Offical partners

  • The Office of the Public Defender of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit
  • Florida State University College of Criminology & Criminal Justice Center for Criminology and Public Policy Research.
  • Florida West Coast Resource, Conservation & Development (RC&D).

Board of directors

Barbara Richards, MS






Nancy Krohngold







Barbara Richards, MS







Michael J. Gonzalez, BA, holds a degree in Business Management from the University of Akron. Mike manages the Bradenton branches of two sister companies owned by True Blue, a nationwide staffing company. As the manager of the day labor company Labor Ready, he is well aware of the many problems offenders face when they have recently been released from prison. To assist in their transition, Mike supplies his reentering workers with personal hygiene supplies and arranges carpools to job sites. Mike’s work ethic and his focus on helping others have earned him two national accolades from Labor Ready including “Branch of the Year 2010” and, for four years in a row, the “Circle of Excellence” award.

Mike says, “I met Project 180’s Founder and Executive Director Barbara Richards almost a year ago. When I heard what Project 180 does, I wanted to be a part of this great organization. As a member of our working Board, I participate in our CEO Program by traveling to different prisons to talk to inmates about jobs and what they will be doing when they get out. Our goal at Project 180 is to provide opportunities for former offenders so they can succeed and stay out of prison.”


Nancy Krohngold, BA, is Owner/Operator of Nancy’s Bar-B-Q in Sarasota and Li’l Nancy’s at the Ranch in Lakewood Ranch. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Nancy was raised in Sarasota. After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from George Washington University, Nancy worked a variety of jobs until finding her true passion, the world of food and cooking.

At the top of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune Media Group’s “Ten People to Watch in 2011,” Nancy gives back to the community in a variety of ways. She joined the Project 180 board in early 2015 and regularly participates in the organization’s CEO Program despite her demanding schedule as a restaurateur and caterer, saying, “I’ve been to the prison as an instructor many times. It feels good to give back and help solve the recidivism problem. It’s just common sense to give people the tools they need if we expect them to succeed.”


Surry McFaul, MBA, holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Metallurgical Engineering from Purdue University and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Florida. After graduating from Leadership Sarasota in 2009, Surry became more involved in the Sarasota community and served three years on Community Haven’s Board of Directors prior to joining Project 180’s Board.

Surry’s interest in Project 180 stems from knowing justice-involved friends and family who could benefit from Project 180’s current and future programs. Surry believes that Project 180 serves critical needs in the community and has the capacity to help offenders turn their lives around while improving community safety. Surry says, “I hope that my service on this board will assist the organization in reaching its very worthwhile goals.”


Barbara Richards, MS is the Founder and Director of Project 180. A former Adult Basic Education and GED teacher in the San Francisco County Jail system, Barbara came to Florida to study for her Master of Science Degree in Criminology & Criminal Justice from 2004 to 2006 at The Florida State University. Prior to becoming involved in criminal justice issues, Barbara owned and operated a successful restaurant in San Francisco for fifteen years.

Barbara founded Project 180 to create better life options for offenders, particularly in the field of education. She is fascinated and inspired by the extraordinary potential of individuals engaged in the process of transformation.


Jim Roque, BA, hold s a degree in English from Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts. A Client Advisor with SunTrust Private Wealth Management in Sarasota, Jim has over 20 years of comprehensive wealth management experience and, with his team, assists clients with investments, financial planning, credit and estate strategies.

Originally from Cranston, Rhode Island, Jim is highly involved in the local community. In addition to serving on Project 180’s board, he serves on the Ringling College Library Association and South Florida Museum boards and is active with Ringling Museum, Asolo Theatre, Sarasota Ballet, Tiger Bay and Bird Key Yacht Club.

In addition to board service, Jim is a Financial Literacy Coach for Project 180’s and teaches financial literacy at Salvation Army.


Duane Saunders, CPA, is a Staff Accountant with Cavanaugh and Co. in Sarasota where he is primarily involved with tax return preparation for individuals and business. Mr. Saunders was formerly Controller for Administrative Concepts Corp, an employee leasing firm in Bradenton, FL, where he participated as a member of the management team and focused on operational efficiencies and improvements to increase profitability. He also spent thirty years as Controller for Ray Routh, Inc., a cabinetry manufacturer in Sarasota.
Mr. Saunders received his BA in Accounting from the University of South Florida from which he graduated magna cum laude.


Max E. Shaw, Jr., BS, is Branch Manager of Cadence Bank, Sarasota. Max obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Louisiana Tech University. He moved to Sarasota from Shreveport where he was Branch Manager of Norwest/Wells Fargo Financial and later AmSouth Bank/Regions Bank. He is a member of Business Networking International, the Manatee Chamber of Commerce and the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce.

Max regularly teaches as a Project 180 Financial Literacy Coach and has provided the opportunity for numerous bankers to give back by participating in this program. 






Directors Emeritus

James Homes, BS

James Holmes, BS, Board Chair, is Online Director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in Little Rock, where he oversees development of digital products, the production of content for the newspaper’s various digital properties and all digital sales operations. In May, 2013, was named Website of the Year at the 2013 Great Plains Journalism Awards, an eight-state regional journalism competition.

Before moving to Arkansas in September of 2012, Mr. Holmes was Director of Circulation and Marketing for the Herald-Tribune Media Group in Sarasota. In addition to his work at the Herald-Tribune, Mr. Holmes was deeply involved in the Sarasota-Manatee area, serving on both the Small Business Council and the Leadership Council of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, and on the Advisory Board and Executive Committee for the Manatee Economic Development Council.

Mr. Holmes received his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Florida. He has served on the Board of Directors of Florida Newspaper Advertising and Marketing Executives and is a former board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Alachua County. Mr. Holmes is a graduate of the Leadership Sarasota Class of 2010.

Vanessa Barker, PhD

Veronica Brandon Miller, MBA, Board Chair Emeritus, is Vice President for Goodwill Industries Manasota Foundation. Ms. Miller has over 20 years extensive experience in development and cause marketing. She has worked with many nonprofits including the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, ShelterBox USA, the Boys & Girls Clubs, the American Lung Association and the Navy League of the United States. She has successfully helped increase revenues up to 1,000% and secured both national and international media coverage for the causes she’s led and championed.

Veronica earned her Master’s degree in business from the University of Maryland. She has received many awards for marketing and has published numerous articles on fundraising and marketing. She was listed by Biz941 Magazine as one of the 25 People to Watch in 2009.

Honorary Society.

  • Hon. Ed Brodsky, State Attorney-elect, Twelfth Judicial Circuit
  • Derek Byrd, Esq., State President, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Michael Carlson, AIA, Carlson Studios
  • Kathy Durfee, MA, Founder and CEO, Tech House
  • Hon. Larry Eger, Esq., Public Defender, Twelfth Judicial Circuit
  • Harris Friedman, PhD, ABPP, Florida Department of Corrections, Professor Emeritus, University of Florida
  • Marge Maisto, RN, MA, MS, Maisto Consulting
  • Elliott Metcalfe, Esq., Metcalfe & McLain, PA
  • Charlotte Ryan, MSW, LCSW