Director of Programs and Re-Entry Services
Russelle Miller-Hill, affectionately known as Rusti, is New Hour’s re-entry services program coordinator and our primary educational facilitator in the Riverhead Correctional Facility. She provides instruction in health and wellness, re-entry into the Community, and Parenting. Rusti has been a community advocate, motivational speaker and consultant on topics of addiction, reentry, housing, correctional health and the needs of women impacted by these issues. Rusti graduated from Metropolitan College of New York with a Bachelors Degree in Human Services, She is a Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor Trainee (CASAC-T) and State Certified Recovery Peer Advocate (CRPA) Rusti has been a tireless community organizer and advocate for women who have no voice.While incarcerated at Albion Correctional Facility in New York, she was one of the earliest beneficiaries of the AIDS Counseling and Education program; a prison based peer initiative, and became a Resource Education and AIDS Counseling Health (REACH) peer educator. She then went on to become the Deputy of Prison Programs at Path Stone Corporation as an advocate, providing transitional services, HIV testing and peer education. She also co-chaired the Correctional Association's Women in Prison Project’s Conditions on the Inside Committee that in 2008 led advocacy to pass landmark New York State legislation to create oversight of NYS Correction's HIV and Hepatitis C programs by the State Department of Health. Rusti has been featured in a wide variety of publications, videos, and documentaries, including The New York Times, Ebony Magazine, POZ magazine, The House on Fire, Sisters Keepers, and Rusti's Story. Her source of inspiration is her husband, children, and grandchildren.