PJI Staff

Cherise Fanno Burdeen

Executive Director

Ms. Burdeen has spent nearly 20 years working to improve public safety policies and practices across the country. After earning a Bachelors in Public Administration from Miami University (Ohio) and a Masters in Criminal Justice from Indiana University, she began her career with the National Institute of Justice, US Department of Justice. After field work that included time with the Safer Foundation in Chicago and post-9/11 federal service with the Department of Homeland Security, Ms. Burdeen joined PJI. Since 2006, Ms. Burdeen has developed innovative strategies to raise awareness of pretrial justice issues, amassed a broad constituency of criminal justice stakeholder groups, provided technical assistance and training on policy reforms, and engaged in communications and media efforts. She has extensive experience with strategic planning, initiative management, and communications efforts across the criminal justice system. After a national search in 2013, the PJI Board selected Ms. Burdeen as PJI's Executive Director. Ms. Burdeen is also the Immediate Past President of National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies.

Email: cherise@pretrial.org   Phone: 240.338.3827

Timothy J. Murray

Director Emeritus

Mr. Murray has worked as a criminal justice practitioner at the local, state and federal levels for 40 years. His extensive pretrial justice experience includes management and executive positions with the pretrial services systems in Washington, D.C., and Miami-Dade County, Fla. While in Miami, he was the principal architect and administrator of the nation's first drug court. He went on to serve with the U.S. Department of Justice as first director of the Drug Court Program Office.

Following that appointment, Tim held the positions of Director of Policy and Planning and Director of Program Development at the Bureau of Justice Assistance. He completed his federal service as part of the start-up team for the Transportation Security Administration, now part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He was selected as PJI's Executive Director in 2006. He has provided technical assistance to hundreds of programs and organizations, nationally and internationally. He is a lifetime member of the National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies and is the proud recipient of the Association's most prestigious honor, the Ennis J. Olgiati Award. He also serves as the Executive Director for the Institute for Justice Planning, a subsidiary of PJI providing planning support to jurisdictions engaged in criminal justice system reform.

Email: tim@pretrial.org  Phone: 240.676.0252

RachelWebRachel Sottile Logvin

Deputy Director, Programs & Strategy

Mrs. Logvin is a champion of systems reform, having served as an executive administrator in non-profit and state government for over twenty years. She began her career as a child abuse investigator and continued working with foster care youth and their families in South Florida until 2008. She served as the Executive Director of YES Institute in Miami for seven years, spearheading the organization’s rapid growth and expansion, creating collaborative partnerships throughout the U.S. and Latin America, and providing powerful communication and educational models on gender and orientation to keep all youth safe. Mrs. Logvin has a Bachelor of Arts from Emory University in Psychology and Political Science and a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. She was the recipient of the National Association of Social Workers "2014 Citizen of the Year" Award for Miami-Dade County.

Email: rachel@pretrial.org   Phone: 305.323.5493

Michael R. Jones

Director of Implementation

Dr. Jones is the Director of Implementation for the Pretrial Justice Institute (PJI), where he has worked since 2010. At PJI, he directs the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Smart Pretrial Demonstration Initiative, oversees training and technical assistance for states, localities, and various stakeholder organizations, and assists states and local jurisdictions in understanding and implementing more legal and empirically-based pretrial policies and practices by designing strategic, system-change initiatives, delivering technical assistance, performing empirical research, and publishing resource materials. Mike also works as a technical resource provider for the National Institute of Corrections, and previously served as the Criminal Justice Planning Manager for Jefferson County, Colorado for nine years. Mike received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Email: mike@pretrial.org   Phone: 303.870.0378

John Clark

Senior Manager, Technical Assistance

Mr. Clark has worked closely with officials in hundreds of jurisdictions to gain support for and implement pretrial justice reforms. He has extensive experience in conducting system assessments, gathering and analyzing data, and presenting findings both orally and in writing, as well as in training judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, pretrial services program administrators, and others on pretrial justice-related topics. His expertise includes identifying causes of jail crowding, implementing validated pretrial risk assessment instruments, identifying alternatives to detention, and pretrial services program development. Prior to joining PJI in 1987, John worked at the D.C. Pretrial Services Agency for eight years.  He has a Master’s Degree in the Administration of Justice from American University. He is a lifetime member of the National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies and is the proud recipient of the Association's most prestigious honor, the Ennis J. Olgiati Award.

