About – Our Team

STAFF

Tiffany Bush
Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney

As Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney, Tiffany Bush is responsible for working with pro bono lawyers and legal professionals to assist in the screening stage of GIP cases, in order to evaluate those cases and advance them toward exoneration or other resolution. 

Tiffany also works with the Conviction Integrity Unit (CIU) at the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office to identify cases with the highest chances of wrongful conviction and help advance cases through the CIU as appropriate. Prior to joining GIP, Tiffany worked as an associate at R. Gary Spencer, P.C., then as a prosecutor in the metro Atlanta area for nearly two years. Tiffany worked with state and local law enforcement, managing cases from the investigative stage through trial, and she successfully prosecuted numerous cases through pleas, trials, and alternative means of case resolution. Tiffany earned her Bachelor’s degree in Criminology from the University of Florida, before joining Teach for America and teaching kindergarten in Baltimore, Maryland. Tiffany went on to earn her law degree, as well as a Graduate Diploma of Comparative Law, from Louisiana State University in 2016. Tiffany is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and in her spare time, she enjoys coaching gymnastics, working out, traveling, reading, and eating delicious food.
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Isabel Corngold
Staff Attorney / Case Coordinator

As Staff Attorney/ Case Coordinator, Isabel ("Izzy") Corngold investigates and litigates innocence claims, and provides oversight and strategic direction for intake and screening-stage cases and staff.

Prior to joining GIP, Izzy worked at the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project for six years as a student intern and then backlog fellowship attorney. At MAIP she created and implemented systems which helped decrease the waitlist time by more than half. She also investigated and litigated innocence cases, several to exoneration or release from incarceration. During law school she interned with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York and the Public Defenders Agency in Anchorage, Alaska. Izzy is a graduate of the George Washington Law School, and Reed College where she wrote her senior thesis on best practices for ear-witness identification procedures. In her spare time, Izzy enjoys cardio dance classes and comedy podcasts.
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Mike Coszalter
Program Manager

As Program Manager, Mike Coszalter manages GIP's intern and volunteer programs. He also helps provide support for GIP's freed clients and works to plan events that raise awareness about wrongful convictions in Georgia.

Prior to joining GIP, Mike served as the Executive Assistant at the Full Belly Project - a nonprofit dedicated to poverty alleviation and global development through simple, sustainable technology. Mike earned his bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of North Carolina - Wilmington, where he honed his passion for social justice, human connection, and applied academics. Outside of the office, Mike is also an experienced dancer, hopeful artist, and proud parent of two adorable pups.
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Christina Cribbs
Senior Attorney

As a Senior Attorney, Christina Cribbs analyzes wrongful conviction claims and develops strategies to best explore and present those claims, often through the lens of litigation.

Christina’s first experience working at GIP was as a legal intern in 2008 and she later returned to GIP as a Staff Attorney under a two-year grant-funded position, which ended in 2015. Immediately before rejoining GIP in 2021, Christina worked for over four years as a public defender handling direct criminal appeals for indigent clients across the state of Georgia. She filed over 50 substantive briefs and argued before the Supreme Court of Georgia and Georgia Court of Appeals on multiple occasions. She was successful in winning a new trial for several clients, including one client that had been convicted of murder. Christina also has civil litigation experience working on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants. She received both her undergraduate degree in criminal justice (2005) and law degree (2010) from Georgia State University. Christina and her husband are very involved in animal rescue and have fostered dozens of dogs over the last several years.
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Shawna Floyd
Office Manager

As Office Manager, Shawna Floyd supports GIP through an array of administrative tasks and contributes her writing and design skills to our communications activities.

