At Truth Be Told, our dedicated and passionate team of board members, staff, and the contributions of past leadership have played a critical role in our mission to helping women heal from trauma to break free from the cycle of incarceration. Our Board Members bring diverse expertise and experience to guide our organization’s strategic direction and ensure we are fulfilling our mission. Our Staff members work tirelessly to deliver high-quality programs, provide support to program participants, and ensure our operations run smoothly. And, we recognize and honor the contributions of our Past Leadership, whose vision and dedication helped shape Truth Be Told into the organization it is today. Together, these are the people that make Truth Be Told possible and continue to drive our mission forward.
Lisa Davis Bell is a mother, a wife, and a grandmother of a tribe! She was formerly incarcerated at the Lockhart’s Women’s Facility and during this time was introduced to her “Saving Grace” Truth-Be-Told. She is a 3 time graduate of Truth-Be-Told’s programs, and after her release she connected with TBT and began her career in volunteering and giving back. She became a Facilitator for Talk to Me Speaking at the Lockhart’s Women’s Facility and has been involved with and spoken at many fundraising events for TBT as well as podcasts, award events, panel events and much more. She received her quilt after staying out for 3 years and staying connected with TBT.
Lisa is a small business owner of Her Dreams T-Shirt Designs. She continues to give back and volunteer within the community.
Board Vice Chair
Colette has been a part of Truth Be Told since 2011, a graduate of the Talk To Me programs, Writing, Discovery, and Let’s get Real. She has facilitated the Write To Me correspondence course and moderates the weekly Beyond (Re-Entry) program Keep On Talking that gives graduates a safe space to share the triumphs and challenges of freedom.
Colette is a United States Army veteran, a college graduate, having received a Bachelor’s degree in English and Communications from Ashford University in 2017, a published author, mother of two, and grandmother of 4.
Colette has maintained her connection with Truth Be Told for over a decade, and is passionate about helping the program grow and thrive, as it has been a clear path to the success she has obtained. She desires all justice involved women have the same opportunity for success.
Past Board Chair
Jean Boone is a retired Justice of the Peace from Waco. She was the first Black woman elected in that capacity in McLennan County, where she served for 14 years. She has worked tirelessly with community-based organizations, volunteering with vulnerable populations within her church and community. Before applying for the organization’s Board of Directors she served as a volunteer co-facilitator for Truth Be Told. Being a formerly incarcerated woman and a survivor of the federal mass incarceration experience, she felt her perspective would enable her to engage with the board in a meaningful manner.
Jean is an avid community and social justice activist for underserved communities.
Board MemberRodney Northern is a seasoned business builder with a unique blend of strategic vision, organizational leadership, financial acumen and a “get ‘er done” mentality. During his corporate tenure, he has led billion-dollar businesses, created more than $15 billion of sustainable innovation businesses and managed multimillion-dollar budgets for many well-known consumer brands. Today, Rodney runs Nucleus Group, a consulting practice that focuses on business operations, leadership development, and organizational alignment and transformation. He is also a lecturer at The University of Texas at Austin, where he instructs students on innovation and entrepreneurship processes and scale.
Board MemberLauren Johnson is a graduate of Truth Be Told and has supported TBT in a variety of ways since 2010. Lauren works for the ACLU of Texas where she works on criminal justice reform policy on the local and state level.
Cynthia Simons is the Women’s Justice Director at the Texas Center for Justice and Equity and the Apprenticeship Program Manager at Via Hope. She also sits on several boards and is on the community advisory committee for the University of Texas. Her passion for civil rights and justice reform stems back to the age of 15, and has since been fueled by a firsthand view of the criminal punishment system. As a system-impacted woman, Cynthia works to protect women’s rights and ensure access to rehabilitative services. She coordinates the Texas Women’s Justice Coalition and has been instrumental in the passage of a family reunification bill that changed the law so families have a pathway back together in Texas. Cynthia is also certified in Re-Entry and Mental Health Peer Specialist, and is committed to restoring value to Black families.
Curtis Lee is a person that has overcome many issues. After dropping out of high school, Curtis turned to the streets for his education and served multiple sentences in prison before being inspired by someone who had previously been in his shoes. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts and Applied Science with a Certification in Substance Abuse from The University of North Texas at Dallas and a master’s in social work from The University of Texas at Arlington. Curtis is also a Licensed Master Social Worker and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor-Intern. Currently, he serves as a Student Conduct officer at Dallas College’s El Centro Campus and a Social Worker for Advanced Detox in Dallas, and has been recognized for his outstanding leadership, receiving awards such as The Outstanding Peer Mentor of the Year and the Amidon Beauchamp Student Leader of the Year.
Board MemberChloe Craig is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. As a lead lecturer for the Texas Prison Education Program, Chloe teaches sociology courses at Coleman Women’s Facility. She hopes to use her skills in research and academia to write policy and shed light on the experiences of women and mothers tethered to the criminal legal system. She has written policy reports for the Texas Center for Justice and Equity and op-eds for Scalawag magazine.
Director of Operations and Programs
Bio coming soon!
Though never incarcerated, Carol Waid believes there was a time when she was serving a “life sentence,” imprisoned by chaos, addiction and domestic violence. She found her way to freedom through 12-step programs and an 18-year journey as a co-founder, facilitator and program director of Truth Be Told. As Truth Be Told’s program director and a facilitator of programs behind and beyond prison walls for nearly two decades, she became a woman with purpose, passion and healing gifts who was willing and able to give back what had been given to her. Under Carol’s leadership as program director, Truth Be Told grew to serving approximately 1,000 justice-involved women every year across five correctional facilities and in the free world.
Former Executive Director, 2017-2021Almost a decade of volunteer facilitating at a women’s prison in Lockhart, Texas awakened Katie Ford to a cycle of interpersonal violence/abuse, addiction and incarceration affecting generations of women. In the summer of 2017, Katie launched the first and only trauma-specific program at Lockhart prison. In August 2017, she became the executive director of Truth Be Told, the Austin nonprofit under which she had been volunteer facilitating since 2010.
Co-FounderNathalie Sorrell is a “show and tell” woman, commissioned minister to women, and a passionate personal and spiritual growth advocate. In February 2000, a prison warden’s desire to have female inmates tell their stories to juveniles on probation resulted in Nathalie designing the first Talk to Me Speaking class. She exercised her “take charge” qualities as the visionary leader of Truth Be Told when it became a nonprofit in 2003. From 2003 to 2010, she was the organization’s behind bars coordinator, serving as the liaison with prison officials, overseeing the program calendar, driving carpools of volunteers to the prison, and emceeing program orientations and graduations. In 2016, Nathalie retired from her active role in Truth Be Told’s daily operations, but she remains committed to the organization as a donor and volunteer.
Co-FounderAryanna “Suzanne” Armistead — a dance artist and life coach — was invited to lead an Exploring Creativity workshop at Lockhart prison in late 2001. Aryanna encouraged Carol to create Talk to Me Writing and then went on to develop Talk To Me Movement, the third class in the Talk To Me program. In 2003, Aryanna enlisted the certified public accountant who helped the three founders complete the paperwork to transform their work behind prison walls into a 501(c)3 organization. In November 2003, Truth Be Told officially became a nonprofit. Aryanna retired from her prison work in 2004, but her legacy lives on in Talk to Me Movement and Exploring Creativity, two programs which are still offered today.