New Beginnings Reentry Services

New Beginnings Staff and Board Members

Stacey Borden

Founder and Executive Director of New Beginnings Reentry Services, Inc.

Stacey Borden is the Founder and Executive Director of New Beginnings Reentry Services, Inc. Since 1982, for almost 30 years, Borden had been in and out of prison. From her personal experiences and understanding of the system, Stacey became an abolitionist and advocate for women suffering from domestic & sexual violence. Stacey created her organization in response to the lack of resources for these women suffering from past traumas and injustices within prison. 

The mission of her organization is to reduce recidivism by advocating for and providing services to women reentering local communities. With a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in Addictions and Trauma, Borden is a strong advocate for Drama Therapy for the women she cares for in the organization. In addition to her NBRS work, Borden is an author, performance artist, motivational speaker and an activist. She has been on several panel discussions about the criminal justice system and has spent time as a guest lecturer at Berklee School of Music and Harvard Divinity School. 

Borden continues to be recognized for her incredible work. She received an Honorary Doctorate Degree of Philosophy from T.I.U.A School of Business in recognition of her entrepreneurship and business administration. With her Degree, Borden has been recognized for her outstanding honorary achievement for a lifetime commitment to community service and the empowerment of others. She has been honored with the Jane Doe Inc Award, for advocacy in DV and Sexual Abuse of women, the Feminist in Action Award the Malcolm X Afrikan Achievers Award, and the All Things Art Award, for advocacy in supporting women and community, and most recently, Borden won the PEG ERLANGER Award, for her advocacy of women rights against the criminal justice system and human rights by the Criminal Justice Policy Initiative. 

Currently, Borden is a board member for On With Living and Learning (OWLL) and Families for Justice as Healing. She is also a member of The National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls and The Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC). Recently, Borden has joined a new project: the “Roundtable on Racial Disparities in Massachusetts Criminal Courts.” which is organized by the Harvard Kennedy School’s Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management.

Shanita Jefferson

Executive Assistant

Shanita Jefferson is the executive assistant at New Beginnings Reentry Services, during the work day, you will find Shanita processing payroll, coordinating programs, scheduling and developing company databases. Due to her considerable administrative work history for hospitals like Massachusetts General & Boston Children’s Hospital, she is highly knowledgeable about professionalism and ethics in the workplace.

Abyan Abdullahi

Abyan was born and raised in Boston, MA. She grew up living in Dorchester and Roxbury. She studied finance in College and currently works as an Associate for an investment firm. Abyan has a strong love for her community and sought out New Beginnings Reentry Services (NBRS) to share her financial knowledge with its members. She is a part time employee for NBRS; helping with outreach and teaching financial literacy classes. 

Sharon Eaton Hinton

Consultants, Staff member, Board of Director’s and Accountants/Finance team

Sharon Eaton Hinton, M.Ed. and Masters in Organizational Management-Cambridge College, B.S. Leadership and Management-Northeastern University, Doctor of Education Candidate – Northeastern University

Sharon Hinton is an Educator at the college, high school and middle school levels for over 40 years. An Educator, Activist, Writer, Producer, Director, Motivational Public Speaker, and Mentor, Hinton is also the Producer/Director/Writer/Host of BNN Media TV show called “On Another Level” and Radio and Podcast Programs. Hinton has been in Radio, TV, Film and the music industry for more than 40 years. As Founder and President of Black Teachers Matter, Hinton has also been an Adjunct Faculty Professor at Springfield College, Northeastern University, Mass Communications College, and a BUILD MENTOR at Another Course to College High School and is currently the Senior Academic Instructor at The Peoples Academy, Inc. a Technical/Vocational school in Dorchester, Mass, as well as, the President of the Boston Media Producers Group, Board Member of the Massasoit Community College Media Advisory Board, the Southwest Boston CDC, Boston Education Justice Alliance and an active Board Member on several other community organizations, boards, and committees.

Our Mission

Working to reduce recidivism by advocating for and providing services to women who are reentering local neighborhoods and communities. Through our Community Engagement Center: We work to build alliances, collaborations, and networks to create positive changes in policies that negatively impact men & women involved in the criminal justice system.

We have obtained the property in the Boston area to holistically provide reentry services for women, and offer them the highest chance of success to permanently return to their families & communities.





Stacey Borden, M.Ed., LADC

Our Leadership Team

Founder and President


Sharlene Blake

Mental Health Counsellor

Sharlene Blake is a graduate of Cambridge college with a Masters in mental health counseling. She is currently a Credible Messenger for the state of Massachusetts, EOPSS, which allows her to go inside MA state prisons and work with numerous people with different sentences who have been detained and helping them maneuver a successful reentry. Sharlene has been Chair Woman of the Board for New beginnings Re Entry Services for over 2 years.

Our Purpose​
Clients learn to express feelings appropriately, improving their social skills and relationships while strengthening the innumerable roles they play in their personal and professional lives. There has been a discovery that those who received drama therapy show a significant improvement in their self-image, self-esteem, and self-discipline.

We stand in solidarity with members of the LGBTQ+ community and support transgender women, ciswomen, non-binary community members, and other communities underrepresented by re-entry services currently available.

Want to become a partner of NBRS? Please contact us!