JJC Board Members
Sharon Weitzenhof – President
Mark Gavin, Sr. – Vice President
Marissa Murphy – Treasurer
Alex Lewis – Secretary
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.
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 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.
Claire Chevrier- Board Member
Claire decided to go to law school when an administrator at the public high school at which she was teaching told her to stop trying to get her students special education services, because it wasn’t “like any of their parents know a lawyer.” Determined to become the kind of lawyer her administrator did not believe exists—one who fights for people’s rights regardless of whether they are indigent—Claire graduated from Georgetown University Law Center, where she focused on education, criminal justice, and civil rights law.
Claire is now Policy Counsel at the ACLU of Ohio where she is responsible for leading their statewide advocacy on bail reform. Before joining the ACLU of Ohio, Claire worked for a nonprofit in Washington, D.C. where she represented young people with special education needs who were in the juvenile and/or criminal justice systems. Claire is an expert in pretrial reform and has published reports, articles, and op-eds on topics ranging from the fiscal impact of bail practices, GPS monitoring, cite and release practices, decarceration policies, and how pretrial detention shapes case outcomes.