About us

Our History

Leadership of our organization have been providing trainings in de-escalation and mentorships for 30 years. Many of our team members have been working with Dr. Eddie Woods and Mr. Norman Martin since childhood and now continue to mentor young individuals into better lifestyles.


Cities United awarded Innovators Award to founder for NMRD


Helped Louisville experience 22% reduction in homicides & shootings from 2017

Trained Indianapolis team. Indianapolis experienced 8% reduction in 2019

2016 - 2017

Launched Pivot 2 Peace with PEP and University of Louisville Hospital

Received grant from Metro Council to add more team members. Trained in CV model


Cheri Hamilton and David James introduce No More Red Dots


First YPHAL/ WUSSUP Conference. 260 gang members/ gang impacted youth involved


TWC becomes the LIFE Institute, Inc. G​ang violence intervention begins. Dr. Eddie an​d Norman Martin meet


The Woods Company (TWC) is started by husband and wife, Eddie and Annette Woods

Since 1991

Dr. Eddie Woods and his wife Annette Woods began the LIFE Institute in 1991, bringing awareness to the risk reduction model and the importance of positive youth development.  They have helped countless young people and adults alike using the risk reduction model in Louisville Kentucky and it has worked for many for decades. Dr. Woods now coaches his team to follow the model and continues to innovate in order to reach youth troubled by gun violence all over the country.


The mission of No More Red Dots (NMRD) continues to help end gun violence in Louisville and whatever communities we are in. We are a group of trained intervention professionals that recruit those youth who favor and/or are impacted by gun violence to be involved in our mentorship group and other programs.

The goal is to change the attitude and behaviors of our participants by teaching then the value of peace and human life. Our programs are creating a viable way to maintain positive behaviors and keep first and moderate offenders from becoming a recidivist and falling deeper into negative life-styles.

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Core Team

Dr. Eddie Woods, CEO

Dr. Woods strives everyday to provide for his team and the organization as a whole, all the while helping his mentees and those who need help. 

You can follow him on Twitter.

Norman Martin, Director of Community Engagement

Mr. Norman is Mentor and communicator with many of our partners. On a bi-weekly basis he provides our Portland site with food from Kentucky Harvest food drive. 

Darin Woods, Director of Intervention Services

Darin is also supervisor for our Portland site. He works with youth on music production and often provides music for our videos and media.

Kimberly Foree, Outreach Supervisor

Kim is the head of our outreach team and in charge of data entry. She is also working on the Peace Through Fashion program for youth interested in fashion design.

Doree Woods-Brown, Programs Director, Web Design

Doree directs the Peace Through the Arts program and handles our website and database. She also creates visuals for the structure of our programs and writes grants for the organization.

Mark Brown, Programs Director, Creative Director

Mark directs our Peace Through the Arts program and designs program structure for the organization. He also plans many of our events and creates our video and social media content. 

Board Members

Ted Nixon

Kim Moore

Dr. Eddie Woods

Keith Talley

Robert Moore

Board Consultant

Mary Gwen Wheeler