Newark Community Solutions Staff
Director of Technology & New Jersey Programs
Jethro Antoine is currently the director of technology and director of New Jersey programs at the Center for Court Innovation. He oversees the organization’s technology programs and program initiatives in New Jersey. Mr. Antoine was the founding project director of Newark Community Solutions, where he oversaw all aspects of the project, including programming, operations, development, and services. From 2007 to 2010, he was the project’s principle planner. Prior to that, Mr. Antoine was the deputy director of the Center for Court Innovation’s technology team where he helped stakeholders and partner agencies integrate process improvements and new technologies into their organizations. Before joining the Center, Mr. Antoine practiced law. He also served as a senior management consultant in the public and private sectors. He is a graduate of New York University, New York Law School, and Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Case Developer, Newark Community Solutions
Alternative Sanctions Specialist, Newark Community Solutions
Raul Hernandez is an alternative sanctions specialist at Newark Community Solutions. In this role, Mr. Hernandez serves as the primary liaison and representative between clinical staff and courtroom staff. Mr. Hernandez is responsible for assessing the suitability of defendants who are arraigned at the court for various alternative sanctions and making appropriate recommendations to the judge. Before he joined Newark Community Solutions, Mr. Hernandez led youth mentoring and recreational programs at the Bridge Youth in Elizabeth, New Jersey.
Court Operations Coordinator, Newark Community Solutions
Project Director, UPNEXT
In her role as senior planner, Awinna oversees the day-to-day operations of the Newark Youth Court, supervising and managing Youth Court participants, staff, interns, and volunteers. Before joining Newark Community Solutions, Awinna served as the Community Law and Policy Fellow at the Center for Collaborative Change in Newark, NJ, where she was the Research Lead for the 2012 Newark Needs and Impact Assessment—a report that identified the greatest areas for community need as indicated by both quantitative data and the opinions and insights of community stakeholders and Newark residents. Awinna has also facilitated teen violence workshops and aided victims of domestic violence in obtaining orders of protection as part of the CAP program at Sanctuary for Families. Awinna holds a BA from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, a JD from Rutgers School of Law-Newark, and is a licensed attorney in New Jersey.
Project Director, Newark Community Solutions
Kelly Mulligan-Brown is the project director at Newark Community Solutions, New Jersey’s first community court program. Ms. Brown oversees all program operations for Newark Community Solutions, the Newark Youth Court, and the Newark United Against Violence initiative. Ms. Brown has been with Newark Community Solutions since its inception, serving as the project’s first resource coordinator. Before joining Newark Community Solutions, Ms. Brown worked as a state-certified psychiatric screener with The Psychiatric Emergency Screening Program at Bergen Regional Medical Center in Paramus, NJ. Ms. Brown also worked in case management and jail diversion for the Integrated Case Management Services unit of Care Plus NJ. Ms. Brown graduated from Lafayette College and John Jay College of Criminal Justice with a Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology.
Clinical Coordinator, Newark Community Solutions
Colleen Smith is the clinical coordinator at Newark Community Solutions. In this role, Ms. Smith oversees the clinical components of the program including psycho-educational groups, individual case management, clinical assessment, and referrals for mental health and substance abuse treatment. In addition, Ms. Smith provides clinical supervision to Newark Youth Court and the Newark United against Violence initiative, a collaboration between Newark Community Solutions, the Newark Office of Reentry, and the Newark Police Department. Ms. Smith supervises a team of clinical staff and case managers as well as Bachelor's and Master's level interns. Prior to joining Newark Community Solutions, Ms. Smith served as the Clinical Supervisor for Community Education Centers where she oversaw clinical services to clients on three units of a residential treatment facility for Essex and Union County inmates and state parolees. She graduated from McGill University and received a Master’s in Social Work from New York University.
Clinical Specialist, Newark Community Solutions
Tonya Tucker is a clinical specialist at Newark Community Solutions. In this capacity Ms. Tucker is responsible for providing a range of court-based clinical and social services to adult defendants coming through the Newark Municipal Court, including intake screening, clinical assessments, treatment recommendations, referrals to community-based providers, compliance monitoring, on-site psycho-educational groups, case management, crisis intervention, and counseling services. Before she joined Newark Community Solutions, Ms. Tucker had served in various capacities with several New Jersey agencies that serve incarcerated and reentering populations including The New Jersey Association on Correction’s FORGE Project and Essex County College’s W.I.S.E. Women’s Center. Ms. Tucker graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in Social Work.