Wendy Jason, Founding Director
Wendy is a community builder and advocate who combines her background in restorative practices, mental health, and education with her passion for the arts to foster vibrant, inclusive, and nurturing communities that model and promote social justice. She has been in close relationship and/or working in different capacities with currently and formerly incarcerated people for over 25 years. Wendy holds a BA in Sociology from Eastern Connecticut State University, studied Transformative Language Arts at Goddard College, and completed her MA in Coexistence and Conflict through Brandeis University’s Alan B. Slifka Program in Intercommunal Coexistence. Her research focused on the intersection of the arts and peacebuilding and culminated in a thesis based on a year spent facilitating creative writing and peace education groups within a county jail. Wendy has taught courses on social justice and conflict transformation in Georgetown University’s Program on Justice and Peace, researched and reported on issues related to restorative justice and the arts for Change.org, and served as the manager of the Prison Arts Coalition website for nine years. In 2019, she founded the Justice Arts Coalition (JAC). Wendy is committed to supporting both individual and social change by cultivating relationships grounded in collaboration, trust, authenticity, empathy, and integrity.
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Jayme Epstein, Volunteer Coordinator
Jayme found JAC while looking for ways to contribute toward the transformation of the carceral system in the United States and now cherishes the opportunity to correspond with incarcerated artists and share their work with the broader public as a way to showcase their dignity, humanity and talent. Jayme practiced law for 12 years and then worked primarily for two non-profit organizations: first, as the volunteer coordinator and program director for Yachad, Inc., which recruits volunteers and builders to rehabilitate the homes of lower income Washington, D.C. residents; and second, as a language arts and social studies teacher at Academy of Hope Adult Public Charter School. Currently, she is the Volunteer Services Associate for Christ House, a medical respite facility for men experiencing homelessness in Washington, DC. When not working or volunteering with JAC, Jayme volunteers with political campaigns and with organizations doing anti-racist education and advocacy work. She is a member of the Tikkun Olam Commission and the Jews of Color and Allies Advisory Group of Reconstructing Judaism, and is the co-chair of the DC Leadership Council of Jews United for Justice.
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Cat Quinlan, Communications + Network Engagement
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Robin McNulty, Administrative Coordinator
Robin McNulty is an interdisciplinary artist, educator and nonprofit administrator who has exhibited and performed throughout North America, and has taught art inside six California state prisons. She is the recipient of research grants through universities and community based organizations, and is currently a Teaching Artist with Project PAINT, a program that brings multidisciplinary art classes to people who are incarcerated at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility outside of San Diego, CA.
Previously, she was Deputy Director of Prison Arts Collective at San Diego State University, and worked in development at Second Chance, a nonprofit organization that helps justice-involved youth and adults achieve self-sufficiency. Robin is also a member of the Transformative In-Prison Workgroup (TPW), a coalition that advocates for rehabilitative in-prison programming, and the Los Angeles Regional Reentry Partnership.
She received a Master of Fine Arts from Tufts University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia.
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Hailey Lanford, Web Team Intern
Hailey Lanford is a junior at The George Washington University, majoring in English and double minoring in Journalism & Mass Communications and Linguistics. She previously attended Virginia Commonwealth University for a short amount of time before attending Northern Virginia Community College for the past two years. Hailey is one of two Workshop Interns for the Fall 2020 semester. She enjoys engaging with people through thoughtful conversation and is a passionate writer, focusing mainly on poetry and non-fiction works. Hailey hopes to go on to become a literary agent or work within a publishing house in some capacity. In her downtime, she loves to try new recipes, read books (her favorite is Bird By Bird by Anne Lamott), or go hiking on trails around the D.C. Metro area.
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Melissa Wang, Web Team Intern
Melissa Wang is a sophomore at Yale University from Seattle, WA. She is an intern on the Web team this spring. Her passion for prison and police abolition drew her to JAC’s work, and she hopes to drive lasting social change through organizing in the future. Outside of school and work, Melissa enjoys making visual art, going to poetry readings, listening to Carly Rae Jepsen, and fitness.
