Our Team

Natrina Gandana
Natrina Gandana
Natrina is the Program Director where she does community partnerships, grant management and regional development. Natrina worked with criminal justice organizations such as the Justice Policy Institute, SFDA’s Office, Teach In Prison, and Human Rights of the Incarcerated. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science.
Gaby Andrada
Gaby Andrada
Gaby Andrada is the Program Coordinator for TLM. Throughout her career, Gaby has developed an interest and passion for community-based progressive work, focusing on issues concerning criminal justice, equitable education, and women’s rights. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley where she studied Sociology and Media Studies.
Tulio Cardozo
Tulio Cardozo
Tulio K. Cardozo, TLM Works Technical Manager, is experienced in website development technologies including WordPress, JavaScript, HTLM, CSS, cloud server infrastructure, web security, and in-depth experience creating technology-based solutions that drive organizational goals and objectives. He manages TLMW projects, accounts, and cloud deployments. Before joining TLM, Tulio was a consultant/developer and led a team of web developers and designers. He has also worked as the development lead for Launch Podium, LLC., overseeing the development of client technology products, internal products, cloud security and infrastructure. Through his personal experience as a graduate of the TLM, Tulio has successfully transitioned into a technology career as a formerly incarcerated person.
Hayley Benham-Archdeacon
Hayley Benham-Archdeacon
Hayley is the Business Development Coordinator for The Last Mile Works. She has a background in local policy campaigning, writing about politics for local media outlets, and doing constituent casework for California state legislators. Previous to The Last Mile, Hayley was a Policy Advocate for Downtown Streets Team, a work experience program for homeless individuals where she forged relationships with elected officials and developed public education materials dismantling the myths of homelessness. She worked face to face with many individuals who experienced incarceration, helping them with soft skills, writing and public speaking. She holds Bachelors degrees in Political Science and Public Service from University of California, Davis.
Jack Cochran
Jack Cochran
Jack is TLM’s Director of Expansion, working with states outside of California to implement the TLM program. Jack is a 30 year veteran of the athletic and healthcare industries, having held sales and marketing positions with several major brands including Reebok. He is an avid runner, completing 27 marathons, and works with the Beyond Limits running group, helping coach special needs athletes train to compete in 5k and 10k races. Jack is an active alumni of Ohio State University.
Chrisfino Kenyatta Leal
Chrisfino Kenyatta Leal
Kenyatta Leal is a founding member and returned citizen of The Last Mile program at San Quentin.Upon his release in 2012, Kenyatta began a paid internship at RocketSpace and since then has earned a Management position with the San Francisco based technology campus. He continues to serve as an evangelist for The Last Mile and is a featured speaker at numerous conferences and corporate events.
Mike Christenson
Mike Christenson
Mike is a LMS Developer for The Last Mile. Mike is a recent graduate of General Assembly’s Web Development Immersive Program. Following his graduation he was hired on as an Instructional Assistant at General Assembly where he assisted the teachers and students alike in all capacities. He works in HTML, CSS JavaScript (ES6), MERN stack and RubyOn Rails technologies. Currently, he’s working on using Elm to build a single page app.
His focus is on prison reform and bringing code to those who may not be fortunate enough to receive education and training. In his free time, Mike enjoys (no surprise here) coding! Problem solving and discovering new technologies fosters his love for programming.
Lauren Larin
Lauren Larin
Lauren is the Director of Product Development at TLM, focused on expanding robust learning opportunities to new facilities. She has over a decade of experience creating, evaluating, and scaling highly effective programs in non-profit, workforce development, and higher education settings. She holds a PhD in Urban Studies from Portland State University, and a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies from UC Berkeley.
Katie McMurray
Katie McMurray
Katie, a Classroom Facilitator at California Institution for Women, is a teacher by trade, but a life-long learner at heart. Drawn to providing opportunities for those in under-served communities, she taught middle school English for 4 years with Teach For America in The Bronx, NY before joining The Last Mile.
She has experience working with NYU’s Prison Education Program and Google’s CodeNext.
She is a graduate of University of Texas at Austin with Bachelors’ degrees in Urban Studies and Sociology, as well as Fordham University, where she earned her Master’s Degree in Teaching.
Dan Wheeler
Dan WheelerDirector Engineering, Reentry
Dan is a lead instructor and curriculum developer for Code.7370 and also teaches math at San Quentin through the Prison University Project. Dan jumped into the startup world in 2008 after studying physics and computer science at MIT, most recently doing security research at Dropbox before joining The Last Mile.
Brooke Palizi
Brooke Palizi
Brooke is The Last Mile’s Director of Marketing and Media. She handles TLM’s marketing, communications, and public relations. Prior to joining TLM, she worked as a marketing and business strategy consultant with a wide range of clients including those in the food, services, finance, real estate, non-profit, and insurance industries. Her background includes more than fifteen years as a financial marketing professional with companies including Veronis Suhler Stevenson and CleanFund Commercial PACE Capital. She also serves on the Board and is the Director of Communications for the Sparkle Foundation, Inc. Brooke studied Communications at the University of Maryland, College Park.
William Murphy
William Murphy
Bill is a Learning Management System (LMS) Developer for The Last Mile. He works with HTML, CSS, JavaScript (ES6), and MERN technologies. He is a strong advocate for the inclusion, employment, and promotion of the formerly incarcerated, women and people of color in all segments of society but especially in the technology sector. He is also a strong believer in continuing education. For his current weekend project, he’s using HTML5 Canvas to build a JavaScript version of the classic arcade game Space Invaders complete with a database. Bill holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from California State University at Fresno.

