Our Team

Justin Paperny graduated from the University of Southern California, then built his career as a successful stockbroker. His practice at notable firms that included Bear Stearns and UBS, specialized in representing professional athletes and hedge funds. Some bad decisions led Justin into problems with the criminal justice system, including a felony conviction for violating securities laws.


Michael Santos served 26 years in federal prisons of every security level. While incarcerated he earned a bachelor’s degree from Mercer University and a master’s degree from Hofstra University. Michael’s commitment to success during his first decade prepared him to write several books (including Earning Freedom and Inside: Life Behind Bars in America) that university professors use to educate students about the prison system.

White Collar Advice and Prison Professors teaches lessons that empower people to live a life of relevance before, during, and after confinement.



Shon Hopwood’s unusual legal journey began not at law school, but federal prison, where he learned to write briefs for other prisoners while serving a 12-year sentence for bank robberies.

Two petitions for certiorari he prepared were later granted review by the United States Supreme Court, and he won cases for other prisoners in federal courts across the country. Since he became a licensed attorney, Shon’s record of success has continued. In 2016 alone, he won three federal habeas appeals before the Fourth and Eighth Circuit Courts of Appeals.



Rosanne Clausen is the co-founder of Strong Prison Wives & Families, a 501 c3 non profit organization with more than 50,000 members.

Ro has provided extensive support and private counsel to wives, girlfriends, sisters, mothers, and family members who have an incarcerated loved one since 2008. During that time, she has also become an expert in dealing with Bureau of Prison’s policies, procedures and staff.

Ingrid Lederhaas-Okun received her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University followed by graduate studies at Christie’s Education in London and the Gemological Institute of America which led to a successful career in jewelry at a luxury goods firm in New York City.

In 2013, upon being made redundant at her firm, Ingrid made a life altering mistake which led to a felony conviction and a prison sentence.

Jennifer Myers is an author, speaker, and an associate Prison Professor. She works with our team as a coach, and she works to end our country’s problem with mass incarceration. Jennifer helps clients who want to qualify for alternatives to incarceration and the best possible experience in prison.

Jennifer grew up among the cornfields as a Midwestern farm girl. After graduating with a B.F.A in Dance and Choreography, she moved to Chicago where she toured as a performer and as a choreographer. Eventually, Jennifer became the artistic director of her own dance company.

Matthew Hagy graduated from The College of New Jersey with a BA in Health and Physical Education, and a Master’s in Educational Leadership. He also had 4 highly successful years of college football while at TCNJ.

Matthew is a Certified Health Coach and successful business leader of his company Shaping Lives, LLC. He and his team have helped over 1,400 people lose thousands of pounds while providing them with the proper coaching, tools and knowledge to maintain a healthy body weight.


Gerard W. Bryant, Ph.D. has worked as a psychologist for over 37 years in a wide variety of clinical settings, to include non-profit, government, higher education and private sectors. In these settings he has provided individual and group therapy, crisis intervention and psychological assessment services. He has an extensive background in forensic psychology and the supervision of psychological professionals working in forensic settings.


Lance Charen served 10 months at the Federal Prison Camp in Cumberland, Maryland. He entered prison intent on making the most of the time ahead of him. He lost more than 100 lbs, and read more than 100 books while also developing multiple business plans and re-evaluating past choices, relationships with friends and family and identifying what was really important to him and his future.


Beth Neugass has worked in the field of criminal justice for over 30 years. From 1985 to 1991, Beth was a New Jersey state Probation Officer who conducted presentence investigations and wrote presentence reports on offenders awaiting sentencing. In 1991, Beth became a Federal Probation Officer with the United States Probation Office for the District of New Jersey, retiring as Senior Deputy Chief in October 2018, after over 27 years of service. In that capacity, Beth assisted the Chief in all personnel matters and in making operational and administrative decisions.


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About The Company

I’m Justin Paperny with White Collar Advice. Since you’re on this page, I’m assuming that either you’re concerned about the possibility of serving a sentence in federal prison, or you’re concerned about someone who may be going to prison.

