Naples Businessman Carl Dill Named Board Chair for National Prison Ministry
IT Exec Tapped for Leadership at Prison Fellowship, Founded by Late Naples Resident Charles Colson
Prison Fellowship, the nation's largest outreach to prisoners, former prisoners and their families, announced today the appointment of Carl Dill as the organization's new chairman of the board.
Dill, a Naples, Florida, resident who has served on the Prison Fellowship board of directors since 2013 and has been involved with the work of Founder Charles Colson on the BreakPoint board and other initiatives since 2003, considered Colson a personal mentor and friend.
"We are delighted to have Carl Dill serve as chairman of the Prison Fellowship board of directors," said James Ackerman, Prison Fellowship president and chief executive officer. "I have worked closely with him and know what skills he brings. Carl has incredible organizational leadership and mentoring qualities that will greatly benefit the organization. We have established a great professional relationship, and I look forward to working with him to grow Prison Fellowship and further our ministry. My wife, Martha, and I, along with Carol and Carl Dill, have been long-time supporters of Prison Fellowship's Angel Tree, which provides Christmas gifts to the children of incarcerated men and women."
Late Naples resident Charles Colson, whose crime related to the Watergate scandal resulted in a prison sentence, became a Christian shortly before serving his sentence and went on to found Prison Fellowship 40 years ago.
The appointment makes Dill the organization's sixth board chairman since its founding.
"It is a great honor to serve as chairman of the Prison Fellowship board and continue the work of Chuck Colson," Dill said. "James Ackerman is off to a great start as our new president and chief executive officer, and I look forward to supporting the strong vision he and the senior leadership team have for our future. There has never been a more favorable environment nationally for our work, with restorative justice receiving bipartisan support in Congress and state officials looking for Prison Fellowship support across the nation."
A long-time information technology executive and the managing director and founder of Naples-based TriCour Partners, Dill also served as chairman of Technology Solutions Company. He started his career at Accenture and has served in executive positions with McDonald's Corporation, Time Warner and AOL. He has been a strategic advisor and executive coach for high-tech and consulting businesses for the past 15 years.
Dill and his wife, Carol, have made Naples and the Mediterra community their home since 2007. He has served in many church and nonprofit leadership roles and is a lifetime board member of Youth Guidance, a Chicago-based charity helping disadvantaged inner-city youth with quality education and career opportunities.
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