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Ava Dennis, ArtConnects Intern
Ava Dennis is a junior at American University studying Art History with a minor in Psychology with hopes of becoming a university professor. With her work at JAC as Communications Intern on the ArtConnects team, she strives to combine her passion for the arts with her social justice spirit, and advocate first hand for the ability for art to shape narratives, foster connections, and aid in creating tangible change. When she is not working, Ava is most likely playing rugby for American University, doing crossfit, painting, or adventuring outdoors with her friends.
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Isa Berliner, Web Team Intern
Isa Berliner is a sophomore at Harvard College double majoring in Art and the Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Originally from Culver City, California, Isa is passionate about social justice and the transformative power of art, and hopes to pursue a career in human rights advocacy. Isa is so excited to be joining the JAC community as an intern with the Web Team! In her free time she loves playing flute, making earrings, doing lighting design for shows, and getting lost in nature.
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Joslyn Lapinski, ArtConnects Intern
Joslyn is currently taking a gap year from her undergraduate studies in Psychology, Studio Arts, and the Administration of Justice. This year, she is at home in Baltimore County, MD working as an RBT for children with developmental disorders. She plans to pursue a career in Forensic Psychology, devoting her life to helping individuals involved in the criminal justice system get access to the support and resources they need and deserve. Having a passion for visual arts herself, Joslyn understands the powerful role creative expression can play in transforming a person’s life and mental health. She is very excited to continue harnessing this power through her work on the JAC Art Connects Team.
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Absa Fall, Web Team Intern
Absa is a sophomore at the University of Maryland-College Park majoring in Public Policy. She is passionate about reading and writing and loves dabbling in different DIY projects to enhance her creativity. She is excited to be joining the JAC team and hopes to use her previous experiences to help the organization continue to grow. She hopes to pursue a career in the non-profit sector in relation to advocacy and justice.
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Jenan Cameranesi, ArtConnects Intern
Jenan is a current sophomore at Yale University, majoring in Art History. Currently an intern on the ArtConnects team managing the pARTner project, she was drawn to JAC because it combines two causes she cares deeply about: humane treatment for all, including and especially incarcerated individuals, and the use of art to foster dialogue. When she isn’t working, she can be found knitting, baking, or reading whichever book her friends recommended to her recently.
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Kanyinsola Anifowoshe, Web Team Intern
Kanyinsola Anifowoshe is a sophomore at Yale University from Chicago, Illinois majoring in Art History and African American Studies. Through curation, programming, and writing, she hopes to create space for transformative engagements between artists, communities, and institutions. She is excited about joining JAC and working alongside others who are passionate about art’s potential to foster radical collective and personal change.
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Maia Pramuk, ArtConnects Intern
Maia Pramuk, a new member of the ArtConnects team, is currently taking time off from studying at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she’s pursuing a BA in visual and critical studies. Growing up outside of the D.C. area, access to free and public museums were always only a train ride away. She credits this early exposure to the power of creative spaces as the root of her desire to explore how artist and viewer can be brought closer together through collaborative environments and active communication.
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Katherine Frost, Events Team Intern
Katherine Frost is a senior at Manhattanville College majoring in Art History and English Literature. She grew up in White Plains, NY–only about thirty minutes north of Manhattan. She was drawn to JAC because of her deep interest in the blending of art and social justice. She is working primarily with the Events Team expanding her love for planning social gatherings and bringing people together. In her free time, Katherine enjoys watching live music, reading fiction novels and writing poetry. She wants to continue her work combining the arts with social justice, moving forward with breaking the boundaries of curation and building the relationship between curator, artist and justice.
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Katie Wilhelm, Events Team Intern
My name is Katie Wilhelm and I am on the Events Team, I am a junior studying international affairs and criminal justice. My past work experience includes working for the United States Chamber of Commerce, United Nations Foundation, and the Smithsonian Institution. Some fun facts: I am a dual American and Irish citizen, my favorite music to listen to is r&b and classic rock. During quarantine I mostly bike around with an old film camera and sometimes I paint.
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Hannah Teich, Web Team Intern
Hannah Teich is a recent graduate of Wesleyan University, where she received her BA in history and international relations. Hannah is a new intern on the Web team this semester, managing social media outreach and the JAC e-newsletter. Originally from the Bay Area, she now lives in Brooklyn, NY, where she is currently pursuing her master’s degree in journalism. As a writer, Hannah hopes to combine her passions for art, culture, and social justice to reshape dominant narratives around incarceration and effect meaningful change.
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