The people best poised to carry the work of human transformation furthest forward are those who have traveled the furthest depths of themselves.Susan Olesek, EPP Founder
WHO ARE AMBASSADORS
Ambassadors are the hope that the Enneagram system works and that people can change.Those formerly incarcerated are the most powerful voice available to substantiate our vision: freeing people — all over the world — from the prisons of our own making.
THE AMBASSADOR PROGRAM
The ambassadors are change agents. They are the very reason why all of us at EPP are on a mission to change the way we do criminal reform. These courageous men and women who fell for themselves “on the inside” now provide a hope for how healing is not just possible, but it is happening.
WHAT IS THE AMBASSADOR PROGRAM
The EPP Ambassador Program is a fellowship of and for the formerly incarcerated designed to support our students on their life-long path of continued development. Our program supports these returning citizens in transferring the skills, talents, and resiliency they honed on the streets, in gangs, or behind bars, into productive and meaningful living.
EPP Ambassadors become spokespeople EPP and are in training to become EPP Guides – future teachers of our curriculum. These are courageous men and women who have overcome abhorrent abuse, familial dysfunction, and countless internal obstacles. They have weathered the criminal justice system. And they have managed to hold onto their hearts. Ambassadors are becoming EPP Guides who can teach a master’s class on the consequences of personal sacrifice, forgiveness, and how to open to the best in ourselves.
Without addressing my need to understand how I could have become an addict in the first place, I found myself serving a life sentence in the cell that is my own mind.
The person who is writing this letter is a real person today. Someone who takes care of himself, because, he knows he matters. My needs are important and these are some of the things that I did not know only three years ago. It’s crazy how a teacher can come in and make you feel like a real person and see you for who you really are.
As an inmate, I found myself lost and struggling to find out what had gone so wrong in my life that I no longer deserved freedom. As a student … I learned that I not only deserve freedom but that I also hold the key to my own personal freedom by simply taking an honest look at myself, my choices, and my behavior.
When I went to jail I was lost, and could not explain how or why I went down the path to end up behind bars…With the knowledge, I learned while incarcerated and the serious commitment by and to the Ambassador Program I am traveling on the best path I have ever been on in my life. I have learned how to be present, and to be in relationship in the moment without making others into objects onto which I paste my history, my projections or judgments because of my past.
AMBASSADORS STANDING IN THEIR OWN LIGHT
EPP witnesses changes big and small every day. There are some individuals, however, who “get” this work and are hell-bent on transforming their whole lives. Each quarter we would like to highlight EPP Ambassadors who have connected with their own essential goodness in such a way that they literally shine.
Alex Senegal was raised in “the projects” of San Jose, California. Running the streets before he was a teenager and found himself in the revolving door of California’s correctional system for 23 years. While serving his final term, Alex was introduced to the Enneagram in 2014 and found — at last — a personal freedom, unlike anything he’d ever known.
Today, Alex is a father, grandfather, minister, certified drug and alcohol counselor, court liaison and mental health specialist who manages a residential treatment program. Currently in certification to become an Enneagram teacher, Alex speaks on behalf of Enneagram Prison Project with a passion for helping people overcome many of the same challenges in life he has endured.
Sue Lambert is the Ambassador Liaison for Enneagram Prison Project (EPP) assisting returning citizens who wish to join the Enneagram Ambassador program. She also facilitates EPP’s weekly meetings held at the Santa Clara County Resource Center and is currently co-teaching our ongoing Enneagram sessions. Sue also holds the position of Job Developer / Business Account Manager for a non-profit organization, Center for Career Opportunities, (CEO), (Santa Clara County Branch). In her spare time, Sue enjoys her family and being outdoors in nature.
Clay Tumey was a successful, former bank robber who was serving time in a Texas prison when he was first introduced to the Enneagram. Though he felt freer on his first day in prison than he had in the years since turning himself in, Clay learned a freedom of another kind when he found himself as a Type 5 on the Enneagram. He took to this system as a way of remembering how to open his once-closed heart. Today, Clay is a dedicated father, author, soon to be certified teacher by Riso-Hudson and an Ambassador for Enneagram Prison Project as a national speaker, and inspirational model for personal transformation.