Racquel Royer is a Journalism Student at the Philip Merrill School of Journalism, University of Maryland. She is a writer for several of the U Maryland publications and Blogs. Her passions include being an activist in the arena of literacy for youth. She has launched the "Books for Goodwill" effort at her church in Tampa, Florida as well as kicked off the Jost Van Dyke Primary School (British Virgin Islands) science lab equipment initiative . Racquel (aka Rocky) enjoys team tennis, photography and training her pet therapy German Shepherd Sir Toby.
Research Assistant & Social Media Mgr.
Chris Royer is a certified EMT specialist with a passion for saving lives as well as an advocate for criminal justice reform. He has a Bachelors of Science in Health & Society (State University of New York) and is certified in Youth Behavior Management. He provides a key support role for the Roy and Rikers Project in the areas of - community outreach, social needs research and project management.
Co-Editor and Producer
Diane Royer is Roy's daughter and co-producer of Roy's book " Making the Right Moves": Rikers Island & NYC Corrections. She is a marketing director in the high-tech arena, member of Canines for Christ and the proud mom of three beautiful children.
Editor & Co-Writer
Michael Gelb is a former journalist who covered the White House and wrote about national politics and economic policy for more than 15 years at BNA and Reuters News Agency. He later worked as a public policy strategist and writer at Powell Tate, a Washington D.C.-based consulting firm founded by former White House press secretaries Jody Powell and Sheila Tate. Currently, he provides writing, editing, and strategic consulting services at this own firm, Gelb Strategies. A native of Scranton, PA, he holds a degree in history from Penn State and lives in Vienna, Va., where he has coached youth sports teams and serves on the local planning commission.