JJC Board Members

Sharon Weitzenhof – President

Mark Gavin, Sr. – Vice President

Marissa Murphy – Treasurer

Alex Lewis – Secretary

Rhiannon Childs

Sharon Weitzenhof – President

Sharon was one of the founding members of the Juvenile Justice Coalition and served as its Director from 1993 – 2014. She has been a consultant in human services and juvenile justice. Sharon has worked in the public sector (Cuyahoga County and Ohio Department of Youth Services) and the private sector (Center for Community Solutions and Youth Advocate Programs). While retired, she remains active with several community organizations. Sharon has a Master of Public Administration. She is the Chair of JJC’s Board of Directors.

Mark Gavin, Sr.-Vice President

Mark’s first political engagement was when he was just 8 years old and his dad recruited him to lobby Warren City Council to keep a park open. He has spent more than a decade working on, and leading campaigns across every level of government. Mark has organized for the Ohio Democratic Party, Ohio Organizing Collaborative, ACLU of Ohio, Indivisible, and many other organizations around energy, the environment, and criminal justice reform to liberate people of color. In 2016 his work was even recognized in a speech delivered by President Obama.

More recently Mark served in senior roles at 360 Campaign Consulting where he helped lead independent expenditure efforts in Wisconsin for the general election and Georgia for the runoff.
Mark is currently the Campaigns Director with Power a Clean Future Ohio where his focus is clean choice energy aggregation. A native of Warren, OH. Mark lives in Columbus with his wife Hope, son Mark Jr., and Yellow Lab Ella-Barker

Marissa Murphy-Treasurer

Marissa’s professional experience stretches across the nonprofit, philanthropic, and labor sectors. She currently manages operations for the State Power program at the Service Employees International Union. Prior to this, Marissa held several positions at the Ohio Organizing Collaborative, directed donor services for the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, and coordinated programming for the Chicago branch of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Marissa is committed to building sustainable organizations and nurturing the leadership of those most marginalized.

Alex Lewis-Secretary

Alex Lewis is a writer, social media specialist at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, founder of Car Window Poetry, co-host of the Brave Little Book Club, and podcast host. Rooted in Columbus, Ohio, Alex cares deeply about resisting oppression and fighting for liberation for all.
Over the past decade, Alex has mentored elementary, middle school, and high school-aged students—volunteering most recently at Kaleidoscope Youth Center’s drop-in center.