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.

Ariel Lewis Green

Chief of Staff

Ariel Lewis Green partners with CASES Chief Executive Officer to provide strategic support and project management to CASES-wide initiatives. She also oversees the Special Projects department. Ariel joined CASES in January 2018 to support the organization’s development after a period of significant growth. She brings nearly a decade of experience working with organizations committed to addressing systemic injustice to her role at CASES. Prior to joining CASES, Ariel worked in Development at the Center for Court Innovation where she supported the execution of the Center’s comprehensive fundraising strategy.

Ariel received her AB in American Politics from Princeton University, and her MPA from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service.

Shauna Weinstein

Senior Director, Clinical and Community Alternatives

Shauna Weinstein, PhD, joined CASES in August 2020 as the Senior Director of Clinical and Community Alternatives. Dr. Weinstein is a clinical psychologist with experience providing psychotherapy, psychological testing, and clinical and administrative supervision in a variety of settings, including inpatient, outpatient, psychiatric emergency room, school-based, and correctional. Prior to CASES, Dr. Weinstein was the Associate Director of Mental Health for the Adolescent/Young Adult Assessment Service for Correctional Health Services at Rikers Island. In this role, she developed and managed the intake screening program to assess and support adolescents and young adults entering the jail system. She also conducted individual psychotherapy and psychological testing batteries. Earlier in her professional career, Dr. Weinstein worked at NYC Health+Hospitals/Elmhurst Hospital Center, New York City Children’s Center – Bronx Campus, and Beth Israel Hospital. Dr. Weinstein is also a statistical consultant and performs psychological assessments through her private practice. Dr. Weinstein holds bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Spanish from Bucknell University, and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Long Island University-Brooklyn Campus. She completed her predoctoral psychology internship at NYC Health+Hospitals/Elmhurst Hospital Center.

Marla Tepper

General Counsel

Prior to joining CASES, Marla Tepper served as Vice President of Legal Affairs and General Counsel of Public Health Solutions (PHS), a nonprofit providing direct services and support to community-based organizations. While at PHS, Marla also oversaw the independent monitoring of healthcare at 11 upstate county jails under an agreement entered by the NYS Office of the Attorney General and oversaw PHS’s tobacco control, policy and advocacy program.

Marla previously served as General Counsel and Deputy Commissioner of the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs where she developed the agency’s litigation, enforcement and legislative strategies to combat predatory practices by businesses targeting consumers with low incomes and established implementation strategies for the City’s Paid Sick Leave Law. Marla also served as an Assistant US Attorney for Civil Rights in the Eastern District of New York, and as a NYS Assistant Attorney General in the Consumer Fraud, Civil Rights and Litigation bureaus. Her work included investigating and prosecuting large scale housing and employment discrimination, fair lending, voting rights, jail and nursing home abuse, and fair lending cases. Marla began her legal career with the Legal Aid Society.

Marla received her BA in History and English from Brooklyn College, and her JD from The Georgetown University Law Center.

Richard Kerr

Chief Technology Officer

Richard Kerr is the Chief Technology Officer at CASES. In this role, he is responsible for the day-to-day operations and strategic vision of the Technology department. Richard has more than 25 years of experience managing information technology departments for various organizations where he led, implemented, and supported many for-profit and non-profit organization initiatives in the Hospitality, Fortune 500, and non-profit industries.

Richard earned his BBA from Hofstra University. He has served as a panel speaker for CIO Synergy Conferences and consulted with many CIO’s on “Technology for the Future” platforms.

 

Elizabeth Ford

Chief Medical Officer

Elizabeth Ford, MD joined CASES as Chief Medical Officer in 2020. Dr. Ford is a forensic psychiatric with more than 20 years of experience providing direct care to justice-involved people with mental illness and also providing clinical oversight in jail and hospital settings, most recently as the Chief of Psychiatry for Correctional Health Services for New York City’s Health + Hospitals. In this role, Dr. Ford was responsible for the mental health care of men and women incarcerated in New York City jails, including Rikers Island. Formerly the Director of the Division of Forensic Psychiatry at Bellevue Hospital Center and the Training Director for the New York University School of Medicine’s Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship, she has spent years specializing in the treatment of individuals with serious mental illness in the criminal justice system.

