Staff

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Nida Abbasi
Coordinator, Domestic Violence Programs

As coordinator for the Center’s domestic violence programs, Nida Abbasi provides expert assistance to courts and communities seeking to enhance their approach to domestic and sexual violence. Prior to joining the Center, Ms. Abbasi worked as a civil legal aid attorney in Illinois and represented domestic violence survivors on orders of protection and family law matters. She has also worked on policy reform and gender-based violence issues in Detroit, Chicago, and Cape Town. Ms. Abbasi holds a B.A from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.

Heather Abreu
Deputy Director, Staten Island Youth Justice Center

Heather Abreu is the program director of Advocate, Intervene, Mentor (AIM), which is part of the Staten Island Youth Justice Center. AIM serves as an alternative to placement program that provides intensive mentoring and advocacy support to youth who otherwise would not receive a community-based disposition in Family Court. Heather assisted in the development and roll-out of the program and continues to oversee the implementation of services. Prior to joining the Center in September 2012, Heather worked as a clinician and as a supervisor in the fields of substance abuse treatment/prevention and vocational rehabilitation. Heather has spoken at forums and events throughout Staten Island on these topics and has been recognized for her work. Heather is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. She is trained in Solution- Focused Brief Therapy and earned a Family Development for Supervisors Credential issued by the University of Connecticut. Heather earned her Masters of Education in Rehabilitative Counseling from Hunter College, CUNY.

Mark Adams
Bed-Stuy Outreach Worker and Violence Interrupter Supervisor, Crown Heights Community Mediation Center

Shaina Adjei
Social Worker, Supervised Release, Bronx Community Solutions

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Julian Adler
Director of Research-Practice Strategies

Julian Adler is the director of Research-Practice Strategies at the Center for Court Innovation, which synergizes the agency’s three primary areas of work: research, operating programs, and expert assistance. Research-Practice Strategies seeks to improve justice system responses to both defendants and victims, to promote racial justice, and to expand the use of restorative practices. Mr. Adler directs the Center’s work on the MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge, an initiative to reduce over-incarceration by changing the way America thinks about and uses jails. He also works on the development of holistic evidence-based and evidence-generating practices, including assessment instruments and short-term interventions. Mr. Adler previously served as the director of the Red Hook Community Justice Center in Brooklyn, New York, and he led the planning and implementation of Brooklyn Justice Initiatives. He also led the planning process for the Kings County Court-based Intervention and Resource Team and assisted with planning and start-up operations for Newark Community Solutions. Mr. Adler is a New York State licensed clinical social worker and attorney.

Rosa Aguirre
Supervised Release Resource Coordinator, Bronx Community Solutions

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Mohammed Alam
External Affairs Manager, Midtown Community Court

Mohammed Alam is the External Affairs Manager at the Midtown Community Court, where he manages social media and assists with community conditions panel meetings, site visits, and partnership development. Mohammed has extensive political and government experience. He has worked for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Congressman Charles Rangel, and former New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. During the summer of 2012, he served as a Volunteer Associate at the White House, Executive Office of the President. He graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Public Policy and Public Affairs from The Colin Powell School at The City College of New York. Mohammed plans to pursue a degree in law.

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Liberty Aldrich
Director, Domestic Violence & Family Court Programs

Liberty Aldrich oversees the planning and implementation of the Center's Domestic Violence initiatives. This includes providing technical assistance to domestic violence courts, integrated domestic violence courts, family courts, and sex offender programs across the country. As General Counsel, Ms. Aldrich provides legal support to the Center's director, senior management team, and program directors on contract, personnel, real estate, and compliance issues. Prior to joining the Center, Ms. Aldrich was the director of legal services at Safe Horizon, where she represented domestic violence victims in family and supreme courts and federal immigration proceedings, in addition to supervising staff attorneys and program development. Ms. Aldrich is the co-founder and a current director of Legal Information for Families Today, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to informing New Yorkers about their legal rights in family court. She has authored numerous articles on domestic violence law and policy, and she received the Association of the Bar of the City of New York’s annual Equal Access to Justice award in 2000. Ms. Aldrich graduated from Harvard University and New York University School of Law.

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Maria Almonte-Weston
Project Director, Bronx Community Solutions

Maria Almonte-Weston is currently the project director for Bronx Community Solutions, the largest effort at going to scale with problem-solving by applying that approach to all misdemeanor cases in the Bronx Criminal Court Division. Prior to that position, Ms. Almonte-Weston worked at the Midtown Community Court where she provided direct case management and counseling services to mandated and voluntary clients. Ms. Almonte-Weston also collaborated with the NYPD to offer street outreach services to a homeless population living in the west Midtown area. Ms. Almonte-Weston received her Master's degree from Hunter School of Social Work which has enabled her to integrate those clinical skills within a non-clinical environment like the criminal justice system.

Catherine Anderson
Social Worker, Red Hook Community Justice Center

Andre Anteliz
Court Liaison, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives

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Jethro Antoine
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.

Leslie Arias
Intake Specialist, Bronx Community Solutions

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Aaron Arnold
Director Drug Court &Tribal Programs

As director of drug court programs, Aaron Arnold oversees the Center's national training and technical assistance for drug courts and assists New York’s Unified Court System in developing and training drug treatment courts across New York State. Mr. Arnold also directs the Center's Tribal Justice Exchange, which seeks to promote the sharing of information between state and tribal courts, assist tribal communities in enhancing their justice systems, and explore ways in which state courts can benefit from traditional tribal justice practices. Before joining the Center, Mr. Arnold was a prosecutor with the Maricopa County Attorney's Office in Phoenix, Arizona, where he gained first-hand experience working in several problem-solving courts. He has also worked as a litigation associate at Fennemore Craig, one of Arizona's oldest law firms. Mr. Arnold is a native of Syracuse and a graduate of Cornell University and the University of Arizona College of Law.

Vctor Arzu
Violence Interrupter, Morrisania

Brian Atkins
Violence Interrupter, Morrisania

Jessica Bachman
Employment Specialist, Harlem Community Justice Center

Jett Bachman
Special Programs Assistant, Crown Heights Mediation Center

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Linda Baird
Associate Director, Youth Justice Programs

Linda Baird is the associate director of Youth Justice Programs. Ms. Baird manages the Center’s Youth Justice Board program, including curriculum design, lesson planning, outreach to program partners, facilitating Board sessions, and supervising a program associate and interns. Ms. Baird led the development of the Youth Justice Board’s 2009 curriculum and operations tool kit and supports technical assistance initiatives related to youth program development. She also oversees the Center’s Police-Youth Dialogue Project, funded by the federal office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS). Through this project, the Center will publish a tool kit in 2014 summarizing promising practices associated with positive teen-police communication. Ms. Baird earned a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and a M.Ed. from Lesley University.

Shubha Balasubramanyam
Product Manager, Technology & Innovation

Shubha Bala is the program manager for Technology and Innovation at the Center for Court Innovation. In this capacity, she is responsible for identifying, implementing, and evaluating technology that helps Center programs and their clients. Ms. Bala has a wide range of technology experience, in both established and start-up organizations. In addition to her work in non-profit technology, Ms. Bala has worked in program design and international development. She is an expert in a range of technologies used in the justice system, especially technologies that can reduce the use of jail. She holds a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from the University of Toronto and a masters in international affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

DawnMarie Barbato
ATD & After school Program Coordinator

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Raye Barbieri
Senior Director, Youth and Community Programs and Planning

Raye Barbieri currently leads all juvenile justice, youth justice, and community-based programming and operations at the Center, including two Youth Justice Centers, two Community Justice and Mediation Centers, as well as all Youth Justice Capacity Building and a range of youth diversion, restorative justice, and community-service learning initiatives at multiple community justice locations. Raye also oversees the Center’s gun violence prevention work and concurrently directs the Center’s Planning and Development Department, coordinating, fundraising, grant management, and planning efforts. Since joining the Center in 1995, Ms. Barbieri has served in multiple roles, spearheading wide-scale planning and implementation for drug courts, family treatment courts, community justice centers, and youth and juvenile programming. From 2012 to 2014, Ms. Barbieri served as New York City’s Deputy Commissioner for the Division of Youth and Family Justice at the Administration for Children’s Services where she oversaw all city-run juvenile detention, juvenile placement, and a continuum of community-based alternatives for justice-involved youth. Ms. Barbieri also spearheaded the implementation of “Close to Home”– a full-scale realignment of the juvenile justice system in New York City allowing youth requiting confinement on delinquency proceedings to avoid state-run correctional settings far from home, and instead receive wraparound, rehabilitative, and educational services in small evidence-based group homes located in the city, close to their homes, communities, and with the ongoing participation of their families. Prior to joining the Center, Ms. Barbieri served as a social worker with the Legal Aid Society. She holds a BSW from Wheelock College and an MSSW from Columbia University. She is an adjunct associate professor of social work at Columbia and is a member of the North American Council for Juvenile Justice at the International Juvenile Justice Observatory.

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Cathy Barker-Anderson
Coordinator of Community Programs, Queens Youth Justice Center

Cathy Barker Anderson is the coordinator of community programs with Queens Engagement Strategies for Teens (QUEST), a community-based project offering alternative-to-detention and youth development programs for teens. In this capacity, she works with the after-school and community supervision program with youths arrested on delinquency charges. Mrs. Anderson also serves at the coordinator for the QUEST Youth Court, a program in which local teenagers serve as jurors, judges, and attorneys in actual cases involving peers. As coordinator, she trains members on the various roles of the youth court, facilitates sessions, conducts outreach with community members, and manages the cases referred to the youth court from schools, police precincts, probation, and the law department. She joined the Center in 2004, initially working with the Red Hook Community Justice Center as the Red Hook Youth Court coordinator. She later worked at Crown Heights Community Mediation Center, where she launched a Truancy Intervention Program and Youth Court in a neighborhood junior high school in Crown Heights. Mrs. Anderson has a B.S. in Criminal Justice from John Jay College, with a minor in Psychology.

Albert Barnes
Help Desk Associate, Red Hook Community Justice Center

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Kate Barrow
Director of Staff Training & Development

Kate Barrow is the director of staff training and development for the Center. She joined the Center in 2009, and has worked at Midtown Community Court, Bronx Family Court, and the Red Hook Community Justice Center, prior to her current role. Her work has focused on providing services to and developing programs for marginalized people, including homeless queer youth, trauma-survivors, trans* sex workers, young people with serious mental health issues, and systems-involved youth, families, and adults. Ms. Barrow is an adjunct professor at New York University, where she co-teaches courses on anti-oppressive social work practice, and social work in criminal justice settings. She completed her undergraduate studies at Naropa University in Contemplative Psychology and received her MSW from the Silver School of Social Work at NYU. She was named an emerging social work leader by the National Association of Social Workers New York City Chapter in 2014. She is a licensed clinical social worker.

Patricia Becerril
Court Liaison, Brooklyn Justice Initiative

Patricia Becerril is a court liaison with Brooklyn Justice Initiatives. Previously, she worked as a criminal defense paralegal with the Legal Aid Society in the Bronx. Ms. Becerril is a member of the National Criminal Justice Honors Society. She hold a master’s degree in criminal justice with a concentration in human services.

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Precious Benally
Senior Associate, Drug Court Programs and Tribal Exchange

Precious Benally is a senior associate with the Center’s Department of Drug Court Programs and Tribal Justice Exchange. She provides training and technical assistance for drug treatment courts and tribal justice systems across the country. She also assists with the implementation and administration of the Center’s tribal justice demonstration projects, including the Red Hook Peacemaking Program, where she serves as a trained peacemaker. Precious holds a B.A. in Philosophy and Native American Studies from Dartmouth College. She obtained her law degree from Columbia Law School, where she focused on international indigenous law and policy, peacemaking and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. She was 2012-13 President of the National Native American Law Students Association. Precious is a citizen of the Diné (Navajo) Nation.

Robin Berg
Senior Planner

Robin Berg is the deputy project director of Bronx Community Solutions where she is responsible for the day-to-day management of project operations, assisting with grant writing and reporting, and research projects. Prior to this she was an intern at Jacobi Medical Center and Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, working in a clinical capacity with patients and their families. She has also worked for the Domestic Violence Programs at the Center as a program associate. Ms. Berg received her B.A. from Vassar College and holds a licensed Master's of Science degree in Social Work from Columbia University.

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Greg Berman
Director

Greg Berman is the director of the Center for Court Innovation. Part of the founding team responsible for creating the Center, he has helped guide the organization from start-up to an annual budget of more than $35 million. He has accepted numerous national and local awards on behalf of the Center, including the Peter F. Drucker Award for Non-profit Innovation. He is the author/co-author of Reducing Crime, Reducing Incarceration: Essays on Criminal Justice Innovation (Quid Pro Books, 2014), Trial & Error in Criminal Justice Reform: Learning from Failure (Urban Institute Press, 2010) and Good Courts: The Case for Problem-Solving Justice (The New Press, 2005). He has contributed to numerous books and periodicals, including The Wall Street Journal, The Judges Journal (guest editor), New Statesman, The Guardian, Huffington Post, National Law Journal, and Chronicle of Philanthropy. Prior to being named director of the Center for Court Innovation in 2002, he served as deputy director of the Center and as the lead planner of the Red Hook Community Justice Center. In the early 1990s, while working for the New York Foundation, he created the New York Common Application, a universal form designed to expedite the foundation grant proposal process for community groups in the New York area. He has also worked in development (New Israel Fund) and as a freelance journalist (Providence Journal). He has served on numerous boards and task forces including: New York City Board of Correction (appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg), New York City Criminal Justice Agency, Wesleyan Center for Prison Education, Coro New York, Centre for Justice Innovation (chair), Sloan Public Service Awards, Poets House, Police Foundation, Mayor Bill de Blasio public safety transition team, and Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance transition team. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University and a former Coro Fellow in Public Affairs.

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Amanda Berman
Project Director, Red Hook Community Justice Center

Amanda Berman is the project director of the Red Hook Community Justice Center, the nation's first multi-jurisdictional community court. Ms. Berman leads an interdisciplinary team of staff members who assess and link defendants with services, monitor compliance, oversee community restitution projects, assist victims, and collaborate with government and community stakeholders to promote principles of procedural justice, community engagement, and problem-solving. Prior to joining the Center for Court Innovation, Ms. Berman served as the senior director of court advocacy for the Fortune Society, where she oversaw court operations for alternative-to-incarceration programs. Ms. Berman began her career as a public defender at The Bronx Defenders, where she represented clients on cases ranging from misdemeanors to violent felonies and homicides. She also served as a trainer, supervisor, and team leader at the organization. Ms. Berman holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law and a B.A. from Brown University.

