The leadership team of Abe Brown Ministries is made up of individuals with varying backgrounds and skills, who all share the passion to change the Tampa Bay area one person at a time.
Robert P. Blount, III
Since joining Abe Brown Ministries (ABM), Inc. first as volunteer and now as President, Robert Blount is quietly transforming the Tampa Bay Community, in service to the “least” among us, through faith-based hands-on leadership and collaboration. With core focus on prison ministry and reentry services, Robert suggests, “We must create an environment for ‘who-so-ever will’ and accept that everyone won’t. By educating, equipping, and empowering the ‘least of these’ among us, they too can become productive citizens and live spiritually fulfilling lives.”
Robert along with the Hillsborough County Department of Human Services and the United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) Middle District of Florida founded the Hillsborough Ex-offender Re-entry Network (HERN). HERN is a collaboration of organizations and individuals committed to meeting the needs of previously incarcerated persons returning to Hillsborough County. The HERN group was instrumental in establishing a Reentry Center, which serves as a ‘portal of services’ for men and women exiting jail and prison, and returning to Hillsborough.
Under Robert’s leadership, ABM, along with the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Florida Kinship Care Center at University of South Florida established Children in Hillsborough of Incarcerated Parents (CHIPS). The organization, aimed at eliminating generational incarceration, connects resources and systems of support to meet the unique needs of Hillsborough County children whose parents are incarcerated.
In 2006, Robert was appointed by then Florida Governor Jeb Bush to serve on the Governor’s Ex-offender Task Force, of which he was the Vice Chairman. He then subsequently served on the Florida Department of Corrections Re-entry Advisory Council and currently serves on the Hillsborough County Juvenile Justice Task Force.
Robert has been honored by the Tampa Bay Business Journal as a Minority Business Person of the Year Finalist, is a recipient of the Tampa Bay Organization of Black Affairs (TOBA) Unsung Hero Award, and a Trustee of Trinity College of Florida.
Robert lives in the Tampa Bay area with his wife and son.
Pastor Clyde E. Hammond, Jr.
With Abe Brown Ministries, Pastor Clyde Hammond Jr. is one of the Case Managers in the Ready4Work-Hillsborough Program, ensuring clients receive the full scope of services provided through the Ministry. He also travels into the prisons as a facilitator to conduct seminars for those being released, thus preparing them for re-entry.
Pastor Hammond served at Lighthouse Ministries International from 1998 through 2014. During his tenure, he established Overcomers (and other group dynamics), an effective, weekly group interaction attended by the men and women of the Faith Home to develop decision-making skills. He maintained and developed curriculum, was a liaison between employers and graduates, instructed classes and was responsible for daily management and operation.
Pastor Hammond was raised in Tampa and educated at Brandon High School. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in June 2005 from the Faith Theological Seminary & Christian College in Tampa, graduating with honors.
He has been married 21 years and is the father of 6 children, and grandfather of sixteen 16. His passions are ministering in the jails, prisons, and any place where he can productively bring about life change.
Allie Markham has held the position of Family Reunification Program Manager at Abe Brown Ministries since 2014. Prior to that, she interned with ABM from August 2013 through April 2014. Through this program, she provides case management services to children of incarcerated parents and their caregivers. She coordinates with various correctional institutions to schedule video visits between children and their incarcerated parents and physical bonding trips to the institutions.
In addition, Allie also assists in Ready4Work-Hillsborough as the Intake Specialist, meeting with individuals who are interested in participating in the program and determining their eligibility through background checks and communication with probation officers. Allie schedules orientation and start dates for candidates, as well as maintains data integrity in the database ETO.
She attended Pine Crest School in Ft. Lauderdale and earned her Bachelors in Psychology and Master’s in Social Work from the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa.
During personal time, Allie enjoys going to the beach and spending time with her family.
Briana Ramirez serves as Intake Specialist for Abe Brown Ministries. She began as an intern while attending the University of South Florida (USF). She interned for four months and was then offered and accepted the position at the Ministry.
Briana has committed much of her time volunteering in the law-enforcement field in the past four years - in prisons, probation offices, and courthouses in the state of Connecticut, where she lived prior to attending college. She has also devoted many volunteer hours within local communities and to athletic sports events. She continues to remain actively involved with any other groups or functions that will enhance her academic career.
Briana received a degree in Behavioral and Community Science in Criminal Justice, with a minor in Spanish from USF.
Currently Briana lives in the Tampa Bay area, where she continues to pursue her criminal justice career. She also is a faithful member of her local church, attending weekly, and additionally participates in Bible Study.
Dr. Thelma Wilson Daniels
Dr. Thelma Daniels serves as the Finance & Contracts Administrator for Abe Brown Ministries (ABM). She began volunteering with the Ministry (then Prison Crusade Ministries) in 1976 and later became an employee in 1985.
In 1992, Dr. Daniels accepted a position with Tampa Electric Company, and after 19 years of employment retired and then returned to ABM.
Dr. Daniels attended school in Hillsborough County and graduated from the Job Corp program, as well as its Extension program. She earned her Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate degree in Theology from Faith Theological Seminary & Christian College and a BA degree in Business Administration, with a Management concentration and a minor in Human Development from Eckerd College.
Dr. Daniels is the Founder of Adonai’s Ministry Inc., attends First Baptist Church of College Hill, serves as a Green Team leader over six ministries, assists churches and ministries with set-up and accounting systems to meet their needs; and serves on various boards in the Tampa Bay area.
She has been married 45 years, is the mother of six children, 12 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.