Our Team

We are more than community based, we are part of it.

About 70% of our staff members live in Lawndale. We know its people, its history, and its strengths and are committed to helping it thrive.

 

Executive Team

Cliff Nellis

President & CEO

Dawn Ruzich

Vice President of Research & Development

Matthew McFarland

Vice President of Government & External Affairs 

Sanjay Sudhir

Vice President of Operations 

Carli Taylor

Director of Housing

Dr. Dennis Deer, PhD

Senior Vice President 

Director of Holistic Social Services

Nathaniel “Jimmy” Gaither

Restorative Justice Hub Director

Ernest Wilson

Director of Procedural Justice

Community Release with support

Sherrie Robinson

Executive Project Manager

Leo Baylor

Community Client Support Specialist

Genia Palmer-Stone

Data Entry Specialist

Jeff Russell

Community Client Support Specialist

Pamela Ruiz

Community Client Support Specialist

Anakary Rodriguez

Community Client Support Specialist

Ari Robinson

Community Client Support Specialist

LeVelle Brown

CRwS Community & Engagement Supervisor

Darold Wicker

Community Client Support Specialist

Fredrick Dennis

Data Entry Specialist

Christopher Cerda

Intake Client Support Specialist

Janiya Tillman 

Intake Client Support Specialist

Nicolas Hernandez

Community Client Support Specialist

Meredith Nnoka

Intake Client Support Specialist

LEGAL

Laura Reichel

Training and Impact Counsel

Maria Morales

Emerging Adult Holistic Defense Attorney

Heidi Hornemann

Emerging Adult Holistic Defense Attorney

Merrik Campagna

Investigator

Jim Mullenix

Lead Attorney

Dontel Crowder

Juvenile Defense Attorney

Brendan Epton

Law Clerk

Arsema Tesfai

Paralegal

Shainna Grant

Paralegal

Outreach

Napoleon English

Outreach Team Lead

Jewgrante Abraham

Outreach Worker

Mack Thomas

Outreach Worker

Marvin Harris

Outreach Worker

Migelan Almore

Outreach Worker

Jacoby Berry

Outreach Worker

Case Management

Diana Glende

Supervisor of Juvenile Diversion

Kiera Holmes

Holistic Case Manager Supervisor

Nichole Lamorgese

Community Navigator Supervisor

Heather Saunders

Victim Services Advocate

Amari White

Juvenile Case Manager

Whitney Scott

Emerging Adult Case Manager

Kilopatria Sims

Case Manager

Reanna Young

Juvenile Case Manager

Patrick Daniels

Emerging Adult Case Manager 

Liliana Ortiz

Holistic Defense Case Management Supervisor

KaDarryl Bell

North Lawndale Case Manager

Mary Johnson

Emerging Adult Case Manager

Restorative Justice

Anthony Young

Restorative Justice Practitioner

research and Development

Serita Lewis 

Grant Manager

Eli Zerof

Program Evaluator

Desmond Bailey

Grant Writer

Carla Kundert 

Associate Director of Research & Evaluation

Finance

TeNia Hutcherson

Director of Finance

Andrea Bojorquez

Accounts Payable Staff Accountant

Felicia Cook

Staff Grants/ Accounts Payable Accountant

Martha Oyorzabal

Staff Grant Accountant

Human Resources

Lisa Alcorn 

Human Resources Manager

Kaela Lawson

Human Resources Generalist / Recruiter

Tonya Williams

Human Resources Administrative Coordinator