Alex Busansky, President
Email Alex Busansky | Twitter @ImpactJustice Alex Busansky began his career as a prosecutor at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office in 1987. During his twelve years at the district attorney’s office, he handled homicides, serious domestic violence and other family violence, and sex abuse cases. In 1998, Alex left New York City to work for the US Department of Justice in Washington, DC where he became a trial attorney in the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division. While at DOJ, he investigated and prosecuted cases across the nation involving excessive use of force by federal, state, and local law enforcement and corrections officers and racial and religious hate crimes. In 2002, he served as counsel to Senator Russ Feingold on the US Senate Judiciary Committee. In that role, he worked on a broad range of juvenile justice, criminal justice, and homeland security issues including developing strategies to address the USA PATRIOT Act, drafting legislation concerning the use of excessive force by US Customs agents, and developing the Anti-Gang Act. In 2004, Alex joined the Vera Institute of Justice as executive director of the Commission on Safety and Abuse for America’s Prisons. He was the founding director of the Washington, DC, office, where he led Vera’s work on numerous national and local initiatives including the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission. Alex also served as an adjunct professor at American University School of Law, co-teaching the Prosecution Seminar.
In 2010, Alex joined the National Council on Crime & Delinquency as President. During his tenure, Alex led NCCD to become a leading organization working at the forefront of criminal justice innovations. He and his team built several groundbreaking initiatives including the Restorative Justice Project, the PREA Resource Center, the Media for a Just Society Awards and the Pay for Success initiative. He also expanded the reach of NCCD to include the launch of a Washington, DC office. In 2011 he served as a member of the Los Angeles County Commission on Jail Violence. Alex earned his Juris Doctor at the Georgetown University Law Center and received a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He lives in the Bay Area with his wife and four children.
sujatha baliga, Vice President and Director, Restorative Justice Project
Email sujatha baliga | Twitter @ sujatha baliga’s work is characterized by an equal dedication to victims and persons accused of crimes. She speaks publicly and inside prisons about her own experiences as a survivor of child sexual abuse and her path to forgiveness. A former victim advocate and public defender in New York and New Mexico, baliga was awarded a Soros Justice Fellowship in 2008 which she used to launch a pre-charge restorative juvenile diversion program in Alameda County. Through the Restorative Justice Project baliga helps communities implement restorative justice alternatives to juvenile detention and zero-tolerance school discipline policies. She is also dedicated to using this approach to end child sexual abuse and intimate partner violence. sujatha is a frequent guest lecturer at universities and conferences; she’s been a guest on NPR and the Today Show; and The New York Times Magazine and The Atlantic have profiled her work. She earned her A.B. from Harvard College, her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, and has held two federal clerkships.
Nicole Pittman, Vice President, Stoneleigh and Rosenberg Fellow, and Director, Center on Youth Registration Reform
Email Nicole Pittman | Stoneleigh and Rosenberg Leading Edge Fund Fellow | Nicole Pittman has spent more than a decade challenging youth registration and notification laws through extensive research in the field, lawyering and advocacy. As a 2011 Soros Senior Justice Advocacy Fellow at Human Rights Watch, Pittman interviewed hundreds of individuals raised on registries across the country to document the emotional and societal toll of subjecting children to this practice. Pittman’s 2013 Human Rights Watch report, “Raised on the Registry: The Irreparable Harm of Placing Children on Sex Offender Registries in the US,” is the first comprehensive examination of this issue. She’s since used her knowledge to provide testimony to at least 30 states and Congress, while in the process reshaping the public dialogue. Previously, Pittman worked for seven years as a juvenile justice policy analyst attorney at the Defender Association of Philadelphia. She has also worked as a staff attorney at the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana, the New Orleans Public Defender Office, and the New Orleans Pro Bono Project. Pittman received a JD from Tulane Law School and a BA from Duke University. Her goal for the Center on Youth Registration Reform is to eliminate the placement of youth on registries.
