Joel Copperman joined CASES in 1990 as the organization's first Executive Director. Prior to joining CASES, Mr. Copperman held several positions in New York City Government during the administration of Ed Koch. Mr. Copperman was in the Mayor's Office of Intergovernmental Relations serving as a legislative representative in Albany, was Deputy Director of the Mayor's Office of Operations, and was the first Director of the Mayor's Office of Contracts.
Currently, Mr. Copperman is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Human Services Council, a coalition of over 160 New York City organizations that advocates for the needs of the human services sector; Chair of the Board of Directors of Youth Represent, an organization that provides juvenile defender representation and addresses other legal issues that may stem from a young person's involvement in the criminal justice system; and a member of the New York City Discharge Planning Collaboration, a coalition of city agencies, non-profits, research institutions, and experts that works to transform outcomes for people in jails and shelters. In August 2011, Mr. Copperman was selected by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services to serve on the Advisory Board for its new Brooklyn for Brooklyn Initiative (B4B), a community-based, therapeutic model for serving youth in state custody.
Mr. Copperman holds a B.A. from Bradley University, a J.D. from Boston University School of Law, and an M.P.P. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Joe McLaughlin began his career in the criminal justice system in 1988 as a New York City Urban Fellow working at the New York City Board of Correction. A year later he was hired by the Vera Institute of Justice as a planner for their Community Service Sentencing Project (CSSP) which was subsequently spun off from Vera and merged with the Court Employment Project (CEP) to form CASES. In 2002, Mr. McLaughlin was promoted to Director of CEP, a position he held until 2007 when he was promoted again to his current position as Director of Youth Programs at CASES where, in addition to continuing to manage CEP, he also oversees Choices, Learning To Work/GED, Civic Justice Corps and Young Adult Justic Scholars.
Mr. McLaughlin was a founding trustee for Exalt, and currently serves on advisory boards to the Lehigh County Office of Children and Youth Services in Pennsylvania and The Animation Project. He is also a member of the Reentry Education Committee and the JobsFirst NY Juvenile Justice advisory group. In 2006, he presented a paper, "Academic and Workforce Development Programs for Court-Involved Youth: A Youth Development Perspective," at the American Youth Policy Forum in Washington D.C. In 2011, Mr. McLaughlin received the prestigious Lewis Hine Award for Service to Children and Youth from the National Child Labor Committee.
Mr. McLaughlin has a B.A. in Economics from Boston College.
Ann-Marie Louison joined CASES in 1999 and is the co-founder of the Nathaniel Project. The Nathaniel Project was the first alternative-to-incarceration program in Manhattan Supreme Court for adults with severe and persistent mental illness convicted of felony offenses. The Nathaniel Project was selected from a nationwide pool of applicants as the sole award winner of the 2002 Thomas M. Wernert Award for Innovations in Community Behavioral Healthcare. In June 2003, the Project was licensed by the New York State Office of Mental Health to provide evidenced-based Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) services.
Ms. Louison became Director of Mental Health Programs in 2002, overseeing Nathaniel ACT and subsequently launching the EXIT and Transitional Case Management programs. In 2011, CASES merged its Criminal Court and Mental Health programs into a new program group, Adult Behavioral Health, which Ms. Louison currently leads. She is also a consultant to the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center and is regularly selected to attend national expert panel discussions on jail diversion. In January 2010, she participated on such a panel convened by the National GAINS Center to reflect on conclusions from SAMHSA's Targeted Capacity Expansion Jail Diversion cross-site evaluation. Prior to joining CASES, Ms. Louison was a social worker for the Manhattan Psychiatric Center on Ward's Island and a probation officer in England.