Our Team

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

Samuel Steed

Operations Assistant

Samuel Steed provides logistical and technical support to the Advancing Pretrial Policy and Research (APPR) initiative, and he is responsible for managing the registration, execution, and evaluation of virtual events and trainings. Prior to joining CEPP, Samuel spent two years as the Communications and Network Outreach Associate at Mass Mentoring Partnership, where he provided support to their communications, logistics, and youth development efforts. He has a long history of volunteering for human rights and criminal justice system reform, including serving as Amnesty International U.S.A.’s Virginia Legislative Coordinator for three years. Samuel holds a BA in government and Chinese studies from the College of William and Mary.

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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