Willie Bernandez
Intake Specialist, Bronx Community Solutions

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Stephen Blomstedt
Tech Support Analyst

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Debbie Boar
Deputy Director of Reentry Initiatives, Harlem Community Justice Center

Debbie Boar oversees the Harlem Community Justice Center's reentry and young adult justice initiatives, including the Harlem Parole Reentry Court, the Reentry Family and Faith Circles of Support, and the Upper Manhattan Reentry Task Force, which use an interdisciplinary approach to address the challenges confronting high-risk individuals returning from incarceration. She also supervises the Harlem Justice Corps, an intensive career development, education, and community service program for justice-involved young men and women, ages 18-24. As deputy director, Ms. Boar designs and implements population specific, evidence-based offender reentry strategies, strengthens partnerships among stakeholders, and provides expert assistance to jurisdictions seeking to develop reentry programs. Prior to this position, Ms. Boar served as a criminal defense attorney at the Legal Aid Society of New York City. She received her B.A. from Haverford College and her J.D. from Rutgers-Newark School of Law.

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Jonelli Borden
Fiscal and Human Rsesources Manager

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Jasmine Bowie
Youth Reentry Coordinator, Brownsville Community Justice Center

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Glen Bracken
Reentry Case Manager, Harlem Community Justice Center

Glen currently works as a reentry case manager at the Harlem Community Justice Center, where he ensures that recently released parolees become connected with needed services. He has years of experience working with the forensic population, both as a case manager with the Parole Transition Program at Palladia, Inc. and as a discharge planner with the Rikers Island Discharge Enhancement Program at Fortune Society. He has also worked as a youth specialist in a non-secure detention facility.

Dida Brassey
Alternative Sanctions Coordinator, Midtown Community Court

Dida Brassey is currently the coordinator of the Alternative Sanctions Department at the Midtown Community Court, where she is responsible for the day to day management of scheduling, monitoring, and maintaining of the court’s document. Mrs. Brassey holds a BS in Human Services and a Master’s in social work from the Hunter School of Social Work. She is also certified crisis counselor and a SAVI volunteer.

Justin Briggs
Youth Justice Associate, Bronx Community Solutions

Justin Briggs is a former AmeriCorps member who is currently a full time staff member at Bronx Community Solutions. Justin wears many hats at Bronx Community Solutions, including intake specialist and community service crew supervisor, as well as the facilitator of the Youth Life Skills class. Justin is also responsible for scheduling clients charged with a DWI offense to be screened and assessed with partnered substance abuse clinics.

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James Brodick
Director of Brooklyn Community Justice Centers – Red Hook & Brownsville

James Brodick oversees the operations of the Brooklyn Community Justice Centers, including the Brownsville Community Justice Center and the Red Hook Community Justice Center. Currently in the planning stage, the Brownsville Community Justice Center is the Center for Court Innovation's newest operating program. Mr. Brodick is working with the New York State Office for Court Administration, elected officials, the Kings County District Attorney's Office, the New York Police Department, community organizations, and residents to build support and raise money for the project. Brownsville will be modeled after the award-winning Red Hook Community Justice Center—the nation’s first multi-jurisdictional community court—which Mr. Brodick directed for seven years. Since joining the Center for Court Innovation in 1998, Mr. Brodick has held several positions, including director of NYC Community Clean-up and deputy director and director of community programs in Red Hook. Mr. Brodick is a graduate of Saint John's University and is a New York State certified mediator.

Gladys Brooks
Outreach Worker, Morrisania

Tarkesha Brown
Outreach Worker, Morrisania

Lawrence Brown
Violence Interrupter, Crown Heights Community Mediation Center

Jessica Bruno-Matlak
Crime Victim Specialist, Red Hook Community Justice Center

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Courtney Bryan
Director of Criminal Justice Operations

Courtney Bryan, as the director of Criminal Justice Operations, helps to plan, support, and oversee a number of criminal justice projects. A member of the Human Trafficking and the State Courts Collaborative team at the Center, she also provides training and technical assistance on court responses to human trafficking and prostitution, and has expertise in issues facing victims of gender-based violence charged with crimes. She has held several positions at the Center both before and after receiving her law degree, most recently as the project director of the Midtown Community Court. She has also provided technical assistance in the areas of community justice and domestic violence. Before returning to the Center in 2008, she was a criminal defense attorney with The Legal Aid Society in Brooklyn, New York. Previously, she was a staff attorney at the National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women, an organization that provides technical assistance to criminal defense attorneys representing battered women defendants. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia and Temple University School of Law.

Sebastian Bullock
Court Liaison, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives

Sebastian Bullock is an employment specialist for the UpNext Program. Mr. Bullock has always had a passion for helping others in his surrounding communities, whether it is through community service work with his fraternity, or through volunteering on holidays to feed the less fortunate. Mr. Bullock was on the Board of Directors for the New York Public Interest Group from 2009-2011. After this position, he went on to begin working for NYPIRG as a Campus Organizer and Project Coordinator, where he taught how to organize political grass roots campaigns. Mr. Bullock holds a BA in American Studies from the SUNY College at Old Westbury.

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John Butler
Problem-Solving Justice Fellow

Kareem Butler
Program Manager, Harlem Community Justice Center

Becca Cadoff
Research Associate

Becca Cadoff is a research associate at the Center for Court Innovation, focusing on onsite research at Bronx Community Solutions and the Midtown Community Court. Before joining the Center, Ms. Cadoff was a data and policy analyst at the New York Civil Liberties Union, where she managed a research project investigating bail-related pretrial detention in jails across New York State and contributed to litigation over the use of solitary confinement in New York’s prisons. Previously, Ms. Cadoff worked at the American Civil Liberties Union and the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. She holds a bachelor’s in social policy from Northwestern University and a master’s of public administration with a focus on policy analysis from New York University.

Tanyah Cain
Parent Coach, Queens Youth Justice Center

Basimah Caldwell
Case Developer, Newark Community Solutions

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Omar Camacho
Intake Specialist, Bronx Community Solutions

Cara Camacho
Program Administrator, Midtown Community Court

Cara Camacho is a program associate for the UpNext Fatherhood and Workforce Development program at Midtown Community Court. Cara started at Midtown as an AmeriCorps intern with the fatherhood program. She also spent several months interning at the Red Hook Community Justice Center as a youth court case manager. She has also worked on the Misdemeanor Evidence Based Assessment research project at Midtown and in the Alternative Sanctions Department. Cara holds a BA from Hunter College in Psychology and is working towards a Master’s degree in Forensic Mental Health Counseling at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Sabrina Carter
Coordinator of Youth and Community Programs, Red Hook Community Justice Center

Sabrina Carter is the coordinator of Youth and Community Programs at the Red Hook Community Justice Center, a demonstration project of the Center for Court Innovation and the nation's first multi-jurisdictional community court. Ms. Carter first joined the Center for Court Innovation/Red Hook Community Justice Center 10 years ago as a Red Hook Youth Court member and since then has participated in numerous youth programs at the Red Hook Community Justice Center. She later joined the Americorps program and, following her two years of service as an Americorps member, she then worked as a program associate developing the Staten Island Youth Court in 2008. In 2010 she rejoined the Red Hook Community Justice Center as the coordinator of the Red Hook Youth Court where she now oversees and coordinates all the youth programming at the Red Hook Community Justice Center. Sabrina obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from John Jay College for Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology in May 2009.

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Katherine Cassirer
Program Associate, Training and Technical Assistance

Kate Cassirer is the Training and Technical Assistance Program Associate. In this role, Kate helps support the Center's consulting services for jurisdictions around the nation and internationally, especially in the areas of community and problem-solving justice. Previously, she was the press intern in Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's New York City office, personal intern to Judge Felicia Mennin at the Midtown Community Court, and a writing tutor at the Johns Hopkins University Writing Center. She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College.

Rafael Cespedes
Outreach Worker, SOS South Bronx

Ife Charles
Coordinator of Anti-Violence Programs

Aaron Charlop-Powers
Senior Planner

Serin Choi
Development Associate

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Sonia Chowdhury
Resource Coordinator, Midtown Community Court

Sonia Chowdhury is the resource coordinator at Midtown Community Court. Ms. Chowdhury serves as the intermediary between the on-site clinical department, alternative sanctions team, attorneys and courtroom staff. In this capacity, she conducts brief assessments on defendants to appropriately identify and recommend proportionate, yet, meaningful alternative sanctions to the presiding judge through collaboration with prosecutors and defense attorneys. She also provides information on programs and services as well as detailed case information. Prior to this role, Ms. Chowdhury was the program associate for training and technical assistance at the Center for Court Innovation, providing support to a team of consultants in assisting U.S. jurisdictions plan, implement and strengthen community courts and other innovative justice initiatives. She holds a B.A. in justice studies and a master's degree in public administration from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Kim Chunrye
Research Assistant

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Amanda Cissner
Associate Director of Research

Amanda B. Cissner is a principal research associate at the Center for Court Innovation. Her recent research includes studies on dating violence, domestic violence courts, drug courts, and gang activity among tribal youth. She is currently part of a team working on the National Institute of Justice’s evaluation of the Second Chance Act Adult Reentry Courts. Amanda received her M.A. in Sociology from New York University and her B.A. in Sociology from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Mark Clarke
Youth Re-Entry Specialist, Staten Island Youth Justice Center

Mark Clarke is an advocate/mentor in the AIM (Advocate, Intervene, Mentor) program, which is part of the Staten Island Youth Justice Center. AIM serves as an alternative to placement program that provides intensive mentoring and advocacy support to youth who otherwise would not receive a community-based disposition in Family Court. In this role, Mark provides intensive mentoring and advocacy to adolescents and their families. Previously, Mark was employed with a local non-profit organization working with children in an after-school program. Mark uses his experience to offer the AIM youth and their families the support needed to succeed in their communities. Mark is a strong minded and motivated person who can lead families and adolescents to achieve their goals.

Colleen Conroy
Senior Mental Health Social Worker, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives

Colleen Conroy is a senior mental health social worker at Brooklyn Justice Initiatives. Ms. Conroy gathers referrals from the Department of Corrections and works with defense attorneys and prosecutors to help mentally ill, nonviolent offenders receive mental health treatment through the Brooklyn Court-based Intervention and Resource Team. In her role as a social worker, she performs mental health assessments, creates treatment plans, and carries a caseload that involves case management and supportive counseling for clients. She also works with youth. Ms. Conroy graduated from the University of New Haven with a BS in criminal justice with concentrations in victim service administration and juvenile and family justice. She holds a master’s of social work from the University of Connecticut. Colleen is a licensed clinical social worker.

Anibal Cortes
Supervised Release Resource Coordinator, Bronx Community Solutions

Janelle Cotto
Program Manager, Drug Court Programs

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Katie Crank
Deputy Director of Research-Practice Strategies

Katie Crank is the deputy director of Research-Practice Strategies at the Center for Court Innovation, which synergizes the agency’s three primary areas of work: research, operating programs, and expert assistance. Research-Practice Strategies seeks to improve justice system responses to both defendants and victims, to promote racial justice, and to expand the use of restorative practices. Prior to her work with the Center for Court Innovation, Ms. Crank worked and volunteered with domestic violence shelters and legal aid organizations in Ghana (West Africa), Indiana, Missouri, and Illinois. She previously provided trauma-informed therapy to children who are victims of violence through the Center for Court Innovation’s Child and Adolescent Witness Support Program, located in the Bronx. Ms. Crank is an admitted attorney in the State of New York, and is a Licensed Master Social Worker. She earned her B.A. from Indiana University-Bloomington, and received her J.D. and M.S.W. from Washington University in St. Louis.

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Sharese Crouther
Strategic Partnership Specialist

Sharese Crouther is the Strategic Partnership Specialist at the Center for Court Innovation. Ms. Crouther joined the Center for Court Innovation in 2009 as an AmeriCorps case developer with the Red Hook Youth Court. Following her two years of service as an AmeriCorps member, she then worked as a program associate developing the Brownsville Youth Court, the Center's first program in Brownsville, in 2011. Ms. Crouther obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from John Jay College for Criminal Justice in June 2011. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Administration at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Kimberly Dalve
Research Associate

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Jen Davis
Life Coach, Harlem Community Justice Center

Jen Davis is a life coach at the Harlem Justice Corps of the Harlem Community Justice Center. Previously, she worked as a market research analyst. She has also worked as an educator, teaching English as a second language and psychology. Ms. Davis volunteered for over a decade as part of an animal-assisted therapy team at city nursing homes and social service agencies. She received her B.A. in psychology from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is currently pursuing her master’s in social work at the Fordham Graduate School of Social Service.

Dhavon Davis
Crew Supervisor, Midtown Community Court

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Heather Day
Associate Director of Youth and Community Programs, Crown Heights Community Mediation Center

Heather Day is the associate director of youth and community programs at the Mediation Center. Heather oversees Youth Organizing to Save Our Streets (YO S.O.S.) and supports additional programs and outreach initiatives at the Center. Previously, Heather worked for Citizen Schools New York both as a teaching fellow in the classroom and in volunteer recruitment and curriculum development at the regional office. Heather earned a BA in American Studies from Connecticut College and a Master’s of Social Work with a Human Service Leadership concentration from Fordham University. Heather believes that young people have powerful voices and unique insight to share with the world, and loves seeing youth in the spotlight.

Elizabeth Delmonte-Hatton
Program Manager, Morrisania

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Sharan DePalma
Education Advisor/Consultant, Westchester Court Education Initiative

Sharan DePalma is an education advisor/consultant in the Westchester Court Education Initiative at Westchester County Family Court. The Education Initiative is designed to address the educational needs of children ages 3-21 whose parents are in court due to allegations of neglect or abuse, who have been placed in foster care, who are reuniting with their biological families, or who are in the adoptive process. This population is generally at a higher risk for developmental disabilities, truancy, and tenuous living situations. Many of these children are not receiving an appropriate education or program to meet these needs. Through careful consultation with judges and court attorney referees, Sharan works with attorneys for the child, the Department of Social Services, school districts, and caregivers to secure educational entitlements for these youth. Sharan resides in Westchester county with her husband and three children. She attended Stony Brook University and is certified through the Special Education Advocacy Program through the Counsel of Parent Advocates and Attorneys. Her work in education has spanned more than a decade in the tri-state area with a primary focus in Westchester County.

Alison Diéguez
Director of Planning and Community Resilience, Red Hook Community Justice Center

Alison Diéguez is the Director of Community Resilience and Restorative Services at the Red Hook Community Justice Center. In this capacity, she provides clinical and operational oversight to community programming and mobilization initiatives. She currently oversees several community-based programs, including Red Hook CARES, which provides crisis support and case management to survivors of violence, and the Red Hook Responders, which focuses on addressing the community’s needs post-Hurricane Sandy. Ms. Diéguez has extensive experience in working with youth and adult crime victims, individuals with serious mental illness, and immigrant communities. Prior to joining the Center, she was with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Bureau of Mental Health, Safe Horizon’s Brooklyn Child Advocacy Center, and My Sisters’ Place domestic violence shelters. She completed her undergraduate studies at SUNY Purchase and received her LMSW from the Columbia University School of Social Work.

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Michael Diller
Program Associate, Poverty Justice Solutions

Michael Diller is a program associate with Poverty Justice Solutions. Previously, he interned at Legal Aid as an investigator, and at the Innocence Project on the policy team. Mr. Diller holds a B.A. in history from Vassar College.

Aissatou Diop
Office Manger, Midtown Community Court

Aissatou Diop joined the Midtown Community Court in 2007 as an Americorps member. Currently she holds a position as intake counselor and foreign group facilitator. Aissatou is certified in French Wolof and is fluent in Fulani, German, and English. In her spare time, Aissatou works as an independent translator.

