Erin Masercola, PhD

For 30 years, Erin has worked as a teacher, writer, editor, and content director. During her career, she has written practical guidance about legal issues and regulatory compliance, particularly in the health care space. She has also led content teams working in adult education, addiction recovery, and nutrition for families who are food-insecure.

 

Erin has long volunteered for social justice work, mostly through her church and through interfaith organizations in North Carolina.

 

Erin grew up in Jamaica and several southern states. She did her undergraduate work at The University of Texas at Austin and her post graduate work at The University of North Carolina. She is proud mom to four young men in their teens and early twenties.

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Peter Tomasek

Peter Tomasek is an attorney and serves as the Legal Editor for How to Justice. Peter leads the Interrogating Justice team in developing long-term strategy for the organization and an affiliated nonprofit, How to Justice. He also takes a hands-on role in the writing and editing process for both organizations.

 

Prior to helping start Interrogating Justice, Peter worked in a variety of writing-focused roles in the legal field. After law school, he worked with the Michigan Court of Appeals as a Research Attorney and Law Clerk. Peter then left the court to join a well-respected appellate group at a 60-lawyer firm in metro Detroit, Michigan.

 

Peter later moved to North Carolina, where he joined one of the most trusted personal-injury law firms in the state. In that role, he represented people from some of the most under-served communities in the state. He also worked as the Legal Editor for a start-up online news source in North Carolina.

Jake Morris

Jake Morris is an attorney and serves as a Member on How to Justice’s Board of Directors. He also currently works as a Mergers and Acquisitions and Debt Capital Markets Vice President and Assistant General Counsel with Global Growth. In these roles, he is responsible for every step of the mergers and acquisitions process.

 

Much of Jake’s legal career has centered on corporate transactions. But his career has also allowed him to develop a deeper understanding of the judgment system. His biggest concern focuses on the discretion afforded to law enforcement and courts during sentencing in criminal cases.

 

Jake recognizes that we face statistics every day that show how actors capriciously enforce laws and adjudicate cases. He knows that this results in tragic disparities among different demographic groups in our society and leads to one of the greatest injustices in America.

Kristine Bunch

Kristine Bunch spent more than 17 years behind bars after she was arrested and charged with setting a fire that claimed the life of her three-year-old son, Anthony. Although a defense expert testified that the fire was accidental, two experts for the prosecution testified that an accelerant was used and therefore the fire was arson. Jurors believed the prosecution witnesses and found Kristine, then 22 and pregnant, guilty of murder and arson. She was sentenced to concurrent prison terms of 60 years for murder and 50 years for arson. Fifteen years later, the Indiana Court of Appeals reversed the conviction, holding that Kristine was entitled to a new trial because the evolving fire science met the legal criteria for new evidence and because undisclosed ATF evidence directly contradicted the prosecution expert testimony. The Indiana Supreme Court then unanimously affirmed the Court of Appeals decision. Kristine, who had earned undergraduate degrees in English and Anthropology from Ball State University in prison, was released on her own recognizance — 17 years, one month, and 16 days after her wrongful arrest. She walked out of the Decatur County Jail into the arms of her family, who had steadfastly supported her throughout her ordeal. Eight days before Christmas 2012, the prosecution dropped all charges.

 

Kristine is now the Executive Director of JustIS 4 JustUS, Inc a non-profit organization dedicated to building community connections for every exoneree.

 

Kristine Bunch has changed the narrative concerning women’s wrongful convictions, compensation for every exoneree and the inclusion of new evidence for innocence claims.

Danie Watson-Goetz

Danie Watson-Goetz is a writer, editor, and social media manager that serves as the Managing Director for How to Justice. Danie manages the Interrogating Justice content team, creates marketing promotions, and handles day-to-day operations for the organization and an affiliated nonprofit, How to Justice. Danie works closely with justice-impacted leaders and writers to create content for both organizations.

 

Before helping launch both Interrogating Justice and How to Justice, Danie lived in Pennsylvania where she worked as an adjunct professor in Lackawanna College’s communications, English and sociology departments. Danie also served as the Employment Instructor for the flagship Volunteers of America Shelter to Work Program, which was created to assist women obtain employment, housing, and empowerment.

 

Danie later moved to North Carolina, where she worked as a freelancer, assisting with book promotion, website development, and brand launches. She later took a position as the Managing Editor for North Carolina News Daily, and later as the Content Director for Global Growth.

 

Danie’s work has always prioritized education and empowerment. Her previous work in higher education and nonprofits especially drew her to this project because she believes that education is at the cornerstone of reform.

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Silvestre Silvestre

Sil Silvestre is a growth hacker and serves as the Traffic Director for How to Justice. He maintains the day-to-day online marketing presence of the organization. His work includes content down to organic and paid channels. Throughout his career, he has built several websites, big and small. But his passion focuses on multi-cultural work, including on the issue of justice reform.

Ronnie K. Stephens

Ronnie K. Stephens is an educator and father of six, with a strong interest in sociopolitical writing. He holds a BA in Classical Studies from the University of Arkansas, as well as an MA in Creative Writing and an MFA in Fiction from Wilkes University. Stephens is pursuing a PhD in English from the University of Texas – Arlington, where his research centers on decolonizing the curriculum and elevating underrepresented voices in American literature. The author of two poetry collections and one novel, Stephens prioritizes social justice and representation throughout his writing and teaching. He believes strongly in using his platforms to push for more equity in the classroom and in the country.

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Nicholas Fox

Nicholas Fox is a pen name for one of our staff writers. Born on a reservation, and raised in a dysfunctional home, he was in the juvenile system for 3 years in his early teens. But, with the help of some invested teachers and counselors, he did well in high school and went to college to become a teacher.

 

But, one night after a college party he received a charge he couldn’t defend himself against. Nic couldn’t afford the terms of probation, so he was resentenced to three years in prison. While in prison, Nic was happy to find sobriety, meditation and a fitness routine. He also learned how to weld for his facility.

 

In the ten years since leaving prison, Nic has done mostly farm work with intermittent teaching, writing and criminal justice reform advocacy. These days he works, writes, trains for mud runs, cooks and enjoys all things “nerd” from Star Trek, to MCU, to fiction podcasts.

Devin Coleman

Devin D. Coleman is a communicator (written, speech, visuals), author, and public speaker whose work embodies the art of turning tragedy into triumph. Born and raised in Jacksonville, FL, Devin’s life took an unexpected turn while attending Florida A&M University. An act of poor judgment landed him in prison his senior year. It was during this time that Devin chose to redirect his life by harnessing his talent for writing. He subsequently published his first volume of poetry titled Prisoner to Poet: Thoughts of an Incarcerated Soul. Upon his release, Devin completed his college education in 2008, graduating with a 3.7 GPA in Organizational Management.

He serves his community in various ways by utilizing his skills and passion for civic engagement. Devin served as an Executive Board Member of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC), Volunteer Board Member for the Duval Regional Juvenile Detention Center Advisory Council, and the Client Advisory Board (CAB) of Jacksonville Area Legal Aid. Devin currently serves on the Nurse-Family Partnership Florida Expansion Advisory Committee and FL Child Abuse Prevention Advisory Council.

Devin’s mission is to stimulate fatherhood engagement while using his story to provide a roadmap for recovery from mistakes. This passion has created opportunities for Devin to speak at various events across the nation. For more information, visit www.devindcoleman.com.

Mike Mabini

Mike Mabini is a web developer and serves in that role for How to Justice. He is responsible for the development side of everything you see on the website today. Mike has worked in software development for more than a decade and has worked on projects with some of the top IT and media companies in the world. But he felt especially drawn to this project because of his family and community ties.