Our Board of Directors


Ginger L. Ward, President
Eric Rise, Vice President
Christofer C. Johnson, Esq., Secretary
Glen Outten, Treasurer


The Honorable Peggy L. Ableman
Martha Claverie, Esq.
James Kane
Walter Matthews
Allison T. Moore
The Honorable Karen Peterson

Carol Post
Surinder S. Punia
Carl Schnee, Esq.
The Honorable Liane M. Sorenson
William H. Sudell, Jr., Esq.
Lynn Weber

Advisory Board

Mona Bayard
Timothy Brandau
Hector Colon
Joan Delfattore
Charles Durante
Jane Frelick
Wendy Voss
Fay Whittle
Daniel F. Wolcott, Jr.

Our Staff

Ashley Biden, MSW
Ashley Biden, MSWExecutive Director
302-658-7174 Ext. 29
Ashley previously served as Associate Executive Director at the Delaware Center for Justice for two years before being appointed as Executive Director. Ashley spent five years working with the Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families in the Education Unit as the Education and Career Liaison for the Department. Prior to working with the State, she worked at West End Neighborhood House Life Lines Program with youth aging out of foster care and spent four years working at a children’s mental health clinic- Northwestern Human Services Children’s Reach Clinic-in Kensington, Pennsylvania as a clinical support staff member. She received her MSW at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice and received a BA in Cultural Anthropology for Tulane University.

Fun fact about Ashley: Ashley loves to dance, meditates on a daily basis, and is always down for art projects.

Kirstin Cornnell, MS
Kirstin Cornnell, MSDirector of Operations
302-658-7174 Ext. 25
Kirstin previously served as the SURJ @ DCJ Advocacy Coordinator for two and a half years. Kirstin’s responsibilities at DCJ include advocating on justice-based legislation, developing public education and advocacy curriculum, and developing programs and policies to reduce incarceration rates, while also promoting public safety. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Georgetown University and also holds a Master of Science degree in Social Policy from the University of Pennsylvania.

Fun fact about Kirstin: Kirstin’s favorite pastime is hanging out with her cat while binge watching TV shows on Netflix.

Akua Ajarko
Akua AjarkoRe-Entry Navigator
302-407-3397 Ext. 108
For the last ten years, Akua has dedicated her life to bettering the lives of individuals living in poverty, incarcerated, or on the edge of both. She has worked directly with participants to provide advocacy and support to get her clients housing, health care (including linking HIV positive incarcerated individuals with the necessary outside services), educational programs, and other supportive services upon release.

Fun fact about Akua: Akua can cook almost anything over an open fire and can set up a camp site in four minutes flat!

Jessica Alicea
Jessica AliceaProgram Director, Community Reintegration Services Program (CRSP)
Jessica has been employed with DCJ since 2011.
Gina Bloom
Gina BloomCase Manager, SWAGG
302-658-7174 ext. 30
Tracie Dixon, LCSW, CADC
Tracie Dixon, LCSW, CADCMental Health Counselor, Adult Victim Services (AVS)
302-658-7174 Ext. 15
Tracie, a native of Wilmington, Delaware, works full-time as a Clinic Director for an outpatient drug and alcohol treatment facility. Her primary specialty has been working with individuals diagnosed with co-occurring disorders and those who have experienced trauma. She is an adjunct professor in the Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work programs at West Chester University. She earned her Bachelor degree in Business Administration from the University of Delaware and her Master of Social Work at Widener University, where she later earned a certificate in Health Care Management.

Fun fact about Tracie: Tracie enjoys traveling, dancing, yoga and meditation, and spending time with her family.

Cassandra Freeman, MEd
Cassandra Freeman, MEdProgram Coordinator, Truancy Reduction Program
302-658-7174 Ext. 20
Prior to DCJ, Cassandra was employed as a guidance counselor with over six years of experience. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management, with a minor in Finance, from Wilmington University, where she also earned her Master of Education degree. Cassandra says she enjoys working with students and families to help remove barriers that impede growth through academic, career, and personal and social development.

Fun fact about Cassandra: Cassandra enjoys travel and spending time with family.

Jeannine Friel
Jeannine FrielBookkeeper
302-658-7174 ext. 18
Osha Hudson
Osha HudsonCommunity Reintegration Specialist, Community Reintegration Services Program (CRSP)
Suzanne Kirk, LCSW
Suzanne Kirk, LCSWCommunity Reintegration Specialist, Community Reintegration Services Program (CRSP)
Suzanne is a social worker, who has provided direct services for several years. She works with older youth and adults who are impacted by the justice system and in transition. Suzanne enjoys assisting participants with identifying and building on their strengths and resources, learning new skills, and working towards making positive changes.
Nikki Kress
Nikki KressProgram Coordinator, Adult Victim Services Program
302-658-7174 ext. 12
Nikki graduated from the University of Delaware with a major in Women Studies/Sociology and a concentration in Domestic Violence Prevention Services. She was an intern at The Wilmington Police Department Victim Services Unit for a year. She then moved on to work in a battered women’s shelter through Child INC. for three years. Nikki is very passionate about working with marginalized populations of people.

