Tim Terry, Founder and Executive Director
FounderSince 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.
Brenda Hammersley, MBA, MSN, RN
Co-Chair of the BoardBrenda brings 40+ years’ experience in a variety of executive roles in healthcare and higher education with expertise in business development, financial management, marketing and compliance at both not-for-profit and for-profit companies. Brenda has served on the advisory committees for local chapters of the American Red Cross Board and American Heart Association, as a Director on the Amethyst Board (addiction recovery and reentry for women) and as Vice-Chair for Westminster Thurber Community (residential senior life plan community). She is currently a volunteer grant writer and adviser for FreshStart.
Brenda lives in Charleston.
Bonum S Wilson
Co-Chair of the BoardMr. Bonum S. Wilson, Jr. is chairman of our FreshStart Visions board. He served as the Group Vice President of Latin America, Asia/Pacific and South Africa for the Carborundum Company, a division of BP Corporation. Mr. Wilson is a Venture Capitalist, and previously served as President of the Exchange Club of Charleston and Chairman of the Bishop Gadsden Retirement Center. Mr. Wilson has been a Director of Carolina Financial Corporation since 1996 and also serves as a Director of Crescom Bank. Mr. Wilson’s qualification as a member of the board of directors is primarily attributed to his financial expertise and his entrepreneurial skills. Additionally, Mr. Wilson has founded a successful international company which has required a level of industry expertise. Mr. Wilson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Ceramic Engineering from Clemson University.
He is active in St. James Church, Cursillo and on several Kairos prison ministry teams at Kirkland CI, and Lieber CI.
Mr. Joseph Nicholson is the Managing Director – Investments and Senior PIM Portfolio Manager at Nicholson Wealth Management Group. He has over 27 years of investment experience managing for individual and institutional investment consulting clients with Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network.
Prior to his association with Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network, Mr. Nicholson was an Asset Specialist with Grant Thornton in Atlanta, Georgia, and a Public Finance Officer with Nations Bank Capital Markets Group, also in Atlanta.
Mr. Nicholson is a Professional Member of Kingdom Advisors which is a non-profit organization for Christian Financial professionals. He has served as President of the NAMI of Charleston and founding Treasurer of the Alzheimer’s Association of the Low Country, and past founding Treasurer of the nonprofit Carolina Autism. Mr. Nicholson also served on the board of the College of Charleston’s Alumni Association and as Treasurer of the non-profit Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy. He is a member of St. Michael’s Church in Charleston where he is active in Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University and Cursillo ministries