Our Team

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

Orleny Rojas

Senior Manager

Orleny Rojas is the Senior Manager for Racial Equity and Justice for CEPP and supports the Advancing Pretrial Policy and Research (APPR) initiative. Before joining CEPP, she oversaw the implementation and operation of the Supervised Release Program in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Staten Island as Director of Criminal Court Operations. She led a team of social service practitioners who partnered with community organizations to meet the needs of pretrial participants and improve pretrial outcomes. Ms. Rojas has over twelve 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 (CIRT), which secured the release of individuals who flag for mental health at Rikers Island with appropriate community program interventions and monitoring. Ms. Rojas has experience providing technical assistance and training on Racial Equity and Justice. She 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

Awinna Martinez

Program Manager

Cherrie Smith-Raines

Operations Manager

Denise Symdon

Senior Manager

Dr. Kelvin L. Banks

Senior Manager

Edith Han

Digital Manager

Holly Ziemer

Director of Communications

Jenna Mackey

Program Associate

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

Communications Manager

Orleny Rojas

Senior Manager

Richard Stroker

Director

Samuel Steed

Operations Assistant

Spike Bradford

Communications Manager

Tanya Anderson

Senior Manager

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