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Reverend Jack Sullivan, Jr., D.Min., D.D. 

The Reverend Dr. Jack Sullivan, Jr., is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) US and Canada. He serves as executive director of the Ohio Council of Churches. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Sullivan is an internationally-known ecumenist, preacher, justice advocate, and death penalty abolitionist. In recognition of his work to stop executions, Dr. Sullivan was given the 2018 African American Liberation Award from the National Convocation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the 2020 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Social Justice Award by Governor Mike DeWine and the Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio University; a Master of Divinity degree from Lexington Theological Seminary; a Doctor of Ministry from United Theological Seminary (Dayton); and an honorary doctorate from Bethany College, Bethany, West Virginia.

Dr. Sullivan is board president of Journey of Hope…From Violence to Healing and co-president of the Disciples Justice Action Network. He is an advisory board member of Death Penalty Action, immediate past board chair of Ohioans to Stop Executions, and a former steering committee member of the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty. Dr. Sullivan holds life memberships in the NAACP and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.


Ronette Burkes

Roni Burkes has 22 years of service with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction and has served in various capacities including more recently as Warden, Regional Director of Specialty Prisons and currently as the Deputy Director of Reentry. 

Roni has been honored with numerous awards and recognitions to include the 2019 Governor’s Award for Arts in Community Development and Participation and the 2017 Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Warden of the Year.

Roni earned a master’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Tiffin University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Akron.  She is the Immediate Past President of the Ohio Wardens and Superintendents Association.  She is also a lifetime member of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice and an over 32-year member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.


Keith Tremblay

Keith Tremblay is a behavioral health specialist for Fairfield County Juvenile Court.  He works with youth and families involved within this system.  He also works on changing court and community approaches to engaging with youth and families through Probation Transformation, Reimaging Juvenile Justice (RJJ), Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative (JDAI), and the Ohio JDAI Anti-racism, Equity and Inclusion Subcommittee.   He has been a counselor in Fairfield County for more than 25 years.  His previous employers include The Lighthouse Domestic Violence Shelter.