Julio Medina Executive Director

Julio Medina
Executive Director

Mr. Julio Medina is the Executive Director/Founder and CEO of Exodus Transitional Community, Inc. While serving his 12 year prison sentence, Mr. Medina’s faith in God and belief in his fellow man forced him to see the layers of pain and desire to change that existed within each person in prison. Upon his release, Julio pledged to do all in his power to create a safer community and to instill hope in men and women returning home from prison.

The creation of Exodus Transitional Community is Julio’s fulfillment of his faith and mission. Under his leadership, Exodus has served over 7,000 men and women and has become one of the most successful re-entry programs throughout the country. Julio Medina and Exodus have been featured on C-Span, the New York Times, the Economist, and several other media outlets. In 2010 Julio received the EL Award, from El Diario La Prensa, which recognizes outstanding Latinos for their accomplishments and contributions to the Latino community. Julio also travels to prisons across the state to meet with and listen to the men he left behind, as their faith and encouragement have been the inspiration for Exodus and for his own personal transformation. In July of 2014 Julio was appointed to Governor Cuomo's Council on Community Re-entry and Reintegration.

Julio holds a B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany, a M.Div. from New York Theological Seminary and is presently a Doctoral candidate in Ministry at New York Theological Seminary.

Rudy Holder Contract Manager

Rudy Holder
Contract Manager

Rudy Holder is Exodus’s longest standing staff member second only to Mr. Medina himself. Rudy came through Exodus as a participant in 2003 after a twelve-year incarceration. The following year he was hired to work at the front desk when Julio recognized his energy and enthusiasm for the Exodus community. Since then Rudy has held almost every position in the organization, from Job Developer to Workshop Facilitator to Contract Coach. He is best known for his work as Retention Manager, tasked with re-engaging those members of our flock whose attendance has dropped off and who haven’t been seen for a while. Rudy is currently the Site Supervisor of East Harlem and oversees our Substance Abuse and Anger Management night groups.

"Being at Exodus is not a money thing for me," says Rudy, "it's a livelihood. It's a ministry, to give back."

Tomasina Salcedo Executive Administrative Assistant

Tomasina Salcedo

Executive Administrative Assistant

For nearly six years, Tomasina has been providing support to the Founder/Executive Director of Exodus and has been managing financial and human resources related matters. As part of her responsibilities, Tomasina attends social, political, and educational events for the purpose of networking and furthering the mission of ETC.; she also collaborate efforts with the Associate Director, Development Director, Program Manager, Board of Directors, and Consultants amongst other .  In 2009, she was awarded the Frank and Lisina Award for her consistent patience, support, concern, love and advocacy at Exodus. “Exodus does not make you feel like you are working when you are. Its passion, faith and love is geared towards those who are in need of guidance and support.”

Tomasina has an A.A. in Business Administrative Management from Berkeley College. She is also a licensed Hair Stylist and Cosmetologist, and has obtained a certificate in Non-Profit Management from Hostos Community College. In 2013 she became a Certified Billing & Coding Specialist. Tomasina also recently received her Notary Public license.

Jean Coaxum Cook and Correspondence Secretary

Jean Coaxum

Cook and Correspondence Secretary

After serving 23 years in prison, Jean was determined to change her life. With no place to live, she enrolled in a transitional housing facility and sought help to cope with her new reality. Thankfully, she was referred to Exodus by her roommate. The staff helped her navigate the subway system and get acquainted with her surroundings. After a few months of participation, she enrolled in our mentoring program, where she learned how to be an effective mentor to young children and also participated in computer classes. Upon completion of both programs, Jean joined the Exodus staff. For the past seven years, she has been responsible for the preparation of meals, our clothing closet, and assisting in the administrative office. She also started the women’s group here at Exodus where she provides a safe haven for women to freely express themselves and work through their struggles in a supportive environment.


Board of Directors

Robert Hall
Wayne Atwell
Bard Bunaes
Michelle Davila
John Gilbert
David Hobert

Rudolf Laager
Michael Luciano
Yumari Martinez
Katina Rojas Joy
Joe Turner


Frank and Lisina Hoch
Rev. Dr. Lonnie McLeod

Faith Supporters

Abyssinian Baptist Church
Brick Presbyterian Church
Broadway United Church of Christ
Chelsea Community Church
Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies
First Presbyterian Church of Rye
Hitchcock Presbyterian Church
Hope Community
Irvington Presbyterian Church
Marble Collegiate Church
Mount Olive Baptist Church
New Light Baptist Church
Newman Congregational Church
Ossining Presbyterian Church
Park Avenue United Methodist Church
Reformed Church of Bronxville
Riverside Church
Scarsdale Congregational Church
The First Presbyterian Church of Katonah
The United Way of New York City
United Methodist Church at Shrub Oak

Platinum Supporters

Alix & Ruedi Laager
Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Kass
Harriet Gamper
Rossana Rosado
Bob Hall


Foundations and Institutions

Achelis & Bodman Foundations
Ajana Foundation
Arcus Foundation
Department of Criminal Justice Services
Emory University Oxford College
Esperanza USA
Fidelity Charitable Trust
New York Community Trust
New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision
Porticus Foundation
Public/Private Ventures
The Good Men Foundation
The Pinkerton Foundation
The Ruth Fund
The Union Square Awards
The Wyman Foundation
United States Department of Health & Human Services
United States Department of Justice - Office of Justice Programs
United States Department of Labor
Westchester Community Foundation


15 Years to Life - Art & Prison Life
Children of Parents With AIDS
Coalition for Juvenile Justice
Columbia University Young Men's Clinic
Community Justice Network for Youth
DEMOS - Voter Restoration Campaign
Episcopal Social Services
Hope for New York
Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison
Keep the Trust
Neighborhood Defenders Services
New York Theological Seminary - Sing Sing Prison Program
Rising Hope, Inc. - College Education in Prison
Saving Our Society
Strive International
Voices Unbroken