Our Board of Directors
LaKeesha N. Woods, PhD
LaKeesha N. Woods is the chair of the board for Envisioning Justice Solutions, Inc. Dr. Woods has over 15 years of experience in providing training and technical assistance, research, consultation, program development and evaluation, program management, and clinical services. She is currently the director of research at Social Solutions International, Inc. Dr. Woods obtained BS in Psychology from Howard University and a MA in Psychology and PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Virginia.
Barbara Owen, PhD
Barbara Owen is an international expert in the areas of women and imprisonment; improving operational practice in women’s prisons via research; and women’s prison culture. She has extensive experience in conducting mixed methods research, including participant observation, ethnographies, large-scale surveys, policy studies; and program evaluation. Internationally, her work involves implementing human rights protections in women’s prisons with the Thailand Institute of Justice. A Professor Emerita of Criminology at California State University, Fresno, she received her Ph.D. in Sociology from UC Berkeley in 1984. Prior to returning to academia, Dr. Owen was a Senior Researcher with the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
Cathie Capolino was a corporate manager in Los Angeles for more than 20 years until she was paralyzed in 1997. To date she has been able to withstand five back surgeries and eventually begin a successful jewelry business. Currently, Cathie serves the office of Secretary on the Board of Directors for the Samaritan Center in Simi Valley in addition to being a case manager to assist the homeless. Additionally, Cathie is involved with the Soroptimist Club, which is dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls via social and economical empowerment programs. She continues to volunteer in the community with fund raising activities and other promotions for nonprofit causes.
Susanna Nemes, PhD
Susanna Nemes is currently the CEO of Social Solutions International, Inc. and is an experienced executive, researcher and clinician with 25 years of experience working with underserved populations, including substance abusers, the homeless, individuals with disabilities, Latinos, minority youth, and women of color. Dr. Nemes obtained her BA in Psychology from Harvard and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Temple University. Her content areas of expertise include substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, and gender issues. She has managed, implemented and overseen programs and projects in more than 30 countries through the Americas, Caribbean, Europe, Asia, and Africa.
Nancy Richards-Chand, JD
Nancy Chand has been an attorney with the Los Angeles County Public Defender for 31 years. Dr. Chand has participated in the creation of programs designed to address the needs of people facing criminal charges including an in-custody and aftercare program for children being released from incarceration; a diversion program for homeless people charged with a misdemeanor offense; a court treatment alternative for female defendants who are domestic violence victims and the 2nd Chance Women’s Re-Entry Court, a prison diversion program for high risk/ high need female defendants.
Regina Fournier is a Certified Addiction Treatment Counselor II. Regina is an expert in service delivery of underserved populations around the world (e.g., those with substance use disorders, mental health issues, under criminal justice supervision, and other marginalized populations). Regina is currently a Health Navigator at UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs providing extensive case management and ongoing service delivery for men and women re-entering the community from jail.
Angela Wonzo-Hill, AA
Angela Wonzo-Hill received her AA degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences. Angela serves as a community board member. Angela has 26 years of expertise in customer sales, service, training, supervisory and leadership roles. Angela facilitated the Beyond Violence group sessions at the California Institution for Women, presented course material, created and implemented lesson plans, trained novice facilitators; mentored participants in processing through their traumatic life experiences to inner healing. Angela was indispensable with regard to the overall operation and organization of the prison-based program