Our Team

Our team is built on individuals with various backgrounds in the criminal justice field.

Denise Symdon

Senior Manager

Denise Symdon is a Senior Manager at CEPP, where her primary area of expertise is assisting probation and parole agencies to incorporate system changes that are evidence-based or research-informed.

Prior to joining CEPP, Ms. Symdon worked in the criminal justice field in Wisconsin for over 34 years, where she held a variety of positions, including Administrator at the Wisconsin Department of Corrections (WI DOC), Division of Community Corrections; Assistant Administrator at the Division of Adult Institutions; and Regional Chief at the Division of Community Corrections. She served on the Wisconsin Evidence-Based Decision Making (EBDM) State Team and co-chaired their Behavior Management Workgroup. Through her work with WI DOC, Ms. Symdon was a champion of incorporating evidence-based and research-informed practices to improve the outcomes of probation and parole supervision. Ms. Symdon received her BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a double major in social work and behavioral science and law.

Our Team

Aaron Butler

Program Manager, Racial Equity

Alison Shames

Director

Anke Mann

Associate Director

Cherrie Smith-Raines

Operations Manager

Cynthia Mausser

Senior Manager

Denise Symdon

Senior Manager

Dr. Kelvin L. Banks

Associate Director

Edith Han

Digital Manager

Erica King

Senior Manager

Holly Ziemer

Director of Communications

Jenna Mackey

Program Manager

Jessica Ireland

Senior Manager

Keilah Joyner

Program Associate

Kristen Persaud

Operations Assistant

Lakisha Fisher

Program Manager

Leilah Gilligan

Director

Marilyn Van Dieten

Senior Advisor

Matt Alsdorf

Associate Director

Melanie Breault Kursun

Communications Manager

Orleny Rojas

Senior Manager, Racial Equity

Richard Stroker

Director

Samuel Steed

Operations Assistant

Spike Bradford

Communications Manager

Tanya Anderson

Associate Director

Tara Boh Blair

Senior Manager

Traci Fredrikson

Program Manager

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