Turning Scars Into Stars
Jennie Amison has worked in Corrections for the last 27 years. She received her BS Degree from Norfolk State University and a Master’s in Education Administration from Strayer University. She is a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor and a Certified Peer Recovery Coach. She is also a trained Matrix SA Facilitator, and is a Certified Corrections Manager and holds a General Instructor Certification from The Department of Criminal Justice Services. She is currently serving as Dialog Practitioner at Harrisonburg Community Corrections Alternative Program and is trained in Therapeutic and Cognitive Communities and other Evidence Based Practices.
During tenure as Executive Director of Gemeinschaft Home, Jennie took the program to a National level. The program was chosen as a Delancey Street Replication by Dr. Mimi Sibert. working with the Eisenhower Foundation on Replication of Gemeinschaft. Jennie was also asked by the Minister of Justice in Tokyo Japan to do a workshop for their halfway houses in Japan. Several states in the U.S. requested workshops on replication of the program. She testified before the Congress Subcommittee on Best Practices for Reentry and Gemeinschaft won an award for Program of the Year from The Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services.
Amison Is the President of The National Association for Blacks in Criminal Justice Western Region Chapter, President of the Board for Strength in Peers, a Member of the NAACP, Vice President of the Virginia Correctional Counselor Association and serves as an Electoral Official in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She is a member of Divine Unity Community Church in Harrisonburg and serves on The Welcome Team and considers working in the field of Substance Abuse and Re-Entry of Offenders her Ministry.