Jenni Trovillion, Vice President and Director, National PREA Resource Center
Email Jenni Trovillion | Jenni Trovillion joined Impact Justice in 2016, assuming a leadership role in the Washington, DC office and serving as the Co-Director of the National PREA Resource Center (PRC). Jenni brings to Impact Justice more than 15 years of experience managing various statewide and national initiatives within the justice sector. Prior to her tenure with the PRC, Jenni served as a liaison to the congressional appropriations committees on behalf of the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) within the Department of Justice. There, Jenni supported congressional communications regarding OJP’s budget, policies, and programs across federal, state, local, and tribal justice systems. Prior to joining OJP, Jenni served as Deputy Director of the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission, the entity created by Congress to study and draft standards to eliminate the problem of sexual assault in confinement. In this effort, Jenni built upon her previous experience managing outreach and operations for the Vera Institute of Justice’s Commission on Safety and Abuse in America’s Prisons. Jenni began her career in the criminal justice system assisting in the management and case work of the Capital Post-Conviction Project of Louisiana, which provides counsel to Louisiana’s death row inmates through their state collateral and federal habeas appeals. Jenni received a master’s degree in international service from the University of Surrey, Roehampton, in London, England.
Ed Scheuer, Chief Financial Officer
Email Ed Scheuer | Ed Scheuer, interim CFO, founded Capius Consulting following a 20-year consulting career. Scheuer was a partner in the Life Sciences division of Strategic Decisions Group, a multi-national consulting firm. At SDG, he led corporate growth, due diligence and portfolio management projects at dozens of companies, including some of the world’s largest biotech, medical device and pharmaceutical firms. Scheuer was also regional managing director of Protiviti’s Pacific Northwest practice, leading the firm’s global Life Sciences industry group. At Protiviti, he worked with many emerging companies on risk management, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance and financial process re-engineering. He began his career with Price Waterhouse in the U.K. and Arthur Andersen in the U.S. Scheuer has an M.B.A. from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales. He lives in the Bay Area with his wife and three daughters.
Martin Bell, Human Resources Director
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Michela Bowman, Co-Director, National PREA Resource Center
Email Michela Bowman | Michela Bowman joined Impact Justice in 2016 to continue in her role as the co-director of the National PREA Resource Center (PRC), which, as of October 1, 2016, is funded through a cooperative agreement between the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and Impact Justice. The PRC originally launched in June 2011 as a cooperative agreement between the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) and BJA, where Michela was hired as its co-director to work with stakeholders to ensure that adult and juvenile corrections and law enforcement are working to prevent, detect, and respond to sexual abuse in their facilities. In this role, Michela has helped develop a nationwide audit of the PREA standards and a certification training for auditors. Michela trains on many standards specific areas, including the specific protections for LGBTI prisoners and detainees in both adult and juvenile settings.
Michela began her career in prisoners’ rights work as a paralegal with the Prisoners’ Rights Project at the Legal Aid Society in New York City twenty years ago, and has spent most of the last two decades working to improve conditions in prisons and jails. Prior to joining NCCD, Michela was a project director at the Vera Institute of Justice where she provided technical assistance to members of the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission throughout the commission’s standards development process.
Michela has provided technical assistance to state prison systems and county jails in various capacities. Among her projects, she has assisted in the assessment and strengthening of internal and external oversight mechanisms for prisons and jails and has worked with state prison systems to help them reduce their use of solitary confinement. Michela has a master’s degree in law and society from New York University, and a law degree from NYU School of Law.
Aisha Canfield, Senior Policy Researcher and Analyst
Email Aisha Canfield | Aisha Canfield has worked in systems reform her entire career, with the belief that change must be envisioned through an intersectional lens that captures race as well as sexual and gender identity. The California-native began as a death row appeals case assistant for indigent prisoners and later worked as a paralegal for a civil rights litigation firm. After deciding to get an M.A. in Public Policy from Mills College, she steered her focus toward juvenile justice, particularly preventing system-involvement for LGBT/GNC youth of color and improving outcomes for those already caught in the system. Aisha has conducted national research on the disproportionate detention of LGBT/GNC youth, identifying systemic points of disparity, such as contact with child welfare. In addition to her research, Canfield trains juvenile probation departments across the state to implement data collection systems and evaluates community-based providers serving system-involved youth nationally. Canfield challenges all of these organizations to have an honest dialogue about disproportionality and move towards cultural affirmation.