Jonathan Dobey
Violence Interrupter, SOS South Bronx

William Doren
Tech Support Analyst

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Trisa Edmonson
Education Coordinator, Harlem Community Justice Center

Trisa Edmonson is the education coordinator for the Harlem Justice Corps at the Harlem Community Justice Center. In this role, she helps Justice Corps members navigate educational systems and structures, including acquiring their High School Equivalency Diploma and pursing high educational goals. Prior to this position, she was a social studies teacher at the Hudson County Juvenile Detention Center and at YouthBuild Newark. She also worked as a housing specialist for ActionAIDS, Inc., securing permanent housing for homeless individuals and families living with HIV in Philadelphia. Ms. Edmonson holds a bachelor's degree in political science from San Francisco State University and a master's in African-American studies from Temple University.

Thomas Edwards
Community Engagement Specialist, Harlem Community Justice Center

Thomas Edwards is the community engagement specialist for the Harlem Community Justice Center’s Circles of Support program, a re-entry program for formerly young men and women between the ages 16 to 24 and their families. In this capacity, he helps family members develop the tools necessary to support their loved ones as they return to the community. Prior to working at the Justice Center, Mr. Edwards worked as a project manager for a youth program at Exodus Transitional Community, Inc. Mr. Edwards holds a bachelor’s degree in behavior science from Mercy College and a master’s in professional studies from New Theological Seminary.

Basma Eldweik
Intake Specialist, Red Hook Community Justice Center

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Amy Ellenbogen
Director, Crown Heights Community Mediation Center

Amy has been the director of the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center since 2002, developing and implementing programs as well as overseeing day-to-day operations. Amy has run community and school-based programming on topics as diverse as violence prevention, adult and youth leadership development, family and community mediation, truancy prevention, intergroup relationship building, pregnancy prevention, and race and identity. Amy planned and directed the first New York State Cure Violence replication site, Save Our Streets Crown Heights, an anti-gun violence program that uses a public health approach. Currently, Amy is part of the planning team developing culturally competent trauma informed programming for young men of color and Save Our Streets Bed-Stuy. Prior to working at the Center, Amy worked in a home for young women who were previously incarcerated and were mentally ill and chemically addicted. Amy is the founder of ROOTED (Respecting Ourselves and Others Through Education), a Columbia University program designed to facilitate student dialogue around issues of identity as they relate to power and privilege. Amy received both her BA in Ethnic Studies and her Masters of Science in Social Work from Columbia University. She is a Licensed Master Social Worker and a mediator.

Shamah Ellis
Violence Interrupter, Morrisania

Rachel Epstein
Supervised Release Court Liasion, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives

Rachel Epstein is a court liaison for the supervised release program at Brooklyn Justice Initiatives. In this role, she screens defendants at arraignment to determine whether they qualify for supervised release in lieu of bail. Previously, Ms. Epstein was employed as a program coordinator in Missouri at the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office, where she worked on a range of programs in the Anti-Drug/Anti-Crime Unit, focusing on developing and implementing new programming to increase community safety and reduce recidivism. Rachel holds a B.A. in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in social work, psychology, and youth studies.

Nelia Escobar
Senior Court Liason, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives

Nelia Escobar is a court liaison for the Young Adult Court and Adolescent Diversion Program at Brooklyn Justice Initiatives. Ms. Escobar holds a B.A. in psychology and an M.A. in criminal justice from Long Island University.

Erik Farmer
Outreach Worker Supervisor, Morrisania

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Kellen Felmine
Youth Justice Coordinator, Brownsville Community Justice Center

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Carol Fisler
Director, Mental Health Court and Alternative-to-Detention Programs

Carol Fisler is the director of Mental Health Court and Alternative-to-Detention Programs at the Center for Court Innovation. She oversees initiatives that address mental illness and the courts, which have included the planning and implementation of the Brooklyn Mental Health Court, the first specialized court for offenders with mental illness in New York, and training and technical assistance to more than 50 mental health court planning teams in New York State and around the country. She also directed the planning and implementation of a juvenile justice/mental health initiative for young people with mental health disorders charged with delinquency and oversees youth development and alternative-to-detention programs in Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island. Ms. Fisler speaks frequently at national and regional conferences and has extensive public and private sector legal and managerial experience, serving as the president of a start-up welfare-to-work staffing company, deputy general counsel of the New York City Housing Authority, assistant commissioner for legal affairs of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development and an associate at a major New York City law firm. Ms. Fisler graduated from Harvard University and Stanford Law School.

Joseph Flores
Youth Development Specialist, Harlem Community Justice Center

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Adelle Fontanet
Senior Associate

Adelle Fontanet is a senior associate with the Center for Court Innovation’s Tribal Justice Exchange, which provides technical assistance to tribes seeking to develop or enhance their justice systems. Currently, Adelle is working with several tribes to implement federal grants supporting court improvement projects. She also plays a central role in the Tribal Access to Justice and Innovation initiative, which is designed to promote the sharing of information about innovative tribal justice programs around the country. Additionally, Adelle was one of the lead planners for the Red Hook Peacemaking Program and continues to serve as a peacemaker for disputes referred from the court system and other partner agencies. Adelle previously completed a fellowship with the Center, during which she worked at Bronx Community Solutions providing alternatives to incarceration to low-level misdemeanor and adolescent defendants. Adelle has a J.D. from Columbia Law School and a dual bachelor’s degree in English and Anthropology from the University of Florida. She is a licensed attorney in the state of Florida.

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Kathryn Ford
Children and Families Specialist, Tribal Justice Exchange and Domestic Violence Programs

As Children and Families Specialist at the Center for Court Innovation, Kathryn Ford, LCSW provides training and technical assistance to state and tribal justice systems through both the Tribal Justice Exchange and the Domestic Violence, Sexual Violence, and Family Court Programs team. This includes assisting with community needs assessment, development and dissemination of best practices, authoring publications, and providing support around justice program development and management. Ms. Ford has published articles in Sexual Assault Report, Family & Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly, and NCADV’s The Voice, authored several Center publications, and conducted training workshops for over 4,000 participants from multiple disciplines. Ms. Ford also provides trauma-focused therapy and court support services to children, teens, and their caregivers through the Center’s Child and Adolescent Witness Support Program, which is located at the Bronx District Attorney’s Office. Prior to joining the Center, Ms. Ford was a social worker in Safe Horizon's Supervised Visitation Program at Bronx Family Court and an intern in the Kings County District Attorney's Office’s Counseling Services Unit. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Sociology from Tufts University and a Master’s in Social Work from Columbia University, and is certified in Rape Crisis Counseling.

Adam Friedl
Deputy Project Director, Midtown Community Court

Adam Friedl is deputy director at the Midtown Community Court, where he oversees the court’s clinical, research, and planning departments. Prior to this, he was the Program and Special Initiatives Manager at Pro Bono Net, an organization dedicated to using innovative technology to increase Access to Justice. Mr. Friedl has also served as Acting Director of the Public Interest Center at St. John's University School of Law, Coordinating Attorney for New York Appleseed, and as a staff attorney at The Family Center. Before law school, he worked as a case manager with immigrant communities in the South Bronx and his native Oklahoma. Mr. Friedl is a cum laude graduate of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and received his B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Tulsa.

Nancy Frost
Social Worker

Mohammed Gani
Software Architect

Darwin Garcia
Program Associate, Midtown Community Court

Darwin Garcia is the program associate of UpNext at the Midtown Community Court. Prior to joining the Center, Darwin has been involved in several social justice initiatives. He served as the program coordinator for STATE (Students Taking Action Towards Empowerment), where he facilitated a legal information workshop entitled “Know Your Rights” to high school students. He has also volunteered at the fatherhood program at the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem. Darwin obtained his Bachelor’s of Science in philosophy, with a concentration in cognitive neuroscience, from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Nate Garcia
Court Liaison, Brooklyn Justice Initiative

Nate Garcia is a court liaison for the supervised release program at Brooklyn Justice Initiatives. In this role, he screens defendants at arraignment to determine whether they qualify for supervised release in lieu of bail. Previously, he served as a program fellow at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, contributing to the planning and launch of the organization’s Safety and Justice Challenge. The Safety and Justice Challenge is a partnership with the Center for Court Innovation and other agencies that supports local jurisdictions in their efforts to change the way they think about and use jail. Mr. Garcia holds a B.A. in economics from Stanford University.

David Gaskin
SOS Crown Heights Program Manager, Crown Heights Community Mediation Center

Elissa Gelber
Clinical Director, Staten Island Youth Justice Center

Elissa Gelber is the senior social worker at the Staten Island Youth Justice Center, a project aimed at improving outcomes for court-involved youth and connecting all local youth to positive opportunities within the Staten Island community. In this capacity, Ms. Gelber provides clinical support to the Justice Center's initiatives and oversees Staten Island Futures, a program that serves court-involved youth with mental illness through screening, clinical assessment, case management, referral, care coordination, and connection to positive youth development activities. Prior to joining the center, Ms. Gelber represented youth in foster care in institutional reform actions, and worked with teens in community-based programs in the U.S. and abroad. She is trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and numerous trauma-informed interventions, and holds a BA from New York University, a JD from Harvard Law School, and an MSW from Hunter College School of Social Work.

Derek Goddard
Community Service Supervisor, Red Hook Community Justice Center

Yaniris Gomez
Senior Case Manager, Bronx Communiity Solutions

Luz Gonzalez
Community Relations Assistant, Red Hook Community Justice Center

Tiffany Gonzalez
Office Manger, Staten Island Youth Justice Center

Anthony Gonzalez
Crew Supervisor, Bronx Community Solutions

Doreen Gonzalez
Senior Social Worker, Bronx Community Solutions

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Miriam Goodman
Assistant Director of Anti-Trafficking and Trauma Initiatives

Miriam Goodman is the Assistant Director of Anti-Trafficking and Trauma Initiatives at the Center for Court Innovation. Miriam is involved in many trafficking projects including: the creation of the Human Trafficking Intervention Courts in NY State; providing training to judges, lawyers and clinicians on trauma and working with trafficking survivors; and working with family court in this issue. Miriam’s focus is in trauma work and she has trained extensively in evidence-based practices for working with trauma survivors. Miriam previously worked as a therapist at Safe Horizon’s Counseling Center, where she provided trauma-focused therapy for crime victims. She received her B.A. in Sociology from Dickinson College and her M.S.W. from the Silver School of Social Work at New York University.

Viviana Gordon
Deputy Director, Red Hook Community Justice Center

Viviana Gordon is the director of operations for the Brownsville Community Justice Center and has been with the Center for Court Innovation since 2008. Currently in the planning stage, the Brownsville Community Justice Center will be modeled after the Red Hook Community Justice Center, where Ms. Gordon previously worked as a criminal court case manager, family court coordinator, and coordinator of the New York Juvenile Justice Corps. Prior to joining the Center, Ms. Gordon worked at the Juvenile Rights Project in Portland, Oregon and the Defender Association of Philadelphia. Ms. Gordon received her B.A. from Whitman College in Washington State.

Mark Gould
Outreach Worker, SOS South Bronx

David Grant
Bed-Stuy Program Manager Assistant, Crown Heights Community Mediation Center

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Aisha Greene
Project Director, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives

Aisha Greene is the director of Brooklyn Justice Initiatives, a program at Brooklyn Criminal Court that seeks to forge a new response to misdemeanor and non-violent felony defendants by providing meaningful pre-trial supervised release and post-conviction sentencing options. Prior to joining Brooklyn Justice Initiatives, Ms. Greene served as Associate Director of Research-Practice Strategies at the Center for Court Innovation. In this role, she helped coordinate the Center’s work on the MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge, an initiative to reduce incarceration and address racial disparities in the justice system. Before joining the Center for Court Innovation, Ms. Greene was a court attorney in New York State Supreme Court and a prosecutor with the Queens County District Attorney’s Office. Ms. Greene holds a B.A. from Syracuse University and J.D. from Columbia Law School. She volunteers for several organizations that provide educational support to high school students.

Leidy Guilamo-Abreu
Intake Specialist, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives

Leidy Guilamo-Abreu is an intake specialist at Brooklyn Justice Initiatives. Prior to joining the Center for Court Innovation, Ms. Guilamo-Abreu served as an intake and diversion specialist for a center that served the homeless male population of New York. She has also worked as a paralegal at a private law firm focused on housing. Ms. Guilamo-Abreu received her B.A. in forensic psychology with a concentration in criminal justice from John Jay College.

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Dory Hack
Deputy Director, Youth Justice Programs

Dory Hack is deputy director of Youth Justice Programs at the Center for Court Innovation. In this capacity she develops and supports a range of youth engagement initiatives, including youth courts and staff training. Previously, Dory Hack was deputy director of the Center's Courts and the Community project, in which she focused on creating and promoting resources for civic education in New York state. Ms. Hack began her work in youth programming as project coordinator of the Youth Justice Board. Prior to this, Ms. Hack developed case management systems for problem-solving courts. Ms. Hack received her BA from Wesleyan University.

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Josephine Hahn
Senior Research Associate

Josy Hahn is a senior research associate at the Center for Court Innovation. She is currently principal investigator for evaluations of Newark Community Solutions, New Jersey’s first community court, and the Brooklyn Supervised Release Program, a bail reform pilot. She also conducts research for mental health courts throughout New York State, on domestic violence case processing in Washington State, and on a federally funded study examining school safety. Prior to working at the Center, Josy was a researcher at the Vera Institute of Justice. Prior to that, she was a middle school history teacher at the Horace Mann School. Josy has a B.A. from Princeton University, an M.P.H. from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ (now Rutgers School of Public Health), and a doctorate from the Harvard School of Public Health. Her dissertation examined risk factors of domestic violence perpetration and victimization in a national sample.

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Kate Halleron
Office Administrator, Syracuse Office

Kate Halleron is the office administrator for the Syracuse Office. Prior to this position, Kate was the Court Clerk for the Village of Baldwinsville. Kate graduated from Columbia College of Missouri with a B.A. in Criminal Justice Administration

William Harkins
Multimedia Specialist

Lama Hassoun Ayoub
Principal Research Associate

Lama Hassoun Ayoub is a principal research associate at the Center for Court Innovation. She is currently project director for a comprehensive mixed-methods study of school safety, security, and discipline in New York City and a quasi-experimental study of neighborhood-oriented probation. She is also working on a national study of adult reentry courts including a process evaluation and both prospective and retrospective impact evaluations. She recently completed work on the cross-site evaluation of the Defending Childhood Demonstration Program, as well as two randomized controlled trials, one evaluating the Harlem Parole Reentry Court and the other evaluating a teen dating violence prevention program in schools in the Bronx. She has also completed research briefs for the New York City Mayor’s Office and works closely with practitioners in criminal justice, education, and public health. She received her graduate degree from Harvard University.