Either way, at White Collar Advice, we can help. It’s never too soon and it’s never too late to begin preparing for a federal prison sentence. Let me explain why. Statistics show how easily an altercation with the criminal justice system can derail an individual’s life. Besides the indignity of an arrest, or notification that authorities have launched a criminal investigation, those who’ve been targeted by law enforcement must deal with ancillary consequences:

  • How will this altercation influence my career and earning capacity?
  • How will my life change if I’m sentenced to prison?
  • How will a term of confinement influence my family members?

Clearly, anyone facing such challenges should consult with a competent defense attorney. A lawyer will provide guidance to help people through the criminal justice system.

Unfortunately, simply allowing a defense attorney to navigate the seemingly endless processes associated with the system may not be enough. Statistics show that problems with the law lead more than 50% of all criminal defendants into cycles of cascading difficulties. All too often, those problems come with ancillary consequences that extend far beyond the finding of guilt or sanctions that a judge may impose. Defense attorneys provide representation and counsel through those processes. Yet when advising clients who are sentenced to prison on what to expect, defense attorneys refer their clients to White Collar Advice for assistance.

At White Collar Advice we provide solutions to empower individuals, helping them to regain their footing and prepare for the best possible outcome.

We’re not lawyers and we do not dispense legal advice. Our testimonials confirm our qualifications at helping defendants prepare for the best possible outcome, even if they must endure a journey through the Bureau of Prisons. The Blueprint Program, together with our coaching and narratives program, guides those who want to learn how:

  • To serve the least amount of time possible.
  • To make favorable impressions at sentencing.
  • To serve the sentence in a federal prison camp or the lowest possible security level.
  • To restore confidence, establish relevance, and live a life of meaning during confinement.
  • To return to society with a clear path to a new career.

Our White Collar Advice consultants have all mastered a journey through the Bureau of Prisons, succeeding in ways what few would’ve thought possible. They returned to society strong, with their dignity intact and thriving careers. The impeccable credentials of White Collar Advice consultants are easily verifiable and totally transparent. In fact, we encourage clients to do their independent due diligence through Internet searches of our names. Clients will not find any individual or organization with more experience in mastering the Bureau of Prisons, and more importantly, returning to society strong. We teach clients how to seize opportunities and prepare for a successful journey through federal prison.

What We Do:

White Collar Advice provides a menu of products and services that teach others how they too can prepare to make the most of their journey. We cannot change the past for anyone. Yet we absolutely can teach strategies that lead to the conquering of adversity and the restoration of dignity. Every individual has power within to build upon strengths. At White Collar Advice, we provide guidance to empower others who want to tap their strengths, to reclaim their life, to emerge from difficult experiences stronger than anyone would expect. By teaching others about every aspect of the prison system, we show them how they can prepare to minimize the downside and maximize the upside.

Who We Are and What Differentiates Us:

The White Collar Advice service differs from the typical prison consultant. Many so-called prison consultants masquerade as experts, citing time they served as their credential. They sell fear, preying upon people who are more vulnerable than ever. Other prison consultants built careers working as functionaries of the prison system—former prison guards who contributed to the intergenerational failure factories. After leaving the barbed-wire bureaucracies, those former prison guards brand themselves as “prison consultants” and attempt to provide guidance on what individuals should expect while serving time.

Such individuals have not mastered the challenges associated with confinement. Yet they sell services suggesting that they can advise others. We recognize that many prison consultants are distasteful, bordering on sleazy in their approach to dispensing guidance.

At White Collar Advice, we’re different.

Rather than offering the boilerplate information that anyone can find online, our programs guide people to success.

Clients and their family members routinely tell us that lessons they learned from White Collar Advice were the greatest value they received through their unfortunate experience. Our products and services do more than prepare individuals for the journey ahead. They also restore the confidence and dignity that the criminal justice system seems designed to extinguish.

Defense attorneys, criminal defendants, and those who want to learn about mastering the prison system will find White Collar Advice an outstanding resource. In addition to teaching how to prepare for prison, White Collar Advice’s programs teach individuals how to reposition themselves for a successful life.

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