Ada Kwan, Postdoctoral Scholar is a health and development economist with 12+ years of experience conducting research and advising on policy related to the effects and implications of scaling up health and education interventions in low-resource settings and for marginalized populations. Typically utilizing the combination of field experiments, experimental research designs, and complex measurement methods to understand quality of care, Ada has worked in Africa, Asia, and Latin America with the Mexico National Institute of Public Health and the World Bank. Ada has a PhD in Health Policy and Health Economics from UC Berkeley and an MHS in International Health Systems from Johns Hopkins University.
Compassionate Release Intern
Apoorva Rangan, Compassionate Release Intern: Apoorva’s work at Amend centers on recruiting and training providers to support Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) in its efforts to represent individuals petitioning for early release or re-sentencing through the Compassionate Release Clearinghouse. Prior to joining Amend as a program assistant, Apoorva earned a B.A. in stem cell biology and philosophy from Harvard.
Aditya Jalihal’s background in communications, public policy, and economics has led to a variety of roles in his budding professional career. As a film producer he highlighted sociopolitical stories on subjects from the Rohingya refugee crisis to the heroin epidemic in the United States. His time as a law clerk in a criminal defense firm showed him the shortcomings of our justice system and inspired him to join the AMEND team to change the way we approach corrections. When not busy at work, you can usually find him at a pool either swimming or coaching.
Founder and Director
Brie Williams focuses on integrating a public health and human rights perspective into justice reform, with a focus on ending solitary confinement; improving compassionate release policies for incarcerated patients with serious illness; and enhancing the response to disability, dementia, and serious illness in correctional settings. She lives in San Francisco with her family and their spunky dog named Tennessee.
Chief Program Officer
Cyrus Ahalt has 15 years of experience in public health and justice reform with expertise in program design and evaluation. His work identifying and addressing the health- and human rights-related harms of American penal policy and practice has been widely published in the academic and lay press. As Chief Program Officer at AMEND, Cyrus is responsible for all aspects of program development and delivery. He has a degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University and lives in Maine with his partner and their two kids.
Dallas Augustine is a doctoral candidate in Criminology, Law & Society at the University of California, Irvine where she also received her MA, and earned her BA at New York University. Dallas’ research examines punishment and inequality, focusing on prisoner reentry and solitary confinement. As part of the AMEND research team, she designs, implements, and analyzes studies of programmatic outcomes and other issues relevant to the wellbeing of people who live and work in America’s prisons.
Daryl Norcott earned his BA at Harvard College and his JD at Villanova University School of Law. He has over twenty years of experience in program development, community building and project narrative creation. Daryl is responsible for developing communications strategy and long-term correctional culture change messaging to a growing number of partners, allies and the public at-large.
David H. Cloud has more than 10 years of experience conducting research and working with government and community-based organizations address complex issues at the intersection of public health, drug policy, and mass incarceration. He is trained in law, public health, and psychology, and applies principles of human rights, social justice, and harm reduction to advance changes in law and policy to promote health equity among people impacted by the criminal legal system. He has a law degree from Villanova University Law School, an MPH from Columbia University, and is a PhD candidate at the Emory University. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
Director of Healthcare Quality
David Sears is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. He is a specialist in internal medicine with a subspecialty in infectious diseases. At Amend Dr. Sears focuses on evaluations of healthcare quality in the California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS) system. The aim of this work is to improve healthcare outcomes, safety, and patient satisfaction for all residents of correctional facilities.
Norwegian Program Manager
Erlend Wærum is a Senior Adviser in the International Unit at the Directorate of the Norwegian Correctional Service. He has worked in several management and trainer positions in the Correctional Service for more than 20 years, including seven years at the University College of Norwegian Correctional Service (KRUS). Wærum earned his Masters Degree in Public Management at Oslo MET and also holds a BA degree in Sports Management and has complimentary training in guidance/mentoring and more.
Fernando Murillo is a Berkeley native and has worked in the only licensed hospice in the state of California prison system for 5 years. Fernando received training for end of life palliative care from USC and UC Davis for Hospice care in a correctional setting. As the Executive Chairman for the Inmate Advisory Council at California Medical Facility, he was relied on to mediate issues between the administration and inmate population for 3 years. During Fernando’s 24 years of incarceration, he committed himself to improving the overall quality of life in the correctional setting for everyone present, staff and incarcerated people alike.
Program Manager, Volunteer Coordinator
Kevin Reeder works closely with AMEND’s correctional partners to train staff and develop and implement initiatives designed to transform the culture inside participating facilities to the benefit of staff and residents alike.
Director of Health Education
Leah Rorvig earned her BA at Columbia University and completed medical school, residency, and fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. She is a geriatrician who cares for older adults at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, where she also serves as the director of the geriatrics curriculum for the UCSF Family & Community Medicine residency. As the director of health education at AMEND, she creates health-related educational content for residents of prisons and jails, correctional officers, and health care professionals involved in the care of incarcerated patients.
Research Program Assistant
Mana Anvar received her MS in Global Health at UCSF and her BA in Neurobiology from UC Berkeley. For her graduate student thesis, she evaluated how caregivers report behavioral concerns for criminal or civil liability exhibited by Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) patients enrolled in a longitudinal study on FTD at UCSF. Mana is also the Founder and President of OverCOME (Obtainable Career Opportunities Mentorship Enrichment) — a virtual career exploration program that exposes high school students from underserved communities to various career pathways.
Michele Casadei has worked with Dr. Brie Williams for 10 years. Her primary responsibilities are focused on supporting research, policy innovation and program development for The Criminal Justice & Health Program at UCSF. She has been the lead organizer of AMEND at UCSF for the past 5 years.
Reed received his B.A. in Politics and Legal Studies from UC Santa Cruz, where his honors thesis focused on criminal defendants and the Sixth Amendment right to a fair trial. Prior to joining AMEND, he was a student organizer and a Pan-African Research Fellow at UCSC. His role at AMEND includes developing and curating programming alongside our community partners.
Sarah Van Zanten
Communications Project Manager
Sarah Van Zanten has a BA in Public Relations and Advertising from the Chapman University and over 10 years of professional experience in marketing and communications. Sarah supports AMEND with our video series, website support, among other projects. Sarah also serves as the Program Manager for The Aging Research in Criminal Justice & Health (ARCH) Network.
Norwegian Program Manager
Tom Eberhardt is a senior adviser for the Norwegian Correctional Service (KDI) and was educated at the Correctional Service of Norway Staff Academy as a prison officer and has higher education in economics and crisis management. Tom worked 26 years in different prisons in Norway and held several management positions. The past 6 years Tom has been Warden at Bastøy Prison.