Corey Hatton
Crew Supervisor, Bronx Community Solutions

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Medina Henry
Associate Director, Training and Technical Assistance

Medina Henry is associate director of Training and Technical Assistance at the Center for Court Innovation. In this role, she provides consulting services to jurisdictions around the nation, including assistance provided under the Problem-Solving Justice Initiative of the Bureau of Justice Assistance at the U.S. Department of Justice. The Problem-Solving Justice Initiative seeks to promote the use of problem-solving practices in an effort to reduce crime and incarceration while strengthening public trust in justice. Medina also spearheads technical assistance for nine sites funded by the Minority Youth Violence Prevention initiative, a collaboration between the Office of Minority Health at the US Department of Health and Human Services and the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office at the US Department of Justice. She began her career at the Center shortly after earning her Master of Public Administration at Baruch College. Medina started as the program coordinator for the Center's AmeriCorps program and was promoted to planner for the Red Hook Community Justice Center. While in Red Hook she helped the Justice Center to plan and launch the Red Hook Responders, a social service program focused on addressing the community’s needs post-Hurricane Sandy; Red Hook CARES, which provides crisis support and case management to survivors of violence; and a host of other projects.

Felicia Henry
Restorative Justice Social Worker, Brownsville Community Justice Center

Raul Hernandez
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.

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Jeffrey Hobbs
Deputy Project Director, Midtown Community Court

Jeff Hobbs is the deputy director at the Midtown Community Court, and has been with the Court since its “experimental phase” in August of 1993. Starting out as the community service coordinator, he assisted in pioneering the first community service sites. In his current role, Mr. Hobbs oversees the Dads United Parenting program, Alternative Sanctions Department, as well as Facilities Management. Before coming to Midtown, Mr. Hobbs was director of central operations for the Vera Institute of Justice’s Neighborhood Work Project. Mr. Hobbs is the recipient of the prestigious Samuel and May Rudin Community Service Award for his efforts and commitment to the Midtown community.

Larry Holland
Outreach Worker, Crown Heights Community Mediation Center

Molly Hongola
Clinical Director, Red Hook Community Justice Center

Jemal Hudson
Violence Interrupter, Crown Heights Community Mediation Center

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Suvi Hynynen Lambson
Senior Research Associate

Suvi Hynynen Lambson is a senior research associate at the Center for Court Innovation. She is the on-site researcher at the Red Hook Community Justice Center, currently focusing on evaluating the Peacemaking pilot program and the Adolescent Diversion Program. In addition to her work in Red Hook, she has led a number of community surveys and is conducting an evaluation of an anti-gun violence initiative in Brownsville, Brooklyn. She is also working on the development of a short risk and needs assessment tool specifically geared towards misdemeanor offenders. Prior to joining the Center, she worked with various non-profit organizations on issues including domestic violence, transparency in foreign aid, and women’s rights. Ms. Hynynen Lambson received her B.A. from Brigham Young University and her Master’s of Public Administration from New York University in 2009.

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Janet Idrogo
Senior Resource Coordinator, Newark Community Solutions

Wendell Jack
Office and Facilities Director

Ronell Jack
Assistant Facilities Manager, Red Hook Community Justice Center

Stephanie Jara
Court Liaison Supervised Release, Staten Island Youth Justice Center

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Ignacio Jaureguilorda
Director, Poverty Justice Solutions

Ignacio Jaureguilorda is the director of Poverty Justice Solutions. Before joining the Center for Court Innovation, he worked as a public interest attorney for 14 years, providing free civil legal services to low-income New Yorkers. Most recently, Mr. Jaureguilorda served as director of legal services at the AIDS Center of Queens County, where he spearheaded the organization’s legal and public policy work and represented people with terminal and chronic illnesses. Previously, he served as an attorney with Housing Works, a non-profit organization that works on HIV/AIDS and homelessness issues, litigating cases involving income discrimination in real estate and discrimination against transgender individuals. Mr. Jaureguilorda has represented clients in a wide range of matters, including landlord-tenant disputes, public benefits, discrimination, immigration, and family law.

Umamaheswari Jayapalan
Senior Application Developer

Patrice Jeffreys
Violence Interrupter, SOS South Bronx

Elise Jensen
Senior Research Associate

Elise Jensen is a senior research associate at the Center for Court Innovation. She is currently working on the Improving Courtroom Communication project and the Defending Childhood Initiative. In addition, she is involved with the evaluation of youth courts in schools. Prior to working at the Center, she has held research positions at several agencies such as the National Gang Center, Florida State University Center for Criminology and Public Policy Research, and the State of Florida Commission on Capital Cases. Her research background is in neighborhood disadvantage, culture, antisocial behaviors, and juvenile delinquency prevention and interventions. Elise received a B.A. in Criminal Justice and B.S. in Psychology from the University of Georgia, and she holds a M.S. and Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Florida State University.

Mabel Jerez
Supervised Release Resource Coordinator, Bronx Community Solutions

Janice Johnson
Work Readiness Coordinator, Staten Island Youth Justice Center

Jacqueline Johnson
Office Manager, Crown Heights Mediation Center

Rahson Johnson
Youth Programs Assistant and Bed-Stuy Violence Interrupter, Crown Heights Community Mediation Center

Kinya Jones
Assistant Office Manager

Terrance Jones
Violence Interrupter, Crown Heights Community Mediation Center

Ross Joy
Coordinator, Red Hook Community Justice Center

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Jessica Kay
Senior Planner

As senior planner, Jessica Kay, coordinates, manages and supports many operations within the Center for Court Innovation’s Youth and Community Justice Programs. Additionally, Ms. Kay manages special projects and initiatives including the case processing project within New York City. Ms. Kay previously served as the director of Brooklyn Justice Initiatives, which operates out of the centralized Brooklyn Criminal Court and seeks to forge a new set of responses to misdemeanor and non-violent felony offending by providing meaningful pre-trial supervised release and post-conviction sentencing options. She joined Brooklyn Justice Initiatives before its launch, playing an instrumental role in the planning and implementation of all daily operations. Under Ms. Kay’s leadership, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives grew significantly, implementing numerous groundbreaking programs, including the first misdemeanor supervised release program in New York City, which has been adopted citywide, and expanded to include both misdemeanor and non-violent offenses, as well as the first Brooklyn Young Adult Court, and a mental health diversion program. She joined the Center in 2008, first as a social worker at the Red Hook Community Justice Center in Brooklyn, NY, and then as the clinical director, overseeing all daily clinical operations at the nation’s first multi-jurisdictional community court. While in her role as clinical director, Ms. Kay planned and implemented the Adolescent Diversion Part in Brooklyn, NY, as well as many other special initiatives. Ms. Kay also served on Mayor de Blasio’s 2014 Behavior Health Task Force. Ms. Kay completed her undergraduate studies at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, and received her MSW from the Silver School of Social Work at NYU.

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Dante Kearse
Community Benefit Specialist, Brownsville Community Justice Center

Leon Kelly
Violence Interrupter, Crown Heights Community Mediation Center

Ashmini Kerodal
Senior Research Associate

Ashmini Kerodal is a senior research associate at the Center for Court Innovation. Her current work includes the New York City Case Processing Project, a quantitative analysis of how court cases are processed in New York City. Ms. Kerodal is also serving as a researcher for the Center’s work on the MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge, an initiative to reduce over-incarceration by changing the way America thinks about and uses jails. Prior to joining the Center, Ms. Kerodal held research positions at the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision and the U.S. Extremist Crime Database at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She has published articles on sexual assault, extremist violence, and terrorism. She also guest edited a special issue of the International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice on the evolution of sex crimes and sex trafficking legislation. Ms. Kerodal received her B.Sc. in management studies and M.Sc. in criminology and criminal justice from the University of the West Indies and her Ph.D. in criminal justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

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Kenton Kirby
Men's Empowerment Coordinator, Crown Heights Community Mediation Center

Kenton Kirby is the men’s empowerment coordinator for Make It Happen. Kenton is a native New Yorker who firmly believes in the strength of community and the tremendous benefits that come with interdisciplinary collaboration. Make It Happen is geared towards providing supportive victim services to young men of color, historically an undeserved population due to gender roles and societal expectations of manhood. This program aims to challenge and educate its members, and outside service providers, of the profound long term impacts trauma has on individuals regardless of gender or race. Prior to coming to CHCMC, Kenton worked in child welfare where he witnessed firsthand the role and impact traumatic events in our communities can play on individuals without proper support. In his work though Make It Happen, Kenton hopes to develop a safe space for male victims of violence to support one another following their trauma and develop skills to help members realize their internal strength in pursuing a healthy and productive life. Kenton has a Master’s Degree from New York University and is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) in the state of New York. Kenton has experience providing clinical individual and group therapy to children and adults.

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Lisa Kociubes Lavitt
Clinical Director, Queens Youth Justice Center

Lisa Kociubes-Lavitt is the clinical director of the Queens Engagement Strategies for Teens (QUEST), a community-based project offering alternative-to-detention and youth development programs for teens. In this capacity, Ms. Kociube-Lavitt oversees clinical operations, including intake screenings, clinical assessments, treatment recommendations, referrals to community-based providers, on-site psycho-educational groups, case management, and crisis intervention. Prior to her work at QUEST, Ms. Kociubes Lavitt served as a social work supervisor and director of the Safe Families Project, a domestic violence initiative at The Legal Aid Society, Juvenile Rights Division. She holds a BA from Bates College and a MSW from Columbia University.

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Amy Kotler
Director, Finance & Administration

Amy Kotler directs the Center’s fiscal and administrative staff and works closely with the Center's Director. She is responsible for fiscal planning, management and oversight, contract compliance, risk management, human resources and employee relations. Her duties include the management of an operating budget in excess of $37 million annually. She developed and is responsible for overseeing Center fiscal and administrative policy and procedures. In addition, she manages the Center’s performance review program and promotes staff welfare and workplace satisfaction for close to 400 employees. Amy is a 1986 graduate of the School of Business at the State University of New York at Albany. She is a Coro alumna of Leadership New York XV. She has served as the Administrator for the 9/11 Court Families Assistance Fund and the UCS Katrina Courts & Families Recovery Fund. Amy has held financial positions in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors in New York City.

Ketty-Henri Kouame
Court Liaison, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives

Ketty-Henri Kouame is a court liaison at Brooklyn Justice Initiatives, where works on the Adolescent Diversion Program and the supervised release program. Prior to this role, Ketty was an employment counselor for youth at Enterprise for High School Students in San Francisco. Ketty obtained her BA in counseling psychology with a concentration in documentary filmmaking from Sarah Lawrence College.

Melissa Labriola
Associate Director of Research

Melissa Labriola is a principal research associate at the Center for Court Innovation. She is currently the principal investigator of a randomized trial testing the impact of intensive judicial monitoring on domestic violence offenders in Rochester, New York. She is also project director of a national study of specialized domestic violence courts; and is participating in an evaluation of a New York City-based initiative to address the commercial sexual exploitation of children. She previously served as lead analyst on the Center’s randomized trial testing the impact of batterer programs; served as project director of a national survey of court responses to offender noncompliance with batterer program mandates; and participated in the Center’s statewide evaluation of adult drug courts.

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Emily Gold LaGratta
Deputy Director, Training and Technical Assistance

Emily is the deputy director of Training and Technical Assistance. In this role, she provides consulting services to jurisdictions domestically and internationally, including assistance provided under the Problem-Solving Justice Initiative, a project supported by the Bureau of Justice Assistance at the U.S. Department of Justice to promote the wider use of problem-solving practices in an effort to reduce crime and incarceration while strengthening public trust in justice. Emily leads the Center's technical assistance efforts on the topic of procedural justice and has served as the project manager for the Improving Courtroom Communications project. Before joining the technical assistance team, she was on the planning team for several New York-based initiatives, including the Brownsville Community Justice Center, a new community court to be opened in central Brooklyn. She is a graduate of Pomona College and the University of Wisconsin Law School.

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Julius Lang
Director, Training and Technical Assistance

Julius Lang is the director of Training and Technical Assistance at the Center for Court Innovation. Mr. Lang oversees the Center's consulting services—including workshops, site visits, and in-person consulting—for jurisdictions around the nation and internationally. He currently spearheads national technical assistance efforts for the Problem-Solving Justice Initiative, an effort supported by the Bureau of Justice Assistance at the U.S. Department of Justice to promote the wider use of problem-solving practices to reduce crime and incarceration while strengthening public trust in justice. Under this initiative, 10 jurisdictions are receiving funding and technical assistance to launch or enhance community courts. In addition, he oversees the Center's role as site coordinator and technical assistance provider for the Minority Youth Violence Prevention initiative, a joint effort of the U.S. Department of Justice's Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Minority Heath. Previously, Mr. Lang served as the coordinator of the Midtown Community Court—the Center’s first demonstration project—in Manhattan’s Times Square neighborhood. Prior to joining the Midtown Community Court, Mr. Lang was chief of staff to New York City’s Commissioner of Housing Preservation and Development. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Villanova University School of Law.

Manuel Larino
Program Manager, Staten Island

Manuel Lariño has worked for the Center for Court Innovation since 2003, starting as a community service supervisor and working his way up to site supervisor and senior site supervisor for the Queens Community Cleanup. In 2008, he began working as the after-school coordinator for the Staten Island Youth Justice Center, an alternative-to-detention program. Mr. Lariño graduated from St. John's University with a bachelor of arts in environmental studies and a minor in secondary education.

Frances Lawall
Criminal Court Social Worker, Red Hook Community Justice Center

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Lenore Lebron
Associate Director of Research

Lenore Lebron is the associate director of Research for the Center’s demonstration projects. Ms. Lebron oversees all research pertaining to the Center’s demonstration projects, including Midtown Community Court, Harlem Community Justice Center, Red Hook Community Justice Center, Bronx Community Solutions, Newark Community Solutions, and Brooklyn Mental Health Court. She is also currently working on a risk-assessment tool to assist police departments engaging in diversion programs. Previously at the Center, Ms. Lebron worked on an evaluation of a gun violence prevention program in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, a nationwide evaluation of adult reentry courts, and an evaluation of the predictors of success at mental health courts. Prior to working at the Center, Ms. Lebron held the position of crime analyst supervisor in the Phoenix Police Department’s Crime Analysis and Research Unit where she was responsible for analyzing crime trends and completing research projects and reports. Ms. Lebron holds a B.S. and a Master’s in Criminal Justice from Arizona State University.

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Stephanie Leverett
Reentry Coordinator, Harlem Community Justice Center

Stephanie Leverett serves as the reentry coordinator at the Harlem Community Justice Center, where she manages the daily activities of the Reentry Court and Manhattan Reentry Task Force and supervises the work of the reentry case managers. She joined the Center for Court Innovation in March of 2010, as a group work specialist, facilitating cognitive behavioral therapy interventions. Stephanie has worked with underserved populations for over 10 years, while earning a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor certification and Bachelor’s Degree from The College of New Rochelle. In 2012, Stephanie graduated from Lehman College, where she earned a degree in Social Work.

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Amanda Levering
Program Manager, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives

Amanda Levering oversees the supervised release program in Brooklyn Criminal Court. The goal of the program is to provide community-based supervision for individuals who would otherwise be detained on low bail pre-trial. Ms. Levering previously served as the strategic coordinator for the Circles of Support Program at the Harlem Community Justice Center. Before joining the Justice Center, Ms. Levering worked for the Delaware Department of Justice as a victim advocate and as a substance abuse counselor at an outpatient facility. Ms. Levering holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Delaware and a master’s in social work from the Columbia University School of Social Work. From 2009-2011, she worked as a health volunteer for the Peace Corps in Nicaragua.

