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Board

Kwame Ajamu

Board Chair

Kwame Ajamu is an exoneree from Ohio who served 28 years in prison. He was exonerated after 39 years and now serves as Chairman of the Board, where he works in conjunction with Kirk and the staff to develop new ways of supporting and promoting the voices and goals of the exoneree membership he leads. Kwame is a strong, collaborative leader able to bridge the gap between the unique vision and needs of exonerees and the abolition movement at large. Click here to learn more about Kwame.

Elizabeth Zitrin

Board Vice Chair

Elizabeth Zitrin is Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Witness to Innocence and past President and Senior Advisor of the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty. A frequent speaker on the death penalty both in the US and internationally, Ms. Zitrin has addressed international bodies including World Congresses Against the Death Penalty the International Commission Against the Death Penalty in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Caribbean and North America.  She organized and convened the World Coalition’s two General Assembly conferences in the United States. She is an attorney-facilitator for Witness to Innocence’s ground-breaking project, Accuracy & Justice: Listening to Innocence. Ms. Zitrin practiced criminal defense law in San Francisco, California. She holds a B.A. from Oberlin College and a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law.

Richard C. Dieter

Treasurer

Richard C. Dieter received his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center, where he was named a Public Interest Law Scholar. He served as the Executive Director of the Death Penalty Information Center in Washington, D.C. from 1992 until 2015. He authored 40 reports on the death penalty that have been widely cited in the national media and utilized at all levels of state and national government, including the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Dieter has been a frequent guest on national television and radio news programs and has been widely quoted in the nation’s newspapers. Mr. Dieter’s most recent publication, Battle Scars: Military Veterans and the Death Penalty (2015), received the Congressional Black Caucus’s Veterans Braintrust Award. He is currently the Principal Consultant at RDieter Communications. Mr. Dieter served as an Adjunct Professor at the Catholic University School of Law for 14 years. He was a founder of the Pre-Trial Release Program at the Community for Creative Non-violence in Washington and the co-founder of the Alderson Hospitality House in West Virginia for visitors to the country’s main federal women’s prison. Mr. Dieter recently received the Frederick Douglass Human Rights Award from the Southern Center for Human Rights in 2016. Richard joined the WTI board in August 2016.

Cheryl Naill

Board Secretary

As a Career Link Specialist with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, Cheryl acted as liaison between employers and ex-offenders seeking employment and training. She successfully created and facilitated a series of workshops that provided guidance in addressing a criminal background on a resume, in an interview and in the workplace. An active member of Witness to Innocence since 2007, Cheryl has been an outspoken advocate for members, co-authoring the Witness to Innocence Community Member Guidelines with her partner, a founding member of Witness to Innocence Ray Krone.

Carmelo Campos-Cruz

Mr. Campos has worked as a human rights activist in Puerto Rico for the last nineteen years. He has been Coordinator of Ciudadanos contra la Pena de Muerte, President of the Board of Directors of Amnesty International - Section of Puerto Rico, President of the Victims’ Rights Commission of the Puerto Rico Bar Association, Vice President of the Human Rights Commission of the Puerto Rico Bar Association, and Coordinator of the First Social Forum of Puerto Rico.

 

Carmelo is one of the founders of the Puerto Rican Coalition Against the Death Penalty and its former General Coordinator, and Founder and Deputy Chair of the Greater Caribbean for Life - an organization that puts together abolitionist individuals and organizations in the Caribbean region. Mr. Campos was also the Coordinator of Centro de Ayuda ALAPÁS, an NGO devoted to provide services to and advocate for the murder victims’ families in Puerto Rico. He is a Lecturer at Universidad del Sagrado Corazón and Colegio Universitario de San Juan. He joined the WTI board in October 2017.

carmelocampos@yahoo.com

Ron Keine

Ron Keine spent 2 years on New Mexico's death row before being exonerated. He is now a member of the Board, where he Co-Chairs the Justice After Exoneration Committee -- a committee focused on creating and reforming exoneree compensation statues across the Nation. Ron is an active and engaged member, and is the exoneree selected by his peers to serve as their representative on the Board. Click here to learn more about Ron.

Herman Lindsey

Herman Lindsey was exonerated in 2009 after spending 3 years on Florida's death row. He now works as a member of the Board, where he works to understand and engage staff, board, and members with new ideas and a positive energy that promotes excellence in those around him. Herman also tirelessly promotes WTI's mission and goals as he travels around the country and the world to further the efforts of the abolition movement he is passionate about. Click here to learn more about Herman.

Sarah Marquez

Sarah Marquez has been an Assistant District Attorney in New York City since 2010. Over the course of her career, she has handled many types of criminal cases, specializing in domestic violence and other violent crimes, and supervising junior lawyers. She currently prosecutes homicides, managing all aspects of the investigation and prosecution. Sarah graduated summa cum laude from Syracuse University College of Law in 2010, where she was a member of the Law Review and externed at United States Attorneys Offices in Syracuse and Maine. She also worked as a student attorney in the Criminal Defense Clinic, defending clients charged with misdemeanors in criminal court. Prior to law school, she spent two years working with youth with behavioral issues in educational and therapeutic settings.

swmarque@gmail.com

Patty Steidl

Patty Steidl is the support person for exonerated death row survivor Randy Steidl. She has attended every Witness to Innocence Gathering except for the first one. Before retiring, she spent three years trying to help people that have been in prison or rehab by teaching them the trade of grooming dogs.

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