Our Team


Thomas Alexander
VISTA Development & Communications Coordinator

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Eva DeLair
Associate Director of Northern California Legal Programs

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Felicia Espinosa
Fresno Site Director & Staff Attorney

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Based in Fresno, Ca


Jon Grobman
Operations Assistant

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Cassandra Little
Employment & Leadership Specialist 

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Based in Fresno, CA


Faride Perez-Aucar
Legal Fellow

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Sonja Tonnesen
Deputy Director- Program Innovation & Strategic Partnerships

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Briana Barnes
Operations Coordinator

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Omar El-Qoulaq
Legal Fellow

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Carmen Garcia
Director of Finance and Administration

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Nicole Jeong
Reentry Attorney & Manager of Southern California Partnerships

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Based in Los Angeles/ San Fernando Valley


Stephanie Martinez
VISTA Community Outreach & Partnerships Coordinator

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Cal Smith
VISTA  Data & Technology Coordinator

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Raquel Virgo
 Director of Development

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Amber Dean
Legal Programs Assistant

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Sam Epstien
Director of People Systems & Management

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Lupita Garcia Administrative & Development Assistant

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Katherine Katcher
Founder & Executive Director

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Ana Pano
Women's Support & Social Services Manager 

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Based in Fresno, CA


K.C. Taylor
 Associate Director of California Legal Services

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Deric Washington
Senior Legal Fellow

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Law Clerks, Interns & Volunteers

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Alex Clark

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Zachary Gates


Leslee Larner
Legal Volunteer

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Norma Leon
Women’s Support & Leadership Intern

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Based in Fresno, Ca


Dena Shata
Partnership Consultant 

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Isabella Medina
Women’s Support & Leadership Intern

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Based in Fresno, Ca


Savannah Wadsworth
Law Clerk

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Marvin Mutch
Policy Consultant 

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 Root & Rebound would not be where we are today without the hard work and dedication of volunteers, law clerks, and interns over the years. To see the team that has made it all possible, please click here.

Board of Directors


Chief Justice, Yurok Tribe

Abby is an enrolled member of the Yurok Tribe, and has been Chief Justice of the Tribe since 2008. She served as a San Francisco Superior Court Commissioner for approximately 20 years, assigned primarily to Dependency and Delinquency. Abby was the first California native to be a member of the State Bar, and to be appointed to a state judicial position. She is newly appointed by Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court to the Co-Chair of the Tribal Court-State Court Forum. Abby is a graduate of University of New Mexico School of Law.

Tamaron D. Greene

Senior Counsel, Project Finance at Sunrun

Tamaron is a transactional lawyer specializing in corporate finance for companies whose credit profiles range from investment grade to leveraged, to middle-market, to venture-backed. Tamaron represents borrowers, lenders, issuers and underwriters in a wide variety of general corporate, acquisition, fund, leveraged, project and venture finance transactions.


Founder & Executive Director, Root & Rebound


Financial Analyst, Select Equity Group

Loren Lewallen is a Chartered Financial Analyst at Select Equity Group, an asset management firm. He began at Select Equity as an intern in 2006 and joined the firm full-time in September 2007. He received his B.A. from Columbia University (magna cum laude).

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Senior Director, Visa

Anne is a Senior Director at Visa, where she focuses on bringing products to market.  Prior roles at Visa have included operations, strategy, planning, and analytics.  Previously, Anne was a private equity associate at Calera Capital and an investment banking analyst at Merrill Lynch.  Anne graduated from Harvard College, with an A.B. in Economics.





Vice President of Strategy & Communications, OBSERVATORY Pictures

Sarena is the VP of Strategy & Communications for OBSERVATORY, a documentary film fund. Based in the U.S., she leads investor and filmmaker partnerships, and helps oversee the company's film finishing fund. She began her career at National Geographic, and has served as both a producer and researcher for several feature-length, theatrically distributed documentaries. As a health advocate, she is passionate about preventative and food-based medicine and plans to bring innovative food retail to inner-city communities. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, George Washington University's Documentary Center, and UCLA's Professional Program in Screenwriting.

