Louise Wasilewski started Acivilate to create second chances for justice-involved individuals. She spent twenty-five years in business and technical roles in media and communications technology innovation helping introducing streaming TV and operating secure cloud-based services. Her experience includes KPMG Consulting, operational and technical responsibilities at Cox Communications, and sales, marketing, business development and product management at various technology vendors.
Louise Wasilewski is a member of the DeKalb County Reentry and Recidivism Task Force Steering Committee in metro Atlanta, the Greater Gwinnett Reentry Alliance, the Emerging Technology Committee of the Integrated Justice Information Systems Institute and the National Criminal Justice Association. She has spoken at the American Correctional Association and the American Probation and Parole Association, and was published in Policy and Practice. She is passionate about improving criminal justice outcomes because it is an issue that has affected her family.
Ms. Wasilewski holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Systems Engineering from Southampton University and an MBA from Emory University. She holds four patents.
Darryl DeFreese brings to the company 30 years of experience in business process analysis, international standards, systems architecture, and software development. He designed the security systems and billing interfaces for Scientific-Atlanta's digital cable network and is considered an industry expert in those interfaces. DeFreese started his career implementing one of the first health and human services IT systems in Georgia. He subsequently worked with three start-up software and communications companies and was a founder of N2Broadband, acquired by Tandberg Television.
Darryl has eleven patents. He is the recipient of a Technology Emmy Award. He holds a degree in Computer Science from the University of Georgia.
Terry WolfDirector of Product Development
Terry Wolf brings deep industry expertise, having joined the team after retiring with almost four decades of public service in emergency services, law enforcement, corrections, and government administration. As a probation officer, he worked with both Superior and State Courts in Georgia, including as a community services coordinator and intensive probation supervisor. He served as a police officer and criminal investigator. Terry was a part of the leadership team that restructured the delivery of IT services, rising to be the CIO of Georgia Department of Corrections’ Office of Information Technology. Subsequently, Terry served as CIO of the Georgia Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget. Wolf serves as Acivilate’s CJIS compliance contact.
Terry has served in several bi-vocational ministry roles, most recently serving as the Worship Coordinator at his church. Terry is a musician and member of three bands. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Georgia Southern University.
John Winston SmithMember of Technical Staff
John Winston Smith leads the team in project management, software QA testing, and customer support. Smith brings 40 years of individual contributions and leadership in the research and development of technical products and services, engineering management and early stage companies. His diverse background also includes adult education and human services. Immediately prior to joining Acivilate he served five years as Chief Operations Officer for a housing facility assisting homeless families with children. During his technical career, he also worked bi-vocationally as a Chaplain in clinical settings, facilitated a prison hospice education program, and provided pastoral care and counseling in several local congregations.
John holds a Bachelor degree from Shorter University, a Master degree from Emory University, and a Doctorate from Columbia Theological Seminary with all studies focused on adapting educational theory and process to provide adults with support in transitioning through crisis situations. He served in the U.S. Air Force with a top-secret clearance.
Gary G. SmithDirector of Revenue
Gary is a career sales management executive with a proven track record of selling advanced software technologies to financial, media, government, healthcare, and manufacturing enterprises and institutions. Accomplishments include nearly a decade performing in the top 1% with Dun & Bradstreet, Executive Vice President of global sales for a NASDAQ traded company, and seven early stage companies, with 6 acquisitions and one IPO. Identifying market opportunities and gaps, along with having a genuine goal of delivering a perfect customer experience have been cornerstones in his success formula. He has built and led sales forces for over 25 years.
Gary studied at the University of Georgia and is a part time professional musician.