Fun Fact about Nikki: Nikki was born as a congenial amputee. She has a blog dedicated to writing about her unique trait! She loves to write gets inspiration to blog from other individuals who aren’t afraid to embrace their differences.

Cindy McDaniel
Cindy McDanielProgram Coordinator, School Offense Diversion Program (SoDP)
302-658-7174 Ext. 23
Years after starting a family and volunteering, Cindy returned to Widener University where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Government & Politics in 1990, which included a semester in foreign policy at The American University. When she is not on the clock at DCJ, Cindy’s commitment to her community is driven by her determination to make a difference in and around the issues of social justice and peace–work that sustains her spiritual growth.

Fun fact about Cindy: When her passport was stolen during a trip to Calcutta, Cindy navigated over and through the corrupt landscape without offering a single bribe to get it replaced—a memory that still serves her during challenging times.

Karin McManus
Karin McManusProgram Coordinator, Court of Common Pleas (CCP) Mediation / Victim Restoration and Community Mediation Program (VOMP)
302-658-7174 Ext. 24
Priscilla Murphy
Priscilla MurphyClinical Group Facilitator, Healing After Homicide
Bradley Owens, J.D.
Bradley Owens, J.D.ReEntry Navigator
302-407-3397 ext. 107
As a young man fresh out of college, Bradley began his career in the Delaware prison system working as a mental health provider. Meanwhile, Bradley also volunteered as a youth mentor in Delaware high schools, speaking to thousands of teens about drugs and alcohol and making safe choices. From those experiences, Bradley was inspired to pursue his education further and attend Charlotte School of Law, where he focused on non-profit law and criminal law. While in law school, Bradley co-founded Invisible 2 Invincible, a juvenile mentoring program for 16-17 year-old incarcerated boys in Mecklenburg County jails. Upon graduation, Bradley returned to his home state of Delaware to continue his career in the criminal justice arena, where he now focuses his efforts on community re-entry for formerly incarcerated men.

Fun fact about Bradley: Bradley has been skydiving four times and loves to longboard (downhill skateboarding).

Kate Parker West, JD
Kate Parker West, JDLocal Site Coordinator, SMART Pretrial Demonstration Initiative
302-658-7174 Ext. 26
Kate’s areas of interest include pretrial detention and legal and evidence-based services and systems planning. Prior to joining DCJ in December of 2014, Kate worked as an Assistant Deputy Public Defender in New Jersey.

Fun fact about Kate: Kate’s garden placed second in the New Garden category of the Delaware Center for Horticulture’s Wilmington City Gardens Competition in 2011!

Elise Schubert
Elise SchubertMental Health Therapist, Adult Victim Services Program
Robin Stramp
Robin StrampOffice Coordinator & Communications Assistant
302-658-7174 Ext. 10 or 21
302-658-7174 Ext. 10 or 21

Robin began her adventures at DCJ in 2014 as a member of Lutheran Volunteer Corps. In 2015, she became a full-time staff member. Previously, she was a social psychology research assistant at Harvard University. Robin came to DCJ with a passion for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, but her time at DCJ has opened her eyes to the world of incarceration and criminal justice, and now she can’t look away.

Fun fact about Robin: Robin always wears vibrant, tacky socks when she visits the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution because she loves to make the correctional officers laugh when they have to check her pant legs for contraband.

Theresa Sullivan
Theresa SullivanEducational Instructor, Women in Transition
Angie Walker
Angie WalkerProgram Coordinator, Victim Sensitivity Program
302-658-7174 ext. 10 (leave a message)
Angie has been working in the criminal justice and mental health field for over 20 years and has been coordinating the Victim Sensitivity program for nine years. Angie especially enjoys working with the young men and women in the program. 
Corry Wright
Corry WrightProgram Coordinator, Student Warriors Against Guns and Gangs (SWAGG) Program & Truancy Reduction Program
302-658-7174 Ext. 34
Corry holds a Bachelor degree in Behavioral Science from Wilmington University and has work experience in human services, as well as social and psychological research. He began working with the Delaware Center for Justice in 2014 because he is passionate about reducing recidivism.

Fun fact about Corry: Corry has a sense of adventure and several years ago scaled Mt. Washington, a height of 6,288 feet, in sub-freezing temperatures!

Eugene Young
Eugene YoungAdvocacy Director, Stand Up For What's Right And Just (SURJ)
302-658-7174 Ext. 38