2019 NOFSW Conference Presenter Bios

Scott Anders, MPA is the Chief United States Probation Officer of the Eastern District of Missouri. His duties include administration of a court unit that annually supervises over 2,200 federal offenders and conducts nearly 1,000 court-ordered investigations; oversight of $13 million budget; developing and implementing nationally recognized programs that reduce revocation; implementation of transition programs for federal inmates through job readiness training, family orientation, and reentry planning; and coordination of conferences, job fairs and training seminars.

Kristen Anderson is a Social Worker in the immigration practice at the Bronx Defenders where she works as part of the New York Family Unity Project, the nation’s first public defender program for detained, low-income immigrants in removal proceedings. She received her M.S.W. from the University of Michigan School of Social Work where she also earned an additional certificate in International Social Work Practice. She previously worked at the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) a leading civil rights organization in Montgomery, Alabama. She holds a B.A. in International Studies and is fluent in Spanish. Kristen is an outspoken advocate for mental health, immigration, and criminal justice reform and has been published in the Huffington Post, Marshall Project and VICE.Dr. Sevaughn Banks received her Ph.D. in Social Work from Clark Atlanta University, located in Atlanta, GA.  Dr. Banks research interests are workforce development issues for social work students for improved outcomes for individuals, families, and groups.

Dr. Sevaughn Banks received her Ph.D. in Social Work from Clark Atlanta University, located in Atlanta, GA.  Dr. Banks research interests are workforce development issues for social work students for improved outcomes for individuals, families, and groups.

Muriel Bell received her MSW from Columbia School of Social Work in May 2016. While at Columbia she interned at the Federal Defenders of New York in Brooklyn, advocating for clients in federal court. At FDNY, Muriel started a project to educate clients and attorneys on local New York City laws related to employment of people with felony convictions, the final product being an extensive list of potential employers for clients. She also worked on presentations for the federal court staff house about issues that impacted justice involved individuals. Prior to joining the Bronx Defenders, Muriel worked as a contractor for the Vermont Department of Corrections, as a group facilitator in Chittenden Correctional Facility for Women and the Burlington Probation and Parole Department. This experience of implementing mandated programming is what pushed Muriel to learn more about defense social work, as she saw many flaws in the way that corrections implemented services, and treated individuals. Muriel was also a community support worker through Howard Center in Burlington, Vermont where she provided respite services for individuals with developmental disabilities in the home and community. She received her LMSW in Connecticut and her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Vermont in 2014.

Dr. Delores Blackwell is a multijurisdictional licensed clinical social worker, a master addiction counselor, a certified trauma professional and a certified compassion fatigue professional. She has held numerous administrative and clinical positions with California State University.

Dr. Greg Bohall earned a doctorate in psychology in clinical forensic psychology and recently published The Psychologist’s Guide to Professional Development through Springer. He is currently a professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Angel Bosques, MA LMSW is the most recent addition to the Federal Defenders team. He presents with significant professional experience in criminal justice and substance abuse. Angel has developed intricate relationships with community providers throughout New York City and understands the importance of community support when addressing incarceration and reentry concerns.

Barbara Buckley is the executive director of Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada. She has spent her entire legal career with Legal Aid Center, beginning as a staff attorney in 1989. After handling individual cases and major class actions, she became executive director of Legal Aid Center in 1996. Since that time, Barbara has created many new programs including a partnership with William S. Boyd School of Law, where all first year law students are trained to teach legal classes to the public, a Family Justice Project and a Children’s Attorneys Project. Legal Aid Center also runs the Civil Law Self-Help Center and the Family Law Self-Help Center where every year, tens of thousands of litigants have access to legal information and forms so they can properly represent themselves in court. Barbara also served as the Speaker of the Nevada State Assembly from 2007 through 2010, the first woman in the state’s history to hold this position. From 2001 to 2007, she served as Majority Leader of the Nevada State Assembly. Barbara began her legislative service upon her election in 1994, after testifying before the Legislature on behalf of legal aid clients. She received many awards and honors, including the Most Effective Legislator in the Assembly in 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2009, the 2010 Transparent Courthouse Award from the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System, the 2012 Best Public Servant Award, the 2013 Emerge
Nevada Woman of the Year and UNLV College of Liberal Arts Alumni of the Year, the 2013 Child Advocate of the Year, and the 2014 Jurisprudence Award from the Anti-Defamation League of Las Vegas. Barbara received her J.D. degree sum-ma cum laude from the University of Arizona School of Law and her B.A. from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Samantha Catalanotto received her Master’s in Social Work from Columbia University, where she concentrated on program design and evaluation. While at Columbia, Samantha interned within the Criminal Defense Practice at the Bronx Defenders as well as at the Urban Science Academy. Prior to graduate school, Samantha worked in the NYC public school system in the Bronx as a social work intern and teacher’s assistant. Samantha earned her B.S. in Childhood and Special Education from Manhattan College in 2015.

