Our Team

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Morgan Leyenberger, LMSW

Executive Director, works with people in Arkansas prisons teaching meditation and compassionate communication. She is passionate about restorative justice and community interventions as alternatives to mass incarceration. Morgan has studied Vipassana meditation for eleven years and is dedicated to living and communicating compassionately. She currently serves as chair of the End Solitary Campaign in Arkansas and is a founder of the decARcerate coalition.


Lisa Kessler, LCSW

Program Director, her interest in meditation began several years ago when she decided to complete yoga teacher training which included a course in meditation. Lisa then worked as a volunteer in children's mental health residential programs teaching meditation and yoga. She currently practices Vajrayana Buddhism at EBS in Little Rock and Katog Choling Mountain Retreat Center in Parthenon, AR.

Part Time Staff and Volunteers


Judith Elane

Communication Specialist, is a retired attorney. She is an active member and Board member of the Arkansas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. Judith’s tireless advocacy for justice is inspired in part by her own experience of injustice. Her brother was murdered in 1968 and no one was prosecuted for the crime. Judith was a volunteer for Murder Victims’ Families for Reconciliation for many years.

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Kristohper Davis

Prison Outreach Specialist, was a Special Education Teacher before his drug/alcohol addictions landed him in prison. Since his release in 2001, he's assisted Compassion Works for All doing prison outreach. According to Kristohper, it took his prison sentence and Buddhism to change his life. By developing the skills to walk the path and overcome addictions, along with his background in education, he develops relationships that guide others to find their own path.


Cliff Plegge

Resource Specialist, has studied Buddhism and meditation intensively for 10 years. He volunteers as a tutor for high school students, facilitiates jail and prison meditation, corresponds with people in prison, and ensures that resources are up to date. 


Board of Directors


The CWFA board of directors serve in fiduciary, fundraising and guidance capacities to the organization. 

The board of directors conduct monthly meetings, actively promote prison outreach and criminal justice reform, and undertake other service roles in the Central Arkansas community. 


Matt Boone, Vice-President

Jean Crume, President
Interworks Psychotherapy

Cheryl Woodard, Treasurer
Retired Bookkeeper

Doug Holmes, Secretary
Mainstream Technologies


Joyvin Benton
Winthrop Rockefeller Institute

Jim Hathaway
Kutak Rock

Dave Hoffpauir
Veterans Affairs

Jim Harper
Arkansas Children's Hospital

Ani Tendron
Nun, Retired