Before joining GIP, Shawna managed the office of a small business specializing in gardening and landscaping—and literally (and merrily) got her hands dirty as a gardener too. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature/Creative Writing from Agnes Scott College where she graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa as a single mother of two—phew! Shawna is a poet, writer, singer-songwriter and all-around creative. She identifies as “personality type A”: the “A” stands for Administrator and Artist.
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Ron Grosse
Investigator
As an investigator, Ron Grosse works with staff attorneys in reviewing and evaluating innocence claims. Ron is responsible for examining and assessing cases, locating and interviewing witnesses, identifying and collecting new evidence where available, and assisting in case strategy. 
Before joining GIP, Ron was a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for over twenty-eight years, assigned to the office in Columbia, South Carolina. Ron was a White Collar Crime investigator. Prior to the FBI, Ron spent seven years in the U.S. Army and is a graduate of the University of Maryland. Ron is married with three grown children and enjoys traveling, reading, hiking, and working out.
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Matt Holbrook
Operations Director

As Operations Director, Matt Holbrook manages the organization’s finances, operations, IT and human resources.

Matt defines success in his role as creating a culture of organizational excellence, and developing tools and processes to form a solid foundation from which GIP can most effectively advance its mission. Matt joined GIP in November of 2016. He previously worked as business manager at a small contracting company, where he handled everything from customer relations to supply chain logistics. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of New Mexico in 2015, where he worked in the law library at UNM's School of Law. Matt is a sci-fi lover, contemporary board game enthusiast, and casual musician.
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Raylynn Hughes
Intake Manager

As Intake Manager, Raylynn Hughes is responsible for assessing and responding to requests for GIP’s assistance, and managing cases through our intake screening process.

Raylynn joined GIP in December 2016, thanks to generous support from GIP's Georgia Gives Day donors. Before coming to GIP, Raylynn worked as a Librarian and Continuing Education Services Coordinator for DeKalb County Public Library, in Decatur, GA. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University and her Master of Librarianship from Emory University. Raylynn is fluent in Spanish. She picked up running as a sport when she previously worked as a manager at the Atlanta Track Club, and she still goes out for morning runs and weekend races.
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Meagan Hurley
Accountability Counsel

As Accountability Counsel, Meagan Hurley represents people convicted of crimes they did not commit by investigating and litigating their wrongful conviction claims, focusing on those involving official misconduct. 

Meagan also collaborates with GIP’s policy, communication, and IT teams to implement and track official misconduct reform efforts. Her position is partially funded by DBM Foundation to develop GIP’s expertise on official misconduct and conviction integrity & accountability. Meagan was a law intern at GIP from 2017-2019 and played a critical role in securing freedom for GIP and Southern Center for Human Rights client Johnny Lee Gates, who spent 43 years in prison (26 on death row) for crimes he did not commit. After graduating from Mercer University School of Law in 2019 and taking AL bar, she spent 2 years as GIP’s Alabama Fellow, helping create and teach AL’s first post-conviction law school innocence clinic, while ethically transitioning GIP out of AL case work by investigating claims of wrongful conviction and securing pro bono counsel for potentially innocent prisoners. While in law school, Meagan held positions with the Georgia Capital Defender Office, the Houston County Public Defender Office, and Mercer Habeas Project, in addition to GIP. She is licensed in GA & AL. Meagan earned her bachelor’s degree in Communications from Reinhardt University in 2014, where she currently teaches journalism and First Amendment courses as an adjunct. In between law school and college, Meagan worked as an award-winning newspaper reporter in GA & AL. A north Georgia native, Meagan enjoys spending her free time exploring the outdoors with family and friends.
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Ryan Ralston
Paralegal-Investigator
As an investigator, Ryan Ralston works with staff attorneys in screening cases and assessing claims of innocence. In addition, Ryan is responsible for coordinating requests for agency records, collecting and reviewing evidence, locating and interviewing witnesses, and collaborating on case strategy.
Prior to joining GIP, Ryan was a criminal investigator specializing in solving major felony cases and crimes against children. While active in law enforcement, Ryan was a recognized expert in search and seizure, criminal procedures, crime scene processing, and field training. He graduated from Mercer University’s Public Safety Leadership Institute and is a certified Physical Security Specialist who completed the Physical Security Training Program in Glynco, Georgia (Class 708). Before his law enforcement career, Ryan spent six years on active duty in the US Navy and is a plankowner of the USS Gonzalez (DDG-66). Ryan has done the most punk rock thing possible: marrying his high school sweetheart. They have three incredible children. In his spare time, Ryan writes short stories, reads anything he can get his hands on, obsesses over Red Sox baseball, gets tattooed, and enjoys spending time with his Australian Shepherd, Mabel James. His parents remain hopeful he will go to med school.
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Blis Savidge
Communications Manager

As Communications Manager Blis is responsible for amplifying GIP’s work and message to advance GIP’s mission by communicating with the public and media as well as managing and creating content for all social channels.