Dr. Wendy Champagnie Williams is an assistant professor at Bridgewater State University. A social worker for 25 years, her practice included community mental health and reentry and reintegration initiatives.  She also maintains a private practice. 

Dr. Karen Clark Hoey is an Assistant Professor at Springfield College School of Social Work in Springfield, MA. Dr. Clark Hoey has a private practice where she is retained by private bar defense attorneys to work with families involved with DCF in Massachusetts.

Dr. Crawford is an Assistant Professor at Fresno State University. He conducts research in the areas of foster care and juvenile justice.

Jenny Crawford joined the Columbia School of Social Work in July 2011 after serving as the Director of Social Work with Urban Justice Center’s Mental Health Project.  Since joining the School of Social Work she has dedicated her time to supporting students in field practicums, with a focus on interdisciplinary practice within social work and the law.  She teaches both Contemporary Social Issues, a social policy course, and developed and teaches the first Forensic Social Work class offered at CUSSW.  Additionally, Jenny teaches supervision and field instruction to MSW graduates, and has co-created a curriculum for practitioners and organizations on recognizing and managing vicarious trauma.  Before becoming the Director of Social Work with the Mental Health Project, Jenny dedicated her social work expertise to the Bronx community at The Bronx Defenders, a holistic public defender office in the South Bronx that provides criminal, family and civil defense.  Starting in 2002, she helped develop the role of social work within an interdisciplinary model of advocacy and in 2005 became their first Director of Social Work.  In 2009, Jenny received The New York City Chapter for National Association of Social Workers Social Work Image Award for her outstanding contributions in social work administration. Jenny has a private mitigation practice working on both state and federal cases and lives in Harlem with her husband and two children.

Susan Cruz has presented to various audiences around the world on topics related to youth in conflict with the law, gangs, migration, capital punishment, gender, and human rights issues. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Public Health.

Roopali Dhingra is a Felony Defense social worker at The King County Department of Public Defense. She earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Master in Social work from the University of Washington. She became a Clinical Licensed Social Worker (LICSW) in 2011.

Ronald Dolon, Ed.D., LCSW has 48 years of experience as a social worker and educator.  Dr. Dolon is currently a Professor of Social Work at Ball State University.  Professor Dolon has worked as:  caseworker with the elderly, child welfare worker and school social worker.

Jennifer Erwin is a recent PhD graduate from the University of Tennessee. Her area of research focuses on adults with mental illness who are involved in the criminal justice system.

Tim Filson, Former Warden of Ely State Penitentiary

Dr. Fowler has over 10 years of social work experience, and currently serves as the Assistant Director for her organization. Her forensic work with youth who exhibit sexual behavior problems is integral to her social work practice

Masanori Fujiwara is a Professor of Social Welfare at Suzuka University of Medical Science in Japan. She specializes in forensic social work and currently serve as the chair of the Japanese Society of Law and Forensic Social Services (JSLFSS; approximately 400 members).

Dr. Lynn Geurin is an Associate Professor of Social Work at Morehead State University.  She is licensed for the independent practice of clinical social work and coordinates the Public Child Welfare Program at MSU.

Yaniris M. Gomez is a mental health counselor and has been working for the Center for Court Innovation for three years. Besides the forensic population, she has also worked with chronically homeless families, sex trafficking survivors, and provided in home therapy to children. She holds a Master’s degree in Forensic Mental Health Counseling from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Columbia University.

Andrea J. Goupalsingh, LMSW has worked almost twenty years with the Osborne Association, a non-for-profit based in New York creating opportunities for people affected by the criminal justice system.  Andrea is currently Program Director of the organization’s mitigation unit, Court Advocacy Services, providing social work services to indigent defense attorneys.

