GEORGIANS FOR ALTERNATIVES TO THE DEATH PENALTY
GFADP is a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit organization
GFADP is the statewide coalition of organizations and individuals working to end the death penalty, build power in communities targeted by the criminal justice system, protect the rights and dignity of those on death row and their families and transform Georgia’s broken public safety system.
Kim Jackson is the Associate Pastor for Adult Formation and Service Ministries at All Saints Episcopal Church, Atlanta. She is a public theologian and a fierce community activist. Kim works to end the death penalty and advocates for women and children’s issues in the state of Georgia. When she’s not wearing a collar, you can find her out cycling on bike paths throughout the city.
Kim is a graduate of Furman University and Candler School of Theology at Emory University. She and her spouse live on a small hobby farm in Stone Mountain with bees, goats, ducks, and chickens.
Ben Minor is a nonprofit professional with 10+ years experience working with organizations focusing on providing social services and advocating for marginalized communities in Metro Atlanta and across the Deep South. Ben currently serves as the as the Foundation Relations Manager at the Southern Center for Human Rights, and prior to joining SCHR, he served as both the Project One on One Director and the Development Director at Children’s Restoration Network. Ben's nonprofit experience includes program management, donor cultivation, grantwriting, volunteer coordination, and HR & Training.
Ben graduated from Oglethorpe University in 2007 with B.A. Degrees in English and Philosophy, and he received Oglethorpe University's President’s Citizenship Award that year. In 2007, he was also selected as a Carter Academic-Service Entrepreneur Grant Recipient by The Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Partnership Foundation for his work with a grassroots organization to raise money for homeless programs by hosting concerts featuring local artists
Peggy Hendrix is from Atlanta. After taking early retirement, she began volunteering with Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. She has been a member of the Board since 2006.
Mike O’Reilly has been working to protect human rights for more than 30 years. He joined the board of GFADP in 2019 following a long career with Amnesty International USA. Mike served in various roles with Amnesty, most recently as its Chief Strategy and Governance Officer. In other capacities, he oversaw the organization’s advocacy and policy work, developed youth and community chapters across the U.S., directed numerous successful campaigns, and led the organization’s rapid response network. He now works as a consultant helping other nonprofit organizations build their capacity for impact.
Kristen Samuels is an investigator/paralegal at the Southern Center for Human Rights on the Capital Litigation Unit. Kristen investigates death penalty cases in various stages of litigation, including trial and post-conviction stages. Prior to joining the SCHR, Kristen studied Sociology/ Criminology at Spelman College in Atlanta, GA where she became active with various non-profit groups advocating for human rights in underserved communities. Kristen joined the GFADP board in March 2018.
Joseph Shippen is the Associate Rector of St. Francis Episcopal Church in Macon, Georgia. Since 1999, he and his wife, Suzanne, have ministered to people on death row and their families and advocated for restorative justice in our criminal justice system.