Staff and Board


Photo Credit: Peter Hellberg

Photo Credit: Peter Hellberg

Rev. Dean Bucalos, Program Coordinator

Dean is a graduate of Vanderbilt University, the University of Kentucky College of Law and Lexington Theological Seminary.  He brings unique gifts from his career as a practicing attorney and as an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  As founding pastor of our affiliated congregation and coordinator of MB3, Dean has a passion for justice and believes in the power of forgiveness and mercy.  He has been with MB3 since it began and hopes to bring it to a place of long-term sustainability, as he has stated, "What we are doing works."  Dean is also the mission specialist for the National Benevolent Association's Prison and Jail Ministries Affinity Group, a trained facilitator for Restorative Justice Louisville and an Adjunct Professor at Bellarmine University.  He lives in Louisville, Kentucky with his wife Anne, their dog, Bella, and their cat, Molly.


Photo Credit: Mitya Ku

Photo Credit: Mitya Ku

Mark Johnson, Board Chair

Mark spent his career with the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) working to make the lives of incarcerated individuals better. His focus was on providing effective case management and re-entry services. Mark went about his work with compassion and zeal, traits he continues to use in his capacity as Board Chair for MB3. Mark is a graduate of the University of the Cumberlands, and has completed extensive training with the BOP and National institute of Corrections to include: Offender Workforce Development Specialist, Offender Workforce Development Specialist Instructor Training, and Offender Employment Retention Specialist. He has been involved in the prison re-entry movement for over 10 years and assisted in training many of the BOP’s Reentry Staff. Mark has presented at national reentry conferences in Charlotte, Cleveland, Dallas, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco.  Living in Lexington, Kentucky, Mark enjoys his spare time attempting to improve his woodworking skills and is an avid bicyclist. 

 


Photo Credit: dimnikolov

Photo Credit: dimnikolov

Rev. Carol Wieger, Pastor of New Life in Christ Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Carol is a graduate of Sullivan University and Lexington Theological Seminary. She brings gifts to MB3 from her vocation as a chaplain and as an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She volunteered for two and a half years before she was called as the current pastor of New Life in Christ Christian Church, our affiliated congregation. She has a passion for social justice ministries and believes deeply in the mission and vision of MB3. Carol is also a Hosparus volunteer in her area. She lives in Shepherdsville, Kentucky with her husband Pat, and their two dogs, Samson and Levi.