Executive Staff

Joel Copperman

Chief Executive Officer

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 Mayor Ed Koch. Mr. Copperman was in the Mayor’s Office serving as a Legislative Representative in Albany, as Deputy Director of the Mayor’s Office of Operations, and as the first Director of the Mayor’s Office of Contracts.

Mr. Copperman is the former Chair of the Board of Directors of the Human Services Council (HSC), a coalition of more than 170 New York City organizations that advocates for the needs of the human services sector; he currently serves on the HSC Priority and Strategy Council. He is also the former Chair and a current member of the Board of Directors of Youth Represent, an organization that addresses legal issues that may stem from a young person’s involvement in the criminal justice system; he is also a former Board member of the Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies, the advocacy organization for New York City’s behavioral health agencies.

In 2011, he was appointed by Mayor Bloomberg to serve on the Citywide Justice and Mental Health Initiative and in 2014, he was appointed by Mayor de Blasio to serve on the Task Force on Behavioral Health and the Criminal Justice System. In 2014, Mr. Copperman was appointed by Governor Cuomo to serve on the Governor’s Commission on Youth, Public Safety and Justice.

Mr. Copperman currently serves on the Nonprofits and Social Services Advisory Council. The Council was established by Mayor de Blasio to help shape the City’s ongoing response to the pandemic.

Mr. Copperman holds a BA from Bradley University, a JD from Boston University School of Law, and an MPP from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Tai Dixon

Chief People & Culture Officer

Tai is a human resources and operations management executive with 13 years of nonprofit experience and 6+ years of strategic HR leadership expertise. Tai previously served as Chief of Staff and Director of Human Resources at the Women’s Prison Association & Home, where she determined vision and strategy for the HR department that aligned with the organization’s mission and goals. She is certified in Motivational Interviewing and as a facilitator in Women’s Risk Needs Assessment (WRNA) and Moving On: A Program for At-Risk Women. Tai holds membership in the Society for Human Resources Management. She earned her B.A in Urban Studies from Barnard College at Columbia University.  

Loyal Miles

Chief Mission Advancement Officer

Loyal Miles has worked in development and communications at CASES for more than 10 years, previously as the Chief Development & Communications Officer. He has supported and led fundraising activities contributing to significant organizational growth, including implementation of what is now the city’s largest pretrial services program, operating in the Manhattan courts; the Nathaniel Clinic, operating in Central Harlem as one of the only forensic-specialist Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs) nationwide; and an array of community programs for youth and young adults, including employment, family, and mentoring services. Mr. Miles was previously the Director of Development at Teachers & Writers Collaborative, a literary arts education organization, and has served on grant review panels for the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and Brooklyn Arts Council. He holds a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing from Indiana University, where he began his development work by supporting a federally funded TRiO program for first-generation college students. 

Ann-Marie Louison

Chief Impact Officer

Ann-Marie Louison joined CASES in 1999 to launch the award-winning Nathaniel Project, CASES’ first alternative-to-incarceration program for adults with serious mental illnesses convicted of felony crimes. For sixteen years she oversaw the development of programs and treatment services for individuals with serious mental illness and behavioral health needs impacted by the criminal legal system. Ms. Louison has developed arraignment diversion programs and implemented evidence-based Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) as an alternative-to-incarceration program. She has shared the innovative approaches and programs CASES has developed at the intersection of mental illness and the criminal legal system across the country, serving as a technical assistance consultant and presenting on expert panels. Ms. Louison has coordinated the organization’s response to healthcare and criminal legal system reforms and now leads and coordinates efforts to monitor and continually improve services and program performance. She holds a Master of Social Work and Applied Social Research from Brunel University (U.K.) and is the proud winner of the 5th annual Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize for Excellence in Urban Public Health. In 2021, she was honored as one of City & State’s Mental Health Power 50. The list seeks to recognize some of the most influential public officials, academics, health care professionals, advocates and activists who are making a difference in the lives of people living with mental illness. 

Jessica Klaver

Chief Program Officer

Jessica Klaver, Ph.D., is a clinical and forensic psychologist with more than15 years of clinical, research, administrative, and teaching experience in behavioral health settings. She joined CASES in 2016 and is currently the Chief Program Officer, overseeing our behavioral health, forensic case management, alternative-to-incarceration, pretrial services, and youth-focused programs. Prior to working for CASES, she worked for the NYS Office of Mental Health as a psychologist at Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center and as the Chief of Mental Health Treatment Services at Bronx Psychiatric Center. Dr. Klaverholds a BS in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a PhD in clinical psychology from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia.She completed her pre-doctoral psychology internship in the forensic track at Bellevue Hospital/New York University. 

Rebecca Asbury

Chief Finance & Administration Officer

Rebecca Asbury joined CASES in 1996. She oversees the organization’s $56 million annual budget and supervises the departments of Finance, Grants and Contracts, Development, Human Resources, Information Services, and the Physical Plant. Prior to joining CASES, Ms. Asbury was the Assistant Vice President for Finance and Administration at the Bank Street College of Education in New York City. She has taught as an Adjunct Professor at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Ms. Asbury holds a BA from Mount Holyoke College and an MPA from Baruch College.