Board of Directors
Alison McCrary, Esq.
Alison McCrary is a social justice attorney, a criminal justice reform advocate, community mediator, and a Spiritual Advisor on Louisiana’s death row. She serves a a movement capacity building strategist supporting dozens of formerly-incarcerated people led non-profits in the United States. She formerly served as the Statewide Director of Operations for the Unanimous Jury Coalition working to abolish a 138-year-old Jim Crow law in Louisiana allowing a sentence of life imprisonment without a unanimous jury, the Executive Director of the National Police Accountability Project, President of the Louisiana Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, and founding Director of the Community-Police Mediation at the New Orleans Office of the Independent Police Monitor. As a 2010 Soros Justice Advocacy Fellowship in New Orleans, she challenged and changed policing practices and policies to transform relationships between police officers and the bearers of New Orleans’ indigenous cultural traditions.
She works on issues related to criminal justice reform, immigrant rights, international human rights, cultural preservation, voting rights, disaster recovery, and provides support to various social justice movements and organizations locally, nationally, and internationally. Prior to law school, she worked at the Capital Post-Conviction Project of Louisiana providing litigation support on death penalty cases and at the United Nations monitoring the implementation of U.N. Security Council Resolutions relating to women, peace, and security. In 2009, she was an Ella Baker Fellow at the Center for Constitutional Rights. She received her J.D. from Loyola University’s College of Law in New Orleans and her B.A. in English at Georgia State University in Atlanta. She also completed coursework and programs at Johannes Gutenburg Universität in Mainz, Germany, University of Surrey in London, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, Loyola University Chicago, and Catholic Theological Union.
Alison is the founder and President of the Re-Entry Mediation Institute of Louisiana.
Louis “Jack” Ward
Louis “Jack” Ward is a native New Orleanian who manages a landscaping business and works at The Ubuntu Village mentoring young people. He served time for more than three decades at correctional facilities across Louisiana since he was twelve years old. He served as inmate counsel in the law library at Angola State Penitentiary and returned home in 2012.
Louis serves as the Vice President of the Re-Entry Mediation Institute of Louisiana.
Julie Griff has served as the Director of the New Orleans Community-Police Mediation Program (CPMP), a program of the Office of the Independent Police Monitor since October 2017. She first began working with the CPMP in 2014, first as a volunteer and then as a mediator and as a contractor assisting with program operations. The program provides opportunities for community members and police officers to have facilitated face-to-face dialogues to be heard, build understanding, and resolve conflict they’ve had in their interactions with each other. In addition to her mediation work, Jules is a facilitator and trainer of Restorative Approaches and has worked with the Center for Restorative Approaches, providing conflict resolution in New Orleans schools and working to intervene in the school-to-prison pipeline.
Previously, Jules’ work has encompassed issues regarding public health, human rights, and community education. She worked for four years for Breakthrough, a human rights organization that uses art and media to raise awareness on women’s rights, HIV/AIDS, immigrant rights, and racial justice in the US and India. She served as Program Director for the HeartRescue Project in Philadelphia and has worked on issues of food security and senior health at the The Elderly Project and Santropol Roulant in Montreal. She is a co-founder of the MoBo Bicycle Co-op, a community bicycle education project in Cincinnati. Jules received a BA in history and humanistic studies from McGill University in Montreal.
Jules serves as Secretary of the Re-Entry Mediation Institute of Louisiana.
Lisa Ellis is a community servant, advocate for criminal justice reform, and a businesswoman. She is the lead facilitator of the Participatory Defense Movement New Orleans (PDMNola) Hub. PDMNola provides assistance to individuals facing prosecution by working with the family members of the defendant to positively affect the outcome a criminal case. Through the PDMNola platform Ms. Ellis encourages community and family support members to become informed about the criminal court proceedings, the rights of the accused, protecting those rights and holding court officials accountable if these rights are violated. PDMNola seeks to properly shift the power of the system back to the citizens it affects. The guiding principles of PDMNola is family and community strength with an overall goal of PDMNola is to influence systemic change to ultimately help end mass incarceration.
Ms. Ellis is employed as the CEO of a Behavioral Health Outpatient Clinic. She supervises over a dozen Mental Health Professionals and three (3) licensed Mental Health Professionals. She coordinates the daily activities of two offices which provides services to clients in numerous parishes. She also is a liaison between her offices and health care providers to ensure clients in her underserved community continue to receive adequate mental health services.
She also volunteers her time as a board member of the Rich Family Ministries. Her duties focus on finding innovative ways to shine light on the inequalities and injustices experienced by people in impoverished communities. Her goal is to see Mental Health decriminalized and her work there is a reflection of her passionate beliefs of equal justice for everyone.
With over twenty-five years of Accounting, Management, and Consulting services, she has provided accounting services, billing support, and tax prep for businesses and individuals. Her educational background includes a B.A. in Accounting and her post graduate studies are to be completed in December 2020 with an M.B.A., with a concentration in accounting.
Lisa serves as Treasurer of the Re-Entry Mediation Institute of Louisiana.
A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Ian Honore' graduated with his B.A. in Business management and M.B.A from the University of Phoenix, Baton Rouge Campus. He began his leadership career as Student Government President at the University of Phoenix. As president, Ian engaged his fellow students in the political process through streamlining the organization's operations and bylaws, increasing student participation and utilization of campus resources, and encouraging his fellow constituents to develop a love for lifelong learning. Ian is currently one of Brown and Root's up and coming "blue collar" leaders working as a supervisor of the TSE Unit. The effects of poverty, poor educational systems, and societal challenges are evident in the diverse workforce that Ian manages on a daily basis. Ian has a passion for mentorship and teaching others through real life experiences. He applies his skills and abilities to guide his co-workers in making good choices and taking active roles in the decision-making processes that affect their families and communities.
