Our Team

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

Richard Stroker

Director

Mr. Stroker has provided technical assistance to an extensive number of parole boards and agencies, corrections departments, probation departments, courts, law enforcement agencies, and other criminal justice practitioners during his career. He has served as the director of the three national projects funded by the Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance, including the National Parole Resource Center. He has over 25 years of experience as a practitioner in the criminal justice field in South Carolina, holding positions such as Chief of Staff and General Counsel with the South Carolina Department of Corrections, and Deputy Executive Director, Director of Field Services, and Chief Legal Counsel with the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services. He holds a bachelor of science degree from Cornell University and a juris doctor degree from the University of South Carolina. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and all state and federal courts in South Carolina.

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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