Shlomit Levy
Clinical Coordinator, Bronx Community Solutions

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Edith Lopez
Administrative Associate, Harlem Community Justice Center

Edith Lopez is the facilities and administrative associate at the Harlem Community Justice Center. Ms. Lopez handles all clerical and fiscal work, and provides intake support to the Help Center, helping clients access housing assistance and other social services. Ms. Lopez received her Associate’s Degree in Entrepreneurship in 2005, and a Bachelor of Science in Marketing Communications in 2007, both from Johnson & Wales University.

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Michela Lowry
Senior Program Associate Training and Technical Assistance

Michela Lowry is the senior sssociate with the Training and Technical Assistance team at the Center for Court Innovation. In this capacity, she provides consulting services to jurisdictions around the country on problem-solving justice efforts, including assistance provided under the Problem-Solving Justice Initiative of the Bureau of Justice Assistance at the U.S. Department of Justice. Prior to joining the Center, Michela worked to design and implement a reentry curriculum for parolees and their families in Los Angeles with the ACLU of Southern California's Jails Project, served as the assistant to the Peacekeeping Adviser at the Mission of Rwanda to the United Nations, and taught as a corps member with Teach For America. She graduated from Occidental College and received her Master's in Education from the Relay Graduate School of Education.

Leticia Lucero
Coordinator or Youth Restorative Justice Initiatives, Staten Island Youth Justice Center

Leticia Lucero is an advocate/mentor in the AIM (Advocate, Intervene, Mentor) program, which is part of the Staten Island Youth Justice Center. AIM serves as an alternative-to-placement program that provides intensive mentoring and advocacy support to youth who otherwise would not receive a community-based disposition in Family Court. In this role Leticia provides one-on-one mentoring and advocacy to youths and supports overall program development with a focus on service opportunities. Previously, Leticia served two years as a case manager with the Staten Island Youth Court as part of the Americorps program. Leticia subsequently served as a program associate with Youth Justice Programs and the Greenpoint Youth Court. Currently, Leticia is pursuing her bachelor’s degree at Baruch College.

Mindy Lupo
Clinical Director, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives

Mindy Lupo is the clinical director at Brooklyn Justice Initiatives. In this role, she oversees programming, development, and operations for the clinical department. Ms. Lupo joined the Center for Court Innovation in July 2015. She has previously worked as a clinician in outpatient treatment settings with Realization Center, Inc. and Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens. Additionally, Ms. Lupo worked with Brooklyn Defender Services, where she assisted in developing the organization’s mental health unit. Ms. Lupo also has a part-time private practice. Ms. Lupo received a BA in psychology from The Ohio State University and a master’s degree in social work from New York University. She is a New York licensed clinical social worker.

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Vanessa Lynch
Court Liaison, Queens Youth Justice Center

Vanessa Lynch is the court liaison with the of Queens Engagement Strategies for Teens (QUEST), a community-based project offering alternative-to-detention and youth development programs for teens. In this capacity, she serves as the primary liaison and representative between QUEST and court room staff. Mrs. Lynch presents verbal reports to the court regarding client’s program participation and works closely and collaboratively with criminal justice stakeholders. She coordinated and developed an alliance with the Legal Aid Society-Queens Juvenile Rights Division in order to provide workshops and trainings to the young people in the QUEST after-school program. Prior to this position, she served as a compliance nonitor with QUEST. Mrs. Lynch received her Bachelors of Music from Howard University and is currently pursuing her M.A. in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

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Michele Maestri
Office Manager

Michele Maestri is the Center Court Innovation's office manager. She comes to the Center with over 25 years of office management, facilities, and human resources experience in both large and small institutions. Additionally, Michele spent 13 years volunteering for Canstruction, a charity of the architectural and engineering industry, whose goal is to fight hunger. She is a graduate of Hunter College with a degree in Psychology and Education.

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Avni Majithia-Sejpal
Senior Writer

As senior writer, Avni Majithia-Sejpal writes and edits articles, web content, papers, and books for the Center for Court Innovation. She also produces podcasts and videos exploring questions that relate to race, domestic violence, mental illness, and procedural justice. Avni has previously worked in book publishing and the news media. Originally from India, she has studied literature at St. Xavier's College and Columbia University.

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Danielle Malangone
Director, National Anti-Trafficking Strategies

Danielle Malangone is the associate director of human trafficking initiatives at the Center for Court Innovation, where she provides expert assistance to individual jurisdictions across the country to help plan, implement, and strengthen responses to human trafficking. Prior to this role, she oversaw a wide range of consulting projects, on topics such as problem-solving court coordination, evidence-based practice, risk-need assessments, prosecutor-led diversion, and project planning and evaluation. Previously, she served as the deputy director of the Midtown Community Court, where she directed the court’s clinical and workforce development operations, as well as its research and planning projects. Most notably, she directed the design and implementation of the court’s newest responses to prostitution and human trafficking. Mrs. Malangone was an Adjunct Professor at New School University, where she developed and instructed a class on domestic sex trafficking. She also helped develop and implement new community court projects in the Bronx and Newark, and co-chaired the Center’s evidence-based practices initiative. Before joining the Center in 2005, she worked as a clinical supervisor for the Brooklyn TASC program, where her work helped create alternatives to incarceration for offenders with co-occurring substance use and mental illness. Mrs. Malangone is a graduate of Coro Leadership New York XVIII. She holds a her B.A. from Oswego State University and an M.A. in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

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Adam Mansky
Director, Operations

Adam Mansky is the Center for Court Innovation’s director of operations. Adam supervises Bronx Community Solutions; Midtown Community Court; Newark Community Solutions; and the Red Hook Community Justice Center. He also supervises the Center’s technology department. Adam served as the Red Hook Community Justice Center’s planner, coordinating all aspects of design, construction and program development, and then, its first project director. He also led the planning and implementation of New Jersey’s Newark Community Solutions and provided support to the British government during the initial program design phase of the North Liverpool Community Justice Centre. Before joining the Center for Court Innovation, Adam practiced corporate law at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and securities litigation at Weil, Gotshal & Manges. He received a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a J.D., cum laude, from New York University School of Law.

Lauren Marker
Social Worker, Midtown Community Court

Lauren Marker is a social worker at Midtown Community Court. In this role, she provides clinical assessments, group counseling, and individual counseling. She is also working to develop programming for the Mental Health Initiative. Prior to joining Midtown, Ms. Marker worked at Harlem United, providing harm reduction substance abuse and mental health counseling. Ms. Marker has also provided trauma-informed mental health counseling to individuals living with HIV/AIDS, formerly incarcerated individuals, LGBTQ homeless youth, and sex offenders. Ms. Marker received her B.A. in Psychology and Sexuality Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Master’s in Social Work from New York University.

Brandon Martin
Outreach Specialist, Midtown Community Court

Laura Martin
Human Resources/Admin Assistant

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Awinna Martinez
Senior Planner, Newark Community Solutions

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.

Erica Mateo
Deputy Director, Brownsville Community Justice Center

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Robyn Mazur
Director of Gender and Justice Initiatives

Ms. Mazur provides technical assistance and strategic planning advice to courts and communities that are interested in changing their response to violence against women and children by supplying best practice information, written materials, needs assessments, trainings, and consultation. Ms. Mazur also coordinates and provides training to judges and community leaders across the U.S. and internationally on the issues of violence against women. Ms. Mazur is an attorney and has extensive experience in the field of violence against women. She was a staff attorney at the National Network to End Domestic Violence and was the staff director of the Mayor’s Commission on Violence Against Women both in Washington, D.C. She was an attorney at the House of Ruth Shelter, Domestic Violence Legal Clinic in Baltimore, Maryland where she represented battered women clients in civil cases. Ms. Mazur is a graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law and Tulane University.

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Nora Mcdonnell
Junior Planner

Ashley Mclain
Youth Justice Social Worke, Brownsville Community Justice Center

Tiara McLaughlin
Program Associate, Brownsville Community Justice Center

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Erika McSwain
Operations Manager, Brownsville Community Justice Center

Erika McSwain is the operations manager for the Brownsville Community Justice Center, where she previously served as coordinator of participant development and coordinator of the Justice Community Program. Before coming to the Justice Center, she worked as a case manager for adults with HIV and mental illness. McSwain is a graduate of Spelman College.

Linda Meany
Clinical Supervisor

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John Megaw
Director of Special Initiatives, Bronx Community Solutions

John Megaw, LCSW, MPA, is the deputy project director at the Harlem Community Justice Center. Mr. Megaw oversees the staff at the Justice Center including the clinical team which provides services to parolees, juveniles, families, and other Justice Center clients. Mr. Megaw was the first clinical director at the Midtown Community Court, the nation’s first community court, which opened in 1993. He was named the coordinator of the Parole Reentry Program in 2001 and became the Justice Center’s deputy project director in 2006. Mr. Megaw is responsible for overall project implementation including operation of one of the nation's first parole reentry court projects designed to help stabilize parolees in the initial phase of their community reintegration. Mr. Megaw has a master’s in Social Work from the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Work and a master’s in Public Administration from New York University's Wagner School of Public Service.

Nelson Mendoza
Outreach Worker Supervisor, SOS South Bronx

Yolaine Menyard
Associate Director, Research-Practice Strategies

Yolaine Menyard is the associate director of Research-Practice Strategies at the Center for Court Innovation. Ms. Menyard works on the development of holistic evidence-informed and evidence-generating practices, including assessment instruments and short-term interventions. Prior to joining Research-Practice Strategies, she was responsible for managing all aspects of clinical operations for the Alternatives to Incarceration Department at the Red Hook Community Justice Center. Her prior work has focused on providing services to young people with serious mental health issues, adults transitioning from jail and prison, and undocumented survivors of domestic violence. Ms. Menyard is a licensed master social worker in the State of New York. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Notre Dame, and received her MSW from the University of Chicago.

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Angela Mew
Development Associate

Carrie Miceli
Supervised Release Social Worker, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives

Carrie Miceli is a social worker for the supervised release program at Brooklyn Justice Initiatives. In this role, she works with clients arrested on misdemeanor and non-violent felony charges who would otherwise be detained on low bail pre-trial. Previously, she was a case manager for the New York City Criminal Justice Agency’s Manhattan Supervised Release Program pilot project. She has worked in various aspects of social work practice including individual clinical assessment, group work, community-based participatory research, community organizing, foster care, domestic violence and sexual violence prevention, and intervention. She has developed and facilitated programs on therapeutic writing, sexual abuse, dating violence, domestic violence, bullying, self-esteem, and LGBTQ issues in school, community, and government settings. Ms. Miceli received a B.S. in human development from Binghamton University and a master’s in social work from the Silberman School of Social Work. She is a New York State licensed social worker.

Leighton Miller
Outreach Worker, SOS South Bronx

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Cramon Milline
Reentry Case Aid, Harlem Community Justice Center

Cramon Milline joined the Center’s staff in October of 2010 in his current role as a reentry case aide with the Harlem Parole Reentry Court. Prior to joining the staff, Mr. Milline served two years in the Center’s AmeriCorps program where he assisted men and women returning from prison. In his current position, Mr. Milline works with the reentry team to help men and women in the first six months of their return from prison to the community by providing positive support and service referrals.

Darren Mills
Case Manager, Bronx Community Solutions

Jefry Moncion
Court Liaison, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives

Jefry Moncion is a court liaison for the supervised release program at Brooklyn Justice Initiatives. Prior to joining Brooklyn Justice Initiatives, Mr. Moncion interned at Newark Community Solutions as a resource coordinator. Previously, he interned with Court Appointed Special Advocates, where he advocated for foster children in a family court setting. Mr. Moncion received his B.A. in law and justice from Rowan University in New Jersey.

Jonathan Monsalve
Deputy Project Director, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives

Jonathan Monsalve is the deputy project director for Brooklyn Justice Initiatives. In his current role. Mr. Monsalve oversees BJI’s day-to-day operations and staff. Prior to joining BJI, Mr. Monsalve worked at the Council of State Governments Justice Center's Reentry Program. At the Reentry Program, he provided support to jurisdictions that were planning and implementing justice reforms involving collaborations between corrections and workforce systems. Mr. Monsalve also worked to promote access to employment for people with criminal records. He previously served as director of workforce development and fatherhood programs at the Center for Court Innovation's Midtown Community Court. Mr. Monsalve received his BA and MS criminal justice from New Jersey City University.

Lazaro Montas
Court Representative, Bronx Community Solutions

John Moody
Advocate / Mentor; Advocate, Intervene, Mentor (AIM) Program

John Moody is an advocate/mentor in the AIM (Advocate, Intervene, Mentor) program, which is part of the Staten Island Youth Justice Center. AIM serves as an alternative to placement program that provides intensive mentoring and advocacy support to youth who otherwise would not receive a community-based disposition in Family Court. Through one-on-one mentoring, John develops relationships with youth and their families. John has worked with youth in the Staten Island community for 13 years. He has great experience and abilities to share with young people. John is a graduate of Brooklyn College with a B.S. in Physical Education. He also completed the Department of Youth and Community Development’s (DYCD) Family Development Training and Credentialing course in June 2012. John is also an accomplished athlete and brings significant energy and insight to the youth engaged with the Center’s programs.

Kayla Morse
Office Manager, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives

ayla Morse is the office manager and community liaison for Brooklyn Justice Initiatives. She also volunteers with the Brooklyn Public Library's Adult Literacy program and with the Parole Preparation Project, an organization that works with incarcerated individuals serving indeterminate life sentences to assist with preparation for their parole hearings. She holds a B.A. with a concentration in sociology from Sarah Lawrence College.

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Kelly Mulligan-Brown
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.

Tiffany Murray
Program Manager, Crown Heights Community Mediation Center

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Salam Mustafa
Development Associate, Harlem Youth Court

SMs. Mustafa served with AmeriCorps as the youth development associate for the Harlem Youth Court. Her year of service included creating community benefit projects for youth such as Walk MS, intergenerational work between seniors and young people, and volunteering at churches to feed those in need. She received a B.A. from California State University, San Marcos, where she was active in various social justice groups.

Jessica Myers
Director of Intake and Court Operations, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives

Jessica Myers is the director of intake and court operations at Brooklyn Justice Initiatives. Ms. Myers joined BJI in 2013 and was instrumental in its launch and continued development. Prior to her work at Brooklyn Justice Initiatives, Ms. Myers worked in criminal justice policy providing technical assistance around evidence-based practices. In this role, Ms. Myers facilitated workshops and webinars and presented at national conferences on topics including risk need responsivity and life course criminology. Ms. Myers completed her undergraduate studies at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania and received her master’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati.

