Our staff believes in helping formerly incarcerated individuals reach their full potential through access to higher education.

Syrita Steib-Martin (Executive Director)   16426037_1584102208267346_1969481418577139694_n

Syrita Steib-Martin is a nationally certified and licensed Clinical Laboratory Scientist in the state of Louisiana. Mrs. Steib-Martin also has unrelenting passion to help women successfully reenter into society after incarceration through access to basic fundamentals and higher education. In 2000, at the age of 19 she was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison. She was released after serving 110 months and since that time she has earned a B.S. from Louisiana State University Health and Science Center in New Orleans and is currently applying to Medical School. Mrs. Steib-Martin is married and has a five year old son. She is a member of ToastMasters as well as The National Council of Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls also known as “The Council”.

Olivia Butler (Intern)

Olivia Butler is originally from Oakland, California but since moving to New Orleans three years ago to attend Tulane University she now calls NOLA her home. Olivia is a rising senior majoring in History with a minor in Public Health. Since freshman year she has been involved in Tulane Women in Politics where she serves as the President.

Georgia Barlow (Intern)Screen Shot 2017-06-07 at 4.07.17 PM

Georgia Barlow is a rising senior at Tulane University studying political science with a concentration in international relations and international development. She is a Newcomb Scholar, where her research interests have included how grassroots organizing helps New Orleans women. She has lived in Berlin, Germany while working as a research intern on international security for the Brandenburg Institute of Security and Society think tank, and more recently she has been a grant writing intern at the Orleans Parish Juvenile Court. She has worked in multiple New Orleans schools as a math and english teaching assistant.