Lisa Capers, Senior Program Associate, National PREA Resource Center
Email Lisa Capers|Lisa Capers has spent her career advocating for the safety of youth in juvenile justice facilities. Prior to joining Impact Justice, Lisa was an attorney in private practice where she handled juvenile cases, conducted Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) audits of juvenile facilities and provided correctional consulting services. In April of 2016, Lisa retired from the Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD) in Austin, Texas after nearly 25 years’ service in the Texas juvenile justice system. She began her career as an Assistant County Attorney prosecuting juvenile and child protective services cases.
At TJJD, Lisa was the Senior Director of Training and Organizational Development. She supervised the project to select a statewide juvenile risk assessment instrument for Texas and led the Juvenile Justice Training Academy and the PREA Compliance Division. Before creation of TJJD in 2011, she served as Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel for the predecessor agency, the Texas Juvenile Probation Commission (TJPC), for 19 years. At TJPC, she was the lead architect of the web-based, statewide facility monitoring and auditing system known as COMETS (Compliance Monitoring, Enforcement, and Tracking System) which is used to monitor the 95 county juvenile facilities in Texas annually for compliance with minimum standards for confinement.
Lisa has worked on PREA implementation for over ten years. In 2006, she oversaw development of new standards for juvenile facilities in Texas consistent with PREA principles before the actual promulgation of national PREA standards. Lisa has trained hundreds of juvenile justice practitioners on PREA and related constitutional requirements governing facility operations since 2007. In 2009, Lisa served as the Project Manager on the Building Capacity Project at TJPC, a partnership with the Project on Addressing Prison Rape at American University’s Washington College of Law that developed a comprehensive PREA training curriculum for juvenile facilities. At TJJD, Lisa continued working with local juvenile facilities to achieve PREA compliance. The TJJD PREA Compliance Division performed official PREA audits on 20 county facilities during 2015-2016 and contracted for approximately 20 additional audits under Ms. Capers leadership.
Lisa completed the PREA Auditor Training in Columbia, South Carolina in November 2013 and became a Certified PREA Auditor in February 2014. Lisa has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Finance and she received her Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas School of Law at Austin in 1991.
Scott Catey, Senior Program Manager for Quality Improvement, National PREA Resource Center
Email Scott Catey | Scott Catey (Ph.D., J.D.) is a Senior Program Manager with the National PREA Resource Center (PRC). Scott’s main portfolio with PRC includes the Audit Quality Oversight (QO) program, which aims at improving the quality, credibility, and reliability of the Prison Rape Elimination Act audit function. Scott has been with the PRC since 2013, and working on QO since 2014. Immediately prior to joining the PRC, he served as the PREA coordinator for the Montana Department of Corrections.
Scott has more than 15 years of international and comparative research on law, policy, and health, with particular emphasis on racial and ethnic disparities and access to care. His research agenda focuses primarily on understanding the relationship between rules and behavior in complex systems, and especially on how, and under what conditions, the intent of laws and policies are achieved (or not achieved) in service-providing institutional settings. He is a trained and effective ethnographer and has conducted extensive qualitative, quantitative, and longitudinal research in North America and Europe.
Scott earned his degrees with honors at the University of Florida, with specialties in anti-discrimination, constitutional and administrative law, and comparative law. He has held faculty appointments at Georgia State University and Agnes Scott College, and has taught or lectured at the University of Florida, the University of Montana, Boston College, Harvard University, Hellenic College, and has also lectured widely in England (including lectures delivered at Oxford University and Cambridge University), Wales, Ireland, Romania, and Germany.
Antoinette Davis, Director, Community Programs
Email Antoinette Davis | Antoinette Davis has more than two decades of professional experience in policy, social science research, evaluation, and data analysis. She is committed to supporting communities and public systems by using research and data to improve outcomes for marginalized communities.