Blis graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Digital Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Cultural Anthropology. She went on to work as an award-winning journalist (WXIA-TV, CNN, GPB) where she had the privilege of telling stories from around the world. One of those stories featured GIP client Sonny Bhradia. The story made such an impact on Blis that she decided to leave the news industry so she could play a more active role in fighting wrongful convictions. In her free time Blis enjoys traveling the world, fostering animals, and eating her way through Atlanta.
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Christian Stegall
Community Engagement Manager | Development Specialist

As Community Engagement Manager, Christian Stegall manages GIP's volunteer program, speaker engagements, and assists with content creation for the organization. As Development Specialist, Christian oversees the standardization of donor data in GIP's databases and assists with donor stewardship. 

Prior to joining GIP, Christian was the Kress Interpretive Fellow at the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, NY where he was a 2x award-winning curator of his photography exhibition Through Our Eyes: Milestones and Memories of African Americans in Yonkers. Christian honed his museum skills at the Cooperstown Graduate Program where he earned a Master’s degree in Museum Studies in 2018. While there he interned for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Both institutions still use a lot of his work and his research can be seen in the August 2018 edition of the Public Historian. Christian is a proud Morehouse Man, graduating Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor’s degree in History in 2016. In his free time, Christian enjoys making his favorite comfort foods healthy, all things Atlanta sports, and jamming out to his favorite tunes.
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Destinee True
Intake Assistant

As Intake Assistant, Destinee True supports the Intake Manager with processing application-stage cases. Destinee is responsible for ensuring the proper processing, documentation, and filing of all correspondence between applicants and GIP. 

