Our Team

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

Orleny Rojas

Senior Manager, Racial Equity

Orleny Rojas is CEPP’s Senior Manager for Racial Equity and Justice. She supports the Advancing Pretrial Policy and Research initiative and is helping expand CEPP’s portfolio of racial equity and community engagement work aimed at addressing racial and ethnic disparities in the criminal justice system and integrating the expertise of people directly impacted by the system.

Before joining CEPP, Ms. Rojas oversaw the Supervised Release Program in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Staten Island as Deputy Director of Criminal Court Operations. She led a team of social service practitioners who partnered with community organizations to improve pretrial outcomes. Ms. Rojas has over 12 years of experience working with various criminal justice and community stakeholders to center and address the needs of vulnerable populations. Previously, she was the Court Manager for the Court-Based Intervention Resource Team, which secured—with appropriate community program interventions and monitoring—the release of people who flagged for mental health at Rikers Island. Ms. Rojas holds a BS in business administration from Fordham University, an MSW from Fordham University, and a JD from Hofstra 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

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