Our Team 

JAC's mission and goals are accomplished by full time staff, contract attorneys, volunteers, and collaborations with partners like Southeast Louisiana Legal Services and First 72+.  Read more about our staff below.

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Cherie Teamer

Re-entry Attachment Docket Attorney

Cherie assists formerly incarcerated people with reducing and eliminating excessive traffic fines, fees, and attachments that accrued during their incarceration.

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Elizabeth Owen

Director of Programs

Elizabeth oversees the organization's programmatic work to mitigate the collateral consequences of the criminal legal system through the provision of direct legal services, litigation, and advocacy.

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Vanessa Spinazola

Executive Director

Vanessa leads a dedicated team of advocates and attorneys to tackle deficiencies in the post-conviction phase of the criminal system through the implementation of strategic policy initiatives and the delivery of legal services.

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Dominique Lang Verner

Family Law Attorney

Dominique represents JAC’s clients in child support and custody matters arising from their incarceration.

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Sarah Whittington

Staff Attorney

Sarah is JAC’s full-time staff attorney focused on reducing the collateral consequences of criminal records and assisting clients re-entering our communities from incarceration. She represents clients in resolving traffic matters, obtaining driver's licenses, and expunging criminal records.

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Ebonee Rhodes Norris

Expungement Attorney

Ebonee provides expungement services to JAC’s clients in the Shreveport area.

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Shametria Gonzales

Community Organizer

Shametria conducts outreach to formerly incarcerated individuals and their families, supports JAC's Clean Slate and Stop Solitary Confinement campaigns, and connects individuals impacted by the criminal system with policymakers to advocate for change.