Before joining GIP, Destinee worked as a training records specialist at a local law enforcement agency. She received her Bachelor's degree in History from Ashford University and her MBA in Public Administration from Columbia Southern University. Destinee and her husband enjoy hiking and biking in their free time as well as trying out every local coffee shop in every city they visit.
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Olivia Vigiletti
Chatham Review Attorney
As Chatham Review Attorney, Olivia Vigiletti is responsible for strategically reviewing Chatham County’s history of wrongful convictions. She will work with Chatham County’s Conviction Integrity Unit to draw upon that analysis in assessing post-conviction innocence claims.
Prior to joining GIP, Olivia spent a decade in community work related to food access, housing, and addiction treatment in Ypsilanti and Detroit, Michigan. Believing that community engagement is the key to building better systems, she is eager to get to know Chatham County. Olivia graduated magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School where she served as the Selections Editor of the Michigan Journal of Gender and Law, student attorney at the Michigan Innocence Clinic, and worked in a variety of capacities on asylum and refugee law. Outside of work, you will most likely find Olivia cooking or tending to plants.
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Michael Tyler
Board Chair
Michael is a Senior Partner with Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP in the Complex Commercial Litigation Practice Group. He holds a B.A. summa cum laude, from Morehouse College, a MPA from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a JD from Harvard Law School. He has engaged in extensive pro bono work, including the representation of a death row inmate who was released from prison after 25 years. His current civic leadership includes President of the Morehouse College Judson Lyons Society of Legal Alumni, Chairman of the Board of Providence Manor Senior Center, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Board of Directors, Covenant House Georgia Board of Directors, and Emory University Board of Visitors. He is married to Cathy Clark-Tyler and the proud father of three adult sons, Mike, Max and Matt.
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Richard Mitchell
Vice Chair
Richard C. Mitchell is a partner with Mitchell & Shapiro LLP. He concentrates on personal injury matters including medical malpractice trucking and auto wrecks and aviation crashes. In December of 2003 and 2014 he was voted by his peers in Georgia Trend magazine as one of Georgia’s “Legal Elite” in the personal injury area. From 2003-2021 the readers of Atlanta Magazine voted him a “Georgia Super Lawyer” in personal injury litigation. He is regarded as one of the most experienced personal injury and medical malpractice lawyers in the Atlanta,Georgia area and has received the highest possible professional rating Martindale-Hubble's AV Preeminent rating consecutively for 20 years. He is a successful veteran of more than 100 trials, arbitrations and mediations; he therefore has the experience and skills to achieve his clients’ goals before a judge and jury in the event a settlement cannot be reached. Richard has been a frequent speaker at seminars and the author of chapters in several treatises and legal articles and also currently serving as an adjunct professor at Georgia State University School of Law.
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Kenneth Brown
Vice Chair
Kenneth is the Chief People Officer for Public Broadcasting Atlanta, in Atlanta, GA which is the home of the NPR and PBS broadcast stations WABE 90.1FM and ATL-PBA. Kenneth oversees workforce planning & employment, recruiting, compensation & benefits, payroll, employee relations, risk management & facilities, media & business technology among others and is part of the senior leadership team at PBA. ** Kenneth is a member of SHRM (Society for Human Resources Management), SHRM-Atlanta, PMBA (Public Media Business Association) where he serves on the PMBA Board and was most recently Chair of the Professional Development Committee. He also serves on the Board of Integrity Transformations Community Development Corporation (ITCDC). ** Kenneth holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and a master’s in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Louisiana Tech University. Centered by family, he and his wife Cynthia are the proud parents of Kristopher and Kyle.
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Cyntoria Johnson
Secretary
Cyntoria (Tori) serves as a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology at Georgia State University. As an active member of the Georgia and Florida State Bars she has practiced primarily in the areas of criminal law, family law, and estate planning. During the last decade at GSU Cyntoria has taught a variety of criminal justice courses in the legal track concentration, developed wrongful conviction curricula and led annual study abroad programs to the Dominican Republic, Brazil, South Africa, and Trinidad & Tobago. She received her law degree from Florida Coastal School of Law and her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in criminal justice from Georgia State University. In her free time she enjoys deep sea fishing, motorcycle riding, and international travel. For several years, Tori has participated with GIP in Wrongful Conviction Day events and invited people freed from wrongful conviction to attend and present to her classes.
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Kevin Wilensky
Treasurer; Finance Committee Chair
