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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Alexis Yeboah-Kodie

Staff Attorney

Alexis is JAC's staff attorney who oversees the 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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Laura Reeds

Legal Director

Laura mentors and supervises a growing team of staff attorneys, paralegals, contractors and volunteers who work to mitigate civil consequences of the criminal legal system by providing advice and direct representation through clinics, educational initiatives and litigation.

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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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Joilynn Hollies

Record Clearing Attorney

Joilynn ensures access to expungements via in forma pauperis filings, Fair Credit Reporting Act litigation, Fair Chance Hiring Act implementation and record correction on state, local, and federal levels.

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Sarah Whittington

Senior 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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Kevin Dalcourt

Paralegal

Kevin is JAC’s Paralegal that provides day-to-day support for all aspects of the legal team’s current and prospective cases, under the supervision of the Legal Director.

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Sherie Thomas

Outreach & Community Engagement Director

Sherie leads JAC's engagement and outreach activities for criminal records, survivors of solitary confinement, pro bono attorneys, volunteers, law students, community organizations, allies, coalitions, and partners. She works with JAC staff, contractors, and partners to carry out advocacy campaigns, primarily through coalition management, relationship building, and facilitating the engagement of impacted communities in envisioning and implementing systemic change.