Board of Directors
Proving Innocence (PI) is a grassroots movement and is governed by a dedicated group of citizens who volunteer to combat the injustice of wrongful convictions. The purpose of the Board is to establish PI’s direction and oversee the fulfillment of its mission. The requirement for Board membership is to have a passion about wrongful convictions, helping innocent individuals, and reforming the system that has caused so much suffering. Participation is welcome both face-to-face and on-line. Inquiries may be directed to any of the board members.
Kenneth (Ken) Bernard, the president and founder of Bernard Wealth Management, has been an investment advisor and portfolio manager since 1999. Ken received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Statistics from the University of Michigan in 1984 and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business in 1992. Ken has been involved in many community organizations, including Yad Ezra, a local food pantry, where he served as President from 2009-2010. He currently serves as chair of Congregation Beth Shalom's Investment Committee and is a member of the Jewish Federation Audit Committee.
You may contact Ken at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kate Branham retired in November, 2020, as an Account Manager with United Wholesale Mortgage. A graduate of Wayne State University, Kate received her degree in Business Administration and Marketing. Most of her career has been involved with sales, as well as raising 7 children with Bill.
Intimate understanding of crime victim’s rights and psychology, as well as strong family ties to the justice department, Kate has had a lifelong interest in U.S. justice and law. Her passion is to help improve systemic wrongs in America’s criminal justice and legal systems. Her studies in January 2007 when she attended a grad level course, Wrongful Convictions taught by Marvin Zalman, brought her to help form Proving Innocence.
You may contact Kate at email@example.com
Bill retired in 2018, having served as a Network Administrator at SEMCOG (Southeast Michigan Council of Governments) for 20 years. He grew up in the Chicago area and received a B.A. from Northwestern University.
Bill has always had a heart for oppressed people. When his wife, Kate, took the class on Wrongful Convictions, taught by Dr. Marvin Zalman, now one of PI's advisers, Bill became keenly interested. The Branhams helped found PI with Bill Proctor. Bill Branham has remained actively involved ever since, including the development and maintenance of PI's original and new website.
Bill and Kate have been married for 20 years and have 7 children, ages 27 to 42.
You may contact Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 2022, Kim retired from a 30+ year career in healthcare administration. Her focus was on supporting Michigan physicians in delivering quality healthcare services to residents across Michigan. She spoke frequently on the needs of those with social determinants impeding access to care including poverty, chronic illness, education and location.
Kim earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics with a concentration in healthcare from Wayne State University and a Master’s degree in Health Management Services Administration from the University of Michigan.
Her passion for ensuring that healthcare services are delivered equitably and made available to all extends to her interest in justice for wrongfully convicted.
Kim is an avid traveler, bicycler, gardener and reader.
You can reach Kim at email@example.com.
Ashley Klein is a Commercial Underwriter and the National Business Coordinator with Chicago Title Insurance Company. During her time as an undergraduate student at Appalachian State University, Ashley was introduced to wrongful convictions by one of her professors. She obtained a bachelor’s of pre-law and a bachelor’s of criminal justice and worked for a criminal defense attorney in Boone, North Carolina for three years. It was there that she became more familiar with the injustices of the criminal system. Her passion for justice led her to graduate school at Wayne State University in the Criminal Justice Department where she met Dr. Marvin Zalman. Dr. Zalman further exposed her to miscarriages of justice and introduced her to Proving Innocence.
You may email Ashley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
David Sanders is retired Executive Vice President of Metropolitan Affairs Coalition, a public/private partnership dedicated to improving Greater Detroit through regional cooperation. A native of Kalamazoo, Michigan, Mr. Sanders received a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Michigan University and a Master of Urban Planning from Wayne State University. He is a graduate of the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government as well as Leadership Detroit.
Dave's work primarily focuses on freeing Temujin Kensu.
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Carla is a licensed attorney in Ohio. She earned a BS in Criminal Justice from Bowling Green State University in 1994. She then graduated cum laude from the University of Toledo College of Law and obtained her Juris Doctorate degree.
Upon graduation, she had to deal with some health issues but, has always fought for the underdog, whether it be when she worked at The Montgomery County Public Defender’s Office or helping low income clients at Advocates for Basic Legal Equality.
Carla lives in Union City, Ohio. She loves volunteering for Proving Innocence because as a lawyer, she realizes that there are many women and men who are factually innocent but are still incarcerated nonetheless. She wants to be part of Criminal Justice reform.
Carla also has a kitty named Ringo. She loves Michigan football, volunteering and a wide variety of music.
You can reach Carla at firstname.lastname@example.org
Honorary Board Member
William N. (Bill) Proctor, founder of Proving Innocence, is an award-winning journalist, reporter, producer, and anchorperson whose career of nearly forty years spanned electronic media, radio, television, and documentaries. A graduate of the University of Maryland, Bill received his degree in Sociology and Corrections with a minor in Journalism. He concluded his career as senior staff reporter for WXYZ-TV in Southfield, MI.
In the mid-1990s, he produced a series of specials on the slaying of community-college student, Scott Macklem. Through his investigations, Bill became convinced that Frederick Freeman (Temujin Kensu), the man convicted of killing Macklem, was not guilty. His passion for redressing this injustice led Bill to found Proving Innocence in 2007. In May 2013, Bill "retired" and started Bill Proctor and Associates, a communications consulting firm. In 2017 Bill formed a new organization, which looks at a multitude of issues surrounding wrongful convictions, which go beyond the scope of Proving Innocence.
You may email Bill at https://www.seekingjusticebp.com.