James Granberry is a first year MSW student at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. He has a Bachelor of Science in psychology, with a minor in sociology. He also has an Associate of Arts degree. He is currently a data intern for Race Matters for Juvenile Justice.

Jessica Hall is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and Co-Responder with the Longmont Department of Public Safety. Her professional background is in medical social work and domestic violence. Her research interests include the challenges of people with mental illness in the criminal justice system, childhood trauma prevention & awareness, and improving family outcomes with communication intervention.

Dana Harrison is a Mitigation Investigator in Trial Unit and former CHU Mitigation Specialist as well as Adjunct Professor of Social Work.

Michael Heard has been the managing social worker with the Washington State Office of Public Defense (OPD) Parents Representation Program since 2006. Mr. Heard is also currently a contracted federal consultant for Child and Family Services Reviews (CFSR).

Daphne Hellman has worked for 30 years in the human services. She has frequently worked alongside those coming into contact with the criminal justice system.  Previous experience in youth probation, gang intervention, and forensic assessment.

Sherry Henry completed her early studies in Arkansas where a family murder occurred which led me into related studies of social work and psychology, forensic and trauma research. I discovered PTSD and Survivor Syndrome, via studies: Holocust Survivors; specialize PTSD.

Kristin Hogan, JD, LMSW has worked for three and a half years with the Osborne Association’s Court Advocacy Services, providing social work services to indigent defense attorneys. She holds a JD and MSW from Columbia and previously practiced law.

Shawna Hoyte is currently attending Memorial University School of Social Work in Newfoundland Canada undertaking a PhD. Her areas of research interest are transgenerational trauma, social justice issues, Africentricity and forensic social work practice.

Dr. Mayra Humphreys is an associate professor at the College of Staten Island. Her research focuses on restorative justice and community alternatives to incarceration.

Karen Hunt is a case worker and has worked with Travis County MHPD since 2007. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from San Diego State University and has worked in social services and criminal justice for over 30 years.

Janet Idrogo is the Court Operations Coordinator at Newark Community Solutions. In her current role, she works as the liaison between the courts and Newark Community Solutions. Prior to this role, she worked in the alternative sanctions department and interned with the Essex County Public Defender’s office and the mental health diversion program. Before joining Newark Community Solutions, she worked for SERV Behavioral Health Systems as a residential counselor. Ms. Idrogo received her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and psychology from Rutgers University and master’s degree in forensic mental health counseling from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. 

Brent In, ABD, MSW is a full time faculty at the Loyola University Chicago: Department of Criminal-Justice & Criminology.  He is also a doctoral candidate at the Loyola University Chicago: School of Social Work, and is concurrently pursuing Masters in Research Methodology from the School of Education.  He received Certificate of Organizational Evaluation from the Loyola University of Chicago, and his Masters in Social Work from the University of Illinois-Chicago: Jane Addams College of Social Work. He is also a retired Senior United States Probation Officer with 23 years of service. Primary duties included supervising high-risk and high-security cases.  He also developed the Workforce Development Committees and Offender Employment Training program for the Northern District of Illinois.  In addition, Mr. In worked as a Medical Social Worker at the Cook County Department of Corrections for 19 years.  Primary duties included intake assessment and case-management, and providing individual and group therapy for the psychiatric detainees. Mr. In’s research interests are in psychological factors that contribute to successful reentry; mental illness and crime; community corrections; and evaluation of community and faith based reentry programs.

Dr. Jacqueline Johnson is a licensed clinical social worker with a certification in forensic social work.  Her research interests include the epistemology of women and how cultic, coercive, and misogynistic experiences influence the cognitive development of women.

Kate Johnson-Powers earned her M.S.W. from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College where she received academic honors. While earning her graduate degree, Kate interned with the Immigrant Tenant Advocacy Program with Catholic Migration Services and also with the Vera Institute of Justice where she worked within the intersections of the criminal justice system, immigration, and policy. Before getting her Masters, Kate lived and worked in Guatemala where she facilitated groups of medical students from the U.S. in their process of learning about indigenous health care systems as well as the complex historical and political context of the region. Kate is originally from Minnesota where she mediated restorative community meetings between first-time offenders and the impacted parties. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota and is fluent in Spanish.

