Meet the FailSafe-Era Team

The Governance Board

Juanita Shanks, President and Founder
Bobby Anderson, Board Chair

Karen Harris, Vice Chair
Terri Hill, Secretary
Debra Mason, Treasurer

Sue Parr, Public Relations Chair
James Bell, Business Owner and John Maxwell Coach
Megan Bergen, Rappahannock Goodwill
Janice Boles, CTI Real Estate

Necoya Tyson, American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA)

‚ÄčDr. Janet Hodges, Rappahannock Juvenile Detention Center

Andrea Schrader, Department of Homeland Security

Alayna Stiffler, A.D.S. Coaching and John Maxwell Coach 

The Operations Team

Juanita C. Shanks, President and CEO

Mrs. Juanita Shanks is the President, and CEO of FAILSAFE-ERA, a 501c3 non-profit organization designed to help individuals, families, and communities affected by incarceration; thereby, reducing the rate of recidivism.  Mrs. Shanks retired from Federal Government with 35 years of service where she held several management positions with responsibility for providing enterprise-wide policy and support in the areas of human resources, installations management, strategic planning, operations, and budget. 


Mrs. Shanks is the President of IYP Coaching (Imagine Your Possibilities), LLC and Author of “Building Your Spiritual House, Pathway to the Next Level”.  Mrs. Shanks is the recipient of numerous awards, to include the 2014/2015 National Association of Professional Women Woman of the Year Award, Superior Civilian Service Award, Meritorious Civilian Service Award, and the Distinguished Civilian Service Award.  She is married with 2 adult children and one very special granddaughter.

Phyllis Brantley,  Director, Prison Ministry


Pastor Phyllis Brantley began serving as FailSafe-ERA’s director of ministry in July 2016.  Prior to assuming this role, she retired from Federal service after a distinguished career of 31 years.  Pastor Brantley held several management positions in Human Resources, Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Management, and received a variety of distinguished awards throughout her career and ministry from federal leaders, national organizations and community services.  In addition to her federal career, Pastor Brantley was called into ministry in1989 and answered the call to minister in 1997.  She was ordained as Elder in 2011 and ordained as Pastor in 2016.   She and her husband founded Restored through Faith Ministries, which focuses on restoring marriages, relationships and giving hope to the brokenhearted through God’s Word and unconditional love.  Pastor Brantley is a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. They have three beautiful daughters, three son-in laws and are blessed with seven grandchildren.

Dr. Shekila Melchior, Director of Preventing Generations of Incarceration

Ms. Felecia Cook, Director of Reentry

Deborah Newman, Director of Communications and Public Relations

Deborah began serving as FailSafe-ERA’s Director of Marketing and Communications in June 2019.  She is the owner of Petite Taway Inc, a web design and social media marketing company specializing in working with small businesses and nonprofits. Deborah designs websites for a host of organizations and businesses throughout the United States and abroad.  She provides social media and web management training, designs marketing materials, and creates fundraising plans.  Deborah also provides direction, guidance, and training to aspiring entrepreneurs.

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