Our Board

Beverly Parenti
Beverly Parenti
Beverly Parenti is a serial entrepreneur, specializing in the advancement of innovative technologies. Along with longtime business partner and husband, Chris Redlitz, she launched their non profit, The LastMile (TLM), in 2010, at San Quentin State Prison. The goal of TLM is to provide education and training inside prison, resulting in gainful employment for returned citizen graduates, thereby reducing recidivism. TLM has become one of the most requested prison education programs in the United States. It is the first program to offer a computer programming curriculum that teaches men and women to become software engineers. TLM is in six California prisons (including two women’s and one juvenile facility) and opened it’s first out of state program at the Indiana Women’s Prison in April 2018. All TLM “Returned Citizen Graduates” are prospering personally and professionally with 0% recidivism.
Chris Redlitz
Chris Redlitz
Chris Redlitz is the Managing Partner of Transmedia Capital, one of the best performing micro funds in Silicon Valley, focused on early stage digital media and commerce platforms. Chris has worked with many aspiring entrepreneurs through KickLabs, one of the country’s leading technology accelerators he co-founded in 2009. He received Ad Age’s prestigious i20 award for his contributions to the development of interactive marketing and advertising. Earlier in his career, Chris was part of Reebok’s explosive growth where he held positions in sales and marketing and also owned one of the first specialty sports retail chains in Southern California. For over twenty years, Chris was a distance runner completing marathons and ultra marathons. Today he is an avid cyclist and health advocate.
Jon Hamm
Jon Hamm
John Hamm has a diverse background as a technology CEO, a venture investor, and a leadership coach/advisor and Board member. Hamm has been an investor and Board member at Brocade (NASDAQ:BRCD), Ironport (acquired by Cisco), SiliconStor (acquired by LSI Logic), Documentum (acquired by EMC), Truveo (acquired by AOL), and Webify (acquired by IBM). From April, 2013 to August 2014, John was CEO of PonoMusic, a project founded by Neil Young, dedicated to restoring the quality of studio master music recordings for consumers who value audio/musical fidelity. John’s popular leadership book, “Unusually Excellent” (Wiley – Jossey Bass, 2010) is available in Kindle or hardback at Amazon.com. Hamm has been published in Fast Company, Business 2.0, Business Week, Fortune, Forbes, and The WSJ.
MC Hammer
MC Hammer
A multi-award winner, M.C. Hammer is a rapper, dancer, entrepreneur, spokesman and occasional actor. He is considered a pioneer and innovator of pop rap by incorporating elements of freestyle music, and is the first hip hop artist to achieve diamond status for an album. Throughout his career, Hammer has managed his own recording business. As a result, he has created and produced his own acts including Oaktown’s 3.5.7, Common Unity, Special Generation, Analise, One Cause One Effect, and more.
Sway Calloway
Sway Calloway
Host of the top rated “Sway in the Morning” on SiriusXM. Already a vanguard radio personality, record producer and hip-hop artist, Sway joined the MTV News team in 2000 and has been front and center for some of music’s biggest moments. Sway is an integral part of MTV News’ annual live-event coverage of the MTV VMAs, Grammy pre-show and the EMAs. Sway also serves as an MTV Executive Producer and brings new programming ideas to the station. He also includes additional duties with MTV2 and host of the weekly MTV Radio syndication show that airs in over 50 plus cities across the country.
His work continues throughout the nation and community where he has been a part of various panels and discussions hosting and moderating on important issues like Hate Crimes, Racism and Education.