Cindy Shuman is a private business consultant working primarily with non-profit, mission-driven organizations; focusing on the key steps necessary to achieve the organization's strategic mission while building the financial strength to do so. Prior to starting her own firm, she was the President and CEO of Resolution; the VP and CFO of Vermont Public Radio; the EVP of Public Radio International and the VP and CFO of Public Interactive.
She was drawn to the work of VCJR to ensure a more just, restorative and rehabilitative society for all.
David Adair is a mostly retired attorney who worked with the Federal Court System where he counseled U.S. probation officers, judges, and judiciary staff on criminal law matters. He is currently Of Counsel to Blodgett, Watts, Volk & Sussman.
Kathy Fox is an associate professor at the University of Vermont, where she teaches criminal justice courses. She received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. Her current research is about offender reintegration and restorative justice.
Robert Appel now practices law in Hinesburg, after serving 30-plus years in state government including over 11 years as executive director of the state's Human Rights Commission and over 8 years as the state's Defender General.
Currently Mimi is the supervising attorney at the Windham County Public Defender's Office, in Brattleboro, Vermont. She joined the office as a staff attorney in 2004 and became supervisor in 2009. Prior to her work in Vermont, she has spent 12 years as a public defender in New York City and another five as a public defender in western Massachusetts.
She wants to see a criminal justice system that is more rational and rehabilitation-oriented.
Timothy Fair works as an associate attorney with the Burlington, VT law firm of Blodgett, Watts & Volk, P.C.. Prior to this position, he clerked for both the Franklin and Chittenden County Public Defender’s Offices. Tim also completed a semester-long internship with the Barre, VT firm of Williams & Gray, LLC, working on a variety of legal matters. Tim graduated from the Woodbury Institute at Champlain College, with a B.S. in Pre-Law, in 2009 and Vermont Law School in 2012. Before attending law school, he spent four years as a skydiving instructor in Vermont, Florida and Arizona. In his free time, Tim enjoys skiing and playing piano. He currently lives in South Burlington with his German Shepherd, Dexter.
Meg McCarthy is a freelance graphic designer, web developer, and educator. She has taught as adjunct faculty at Marlboro College Graduate School and Community College of Vermont. She became involved in criminal justice issues when her husband became incarcerated by the state of Vermont and was sent to a corporate facility in Kentucky.
Sha'an Mouliert, consultant, community organizer, educator, and artist, co-founded the African American Alliance of the Northeast Kingdom (Vermont), a grassroots organization committed to racial justice. She initiated and chaired the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom’s (WILPF) Building the Beloved Community Issue Committee. As a WILPF delegate, she attended the 2001 United Nations World Conference Against Racism held in Durban, South Africa. She was a core trainer for Theater of the Oppressed Laboratory at the Brecht Forum in New York City, the Anti-Racism and Lateral Oppression Institute for Youth in Barre, VT, and Theater of the Oppressed trainer for WILPF’s Building the Beloved Community Issue Committee. For years, she has facilitated Theater of the Oppressed trainings and has led conflict resolution, human potential, creative arts, racial justice and community organizing workshops nationally and internationally. She has lived in the Northeast Kingdom for the past 30 years. Listen to a radio interview with Sha'an here.
As the first superintendant of the state's all-women's correctional facility, Terry Rowe established progressive policies and innovative job-training programs. She led the state hospital through a time of crisis around re-certification, and recently returned to the Department of Children and Families where she addresses appeals to the child abuse registry.
Michael Washington graduated summa cum laude from Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts with a major in human services, addiction studies, and is a member of Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society for Social Sciences. Formerly incarcerated due to circumstances surrounding addiction, he currently provides counseling and support to persons with significant barriers to employment, primarily ex-offenders, in Bennington, Vermont.
Tom Dalton is an attorney and licensed alcohol and drug counselor. He became aware of injustice in the criminal justice system working with adolescents living with HIV/AIDS in Florida. He later became Director of HIV Services Programs at the Vermont Department of Health. In 2000, he founded Safe Recovery, a professionally-staffed, harm-reduction recovery center for people living with addiction to opioids located in Burlington, Vermont. At Safe Recovery, he started Vermont's first syringe exchange program. In 2013, he helped advocate for Vermont's Good Samaritan Law (by far the strongest in the country), and for a statutory change to permit community-based distribution of Narcan (a nasal spray used to reverse an opioid overdose in progress). In December 2013, he started Vermont's first community-based Narcan distribution site with over 850 documented overdose reversals to date. For many years, he visited Vermont correctional facilities on a weekly basis to provide HIV testing, HCV testing, harm reduction education, re-entry planning and recovery support – but also, to lend a friendly ear willing to listen to what people had to say. Tom is highly committed to making Vermont's criminal justice system work better for everyone.
Anna was born and raised in Vermont and moved out of state for ten years, during which she graduated from Lewis & Clark College with a degree in sociology and a minor in gender studies. For two years she managed a cafe in Austin, Tx. When she moved home she volunteered with Vermonters for Criminal Justice Reform and was hired into a full-time position in the summer of 2016.
Ange Greene was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. She moved to Burlington, Vt to combat drug addiction in 2009 and was shortly after that caught in the criminal justice system, first for a series of minor offenses and then she hit the big time. She was housed at Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility for two years. At that time, decided she was going to make a difference. After a long and difficult job search, she became the outreach coordinator at VCJR. “I finally get to bring those voices that are trapped inside the criminal justice system to life,” says Ange. “I have been clean for three years and I finally get a chance to enjoy life again. I love fajitas, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and down time.”
When Suzi Wizowaty began leading book discussions and writing workshops in the jails in the 1990s, she did so as a teacher and writer who simply believed everyone deserved those opportunities. It was as she came to know inmates and learn about their lives, that it became increasingly clear that locking people up didn't help anyone. In fact, it made things worse. The criminal justice system itself imposed suffering. That had to change. Laws had to change. Therefore in 2008 she ran for the state legislature to work on criminal justice issues (and won). Public service had rewards and challenges, but criminal justice reform was slow. She observed that the general public by and large had no idea how the system actually worked--or understood that it had become the state's last-resort way of addressing poverty, drug addiction and mental illness. So, in 2013, toward the end of her third term, she founded Vermonters for Criminal Justice Reform to raise public awareness in order to make greater change possible. Since that work required full-time focus, she left the legislature at the end of her third term.
Bolstered by a change in the national conversation, VCJR has succeeded in opening doors and raising awareness. There is much work to be done, but plans are in place to move the work ahead in multiple ways. In 2017, having launched a strong organization with a solid infrastructure, well-functioning board, new office and fruitful alliances, Suzi felt it was time to turn the work over to new leadership.