Kevin’s expertise as a tax and business advisor is the result of a genuine passion for entrepreneurship and helping those who pursue it. After acquiring his bachelors and Masters degrees in Accounting from Tulane University he was brought on by a Big 4 accounting firm as part of their audit division. Kevin was later hired as CFO at a cutting-edge market research firm in Atlanta, greatly expanding experience within the industry. While there he aided in growing the top and bottom line of the firm by significant margins. He continues in that role on a part-time consultant basis helping to ensure their steady growth and aid with the development of spin off companies and products. In 2010 an entrepreneur at heart himself, Kevin launched a business advisory division at Wilensky & Co. PC. Today he serves not only as outsourced CFO to select clients but also as a close advisor to entrepreneurs seeking to grow their businesses, mitigate taxes, and secure long term success.
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Jake Arbes
Board Member
For more than 35 years attorney Jake has been assisting clients charged with serious state and federal criminal offenses, handling high profile post-conviction criminal cases across the country. He successfully represented a banker who was allowed to withdraw his guilty plea in a politically charged case which the media called “Iraqgate”. He was appellate co-counsel for a defendant in one of the largest insurance and bankruptcy frauds in history - a case that took more than nine months to try in Florida. Jake has handled hundreds of post-conviction cases. ** Jake received his college degree from Harvard, his graduate degree from Princeton, and his law degree from NYU, where he participated in the prestigious Root Tilden Snow program. He clerked for a federal appellate judge on the 11th (formerly 5th) Circuit and was a federal prosecutor in the Northern District of GA, where he was awarded a commendation from the Justice Department for his work. He served as Chair of the Criminal Law Section of the Atlanta Bar Assoc, Chair of the Parole Section of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and was a founding member of the GIP.
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Kenny Baer
Immediate Past Board Chair
With 20 years experience in the wealth management / financial planning fields, Kenny is Managing Partner at Baer Wealth Management. His work has been published in Investment Advisor Magazine, Nerd Wallet, Ignite/Fund Fire, and Chattahoochee Plantation Living. He has previously hosted the weekly financial talk show The Baer Facts on Atlanta's Newstalk 1160 am, had a regularly scheduled segment on The Voice of the Arts 1690 am and has been a featured guest on Atlanta Business Today. In 2017, he published the e-book "One Shot." Kenny relishes spending time with his wife Molly and two adorable small children, golfing with his father and brother, playing tennis, and enjoying life to the fullest. Kenny loves the University of Georgia Football and can recite the score of most every game. He is a board member of the Children’s Restoration Network and was drawn to Georgia Innocence Project after learning the story of Devonia Inman through the Breakdown podcast. Kenny co-chaired GIP's Finance Committee in 2019-2020 and became GIP's Board Chair in June 2020.
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Laury Bagen
Board Member
Laury received both his undergraduate BS in Social Welfare and his Master of Counseling degrees at Georgia State University. From there he went on to enjoy three quite different careers. First, as a social worker in the Jewish Community Center Movement he worked with both adults and teens in various positions. Secondly, he ran the wire chopping division and was later Human Resources Director for a large, scrap metal recycling plant. His final career was as an independent home remodeling contractor. These experiences allowed him to use his love of community, ability to work with people and creativity in various ways. Laury has always been an active community volunteer. Since retiring, his favorite activities have been serving as a volunteer companion for a gentleman during the last years, 98 to 102, of his life. He also teaches and mentors middle school students in a carpentry and life skills class. Laury spends several hours a week involved in a school feeding program and helping deliver food to a food pantry. He serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council of Georgia State University, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies.
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Jeff Brickman
Board Member
Jeffrey was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. After attending college and law school at the University of Florida he obtained a Masters in Litigation at the Emory School of Law. The "first" part of his career was spent as a prosecutor first as an Assistant District Attorney in DeKalb County and then as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia. In 2004 then Governor Sonny Perdue appointed Jeffrey to serve as the District Attorney of DeKalb County. It was there that Jeffrey met Clarence Harrison whom he assisted in becoming Georgia Innocence Project's first exoneree and with whom he has developed a wonderful relationship. The "second" part of Jeffrey's career began in 2005 when he went into private practice and where he continues to specialize in state and federal criminal defense. Jeffrey and his wife Susan live in Dunwoody where they raised the greatest child of all time, Joseph. In his spare time Jeffrey continues to improve his tennis game which he hopes will result in an invitation to Wimbledon. He also spends a great deal of time honing his cooking skills and working in his garden.
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Glenda Davis
Board Member
