About Us

 

Officers


 

Kimberly 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.”

 

Kimberly Jenkins-Snodgrass - Chairperson

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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.

 

 

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.

 

John Jay List - Vice Chairperson

Ed Kopf - Treasurer

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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. 

 

 

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.

 

Margaret "Mardi" Mellon - Secretary

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Board Members


Perry Apelbaum

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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 h JDis from Harvard Law School and attended the University of Michigan for his  undergraduate degree.

 

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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June Kress

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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.

 

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.

 

Karen Dickson-Morrison

Davion E. Percy

 

Davion E. Percy is Senior Government Relations Consultant at Alexander & Cleaver in Annapolis, MD. Prior to joining Alexander & Cleaver, Davion served in Prince George’s County Government for 10 years. He worked five years in the Department of Environmental Resources (now the Department of Permitting, Inspections, and Enforcement). During Davion’s last five years with Prince George’s County, he served in the office of Council Member Karen R. Toles (D-Suitland) as Constituent Services Specialist. As Chief of Staff, Davion advised Council Member Toles on all policy matters, including zoning issues, and served as her staff liaison to the Health, Education, and Human Services committee, which she chaired. Additionally, he oversaw the day-to-day functions of the office.

With Alexander & Cleaver, Davion primarily represents clients with matters before Prince George’s County Government and/or matters before the Maryland house and senate delegations in Annapolis that impact Prince George’s County. Davion resides in Prince George’s County where he spends his spare time with family, and mentoring young men and women through community outreach programs with non-profits and the Prince George’s County Police Department.

 

 

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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Nikki Thompson

Nikki Thompson is a dynamic policy professional and has been a fixture in Maryland politics since starting her career as a staffer for Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD). Through various roles, Ms. Thompson has led efforts to reduce collateral consequences for returning citizens, including issues of economic justice, education, labor and employment. She is also an executive member of the Prince George's County branch of the NAACP and a 2020 New Leaders Council fellow. Additionally, she is a graduate of Howard University School of Law and received her B.S. in Journalism from the University of Florida. She is also a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

 

In this Inside Scoop interview, Gay Gardner, IAHR volunteer, tells the story of how IAHR was founded.

 


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