Tim Terry, Founder and Executive Director

Tim Terry was released from prison in 2002 and has since devoted his time to designing and implementing programs and service to help other ex-offenders reenter their communities.  His faith-based programs focus on character development and learning to live a life that does not lead back to prison. Tim hopes to establish a national through FreshStart Visions to show how redemption and reconciliation can change the world for previously incarcerated people.  With a focus on developing the heart, mind and soul of a person (INSIDE) Tim leads ex-offenders to achieve a place in society (OUTSIDE) as productive, tax-paying citizens who are part of the local work-force and prepared to help others who are on the same journey.

Michael Gartside, Director of Operations

Mike manages the day to day operations for FreshStart’s transitional housing and resident services.  His career includes positions in management in which he developed expertise in working with new and existing businesses that want to enter or expand in the Charleston, SC market. Mike has experience with real estate, construction oversight, personnel recruitment, and vendor management which he brings to his role at FreshStart. 

Mike has a life-long commitment to service and has been active in the community working with youth programs, including the Boy Scouts of America as well as church, service and civic organizations.  He is inspired by his  work at FreshStart Visions and feels it is his calling. 


Amy Haley, Director of Programming

Amy is a retired U.S. Probation Officer with 30 years of experience in the field of criminal justice. Her career includes counseling  juvenile offenders and individuals receiving treatment for substance abuse or  mental health needs. She also served ror 21 years with the U.S. District Court as a Supervising U.S. Probation Officer and taught in the Criminal Justice Department at The Citadel as an adjunct faculty member.

Amy’s expertise in counseling, recidivism risk assessment, data collection, and adult education guide the implementation and improvement of FreshStart program offerings.  She spends time inside South Carolina prisons overseeing and supporting the delivery of Men In Transition, our character development program for inmates.  Amy believes in the power of hope and that people can change the direction of their lives.

Amy holds a masters of education in clinical counseling from The Citadel.

Kenneth (Otis) Frazier, Transportation Coordinator

Otis was nearly 70 years old when he was granted parole after serving 22 years in prison. Having no home to return to, Otis asked FreshStart for help, openly sharing that he’d been diagnosed with prostate cancer and would undergo surgery before leaving prison. Our agency took a leap of faith and said yes, bringing Otis to his new home in our residential transitional housing and employment program in May 2018. Since then, Otis has demonstrated wisdom and leadership and is now working with us to ensure residents have transportation to appointments and to their jobs. No one is allowed to be late for work on Otis’s watch!  Otis has the heart of a servant but also a warrior that will not allow his incarceration or a cancer diagnosis to beat him while he helps others on their reentry journey.