Women in Transition
Women in Transition (WIT) supports women transitioning from the criminal justice system back into the community through engaging people of faith.
Women In Transition helps women adjust to post-prison life in three ways.
Mentoring: women transitioning from incarceration work with a team of mentors to build relationships and support mutual self-actualization.
Partnerships: We partner with organizations and agencies in the community to provide essential resources for participants.
Advocacy and Restorative Justice: We strive to address the legal impediments that women face as a result of incarceration and promote a right relationship with God, self and community for all.
Rev. Dr. Anika A. Jones, Executive Director
Rev. Dr. Anika A. Jones is called by God to help bring about spiritual, physical, and mental healing to marginalized people and communities, particularly those impacted by the criminal justice system. She has served for almost 20 years to raise awareness and provide support for persons and families impacted by incarceration. An advocate of lifelong learning, Anika has also spent the last 40+ years working with “non-traditional students” from preschool through adult.
She served as the original Connections Pastor at Atlanta’s Impact Church to promote the
connection of the congregation with God and the community.
Anika is an ordained Deacon in Full Connection in the United Methodist Church, and holds M.Div. and Th.M. degrees from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, an Ed.D. in Mental Health Administration from the University of Massachusetts, and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.
Rev. Lisa Gwock, Director of Operations
Rev. Lisa Gwock first felt called to serve incarcerated women in 2011, while serving as a mentor at the Tennessee Prison for Women. There, she helped establish a United Methodist presence by starting a Bible study and a worship service called Circle of Grace.
After relocating to Atlanta, Lisa continued her ministry by connecting with Women in Transition, where she has been able to fulfill her call to serve the marginalized, especially incarcerated women transitioning back to the community.
Lisa is an ordained Deacon in Full Connection in the United Methodist Church, and holds a MTS from Vanderbilt Divinity School, an MBA from the University of South Carolina and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Auburn University. Before relocating to Atlanta, she served as the Pastor of Missions & Outreach at West End UMC in Nashville, TN.
Stephenie Turnipseed, Mentor Coordinator
A lifelong servant leader, Stephenie has a passion for Christian Ministry with skills developed in leadership, small group study facilitation, team building, care, and counseling. Driven by a love of people and desire to help at-risk communities, she aims to use her gifts to help others identify, develop, and succeed in using their God-given gifts as well.
Stephenie has been Women In Transition’s Mentor Coordinator for more than four years, working with the Director to implement the organization’s vision and coordinate mentor training, along with oversee the accountability process. She also helps develop and support the curriculum and weekly groups at the Transitional Center.
Stephenie has earned a Master of Divinity degree from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, and a B.S. in Psychology and Human Services from Point University. She is also in the ordination process with the United Methodist Church.
Yvonne Smith, Administrative Coordinator
(Bio coming soon)
Brunetta Nelson, Outreach Coordinator
Brunetta Nelson is the CEO of Imprint Productions, Inc. A seasoned veteran in the field, Ms. Nelson brings a myriad of skills to the team that are key to ensuing the completion of every project in excellence. A key aspect that sets ICI apart is the quality of the development consultant services Imprint Productions provides. Ms. Nelson is actively involved in every project. Having been in the development field for over 20 years, Ms. Nelson gained her wealth of experience in the development industry as owner-operator of DBABS Construction, Inc. for 25 years. To her credit are numerous development projects under federal, state, local government municipalities.
Having been formerly incarcerated, Brunetta has a personal passion for this work. She understands how critical it is to have support with transitioning back into society.
Brunetta is the author of Stripped Naked, in which she shares educational life-skills tools to gain victory over Shame, Silence, and Secrets! In the book, she is transparent, and vulnerable for the sake of helping those that are experiencing any form of bondage!
Brunetta education includes a B.A. from Columbia School of Broadcasting and numerous courses at the Environmental Institute of Marietta.