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.
Founder and Director
Brie Williams focuses on integrating a public health immersive human rights perspective into justice reform, with a focus on improving the health and wellbeing of prison staff and residents through international educational experiences with public health focused correctional systems; 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.
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 criminologist and sociolegal scholar whose research examines punishment and inequality, typically through the use of mixed-methods approaches to studying prisons and prisoner reentry. Beyond research, Dallas works in harm reduction to provide direct services to people who use drugs, experience homelessness, or are otherwise impacted by the criminal legal system. Dallas works with Amend to evaluate novel approaches to reducing the use of solitary confinement in maximum security prisons and reentry service provision in minimum security prisons. She received her PhD in Criminology, Law & Society from the University of California, Irvine, where she also received her MA, and earned her BA at New York University.
Director of Community Partnerships
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 12 years of experience conducting research and policy analysis on issues at the intersection of public health, drug policy, and mass incarceration. He is a mixed-methodologist that applies a framework grounded in social-ecological theory, human rights, and harm reduction to study how carceral environments and prison reform efforts impact the lives of incarcerated people, as well as those who work in prisons. He has a JD from Villanova University Law School, an MPH from Columbia University, and is a PhD candidate at the Rollins School of Public Health at 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 Section 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. Fernando has facilitated numerous criminal justice classes at San Francisco’s Urban High School to educate the youth about the imperative need to redefine how we see humanity from the community to carceral settings. Fernando has been a contributor to The Aging Research in Correctional Health Care network, including his participation in panel discussions. 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.
Research Program Assistant
Mana started working for Amend in 2020 and has since been involved in programming, research, and writing projects. She received her MS in Global Health from the UCSF Institute for Global Health Sciences in 2020 and her BA in Neurobiology from UC Berkeley in 2018. Mana is also the Founder of OverCOME Mentors, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides students of under-resourced backgrounds with greater knowledge on their preferred profession while assisting them in developing their career interests. During her free time, she loves to exercise and hopes to run the six major marathons of the world one day.
Michele Casadei is Program Lead and has worked with Dr. Brie Williams for over 11 years. She provides operational and project management support across a broad range of projects related to Amend, a health-focused prison reform program to advance a humane, healthy, and dignity-driven transformation of correctional culture in the United States. She lives in San Francisco with her daughter and spouse.
Communications Project Manager
Sarah Bronstein 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. Since February 2020 he has worked full time for Amend.