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.


Alexis Yeboah-Kodie

Staff Attorney

Alexis oversees the work to mitigate the collateral consequences of the criminal legal system through the provision of direct legal services, litigation, and advocacy.


Ebonee Rhodes Norris

Expungement Attorney

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


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.


Cherie Teamer Henley

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.


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.


Dominique Lang Verner

Family Law Attorney

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


Sherie Thomas

Outreach & Community Engagement Director

Sherie leads JAC's engagement and outreach activities with people with criminal records, survivors of solitary confinement and their loved ones, pro bono attorneys, volunteers, law students, community organizations, allies, coalitions, and other 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.