Watani Stiner

Community Activist

Watani brings a depth of professional and personal experience to the criminal justice space, spending more than four decades behind bars, and has deep connections to the Bay Area criminal justice community. He is currently a speaker and activist in the Bay Area, working particularly in schools to use the power of storytelling to inspire young people to create a country of greatness—recognizing that “The United States is a work-in-progress, and it can only be shaped and realized by how much people struggle against the ugly and participate in the beauty.”

MARTHA TODD, treasurer

Associate, McGinnis Lochridge

Martha’s practice focuses on corporate and securities law with a strong focus in mergers and acquisitions. She has represented U.S. and international buyers and sellers in negotiation, structuring, documentation and consummation of public and private merger and acquisition transactions, including mergers, tender and exchange offers, stock and asset acquisitions, and similar strategic transactions. She has experience advising a wide range of clients, including emerging companies in the technology and biotechnology fields, venture capital and private equity funds, financial advisors and more. Martha also advises clients on federal securities laws reporting and compliance and corporate governance matters. Martha was previously legal counsel at Skills Fund, LLC, an Austin-based start-up focused on revolutionizing higher education financing.

Our Advisory Board

Megan French-Marcelin, Fair Hiring Project Coordinator at  JustLeadershipUSA

Airto Morales, Data Specialist, Project Rebound at San Francisco State University

Laurie Parise, Esq., Founder & Executive Director, Youth Represent

Kathi Pugh, Esq., Pro Bono Counsel, Retd., Morrison & Foerster LLP

Bertrall Ross, Esq., Assistant Professor of Law, Berkeley Law; Co-Faculty Director of Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice at Berkeley Law

Leonard Rubio, Executive Director, Insight Prison Project. Volunteer at Old Skool Cafe.

Jonathan Simon, Adrian A. Kragen Professor of Law and Director, Center for the Study of Law and Society at University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

Sacha Steinberger, Founding Attorney, Project Legal Link

Brittany Stringfellow Otey, Esq., Attorney and Clinical Professor, Pepperdine/ Union Rescue Mission Legal Aid Clini

Elizabeth Wegner, PhD. Clinical Psychology, Columbia University

Steve Weiss, Esq., Regional Social Security & SSI Advocacy Coordinator, Bay Area Legal Aid

Troy Williams, Journalist, Photographer, Videographer at The Post News Group

John Wilson, Senior Business Service Representative, Vernon-Central/LATTC Worksource Center

Marilyn Barnes, M.Ed., Founder & Executive Director, Because Black is Still Beautiful

Jason Bell, Director, Project Rebound at San Francisco State University

Scott Bryant, Senior Vice President, Deposit Management Relationship Officer, Boston Private

Charlotte Cassel, M.P.H., J.D., 2014 Equal Justice Works Fellow at Florida Legal Services, Inc.

David Cowan, Director of Reintegration, Alliance for C.H.A.N.G.E; Operations Associate, Prison University Project

Audrey Fay, Southern California Field Director, Prison Fellowship

Charles Hodgson, MSc, PhD Student, Department of Economics, Stanford University

Annie West Honart, M. Phil, M.D., Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Ronald Jacobi, Esq., Of Counsel, Bryan Cave, LLP

Rebecca G. Kagin, Esq., Attorney, Law Offices of Rebecca G. Kagin

Alex Lee, Esq., Associate Director of Public Interest Programs at University of California, Berkeley, School of Law; Founder and former Director, Transgender, Gender Variant & Intersex Justice Project

Heather MacKay, Esq., Law Office of Heather MacKay

Elie Miller, Esq., Attorney at Loyola Law School - Collateral Consequences of Conviction Clinic


Our Collaborative Work

Our Donors and Partners

We are grateful for the support of all of the individuals, families, corporations and foundations who have so generously donated to Root & Rebound in our founding years. We couldn't do our work without you.



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institutional donors