Peter Napoli
Managing Director of Development

Saadiq Newton-Boyd
Intake Specialist, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives

Saadiq Newton-Boyd is currently the office manager and intake specialist for Brooklyn Justice Initiatives. Mr. Newton-Boyd began his journey with the Center for Court Innovation in 2010 as a member of the Greenpoint Youth Court. After serving three terms on the youth court, Mr. Newton-Boyd transitioned into the Juvenile Justice Corps, an AmeriCorps program. In this role, he worked as a case manager with the Greenpoint Youth Court and a youth and community programs associate with the Red Hook Community Justice Center. Mr. Newton-Boyd previously interned as an intake specialist at Bronx Community Solutions and Brooklyn Justice Initiatives.

Hailey Nolasco
Planner, Bedford Stuyvesant Anti-Violence Project

Hailey Nolasco is a planner at the Bedford Stuyvesant Anti-Violence Project. Specializing in management and operations, she holds a B.A. from the College of Staten Island and an M.P.A. from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She is a member of the American Society of Public Administration, the Pi Alpha Alpha honor society of public administration, and a past member of the Women’s Prison Association’s Emerging Leaders Board, where she served as their communications chair. She is dedicated to advancing criminal justice reform, specifically as it relates to women, prison reform, and sustainable reentry practices.

Hailey Nolesco
Anti-Violence Planner, Crown Heights Community Meditation Center

Melissa Novock
Case Manager, Bronx Community Solutions

Melissa Novock currently works with women arrested for prostitution in the Bronx, as a member of the STARS (Services to Access Resources and Safety) team at Bronx Community Solutions. Ms. Novock has extensively worked with survivors of violence within the context of the court system and various not-for-profit organizations in the Detroit area. She is a graduate of Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, and the University of Detroit Law School.

Tracey O'Connell
Supervised Release Social Worker, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives

Tracey O’Connell is a social worker with the supervised release program at Brooklyn Justice Initiatives. In this role, she works with clients arrested on misdemeanor and non-violent felony charges who would otherwise be detained on low bail pre-trial. Previously, Ms. O’Connell counseled children and families at JCCA’s Child and Adolescent Guidance Center. She has also provided counseling and court advocacy to survivors of sexual assault. Ms. O’Connell holds a master’s in social work from New York University.

Nora Offen
Social Worker, Red Hook Community Justice Center

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Dan Olivadoti
Employment Services Coordinator, Syracuse Office

Dan Olivadoti is the employment services coordinator for the Syracuse Office. Through the Parent Support Program, Dan provides career services to individuals who need to find employment in order to meet their child support obligations. Services includes career counseling, job search assistance, resume creation, and interviewing skills, as well as coaching to help clients maintain employment once they secure a job. Dan has an extensive experience working with individuals who face barriers to employment, including refugees, ex-offenders, persons with disabilities, and displaced homemakers. He has overseen several programs at a number of not-for-profit agencies and corporations in Central New York.

Megan Ollivierre
Youth Program Assistant, Crown Heights Community Mediation Center

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Karen Otis
Senior Program Associate, Treatment Court Programs

Tracee Page
Supervised Release Resource Coordinator, Bronx Community Solutions

Tawana Peake
Administrative Associate, Queens Youth Justice Center

Laura Pelcher
Supervised Release Court Liasion, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives

Laura Pelcher is a court liaison for Brooklyn Justice Initiatives. Ms. Pelcher previously interned at the Red Hook Community Justice Center and worked as a research assistant with the Center for Court Innovation. She has worked in journalism and has an M.A. in forensic linguistics from Hofstra University.

Rashard Peppers
Violence Interrupter, SOS South Bronx

Virginia Peralta
Help Center Aide, Harlem Community Justice Center

Jennifer Petersen
Deputy Project Director, Bronx Community Solutions

Sarah Picard-Fritsche
Associate Director of Research

Sarah Picard Fritsche is Associate Director of Research and Deputy Director of Research-Practice Strategies at the Center for Court Innovation. She currently co-leads the Center’s research and technical assistance effort to reduce the use of jail incarceration nationally, funded by the MacArthur Foundation. She is also the principal investigator on several federally funded studies, including a quasi-experimental evaluation of “neighborhood-oriented” probation funded by the National Institute for Justice, and several studies examining the use of actuarial risk assessment in justice system settings. Recently, she was the lead researcher evaluating an adaptation of the Cure Violence model in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. She is currently collaborating with other Center research staff to assess the Brownsville Anti-violence Project. Ms. Fritsche provides technical assistance nationally on the use of evidence-based assessments in courts and place-based gun violence prevention strategies. Since 2011, she is co-chair of the Center's institutional review board. Ms. Fritsche is pursuing a doctorate in criminal justice at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Shernette Pink
Youth Developer, Queens Youth Justice Center

Genna Plumitallo
Clinical Manager, Midtown Community Court

Genna Plumitallo is the fatherhood specialist at the Midtown Community Court. Prior to coming to Midtown, Genna held a position as a community service representative for John Jay College of Criminal Justice through AmeriCorps. Genna has worked in different roles within the Workforce Development and Fatherhood Department. Currently, her role as fatherhood specialist involves facilitating fatherhood topic workshops, cognitive behavioral therapy, and individual client work. Genna obtained a BA in International Criminal Justice and a BA in Forensics Psychology at John Jay College. Currently, Genna is pursuing an MSW at Hunter College.

Fernan Polanco
Times Square Express Supervisor, Midtown Community Court

Fernan Polanco is a supervisor for the Time Square Express Mail Room at the Midtown Community Court. As a supervisor, he ensures that the individuals that are mandated to do community service comply with their assignments. Mr. Polanco also acts as the assistant facilities manager, where he works to assure that the building is well kept.

Amanda Polster
Clinic Youth Specialist, Harlem Community Justice Center

Tia Pooler
Senior Research Associate

Tia Pooler is a senior research associate at the Center for Court Innovation. She is currently involved in on-site research at the Midtown Community Court, Harlem Community Justice Center, and Bronx Community Solutions. Before joining the Center, Tia held the position of team leader at the British Judicial Appointments Commission in London, the organization responsible for selecting the judiciary in England and Wales. During her time in the U.K., she also carried out research for the Action for Prisoners' Families organization, looking at the impact of imprisonment on the families of offenders. Her most recent academic research project analyzed public perceptions of police legitimacy across Europe. She holds a B.A. in Economics from Boston University, a Master's of Science in Criminal Justice Policy, and a Master's of Science in Social Research Methods, both from the London School of Economics.

Serena Powery
Youth Justice Social Worker, Bronx Community Solutions

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Amy Pumo
Director, Child & Adolescent Witness Support Program

Amy Pumo has been the program director of the Child and Adolescent Witness Support Program since its launch in 2004. Amy is responsible for developing the program services, supervising program staff and interns, and providing trauma-focused treatment to young crime victims. Prior to joining the Center, Amy worked with youth and families in foster care, psychiatric hospitals, and community-based programs. Amy has also worked as a diversity trainer for graduate students and as a consultant for a creative healing arts organization. She has volunteered as a birth assistant, a companion for dying patients, and as an art curator and events planner for a social justice community space. Amy received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Villanova University and her graduate degree in social work from Columbia University. She is a licensed clinical social worker.

Shneaqua Purvis
Bed-Stuy Outreach Worker, Crown Heights Community Mediation Center

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Valerie Raine
Director, Drug Court Programs

As the director of drug treatment court projects at the Center for Court Innovation, Valerie Raine assists New York’s Unified Court System in developing and training drug treatment courts across New York State. She also oversees the Statewide Drug Court Training & Technical Assistance initiative which is supported by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. From 1996 to 2000, she was project director of the Brooklyn Treatment Court, where she helped develop and manage New York City's first drug treatment court. She is the immediate past president of the New York Association of Drug Treatment Court Professionals and is a former member of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Drug Court Professionals. Ms. Raine created and taught a course on problem-solving justice at Fordham Law School, has served as faculty for the National Drug Court Institute and presented on drug treatment courts at numerous conferences over the past 16 years. Previously, she worked for 14 years at the Legal Aid Society, Criminal Defense Division in Kings County, where she was appointed attorney-in-charge in 1994. Ms. Raine is a graduate of Hunter College (1977) and the University of Virginia School of Law (1982).

Cassandra Ramdath
Senior Research Associate

Cassandra Ramdath is a senior research associate at the Center for Court Innovation. She is the Project Director of a New York State-funded evaluation of statewide violence prevention programs adapted from the Cure Violence model, and of an NIJ-funded quasi-experimental mixed methods study of prosecutor led diversion for misdemeanants in Cook County, Illinois. She is also the research coordinator for an NIJ-funded quasi-experimental study of neighborhood oriented probation models in New York City. Cassandra is currently a Ph.D candidate of Criminal Justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. At John Jay’s Research and Evaluation Center she was recently a research associate and graduate fellow working on various juvenile justice projects. Her dissertation, Traumatic Brain Injury among Adolescent inmates in Rikers Island, NYC: A Mixed- Methods Study is a collaborative effort with DOHMH, some of which appears in the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. Cassandra brings experience in mixed methods research design with a particular focus on developing and implementing surveys, focus groups and interviews with adolescent inmate populations. Cassandra received her B.Soc.Sc with honors in Criminology and Psychology from the University of Ottawa, Canada where she was formerly a probation and parole officer. Prior to that she received her M.A. of Criminology from Bond University, Australia where she was a research assistant examining wrongful convictions and miscarriages of justice in the Queensland Supreme Court. Cassandra’s research interests are in corrections, correctional health, neuroscience and behavior, and the intersect between public health and criminal justice.

Juan Ramos
Deputy Director , Crown Heights Community Mediation Center

Chante Ramsey
Deputy Director of Finance & Administration

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Sarah Reckess
Director, Syracuse Office and Tribal Courts Technical Assistance

Sarah Reckess is the director of the Syracuse office and a senior associate of the Tribal Justice Exchange. Sarah provides planning and technical assistance to problem-solving courts and justice initiatives in Upstate New York, as well as planning and technical assistance to tribal communities around the U.S. Sarah has taken the lead on writing a number of tribal publications for the Center. Her areas of interest include drug courts/ healing to wellness courts, reentry courts, and juvenile justice. Before joining the Center, Sarah provided legal assistance to Legal Services of Central New York, the Onondaga Nation, and the Syracuse Medical-Legal Partnership. She also worked as the interim director of the Syracuse University Family Law and Social Policy Center. Currently she provides pro bono legal assistance to the 5th Judicial District Pro Bono-University Hospital Clinic. Sarah holds a B.A. in American Studies from Mount Holyoke College, an M.A. in Literature and Environment from the University of Nevada, Reno, and a J.D. with a concentration in Family Law and Social Policy from Syracuse University College of Law.

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Warren Reich
Principal Research Associate

Warren Reich is a principal research associate at the Center. He is currently working on a validation study of the Misdemeanor Evidence-Based Assessment; an analysis of the prevalence and comorbidity of mental health indicators among youth enrolled in three of the Center’s alternative to detention programs; the national impact study of District Attorneys’ Pretrial Diversion programs; and the documentation of trends in case outcomes for young shoplifters in Staten Island. Prior to joining the Center, he was a program evaluator for The Family Center and a Visiting Assistant Professor in Psychology at Rutgers University. He currently teaches at Hunter College and maintains an interest in developing methods for the study of identity and well-being. He received a B.S. in Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. in Social-Personality Psychology from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

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Dennis Reilly
Deputy Project Director for Drug Court Programs

As the Deputy Director of Drug Court Programs, Dennis A. Reilly Esq. provides training, technical assistance, and development support for drug treatment courts. He has served as the Director of the Brooklyn Treatment Court and the Problem-Solving Courts Coordinator for the Kings Supreme Court. Previously, he worked for the Connecticut Judicial Branch as a Special Deputy Sheriff, Trial Court Clerk, Pretrial Services Officer, Supervision Officer, Court Planner, and as a founding team member of the first two drug courts in Connecticut. He also worked as a Deputy Director at the National Drug Court Institute, developing and initiating the Drug Court Planning Initiative, and is a graduate of the University of Connecticut, School of Administration and Management, the University of Denver, College of Law, and the University of Amsterdam School for Executive Development in International Relations.

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Norman Reiss
Project Manger, Technology

Norman Reiss works with the Center for Court Innovation's programming staff to support, enhance, and train staff in the Justice Center Application (JCA), used by multiple demonstration projects. Mr. Reiss is also managing an initiative to develop a new Salesforce-based application which will be piloted as a potential replacement for JCA. He has also managed database development projects at the Harlem Community Justice Center and the Midtown Community Court, and is currently coordinating a tribal website design project. Since joining the nonprofit sector in 2000, he has worked for multiple organizations in project management and online technology/communication roles, most recently at Bend the Arc and the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. Mr. Reiss is a regular presenter at the annual Nonprofit Technology Conference and participated in the selection committee for the 2014 Nonprofit Excellence Awards. He is a Project Management Professional (PMP) and a CUNY alumnus with a MBA from Baruch College and a BS from Brooklyn College.

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Michael Rempel
Research Director

Michael Rempel is research director at the Center for Court Innovation, ultimately overseeing all research conducted at the agency. He is currently directing a statewide evaluation of specialized drug courts in New York; a randomized trial of evidence-based assessment tools; a national study of the commercial sexual exploitation of children; and a multi-site formative study of initiatives to address children’s exposure to violence. He is also co-principal investigator on a multi-site evaluation of specialized reentry courts and a study of the Red Hook (Brooklyn) community court. In the past, he has published extensively on research related to drug courts (including NIJ’s Multi-Site Adult Drug Court Evaluation) and criminal justice interventions in cases of intimate partner violence. Recent publications also concern specialized domestic violence courts; the commercial sexual exploitation of children; research methodology; and the potential to apply problem-solving techniques more broadly in traditional court settings. His work has recently appeared in research journals such as the Journal of Experimental Criminology, Justice Quarterly, Criminology and Public Policy, and Violence Against Women; as well as practitioner-oriented journals such as the Justice System Journal, Judicature, Drug Court Review, and Criminal Justice Magazine. He is co-editor of Documenting Results: Research on Problem-Solving Justice (2007). Previously, he published articles on contemporary social theory and the political sociology of advanced industrial societies and co-edited Citizen Politics in Post-Industrial Societies (1997).

Jacqueline Renaud-Rivera
Peacemaking Program Associate, Red Hook Community Justice Center

Jacqueline Renaud-Rivera is a peacemaking program associate with the Red Hook Responders at the Red Hook Community Justice Center. Her main responsibilities are to respond to the social needs in the community and help residents recover from Hurricane Sandy and any future natural disasters. Before joining the Center, she worked as a department of mental health crisis counselor and counseled those directly affected by Hurricane Sandy in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Prior to this position, she was a parent coordinator with the Board of Education. Mrs. Renaud-Rivera received her B.A. in Criminal Justice from John Jay College, and is a proud, long-time Red Hook resident.

Moises Reyes
Coordinator Community Service, Bronx Community Solutions

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Natalie Reyes
Associate Director, Training and Technical Assistance

Natalie Reyes is associate director of Training and Technical Assistance at the Center for Court Innovation. In this role, she provides consulting services to jurisdictions domestically and internationally, including assistance provided under the Problem-Solving Justice Initiative, a project supported by the Bureau of Justice Assistance at the U.S. Department of Justice to promote the wider use of problem-solving practices in an effort to reduce crime and incarceration while strengthening public trust in justice. Under this initiative, 10 jurisdictions are receiving funding and technical assistance to launch or enhance community courts. Ms. Reyes also works on the High Performance Prosecution technical assistance initiative, in collaboration with the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys. Prior to joining the Center, Ms. Reyes spent four years at the Organization of American States’ Justice Studies Center of the Americas in Santiago, Chile, where she provided technical assistance on legal and public policy reforms for criminal and civil justice systems in Latin America. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Fordham University and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.

