Worth more than our worst decisions.
My name is Jason and I am the founder and CEO of FreeWorld. I'm also formerly incarcerated.
My name is Jason and I am the founder and CEO of FreeWorld. I'm also formerly incarcerated. I was incarcerated for a 1st degree felony (Aggravated Robbery) at the age of 15. I was given a 12-year sentence at a maximum security prison in Texas.
When I was released, I felt lost. The world had passed me by. Before I went to prison I had a flip phone; when I was released, everyone was carrying around an iPhone 3. The first time I saw that I said, “what the fuck is an iPhone.” Times sure had changed.
Parole required me to get a job. Every time I applied for a job I was denied employment due to my felony. The jobs that would take me, paid less than $10/hour. Stealing and dealing paid better than that, but I knew that the next time I went to prison, I would end up doing life. I wanted to find a better way.
Long story short, I've been blessed in life because good people invested in me, guided me, and believed in me. I earned a double Masters degree, started a few businesses, and married the most beautiful woman in the world.
My life's mission is to end mass incarceration. I plan on doing that by equipping 26 million formerly incarcerated people across the nation with the tools, education, and the jobs they need in order to live positive, productive lives. Right now, that means investing in your education and getting you a badass job as a truck driver. That's why we're doing this. Because we all deserve a legitimate second chance.LinkedIn Twitter
Meet the Team
Alissa EftelandGrants Manager
Experienced development professional and writer with a demonstrated history of working in the non-profit and social services industries.LinkedIn
Allison CarrollEducation Manager
Educator with 20+ years teaching/facilitation experience in public, private, & corporate education settings.LinkedIn
Benjamin BechtolsheimChief Operating Officer
Mission driven leader with experience across public, private and non-profit sectors.LinkedIn
Brigid ToneyProgram Manager
MS in Criminal Justice; Worked with returning citizens pre- and post-release on programing and job readiness.LinkedIn
Heath PannellCDL A Theory Instructor
CDL Instructor with 8 years of experience as a dedicated educator and as a CDL A professional driver.LinkedIn
Hunter JohnsonSuccess Coach
Strong operations professional. Possess a bachelor degree focused in Criminal Justice and Psychology.LinkedIn
Jason LongSenior Engineer
Full Stack Engineer who specializes in improving efficacy for tech-organizations. Previously Incarcerated.LinkedIn
Jay GutierrezSuccess Coach
Operations specialist with 16 years of experience developing, implementing and scaling evidence-based interventions for vulnerable populations.LinkedIn
Jeff LeeSuccess Coach
Formerly incarcerated pastor and community leader with over 10 years of experience in career development and reentry support.LinkedIn
Matthew BedardSoftware Engineer
Full Stack Engineer with experience in big data and e-commerce.LinkedIn
O'Neal HeardPost-Program & Job Placement Manager
Previously worked as a CDL A Driver. FreeWorld Graduate; Dedicated Team Lead; Previously Incarcerated.LinkedIn
Priscilla HungUser Experience Designer
A dedicated optimist who carefully crafts experiences to empower all people to live their best life.LinkedIn
Ross PattonEngineering Lead
Engineering Lead with 10+ years of experience. Previously employed by WIRED, Iodine, and GoodRx.LinkedIn
Shawna CanadyPeople Empowerment Director
Operations factotum specializing in creating and scaling internal processes for startup organizations.LinkedIn
Steph KnoxSuccess Coach
Empathetic coach and educator with a passion for social justice and creating an equitable world for everyone.LinkedIn
Tiereny WhiteMarketing & Recruitment Manager
Digital Marketing Specialist with strong commitment to brand growth and awareness through social media platforms.LinkedIn
Veronica PearsonCDL A Theory Instructor
Reliable and dedicated CDL holder and instructor with 40 years of experience in trucking, education, and healthcare industries.LinkedIn