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 of Intergovernmental Relations 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.

Currently, Mr. Copperman is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Human Services Council, a coalition of more than 170 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 addresses legal issues that may stem from a young person’s involvement in the criminal justice system; and a member of the Board of the Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies, the advocacy organization for New York City’s behavioral health agencies. Mr. Copperman serves on the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice Diversion and Reentry Council as the co-chair of the Diversion Subcommittee.

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. Also in 2014, Mr. Copperman was appointed by Governor Cuomo to serve on the Governor’s Commission on Youth, Public Safety and Justice.

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.

LeAnn Sharpe

Senior Director, Court Services

Ms. Sharpe holds a degree in Law (JD) and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Prior to joining CASES, Ms. Sharpe acquired a wide range of experience working largely with marginalized populations both in correctional settings and in the community, including many years of direct service experience at Rikers Island Correctional Facility where she served primarily as a mental health clinician working with adult males diagnosed with mental illness who were housed in maximum security, solitary confinement. Ms. Sharpe’s legal education focused on developing strategies for ensuring civil rights and remedying discrimination. She has worked with the Community Service Society of New York assisting in litigation representing clients in cases of employment discrimination based on criminal history, as well as helped the New York Civil Liberties Union advocate for civil rights in the criminal justice system, and provided policy analysis and recommendations for reform. Ms. Sharpe has also gained experience at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Northshore Infant and Toddler Center in Boston, Massachusetts, as well as held numerous volunteer positions including as a Court Appointed Special Advocate of the 2nd Judicial District Children’s Court in Bernalillo County, New Mexico, a child life specialist at the University of New Mexico Children’s hospital, research assistant for John’s Hopkins Univeristy in partnership with Mother’s Against Drunk Driving, a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters, and peer counselor at the CareNet Pregnancy Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has been an Adjunct Professor for the Stony Brook University School of Social Welfare, Policy Department, and a Field Instructor for the New England University School of Social Work. Ms. Sharpe holds a Bachelor degree in Social Work (BSW) from Salem State College, a Master of Science in Social Work (MSW) from Columbia University, and a J.D. in Public Interest Law from City University of New York School of Law. She is licensed in New York State as a Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).

Sophia Morel

Senior Director, Education, Career, and Enrichment Services

Sophia Morel has been at CASES more than 12 years, beginning her career as an intern in 2004 before transitioning to a full-time position in 2005 in CASES’ Family Court alternative-to-detention services. Ms. Morel holds a B.A. from SUNY Albany and an M.S.Ed. in Community-Based Learning from Bank Street College of Education.

Loyal Miles

Director of Development and Communications

Loyal Miles has worked in development and communications at CASES for more than six years and as the Director of Development since 2012. He has supported and led fundraising activities contributing to significant organizational growth including the opening of CASES’ State-licensed outpatient mental health clinic. Mr. Miles has also directed CASES’ communications activities since 2015. He was previously the Director of Development at Teachers & Writers Collaborative, a literary arts education organization, and holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Indiana University, where he began his development work by supporting a federally-funded TRiO program for first-generation college students.

Dawn J. McClary

General Counsel and Compliance Officer

Dawn J. McClary joined CASES in 2014. Prior to joining CASES, Ms. McClary completed a three-year assignment as the International Rule of Law Advisor for the American Bar Association-Rule of Law Initiative in the Philippines. Ms. McClary has over 20 years of progressive legal experience, beginning her career as an Assistant District Attorney in Brooklyn. She continued her public interest service at the NYC Department of Corrections before transitioning to the private sector in the legal departments of American Express and New York Community Bank. Ms. McClary has taught as an Adjunct Professor at the City University of New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She received her J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law and a B.A. in English and Communications from the University of Michigan.

Ann-Marie Louison

Chief Strategic Initiatives Officer

Ann-Marie Louison joined CASES in 1999 and is the co-founder of the Nathaniel Project, 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 NYS 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.

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 B.S. in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Ph.D. 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

Chief Information Officer

Quinn Cushing has been the Director of Information Services at CASES since 1997. At CASES, he oversees the development and maintenance of the IS infrastructure that supports more than 150 CASES employees at 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 several projects harnessing information technology to further a variety of social justice causes, including providing computer-based support for a deaf association in Ecuador, teaching Microsoft Word to women receiving welfare to facilitate their publication of a monthly magazine, and creating a database for a museum of Ecuadorian Amazon indigenous culture. Mr. Cushing holds a B. A. from St. John’s College and a Master’s of Business Administration 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 B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and an M.P.A. from Baruch College.