The NJC Team

Executive Office

President & CEO  Hon. Benes Z. Aldana (Ret.)

Chief Academic Officer Joy D. Lyngar

Chief Financial Officer & Chief of Strategic Engagement Patrick M. Grimes

Chief of Staff Chrystn Eads

Finance Department

Chief Financial Officer & Chief of Strategic Engagement Patrick M. Grimes

Director of Advancement Susan Robinson

Controller Ivanna Kinash

Project Accountant Caryn O’Neill

Junior Accountant Annalie Harvey

Accounts Administrator Alexandria Woods

Federal Grants & Research

Judicial Fellow Hon. Gayle Williams-Byers (Ret.)

Judicial Ambassadors:

  • Hon. Barbara Brown
  • Hon. Tommy Fowler
  • Hon. Todd George
  • Hon. Anita Laster-Mays
  • Hon. Larry Sage (Ret.)

Instructional Designer Darryl Jackson

Senior Research Fellow Antony Leberatto, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Researcher Christine McDermott, Ph.D.

Judicial ID Specialist& Grant Coordinator Dimitrios Kyriakou, Ph.D.

Judge-in-Residence Hon. Earl Penrod

National Tribal Judicial Center

Program Manager Charisse Abbie

Academic Department

Chief Academic Officer Joy D. Lyngar

Senior Program Attorney Henry Sotelo, Esq.

Supervising Judicial Education Program Manager Bryan Walker

Senior Judicial Education Program Manager Mary Burdick

NHTSA Judge-in-Residence Earl Penrod

Registrar/Judicial Studies Program Coordinator Beth Loureiro

Administrative Assistant Aiyana Pitts

Administrative Assistant Neuyareli Navarro

Administrative Clerk Brooke Ellis

Administrative Assistant Lori Slisz

Special Projects, Custom Courses and International Programs

Program Manager Erin O’Brien

Online Learning & Faculty Development

Program Manager Elizabeth Morgan-Beesley


Operations Manager Tami White

Strategic Communications Ed Cohen

Technology and Campaigns Manager Sheena Britschgi

Wolfpack Intern Jenna Delacruz

Justice Solutions and Innovation

Director Konstantina Vagenas

Associate Director Alf Brandt

Director, Institute for Ethics and Professionalism Keith Fisher

Distinguished Justice in Residence on the Rule of Law Hon. Bernice Donald (Ret.)