Ruby Welch is a motivational speaker, criminal and restorative justice advocate, and Founder of F.E.L.O.N. (Formerly Incarcerated Empowered Leaders Overcoming Negative Stigmas).
After experiencing first-hand the harmful effects of serving seven years in the Arkansas Department of Correction, Ruby vowed to educate her community about the disparities of incarceration and its lasting effects on individuals.
Ruby currently is employed with UAMS as a Community Health Coordinator. She educates detainees at the Pulaski County Detention Center on various health risks and concerns weekly.
She received the Champions Award from C.A.R.E (Central Arkansas Re-entry Coalition) in 2016 for her dedication to community advocacy, currently serves as Arkansas Ambassador Dignity for Incarcerated Women Campaign and Empathy Partner with Dream Corps #cut50, is a representative for the National Council of Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls, and is a member of the C.A.R.E Coalition, Project South, Arkansas Community Health Workers Association, Arkansas Community Institute for Housing, the Poor People’s Campaign, Black Lives Matter, 2018 Speaker for Decarcerate Conference, and was a 2019 Panelist for Legal Action Network at Columbia University New York (Dismantling Systemic Inequity in Criminal Justice and Health), received a 2019 Recognition Award from Future For Felons of Jonesboro for Overcoming The Odds, was a Panelist for Americans For Prosperity 2018 and 2019, and served as a 2019 Panelist for National Association of Social Workers. As an Ambassador for Dream Corps #cut50, Ruby was instrumental in passing and signing into law #Dignity Arkansas for incarcerated women. Ruby views her work as an extension of her Christian Faith.