PJI Staff

Cherise Fanno Burdeen

Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Burdeen has spent over 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 DOJ's National Institute 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 change efforts across the criminal justice system. She serves as an issue expert for legal and correctional professionals, national and community advocates, the media, influencers and artists.

Email: cherise@pretrial.org   Phone: 240.338.3827

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Vice President

Rachel is a champion of systems reform, having served as an executive administrator in non-profit and state government for over twenty years. As Vice President of PJI, Rachel works with national, state, and local system stakeholders to create partnerships, strengthen systems, and engage communities to advance safe, fair and effective pretrial practices for youth and adults. Rachel spearheads the 3DaysCount initiative, acting as a catalyst for states to discover what's possible and create real and lasting change. Rachel 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

John Clark

Interim Director of Implementation

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


Sue Ferrere

Technical Assistance Manager

Dr. Ferrere recently joined PJI as the technical assistance manager. Sue was a criminal justice planner in Jefferson County, Colorado, where she was instrumental in developing the Colorado Improving Supervised Pretrial Release project, a 10-county effort to develop a validated, pretrial risk assessment. Sue also specialized in therapeutic jurisprudence, developing coordinated justice system responses to individuals with behavioral health challenges, and helped start the Jefferson County Recovery Court. A former renewable energy scientist, Sue especially enjoys innovation at the junctures of science and law. She is thrilled to be an agent of pretrial reform at a time when research increasingly supports the commonsense solutions developed by PJI.

Email: sue@pretrial.org   Phone: 303.679.6024

evitawebEvita Green

Technical Assistance Associate

Ms. Green joined PJI in 2016 as the Technical Assistance Associate, bringing an in-depth understanding of legal principles and a passion for improving the efficacy of our justice system through pretrial reform. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from St. John's University and her Juris Doctor from Cornell Law School. As an undergraduate student, Evita worked as a research assistant on various research teams focusing on gender differences, work group cohesion and racial disparities. After graduating, she worked as a Judiciary Intern and a Paralegal before attending law school. Evita was an executive board member of Cornell Law School’s Moot Court Board and worked as a Summer Law Clerk while attending Cornell.

Email: evita@pretrial.org   Phone: 240.801.0160

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

Bryan Taylor

Manager of Technology Innovation

Mr. Taylor joined PJI in 2012 after earning a Master’s in Public Policy from Brigham Young University. While at PJI Bryan has helped in the development of PJI’s online presences and technical infrastructure including pretrial.org and most recently the University of Pretrial, an online learning community for policymakers and pretrial professionals. He also works closely with juvenile justice leadership to improve the resources available to stakeholders involved in the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative. He provides training, resources, and guidance to practitioners throughout the pretrial field. In addition to pretrial justice policy, Bryan has published research on substance abuse treatment and reentry.

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

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Learning Community Manager

Mr. Osman is the Learning Community Manager for PJI. He has spent over 18 years developing and supporting websites and online communities and previously worked as Website Manager for the Justice Research and Statistics Association (JRSA), building and maintaining several websites created for various grants and projects for the U.S. Department of Justice. Most recently, Marc spent three years as a Web Content Specialist for an education-support association, updating the website, managing an online community and overseeing the creation of mobile conference apps.

Email: marc@pretrial.org   Phone: 240.476.1776

wendywebWendy Shang

Special Projects Associate

Wendy is Special Projects Associate with PJI. While working as an attorney for the American Bar Association Juvenile Justice Center, she identified ways to improve access to counsel and the quality of representation of juveniles. Wendy designed and executed attorney training, constructed a nationwide network of juvenile defense attorneys, and mounted a first-of-its-kind conference for juvenile defenders. She helped produce A Call for Justice: An Assessment of Access to Counsel and Quality of Representation in Delinquency Proceedings; More Than Meets the Eye: Rethinking Assessment, Competency and Sentencing for a Harsher Era of Juvenile Justice; and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Bulletin, Innovative Approaches to Juvenile Indigent Defense. Wendy is also an award-winning author of children’s books, and strives to bring both her legal and creative abilities to her work. She received her Bachelor of the Arts in Psychology and Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia.

Email: wendy@pretrial.org   Phone: 703.587.9339

Tenille Patterson

Director of Finance and Operations

As the Director of Finance and Operations, Ms. Patterson is responsible for and oversees the activities and processes that provide core mission support to PJI. Tenille's accounting career began 16 years ago as an auditor for the global professional services firm, PwC. To align her professional aspirations with her spirit of advocacy and social justice, Tenille transitioned into the non-profit field, working with and for organizations serving the most under-served and disenfranchised. In her most recent non-profit leadership experience, Tenille served as Chief Operating Officer of the Center for Urban Families, a human services organization dedicated to supporting fathers and families suffering from the aftermath of systemic and institutional inequality. Tenille has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Morgan State University and earned her certification as a Certified Public Accountant.

Email: tenille@pretrial.org   Phone: 410.428.4174

Jeanine Burchard

Contracts and Event 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

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Jordan graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a bachelor’s degree in Economics. He plans to pursue a master’s degree in Accounting and to sit for the CPA exam. Jordan’s previous work experience includes work as a legal assistant specializing in loan modification and bankruptcy.

Email: jordan@pretrial.org   Phone: 240.252.8065

Azra KhanAzra Khan

Accounting and HR Associate

Ms. Khan recently joined PJI as an Accounting and HR Associate. She has previously served as an accounting manager for a government contractor and administrative manager for a small business and has more than ten years’ experience in accounting, HR, payroll, and benefits. In addition, Ms. Khan has nine years’ experience in the legal field as a legal assistant and editor/proofreader of legal documents.

Email: azra@pretrial.org   Phone: 240.477.7152

Margaret Ringler

Project Manager and Research Assistant

Ms. Ringler is the Project Manager and Research Assistant. Her responsibilities include coordinating the Pretrial Innovation Network. Prior to joining PJI, she worked at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia investigating cases for low-income youth and adults. Ms. Ringler has also collaborated with the United Teen Equality Center and the Harvard Kennedy School Program in Criminal Justice to form a working group with court-involved young adults who used their expertise to propose policy recommendations to state-level decision makers. In her neighborhood, she co-formed a D.C. community collaborative to address the interplay of structural oppression and interpersonal harm by empowering neighbors to resolve conflicts while keeping members in the community. Ms. Ringler holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Tufts University. She brings to PJI her commitment to creating safe justice systems and ending racial disparities.

Email: margaret@pretrial.org    Phone: 650.388.6720