Spencer Shelton

Program Director

Spencer Shelton holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Tennessee and a master's degree from the University of Georgia. Spencer studied horticulture at both institutions and conducted research on native plants and their economic, ecological, and societal impacts. He has experience working at botanical gardens in Knoxville, TN, Fayetteville, GA, and Dunedin, New Zealand. His passion is to help better people’s lives.  


Omar Howard

Chaplain and Speaker

Omar Howard is a successful individual with an incarcerated history.  He serves as chaplain at Atlanta Transitional Center and as a Project A.R.T. instructor for juveniles at Burruss CTC.  Omar uses his previous incarceration as a tool for counseling and mentoring at-risk youth and troubled adults from decisions that will negatively impact the rest of their lives


Adrienne Millis LPC

Trauma Counselor

Adrienne Millis is a Licensed Professional Counselor and holds a Masters in Professional Counseling from Richmont Graduate University and a Bachelors in Sociology/

Psychology from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Adrienne specializes in trauma, parental reunification, anger management, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, and adolescent counseling. Since 2014, Adrienne has worked with incarcerated men, women and juveniles through HeartBound and offers free trauma counseling to incarcerated women at Metro Transitional Center. 


Founder and President

Andrea Shelton

Andrea Shelton graduated from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta and after a brief marketing career at Lockheed Aeronautics, she obtained a law degree from the University of Tennessee.  Following law school, she served as a Special Assistant Administrative Law Judge with the Office of State Administrative Hearings.  


Andrea received the first-ever “Spirit of Oglethorpe Award” given by Oglethorpe University for her work on behalf of Georgia’s prison system and the E. Dale Threadgill Community Service Award from Leadership Georgia. She is a member of the 2006 class of Leadership Georgia and was a 2007 Leadership Georgia Program Chair.  In 2014, Governor Nathan Deal appointed Andrea to serve
on the Georgia Board of Corrections. She is married to attorney Joe Shelton.

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Guitar Instructor

David Ellis

David is a wildly talented professional musician who plays the dobro, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, violin, and guitar. He teaches guitar to inmates at Burruss Correctional Training Center through HeartBound’s Project ART program.



Katie Wright


Chaplain Katie was selected as HeartBound "Chaplain of the Year" in 2015 and received a "Volunteer of the Year" award from the Georgia Department of Corrections in 2016.


Tony Van Dyke

Project ART Instructor

Tony Van Dyke directed programs for the Atlanta Youth Project for seven years and has extensive experience working with incarcerated and at-risk youth. Tony has successfully used art to reach youth in detention centers, prisons, orphanages and community centers for over a decade.   He leads our Project A.R.T. (Art to Rehabilitate and Teach) classes at Marietta RYDC each Saturday.


Chaplain John Richardson


John Richardson is a CPA and Anglican missionary priest serving juveniles in three metro-Atlanta juvenile facilities and Burruss Correctional Training Center in Forsyth, GA. It has been said that the "juvenile population today will feed the prison population tomorrow." John believes that through bringing these juveniles love and hope, we can break the cycle of crime and incarceration, transform families, and have fewer victims of violent crimes. 


Chaplain Jimmy Driskell


In February 2000, he preached his first message, and within three months, he felt God’s call to do prison ministry.   As Jimmy puts it, “Maybe for the first time in my life, I could see people - broken, bruised and wounded.  And I realized I did have something in common with ‘those people.’”

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