Prior to joining Impact Justice, Antoinette worked at the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, where she managed a variety of local, state, and national process and outcome evaluations. In addition, Antoinette assessed the impact of a variety of juvenile and criminal justice interventions and programs on marginalized communities. Her work includes co-authoring a series of research reports that examine the dramatic reduction of youth incarceration and a report that examines the harmful effects of the adult criminal justice system on girls placed therein. She also completed a national evaluation of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative and explored the overrepresentation of African American youth in Baltimore City’s justice system in Maryland. Antoinette holds bachelor’s degrees in political science and organizational communications studies and a master’s degree in public administration, with a concentration in public policy analysis and program evaluation, from Arizona State University.
Erica Drucker, Development Manager
Email Erica Drucker | Erica brings more than fourteen years of experience in nonprofit program development and fundraising to Impact Justice, and is proud to support a high-impact mission that makes lives healthier and safer for children, families and communities.
Prior to Impact Justice, Erica served as the development director of Safe Shores – The DC Children’s Advocacy Center, a nonprofit helping children and families affected by violence, trauma and abuse. In this role, she was responsible for raising over $2,000,000 annually in gifts and grants. Erica also served as the National Council on Crime and Delinquency’s first-ever development director, and worked on criminal and juvenile justice reform issues as a program associate for the Vera Institute of Justice.
She serves on the board of the Washington-Lee High School Education Foundation and on the fundraising committee of Free Minds, a non-profit book club and writing workshop for youth charged and incarcerated as adults.
Michelle Duhart-Tonge, Senior Program Manager for Training and Technical Assistance, National PREA Resource Center
Email Michelle Duhart-Tonge |Michelle Duhart-Tonge is the Senior Program Manager supporting the National PREA Resource Center’s Training and Technical Assistance program. Prior to joining the Resource Center, Ms. Duhart-Tonge worked in the Training and Technical Assistance field for numerous years for several corporations where she managed several Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention projects as well as deliver training and technical assistance for fifteen years in the areas of community and youth development, strategic planning, organizational development, community policing, and risk-focused prevention as well as other health and human service initiatives. She also has a long history of designing and implementing targeted training requests delivered on-site, via conferences, and web-based forums. Ms. Duhart-Tonge has a degree in Social Work and has also worked in the field of sexual assault, domestic violence, law enforcement, health and human services and at the city, state, and community level.
Kate Feeney, Grants Accounting Associate
Email Kate Feeney | Kate Feeney comes to Impact Justice after 2 years in charter school finance, managing budgets and financial operations for a range of schools in the greater Bay Area. Prior to that, her work for a holistic community development organization in Managua, Nicaragua, garnered her passion for nonprofit work and dedication to serving developing communities that led her to the criminal justice world and Impact Justice. Kate holds a BA in political science from the University of Pennsylvania.
Tracy Fraas, Grants and Contracts Manager
Email Tracy Fraas | Tracy Fraas supports the Impact Justice’s many grants and contracting agreements with federal, state, local, and municipal government entities, foundations, investors, contractors, and subcontractors. Tracy has many years experience in the nonprofit sector and has done volunteer work around social justice issues. Tracy has a B.S. in Finance and a MBA from California State University, Hayward. She lives in the East Bay and in her free time will be found hiking with her two mini dachshunds.
Dave Gaspar, Senior Advisor for Training & Technical Assistance, National PREA Resource Center
Email Dave Gaspar | Dave Gaspar is one of the original staff members of the National PREA Resource Center (PRC) and currently serves as a Senior Advisor for Training and Technical Assistance. In that capacity, Dave handles the field-initiated inquiries PRC receives for assistance, as well as website communications to the PRC from people in the field and the general public. Dave also participates in the PRC’s auditor certification trainings as a faculty member. Dave maintains this commitment to the field by his active participation in various national organizations across the criminal justice field.
Previously, Dave spent 40 plus years working with client populations such as adult offenders, juvenile offenders, high risk youth and adults from across numerous communities. He retired as the Director of the Arizona Juvenile Corrections agency in 2003 and has been working as an independent Consultant. He joined the PRC as one of the initial staff and assisted in the design of the work of the Resource Center in 2011.
