurance Commissioner’s Agents Licensing Division. In addition, she has provided training offerings on Job Readiness and basic computer skills, and has proctored testing for adult learners basic education. An advocate for human rights, Tera supports any initiatives that provide change and justice for all.
Roland Carlisle is a fierce advocate for social justice. He graduated from Florida A&M University. Roland’s passion for criminal justice reform derives from his first hand experience, which revealed to him the vast disparities and injustices in the criminal justice system. His background includes experience working with nonprofits, corporate, governments, and public accounting agencies.
Attiyah Ali is an entrepreneur, author, speaker, and the founder of A Loving Act, Inc., a support and outreach organization to enhance local communities through spiritual guidance, educational enrichment, and tangible support. Through A Loving Act, she has been visiting people in prison regularly since 2012 and providing homeless outreach services since 2013. She started the Helping Hands Homeless Supplies Drive which has become an annual event with donors from all over the country and co-founded the Duffels Not Trash Program, where volunteers help transitioning foster care youth transport their belongings from one home to another. A Loving Act has inspired similar outreach events in Tampa, FL, Houston, TX and Washington, DC. Attiyah graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in Business Administration. Her personal mission is to become a voice for those previously incarcerated by humanizing those who strive to become positive members of society.
Bridgette Simpson is a formerly-incarcerated survivor, activist, author, and founder of Brijects. She is a community organizer for Women on the Rise, an outreach consultant for A Loving Act, organizer for Women Run campaign, and canvasser for the Working Families Party. After spending a decade training in the professional corporate arena, Bridgette spent 10 years in the Georgia Department of Corrections, receiving up close and personal training on the penal system. She now uses her expertise to educate others on the inequalities of the criminal legal system and need for criminal justice reform. Bridgette holds a Bachelors in Finance and Africana Studies from the Honors College at Rutgers University-Newark and a graphic design and media specialist certificate. She uses the media as a platform for her message and has appeared on CBS, Fox5, WABE, and more. Bridgette is currently working on publishing the seven books she authored while incarcerated, including her autobiography.
LeRoy Evans has over four decades of experience working with non-governmental organizations. His experience includes work with the Emergency Land Fund, an organization addressing issues of minority rural poverty associated with the loss of real estate by Black farmers. He served as Executive Director of the Consortium for the Development of the Rural Southeast, Inc., a collaborative effort of three rural economic development organizations dedicated to working with rural minority communities to develop farm based economic models. He worked with urban based issues of gentrification, unemployment, and disparities in the criminal justice system through his work with The Center for Working Families, Inc. He also served as Co-Coordinator for the Design Team tasked with developing the pre-arrest initiative for the City of Atlanta and Fulton County.