Board Members 

MARVIN BOYER

President

Chair, Political Action Committee, NAACP Easton Branch; Northampton County Prison Advisory Board; PA Law Enforcement Advisory Commission

BOB WALDEN

Treasurer

End Mass Incarceration Committee of POWER Lehigh Valley; Justice and Advocacy Committee of Lehigh Conference of Churches (LCC)

WILBERTO SICARD

Vice President

Criminal Justice Organizer, Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley; entering Yale Law School, Fall, 2021

ANTONIA GRIFO

Secretary

Esquire, Attorney; former Magisterial District Judge

ETTORE ANGELO

Esquire, Criminal Defense Attorney

HASSHAN BATTS

DHSC; MSW

Executive Director, Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley & Lehigh University Research fellow; LV

Robert Wood Johnson Culture of Health Leader

PHILLIP DAVIS

Senior Pastor, Greater Shiloh Church, Director, Agape Human Services, Inc; President, Greater Community Development Corporation

ROBERT FREEMAN

Pennsylvania State Representative, District 136

MICHAEL LAWS

Vice Chair, State Black Caucus; Political and Media Consultant; Executive Coach and Job Strategist

KATE RICHMOND

PhD., Professor of Psychology, Muhlenberg College; former Member, SCI-Graterford Prison Think Tank; Licensed Psychologist, private practice

EBONIE C. STRINGER

PhD., Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Penn State Berks, Sociologist

ANGELA BELL

Assistant Professor of Psychology, Lafayette College

LUIS PEREZ

CEO/Founder ReciproCity

Board member CACLV

LYNNET A.

SÁNCHEZ

Modern Languages and Literature Dept., Moravian College;  Instructor of English for Lehigh Valley immigrant community

RICHARD MASTER

Founder and CEO of MCS Industries, Inc.; Chairman; Business Leaders for Healthcare Transformation

JENNIFER SWANN

Professor of Biological Sciences, Lehigh University; End Mass Incarceration; NAACP; Program Director, Allentown Community Action Development Corporation (CADC)

PHILIP LAUER

Esquire, Criminal Defense and Civil Rights attorney; Past Chair, PA Supreme Court Criminal Rules Committee

JUSTIN PARKER FIELDS

Executive Director, Change Now; Founder, Black Lives Matter Lehigh Valley

MOHAMMED KHAKU

President, Al Ahad Islamic Center; Vice Chair, ACLU Lehigh Valley Chapter; Board Member, Emgage USA, IMI

BONNIE WINFIELD

PhD., Founder, “The Journey Home”, re-entry program for women, Northampton County Correction Facility; Member, Northampton County Prison Advisory Board; Retired, Lafayette College

HOLONA OCHS

Associate Professor of Political Science, Leigh University

JOSE RIVERA

Student and Community Volunteer

DEAN YOUNG

Executive Director, The Boys and Girls Club of Easton; Diversity Alliance, Easton Area School District; NAACP – Easton Branch

JULIE THOMASES

MA, BFA; Program Director, Allentown’s Community Action Development Corporation (CADC); Board of Directors, Promise Neighborhood, LV (PNLV); Co-Chair, Coordinating Committee of Power Lehigh Valley, Executive Director, Embrace Your Dreams

Staff Members

JOSEPH E. WELSH
Executive Director

Joe Welsh is a Founder and Executive Director of the Lehigh Valley Justice Institute.  He has spent the last 15 years as a civil rights attorney litigating police misconduct and prison condition cases, most recently for Lauer Law Offices in Easton.  One case involved ending the rampant sexual abuse of female inmates at Lackawanna County Jail.  For the past six years, Mr. Welsh has served on the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania ACLU.  In 2012, he received the prestigious ACLU-PA Torchbearer Award for his work fighting voter suppression efforts.  

Mr. Welsh has spent decades managing political and social justice campaigns in several states. He has also served as a consultant to state and local governments. In July, 2019, he served as an international election observer for the Ukraine Parliamentary elections. In addition to ACLU, Joe’s work has earned him awards from the U.S. Department of Justice and the local media. He looks forward to leading the Institute as we work to craft real solutions for our dysfunctional
criminal justice system.


Joe holds a B.A. in Government, Summa cum Laude, from Lehigh University and a
Juris Doctor from the Northwestern University School of Law.

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