Chanel Cole, Board Treasurer

Chanel Cole, Board Treasurer

Pronouns: She / Her

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Karen Chung, Ed. D

Karen Chung, Ed. D

Pronouns: She / Her

Karen developed a passion for prison abolition and advocacy for justice-impacted people after facing a conviction and serving time in Minnesota. Karen has a background as a mental health therapist and hold a PhD in Education, completing her dissertation on how peer mentorship aids in re-entry for justice-impacted women. Additionally, Karen works to support equitable employment for impacted people with Weld, as well as working with Washington Voices to support the humanity of those facing sex offense convictions.

Pam Orbach

Pam Orbach

Pronouns: She / Her

Pam is a Restorative Justice practitioner, mediator, circle keeper, Nonviolent Communication (NVC) consultant and trainer. In addition, she also is an executive empathic self-leadership coach. Pam’s practice is grounded in Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication and Dominic Barter’s model of Restorative Circles. Her work is informed by her previous experience teaching both middle and high school, and her years supporting conflict between parents and teens/youth for the City of Bellevue, where she supervised a parent-teen mediation program.

Vidal Vincent

Pronouns: He / Him

Vidal “Blaze” Vincent was tried as an adult and convicted of Attempted Murder and Assault at the age of 17. He was sentenced to 30 years and six months. He would have received no more than 4 years had he been tried as a juvenile. In light of the Washington state supreme court’s decision in State v. Blake, Blaze was resentenced and immediately released from incarceration after serving 18 years in 2022. The sentencing judge held that Blaze was more valuable to society outside of prison than inside because of his rehabilitation and commitment to service. 

Despite prison conditions that were unsuitable for youth, Blaze grew to become a peer mentor and community advocate. While incarcerated, he earned an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Management from Grays Harbor College with a 3.8, a paralegal diploma from Blackstone Career Institute, and Competent Communication and Competent Leadership Awards from Toastmasters International; as well as a myriad of other certificates for completing positive programs. Also while incarcerated, Blaze co-created a successful behavioral health program called the Redemption Project alongside Anthony Powers and Karlton Daniel. Before his release, he was serving as Vice President of the Harbor Lights Toastmasters club and facilitator of the Black Prisoners Caucus legislative committee at Stafford Creek Corrections Center. He also continues to serve as a contributor to Kids are Kids, a grassroots community-based organization that seeks to abolish laws that cause juveniles to be tried as adults in Washington state.

Blaze continues his lifelong commitment to service alongside his fiance, Dyneeca, with massive support from family, friends, and his community.