Aaron Kinzel Headshot

What’s Next Podcast Episode 16 – Aaron Kinzel

What’s Next Washington’s Host, Sue Mason, interviews Aaron T. Kinzel. Aaron is a Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. His teaching and research areas of focus are corrections and public policy. He is a consultant that has worked nationally on criminal justice reform, including contracts with the U.S. Department of […]

AThomas 3

What’s Next Podcast Episode 13 – Angeline Thomas

What’s Next Washington’s Host, Sue Mason, interviews Angeline Thomas. Angeline began her legal career as non-partisan Session Counsel for Washington State’s Senate Committee Services where she served on the Natural Resources and Energy Committee. Eager to put public policy into action, Angeline joined the Access to Justice Institute at her alma mater, Seattle University School of Law, […]

Mel Simle Oct 2017

What’s Next Podcast Episode 12 – Melody Simle

What’s Next Washington’s Host, Sue Mason, interviews Melody Simle. Melody has worked as an activist for systemic corrections change for several years. She is known for her lobbying efforts on the external DOC Ombuds legislation which passed this year. She currently sits on the Advisory Board of What’s Next Washington. She has served on the DOC […]

Jessica Means senior speech photo

What’s Next Podcast Episode 11 – Jessica Means

 What’s Next Washington’s Host, Sue Mason, interviews Jessica Means. Jessica works as the Program Manager for New Connections Reentry Shelter Plus Program in Tacoma, WA, providing a soft landing and supportive case management for women who, when released from jail or prison, are facing homelessness. Jessica is also a founding member of Numbers 2 Names, […]

Poulos Headshot Low Def.

What’s Next Podcast Episode 10 – Chris Poulos

What’s Next Washington’s Host, Sue Mason, interviews Attorney Christopher Poulos was appointed Executive Director of the Washington Statewide Reentry Council (Council) on October 1, 2017 by Department of Commerce Director Brian Bonlender and the Council. On March 8, 2018 he was unanimously confirmed in this role by the Washington State Senate. Previously, Christopher served as Executive […]


What’s Next Podcast Episode 9 – Quintin Williams

What’s Next Washington’s Host, Sue Mason, interviews Quintin Williams. Quintin is a Field Building Project Manager at Heartland Alliance and a part-time instructor and Ph.D. student in Sociology at Loyola University in Chicago. His research interests include the Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, Social Inequality, and Crime and Punishment. Quintin works with the Restoring Rights and Opportunities […]

Skyler Rich

What’s Next Podcast Episode 8 – Skyler Rich

What’s Next Washington’s Host, Sue Mason, interviews Skyler Rich. Skyler is a student of Business and Political Science at Calvin College in Michigan. He is the founder of Forgive Everyone Co; a clothing brand donating parts of every sale to help formerly incarcerated men and women find employment, housing, rehabilitation, and mentorship. His passions lie […]


What’s Next Podcast Episode 7 – General Parker

What’s Next Washington’s Host, Sue Mason, interviews General Parker. General Parker is a well-known community, political and civil rights activist in Peoria, Illinois. he served two years in the Illinois Department of Corrections and in several county jails for an auto theft in the early 1980’s. Today, general works tirelessly to give back to his community […]

Loretta and Atif pic

What’s Next Podcast Episode 6 – Loretta Rafay Interview

What’s Next Washington’s Host, Sue Mason, interviews Loretta Rafay. Loretta works as a dissertation editor and coach for the Antioch University’s Writers’ Exchange and is a member of the Northwest Independent Editors Guild. She is the co-chair of the Washington Department of Corrections Statewide Family Council and is a policy researcher for Prison Voice Washington.  She is the proud spouse […]

UnLoop Profile Pic

What’s Next Podcast Episode 5 – Lindsey Wilson Interview

 What’s Next Washington’s Host, Sue Mason, interviews Lindsey Wilson. Lindsey is the co-founder of Unloop, a non-profit working to provide pathways to careers in tech for individuals marginalized by a conviction. Today Unloop’s flagship program, a one-year, full-stack JavasScript Bootcamp, is offered at three prisons in Washington State, along with their mentorship and community employment programs. […]

Sue Podcasting2 copy

What’s Next Podcast Episode 1 – Sue Tells Her Story

What’s Next Washington’s Co-Founder and WNW Host, Sue Mason, details her experiences post-incarceration and what it’s like, 15 years later, to live with the stigma of being formerly incarcerated. A new episode will be uploaded next week, where we will interview Chandra Bozelko. Chandra is a published author, poet, and journalist who has spent time […]