Ashlee George, Senior Program Associate, Restorative Justice Project
Email Ashlee George | Ashlee George has amassed a range of expertise in restorative justice philosophy and practices, curriculum design and development (especially development of youth curriculums and programs), restorative practices training, and pre-adjudication diversion. She come to the field of restorative justice with over ten years of experience in youth development. An Oakland, California native, Ashlee is deeply committed to social justice with an emphasis on healing. With healing in mind, Ashlee has led school communities through healing circles and activities in the wake of traumatic events and incidents. Prior to joining Impact Justice, Ashlee was most recently at Community Works West, where she facilitated dialogues between youth who caused harm and the people impacted by that harm in order to bring transformation through accountability. Ashlee holds a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley.
Administrative Associate, National PREA Resource Center
Email Ryan Greenstein | Ryan grew up in Dunwoody, Georgia and recently graduated from the University of Maryland, where he earned a B.A. in History. While at UMD, Ryan organized several campus events supporting juvenile justice reform while serving as the policy chair for The Voice: Juvenile Justice, a student advocacy group on campus. He was also a guest speaker at the UMD Disability Summit, where he spoke about youth with disabilities in the criminal justice system. Ryan has previously interned for the Office of Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Legislative Affairs, and is excited to be working full-time with the PREA Resource Center at Impact Justice.
Celia Johnson, Program Associate, National PREA Resource Center
Email Celia Johnson | Celia Johnson joined the PREA Resource Center (PRC) as a Program Associate in 2014, and joined Impact Justice with the PRC in 2016. She contributes to several areas of the PRC’s work, including logistical and production planning for week-long auditor trainings, maintaining and updating the PRC website, and supporting the tracking and reporting of audit-related and other training/technical assistance requests. Additionally, she has assisted in the project design and implementation of the PRC’s auditor field training program, serving as faculty in up to eight field training audits per year. Previously, Celia served as the research and training coordinator at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, where she was responsible for managing grant programs funded by federal government partners and pharmaceutical companies, providing staffing support to committees, and planning and marketing committee-sponsored programs. She also completed two cooperative experiences at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and Physicians for Human Rights through her undergraduate program at Northeastern University. These experiences in particular have helped cultivate her strong passion for human rights, specifically related to immigration and criminal justice. She has a BS in psychology.
Jennifer Herrera, Research Associate, Community Programs
Email Jennifer Herrera | Jennifer Herrera (class of 2016) graduated with summa cum laude in Sociology and cum laude in Philosophy from UC Davis. For her honors thesis, she examined how people interpret street harassing behavior and received two awards for her findings. Previously, she researched pollution exceedances from the Santa Susana Field Laboratory in an environmental policy internship at the UC Santa Cruz. Aside from her commitment to research, she has worked as a teacher at Aim High, a non-profit summer enrichment program for underserved youth, in Oakland California for the past three summers.
Aaron Juchau, Project Manager & Administrative Coordinator
Email Aaron Juchau | Before joining Impact Justice, Aaron Juchau worked at the Drug Policy Alliance, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, and the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice. At Impact Justice Juchau provides technical, administrative and programmatic support. Juchau studied political economy at UC Berkeley.
Nicole McAllister, Program Associate
Email Nicole McAllister | Nicole joins Impact Justice from Capitol Hill, where she worked as a Legislative Assistant on gender, civil rights, education, and children’s issues for a member of Congress.
Nicole graduated magna cum laude from California State University, Chico with a B.A. in Political Science, Women’s Studies, and Social Science. During her time at CSU Chico, Nicole held several positions at the statewide and campus level where she advocated for access and equity in the California State University system.
She comes to Impact Justice with a passion and commitment to intersectional and dynamic approaches to issues of inequity and social justice. In addition to her work in higher education advocacy, Nicole has conducted research exploring the relationship between gender and recidivism under the implementation of Alternative Custody Supervision in Butte County, CA.
