Our Team

The Lazarus Rite Inc. is a non-profit organization designed to keep returning citizens from recidivism by providing an extensive program in the area of individual assessment, group sessions, job-readiness and referral services.

 

CHRISTOPHER ERVIN

President/Founder

chris@thelazarusrite.org

Christopher Ervin became an advocate on criminal justice reform, the constitutional nature of felony disenfranchisement and the state of expungement in Maryland and across America. His efforts on the subject are well known throughout Baltimore City and the state of Maryland.

He has presented testimony in the Maryland General Assembly, House Judiciary Committee and Maryland General Assembly Senate Judiciary Proceedings

A former Marine, he studied social science at Coppin State University and Criminal Law at the University of Maryland College Park. And he has worked tirelessly as an Educational Liaison for at-risk youth in Baltimore City, as well as a counselor with the developmentally disabled.

Today, you will find that Mr. Ervin holds several positions in community grass roots organizations that are directly associated with advocating for fair and equitable treatment among individuals and communities.

  • Committee of Concerned Citizens – Vice Chairman
  • Roots of Scouting – Chairman of Economic Development
  • Maryland Alliance for Justice Reform (MAJR) – Steering Committee Member
  • Baltimore Neighborhood Ability Alliance (BNAA) – Public Relations Lead
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    WANDA R. ASCENCIO

    Vice President/Treasurer

    wanda@thelazarusrite.org

    Wanda Ascencio is an accountant with over 25 years’ experience. She is a mentor in the public school system focused on middle to high-school aged youth. The mentorship program involved one-on-one academic and social skills to promote academic excellence and self-confidence. She also volunteers for several other educational and social programs in the community.

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    ANTON D. HOUSE

    Member

    Anton House is a doctoral student in Howard University’s History Department. He received his Masters of the Arts degree in U.S. History from Howard in 2013. He also holds a Bachelor of the Arts degree in History from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and double minored in Ethnic Studies and Political Science with a concentration in Greek and Roman Political Thought. He is currently the President of the Zeta Gamma chapter, Phi Alpha Theta National History Society and a second year doctoral student. Anton’s concentration is in late 19th and 20th century United States History. Among his areas of concentration are the Racial Uplift and New Negro Movements, African American Benevolent, Fraternal, and Mutual Aid societies, migration and urbanization.

    MARY BROWN-BEY

    Member

    Mary Brown-Bey is an advocate for Juvenile Justice, AVP (Alternatives to Violence), Re-entry, Justice Policy Proponents and Returning Citizens Union.  She has served the community for more than ten (10) years as a volunteer facilitator, mentor, trainer, case management, representative, and collaborator for issues impacting adults and youth offenders in urban areas.  Partnering with various agencies and organizations to develop video documentaries on positive approaches to address pro social behavior and transition from institutional to community living, she has appeared in documentaries to include Baltimore City Young Educated Sisters (YES) program on youth and Justice Policy Institute Blocking the Exit on Sentencing Reform for Lifers.  She has presented testimony before the Maryland Judiciary Committee; the Legislative Commission on Sentence Change; Coppin State University and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Policy in relation to laws, policies and procedures pertaining to social injustice. In December 2011, as a speaker, the MD State Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy applauded her and voted the first time in history to include her presentation as an appendix to the annual report.  As a motivational speaker she has addressed Forest Park High School, Dallas F. Nicholas Sr. Elementary School and Waxter Children Center.  Nationally, she serves as a facilitator for the Alternatives to Violence Committee.  She has been a guest commentator on Morgan State University’s radio station (WEAA 88.9) and Breaking the Cycle Dialog, Reflection and Action segment sponsored by (WOLB 1010 AM).  She continues to partner with other agencies and organizations.

     

     

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