Kimberlee Roxburgh (Bachelors of Social Work, Masters of Public Health) is a social worker, public health practitioner and the co-founder and Executive Director of Hope Rises. She has a background in creating effective and highly participatory community work. In 2010, she partnered with a South Africa-based nonprofit to create a women’s empowerment program in Johannesburg addressing personal and economic empowerment for an impoverished community with a 60% prevalence of HIV. This experience was the inspiration and foundation to conduct needs-assessment research and create a program for women here in Arkansas based on community needs. Utilizing her Socio-Behavior Public Health program planner skills, she was able to create a unique empowerment model and comprehensive program for previously incarcerated women.