BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Founder, President, Executive Director
Mr. Williams' life transformation from the rough streets of Philadelphia through strength, commitment and education allowed him to raise through the ranks of the USDA. His growth to management put him into position to make a real difference in the lives of his employees. He found that by Identifying the specific goals of employees and applying the use of close personal mentoring, employees were able to obtain their career aspirations within the department of agriculture.
Mr. Williams intends to continue his mentoring legacy with the I.P.P.S. Mentoring Program, Inc. His new mentoring programs are designed to enhance the lives of incarcerated individuals who are willing to make changes in their lives on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and beyond. Mentees are matched with qualified adults who have been screened and trained. The mentees are trained to work to improve each mentee’s goals in educational performance, communication skills, self-image, leadership skills, career focus and long-term success.
Mr. Williams completed high school in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania public school system. Hired as a Food Inspector with the United States Department of Agriculture in 1968, Mr. Williams broadened his knowledge and education by participating in many USDA training programs. Mr. Williams attended Kansas State University, Mississippi State University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and Goddard College to further his studies in Management and Food Science. Mr. Williams obtained the title of Supervisory Food Inspector, Food Technologist Staff Officer with the United States Department of Agriculture. Mr. Williams currently resides in Wicomico County, Maryland.
Mr. Murfee joined I.P.P.S Mentoring Program with the vision and drive to improve upon our Non-Profit Organization, and focused on developing the organization with experience and integrity. Mr. Murfree is the Founder/CEO & President of Telewire, Inc, located in Salisbury, Maryland. Mr. Murfree is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, and has been actively involved in community and church, most recently working with The Christian Shelter for the past six years. Telewire is a business network and communications company, covering the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Mr. Murfree brings his business acumen to our organization and will be working to help us meet and exceed our strategic goals and long-term vision of growth.
Director and Board Chairman
After graduating from Glen Burnie High School, Mr. Rimbach served four years in the U.S Air Force. His specialty was in the security service, serving in Alaska and Japan. He received an honorable discharge after rising to the rank of Staff Sergeant. Mr. Rimbach graduated from the University of Baltimore with a degree in Accounting. He spent most of his work career as General Manager of a Buick dealership in Baltimore, MD. Mr. Rimbach has been active in social and environmental groups, including chairperson of the Lower Shore Sierra Club, volunteer at Joseph House and Habitat for Humanity. Living his concern for human rights, Mr. Rimbach is the organizer of sales of Fair Trade products sold at the Camden Ave Farmers Market. Having served as Market Manager for two years in the past. After his retirement, Mr. Rimbach has traveled to various states 22 times to assist in clean up and restoration work after disasters have struck. Mr. Rimbach has been a part of the IPPS Mentoring Program since 2015.
Miss Koo graduated with honors from Virginia Commonwealth University, receiving her degree in Clinical Radiation Sciences, with a concentration in Nuclear Medicine Technology. She served as President of Gamma Chi Chapter of the Lambda Nu National Honor Society for two consecutive years at VCU, where she initiated the Chapter’s support of Connor’s Heroes Foundation- an non profit organization that assists children with cancer and their families. Heather is a mental health field advocate at NAMI and AFSP for the state of Maryland. She is active in her church, where she also leads a mental health support group. Heather believes that everyone deserves a second chance in life and that lasting and fulfilling achievements are often earned by helping others fulfill theirs. Heather is currently employed as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, MD.
Mr. Waters is an experienced marketing and operations manager with an established track record in private industry and public service. Mr. Waters’ innovative fact-based approach has resulted in multi million-dollar results redirected to the bottom line in dynamically challenging and fast-paced environments. Mr. Waters has provided consulting services focusing on strategy, marketing, operation, and digital issues. Over his career Mr. Waters has provided professional expertise to several universities, non-profits, large multinational companies and start-ups.
Mr. Waters is a native of Wicomico County and graduated from James M. Bennett Sr High School. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science from Salisbury University with honors and is an honors graduate with a Masters in Industrial (Operations) Science from Clemson University. Mr. Waters has assisted several local non-profits and community-based organizations with marketing, operations, and strategic planning initiatives.
Tina P. Reid is an Associate Professor at Salisbury University. For the past 13 years, she has taught several undergraduate courses: community health nursing theory and practicum, psychiatric/mental health, introduction to global health, and global health seminars. In the graduate program, she has taught DNP practicum courses. Additionally, Dr. Reid is one of the cofounders of the health humanities minor, SU Women’s Forum, and Women in Leadership. She serves as a faculty co-advisor for the Student Nurses’ Association, and a member of the University System of Maryland Women’s Forum.
Also, she is a co-director/PI of the Eastern Shore Faculty Academy and Mentorship Initiative and the Eastern Shore- Western Shore Faculty Initiative. Presentations and publications include the nursing faculty shortage and health behaviors in the community.
In addition to her role as faculty, Dr. Reid is very active in a variety of community organizations and activities. She is the founder of the health ministry at Emmanuel Wesleyan Church, currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Living Well.
Dr. Jennifer Jewell serves as the Program Chair of Graduate Program in the School of Social Work at Salisbury University, where she is also an Associate Professor. She co-founded Women in Transition (WIT), a grassroots organization run by and for poor people, when she was homeless and living on welfare. Learning to make the system work for her, she completed her degree in social work and eventually earned her Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Louisville. Her areas of interest include privilege and oppression, community organizing, mass incarceration, and contemporary poor people’s movements.
Mr. King a former resident of Baltimore City now resides Salisbury, Maryland. He is a member of the Leadership Team at St. Paul A.M.E. Zion Church in Salisbury, Maryland. He is a 35 year veteran of the Maryland State Department of Correction. His career began at the MD House of Correction in Jessup, Maryland in 1980. He transferred to the Eastern Correctional Institution, relocating to Salisbury in 1988. Mr. King rose through the uniform ranks to the rank of Major. He ultimately achieved the appointments of Chief of Security for Eastern Correctional Institution and finally Facility Administrator of The Poplar Hill Pre-Release Facility in Quantico, Maryland before retirement. During Mr. King's administration at Poplar Hill, he advocated for innovative and progressive inmate pre-release programs through local community resources/sponsors such as SAFE STREETS of Salisbury.