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.

Cliff Nellis

Executive Director

Amy Campanelli

Vice President of Restorative Justice

Asha Grayson, JD

Restorative Justice Hub Director

Director of Human Resources & Administration

Director of Finance

Mark Lewis

Director of Holistic Legal Services

Dr. Dennis Deer, PhD

Vice President of Organizational Health & Management

Dawn Ruzich

Vice President of Research & Development

Director of Holistic Social Services

Vice President of Major Gifts and Individual Giving


Anya Parfenoff

Holistic Defense Attorney

Brooke Troutman

Juvenile Holistic Defense Attorney

Brooke Winterhalter

Holistic Defense Attorney

Charlotte Heyrman

Holistic Defense Attorney

Dontel T. Crowder

Holistic Defense Attorney

Elaina Sauber


Jack Saletta

Equal Justice Works Fellow Sponsored by Kirkland & Ellis and Aon 

Laura Chrismer, Esq.

Juvenile Legal Team Supervisor

Laura Hardwicke

Holistic Defense Attorney

Laura Reichel

Holistic Defense Attorney

Phillip Sprouse

Emerging Adult Holistic Defense Attorney

Shlan Tekeste


Thomas Brown


Thomas Stopka

Emerging Adult Legal Team Supervisor


Andrew Brooks

Outreach Specialist

Charles Buckhanan

Outreach Specialist

Mack Thomas

Outreach Specialist

Marvin Harris

Outreach Specialist

Napoleon English

Outreach Specialist Team Lead

Case Managers

Adarion Mahone

Emerging Adult Case Manager

Carli Taylor

Case Manager Supervisor

Charles Kyle

Juvenile Case Manager Supervisor

Diana Glende

Supervisor of Juvenile Diversion

Anthony Brown

Case Manager

Diamond Texas

Case Manager

Heather Saunders

Case Manager

John Racasi

Intake Case Manager

KaDarryl Bell

North Lawndale Case Manager

Kilopatria Sims

Case Manager

Precious Aaron

Emerging Adult Case Manager

SaShay Butler, M.Ed

Juvenile Diversion Case Manager

Shaneika Tolliver

Juvenile Case Manager


Aneesa Patwary

Data Analyst

Chris Bakker

Staff Grant Accountant

Janea McAlister

Office Manager

Jerry Kaufman

Research and Evaluation Manager

Julio Celis

Temporary Accounting Clerk

Karen Kopf

Development Manager

Luis Silva

Facilities Manager

Tomas Ramirez

Restorative Justice Specialist