Email: john@pretrial.org   Phone: 202.841.3179

DianneDianne Beer-Maxwell

Strategic Partnerships Manager

Ms. Beer-Maxwell comes from a law enforcement family and has supported evidence-based public safety and criminal justice system practices since 2007. Prior to her work with PJI, she provided training, resources, and policy guidance to public safety leaders throughout the country and the world as a Program Manager for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). In 2012 Dianne began to manage IACP’s Pretrial Justice Reform Initiative; her accomplishments include raising awareness and engaging law enforcement leaders in pretrial reform through the Pretrial Justice Champions Group and helping the IACP earn the Partner Award from the National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies in 2013. Dianne holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration-Marketing and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Colorado State University and a Master of Applied Anthropology from University of Maryland.

Email: dianne@pretrial.org   Phone: 301.704.9389

RobinRobin Campbell

Director of Communications

Mr. Campbell has been a communications professional in the justice field since 2001. Most recently, from April 2012 until February 2015, he was with the New York City Department of Correction (DOC), where he served as agency’s Press Secretary and Director of Media Relations. Prior to joining the DOC, he was Director of Communications at the Vera Institute of Justice, where he worked for more than a decade and also authored many reports, including Enhancing responses to domestic violence: promising practices from the Judicial Oversight Demonstration Project, Dollars and Sentences: legislators’ views on prisons, punishment and the budget crisis, and Issues of consistency in the federal death penalty: a roundtable discussion of the role of the US Attorney. Before joining the Vera Institute, Mr. Campbell was a freelance journalist and editor in New York City. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago.

Email: robin@pretrial.org   Phone: 917.434.6343

Spike Bradford


Mr. Bradford’s professional career began at the Department of the Attorney General for the State of Hawai`i where he evaluated the juvenile correctional system and oversaw data collection for the Uniform Crime Reports. He has subsequently worked in justice reform, education and training, and public health in Washington, DC, Nairobi, Kenya and Lusaka, Zambia. Most recently, Spike was Senior Research Associate at the Justice Policy Institute (JPI), a DC-based non-profit organization. His work at JPI included research projects covering state-based reform, delinquency prevention strategies, corrections analysis and, most detailed, bail reform. Spike holds a Masters degree in Sociology from the University of Hawaii and a Masters of Education from Bowling Green State University.

Email: spike@pretrial.org   Phone: 614.377.0727

Bryan Taylor

Digital Media Manager

Mr. Taylor works with various technologies to effectively convey the messages related to pretrial justice. Bryan maintains pretrial.org along with PJI’s blog, newsletter, and social media. In addition to adult pretrial work, he maintains the JDAI Helpdesk and works with juvenile justice leadership to improve the resources available to JDAI sites. He received his Master's in Public Policy from Brigham Young University with an emphasis in crime and corrections policy. While in school he worked closely with leadership in Utah County to improve pretrial outcomes including the creation of an implementation plan and securing funding for the project. In addition to pretrial justice policy, he has published research on the effectiveness of a drug outpatient program in the Utah County Jail and a meta-analysis of substance abuse treatment programs.

Email: bryan@pretrial.org   Phone: 425.770.6618


Katie Nelson

Digital Communications Specialist

Ms. Nelson’s background is grounded in visual storytelling. She received her Master of Arts in New Media Photojournalism from the Corcoran School of Art & Design at George Washington University in May 2015. Nelson’s multimedia Master’s thesis, “Being Atticus Finch,” focuses on the importance of public defenders in the U.S. criminal justice system. Her project combines film, photography and traditional reporting to tell a more complete story about the intersection of criminal defense, an underserved population and federal and state jurisprudence in this country. The film portion has been selected for 6 film festivals throughout the country and was named a semi-finalist for the 2015 Student Academy Awards. She brings to PJI her passion for criminal justice reform, and plans to incorporate her new media skills to reach a broad audience across the American legal community.

