Our Board of directors
Bishop Bill Wack
Bishop of Pensacola-Tallahassee Diocese
From the beginning, Bishop Bill has played a critical role in the formation of Joseph House. Bishop Bill is dedicated to paying particular attention to those who find themselves on the periphery of society, and making sure they do not get lost or forgotten.
During his seven years at Andre House, a ministry to the homeless in Phoenix, AZ, Bishop Bill became well aware of the needs of the marginalized and invisible. He has given multiple interviews and spoken about Joseph House before many different groups.
Fr. Dustin Feddon
Founder/Executive Director of Joseph House
Fr. Dustin combines his dedication to those on the margins of society with his service to the Church. After spending years visiting the incarcerated in Florida’s massive prison system, he believes that the church has the resources and the community to assist those that are returning back into society from prison.
Fr. Dustin has a B.A. in Religion and Classics, as well as his Masters and Doctorate in Religion, all from Florida State University. He also has his Masters in Theological Studies from St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Seminary in Boynton Beach, Florida. He was ordained as a Catholic Priest in the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee in 2016.
Fr. Dustin has spoken at various events and conferences including NY Encounter 2021, Appalachian Psychoanalytic
Chairman of the Board
Roger Luca has been active as a volunteer in re-entry and prison ministry for the last since 2015.
Professionally Roger is a Management Consultant and Executive Coach in the Information Technology Industry.
His background includes several management positions at IBM where his passion for teamwork and leadership took hold
Prior to his current position, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Mainline Information Systems and General Manager for Sirius Computer Solutions leading growth and development in both sales and operations.
Roger and his wife Bernadette, parents to six adult children, reside in Tallahassee, Florida.
S. Mary Krysiak Bittár, Ph.D.
Mary is a professor in practical theology and the Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness at St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach, FL. Mary is also a licensed mental health counselor.
She has a longstanding commitment to racial and social justice. She has taught in the prison system and has been involved with other reentry programs.
Brian Cronin grew up in Daytona Beach before moving to Tallahassee to go to college. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and African-American Studies and then an MBA from Florida State University.
Brian has worked in Healthcare Administration for over 20 years, first supporting Medicaid and the Florida KidCare program and now for the largest healthcare technology company in the world.
He’s the parent of three grown children and loves fantasy & science-fiction and superheroes. Brian has supported Joseph House since it was just a dream of Fr. Dustin’s.
Sonya Cronin, Ph.D.
Sonya Cronin is a lecturer at Florida State University. She has her Doctorate in Biblical Studies from Florida State University and teaches in multiple ministry contexts. She has made many presentations both on the local and national level, most especially on Joseph House at the National Society for Biblical Literature in 2019.
She is the author of “Raymond Brown, ’The Jews,’ and the Gospel of John,” a book with attention to Catholic biblical interpretation.
Her research deals in particular with the way biblical interpretation and the rhetoric of such affects the real world, especially those of marginalized populations.
Steve & Marilyn Hammond
Steve is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and a retired Army Colonel and holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from Columbia University in NYC. Marilyn is a graduate of Florida State University and holds a Masters in Counseling Education from Long Island University. She was formerly Guidance Counselor for Trinity Catholic School in Tallahassee for approximately 15 years.
Marilyn and Steve began prison ministry in 1979 at the United States Disciplinary Barracks in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where they initiated a program called Bethany Group which met with male & female inmates every Sunday evening at the prison — a program that is still active to this day.
More recently, they have been volunteer ministers at Florida DOC facilities, in general, and at Wakulla Correctional for the past 15 years, in particular.
In addition to being active volunteers with the Florida DOC, they were also instrumental in organizing a group of volunteers who made regular visits to the Mercy House re-entry facility here in Tallahassee.
Most importantly, they have been active supporters of and volunteers at Joseph House since its inception and founding by Fr Dustin. God is so good!
The photo is from the celebration of our 50th wedding anniversary in December of 2019.
My name is Sam Lyons and I have lived in Tallahassee since 1990. I attended FSU and received a Bachelors in Criminology in the spring of 2011 before working in the private sector for a major automotive retailer. I started working with the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) in the fall of 2014.
Since then, I have held several administrative roles within DJJ and the Florida Department of Elder Affairs before moving over to the Florida Department of Health. My current role is serving as the Strategic and Operations Section Manager for the Division of Emergency Preparedness and Community Support. I am three classes away from finishing my Master’s in Public Administration from FSU.
I got married in November of 2020 to the love of my life, Kendra, and thank God for her every day. I have a true passion for helping people and actively support criminal justice reform through community advocacy and change.
Mukweso Mwenene retired in 2016 from the Florida Department of Children and Families. The mission of this state agency is to work in partnership with local communities to protect the vulnerable, promote strong and economically self-sufficient families, and advance personal and family recovery and resiliency.
Mukweso has been involved in numerous civic organizations, including Good News Outreach, the Alliance Française de Tallahassee, and Good Shepherd Catholic Church’s prison ministry. Mukweso is a native of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He has a Master’s in International/Intercultural Education from Florida State University.
I graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Accounting. My first job was as a National Bank Examiner for the Comptroller of the Currency in DC. I have also worked at a local CPA firm and the Florida Bar. Before I retired in 2007, I spent 12 years as a Law firm Administrator for two local firms. I’ve been on the Board for Big Bend Hospice and Capital City Country Club.
I love gardening, reading and playing bridge, and outdoor activities. I also participate in local charities opportunities.
Bio coming soon.
Kate Temoney, Ph.D.
Dr. Kate E. Temoney is Associate Professor of Religion at Montclair State University and teaches courses on Religious Ethics, the Holocaust, African Religions, Jewish Applied Ethics, Religions of the World, and Religion & Human Rights.
She is the American Academy of Religion co-chair of the Religion, Holocaust, and Genocide Unit as well as a member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Committee on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust. Trained as a comparative religious ethicist, her international publications and presentations address the intersections of religion, human rights, genocide, and theory of history.
Dr. Temoney earned a BA from Wake Forest University, an MEd from The College of William & Mary, and an MA and PhD from Florida State University,
The art of accompaniment
Some may volunteer by accompanying our residents through challenging tasks.
Others may wish to volunteer by assisting helping us around the house, creating a sense of belonging for all of us.
Finally, others may simply want to join us on occasion at our community events to learn more.
Responding to Material Needs
There are very real costs to create a home for those hoping to re-enter society after incarceration.
Joseph House, through the generosity of our donors, has been able to take concrete steps towards justice by restoring the dignity of those leaving the prison systems.
Sharing the Good News
In less than one year our ministry has grown in leaps and bounds, impacting the lives of many for one simple reason: people are sharing the good news.
We encourage you to share Joseph House with your family, your friends, your community, inviting them to join us as we join those re-entering society after prison.