Kay W. Coulson
Personal Affirmation: May the life I live speak for me!
for Kay Coulson was born in Florence, South Carolina, but raised in Hampton, Virginia. In 1975, she relocated to California with her young daughter and son. In 1978, she married her now husband, Rev. Thomas C. Coulson Jr. She's the mother of four children (Felicia, Charles, Jamila, and Aisha), and grandmother of eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Following her relocation to Long Beach, California, in 1975, she immediately enrolled in school. Ms. Coulson's educational accomplishments include: Associate of Arts Degree in Administration of Justice at Long Beach City College, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, and Masters in Public Administration from California State University of Long Beach.
She began her career in Corrections in 1981 as a Counselor at Hoffman House (a halfway house) and House of Sarah (a halfway house for women with children under six years old). Ms. Coulson later entered the Bureau of Prisons in October 1982 at Federal Correction Institute (FCI), Terminal Island. After 22 years of excellent service, she retired on January 2, 2004. She held various positions, such as: Correctional Officer, Case Manager, Unit Manager, and Volunteer Coordinator. As Volunteer Coordinator, Ms. Coulson received a National Award for Excellence in Citizen, Participation, Community Partnerships, and Volunteerism, and was highly respected among her peers. Ms. Coulson holds membership in several national organizations: American Correctional Association (ACA) for 15 years, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, and was a member of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice (NABCJ) for over 15 years, where she served as the California Chapter President for nearly eight years, and Assistant Secretary on the National Board, where she is currently a Life Member.
Kay is a member of the Usher Board and the Greeters Ministry at Friendship Baptist Church in Yorba Linda, California. She has participated in numerous outreach activities for children of prisoners and collaborated with the Los Angeles Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters. She is currently a member and Corresponding Secretary of the Los Angeles Century Sheriffs Clergy Council. She also served on the Board of Directors for Rio Hondo Temporary Home (RHTH) for Homeless Families in Norwalk, California.
Ms. Coulson is the Founder, CEO and President of n-ACTION Family Network, Inc., a 501(c)(3) tax exempt non-profit organization. As CEO/President, she was instrumental in obtaining a Memorandum of Agreement with the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, where for nine years she facilitated two, 16-week courses of Education and Life Skills Support Groups for female offenders annually. The class was held at the Century Regional Detention Facility (CRDF) in Lynwood, California, for female offenders.