Rick grew up on the East Side of Detroit in an environment that embraced violence and aggression to resolve conflict and illegal means of moneymaking schemes–from drug dealing to numbers (gambling)- as being a normal part of life. Rick served a total of 18 years of imprisonment (15 consecutive) for the armed robbery of high-level drug offender while impersonating a federal agent. While in prison, Rick was responsible for the leading the vision and the creation of a group of men that fundamentally transformed the culture of honor within the prison environment that stresses aggression and violence in the resolution of conflict to that of embracing skills and tools that lead to peace and a win-win resolution. Rick mentored and trained hundreds of men, while putting in place talented men to carry out the duties of an organization that talked the talk in the classroom where we trained the most at risk populations, to walking the walk on the prison yard.
Today, Rick is successfully off of parole with a Painting Company that employs the at-risk population that LUCK trains. In addition, Rick is on the path to earning a Bachelors Degree in teaching as he, both, reintegrates back into his community and assists other Returning Citizens in their reintegration through mentorship, job and housing placement. Rick is a certified mediator with year of experience in training and mentoring at-risk populations. Rick… is a transformed man.