About – Our Team

TEAM

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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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 and executive support 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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Clare Gilbert
Executive Director

Clare Gilbert is Executive Director of the Georgia Innocence Project. Clare is responsible for overseeing all aspects of GIP’s mission, including working with the board of directors and leading fourteen legal, operations, communications, development, and client services staff.

Since joining GIP as Executive Director in 2016, Clare has overseen the freedom and/or exoneration of five clients who served a combined 175 years in prison for crimes they did not commit. Clare also serves on the Executive Board of the Innocence Network, a network of over 70 independent innocence organizations across the world, where she chairs the Networks’ Membership Committee, and is a member of the Ethics and Best Practices Committee. Clare is a licensed attorney in Georgia and Washington, and is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Law and Vassar College. She has previously worked as a public defender for six years, as a public interest lawyer representing non-profit organizations, and as a policy lawyer at the Government Accountability Project. Clare also has the unfortunate distinction of working as a victim advocate in the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office, where she was part of the prosecution team that secured wrongful sexual assault convictions against four women now known as the San Antonio four (all exonerated in 2016). When not fighting wrongful convictions, Clare enjoys hiking and foraging for wild foods with her husband, two small kids, and very noisy beagle.
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Jheanelle Girvan
Case Analyst
As Case Analyst, Jheanelle Girvan works with GIP's staff attorneys and intake manager to assist with all case related needs. She finds and collects documents, organizes files and information, performs research and analysis, and creates case summaries and work product.
Prior to being employed as a Case Analyst, Jheanelle was an intern, then volunteer at GIP for almost 2 years. She recently graduated from Georgia State with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology, and plans to attend law school in the near future. Outside of the office, Jheanelle loves to play football and soccer, spend time with her younger brother and travel. As a Caribbean native, Jheanelle has spent much of much of life on a plane. One of her favorite quotes is, "You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom." -Malcolm X
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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 inmate and other 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 the Atlanta Track Club, and she still goes out for morning runs and weekend races.
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Meagan Hurley
Alabama Fellow

As Alabama Fellow, Meagan Hurley works to provide access to justice for Alabama’s imprisoned innocent by investigating and evaluating claims of wrongful conviction, and then pairing compelling cases with pro bono attorneys licensed to practice in Alabama.

Meagan is also responsible for providing training and support for pro bono attorneys while facilitating the formation of a collaborative framework from which to build upon innocence initiatives within Alabama. Where appropriate, Meagan also litigates select claims of actual innocence on behalf of wrongfully convicted persons. Meagan is a 2019 honor graduate of Mercer University School of Law, where she devoted more than 2,000 pro bono service hours as a full time student working for entities such as the Houston County Public Defender’s Office, the Office of the Georgia Capital Defender, and Georgia Innocence Project, in addition to participating in the Mercer Habeas Project clinic. She was the Class of 2019 recipient of Mercer Law's Clover Award for Indigent Defense Advocacy and Social Justice Lawyering. Meagan earned her bachelor’s degree in Communications from Reinhardt University in 2014. In between law school and college, Meagan worked as a newspaper reporter covering crime, politics, and education in Alabama, where Meagan spent significant time as an adolescent on her family’s Cherokee County farm. While working in East Alabama, Meagan received eleven Associated Press and Alabama Press Association awards. In her spare time, Meagan enjoys hiking and kayaking, traveling abroad, and spending time with family and good friends.
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Adam McClay
Staff Attorney

As a Staff Attorney, Adam McClay investigates and litigates claims of actual innocence on behalf of wrongfully convicted individuals in Georgia, and has the opportunity to work with GIP's interns and volunteers.

Adam came to GIP from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, where he was, most recently, a law clerk to Hon. Frank M. Hull, and before that a staff attorney for the Court. Prior to coming to the Eleventh Circuit, Adam worked for five and a half years as a litigator at Sidley Austin, LLP, in New York. He earned his law degree from Columbia University School of Law, a master's degree in literature from the University of Oxford, and his bachelor's degree from Amherst College.  Adam has been struggling to learn the guitar for several years now, frequently wins at bar trivia, and is a sucker for classic travel and adventure nonfiction.
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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
Operations Coordinator

As Operations Coordinator, Christian Stegall oversees the standardization of intake-related and donor data in GIP’s databases. Christian works with the Operations Director to ensure GIP’s internal office systems work properly.

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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Michele Thompson
Development Manager
As Development Manager, Michele Thompson oversees GIP's fundraising efforts, securing critically needed support while connecting our community partners and donors with our mission.
Prior to joining GIP, Michele was the Donor Experience and Grants Coordinator for the Lawrence Humane Society, in Lawrence, Kansas, and currently produces a newsletter for the Maryland chapter of the General Federation of Women's Clubs. Michele calls both Maryland and Kansas home, and earned her Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from the University of Kansas. When she isn't helping the imprisoned innocent attain justice, Michele enjoys hiking, fishing, listening to her favorite audiobooks, and cheering on the Kansas Jayhawks during basketball season.
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

CURRENT

Kenny Baer - Board Chair

Jake Arbes

David Balser

Jeff Brickman

Karl Douglass

Jimmie Gardner

Sarah Gerwig-Moore

Anna Halsey

Richard Mitchell

Molly Parmer

Page Pate

David Sarnat

Julie Seaman

Robert Sheft

Garret Van de Grift

Amy Weil

EMERITUS

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