In addition to being, a qualified Lecturer and Social Worker, Kathryn Johnstone is also a keen sports woman, a mother of two and is currently studying Applied Criminal Justice and Criminology at Post Graduate Level in Swansea University.

Zoe Joly is a social worker with Brooklyn Defender Services’ New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP).   Zoe graduated from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College in 2012 and holds a post-graduate certificate in global mental health

April Jones is the responsible for the monitoring and compliance of several diversion grant programs in Alabama. She has over 10 years of social work experience in various capacities. Most recently her experience includes PREA Coordinator and Grants Manager.

Dr. Sandra Joy is a Sociology Professor at Rowan University,  Glassboro, NJ. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Temple University (2002) and her M.S.W. from Norfolk State University (1990). Dr. Joy is also a LCSW.

Julia Solomons is a social worker in the Criminal Defense Social Work Practice at The Bronx Defenders. She represents Bronx Defenders on the Justice Implementation Task Force, in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice.

Thomas Kenemore, PhD is a Senior Lecturer at the Loyola University Chicago, School of Social Work, and a retired Professor from the Chicago State University, Social Work Program. His responsibilities included: teaching foundation and advanced courses in the master’s program; serving as assessment coordinator, academic advisor, and field liaison; serving as a representative for the Social Work Department on the University Graduate Council (UGC); and serving as informal liaison for alumni of the MSW Program.   His past responsibilities have included:  serving as an assistant to the Program Director and completing a Self Study for the Council on Social Work Accreditation process in 2015; serving on the Faculty Senate, 2013-2015; serving as Search Committee Chair in 2012 and 2013; developing the School Social Work concentration for Type 73 Certification, approved March 2005; service on the College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum Committee; serving as informal faculty liaison to alumnae in development of a formal alumnae group; and teaching undergraduate courses in the sociology program.  He was the editor, between 1996 and 2014, for the Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, which is an internationally subscribed, practice-oriented professional journal that emphasizes research, cultural diversity, diversification of practice approaches, and applications with children, adolescents, and their families.  He was also the President of the Institute for Clinical Social Work, Chicago from 1993 to 2002.  Finally, he has also been in private practice, Kenemore & Associates, in Evanston, Illinois since 1974.

Dr. Barry Katz is a New Jersey Psychologist and forensic expert in the areas of child abuse, neglect, trauma and risk assessment.  Dr. Katz performs child custody and risk assessment evaluations in specialized cases, such as assessing allegations of abuse.

Melissa Kern graduated with bachelor’s in psychology and sociology in 2015. She graduated with MS in 2017. Melissa is currently pursuing doctorate in clinical and counseling psychology.

Brittany Larson, LMSW, is a social worker and mitigation specialist at the Federal Defenders of New York, Southern District. She believes in the ability of people and systems to change. She works as part of the criminal defense legal team toward the least restrictive sentencing outcome and provides reentry support to formerly incarcerated people.

Samantha Marder is a senior social worker at Staten Island Legal Services.  She provides holistic social work services as part of an interdisciplinary legal team for low-income DV survivors.  She earned her AB and MPH from Brown University and MSW from Hunter.

Alan Marschke LPC, NCC, supervises the clinical team within the Longmont Police Department (CORE). Alan has degrees in Counseling (MA) and Psychology (BA) and clinical experience across a broad spectrum of forensic psychology including emotionally disturbed youth, offenders, individuals at risk of incarceration, and those that have current and historical interactions with the criminal justice system.  Alan’s interests include advancing the competencies of first responders, interagency collaborative efforts, and the communal impact of traumatic experiences.

Zoie Martin is the third full time social worker to be hired at the Allegheny County Office of the Public Defender. With nearly three years of experience in forensic social work, Ms. Martin is leading efforts to address legal competency and diversion.

Randy Matuscak has worked in the field of juvenile justice in the following roles:  juvenile probation officer, Intake Director for a juvenile residential treatment program, testifying as an expert witness in transfer and resentencing cases.

Susan McCarter, PhD, MS, MSW, is an Associate Professor at UNC Charlotte. For 20+ years she has served as a DMC Scholar and forensic practitioner. Dr. McCarter currently leads multiple funded research studies examining the STPP, Diversion, & Racial Equity.

