Teela A. Mickles is the founder and CEO of Compassion In Action (CIA) Inc., a faith based, non-profit organization serving individuals confined in the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services and families affected by incarceration since 1984. When life took an unfortunate turn, she became a single parent of 5 young children, now successful adults. She has 41 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren.
Ms. Mickles attended college late in life while developing CIA’s Pre-Release Education/Reentry Preparation Program and holds an Associate’s Degree in Chemical Dependency Counseling. She is an Ordained Minister on staff at Mission Church and a member of the Mayor’s Citizen Complaint Review Board. Ms. Mickles has been acknowledged for her services and accomplishments in the community by a variety of entities, through the years: The UNO Woman of Color Award, African American Leadership Award, Heartland Family Services’ Family Advocacy Award, City of Omaha Community of Excellence, the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services’ Partnership of the Year, Outstanding Non-Profit Administrator from the Nebraska Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration and the Outstanding Community Service Award from the University of Nebraska’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. CIA, in partnership with the University of Nebraska Medical College of Public Health, provided participants for their “Listen to My Story” Research Team to explore “Perspectives of African-American Mothers and Male Offenders on Violence in Omaha, NE.”
Ms. Mickles was a candidate in the Nebraska Primary 2020 elections for State Senator of District 11. She believed then and now, that as we embrace the value of each person and unite, we can make significant progress in our community. She is the author of the book “What If” which is currently available on Amazon and the CIA office. Ms. Mickles ascribes the success and longevity of the organization to her strong faith in God and belief that every person is valuable. “If you’re not dead, God’s not done.”
On February 4, 2021 Congress Don Bacon honors Teela A. Mickles along with Ella Willis and Betty McDonald as Trailblazers at the House of Representatives in Washington DC. These women and their work will be honored in the Historical Congressional Record during this Black History Month and years to come. .
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