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The Saint Louis University Prison Education Program Advisory Board members are passionate about prison education, community service and policy change.

A professor holding a book leans against the desk at the front of a classroom while students wearing prison uniforms sit in rows at long tables.

As it assists in the development, growth and sustainability of the SLU Prison Education Program, the board has three primary goals:

  • Visibility
  • Community engagement
  • Resource development

Prison Program Advisory Board

Individuals and employers who represent the board include:

  • Scott Berman, Ph.D., Prison Program academic director
  • Ray Harter III, Civic Design, Inc.
  • Dennis J. Jacknewitz, attorney at Jennings, Jacknewitz and Schrader, P.C.
  • Devin Johnston, Ph.D., co-director of the Prison Program Arts and Education Program
  • Julie O’Heir, director of the Prison Education Program
  • Jan Rasmussen, former associate executive director for St. Patrick Center
  • Jason Sengheiser, associate circuit judge for the 22nd Judicial Circuit
  • Bill Siedhoff, former director at the Department of Human Services for the City of St. Louis

Funding Support

  • The Jesuit Prison Education Network (JPEN)
  • The Ichigo Foundation 
  • Mary, Mother of the Church Parish
  • Resiliencia Trust
  • St. Joseph Parish - Cottleville
  • Sam & Marilyn Fox Foundation
  • The Sunshine Lady Foundation
  • The Trio Foundation of St. Louis

If you have any inquiries about the board or have fresh ideas that might assist its mission, contact Julie O'Heir, director for the Saint Louis University Prison Education Program, at 314-977-3206.