Glenda is Vice President of Membership Operations at WABE. She has 18 years of dedicated experience in non-profit development operations and fundraising, in addition to 14 years of leadership experience. Over the course of Glenda’s career, she has primarily been responsible for managing donor relations and membership services teams, developing donor communication strategies, maintaining the integrity of the donor database, and financial data analytics reporting. Glenda has spearheaded enterprise wide process improvements increasing efficiencies to strengthen financial results and enhanced donor experiences by creating innovative benefit packages. In her spare time, she enjoys spending quality time with her family, working on home improvement projects, and watching her favorite television shows & movies.
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Ilia Dichev
Board Member
Ilia is the Goizueta Foundation Chair in Financial Reporting and Professor of Accounting at the Goizueta Business School Emory University. A native of Bulgaria, Ilia received a BS in Finance from Santa Clara University in 1991 and a PhD in Accounting from the University of Washington Seattle in 1995. Before Emory he had been on the faculty at University of Michigan for 13 years. His research includes issues in equity valuation earnings management earnings quality dollar-weighted returns and market efficiency. His research has been published in all top accounting journals and in several leading journals in finance and economics. Professor Dichev teaches mostly financial accounting and financial statement analysis and valuation at the undergraduate MBA and PhD level.
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Karl Douglass
Development Committee Chair
Karl is SE Regional Outreach Director for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), and . previously served as a principal with Ohio River South. He has served in various roles on political campaigns to include Senior Advisor to Jim Barksdale’s senatorial campaign, Political Director for Jason Carter’s gubernatorial campaign, Finance Director for Congressman Sanford Bishop, Senior Advisor to Mayor Teresa Tomlinson, and Regional Political Director for the Obama campaign. Karl served as a corporate officer with Aflac for 14 years before moving into politics full time. Karl is a native of Columbus GA and a graduate of Spencer High School, Yale Univ. where he received his BA in Economics and Political Science. Karl also earned a M. Ed. Administration & Policy from UGA.
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Faye Dresner
Governance Committee Chair
Faye Dresner is a purpose-driven leader who has spent her career working in nonprofit organizations. She is a skilled strategist and articulate communicator, with a results orientation and proven record of success. Leading with her head and heart, she worked in a variety of leadership positions in the nonprofit sector before returning to her consulting and coaching roots. In her current work, she uses her combination of business and social work education to help organizations and leaders achieve their strategic vision and desired impact. Faye draws from her own years of leadership experience to work with organizations and their leaders to help amplify impact, develop organizational agility and resilience, and create high performing workplaces.
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Jimmie Gardner
Board Member
Originally from Tampa, Florida, Jimmie survived 27 years of wrongful imprisonment after being falsely accused and wrongfully convicted of violent crimes he did not commit. He was a young baseball player with the Chicago Cubs minor league team at the time he was arrested, and his conviction was due to falsified forensic evidence and false testimony by chief serologist with the State of West Virginia’s Department of Public Safety. Jimmie secured his own freedom after decades of trying to prove his innocence, and he now owns JC Gardner Speaks and is an inspirational and motivational speaker, emotional intelligence trainer, implicit / unconscious bias trainer, and mentor to at-risk youth. He lives in Albany, Georgia, where he is a member of the Albany, GA chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Leadership Georgia, Albany Cares, and the Albany Chapter of NAACP.
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Sarah Gerwig-Moore
Board Member
Professor Gerwig-Moore teaches Criminal Law Law & Literature and clinical courses at Mercer Law School where she has also served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. In 2013 she received the AALS Shanara Gilbert Emerging Clinician Award for work in developing and teaching the Habeas Project a clinic providing pro bono appellate and habeas representation in pro se cases pending before the Supreme Court of Georgia. A former public defender, she is a graduate of Emory Law School and Candler School of Theology. She is the author of a client counseling textbook, What Brings You Here Today? An Introduction to Client Counseling as well as dozens of law review articles and essays on topics ranging from religious practice in prison to the applicability of Harry Potter to reforms in legal education. Sarah lives in Macon Georgia with her sons and rescue pets.
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Anna Halsey
Board Member
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Ben Holden
Board Member
Ben teaches media law and news reporting in the Department of Journalism at the University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign College of Media and is a visiting faculty member at the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada. He was formerly an associate professor and director of the Reynolds National Center for Courts & Media at the Univ. of Nevada, Reno (UNR). Ben’s media consulting work includes assignments in the former Yugoslavia (Kosovo) on behalf of the OSCE and the U.S. State Dept. to aid judges, journalists, and public information officers in developing professional press coverage of the courts. Ben earned an MBA and JD from UC Berkeley, previously practiced law at the Bay Area media law firm Cooper, White & Cooper, and was Editor-in-Chief of the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer in Columbus, GA. He spent his daily news reporting career at The Wall Street Journal, culminating his time there as the national utilities correspondent.
