Staff

Tim Terry

Founder

Since leaving prison in September 2002, Terry, has devoted his time to faith-based programs designed to keep ex-offenders from returning to prison. His passion is establishing a nation-wide program through FreshStart Visions to show the world that God is truly the God of reconciliation.

His Christian faith and life experiences demonstrate to inmates that “he was one of them” and they CAN become successful upon release from prison.  Tim believes that reconciliation to God, family, and community is key to that success. “It is like building a bridge from the inside to the outside world, by becoming a law-abiding, tax-paying citizen”.

God has restored back all the broken relationships Tim destroyed years ago with his children and family.  His daughter Jacolyn and grandson Ty love helping tell the story of redemption and forgiveness when opportunity knocks.

Michael Gartside

Director of Operations, South Carolina

Michael manages the day to day operation of this re-entry ministry, working with ex-offenders once they are released from prison. “I help them continue their successful transition to society, through a controlled and disciplined process of employment, financial management, spiritual health, community support, and develop a solid plan of transition back into society”.

Michael Gartside has enjoyed a successful career in Management. He is an expert at working with new and existing businesses who want to enter or expand in the Charleston, SC market. Extensive local network in Real Estate, Construction oversight, personnel recruitment, vendor management, and coordinator of multiple specialized groups.
Michael has been active in the community working with youth programs, Boy Scouts, Church Groups, Service Organizations, and Civic Groups. Working for FreshStart Visions has been his calling. Michael exudes nothing but compassion and encouragement for these residents. It’s truly inspiring!

Amy Haley

Inside Program Director

Amy Haley is a retired U.S. Probation Officer with 30 years of experience in the field of criminal justice. She holds an M.Ed. in Clinical Counseling and began her career as a counselor in a residential group home with juvenile offenders. Amy has worked in community substance abuse and mental health treatment centers and served 21 years with the U.S. District Court as a Supervising U.S. Probation Officer.  Amy was part-time adjunct faculty at The Citadel for (4) years, teaching in the Criminal Justice Dept.

She brings expertise in counseling, recidivism risk assessment, data collection, and adult education. She is the Inside Program Director for FreshStart Visions and is primarily “inside” prisons, facilitating character development classes. She believes in the power and hope that people can change the direction of their lives.

Kelly Foley

Project Manager

Empower. Motivate. Lift up. This is what Kelly infuses in all her interactions with the FreshStart family.  Her natural ability to connect with people and her deep passion for helping others realize their potential makes her a perfect addition to our team. As Project Manager, Kelly develops ways to get the word out about our mission, including overseeing events and producing videos that tell our residents’ stories. She is currently producing several documentary films to illustrate the story of our reentry program.

Kelly’s desire to empower was also part of her experience as a brand ambassador for Roadtrip Nation where she presented to thousands of students, encouraging them to consider personal career paths, and as a much-loved Youth Development Leader for Mountain Meadow Ranch in California, where she spends her summers teaching children skills needed for individual growth and development. Kelly holds a B.S. in Public Health from the University of South Carolina.

Otis Frazier

Property Manager

Kenneth Frazier, known to friends as Otis, is a 70 year old who was granted parole in 2017 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 as a property manager.  He makes sure residents follow the rules, are transported to work and appointments, and stay on their transition plan.  No one is allowed to be late for work on Otis’s watch!  He is the official host for his house and always has a snack laid out for folks who drop by.  His heart is that 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.