About Us


Jack Lahr- Chairperson



Jack Lahr is a retired lawyer with the D.C. office of Foley & Lardner LLP. Jack has been involved in pro-bono litigation throughout his career in private practice and continues to represent death row prisoners in Alabama. Jack has been board chair for the DC Legal Counsel for the Elderly, and the Fair Trial Initiative in Durham NC.   

Rabbi Charles (Chuck) Feinberg  - Executive Director

Charles M. Feinberg was a congregational rabbi for 42 years. He served and led congregations in Wisconsin, New York, British Columbia, and Washington, DC. He served as a rabbi at Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, DC from 2006 to 2015. Rabbi Feinberg has served as the chairperson of the Social Action Committee of the Rabbinical Assembly. He has also been co-chairperson of T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights. During his career, Rabbi Feinberg has been an advocate for Central American Refugees, the poor and the homeless, for interfaith dialogue and cooperation, and for respecting the human rights of both Palestinians and Israelis. Rabbi Feinberg recently began his third year as Executive Director of IAHR.



Kimberly Jenkins-Snodgrass - Vice-Chairperson

Kimberly_Jenkins-Snodgrass-photo__2.jpgKimberly Jenkins-Snodgrass is a tireless advocate for justice, civil and human rights. During her partnership with the late Justice Warrior, Joyce Ann Brown, and her family’s personal struggle to see justice served, she has traveled the country fighting wrongful incarceration. She has also educated communities about Mothers (Fathers) for the Advancement of Social Systems Inc. (MASS), a successful and proven reintegration to society program. When Ms. Jenkins-Snodgrass experienced the injustice of the system firsthand with her son’s wrongful incarceration, her faith in the system was lost. However, her story is one that far too many American families experience and it has strengthened her resolve to work for equality. She is a partnering consultant at Mothers (Fathers) for the Advancement of Social Systems Inc. (MASS) Inc., a “Delayed But Not Denied 2” co-author and author of “U Can’t Have Him.”

Ed Kopf- Treasurer 


Ed has held leadership positions in the following community and religious organizations: J Street: The Political Home for Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace Americans, Greater Washington Co-Chair Jewish Community Relations Council, Board Member Yachad [DC Housing Preservation], Former President and Advisory Board Member of Ann Frank House: Homes and Hope for DC’s Homeless, Former President and Board Member of Adas Israel Congregation, and Docent at the Library of Congress. Ed has also over twenty years of experience in leadership positions in finance, operations, marketing, and strategic planning. He has consulted extensively with owners, executives and boards of large and small corporations on a wide variety of management and financial issues. 



Gay Gardner - Secretary

Gay Gardner is a member of Little River United Church of Christ in Annandale, Virginia, and has been a volunteer human rights activist for more than 30 years. In addition to her involvement in Interfaith Action for Human Rights and its predecessor, the Washington Region Religious Campaign against Torture, she serves on an advisory committee for Amnesty International USA's Security with Human Rights Program, which addresses human rights violations committed in the context of terrorism and counter-terrorism. Earlier, she focused on justice and accountability issues in work for Amnesty International on, first, Uruguay, then El Salvador and Honduras, and later the former Yugoslavia. Gay also co-founded a local chapter of Amnesty International in Alexandria, Virginia, and served as that group's coordinator for 10 years. 
Before retiring in 2014, Gay worked at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management as a legislative analyst and in other positions, including as senior advisor to the Assistant Director for National Healthcare Operations, helping to implement the Multi-State Plan Program under the Affordable Care Act.

Board Members

Perry Apelbaum

perry_apelbaum.jpg Perry Apelbaum is currently serving as the Staff Director for the House Judiciary Committee Democrats. Mr. Apelbaum has long served as the top Committee aide to Ranking Member John Conyers, including during the impeachment of President Clinton.He led the Committee's staff during the investigation of politicization at the Bush Justice Department and the subsequent contempt of Congress proceedings against the Bush Administration, and is known on Capitol Hill as an expert on medical malpractice policy and intellectual property issues. Before joining the Committee staff, Mr. Apelbaum was an associate at Covington & Burling. He received his JD from Harvard Law School and attended the University of Michigan for his  undergraduate degree.

Diamonte Brown

Diamonté Brown is a proud native of Baltimore City with a B.S. in Sports Management and Communications from the University of Michigan and a Master’s degree in secondary education from Grand Canyon University. In addition to her ongoing work as a high school teacher of English, Diamonte has been active in IAHR working both under a grant and as a volunteer. 

Diamonte has served as executive director for Out for Justice, an organization that advocates for the reform of policies that adversely impact returning citizens. Diamonte conducted advocacy training sessions for  Out for Justice and for the Maryland Alliance for Justice Reform for diverse audiences made up of citizens eager to lobby for reform, tailoring her presentations to each audience. 

Diamonte had an early brush with the law, receiving probation before judgment, and lost a sister to violence. Both experiences introduced her to a system of justice in need of reform. 


