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 Manager, Newark Community Solutions
In her role as case manager, Shahida is responsible for providing a wide range of court-based clinical and social services to a diverse adult population within the Newark Municipal Court. Services include intake screenings, clinical assessments, treatment recommendations, referrals to community-based providers, compliance monitoring, and comprehensive case management. Shahida also facilitates the onsite Substance Abuse Treatment Readiness group which is a two-day psycho-educational group for clients who report alcohol and or drug abuse issues. Shahida obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Rutgers University with a minor in Education, and is currently attending Rutgers University Graduate School of Social Work.
Hotspot Coordinator, Newark Community Solutions
In his capacity as the hotspot coordinator, Antonio Fernandez is responsible for supervising the projects’ efforts to prevent neighborhood shootings by providing supportive programming to young adults who are at-risk of being the victims or perpetrators of gun violence. Prior to joining Newark Community Solutions, Mr. Fernandez worked as a case manager and success advocate for the Center for Community Alternatives, a program of the Brooklyn Justice Corps in Brooklyn, NY. In addition, Mr. Fernandez speak professionally to police and gang units, including The Virginia Gang Investigator’s Association, on how to deal with gang-involved youth in their communities. Mr. Fernandez has also worked with the National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights, Al Sharpton and the National Action Network, and Mothers against Police Brutality. Internationally, Mr. Fernandez has worked with the governments of Ecuador and Spain in mediating internal conflicts between rival gang factions.
Youth Developer, Newark Community Solutions
Jasmine Harden is the case developer for the Newark Youth Court. In this capacity, Ms. Harden is responsible for coordinating with referral sources and sanction providers to ensure high compliance rates and sanction quality. Jasmine works directly with respondents and their families on their sanction completion, effectively reporting the outcome of each case to referral sources. Before joining the Newark Youth Court, Ms. Harden interned with the Youth and Young Adult program at The Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services in New York where she shadowed court representatives and helped young adults navigate the New York juvenile justice system. In addition, Jasmine served as a behavioral technician for a residential facility in Bridgewater, NJ which served young women ages 12 -18. Jasmine received her BA in Justice Studies from Montclair State University where she is currently pursuing an MA in Child Advocacy and Policy.
Resource Coordinator, Newark Community Solutions
Program Coordinator, Newark Community Solutions
In her role as Newark Youth Court program coordinator, 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.