For 30 years, Erin has worked as a teacher, writer, editor, and content director. During her career, she has written practical guidance about legal issues and regulatory compliance, particularly in the health care space. She has also led content teams working in adult education, addiction recovery, and nutrition for families who are food-insecure.
Erin has long volunteered for social justice work, mostly through her church and through interfaith organizations in North Carolina.
Erin grew up in Jamaica and several southern states. She did her undergraduate work at The University of Texas at Austin and her post graduate work at The University of North Carolina. She is proud mom to four young men in their teens and early twenties.
Peter Tomasek is an attorney and serves as the Legal Editor for Interrogating Justice. Peter leads the Interrogating Justice team in developing long-term strategy for the organization and an affiliated nonprofit, How to Justice. He also takes a hands-on role in the writing and editing process for both organizations.
Prior to helping start Interrogating Justice, Peter worked in a variety of writing-focused roles in the legal field. After law school, he worked with the Michigan Court of Appeals as a Research Attorney and Law Clerk. Peter then left the court to join a well-respected appellate group at a 60-lawyer firm in metro Detroit, Michigan.
Peter later moved to North Carolina, where he joined one of the most trusted personal-injury law firms in the state. In that role, he represented people from some of the most under-served communities in the state. He also worked as the Legal Editor for a start-up online news source in North Carolina.
Jake Morris is an attorney and serves as a Member on Interrogating Justice’s Board of Directors. He also currently works as a Mergers and Acquisitions and Debt Capital Markets Vice President and Assistant General Counsel with Global Growth. In these roles, he is responsible for every step of the mergers and acquisitions process.
Much of Jake’s legal career has centered on corporate transactions. But his career has also allowed him to develop a deeper understanding of the judgment system. His biggest concern focuses on the discretion afforded to law enforcement and courts during sentencing in criminal cases.
Jake recognizes that we face statistics every day that show how actors capriciously enforce laws and adjudicate cases. He knows that this results in tragic disparities among different demographic groups in our society and leads to one of the greatest injustices in America.
Danie Watson-Goetz is a writer, editor, and social media manager that serves as the Managing Director for Interrogating Justice. Danie manages the Interrogating Justice content team, creates marketing promotions, and handles day-to-day operations for the organization and an affiliated nonprofit, How to Justice. Danie works closely with justice-impacted leaders and writers to create content for both organizations.
Before helping launch both Interrogating Justice and How to Justice, Danie lived in Pennsylvania where she worked as an adjunct professor in Lackawanna College’s communications, English and sociology departments. Danie also served as the Employment Instructor for the flagship Volunteers of America Shelter to Work Program, which was created to assist women obtain employment, housing, and empowerment.
Danie later moved to North Carolina, where she worked as a freelancer, assisting with book promotion, website development, and brand launches. She later took a position as the Managing Editor for North Carolina News Daily, and later as the Content Director for Global Growth.
Danie’s work has always prioritized education and empowerment. Her previous work in higher education and nonprofits especially drew her to this project because she believes that education is at the cornerstone of reform.
Sil Silvestre is a growth hacker and serves as the Traffic Director for Interrogating Justice. He maintains the day-to-day online marketing presence of the organization. His work includes content down to organic and paid channels. Throughout his career, he has built several websites, big and small. But his passion focuses on multi-cultural work, including on the issue of justice reform.
Ronnie K. Stephens is an educator and father of six, with a strong interest in sociopolitical writing. He holds a BA in Classical Studies from the University of Arkansas, as well as an MA in Creative Writing and an MFA in Fiction from Wilkes University. Stephens is pursuing a PhD in English from the University of Texas – Arlington, where his research centers on decolonizing the curriculum and elevating underrepresented voices in American literature. The author of two poetry collections and one novel, Stephens prioritizes social justice and representation throughout his writing and teaching. He believes strongly in using his platforms to push for more equity in the classroom and in the country.
Mike Mabini is a web developer and serves in that role for Interrogating Justice. He is responsible for the development side of everything you see on the website today. Mike has worked in software development for more than a decade and has worked on projects with some of the top IT and media companies in the world. But he felt especially drawn to this project because of his family and community ties.
David Straughan is a writer and editor from Durham, North Carolina. He served as Editor of Ningbo Focus and Ningbo Guide, two English-language magazines based in Ningbo, China before moving back to Durham to turn his attention towards social and criminal justice. David then spent two years working with a prisoner at Gilmer Federal Prison Camp to co-author, edit, and design Big Love, 29655-057: Posts from Prison, a book about the author’s experiences in the criminal justice system and his life prior to incarceration. Since then, David has continued to report on economic, social and political issues for various media outlets.
Julia Vitale is a recent early graduate from University of Richmond working as a content writer for Interrogating Justice. She received two degrees with cum laude distinction: a B.A. in PPEL (Philosophy, Political Science, Economics and Law) and B.A. in English Literature.
Born and raised just outside of Los Angeles, California, her passion for social justice began with personal experiences at home. To follow through with her passion to give everyone an equal voice, she held four non-profit organization internships while in school. At those internships, she jumpstarted campaigns raising around $10 million for homeless persons, presented data for legislative bills and co-wrote speeches for advocates at the Virginia General Assembly, and implemented a brand new click bait system to reach international audiences.
Now a graduate, she strives to cut through biases and find the truth behind systems in place to end injustices others face in her professional and daily life.