Email: katie@pretrial.org   Phone: 571.643.8801


Meghan Guevara

Director of Learning Innovations

As the Director of Learning Innovations, Meghan facilitates PJI’s learning community through the University of Pretrial. She has spent fifteen years providing training and professional development to criminal justice and human services professionals seeking to advance their work using the latest research and to improve outcomes for individuals and communities. For the past decade, Meghan has focused on local- and state-level systems change, designing and delivering technical support through national efforts such as the MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge, the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, and the federal Justice Reinvestment Initiative. Meghan has also worked extensively at the county level to build collaborative, data-driven justice systems, most notably in California as localities implement the Criminal Justice Realignment. Meghan began her career as a health educator working with youth in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems in Massachusetts. She received her Master of Public Health degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences from Boston University.

Email: meghan@pretrial.org   Phone: 857.928.6068

Beth Oprisch

National JDAI Training Manager

Ms. Oprisch has worked in the juvenile justice field for more than 25 years. Most recently, she was the State JDAI Coordinator for Ohio. She is a former Superintendent at the Indian River Juvenile Correctional Facility and former Executive Director for the Belmont Harrison District. She is a past president of the Ohio Juvenile Detention Director’s Association and a former Chair of the Disproportionate Minority Contact Committee of the Governor’s Council for Juvenile Justice. Beth also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Sierra Leone, West Africa.

In her role with PJI, Beth works with the Annie E. Casey Foundation to manage the training aspect of the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) and provide support for the JDAI Helpdesk. She has a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Bowling Green State University and a Master of Arts in Counseling from West Virginia University.

Email: beth@pretrial.org   Phone: 740.391.2278


JeanineJeanine Burchard

Event and Meeting Manager

Ms. Burchard is the Event and Meeting Manager. Ms. Burchard has over 20 years’ experience in the non-profit arena, including the coordination and facilitation of numerous meetings, conferences, and special events. Her primary responsibility at PJI is meeting and event planning and support, consolidating these functions into a single streamlined entity. A graduate of Mary Washington College (University of Mary Washington) she holds a B.A. in History and Historic Preservation.

Email: jeanine@pretrial.org   Phone: 571.337.5717


Vania Cruz


Mrs. Cruz has more than eight years experience in the banking and finance industry. Most recently, she worked as a Staff Accountant in the government contracting sector, focusing on full-cycle accounting, budgeting and financial reporting for small to mid-size businesses. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and currently pursing an MBA.

Email: vania@pretrial.org   Phone: 240.583.0322


Heather Thompson

Executive Assistant

Ms. Thompson joins the Pretrial Justice Institute as the Executive Assistant to Cherise Fanno Burdeen. Before joining PJI, Heather was a Courtroom Clerk for the Circuit Court of Montgomery County for over eight years. While there, she worked side-by-side with Judges and Magistrates on Criminal, Civil, and Family cases and trials. Her duties included handling administrative work, scheduling court dockets, and assisting with the overall courtroom trial process. She administered oaths, documented evidence, maintained the recording system in the courtroom and processed trial outcomes. Ms. Thompson plans to continue her studies in Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland University College.

Email: heather@pretrial.org   Phone: 240.801.0160

Dipesh_WebDipesh Patel

Chief Information Officer

Mr. Dipesh Patel serves as PJI’s Chief Information Officer and handles all aspects of PJI’s technology and product roadmap development. Mr. Patel has over 15 years of technology experience in IT strategy, project management, and business process optimization. His expertise lies in bridging the gap between organization strategy and implementation of creative solutions.

His initial focus with PJI will be creating a vision and roadmap for the University of Pretrial (UP), a next-generation social networking platform connecting pretrial practitioners with subject matter expertise and content. UP will be a place where criminal justice system practitioners and policymakers can access live and on-demand training about state-of-the art, data-driven pretrial policies and practices.

Mr. Patel began his career with Deloitte Consulting and has since served in leadership roles with Pariveda Solutions, North Highland, and most recently launched Solvegy. Clients he has worked with include the Institute for Humane Studies, Marriott and Disney World. Mr. Patel earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin in Management Information Systems.