Board of Directors

Alison McCrary, Esq.

President

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 serves as the Board President for the Re-Entry Mediation Institute of Louisiana.

Rev. Dr. Bruce McClue

Director-at-Large

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 a 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.

Staff

Karron Williams

Mediation Program Coordinator

A Louisiana native, Karron Williams has been serving the Greater New Orleans area community for many years. Karron Williams has worked in mental health at The Institute for Networking Community Service where she served as the Area Representative, for over 4 years, where she worked on setting case plans, assessing clients' needs and support systems, resolving crises, supervising workers, and performing home visits.  Karron has also served as a professionally trained mediator with New Orleans Community Police Mediation Program since 2018. Karron also worked in education from 2004 -2009 at Metro Outreach Christian Academy and in 2020 became a case manager for the organization Shawdow’s for Life Journey, working with children with disabilities.

 

Karron Williams is attending Purdue University to receive her degree in Human Services.

Email Karron at mediationcoordinator@reentrymediation.org

Vice President

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 for the Re-Entry Mediation Institute of Louisiana.

Julie Griff

Secretary

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 a Board Member and Secretary for 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.

Ian Honore

Director-At-Large

Lisa Ellis

Treasurer

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. 

Currently, Ms. Ellis is employed as the Business Manager at 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.

Marie-Isabelle Pautz

Marie-Isabelle Pautz is from Lafayette, Louisiana. At age 21, she founded a food justice non-profit, the longest running CSA in Louisiana. In the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, she canvassed  shelters and built the Lafayette Hurricane Survivors Coalition, which eventually won access to public transportation for hurricane survivors.

 

Marie-Isabelle has studied Restorative Justice with Eastern Mennonite University, Partners in Restorative Initiatives, Restorative Response Baltimore, and Turning Point Partners and has a master's and training licensure through the International Institute for  Restorative Practices. Marie-Isabelle has facilitated hundreds of Restorative Justice Processes to prevent and address conflict and crime in school, neighborhood, and workplace settings. She was responsible for designing and establishing the programs at Center for Restorative Approaches (CRA), creating it’s training and youth curriculums, developing it’s partnerships, and training, coaching and supervising Educators and Restorative Practitioners across the region and the state during CRA’s first 5 years.

 

Marie-Isabelle has developed and managed programs for people experiencing homelessness at a Shelter, at a One Stop Shop, and at a Continuum of Care. She currently infuses Restorative Practices and Trauma Informed Care into School Culture, and performs fiddle and vocals with two Louisiana Roots music bands.

Board Member

Mediators

Alison McCrary is tribal citizen of the Ani-Yun-Wiya United Cherokee Nation, mediator, lawyer, restorative justice practitioner, and an internationally sought-after speaker on social justice, spirituality, and liberation.  She is the founder of the ReEntry Mediation Institute of Louisiana and the founding director of the New Orleans Community-Police Mediation Program.  She is also a founding board member of the Conflict Resolution Institute of Louisiana and has helped develop other community mediation programs across the country. She has served a Spiritual Advisor on Louisiana’s death row for the past 16 years and serves as a Movement Capacity Building Strategist supporting about 50 formerly-incarcerated-people-led non-profits in the United States. She formerly served as the Statewide Campaign Manager for the Unanimous Jury Coalition abolishing a 138-year-old Jim Crow law in Louisiana, the Executive Director of the National Police Accountability Project, and President of the Louisiana Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. 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 McCrary, Esq.

Andrew Doss is an award-winning attorney, writer, and strategic convener focused on collective problem solving, building coalitions, and shaping public policy to drive meaningful change at the local and systems levels. With wide-reaching experience in government, international law, and theology, Andrew produces concrete outcomes at the intersection of the local and global, the visionary and the pragmatic, and the cultural and structural. 

 

Andrew Doss

Anna Anderson is a citizen of New Orleans and has worked and served in this community for over 38 years.  Anna worked for the Department of Education under the Trio Programs (Upward Bound, Talent Search and Student Support Services) as a Program Operations Manager for more than 12 years. Anna then transitioned over to Customer Service as a Unit Manager with Sears Credit until the closing of its New Orleans Office.  A career change moved her over to Healthcare where Anna worked with local healthcare facilities for 17 years as a Patient Access Manager and then Director of Admitting and Revenue for St. Bernard Parish Hospital.  After a personal decision required Anna to adjust her career path and place it on hold she pursued other career options that would allow her to work and be available for her parents. Anna is a professionally trained mediator with the New Orleans Community Police Mediation Program since 2018 and is also a Board Member and Quality Control Committee member with Ascension Depaul Healthcare (Marillac CBM) under Ascension Depaul Healthcare formally Daughters of Charity.  Anna also sits on the Louisiana Selective Service Local Board Member/ District Appeals Board Member.  Anna is currently in enrollment at ULL to receive her degree in Healthcare/Business Administration.

Anna Anderson

Julie Griff

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 a Board Member and Secretary for the Re-Entry Mediation Institute of Louisiana.

Karron Williams has been serving the Greater New Orleans area community for many years. Karron Williams has worked in mental health at The Institute for Networking Community Service where she served as the Area Representative, for over 4 years, where she worked on setting case plans, assessing clients needs and supports systems, resolving crisis, supervising over workers, and performing home visits.  Karron is also serving as a professionally trained mediator with New Orleans Community Police Mediation Program since 2018. Karron also worked in education from 2004 -2009 at Metro Outreach Christian Academy, and in 2020 became a case manager for the organization Shadow’s for Life Journey, working with children with disabilities.  Karron Williams is attending Purdue University to receive her degree in Human Services.

Karron Williams

Lou Furman, R.D.T., M.F.A., is the Restorative Practice Director for Community Mediation Services, a nonprofit organization that uses restorative and strength-based philosophy and practices to promote healthy and secure communities.  Professor Emeritus at Washington State University, he has established programs in alternative and charter schools, and worked extensively with incarcerated youth, law enforcement and special populations, such as senior citizens and persons with disabilities. A Registered Drama Therapist, Furman effectively uses role-playing techniques to enhance his activities. In addition, he facilitates trainings in trauma awareness, mediation, communication skills, and restorative practices.

Lou Furman

Renard Bridgewater is a New Orleans based musician (performing under the moniker Slangston Hughes), organizer and cultural advocate who works as the Community Engagement Coordinator for the Music and Culture Coalition of New Orleans (MaCCNO). Within this role, he uses his mediator skills in real time on the streets of New Orleans to de-escalate conflicts that arise between buskers, residents, businesses and law enforcement agencies. Renard organizes with and on the behalf of musicians, culture bearers and street performers to pursue equitable policies that directly benefit and protect the indigenous cultural practices and daily activities of our city's cultural ambassadors.

Renard Bridgewater

Richard H Saxer, M. Div, M. Ed., will be trained in the inclusive model of mediation through Community Mediation Maryland with New Orleans’ Community-Police Mediation program in the winter.  He is a founding board member of Community Mediation Services, Inc and has been trained in restorative practices.  Active in prison ministry for over ten years, Richard has helped lead Kairos retreats as well as twice a month Bible studies at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.  He is a retired teacher of special education,  currently teaches English as a Second Language, and is active in interfaith dialogue.

Richard Saxer

  • Louis "Jack" Ward

  • Ian Honore

  • Gahiji Barrow

  • Wendy Firven-Smith

  • Danielle Doussan

  • Stacey Marcel