Mark Faucette, Vice President, Amity Foundation
Mark Faucette is the Vice President of Amity Foundation. He oversees In-Prison Substance Abuse Services projects at two California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation prisons: the California Institution for Men (CIM), and Central California Women's Facility (CCWF) as well as directing two residential reentry facilities, Amistad de Los Angeles in Los Angeles County and Vista Ranch in San Diego County.
Joseph Maizlish, Marriage and Family Therapist
Joseph Maizlish specializes in crisis and trauma treatment, and serves victims and perpetrators; a mediator specializing in employment discrimination disputes and serving on court panels; and a social issues activist since 1960. He has M.A. degrees in History and Clinical Psychology. He has done subcontract and donated work for six Los Angeles County departments. He served two and a half years in several federal prisons from 1968-1971.
Maria Alexander, Executive Director, Center for Living & Learning
Maria “Alex’ Alexander has served as Executive Director of Center for Living and Learning since 2005 and is founder of the organization as it is today. Under her guidance, CLL has grown to serve over 300 individuals annually with employment and supportive services. CLL specializes in serving those transitioning from drug treatment, incarceration, welfare to work and homelessness. All staff are former clients who have overcome these barriers.
Peggy Edwards, Executive Director, United Homeless Healthcare Partners
Peggy is the former Executive Director of LARRP and is a consultant and facilitator with more than twenty-five years of experience in areas of strategic planning, organization development, community and employee engagement, and leadership development. For the past ten years, she has served as Executive Director of United Homeless Healthcare Partners where she directs the Homeless Services Training Institute. Peggy holds a degree from Purdue University and a Master of Public Administration from the Chancellor's Office of the California State University system.
Michael Graff-Weisner, Vice President of Programs & Government Relations,
Michael Graff-Weisner has served in this role since 2007 at Chrysalis - a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping economically disadvantaged and homeless individuals become self-sufficient through employment opportunities. Michael brings more than 10 years' experience in the nonprofit, private, and public sectors to his position at Chrysalis. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Michael received a B.A. in Economics and Spanish from Amherst College and a Master of Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Rev. Peter Laarman, Executive Director, Justice Not Jails
Peter Laarman coordinates a Southern California interfaith project on mass incarceration called Justice Not Jails. In 2014, Peter concluded ten years of service as executive director of Progressive Christians Uniting, a network of individuals and congregations in Southern California concerned with public justice and leadership formation. Before coming to Los Angeles Peter served for a decade as the senior minister of historic Judson Memorial Church in New York City. Peter is a second-career minister, having spent the first 20 years of his professional life as a communications specialist in the labor movement, first as public relations director for the American Federation of Teachers in DC and then as director of publications and public relations for the United Auto Workers in Detroit.
Jose Rodriguez, Director, Councilmember Gilbert Cedillo & Founder of the LA Re-Entry Roundtable
Jose Rodriguez has worked in the mental health and substance abuse treatment field with the offender population for more than 10 years. In 2008, he joined the Office of Councilmember Alarcon and in 2013, Councilmember Cedillo. He graduated from the Glendale College Addiction Studies Program and UCLA School of Public Health, Health Care Management and Leadership Program. Jose is the founder of the Los Angeles Re-Entry Roundtable.
Veronica Lewis, Division Director of the Homeless Outreach Program/Integrated Care System Division, Special Service for Groups
Veronica joined SSG in 2003 where she oversees more than seven million dollars in annual funding for mental health, substance abuse, reentry, homeless and housing and trauma-focused services; and a multidisciplinary team of more than 60 employees.
Veronica has worked tirelessly to improve and coordinate homeless services in Service Planning Area Six (SPA6) and is co-founder and Chair of the SPA 6 Homeless Coalition. She has played an intricate role in the development of the emerging new LA Continuum homeless systems of care as Co-Team Lead for SPA6’s Coordinated Entry System pilot for chronically homeless individuals and through her involvement with the region’s Family Solution Center.
Veronica also represents the interest of SPA6 and the LA CoC as a whole as an alternative representative as Chair of the CoC Coordinating Council, an advisory committee to the LAHSA Commission. Under her leadership, HOPICS has permanently housed more than 900 homeless families within the last five years.
Susan Burton, Executive Director, A New Way of Life
Susan Burton and her story of perseverance in overcoming overwhelming odds is an inspiration to women across the United States, particularly formerly incarcerated women and women in recovery from addiction to alcohol and drugs. After cycling in an out of the criminal justice system for nearly fifteen years, Susan gained freedom and sobriety and founded A New Way of Life Reentry Project in 1998. Dedicating her life to helping other women break the cycle of incarceration, homelessness, addiction and despair, Susan became a recognized leader in the criminal justice reform and reentry rights movements. She was recently named by the Los Angeles Times as one of the new civil rights leaders in the United States.
Dr. Stan Galperson, Director of Residential and Outpatient Services,
Tarzana Treatment Center
Dr. Galperson has worked in the field of Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health treatment for more than 27 years. For the past 18 years he has overseen a variety of departments and programs including the Coed Residential and Adult Outpatient Programs, the Criminal Justice Department, the Community Assessment and Services Center (CASC), the Admissions Department and the Medication Assisted Treatment Program. He has also served the field on a host of boards and committees at the local, county and state level. He holds a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.
Janie Hodge, Executive Director, Paving the Way Foundation
Janie Hodge is the Founder and Executive Director of Paving the Way Foundation formed in 2006 as a 501(c) 3 charitable organization designed to give a “Hand up for a Hand out”. Mrs. Hodge facilitates and manages an inside the prison walls life skills program on the Honor yard and the Transition (C) yard for the California Prison Los Angeles at Lancaster. Mrs. Hodge oversees an extensive re-entry life skills program for HealthRight 360 - AB 109 and Parole clients in Lancaster with two housing units one designed for mental health in collaboration with Special Services for Groups.
Lynne Lyman, California State Director, Drug Policy Alliance
A native of Los Angeles, Lynne Lyman is the California State Director for the Drug Policy Alliance, leading criminal justice reform work and overseeing all other aspects of the California policy and advocacy work. Receiving her M.P.A. from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and her B.A. from UC Berkeley, Lyman has spent her career working in MA and CA on issues relating to racial justice, youth violence and criminal justice system reform, inside government, with advocacy organizations, and working political campaigns.