Hanna Miller, Executive Assistant & Administrative Associate
Email Hanna Miller | Hanna Miller comes to Impact Justice from Community Oriented Correctional Health Services (COCHS), where she addressed the intersections of public health and public safety through the criminal justice system. While maintaining office operations, Hanna researched health care services in county jails across the U.S. and working to use health services as a tool for diversion and to reduce recidivism. Hanna has also previously served as an advocate and crisis counselor for survivors of sexualized violence, and has worked as a community organizer around issues of reproductive justice. Hanna earned her B.A. in politics and anthropology from Oberlin College.
Marion Morgan, Senior Program Manager for Auditor Training, National PREA Resource Center
Email Marion Morgan | Marion Morgan joined the National PREA Resource Center (PRC) in January 2014 as a Senior Program Specialist. As a member of the PRC team, Ms. Morgan is responsible for training and certification of Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) auditors, providing them with continuing education and ensuring they meet the requirements for certification compliance. She is also responsible for distributing current information related to the auditing process, staffing the PRC hotline for certified PREA auditors, and responding to questions from the field related to interpretation and implementation of the PREA standards. Ms. Morgan is also the program manager for the certified PREA auditor Field Training Program (FTP).
Prior to joining the PRC, Ms. Morgan was the PREA director for the State of Wisconsin Department of Corrections (WI DOC) from April 2011 until January 2014. As the PREA director for WI DOC, Ms. Morgan was responsible for directing the department’s efforts toward PREA implementation and compliance. This included policy development and the training and education of staff, inmates, residents, offenders, justice system partners, and community stakeholders about issue of sexual safety in confinement. She also assisted the department in establishing promising correctional practices intended to prevent, detect, and respond to sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and staff sexual misconduct.
Prior to working at WI DOC, Ms. Morgan served for 30 years as a police officer and detective with the Madison Police Department. She started her law enforcement career as a patrol officer and was promoted to the position of detective in 1987. As a detective, her areas of investigative practice and training included financial crimes, narcotics crimes, sensitive crimes, and fire investigation. In the realm of sensitive crimes, Ms. Morgan investigated intimate partner crimes including stalking, strangulation, all forms of sexual assault/domestic abuse crimes, and homicides. Ms. Morgan has worked in the field of ending sexual abuse and promoting sexual safety her entire professional career. She has focused on creating awareness around sexual safety and its impact on human rights for all people.
nuri nusrat, Soros Fellow, Restorative Justice Project
Email nuri nusrat | nuri nusrat is dedicated to working with people whose lives are affected by the criminal legal system. For the past two years, she collaborated with communities across California to implement pre-charge restorative justice diversion programs. These programs attend to victim-identified needs and support young people arrested for crimes through processes that upholds the humanity and dignity of all affected. nusrat travels throughout California to offer trainings on facilitating restorative community conferences and circle process. Prior to this, at the Federal Public Defender Death Penalty Project, nusrat assisted attorneys’ presentations of their clients’ life histories. In the past, she also worked on cases regarding people denied disability benefits, people facing removal from the U.S., and on record expungement. In recent years, she has been learning about community responses to child sexual abuse. nusrat’s family history inspires her to empathize with and support people harmed and people who have done harm. nusrat holds a J.D. from American University and an M.A. in ethnic studies from San Francisco State University.
Valerie Okelola, Senior Program Specialist
Email Valerie Okelola | Valerie Okelola provides technical assistance to five juvenile probation departments, integrating asset-based strategies into treatment practices with youth. She also provides evaluation support to the CeaseFire Violence Reduction Strategy in Oakland, California. Previously, she worked at the National Council on Crime and Delinquency on the Girls and Gangs Survey and California’s Children’s Defense fund. She has a B.A. from UC Los Angeles and M.A. in social psychology from Claremont Graduate University.
Miguel Parada, Executive and Operations Assistant
Email Miguel Parada | Miguel Parada graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a BA in Political Science. Throughout his academic career, he worked with underprivileged youth to support their transition and retention within the university. He also wrote an award winning paper arguing for the removal of tax exemption status for non-profits that discriminate against LGBT youth. Miguel hopes to found his own non-profit that reaches greater equity in education for students of color.
