Amy Povah of the CAN-DO Foundation launched the Guardian Angel program to assign volunteers with prisoners seeking mercy through clemency. In essence, our volunteers, many of whom have served time or are a family member of a prisoner are working together to help individuals who were left behind in their struggle to obtain freedom.
This program pairs good samaritans who want to get involved with those who desperately need someone to be their voice, eyes and ears on social media, outreach, and to keep them informed with regard to new laws, criminal justice reform efforts, and rapid responders when something goes wrong in the life of an incarcerated individual.
We advocate for their freedom, with an emphasis on seeking justice through clemency because they everyone deserves to enhance their chances of reuniting with their families and moving past the stigma of their darkest hour.
Guardian Angels Paired with Clemency Applicants:
You can find the profiles of each clemency recipient in red on our NOW FREE page
April Anderson – Dicky Joe Jackson – received clemency on 3/3/2016
Georgean Arsons – Elisa Castillo, Patricia Cooney, Debbie Singleton, Larry Wallace, Bernetta Willis, Angela Wright, Tynice Hall, Michael Knight, Luke Scarmazzo and Ricardo Montes received clemency on 1/19/17,
Sue Barrow – Mother and Cherub for Joe Jackson and Donna McDaniel – both received clemency!
Aicha Bascaro – Antonio Bascaro
Adrian Bernard – Sister/cherub of Danielle Metz Angel – received clemency on 8/30/16
Shauna Barry-Scott – Rhonda Turpin, Aisha Hall, Andrea Joy James
Jazzmine Brianne – Roberta Bell
Darlene Buenerostro – Aaron Sandusky
Anrica Caldwell – Michael Alexander, David Barren received clemency on 1/19/17, and Charceil Kellam received clemency on 3/3/16
Debi Cambell – Melissa Trigg
Janice Cedar – Patricia Albright
Roseanne Clausen – Adam Clausen
Beth Curtis – John Knock
Bette Herman Davis – Nancy Ferneau, Cheryl Howard received clemency on 12/19/2016
Coco Davis – Michelle West
Tolesha Davis – Angela Wright
Joanna Ortega Escanilla – Crystal Munoz and Michael Holmes – Michael received clemency on 12/19/16
Kristin Flor – Andy Cox
Maurenne Griese – Gracie Walker and Terry Anderson – Terry received clemency on 1/19/17
Lisa Hanna – Lori Kavitz and Pauline Blake received clemency on 3/3/16
Connie Harr – Barbara Turner
Gleneisha Hayter – Daughter/cherub of Danielle Metz
Tretessa Johnson – Daughter/cherub Alice Johnson
Helen Jones – Cloretha Peak
Rita Juarez Aguila – Barbara Pachecho, Elizabeth Rushing, and Antonio Lopez received clemency on 3/3/16!!!
Susan Kimble – Cherub and Mother of Melissa Trigg
Malik King – Corvain Cooper, Karen Davis and Minnie Pearl Thomas clemency on 3/3/16
Louellyn Lambros – Patricia Clarke, Wilfredo Barrios
Tracie Gloor Pike – Cherub for Linda Byrnes – Linda is now free
Lisa Hannah – Lori Kavitz is now free
Lizette Ledesma – Josephine Ledezma received clemency on 3/3/16
Desiree Logan – Daughter/cherub Clinton Matthews – received clemency on 12/19/16
Lynne Matthew – Sister/cherub Clinton Matthew
Jodi Loretta – Rose Summers is now free and Deneise Quantinella – Deneise recieved clemency on 1/17/17
Therese Magee – Clarissa Burgoon
Syrita Steib-Martin – Danielle Metz – received clemency 8/30/16
Veronica “Ronnie” Martinez – Craig Cesal and Paul Free – Paul received clemency on 12/19/16
Leah Metzler – Lavonne Roach, Mandy Martinson received clemency on 12/16/16 and Donna McDaniel received clemency on 11/22/16
Tracie Pike-Gloor – Linda Byrnes
Amy Povah – Michael Pelletier
Tray Rock – Tynice Hall, Lashonda Hall, Rhonda Turpin
Topeka Sam – Alice Johnson
Rhea Taylor – James Hall and Tommy Martinez received clement on 3/3/16
Markia Sykes – Clinton Matthews received clemency 12/19/16
Stacey Theis – Michael Knight, Jimmy Romans
Julie Torres-Deluna – Rita Beccera and Cynthia Shank – Cynthia received clemency on 11/22/16
Carrie Tyler – Tim Tyler – Tim received clemency on 8/30/16
Cheryl Ward – Santra Rucker, Chalana McFarland, Cheryl Howard received clemency on 12/19/2016
Jamika Rose Watts – Roberta Bell, Clinton Matthews
Patricia Williams – Michael Montalvo
All Angels must join Facebook so we can communicate on a private Facebook Page that will keep everyone informed and provide instructions, advice and answer questions. We still have applicants who need a Guardian Angel if you want to volunteer, or know someone who does. We can assign you with an applicant or we will provide you with a few option to choose from. This is a labor of love and compassion. There will be no pay and your only reward will be knowing that you are helping someone in need.
You will need to communicate with the clemency applicant using email (Corrlinks) and/or phone and/or text (most prisons are now allowing prisoners to text) – please review our Guardian Angel Task Sheet
Who is heading up the Guardian Angel program?
Executive Director of the program is CAN-DO Founder, Amy Povah. Amy, and CAN-DO prison outreach coordinator, Malik King email approximately 300 prisoners, most of whom are seeking clemency and have a pending application. Due to the overwhelming demands to provide these applicants with the tools they need to be successful, Amy realized she needed an army to assist CAN-DO with the herculean task of securing freedom. The response to assist has been overwhelming and we want to thank each and ever Guardian Angel who has accepted this challenge.
PR Director Ramona Brant recently granted an interview for her local TV station WSOC TV in Charlotte North Carolina that aired on July 4th. She talks about how President Obama saved her from a life sentence which would have required her to decease while incarcerated, and why clemency is such an important tool for President Obama to utilize to grant relief to others. She talked about the Guardian Angel program and the station encouraged people to get involved!
Maurenne Griese is the Guardian Angel Program Supervisor and Anrica is the Vice President of CAN-DO Foundation. She has been an educator for the Pittsburgh Public Schools in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for 21 years, focusing on students with special needs for the past 8 years. Anrica holds a M.A. in Special Education from Slippery Rock University, a M.A. in Reading from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. in Elementary Education. After seeing prior students, friends, and family members lose their lives to the penal system, Anrica began this current journey by assisting, writing, and becoming a spokesperson for a family member serving a LIFE sentence for a non-violent drug offense.
If you don’t have time to be a Guardian Angel but want to help with the cause in some other way, we are open to suggestions. Some of the best ideas are the ones we have not yet thought of. Please contact us using this link. CAN-DO Foundation