June Kress


Prior to entering the non-profit sector, she served for nine years as a senior policy analyst in the US Department of Justice, and completed a year as a loaned intergovernmental executive with the DC Council Judiciary Committee. She has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from New York University and a masters and doctorate from the School of Criminology, University of California, Berkeley.June Kress has more than 40 years of experience as a criminal justice researcher, policy analyst, program director, consultant, and academic. From January, 2004 until June, 2017, she served as the Executive Director of the Council for Court Excellence, a nonprofit, nonpartisan civic organization that since 1982 has worked to improve the administration of justice in the local and federal courts and related agencies in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. 

She is a member of the board of directors of Anne Frank House, Adas Israel Sisterhood, Tzedeck DC, NCRC-National Child Research Center, and is an active member of Leadership Greater Washington and the Cosmos Club.

John Jay List

John is a long-time member of Tifereth Israel Congregation (DC) where he served as President. John is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the University of Michigan Law School. Before retiring in 2015, he was the General Counsel and Chief Lending Officer for a cooperative finance corporation serving America’s cooperative utilities, Native American utility authorities and public power utilities. John began working with IAHR as a volunteer working on the Pen Pal Project. He has been engaged in a variety of social justice causes and activities since college.

Margaret "Mardi" Mellon


In 1993, Dr. Mellon founded the Food and Environment Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) to promote the adoption of science-based farming systems that are simultaneously productive, environmentally benign, and resilient in the face of stress. Under Dr. Mellon’s leadership, the program critically evaluated products of genetic engineering for their contribution to sustainable agriculture and urged the reduction of unnecessary antibiotic use in animal agriculture.  Margaret Mellon is a respected expert on biotechnology, antibiotics and food safety. She holds a doctorate in molecular biology and a law degree from the University of Virginia.  

Dr. Mellon has published widely on the potential environmental impacts of biotechnology applications. She has also served three terms on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture and for many years taught a popular course in biotechnology and the law at the Vermont Law School. She was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1994). Dr. Mellon is now a science policy consultant in the areas of antibiotics, genetic engineering and sustainable agriculture.

Suzanne O'Hatnick

Suzanne O'Hatnick is the founder and first president of Interfaith Action for Human Rights. Suzanne directed the Maryland International Center for 19 years and served as an organizational development consultant to grassroots non-profit oraganizations in the U.S. and abroad during that time. From 1996 to 2000, Suzanne worked in Bosnia and Herzegovina, serving with Christian Peacemakers Teams in Central Bosnia, with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe OSCE on human rights in Banja Luka, and with the United States Agency for International Development USAID in a country-wide program based in Sarajevo. 

Suzanne is the author of articles and essays on Bosnian culture. Upon her return from Bosnia, Suzanne taught in the sociology department of the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Suzanne has been active as a volunteer in her community in Baltimore, Maryland, as a member and former Maryland Legislative Coordinator for Amnesty International USA, former board member of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture Action Fund, and in her Quaker Meeting, Stony Run Friends Meeting in Baltimore. Suzanne is also a member of the Friend of a Friend Coalition and Maryland Alliance for Justice Reform MAJR. In June of 2017, Suzanne received a Distinguished Alumna award from Hollins University for her human rights work.




Karen Dickson-Morrison

Karen graduated from Old Dominion University with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Middle School Education. She earned a master’s degree in Instruction and Curriculum from the University of Phoenix. Karen is a Homebound Instructor for Norfolk Public Schools.

In 2014, Karen discovered her passion for justice when she found out a dear friend of hers was serving life in prison for a first-time drug offense. She advocated for Corey Jacobs’ release and in 2016, President Obama granted him clemency. Karen has advocated for the release of other men and women and through dedication and service, assisted with their release as well. Karen continues to advocate for people serving long and lengthy sentences in federal and state prisons.






Sue holds a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering of University of Maryland and a Masters in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. Her work weaves art, ideas, technology, story-telling, and user experience into animated videos that put sense-making into service. Her passion for exploring the tensions between theory and practice informs her use of narrative, metaphor,motion, and music to document the insights and puzzles of groups learning together. In collaboration with clients, Sue facilitates teams and organizations in making sense of both the frustration and fulfillment of collaborative work by articulating and deepening shared knowledge.
In her early professional life, she designed and prototyped user interfaces for the first generation of color radar displays, and later query tools & maps for the Human Genome Database.
It was her growing fascination with the complexity of individual, group, and organizational change efforts that inspired her return to graduate school to learn about learning through the lenses of neuroscience, biology, adult development, and social psychology. In the subsequent years, she has collected a treasure trove of theoretical models and frameworks as well as generative practices that inform her animations and her explorations with groups. Her work on the Quaker Peace and Justice committee of the Stony Run Quaker Meeting in Baltimore has sparked her passion to explore applying theory and practices of anthrocomplexity to the seemingly intractable challenges facing Baltimore, particularly in the criminal justice system.

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David Smith

David is an alumnus of Mary Washington College with a B.A. in Religion and Concordia Seminary-St. Louis where he earned a Master of Divinity. He served in pastoral ministry for 6 years. In 2013 he was arrested and subsequently spent over 16 and a half months in solitary confinement in Norfolk, Va. He currently works for Allianz in Richmond, volunteers with formerly incarcerated to equip them to thrive, and advocates for change in the Virginia prison and jail system.






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