Jenny Poretz, Program Associate, Restorative Justice Project
Peggy Ritchie, Senior Advisor for Technical Assistance & Apps, National PREA Resource Center
Email Peggy Ritchie | Peggy Ritchie is a Senior Advisor supporting the National PREA Resource Center (PRC), where she supports field-initiated training and technical assistance delivery as well as the PRC’s audit and curriculum development efforts.
Peggy retired from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation as (CDCR) Deputy Director of Correctional Health Care Services and was an appointee of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s administration and Strike Team that made recommendations for evidence based programming.to be impemented in CDCR. Peggy served as a senior policy and budget analyst for the California Legislative Analysts’ Office prior to her appointment. She has more than 25 years of service in the corrections field including more than seven years with the National Institute of Corrections, US Department of Justice. Peggy served as deputy director of the Office of Law Enforcement and Technology Center Border Research Center, US Department of Justice, San Diego, CA.
As Deputy Director for Ohio’s Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, Peggy’s responsibilities included overseeing the implementation of a technology transfer committee, information and operational technologies, research, offender records, and strategic planning. Peggy was Vice President of research and strategic planning for ORIANA House, Akron, OH. Peggy also served more than seven years in the Arizona Department of Corrections, where she activated a medium-custody prison on the Mexican border. Governor Bruce Babbitt named her Outstanding Woman of the Year during her tenure with Arizona. Peggy was the director of La Clinical Del Pueblo Behavioral Health Center, Superior, AZ, and has held other positions in community corrections, nonprofits, and academics.
Peggy provided consulting on prison operations and community corrections issues during the emergence of democracy in Latvia and Lithuania. For more than five years, she represented the International Community Corrections Association (ICCA) at the United Nations Criminal Justice Non-Governmental Organization. She is a long-term member of the American Correctional Association, ICCA, and the International Prison and Corrections Association. Peggy has an MBA from the University of Phoenix, a master’s degree in education from North Dakota State University, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota.
Welcome Rose, Senior Program Associate, National PREA Resource Center
Email Welcome Rose | Welcome Rose is a Senior Program Associate with the PREA Resource Center, and will primarily work with the Field Training Program (FTP). She holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice, with emphases in Corrections and Law Enforcement. She has more than two decades of experience in adult correctional settings.
As an inmate appeal examiner, Welcome reviewed corrections climate issues in her work with adult populations in a state corrections agency. She investigated appeals on inmate grievances and made recommendations for final decision to agency leadership, focusing on liability protection and mitigation. Before her work in the inmate grievance system, she worked as a probation and parole agent and as a correctional officer.
Welcome earned her PREA Auditor certification in October 2015 and has continuously engaged in auditor learning opportunities, including participation in the Field Training, Peer Review Pilot, and Technical Assistance Provider programs. She is experienced in raising accountability through rule development and staff training, and she promotes sexual safety as a mechanism for fostering safe and secure correctional climates.
Simone Schell, Special Projects
Email Simone Schell |Prior to joining the administrative team at Impact Justice, Simone worked as an administrative assistant for three years with the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD). At Impact Justice, Simone supports the administrative team and manages all special projects for the organization. A former professional organizer, Simone’s administrative skills help bring order and efficiency to the Impact Justice office. Originally from Brazil, Simone was additionally involved in local service projects focusing on the welfare of children from low-income families in her community.
Sarah True, Program Manager, National PREA Resource Center
Email Sarah True | Sarah True joined Impact Justice in 2016 with the PREA Resource Center. Sarah has worked with the PRC since 2011 and contributes to many areas of the PRC’s work. Her primary work includes managing the PRC’s PREA auditor training and auditor continuing education programs. Sarah also contributes to the PRC’s audit quality improvement program, auditor support, communications, and training and technical assistance. She is a primary point of contact for auditors in the field seeking assistance with the application of the standards and the audit process. Sarah works from the Washington, DC office and supports DC-based PRC and IJ operations.
