Andrea Petersen is a licensed social worker in New York State for over 15 years and deeply committed to seeing the elimination of mass incarceration. She has a loved one, who is incarcerated and knows first hand of the difficulties that family members face when their loved ones are denied at parole board hearings for no logical reasons and the deep longing of having them home. She regularly attends Flo Martinez's support group in Poughkeepsie, NY which provides herself and other family members with support and encouragements in order to minimize or eliminate the stigma and isolation, which society places on family members, who have loved ones, who are incarcerated.
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Jenise Britt is a writer and avid researcher of sorts from Brooklyn, NY, residing in Queens, NY. She is the NYC Merchandiser Specialist for OneSource, one of the national vendors of Whole Foods. Her current goal is to complete her BA in Communication - Professional Writing at Southern New Hampshire University. She has a close up of life behind bars through the lenses of her husband, who is incarcerated in the New York State corrections system. With that, her passions include advocating to maintain visits with loved ones, fair treatment of visitors within visiting facilities, fair treatment of incarcerated individuals behind the walls, and ensuring reentry successes. .
Alicia Barraza grew up in Texas and has lived in New York State since 1998. She has bachelors degrees in political science from the University of Texas at Austin and mechanical engineering from Texas A&M at Kingsville. Alicia is an environmental engineer with New York State. She is a member of Hope in the Boat, a competitive dragon boat team consisting of breast cancer survivors. Alicia is married to Doug Van Zandt, an aerospace engineer. Alicia and Doug are the parents of Benjamin Van Zandt, a mentally ill prisoner who recently died at Fishkill Correctional facility. As a result of this tragedy, Alicia is committed to making lasting changes in the correctional system for young and mentally ill prisoners.
Angela Jackson, holds a Masters Degree from Texas Southern University in Public Administration, and a Masters Degree from Grantham University in Business Administration. She is the President of TFL Penpals & Services, and Editor & Publisher of The First Lady Speaks newsletter, showcasing a softer side of the incarcerated. Angela has worked with veterans, volunteered with the Prosecutor's Office in Detroit, MI., worked as a Shelter Advocate at domestic violence shelters in Phoenix and New York., and a Detroit non-profit agency as Interim Director of Clinical Services for juvenile-based family strengthening programs. She strongly supports ending mass incarceration of our youth, re-entry programs for those returning to civilian life, and advocates for the wrongfully convicted.
Flo Martinez is Secretary of CURE New York and has held this position for a number of years. Flo contributes regularly to various committees in the organization and assists with the committee meetings. Flo is one of the founding members of CRJ and worked on the merit time bill reform project. Flo is a staunch supporter if the “ Puppies Behind Bars” program and runs a bio-monthly support group in Poughkeepsie, NY. Flo responds to most of the inmate inquiries in our mail room.
Deb Bozydaj – is the President of CURE New York. She served as the Co-President for many years before assuming the role alone. Deb is a long-term criminal justice activist. Prior to becoming President, she served on the Board of Directors of CURE New York. Deb worked with CCR on the MCI phone campaign. Deb founded CRJ, a lobbying group which works with state legislators seeking reform. One of the projects she worked on was seeking to amend the merit-time bill (including for A-1 felons).
CURE New York is a criminal justice, not-for-profit agency, with goals to reduce crime, reduce cost and restore offenders to the community. CURE seeks to reform criminal justice in NY.