Meet Our Staff

Mark  Taylor

Mark Taylor

Program Coordinator

Mark earned six associate degrees while serving a life sentence in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. After experiencing 21 ½ years of incarceration, Mark earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work in 2022 and a Master of Social Work in 2024, graduating with a 4.0 GPA (summa cum laude) and earning the Patricia O. McConkey Outstanding Student Award.  Mark is also a First District Appellate Project (FDAP) board member and a teaching artist for the Prison Arts Collective. Before joining Project Rebound, Mark worked as the Northern Regional Manager for the Anti-Recidivism Coalition’s Hope and Redemption Team. Mark is a staunch advocate of criminal justice reform and has dedicated his life to helping others surmount the challenges associated with life during and after incarceration.

Steve Ladwig

Steve Ladwig

Director Transformative and Restorative Education Center

Steve directs the newly created Transformative and Resorative Education Center (TREC), which houses Project Rebound and co-curricular support to the Bachelor of Arts in Communication degree that began in Spring 2024, bringing face-to-face instruction to a maximum security (Level 4) yard at our Pelican Bay campus.  Steve has been with Project Rebound since October 2020, when it landed on the Arcata campus, and has been providing support to staff and formerly incarcerated students. He has 30+ years of experience in higher education, providing support for students who are often marginalized in educational settings.  He brings the voices of these students into every conversation.


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