Syracuse Office Staff

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Dan Olivadoti
Employment Services Coordinator, Syracuse Office

Dan Olivadoti is the employment services coordinator for the Syracuse Office. Through the Parent Support Program, Dan provides career services to individuals who need to find employment in order to meet their child support obligations. Services includes career counseling, job search assistance, resume creation, and interviewing skills, as well as coaching to help clients maintain employment once they secure a job. Dan has an extensive experience working with individuals who face barriers to employment, including refugees, ex-offenders, persons with disabilities, and displaced homemakers. He has overseen several programs at a number of not-for-profit agencies and corporations in Central New York.

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Sarah Reckess
Director, Syracuse Office and Tribal Courts Technical Assistance

Sarah Reckess is the director of the Syracuse office and a senior associate of the Tribal Justice Exchange. Sarah provides planning and technical assistance to problem-solving courts and justice initiatives in Upstate New York, as well as planning and technical assistance to tribal communities around the U.S. Sarah has taken the lead on writing a number of tribal publications for the Center. Her areas of interest include drug courts/ healing to wellness courts, reentry courts, and juvenile justice. Before joining the Center, Sarah provided legal assistance to Legal Services of Central New York, the Onondaga Nation, and the Syracuse Medical-Legal Partnership. She also worked as the interim director of the Syracuse University Family Law and Social Policy Center. Currently she provides pro bono legal assistance to the 5th Judicial District Pro Bono-University Hospital Clinic. Sarah holds a B.A. in American Studies from Mount Holyoke College, an M.A. in Literature and Environment from the University of Nevada, Reno, and a J.D. with a concentration in Family Law and Social Policy from Syracuse University College of Law.

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Leah Russell
Senior Associate, Syracuse

Leah Russell is a senior associate with the Tribal Justice Exchange and the Syracuse Office. For the Tribal Justice Exchange, Leah works on the Tribal Access to Justice Innovation (TAJI) project. In the Syracuse Office, Leah assists with the Near Westside Peacemaking Project. Leah began her work at the Center in 2011 as the coordinator of the Syracuse English-as-a-Second-Language Program, where she provided English language instruction to Spanish-speaking participants in the Syracuse Drug Treatment Court. She partnered with the Syracuse Office to create a toolkit and ESL curriculum designed to assist other drug courts in New York State in developing effective ESL programs of their own. Leah received her Master's Degree in Latin American and Iberian Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara in 2010.

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Laura Stabile
Patient Navigator, Syracuse Office

Laura Stabile, LCSW, directs the Patient Navigator Program, which helps court-involved women who are pregnant or parenting a young child establish a "medical home" and access community resources to better their own health and the health of their children. Laura has an extensive background in maternal and infant health care issues, including many years working at Children's Hospital: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Since relocating to Syracuse, Laura has worked at Crouse Hospital in the Emergency Department, Labor and Delivery Unit, and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

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Lisa Vavonese
Deputy Director and Peacemaking Coordinator, Syracuse Office

Lisa Vavonese is the peacemaking coordinator of the Syracuse Office. Ms. Vavonese oversees the Near Westside Peacemaking Project. Prior to joining the Center, Ms. Vavonese was the director of the Reentry Clinic at the Center for Community Alternatives in Syracuse, and an Assistant Public Defender in Monroe County, New York. Ms. Vavonese also assisted refugees in Tanzania, and domestic violence survivors in Malaysia, and clerked in trial chambers at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands. Ms. Vavonese received her B.A. from Hartwick College, and her J.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School.

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