With 12 years in non-profit administration, Rafaela Alvarez uses her wealth of experience to ensure the PAD office runs smoothly and efficiently by managing the agency’s business operations and logistics. Rafaela’s career began with MUST Ministries, a homeless services organization in Cobb County. In her most recent role with Girls Scouts of America, Rafaela advanced the organization’s fundraising strategy through donor research, services, and data management. Rafaela has a natural inclination to help those in need. With a degree in criminal justice, she is particularly passionate about supporting individuals who are impacted by incarceration and social inequities. In her spare time, Rafaela enjoys spending time with her family, bargain-shopping, and cheering on her incomparable New Orleans Saints.
James provides linkage to community providers and resources for PAD participants, working individually to determine plans that enhance, enrich, and promote wellness so participants can become self-sufficient. James received his associate’s degree in golf & turfgrass management from the University of Maryland, bachelor’s degree in human service management from University of Phoenix, and is close to obtaining his Master’s of Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) from Capella University. James is a Certified Peer Specialist, and prior to PAD, was an Intensive Case Manager. He is a strong advocate for housing, self-sufficiency, and resources that give people with disabilities a chance to live independently and autonomously. James is an avid sports enthusiast and pet lover. Recently married to his beautiful wife Lavonna, a fellow mental health counselor, James has two children, JJ and Ashley, Bill his cat, and Raja his dog.
Care Navigation Manager
April Campbell offers support, guidance, and structure for the care navigators, so they are best prepared to provide person-centered, trauma-informed care to PAD participants. In addition to her supervisory responsibilities, April develops and maintains relationships with social services partners, and advocates for PAD participants to ensure they receive the care that they desire. April, who holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Louisville, started her career as a social worker in Connecticut. Since relocating to Georgia in 2013, she has worked with adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities, adults living with mental illnesses, and people experiencing homelessness. Most recently, April served as the program director for the Central Outreach and Advocacy Center (OAC), where she supervised volunteers and interns who helped thousands of individuals obtain identification and job readiness services. After completing her graduate school internship at Gwinnett County Detention Center, April realized the importance of engaging with, and advocating for, individuals before they are involved in the criminal justice system. When April is not working she enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, and spoiling her niece.
Briana Foster uses love and her value for human worth and dignity to support PAD participants’ goals and dreams. Briana, who received her Master of Social Work from Clark Atlanta University, has gathered an eclectic mix of experience in the field. She has shared her talents with Georgia Department of Family and Child Services, Department of Health Human Services Children's Bureau, and the Office of Minority Health. In her post graduate career, Briana worked for a national HIV/AIDS outreach organization that addresses health disparities for LGBT communities, where she played a key role in launching a substance abuse/mental health program using a holistic approach to wellness. She is passionate about increasing access to health and wellness in the African American community and aims to spread love in all that she does! Briana feels most connected with the universe when she is by the ocean or is sharing positive energy with people through laughter, community organizations, advocacy or fellowship.
Calla Jamison provides support to PAD in the areas of partnership development, business outreach, program evaluation, and special projects. Calla is pursuing a Master of Public Health at the Emory Rollins School of Public Health in the Behavioral Science and Health Education Department. Her commitment to efforts that serve those entangled in the criminal legal system and advocate for structural reform was fueled by experiences facilitating creative writing workshops with incarcerated women and volunteering with the Alternatives to Violence Project. In her hometown of Baltimore, she served as an outreach coordinator at a community-based behavioral health center, where she conducted resource development and spearheaded efforts to link people to mental health, addiction, and supportive services. Since relocating to Atlanta, she has been involved in evaluation of Mercy Care’s Street Medicine program and been fortunate enough to join the PAD team as an intern. Calla enjoys taking breaks from schoolwork to explore Atlanta’s neighborhoods, eat on Buford Highway, and visit nearby southern cities.
Moki Macías supported grassroots and institutional partners to design the Atlanta/Fulton County Pre-Arrest Diversion Initiative, and has served as the Director since its launch in July 2017. She received her master’s degree in city and regional planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and has spent the last 15 years engaged in community organizing, engagement and advocacy related to criminal justice reform and community development. Moki started her career supporting homeless advocacy and services in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco, and brings extensive advocacy, coalition building and organizational development experience through her work at the Southern Center for Human Rights, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Building Locally to Organize for Community Safety (BLOCS), and consulting for non-profits and local government. Moki is passionate about supporting community-driven visions for safe and strong Atlanta neighborhoods. Originally from New Mexico, she is grateful for the multi-racial queer and trans community here that have provided family for her and her two awesome kids.
Mary Naoum is a convener, relationship-builder, and advocate on behalf of the Pre-Arrest Diversion Initiative. She works closely with the agency’s criminal justice, law enforcement, and community-based partners to advance Atlanta’s mission to prioritize wellness in its approach to community safety. Mary received her Master of Social Work and Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan. Through the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Mary served as a David Bohnett Public Service Fellow at the Detroit Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, where she acted as a liaison between local government and community organizations to advance economic development initiatives for recently resettled refugees and longer-term immigrant entrepreneurs. A native of The Mitten, Mary spent six years facilitating arts workshops in prisons and juvenile detention centers across the state; Her friendships with the men of Poets Unchained, a poetry collective based at the Macomb Correctional Facility, are what motivate her to support organizations committed to ending mass incarceration. When she is not at the office, Mary loves sipping tea on the porch alongside her partner and collectively-cared-for neighborhood cats.
Tavianna Rouse is one of four care navigators who replies to diversion calls and assists participants on their journey towards wellness; She is also a trans activist, advocate, and mentor. Prior to joining the PAD team in August 2017, she worked as a Trans Outreach Specialist at Someone Cares, Inc. In that role, she led prevention and linkage to care efforts, facilitated cultural competency trainings, and secured housing for TLBGQ clients. Most prominently, Tavianna co-facilitated TWILLOW, the first intervention program in the Southeast designed for trans women through the Center for Disease Control. In addition to her role at PAD, Tavianna is a member of the Trans Housing Atlanta Program (THAP) where she collaboratively guides programming and initiatives. In all of her work, Tavianna strives to put a smile on the face of those she encounters.
As a member of the Care Navigation team, Will responds to diversion referrals and works intensively with participants to support them addressing their underlying needs. Will has a background in case management, HIV prevention, prison education, and working with survivors of intimate personal violence. He is excited to integrate his experience to work towards creative, lasting solutions to the complex problems faced by our communities.
Tricia Harris, Chair, Legacy of Stars
Xochitl Bervera, Vice Chair, Racial Justice Action Center
Edward Morrows, Treasurer, Account Staffers
Herman “Drew” Andrews, Secretary, (Formerly) Gateway Center
Brooks Emanuel, The Justice Collaborative
LeRoy Evans, Retired
Moki Macías, Atlanta/Fulton County Pre-Arrest Diversion Initiative