Dr. Ford is also an Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine and teaches and writes extensively about a broad array of topics related to the interface of mental health, law, and correctional settings, including the mental health impact of incarceration. She has authored and co-authored numerous academic articles and books, including a textbook about significant U.S. legal cases related to psychiatry and the law and the latest edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s guidelines regarding psychiatric services in jails and prisons. Dr. Ford has appeared on numerous local and national television and radio programs, including Fresh Air on NPR and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. Her most recent book, a memoir entitled Sometimes Amazing Things Happen: Heartbreak and Hope on the Bellevue Hospital Psychiatric Prison Ward, was published in 2017.

Dr. Ford graduated from Yale University with a bachelor’s degree in biology and completed her medical degree at the University of Virginia. She completed her internship and residency in psychiatry, as well as a fellowship in forensic psychiatry, at New York University School of Medicine, receiving multiple leadership and public psychiatry awards from various national organizations.

Lara Hartman

Chief Human Resources Officer

Lara A. Hartman is a transformational human resources executive and technology strategist, highly skilled at integrating disparate information to create innovative solutions. She joined CASES in 2019, spending the previous 14 years working in nonprofit human resources focused on human resources technology, benefits, performance, and talent management. Ms. Hartman has expertise balancing technology with live interaction to provide effective service delivery and a customized employee experience and applied that in various roles at FEGS and as the Deputy Director of Human Resources at Birch Family Services.  Prior to receiving a calling to help others live their best lives, she learned about process, branding, and service in retail leaders Brooks Brothers and Ann Taylor.  Ms. Hartman has a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Comparative Literature from Rutgers University.

Giles Malieckal

Senior Director, Pretrial Services

Giles Malieckal joined CASES in August 2016 to lead the newly created Manhattan Supervised Release program and has served as the Senior Director of Pretrial Services since August 2019. He is a clinically trained social worker (LCSW) with over 14 years of experience working in social service settings at the intersections of behavioral health, child welfare, homelessness and criminal justice court-based diversion. In addition to his current position, he led the Safety Committee of the agency to develop guidelines and procedures to assist both staff and participants. Mr. Malieckal holds a Master of Social Work (MSW) from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Service as well as an undergraduate degree in History from Occidental College in Los Angeles.

Sophia Morel

Senior Director, Education, Career, and Enrichment Services

Sophia Morel began her career at CASES as an intern in 2004 before transitioning to a full-time position in 2005. She has worked in CASES’ Family Court alternative-to-detention services, taught in the high school equivalency (HSE) program, led HSE and post-secondary initiatives, and helped usher expansion of education and employment services at the agency. In her current role, she implements and develops a spectrum of youth programs and services, from preventative through reentry. Ms. Morel holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Communications and Rhetoric from SUNY Albany and a Master of Science in Education (MSEd) in Leadership and Community-Based Learning from Bank Street College of Education.

Loyal Miles

Chief Development and Communications Officer

Loyal Miles has worked in development and communications at CASES for more than 10 years and as the Chief Development and Communications Officer since 2016. He has supported and led fundraising activities contributing to significant organizational growth including the launch of a pretrial services program in Manhattan, integration of in-home family therapy in our youth ATI programming, and the opening of CASES’ State-licensed outpatient mental health clinic. Mr. Miles was previously the Director of Development at Teachers & Writers Collaborative, a literary arts education organization. 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 Strategic Initiatives 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 justice programs and treatment services for individuals with serious mental illness and behavioral health needs impacted by the justice 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. In 2017, Ms. Louison was appointed Chief Strategic Initiatives Officer to coordinate the agency’s response to criminal justice and healthcare reforms. 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.

Jessica Klaver

Senior Director, Behavioral Health Services

Jessica Klaver joined CASES in April 2016 as the Director of Community Programs. She is a clinical and forensic psychologist with more than 15 years of clinical, research, administrative, and teaching experience in behavioral health settings. 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. Klaver holds 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.

Quinn Cushing

Director, Database Services

Quinn Cushing began at CASES in 1997 as the Director of Information Services and has served as the Director of Database Services since 2018. He oversaw the development and maintenance of information technology infrastructure that supports more almost 300 staff at several CASES locations throughout New York City. Prior to joining CASES, Mr. Cushing worked as a network specialist and systems consultant, providing support for many nonprofits, law firms, and medical clinics. He has also given his time to projects harnessing information technology to further a variety of social justice causes, including providing computer-based support for a deaf association in Ecuador and creating a database for a museum of Ecuadorian Amazon indigenous culture. Mr. Cushing holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) from St. John’s College and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from El Instituto Panamericano de Alta Dirección de Empressa.

Rebecca Asbury

Chief Financial and Administrative Officer

Rebecca Asbury joined CASES in 1996. She oversees the organization’s $22 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.