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

Tomas Ramirez

Director of Restorative Practices

Community Release with support

Samantha Matthews

Program Director for the Community Release with Support

Shenita Jackson

Intake Client Support Specialist

Leo Baylor

Community Client Support Specialist

Genia Palmer-Stone

Data Entry Specialist

LeVelle Brown

Community Client Support Specialist

Daryl Pierce

Community Client Support Specialist

Darold Wicker

Community Client Support Specialist

Fredrick Dennis

Data Entry Specialist


Laura Chrismer, Esq.

Juvenile Legal Team Supervisor

Brooke Troutman

Juvenile Holistic Defense Attorney

Brooke Winterhalter

Holistic Defense Attorney

Charlotte Heyrman

Holistic Defense Attorney

Dontel T. Crowder

Holistic Defense Attorney

Jack Saletta

Equal Justice Works Fellow Sponsored by Kirkland & Ellis and Aon 

Elaina Sauber


Laura Reichel

Holistic Defense Attorney

Phillip Sprouse

Emerging Adult Holistic Defense Attorney

Shannon Glover

Diversion Attorney

Thomas Stopka

Emerging Adult Legal Team Supervisor

Shlan Tekeste


Maria Morales

Law Clerk


Napoleon English

Outreach Team Lead

Mack Thomas

Outreach Worker

Marvin Harris

Outreach Worker

Case Management

Adarion Mahone

Emerging Adult Case Manager

Carli Taylor

Case Manager Supervisor

Charles Kyle

Juvenile Case Manager Supervisor

Diana Glende

Supervisor of Juvenile Diversion

Alesisia Cobb

Juvenile Diversion Case Manager

Diamond Texas

Community Case Manager

Jimalle Ridley

Juvenile Case Manager

John Racasi

Intake Case Manager

KaDarryl Bell

North Lawndale Case Manager

Kilopatria Sims

Case Manager

Precious Aaron

Emerging Adult Case Manager

Reanna Young

Juvenile Case Manager

Shaneika Tolliver

Community Case Manager

Heather Saunders

Case Manager

Restorative Justice

Anthony Young

Restorative Justice Practitioner


Aneesa Patwary

Data Analyst

Janea McAlister

Office Manager

Jerry Kaufman, PhD

Research and Evaluation Manager

TeNia Hutcherson

Accounting Manager

Sheila Townsend

Staff Grant Accountant

Karen Kopf

Development Manager