Staff

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Executive Director Simone Levine

Simone Levine has dedicated her career to ensuring public accountability in the criminal justice system and in the civic arena. In August 2015, she assumed the post of Executive Director of Court Watch NOLA (CWN). Prior to joining CWN, Ms. Levine served as Deputy Police Monitor within the New Orleans Office of the Independent Police Monitor. In that capacity, she supervised the monitoring of major use of force cases (e.g. officer involved shootings, in custody deaths) in which the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) was involved. She also supervised the monitoring of NOPD disciplinary hearings. Ms. Levine has worked as both a prosecutor as well as a criminal defense attorney. She has served as a prosecutor in the Office of the Attorney General of New York. Before entering the Attorney General’s Office, Ms. Levine practiced criminal defense for ten years, managing her own private practice and practicing as a public defender in the Criminal Defense Division of the Legal Aid Society in Manhattan. Ms. Levine served as Criminal Justice Counsel to the New York State Legislature from 2006-2010. Before becoming an attorney, Ms. Levine worked and lived in East and Southeast Asia doing human rights work centered around police and military violence. You can contact Simone at slevine@courtwatchnola.org.

Program Director Veronica Bard

Veronica Bard believes in and practices a thoughtful, determined, and ethical approach to reforming the criminal justice system; she is committed to enabling the community changes she wants to see. Non-profit and government organizations for which she has worked and volunteered include the New York County District Attorney’s Office Frauds Bureau, Jefferson Parish 24th Judicial District Court, Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office, Orleans Public Defenders, East Baton Rouge District Attorney’s Office, Tulane Domestic Violence Clinic, Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, The Advocacy Center, Common Ground Relief, Covington Food Bank Seeds of Hope Garden, and Habitat for Humanity St. Tammany West. Veronica is a proud alumna of Isidore Newman, University of Pennsylvania, and Tulane Law and studied international criminal and human rights law at the University of Amsterdam. Veronica is a contract attorney with the City of New Orleans Office of the Independent Police Monitor and currently serves on the Criminal Justice committee of the Louisiana State Bar Association. You can contact Veronica at vbard@courtwatchnola.org.

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Volunteer Coordinator Trezell Ragas

Court Watch NOLA hired a new volunteer coordinator in January 2017. Trezell Ragas has a background in grassroots organizing. Before coming to Court Watch NOLA, Trezell focused on election day operations, voter registration, voter turnout, trainings and GOTV strategies and logistics. Trezell worked for a firm based in Washington D.C. for four years before coming to Court Watch NOLA. You can contact Trezell at tragas@courtwatchnola.org or (504) 715 0519.

Carole Berke

Development Consultant Carole Berke

As the former Director of Development for myriad clients including national advocacy organizations, Carole Berke has extensive experience in the development and execution of effective fundraising strategies for nonprofit organizations. Carole assists Court Watch NOLA in expanding its mission by finding and developing sustainable funding sources. You can contact Carole at cberke@courtwatchnola.org or 504 232 0890.

Statistical Consultant Peter Horjus

Peter Horjus received his MPH from Tulane in 2003 and has been working as a database manager and survey statistician for the past 14 years. Peter has worked with the United Nations World Food Programme for over a decade, managing food security and nutrition surveys from design to analysis. Peter joined Court Watch NOLA in early 2017. You can contact Peter at phorjus@courtwatchnola.org.