Meghan Morrissey, LCSW is a co-responder clinician with Longmont Public Safety.  Meghan achieved her B.S. in Psychology from Fordham University and M.S.W. from New York University, where she continues to hold a Clinical Instructor Position.

Keara Mullen is a Master’s level licensed social worker and writer based in Cleveland, Ohio. Working both inside the justice system and out in the community, Keara has a unique point of view on how Cleveland can work toward greater human welfare.

Yasuriro MuraoI is a Professor of RISSHO University in Japan. I specialize in clinical psychology and forensic social work and the former chair of the Japanese Society of Law and Forensic Social Services.

Glodibal Natera, a Dominican Bronx Native, earned her M.S.W from Columbia University in 2017, with a focus in clinical practice with children, youth, and family services. She also holds her BA in Sociology from SUNY Cortland.

Omar-Fara Norgaisse, NRP is a co-responder Paramedic with the Longmont Department of Public Safety Crisis Outreach Response and Engagement team.  Omar obtained his Paramedic certification from the St. Anthony’s Allied Health Institute in New York after serving as an Emergency Medical Technician for 6 years.  Omar also obtained his A.A.S. in Psychology from University of Phoenix.  His interests include advancing prehospital education, improving mental health care and community health.

Peggy Owusu is a Social Worker in the Criminal Defense Practice at the Bronx Defenders.  Peggy earned her M.S.W from Loyola University Chicago’s School of Social Work in 2014. During her time there, she interned as a school based social worker at Alain Locke Charter School and at Northwestern University’s Bluhm Legal Clinic. At the Alain Locke Charter School, Peggy provided therapy to at-risk students grades K through 8, and at the Bluhm Legal Clinic she provided supportive counseling to marginalized clients within the different centers of the clinic, and worked collaboratively with attorneys, social workers, and law students on memorandums, mitigation packets, and biopsychosocials. Peggy’s internship experiences fueled her interest in becoming a social worker within the Criminal Defense Practice to help clients affected by the criminal justice system.  Peggy earned her BA in Sociology from the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York and is fluent in Twi (Akan).Dr. Pugh is an Associate Professor of Social Work at Edinboro University.  He has an MSW and Ph.D. in social work from the University of Maryland (fear the turtle), and a BS in corrections from Youngstown State University (fear the penguin).  Practice exp

Dr. Reeder is a Mitigation Specialist at the Public Defender’s Office in Las Vegas, Nevada.  She has prepared mitigation in over 35 capital cases and has handled over 150 murder cases.  Dr. Reeder earned her Bachelors and Masters in Social Work along with

Violeta Rivera, a Brooklyn native, earned her B.A. in Criminology from SUNY Cortland and her Master of Social Work from Columbia University. During her time at Columbia, Violeta interned at Make the Road NY, where she worked on a program to improve safety in Bedford-Stuyvesant and help prevent evictions. Through her efforts, she was able to help stop numerous evictions and arrange repairs for several buildings. Violeta also interned at Human Rights First, where she engaged directly with clients by co-ordinating biweekly sessions for men and women. More recently, Violeta returned from a tour of Jordan, where she examined social work practices and investigated legal issues regarding refugees and displaced individuals.Susan P. Robbins, Ph.D., is a professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She holds licenses as an advanced clinical social worker (LCSW) and licensed chemical dependency counselor (LCDC) in Texas. She was awarded the Sol Gothard NOFSW Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016.

Sara Romano, LICSW, is the Chief Investigator for The Federal Defenders Capital Habeas Unit in Montgomery, Alabama. In 2016, Sara received The Outstanding Federal Defender Investigator National Award. Sara is married, has a daughter and two granddaughters

Rosie Russo is a Criminal Defense Social Worker at The Bronx Defenders. In her current role, Rosie has engaged in external policy workshops including Communities United for Police Reform and the Beyond the Bars Conference. Rosie is interested in how Restorative Justice models can reshape accountability and collective, community-based healing.

Tomoko Saito is a Lecturer of Social Welfare at Teikyo Heisei University in Tokyo. She would like to design a new approach to cases of parental child abuse using detailed analysis of historic child abuse cases. Her research specifically focuses on law and forensic social services.

Cortez T. Scott has over 15 years of experience as a social worker in the District of Columbia. He has worked as a Case Carrying Social Worker in the teen unit, a lead Social Worker in the training unit and Supervisory Social Worker for Child and Family Services.

