Senior 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.

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.

George Drakopolous

Deputy Director of Finance and Administration

George Drakopoulos joined CASES in 2015. Mr. Drakopoulos brings to CASES considerable financial administration and consulting experience, including at several human services organizations in the New York City area such as Volunteers of America and the Osborne Association. In his current role, he oversees all of CASES’ government grants and contracts. He also ensures the timely, accurate preparation of all internal budget analyses and budget reports and projections for submission to funding sources. Mr. Drakopoulos holds a B.A. in Economics from Fordham University.

Ann-Marie Louison

Director of Adult Behavioral Health

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.

Rukia Lumumba

Director of Youth Programs

Rukia Lumumba joined CASES in 2013, bringing more than 12 years of experience in youth development and criminal justice. Before joining CASES, she was the Director of Youth Services at the Center for Community Alternatives where she oversaw development and management of the Youth Program Unit. Ms. Lumumba previously clerked for the Juvenile Service Program of the Washington, D.C., Public Defender Service, where she represented youth detained in juvenile facilities on claims against staff abuse and inhumane living conditions. She also currently serves on the Board of Directors of Voices Unbroken, a nonprofit agency providing creative writing workshops to youth in prisons and to foster care youth residing in group homes. In 2015, Ms. Lumumba was appointed to the Steering Committee of the Youth Women’s Initiative of the New York City Council to address disparities experience by young women in areas including education, health, and public safety. She holds a B.A. from Tougaloo College and a J.D. from Howard University School of Law.

Robert DeLeon

Associate Director of Youth Programs

Robert DeLeon has been the Associate Director of Youth Programs at CASES since 2013. Mr. DeLeon first joined CASES in 2004 as a Substance Abuse Counselor and was later promoted to the Program Director of Choices ATD in 2008. Mr. DeLeon maintains an active presence in the NYC youth justice landscape acting as a key liaison between CASES and New York City juvenile justice and criminal justice stakeholders. He has worked on panels and coalitions addressing issues such as the school-to-prison pipeline and fair hiring practices for the formerly incarcerated. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors of Network Support Services, Inc. and is a member of the ACS/DYFJ Juvenile Justice Oversight and Advisory Board.

Rebecca Linn-Walton

Director of Planning, Research, and Evaluation

Rebecca Linn-Walton joined CASES in 2015. She has a background in clinical social work with individuals and families in the New York City area, particularly those involved in the criminal justice system. Prior to working at CASES, she was awarded a predoctoral fellowship through NIH and NIDA at the National Development and Research Institutes’ Behavioral Sciences Training Program. Her research focuses on substance abuse and mental health services in the criminal justice system. She has been published in the Journal of Addiction Research and Therapy, The Clinical Supervisor, and the annual program book for the College on Problems of Drug Dependence, in addition to presenting at conferences. Dr. Linn-Walton holds a B.A. from New York University, an M.S.W. from the Columbia University School of Social Work, and a Ph.D. from the Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Service, where she has taught in the Master’s program.

Lucie Swinnerton

Deputy Director of Planning, Research, and Evaluation

Lucie Swinnerton began working at CASES in 2014, after moving to New York City from Melbourne, Australia. Prior to joining CASES, Ms. Swinnerton worked with a management consulting firm, Nous Group. Her consulting work spanned from nonprofit strategy development to government program evaluation to private sector organization design. She completed a number of projects with the State Department of Justice and also worked with the Defense Force, large banks, the Department of Education, and numerous community organizations.

While in Melbourne, Ms. Swinnerton served on the CEO’s leadership council of Whitelion, a nonprofit organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of risk for young people involved in the justice system. Whitelion provides mentoring and supplementary services to youth at risk.

Ms. Swinnerton graduated from Melbourne University with a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Arts.

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

Legal Counsel

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.

Holly Francis-Merritt

Director of Human Resources

Holly Francis-Merritt joined CASES in 2015 as the Director of Human Resources. Ms. Francis-Merritt brings to CASES considerable human resources leadership experience gained in a wide variety of corporate, entrepreneurial, and nonprofit settings, the latter including the Fortune Society, EngenderHealth, and Food Bank for New York City. She holds a B.F.A. in Theatre from the United States International School of Performing and Visual Arts.

Jessica Klaver

Director of Adult Community Programs

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

Director of Information Services

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.

Karen Dubin-McKnight

Director of Court Operations

Karen Dubin-McKnight returned to CASES in December 2013 as the Director of the Manhattan Court-based Intervention Resource Team (CIRT). CIRT serves youth and adults with behavioral health needs in misdemeanor and felony alternative to detention (ATD) and alternative to incarceration (ATI) services.

In July 2016, she became the Director of Court Operations for CASES, overseeing ATD and ATI Court practice citywide. As Director of Court Operations she also has a central leadership role interfacing with senior court officials including Administrative Judges, Senior Clerks, Office of Court Administration staff, and Supervising Attorneys from public defender and district attorney offices, and planning operations in light of changes and innovation in policing, court operations, sentencing policies, criminal justice reform, and changes in the delivery of ATD and ATI services at CASES.

Previously, Dr. Dubin-McKnight spent 13 years in various roles at organizations including the Legal Aid Society, MercyFirst’s residential treatment program, and originally with CASES’ Nathaniel Project where she played a pivotal role in helping CASES establish its reputation as a leader in implementing effective ATI programs for adults with serious mental illness. As the Supervisor for Special Practice at the Legal Aid Society, Dr. Dubin-McKnight oversaw citywide social work practice that provided advocacy for adults with behavioral health issues charged with misdemeanor and felony offenses, adolescents who were being adjudicated in the adult criminal justice system, victims of trafficking arrested on prostitution charges, and adults with behavioral health issues who could be diverted through arraignments.

Ms. Dubin-McKnight holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and Psychology from Stony Brook University and a Master’s of Science from the Columbia University School of Social Work. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and holds a Ph.D. in Social Work from Adelphi University.

Mardoche Sidor

Medical Director

Mardoche Sidor became the Medical Director of CASES in 2016. Dr. Sidor oversees the psychiatrists working in CASES’ Assertive Community Treatment teams and at the Nathaniel Clinic, where he is the lead psychiatrist. He is also helping lead the clinic’s effort to offer integrated primary care with our partner, the Institute for Family Health. Dr. Sidor’s primary interest is addiction among adolescents involved in the juvenile justice system. Prior to joining CASES, he served as Medical Director of the NYC Correctional Health Services’ Program for Accelerating Clinical Effectiveness/Psychiatric Assessment Unit. Dr. Sidor holds board certifications in forensic psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, and general adult psychiatry.