We love our team at Operation New Hope!

We have a great team at Operation New Hope, and it’s so fun to spotlight our outstanding performers. Every year at our annual holiday party, we celebrate our team’s achievements and take time to highlight those who go above and beyond in support of our clients and our organization’s success. As we expand to build […]

Meet the Staff – Yolanda

https://youtu.be/5A-AwZN7Uzk Meet our Ready4Work Case Manager and Recovery Support Group Facilitator – Yolanda Goodman. In 2022, Yolanda made the move from Illinois to Florida to join the Operation New Hope team, bringing with her a wealth of experience in teaching and case management. Yolanda and the Ready4Work Case Management team deliver post-release services and individualized support […]

Meet the Staff – RJ

https://youtu.be/gcHaqwvlcjM Meet one of our Pre-release Case Managers – Ryan “RJ” James    RJ joined Operation New Hope in 2021 to be a beacon of hope for those going through trauma so that they can overcome life’s challenges. Working in collaboration with the Department of Corrections, RJ and the Ready4Release team deliver pre-release services to 30+ facilities across Florida. […]

Kaley Vontz Promoted to Community Engagement Manager

Operation New Hope is pleased to announce that Kaley Vontz has been promoted to Community Engagement Manager. In this new role, Kaley will be responsible for increasing awareness of our mission and cultivating relationships to encourage support, partnerships, and engagement.  Kaley is a Jacksonville native who grew up at the beach and graduated from Episcopal […]

CFO James Lee Completes Jim Moran Nonprofit Executive Program

Operation New Hope’s Chief Financial Officer James Lee recently completed the Jim Moran Institute For Global Entrepreneurship Nonprofit Executive Program. Focused on growth, leadership expertise, and financial success, the Nonprofit Executive Program examines business fundamentals, strategies, and best practices.  The mission of the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship is to cultivate, train and inspire […]

Meet James Lee – Operation New Hope’s New CFO

We are thrilled to announce that James Lee has joined the Operation New Hope team as our new Chief Financial Officer. A high energy, results-oriented professional with over 20+ years’ experience, James possesses extensive skills in the financial industry and has a proven record of creating processes leading teams to create a financially sound organization. Recognized […]

Chief Operating Officer Honored with Emergent Leader Award

Operation New Hope’s Chief Operating Officer Sytisha Claycomb has been selected to receive the Dr. Rita G. Greer Emergent Leader Award for her excellent communication and leadership skills. The honor will be presented by the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. at the Centennial Salute to Women Entrepreneurs and Emergent Leaders awards ceremony on October 25, […]

Meet Sytisha Claycomb – Operation New Hope’s New COO

We are thrilled to announce that Sytisha Claycomb has joined the Operation New Hope team as our new Chief Operating Office. With more than ten years of experience leading and managing multifaceted organizations focused on young adults and marginalized populations, Sytisha will oversee operations of our expanding statewide reentry network. She is a highly motivated […]

Meet the Staff -Jeff Kauttu

Meet our Ready4Work Job Coach – Jeff Kauttu Jeff Kauttu joined the ONH team a little over a month ago. He has dedicated over 40 years to volunteering in jails and prisons. Jeff is very open about being an alcoholic, and has been sober for 29 years! He currently holds AA meetings and drug court […]

Meet the Staff – Ronnie Cage

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAPY6K2nOSA&list=PLP7OC77v2jekmVs6sLlePcZDnerU3FbTO&index=1 Meet our Ready4Release Program Manager – Ronnie Cage. Ronnie has been with Operation New Hope since 2014. His dedicated Ready4Release team works with 30 facilities in Florida to target qualified inmates and present Ready4Work program details. Our experienced Case Managers enroll interested clients and build an individualized release plan to facilitate a smooth transition back into […]

Meet the Staff – Ken McCoy

https://youtu.be/bVpvmef9fGs Meet our Ready4Work Case Manager – Ken McCoy  Ken is dedicated to making sure each client gets through our Ready4Work program and supports them for a full year after graduation as a Case Manager. Our Case Managers are responsible for developing an individualized plan of care, performing risk assessments, making goal-setting strategies, and providing any other supportive […]

Meet the Staff- Saige White

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xk-wKoDIAWQ Meet our Ready4Work Case Manager – Saige White.  Saige helps her “peoples” with anything and everything to assist them in their journey after incarceration. Our Case Managers develop a comprehensive individualized plan of care that directly addresses a client’s needs and goals as they work on rebuilding their lives. Case managers, job coaches, and mental […]

Meet the Staff- Brian Hargrove

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lt31mLrogaA Meet our Senior Job Coach – Brian Hargrove Operation New Hope prides itself on focusing on a person’s  potential rather than their criminal past. Our job coaches help clients not only get a job, but also gain financial independence, pride in their work, and belief in their ability to transform their lives.  As our Senior […]

Meet the Staff – Jamara Stephens

Meet our Ready4Release Case Manager – Jamara Stephens. Jamara joined the Operation New Hope team in 2019 after working in mental health services. Her mother’s work with this population at the Tallahassee Police Department inspired her to earn her degree in criminal justice and dedicate her career in support of second chances. Working in collaboration […]