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Jeffery Reynoso
Accounting Clerk

Melissa Richard
Intake Associate, Midtown Community Court

Najee Ritter-Omar
Youth and Community Engagement Specialist, Brownsville Community Justice Center

Luis Rivera
Community Service Outreach Coordinator, Midtown Community Court

Amanda Rivera
Senior Case Manager, Midtown Community Court

James Rivera
Program Manager, SOS South Bronx

Marisol Rivera
Outreach Worker, Morrisania

Dana Rivera
Social Worker, Brooklyn Justice Initatives

Dana C. Rivera is a social worker at Brooklyn Justice Initiatives. In this role, she completes mental health assessments, develops individualized treatment plans, and carries a case load that consists of youths and adult nonviolent offenders with identified mental health concerns. Her work also involves engaging clients in case management and supportive counseling. Her previous experience includes more than five years with the State of New Jersey’s Department of Children and Families working with youths ages 5-21 with complex mental and behavioral health concerns. She holds a Master of Social Work from New York University and will obtain an M.S. Nonprofit Leadership from Fordham University, August 2016. She is a Licensed Master’s Social Worker.

Amanda Roaf
Clinical Director Midtown Community Court

Amanda Roaf is the clinical coordinator at Midtown Community Court. In this role she oversees programming and operations for the clinic department. Amanda’s focus is on developing trauma-informed and strengths-based services that target the key causes of recidivism. She first joined Midtown in 2012 as the youth justice social worker where she developed programming and provided clinical services for adolescent defendants. Her work focused on bringing a trauma-informed and developmentally appropriate approach to court-based work with youth. Amanda has worked closely with stakeholders to strengthen the Adolescent Diversion Program at Midtown. Amanda has also worked with legal stakeholders to develop a curriculum for individuals arrested for solicitation of prostitution. Prior to joining Midtown, Amanda worked as a family therapist for an alternative-to-incarceration program. She has also worked with the Department of Veterans Affairs as a substance abuse counselor and has provided counseling services to individuals incarcerated for committing sex offenses. She received her BS from James Madison University and her MSW from the Silver School of Social Work at New York University.

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Megann Rogers
Clinical Reentry Specialist, Queens Reentry Specialist

Megann Rogers is a clinical reentry specialist at Queens Youth Justice Center. Queens Youth Justice Center is a community-based program that provides an alternative to detention for youth who have open delinquency matters pending in Queens Family Court. Megann joined Center for Court Innovation in 2013 as a social work intern at Bronx Community Solutions working specifically with the Adolescent Diversion Project. In her current role at QYJC, Megann works as part of the Futures program, providing mental health assessments, case management, and referrals to community resources that reflect the needs of the individual youth. Megann has a background in youth development stemming from work at Boys and Girls Club, Kingsbridge Heights Community Center, and other afterschool programs. Megann is a Licensed Master Social Worker. She received her B.A. in Psychology and Germanic Studies with minors in Business and Social Welfare Advocacy from Indiana University-Bloomington. She received her M.S.W. from Columbia University School of Social Work.

Orleny Rojas
Citywide Supervised Release Coordinator

Orleny Rojas is a resource coordinator and in this capacity she serves as the primary liaison and representative between Bronx Community Solutions (BCS) and court room staff. As such, she must be prepared to provide information on programs and services, respond to questions or concerns by courtroom staff, visitors or the public. In addition, the resource coordinator assists judges in identifying appropriate community service/social service sanctions for defendants and provides detailed case information when individuals are returned to the courts on a warrant. Orleny has a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration, a Master’s in Social Work, and is currently working on her Juris Doctorate. Prior to working at Bronx Community solutions she worked at Inwood Community Services, Inc. and Fordham University.

Jacklyn Romanoff
Senior Court Liaison, Staten Island Youth Court

Jacklyn Romanoff, is the coordinator of Restorative Justice Initiatives at the Staten Island Youth Justice Center where she primarily oversees: Staten Island Youth Court, Adolescent Diversion Program, and service learning projects. Jacklyn was the senior case manager at the Red Hook Community Justice Center’s clinic for seven years. In this capacity, she worked with adults struggling with substance abuse and mental health issues. Before coming to the Center, Jacklyn was a domestic violence coordinator for Safe Horizon, the city’s largest victim’s services organization. There she assisted thousands of families by providing assistance in receiving emergency shelter placement and benefits.

Skye Ross
Supervised Release Social Worker, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives

Skye Ross is a social worker in the supervised release program in Brooklyn Criminal Court. In this role, she works with clients arrested on misdemeanor and non-violent felony charges who would otherwise be detained on low bail pre-trial. Ms. Ross conducts needs and risk assessments and determines clients' level of supervision. Ms. Ross also provides case management and offers voluntary referrals and supportive counseling for clients. Prior to joining the Center for Court Innovation, Ms. Ross was a project coordinator and counselor on a research study of counseling-based interventions for men recently diagnosed with HIV. Ms. Ross holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Connecticut College, a master's degree in social work from the Columbia University School of Social Work, and a master's degree in public health from the Mailman School of Public Health.

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Leah Russell
Senior Associate, Syracuse

Leah Russell is a senior associate with the Tribal Justice Exchange and the Syracuse Office. For the Tribal Justice Exchange, Leah works on the Tribal Access to Justice Innovation (TAJI) project. In the Syracuse Office, Leah assists with the Near Westside Peacemaking Project. Leah began her work at the Center in 2011 as the coordinator of the Syracuse English-as-a-Second-Language Program, where she provided English language instruction to Spanish-speaking participants in the Syracuse Drug Treatment Court. She partnered with the Syracuse Office to create a toolkit and ESL curriculum designed to assist other drug courts in New York State in developing effective ESL programs of their own. Leah received her Master's Degree in Latin American and Iberian Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara in 2010.

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Sally Sanchez
Project Director, Queens Youth Justice Center

Sally Sanchez is the project director of Queens Engagement Strategies for Teens (QUEST), a community-based project offering alternative-to-detention and youth development programs for teens. QUEST's programs include an after-school and community supervision program for youths arrested on delinquency charges; a youth court, in which local teenagers serve as jurors, judges, and attorneys in actual cases involving peers; and QUEST Futures, which provides assessments, case management, and family support for justice-involved youths with mental health problems. As project director, Ms. Sanchez is responsible for day-to-day operations and program development. Ms. Sanchez previously served as the associate director of youth development at the Harlem Community Justice Center. Prior to joining the Center for Court Innovation in 2005, she worked as a domestic violence advocate with Safe Horizon's Domestic Violence Police Program. Ms. Sanchez received her B.A. in Government from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and her M.S. in Nonprofit Management from Milano, The New School for Management and Urban Policy.

Isacha Sandy
Program Manager, Brownsville Community Justice Center

Laura Sapirstein
Education Advisor/Consultant, Westchester County Family Court

Laura Sapirstein is an education advisor/consultant in the Westchester Court Education Initiative at Westchester County Family Court. The Education Initiative is designed to address the educational needs of children ages 3-21 whose parents are in court due to allegations of neglect or abuse, children who have been placed in foster care, those reuniting with their biological families, or children in the adoptive process. This population is generally at a higher risk for developmental disabilities, truancy, and tenuous living situations, which severely impact their ability to make even adequate progress in school. Through careful consultation with judges and court attorney referees, Laura works with attorneys for the child, the Department of Social Services, school districts, and caregivers to help protect and insure the children's educationally related legal entitlements and helps to promote safe and effective plans for school programming. Laura has been a resident of Westchester County for close to 30 years, was raised in Riverdale, and attended the New York City Public Schools. She holds a Masters of Arts Degree in Special Education from New York University and was both a teacher and administrator in the Boston Public Schools. Since moving back to New York in 1986 she has advocated for the educational rights of Westchester students, and has trained attorneys, social workers, school district personnel, and caregivers on federal and state education mandates.

Erika Sasson
Director of Restorative Practices

Erika Sasson is the director of restorative practices at the Center of Court Innovation, overseeing the Center’s restorative practice initiatives across a broad range of demonstration projects. Ms. Sasson is a member of the Research-Practice Strategies department, which synergizes the agency’s three primary areas of work: research, operating programs, and expert assistance. Research-Practice Strategies seeks to improve justice system responses to both defendants and victims, to promote racial justice, and to expand the use of restorative practices. Ms. Sasson is also a site coordinator for the Center’s work on the MacArthur Safety and Justice Challenge. In this capacity, she provides technical assistance to justice system and community stakeholders addressing the overuse and misuse of jail, with an emphasis on community engagement. Ms. Sasson previously oversaw the planning and implementation of the Red Hook peacemaking program, the first program of its kind in a state court system, in addition to serving on the Center’s Tribal Justice Exchange, providing planning and technical assistance to tribal communities across the United States. Originally from Montreal, Canada, Ms. Sasson received her bachelor's degree in peace and conflict studies from the University of Toronto and her civil and common law degrees from McGill University. Prior to joining the Center, she worked in Toronto as a federal prosecutor, where she handled drug, gun, and gang cases. Ms. Sasson completed fellowships on monitoring and preventing torture for the National Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka, on criminal justice and civil rights for the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, and on the penal system of the indigenous Awá nation for a non-profit in Ecuador. Ms. Sasson moved to New York in 2009 to attend New York University School of Law, where she received an L.L.M. in criminal justice.

Matthew Savago
Fiscal Manager

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Annie Schachar
Associate Director/Senior Attorney Advisor, Drug Court Programs

Annie Schachar serves as Associate Director/Senior Attorney Advisor for the Department of Drug Court Programs at the Center for Court Innovation. In this role, Ms. Schachar advises attorneys, judges, and other drug court practitioners on legal issues relevant to drug courts. Previously, Ms. Schachar served as director of the Center’s Kings County Court-Based Intervention and Resource Team, an alternative-to-incarceration program in Brooklyn for offenders with mental health disorders. Before joining the Center, Ms. Schachar practiced law as a defense attorney with Legal Aid Ontario in Toronto, where she represented clients in drug treatment court, mental health court, and aboriginal court. Prior to this, she was an Assistant Crown Attorney for the Ministry of the Attorney General, prosecuting defendants in both the appeals office and the trial office. Ms. Schachar is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s criminology department and Osgoode Hall Law School at York University.

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Ramon Semorile
Intake Specialist, Bronx Community Solutions

Ramon Semorile came to work for the Center for Court Innovation in 2005 as a community service crew supervisor for Bronx Community Solutions. He assisted with developing the Community Service Department at Bronx Community Solutions, which includes outreach efforts to Bronx Community Solutions clients and building relationships with community worksites. Ramon’s role at Bronx Community Solutions has expanded to include intake specialist, team member with the DWI Initiative, as well as social service group facilitator in both English and Spanish, which led him to develop classes and programming for clients who speak Spanish. In 2013 Ramon completed a fellowship at Hostos Community College called We Are the Bronx Fellowship, uniting service providers in the Bronx and providing them with professional development in their fields. Ramon is the co-chair of the Bronx Re-Entry Working Group and the facilitator of the Re-Entry Anonymous Support Group, having started his advocacy efforts on behalf of returning citizens in 2010.

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Jillian Shagan
Director of Community Health and Safety Strategies

Jillian Shagan is the director of community health and safety strategies for the Center for Court Innovation. She has worked on a variety of court and community-based initiatives citywide, including most recently a pre-trial supervised release program for misdemeanor offenders in Brooklyn. She also led the planning team for Save Our Streets (SOS) South Bronx and oversees the Center’s gun violence prevention efforts. She supervises several Center projects, including the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center (which she previously directed) and the Harlem Community Justice Center. Ms. Shagan also oversees the Center’s development department and is responsible for coordinating all Center-wide fundraising and grants management efforts. Before joining the Center, Ms. Shagan directed the legal division of Lutheran Family and Community Services, an immigration and refugee resettlement agency, where she managed three church-based community immigration clinics. She received her B.A. from Oberlin College and her law degree from the New York University School of Law.

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Dipal Shah
Director, Midtown Community Court

Dipal Shah is director of the Midtown Community Court. In this capacity Mr. Shah leads a staff dedicated to providing meaningful alternatives to incarceration for misdemeanor offenses, enhancing public trust in justice, and advancing community interests. Mr. Shah oversees Midtown’s efforts in adolescent diversion, fatherhood and workforce development, responses to human trafficking, clinical services, community service, and more. An admitted attorney, Mr. Shah was previously director of policy development and programming at the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, where he worked with legal scholars, policy leaders, and the executive, judicial, and legislative branches of government on progressive legal policy issues. Mr. Shah also practiced law at several nationally recognized law firms. Mr. Shah is a cum laude graduate of the American University, Washington College of Law, where we was editor of the Administrative Law Review. He is a graduate, with honors, of Northwestern University, where he received his B.A. in political science and international studies. Mr. Shah has spoken on access to justice, diversity, LGBT issues, labor issues, and employment issues. He is a participant in Coro Leadership NY XXVII and was selected as one of the “Best 40 Lawyers under 40” by the National LGBT Bar Association in 2013. His writing has appeared in the Advocate online and in various journals.

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Elaine Shea
Associate Director of Development

Kristen Slesar
Trauma psychotherapist

Kristen Slesar is a bilingual trauma-focused psychotherapist at the Child and Adolescent Witness Support Program and in private practice. She is also an adjunct faculty member of the Narrative Medicine Program at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University and a consultant and trainer for the Graduate School of Applied Psychology of New York University and the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault. Kristen previously coordinated the Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner and Volunteer Advocate Programs at a major private hospital in New York City and managed a small basic center/shelter for homeless LGBTQ teens and young adults in Harlem. Kristen has a Bachelor's degree in Latin American Studies from Stanford University, a Master's of Social Work from New York University and a Master's of Science in Narrative Medicine from Columbia University.

Thelma Small
RISE coordinator, Brownsville Community Justice Center

Colleen Smith
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.

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Jonathan Smith
Volunteer coordinator, Brownsville Community Justice Center

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Jenna Smith
Senior Program Associate

Jenna Smith is the senior program associate of the Domestic Violence Programs, which provide expert assistance to courts across the country that seek to improve their response to domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Prior to joining the Center, Ms. Smith worked for Hour Children, a nonprofit that runs parenting programs for incarcerated mothers at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility in New York. Trained in sexual assault crisis counseling, she has extensive experience working with trauma survivors. Ms. Smith holds a B.A. in human rights studies and English literature from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. She is professionally proficient in Spanish.

