Our Team

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

Dr. Kelvin L. Banks

Associate Director

Dr. Kelvin L. Banks is an Associate Director at CEPP, where he works primarily on the APPR initiative. A national expert on the criminal justice system, including pretrial services, Dr. Banks is the lead technical assistance provider for several APPR localities and manages APPR’s training agenda, which has reached over 4,000 participants.

Dr. Banks was formerly the Director of Pretrial Services for Harris County, Texas, and for the Third Judicial Circuit Court of Michigan in Detroit (Wayne County), and he served for many years as a Clinical Probation Officer. He was formerly an adjunct faculty member for Baker College, where he developed and taught courses in criminal justice, human services, and psychology. Dr. Banks was inducted into Michigan State University’s School of Criminal Justice Wall of Fame in 2015 for his distinguished efforts in the field. He holds a doctorate in social work from the University of Southern California, a master’s in social work from Wayne State University, a master’s in organizational management from the University of Phoenix, and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Michigan State University.

Our Team

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

Elizabeth Hidalgo

Program Assistant

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

Troy Hatfield

Senior Manager

More About Us

About Us

Our Partners

Contact Us