Masaki Shimmyo is working with Specified Nonprofit Corporation Okayama Homeless assistance KIZUNA. Her job is KIZUNA’s facilities manager. In the facility, homeless people and people who left prison are living. The organization supports the use of social welfare system such as searching for work, searching for houses.

Daria Sievers is trained in performing forensic evaluations at Physicians for Human Rights, HealthRight International Human Rights, the Clinical Training Program at the National Center for PTSD, Trauma-Informed Interventions, the Study of Grief and Loss.

Sukhdeep Singh is a medical graduate currently perusing Masters in Forensic Medicine in a reputed university in India.

Dr. Gilbert Singletary is a scholar practitioner with over 15 years in social work practice and education.

Colleen Smith is a licensed clinical social worker.  She received her Master’s in Social Work from New York University and has nearly a decade of experience in the criminal justice field.  Colleen is the Clinical Director at Newark Community Solutions.

Meg Smithson joined Brooklyn Defender Services as a social work intern in September of 2017, and was hired as an immigration social worker in the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project in May of 2018. She received her masters in Social Work from New York University.

Julia Solomons is a social worker in the Criminal Defense Social Work Practice at The Bronx Defenders. She represents Bronx Defenders on the Justice Implementation Task Force, in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice. She is passionate about criminal justice reform, anti-racist and anti-oppressive social justice work, and animal welfare.

Alan Stillman has been involved in the forensic field for over 50 years; with mental health, developmentally delayed, substance abuse and multi diagnosed clients. He has experience in administration, supervision and treatment/consultation.

Akira Sutoh is a graduate from Saitama University with a BA in Sociology. From April 1982 – March 2010 she served as a Family Court Probation Officer, and the Family Court in Japan  April 2005 -March 2008. She is a Professor for Training and Research Institute for Court Officials in Japan.

Rhonda Swenson has worked on serious felonies and Death Penalty cases for over 20 years. Over the last 11+ years, she has worked as a Social Worker/Investigator on Juvenile Dependency cases.

Zazu Tauber is a Criminal Court social worker at the Red Hook Community Justice Center committed to racial justice and the ending mass incarceration. She is a graduate of the Columbia University School of Social Work, where she studied contemporary social issues.

Genna Teitelbaumis a senior staff attorney at Staten Island Legal Services.  She provides direct legal services to low-income domestic violence survivors in matters such as divorces, orders of protection, custody, visitation, and child support.  She earned her AB from Brown University and her JD from the NYU School of Law.

Hiroki Toi is an Assistant Professor at Toyo University. His research focuses on professional values and conflict among social workers. Hiroki worked at Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. He practiced in a prison in Tokyo.

Sonja Ulrich, MSW, is an independent child welfare consultant with 25 years of experience in child welfare, including direct practice, forensic social work, parent advocacy and leadership roles within public child welfare agencies. In addition, Sonja is the current Director for the Center for Native Child and Family Resilience, focused on child welfare prevention in Indian Country. Sonja also provides training and technical assistance to tribes in an effort to build their capacity to provide services to the community, ultimately impacting and improving their child welfare systems. In the past Sonja has worked as a front-line social worker in three states and has served at the leadership level on statewide strategic implementation and practice change issues in Washington. Sonja has led the development and implementation of comprehensive assessments and training and technical assistance work plans to build organizational capacity, improve services, and promote achievement of federal child welfare outcome measures.

Rachelle Veasley is an LCSW and the Director of Social Work with the Federal Defenders of NY, Southern District. She works as an educator, clinician and advocate in a defense based setting to support the least restrictive sentencing outcomes.

Ovita Williams is Associate Director of Field Education at Columbia School of Social Work.  She specializes in intimate partner violence and forensic social work. Ms. Williams is a doctoral student at the City University of New York Graduate Center.

Nada Yorke, LCSW, owner of Yorke Consulting, has over thirty years of criminal justice system experience as a probation officer, victim advocate, domestic violence expert witness and trainer for law enforcement, advocates and other court personnel. 

Yuna Youn is a licensed social worker with over four years’ experience in a jail setting. Working with patients at Rikers Island in the mental observation units and general population amidst the many administrative, political, and advocacy initiatives within this time.