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Collier McRae
Board Member
Collier McRae is a Managing Director of VRA Partners. Collier’s experience encompasses a broad range of transaction types, with particular expertise in M&A advisory and capital raising engagements within the Consumer, Industrial and Healthcare sectors. Prior to joining VRA, Collier started his career at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Peter J. Solomon Company in New York City, where he advised industry-leading clients on capital raising, mergers & acquisitions, leveraged buyouts and capital structure alternatives. Prior to his investment banking career, Collier worked as a summer associate at various corporate law firms, including King & Spalding and Paul Hastings, and taught elementary school through the DC Teaching Fellows Program in Washington, DC. Collier received a B.A. with honors in English from Washington and Lee University and a J.D. / M.B.A. with honors from the University of Georgia, where he served on the Editorial Board of the Georgia Law Review.
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Jeanine Osborne
Board Member
Jeanine is the Donor Relations Officer at Piedmont Healthcare Foundation, where she supports the Foundation’s overall fundraising efforts through comprehensive stewardship reporting, and integrated donor recognition strategies. She has 16 years of experience in individual giving, major gifts and donor engagement, including as Associate Director of Corporate Philanthropy at The Woodruff Arts Center, Development Officer at United Way of Greater Atlanta and Major Gifts Officer at Public Broadcasting Atlanta. Jeanine was also a contributing Life and Entertainment writer at The Atlanta Voice Newspaper for 4 years. Born and raised in the city of her alma mater, Jeanine received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Communications from the University of New Orleans.
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Molly Parmer
Board Member
Molly owns a boutique criminal defense law firm in Atlanta. She is an honors graduate of Georgia Tech and former special education teacher. She was named a Robert Woodruff Fellow at Emory Law, where she received a full-tuition scholarship. Following law school Molly worked as an assistant public defender in DeKalb County, where she represented thousands of clients before joining the Federal Defender Program Georgia’s Northern District in 2015. There she defended those accused of drug trafficking, international money laundering, war crimes, violations of human rights, firearms violations, immigration offenses, child pornography, and allegations of white collar crime to name a few. She also wrote appeals and presented oral arguments before the 11th Circuit. A graduate of the Bill Daniels Trial Academy, the National College of Criminal Defense, and the White Collar Crime College, she is also an adjunct professor at Emory Law where she teaches Advanced Criminal Trial Advocacy. She has presented seminars on criminal defense for Lawyers for Equal Justice, GACDL, and the NACDL. She appears regularly as a legal analyst on Court TV.
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Page Pate
Public Relations Committee Chair
Page is an accomplished trial lawyer with over 25 years of experience in criminal defense and civil litigation in federal district and circuit courts across the country. He has also helped resolve international legal disputes.*** Page is a founding member of the Georgia Innocence Project, and an active member of the Federal Bar Association, the National Associations of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association. *** Page is a regular contributor to local and national media on legal issues and high-profile trials. He is the Legal Analyst for 11Alive News and WABE in Atlanta, a frequent guest on CNN and has appeared regularly on Fox News, CBS Atlanta, and Fox 5 Atlanta. He has been quoted in many publications on constitutional law and other legal matters. *** Page has served as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Georgia teaching law students litigation and trial strategies. Page graduated with honors from the University of Georgia’s Law School and received his undergraduate degree from Georgia State University. Page is a life-long resident of Georgia and divides his time between Atlanta and St. Simons Island. Page chairs GIP’s Public Relations Committee and serves on GIP’s Executive Committee.
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Julie Seaman
Past Board Chair
Julie is an Associate Professor at Emory School of Law, where she teaches courses and seminars in evidence, constitutional law, and freedom of speech. Her research interests include neuroscience and law, scientific evidence, hate speech, and sex discrimination. In particular, she focuses on the implications of findings in cognitive psychology, biology, and neuroscience to various legal theories and doctrines. Julie received her BA from the University of Pennsylvania (summa cum laude) and her JD from Harvard (magna cum laude), where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. She currently serves on the board of the Georgia Innocence Project and the advisory board of the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Law and Justice.
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EMERITUS DIRECTORS

David. Balser

Emmet J. Bondurant

James C. Bonner, Jr.

Bobby Lee Cook

Charles K. Edmondson, Jr.

September Guy, Co-Founder

Jill G. Polster, Co-Founder

Greg Hampikian, Ph.D.

John R. Martin

David Sarnat

Robert Sheft