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Gene Sorkin
Manager, System Administration and New Media

Gene Sorkin joined the Center in 1999 and is currently responsible for network administration and technology service management. He maintains the Center’s servers, workstations, audio visual equipment, phone/voicemail systems and Blackberrys. Working with Novell and Microsoft networks, he manages multiple site networking, terminal services, VPN, remote desktop and firewall products. Mr. Sorkin provides on-going research and support for cutting edge technology products and systems, and special projects such as a project-based Linux operating system. Mr. Sorkin also functions as the Center’s photographer for special events. His photos of the Mayor of New York City, Mayor Michael Bloomberg have appeared in the Benchmark Journal and some of his personal work has been published in the New York Times.

Jacqueline Soto
Associate Director of Court Operations, Red Hook Community Justice Center

Ms. Soto has been a part of the Justice Center since October 2001. Ms. Soto is responsible for assisting with the oversite of Criminal Court, including the daily operations of the Alternatives to Incarceration department. Ms. Soto has an implicit working knowledge of the Justice Center’s technical operations, the intricacies of work flow and compliance monitoring. In her time at the Justice Center Ms. Soto has held several roles including AmeriCorps Member, and Coordinator of Alternative to Incarceration. Ms. Soto seamlessly integrates a deep appreciation for court operations with an even deeper appreciation, respect, and care for the community.

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Joseph Spadafore
Research Associate

Basaime Spate
Violence Interrupter,Crown Heights Community Mediation Center

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Laura Stabile
Patient Navigator, Syracuse Office

Laura Stabile, LCSW, directs the Patient Navigator Program, which helps court-involved women who are pregnant or parenting a young child establish a "medical home" and access community resources to better their own health and the health of their children. Laura has an extensive background in maternal and infant health care issues, including many years working at Children's Hospital: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Since relocating to Syracuse, Laura has worked at Crouse Hospital in the Emergency Department, Labor and Delivery Unit, and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Dequann Stanley
Violence Interrupter, Crown Heights Community Mediation Center

Rudolph Suggs
Outreach Worker and Violence Interrupter Supervisor, Crown Heights Community Mediation Center

Elizabeth Swan
Program Manager/Supervised Release, Bronx Community Solutions

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Rachel Swaner
Associate Director of Research

Rachel Swaner is an associate director of research focusing on justice issues related to children and youth. She is currently the project director of the multi-site evaluation of the Defending Childhood Initiative, the U.S. Attorney General's multi-site initiative to address children's exposure to violence. She is also the research coordinator for a national portrait study of the commercial sexual exploitation of children. Prior to joining the Center, she was a researcher at the Harlem Children’s Zone, where she evaluated social, educational, and health programs for children and youth. Ms. Swaner received her Bachelor of Science and Masters of Public Administration from New York University, and her Ph.D. in Sociology from the CUNY Graduate Center. She teaches at NYU's Wagner School of Public Service.

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Marlies Talay
Volunteer Coordinator, Crown Heights Community Mediation Center

Marlies Talay joined the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center in September 2013, where she manages the Center’s fiscal and administrative needs, coordinates community events and outreach, and oversees neighborhood services. Previously, she spent two years working in youth development with City Year New York, and is a former Coro Fellow in Public Affairs. Marlies graduated from Pomona College in 2010, where she studied politics and racial justice.

Jennifer Tallon
Senior Research Associate

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Ashraf Talukder
System Administrator, Department of Technology

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Brett Taylor
Director of Operations,Tribal Justice Exchange; Senior Advisor, Problem-Solving Justice

Brett Taylor is director of operations for the Center’s Tribal Justice Exchange program. He formerly was the Center’s deputy director of national technical assistance. Before joining the Center in 2007, Mr. Taylor served as the senior defense attorney for six years at the Red Hook Community Justice Center in Brooklyn, New York. Prior to that, he was a trial attorney for the Legal Aid Society in Brooklyn for over 10 years. Mr. Taylor has worked with numerous tribes on creating justice system strategic plans and needs assessments. He has presented at numerous national conferences on tribal courts, community courts, community prosecution, and other community justice topics. He was the attendance court hearing officer in P.S. 27, a Brooklyn elementary school from 2007-2010. He has also been a trainer for the Red Hook Youth Court since 1998 and has been organizing and coaching in the Red Hook Youth Baseball League since 2000. Mr. Taylor holds a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh and a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Julie Taylor
Deputy Director, Brownsville Community Justice Center

Andree Tenemas-Chavez
Resource Coordinator

Andree Tenemás-Chavez is the resource coordinator for Kings County Parent Support Program. This innovative program provides a new tool for courts to address issues of underemployment, education, and social issues that impact a non-custodial parent’s ability to pay child support. In this role, Ms. Tenemás-Chavez meets with non-custodial parents to conduct assessments, recommend service plans, and connect non-custodial parents to community based resources. She provides case supervision to facilitate child support compliance and provides the court with progress reports so that the court may take the appropriate action. Prior to joining the Center for Court Innovation Ms. Tenemás-Chavez worked as an educational specialist for The Children’s Aid Society/Brooklyn PINS Diversion Program where she conducted comprehensive psychosocial/educational assessments and adolescent counseling using principles of human development. She designed and facilitated bilingual educational workshops informing parents of promotion criteria, educational policies, regulations, and entitlements. Ms. Tenemás-Chavez received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Brooklyn College, City University of New York.

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Rebecca Thomforde Hauser
Associate Director, Domestic Violence Programs

As the Associate Director of Domestic Violence Programs, Rebecca Thomforde Hauser assists jurisdictions nationally and in New York State to plan and implement Domestic Violence, Integrated Domestic Violence, Sex Offense and Youthful Offender Domestic Violence Courts. Before coming to the Center, she was a Victim Witness Advocate at the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in Boston, providing crisis intervention, case management, and court advocacy to domestic violence victims as well as other victims of violent crimes. While in Boston, she also worked at Safe Havens: The Interfaith Partnership Against Domestic Violence, creating curricula and coordinating a year-long training domestic violence education program for clergy and laity from Christian, Jewish, and Muslim congregations throughout the greater Boston area. She graduated from Earlham College, where she received a Fulbright Scholarship, and Boston University School of Theology.

Catherine “Anisah” Thompson
Reentry Aide, Harlem Community Justice Center

Catherine “Anisah” Thompson is a reentry aide with the Harlem Community Justice Center. She provides assistance to formerly incarcerated persons and their families who are engaged in programming at the Justice Center. Prior to assuming her current role in 2011, Anisah was an AmeriCorps national service member assigned to the Justice Center. Anisah previously worked as a peer advocate with the Correctional Association of New York, Fortune Society, and Goodwill Industries’ Project Caring Communities. In 2007, Anisah received the Coalition for Women Prisoners Advocate for Justice Award. She attended LaGuardia Community College and has a certificate in Office Technology.

Melissa Torres
Office, Facilities, and Community Relations Manager, Red Hook Community Justice Center

Melissa has worked at the Justice Center for over ten years and started as an administrative assistant after obtaining her Associate of Occupational Studies. With past experience in office management; she had a smooth transition into the role as Facilities Manager and quickly grew a passion for maintaining a community building that provides so many services to her neighborhood. Melissa, recently took on the role as Community Relations Manager; where she keeps the Red Hook community fully aware of all the services offered at the Justice Center, local schools, organizations, and community centers.

Christopher Troche
Court Liaison, Supervised Release, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives

Christopher Troché is a bilingual court liaison for the supervised release program at Brooklyn Justice Initiatives. Before joining Brooklyn Justice Initiatives, Mr. Troché worked with the New York City Criminal Justice Agency as a release-on-recognizance interviewer in Brooklyn Criminal Court. He holds a B.S. in criminal justice with an investigative service concentration from the University of New Haven.

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Tonya Tucker
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.

Dyna Tucker
Social Worker, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives

Dyna Tucker is a social worker with Brooklyn Justice Initiatives. Mrs. Tucker has worked with at-risk youth for the past five years in various capacities, ranging from working as a youth development counselor at a foster care agency to interning as a youth counselor at a transfer school. Mrs. Tucker is experienced in individual and group counseling, college counseling, conflict resolution, leadership development, and career exploration. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Franklin and Marshall College and a master’s in social work with a concentration in forensic social work from Long Island University.

Karen Turner
Office Manager, SOS South Bronx

Sean Vargas
Senior Clinical Youth Developer, Queens Youth Justice Center

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Lisa Vavonese
Deputy Director and Peacemaking Coordinator, Syracuse Office

Lisa Vavonese is the peacemaking coordinator of the Syracuse Office. Ms. Vavonese oversees the Near Westside Peacemaking Project. Prior to joining the Center, Ms. Vavonese was the director of the Reentry Clinic at the Center for Community Alternatives in Syracuse, and an Assistant Public Defender in Monroe County, New York. Ms. Vavonese also assisted refugees in Tanzania, and domestic violence survivors in Malaysia, and clerked in trial chambers at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands. Ms. Vavonese received her B.A. from Hartwick College, and her J.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School.

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Brett Vetterlein
Associate Director of Development

Erica Vitucci
Intake Specialist, Red Hook Community Justice Center

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Alina Vogel
Senior Web Technology Associate

Alina Vogel is a senior web technology associate, she is in charge of the administration and development of the Center's websites; her responsibilities include project management, programming, design, and ongoing development. Prior to joining the Center, Ms. Vogel worked for a number of not-for-profit organizations, including the Ms. Foundation and the White House Project. She has also worked for the Environmental Protection Agency. In her native Romania, Ms. Vogel worked for 4 years as a reporter for a major Romanian newspaper and various magazines. She received her Master's in Journalism from Bucharest University.

Laura Volz Rowe
Program Coordinator, Red Hook Community Justice Center

Haddijatou Waggeh
Youth Justice Coordinator, Midtown Community Court

Haddijatou Waggeh is the youth justice social worker at the Midtown Community Court. In her current capacity, she provides in-depth clinical assessments, group counseling, and individual counseling to court-involved youth; and works collaboratively with court and community stakeholders to assist defendants in the Manhattan Adolescent Diversion Part. She comes to Midtown with experience in youth and program development. Ms. Waggeh holds a Bachelor’s in Political Science and a Master’s in Social Work from Fordham University.

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Allyson Walker Franklin
Research Associate

Allyson is a program/research associate at the Center for Court Innovation. Prior to joining the Center for Court Innovation she worked on internal evaluation as a research associate at Inwood House and interned in the Prison Visiting Project at the Correctional Association of New York, looking at conditions and the treatment of inmates in New York State prisons. She holds an MSW from Columbia University, where she has been involved in research looking at arrest data in New York City as well as nationwide studies of the effects of paternal incarceration on parents’ housing stability. She also holds a BSW from Cedar Crest College.

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Mary Walle
Youth Justice Board Program Associate

Mary Walle is the Youth Justice Board program associate at the Center for Court Innovation. She previously served as a public ally for the Youth Justice Board through AmeriCorps. Before joining the Center, Ms. Walle worked at the New York Immigration Coalition, where she expanded outreach efforts to undocumented New Yorkers through a citywide anti-poverty and education initiative focused on reaching potential Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients. Mary is passionate about designing and facilitating creative processes that engage people, especially youth, in meaningful social change. Her dedication and spirit is rooted in her work with the Prison Creative Arts Project, where she collaboratively created original theater with adults and young men in the justice system. Mary earned her B.A. in history with a minor in community action and social change from the University of Michigan.

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Christopher Watler
Project Director, Harlem Community Justice Center

Christopher Watler is project director of the Harlem Community Justice Center, the community court in Harlem focusing on housing, youth crime, and offender reentry. As director, he oversees day-to-day operations and program development. Mr. Watler previously served as the Deputy Director of National Technical Assistance where he provided information & assistance on community justice initiatives to a broad audience, by leading site-visits to the Center’s demonstration projects, conducting training, providing hands-on assistance to jurisdictions developing community court and prosecution programs, assisting in the development of community justice curricula, and coordinating partnerships with model community justice programs. Mr. Walter has also served as part of the original planning teams for the Red Hook Community Justice Center and the Crown Height Community Mediation Center. Before coming to the Center, Mr. Walter worked as the Operations and Training Manager at the City Volunteer Corps and as a Community Center Director for the Union Settlement Association where he supervised programs involving youth and seniors. He holds a Masters of Public Administration from John Jay College of the City University of New York.

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Charlotte Weber
Social Worker, Bronx Community Solutions

Charlotte Weber is a social worker at Bronx Community Solutions. In this capacity, she works with individuals arrested for prostitution, providing trauma-informed counseling and case management services. Additionally, Ms. Weber works in the Bronx Human Trafficking Intervention Court, connecting clients to services and providing recommendations for alternative sentencing. Previously, Ms. Weber interned with Elmhurst Hospital’s Assertive Community Treatment team and worked as a case manager with the prostitution diversion program at the Midtown Community Court. Ms. Weber holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from New York University.

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Elise White
Principal Research Associate

Elise White is a principal research associate focusing on justice issues related to youth, human trafficking, and alternatives to incarceration. She is currently the principal investigator on the second phase of the Misdemeanor Assessment Project, a federally-funded, multi-site, multi-phase study of risks, needs, and targeted interventions across misdemeanor populations. She is also co-principal investigator on a federally-funded study of the characteristics, needs, and trafficking rates of people who exchange sex for money in New York City, and a senior researcher on a comprehensive study examining the impacts of school safety and positive climate and culture in New York City public schools on a range of school safety outcomes. Prior to this position, she served as deputy director at the Midtown Community Court, where she directed the court’s clinical operations, as well as its research and strategic planning projects; and as the director of youth and community justice at the Red Hook Community Justice Center, where she oversaw court, clinical, and program operations for youth 21 and under, planning projects and new initiatives for young people and the community at large. She holds a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park. She teaches at New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service.

Latoya White
Supervised Release Resource Coordinator, Bronx Community Solutions

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Norline Wild
Patient Navigator, Buffalo

Norline Wild is the patient navigator in the Buffalo, NY office of the Center for Court Innovation. In this capacity, she works to improve maternal and child health outcomes for court-involved women in Erie County, particularly adolescents, who are pregnant or parenting young children. Ms. Wild connects clients to medical care and links them to services and resources in the community. Ms Wild has a strong background in child development, mental health issues, and family dynamics. She holds a bachelor’s degree in human services from Northeastern University and a master's degree in social work from Boston College. She is a licensed master social worker.

Barry Wiles
Bed-Stuy Outreach Worker Supervisor, Crown Heights Community Mediation Center

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Robert V. Wolf
Director, Communications

Robert V. Wolf's responsibilities include writing and editing monographs, articles, web content, and speeches as well as directing and producing videos and podcasts. Rob's work has appeared in anthologies and numerous publications, including the New York Times, The Justice System Journal, National Black Law Journal, Crime & Justice International, Judicature, The Judges' Journal, International Review of Law Computers & Technology, New York State Bar Association Journal, and Texas Journal of Corrections. Before joining the Center in 1999, he worked as a reporter, columnist, and editor for the Staten Island Advance and, prior to that, as a reporter for the East Hampton Star. His book "The Jury System" was honored by the New York Public Library as one of its recommended "Books for the Teen Age," and his work for the Center has received awards from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency. In his spare time, Rob hosts the New Books in Science Fiction podcast on the New Books Network. Born and raised in Illinois, he received his B.A. in English from Columbia University.

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Katherine Wurmfeld
Senior Attorney

 

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