Legal Navigation Intern
Nautica works closely with the program manager and the agency’s criminal justice partners to decrease participants' legal barriers so that they can focus more on reaching their personal goals. Nautica received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Miami and is currently in pursuit of a Juris Doctor degree at Georgia State School of Law. While in Miami, Nautica volunteered with Florida’s Guardian ad Litem Program, protecting the rights and advocating the best interests of children suspected to have experienced abuse, abandonment and neglect. She also helped found a campus group dedicated to mentoring elementary aged girls, emphasizing the importance of women’s empowerment and hard work to achieve dreams. As an Atlanta native, Nautica is excited to be able to help facilitate positive change in neighborhoods close to the one’s in which she grew up. Nautica believes that getting in touch with nature is one of the best remedies for stress and other ailments we may frequently experience.
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.
Beverly brings passion, grit, and street smarts to her role at PAD. Her experience is diverse, ranging from corporate financial management to conflict resolution, OP/IP psychiatric care, and community case management. Beverly is a Certified Anger Management Specialist and earned her Master of Science in Psychology degree from University of Phoenix in Atlanta. However, Beverly believes her most valuable assets to the community are her life experiences and the resilience she has developed as a mother of four young adults. Beverly finds no better joy than helping others use their adversities to discover their own strength and thrive. Her latest endeavor has been diving into the public health sector to explore health disparities in African American, Afro-Caribbean, and Latino communities. Beverly's philosophy is simple: passion, action, and dependability!
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.
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.
Outreach & Harm Reduction Specialist
Karlise works closely with law enforcement to refer and re-connect individuals to PAD’s care navigation services; she also works with agency partners to reduce the harms of poverty, drug use, and mental illness for individuals who are frequently subjected to arrest in downtown. Karlise started her career as a New York City police officer which inspired her passion for helping others in a different way. As an officer, it was clear that many of the quality of life offenses she encountered were bigger than just putting someone in jail. As a result, she began working with adults and teens in residential settings to access housing, stronger family support systems, and mental/ behavioral health services to improve their own quality of life. Currently pursuing her Master of Social Work from Walden University, Karlise is very passionate about mental health and helping others overcome barriers no matter how small. She believes in strong family systems and stronger communities. Karlise enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.
Outreach & Harm Reduction Specialist
Michael loves people. Drawing upon his personal mantra, "Human Connection is Harm Reduction," Michael specializes in building one-on-one relationships that help break down barriers, both for PAD participants and those with whom we partner. Michael is also the founder of Just Love More, a nonprofit organization that provides compassionate support for people affected by addiction, helping them navigate the often difficult path toward recovery on their own terms. A veteran of the USAF, he is a certified Red Cross First Aid and CPR Instructor, overdose reversal trainer for Georgia Overdose Prevention, and a regular volunteer with Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition.
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.
Asia Anderson, Webster University
Herman “Drew” Andrews, Retired
Sequoia Ayala, SisterLove, Inc.
Xochitl Bervera, Racial Justice Action Center
Hon. Clinton Deveaux, Retired
LeRoy Evans, Retired
Moki Macías, Atlanta/Fulton County Pre-Arrest Diversion Initiative
Frank Sanchez, National Boys & Girls Club of America
Iffat Muhammad Walker, Unbounded Financial Services, Community Action NOW!