Born in California, Vinessa studied psychology and business administration in college and worked in the packaging and freight industry for more than 15 years. She moved to Memphis as a single mom to take a job with a packaging company.
When she met DeAndre, she was put off by his “thug” persona, but something about him intrigued her. She stuck with him through 25 months in prison and watched him transform—dropping the persona and becoming the man he was meant to be.
Vinessa shares her husband’s passion to help ex-offenders change their lives. She spends all of her time with her children and husband and at church.