Rev. Dr. Bruce McClure
Rev. Dr. Bruce McClue was born to the union of the late Bruce McClue, Jr and the late Delores Terry Venison on September 18, 1963 in New Orleans, LA. He was reared in the upper ninth ward of the city and attended it public schools. After graduating from McDonogh #35, Pastor McClue attended Dillard University where he majored in chemistry. There he met, fell in love and married the former Donna Lynn Jones. They married in 1986 and from that union were born three children. James Andra, and Jacob. In 1989, Pastor McClue accepted his calling into the ministry in southwest desert of Texas after what he described as a year long battle with God. He said, his cries in the wilderness led him to accept the Will of God. On his return from Texas in the summer of 1989, Pastor spoke with his Pastor, the late Thomas Taylor of the Galilee B.C. His pastor informed that he should go into prayer and fasting for a week to be sure on his calling in Christ. After a week of fasting and praying, Pastor return to Reverend Taylor with the same vigor to preach the gospel. On February 4th 1990, Pastor had his trial sermon. It came from Exodus, “Stand Still and Behold the Salvation of the Lord”. Under the tutelage of Reverend Taylor, Pastor McClue grew with boldness and conviction in the Word. In August of 1991, Pastor was ordained and since his ordination, Pastor has been on missionary journeys to Indiana, Illinois and Mississippi. He has as Master of Divinity from Union Baptist Seminary and a Doctorate in Divinity from Slidell Baptist Seminary. He has preached on our Nation’s Capital Steps, preached several times in Angola Prison. Has been an active participant in the pass with different outreach ministries such as Christian Community Youth against Drugs Foundation with he served on the board of Directors. He taught evangelism seminars, mentoring programs for many churches in the city. He has been a professor at Union Baptist Seminary, where he taught Biblical History, Homiletics, Systematic Theology and New Testament Studies. In December of 2006, Pastor McClue was elected as pastor of the Mt. Carmel B.C. He serves as the General Secretary of the Baptist Pastor Conference (Dr. Robert Myers, Sr. Moderator). He is an active member of the Freedmen Baptist General Association. Presently, serves as the President of the New St. John Missionary Baptist Association.
Roderick "Ricky" Joseph
Roderick "Ricky" Joseph graduated high school in 2008 and pursued business management in local college for two semesters. It was until 2014 he decided to put to action what he learned and created an entertainment and marketing company by the name of Swag Crazy Coalition. Ricky is also an amazing chef with a culinary background that has expanded more than a decade. His hard work led him to managing at some of New Orleans premier restaurants ( Dick and Jennys, Couchon Butcher, Katies, and The Half Shell on the Bayou) Which provided him the financial backing to build out what his heart desired. Being a successful artist and music composer Ricky understood the importance of learning the business behind entertainment and now educate/mentor youth to be self sufficient individuals. Ricky Joseph is currently operating as marketing director of The Level Up Campaign a youth enrichment organization. During COVID-19, Level Up Campaign was awarded a proclamation from the Councilwomen of District E on their outstanding performance serving youth and families throughout the city of New Orleans, providing employment opportunities and skills training to individuals seeking any sort of employment.
Sarah Stickney Murphy (she/her) is a queer nonprofit consultant and recovering opera singer. Sarah is the founder and principal of Stickney Murphy Consulting, LLC. She lives just outside of New Orleans, originally called Bulbancha, on land stolen from the Houma with her husband, four children, three cats, two turtles, and innumerable fish. Sarah loves to cook ridiculously elaborate meals and runs a small home-based food business where she makes her own cheese.
Sarah Stickney Murphy
Claire Ojeh, Esq. is a native of Louisiana. She is a mediator, idea strategist, and attorney. She has earned her certifications in civil-commercial mediation, employment law mediation, and community and police mediation. She is trained in inclusive listening, restorative justice practices, and diversity, inclusion, and mentorship programming. Claire enjoys working with local organizations and educational institutions that create positive social change. She values community. She is an alumna of Xavier University of Louisiana and Loyola University, New Orleans College of Law. Claire is currently residing outside of the United States and is remotely working with REMILA.
David Parnell is a partner in the Mandeville Blue Williams Law office and has been with the firm since 2006. His practice consists primarily of automobile and trucking, insurance law and workers’ compensation. David attended Millsaps College where he was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and a three-year captain and all-conference selection as a member of the Millsaps tennis team. David earned his bachelor of arts degree from Millsaps in 1997, majoring in political science. He then attended the Paul M. Hebert School of Law at Louisiana State University, receiving his juris doctorate in 2000. He handles workers’ compensation matters for both national and local clients, defends homeowners and businesses in property and personal injury claims and counsels clients on bad-faith claims and coverage issues under a wide variety of homeowner’s, automobile and commercial policies. Mr. Parnell has successfully argued at the state district and appellate court levels, involving personal injury claims, coverage issues and post-Katrina insurance claims.
Nissan Patel is a New Orleans native and first generation American. He joined Re-Entry Mediation Institute with first-hand knowledge of the criminal justice system through a career in law enforcement and investigations. Nissan currently serves as a corporate compliance officer and assists in workforce recruitment and retention. He remains active in law enforcement, serving as a reserve criminal sheriff’s deputy.
Advisory Board members include Prof. Angela Bell, Arthur Hunter, and Leo Jackson.