Prior to joining IJ, Sarah was at the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) where she worked on the PREA Resource Center along with a number of projects, including working with sujatha baliga on her restorative justice projects and on the National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence, where Sarah helped organize and plan task force hearings and listening sessions and helped to write the final report. Prior to NCCD, Sarah interned at the W. Haywood Burns Institute in San Francisco, a nonprofit that works to reduce racial disparities in the juvenile justice system. She holds a bachelor’s degree in African American studies from Barnard College in New York City, where she wrote her undergraduate thesis on the effects of US prison privatization on disproportionate minority contact.
Georgia Valentine, Program Associate & Executive Assistant to sujatha baliga, Restorative Justice Project
Email Georgia Valentine | Georgia Valentine is dedicated to exposing harm caused by cycles of incarceration and empowering the voices of communities who are most impacted. As an investigative researcher at the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), she examined and reported on companies that profit from the prison industry. At Legal Services for Prisoners with Children (LSPC), she supported a legal compliance assessment project that evaluated each California county’s jail policy on shackling incarcerated women who are pregnant or in labor. Her research on the value of reentry programs for formerly incarcerated women won the 2013 American Society of Criminology Division on Women and Crime Student Paper Award. Originally from North Carolina, Georgia earned her B.A. in sociology with a minor in math from Occidental College in Los Angeles.
Kendra Van de Water, Program Associate,
National PREA Resource Center
Email Kendra Van de Water | Kendra Van de Water lives with the belief that challenging power structures and systems effects revolutionary change. Spending most of her life in the Philadelphia area, Kendra has been dedicated to addressing racial and social issues associated with the criminal justice system. With a public health, racial, and social justice lens; Kendra joined Impact Justice with the National Prison Rape Elimination Act Resource Center, partnering with the Department of Justice (DOJ) to assist adult and juvenile corrections, detention, tribal detention, community confinement facilities, and law enforcement professionals in their work to eliminate sexual abuse and sexual harassment in confinement. Prior to joining Impact Justice, Kendra was at The White House Office of National Drug Policy, working closely with Director Michael Botticelli to increase access to substance use treatment across the U.S. with a special focus on correctional facilities. Earning her B.S. in Public Health from Temple University in Philadelphia, her work has always concentrated on improving the lives of incarcerated people of color, and the Black community as a whole. Kendra has worked at the Public Health Management Corporation focusing on incarcerated fathers, and the Philadelphia Prison System as a Therapist Assistant. Kendra moved to Washington, D.C. to continue to impact the lives of those most in need through advocacy and research at Cesar Chavez Charter School for Public Policy, The State of Maryland, Department of Health, and Georgia State University. As a Maryland Delegate Scholar, Kendra earned her MSW graduate degree from University of Maryland, Baltimore, and steered her focus to social policy in order to use her practical experience to impact criminal justice policy reform. Kendra currently volunteers her time to mentor high school, adolescents of color from Cesar Chavez Charter School, and she likes to give back to the community through planning criminal justice fundraising events, and participating in events that uplift the Black community.
Delia Cohen, Senior Fellow
Angela Irvine, Senior Fellow
Email Angela Irvine | Angela Irvine’s impact permeates the entire criminal justice system, from within prison walls across the country to the families of youth entangled in the juvenile courts. For more than 20 years, she’s been working to change policy and erase disparities through education and systems reform. Prior to becoming a Senior Fellow, Angela served Impact Justice as the Director of Community programs. She led a group focused on developing community alternatives to incarceration and a project to identify risk factors that drive suspended students into the justice system. She has also led a national evaluation of twelve community-based programs for youth of color charged with serious and violent crimes. Before coming to Impact Justice she was the research director at the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, where she worked as the principal investigator on a number of national studies looking at youth decarceration as well as disparities and pathways into the juvenile justice system for LGBT and youth of color. While running her own program evaluation and policy research business, Irvine not only worked on criminal justice issues but also housing, education and health. Raised in Santa Cruz, Angela earned her B.A. from UC Berkeley, her secondary teaching credential from St. Mary’s College of California, and her Ph.D in sociology from Northwestern University, while also serving as a National Science Fellow.