Faculty Partners

Carla Barrett has served as the Academic Director of the Prison-to-College Pipeline (P2CP) program since August 2019. Carla’s early interests in the challenges faced by urban youth led her to investigate the ways in which urban young people encounter structures of social control, namely juvenile and criminal justice systems. Her early research focused on the criminal prosecution of adolescents in New York City. This lead to an exploration of the efficacy of Alternative to Incarceration programs and problem-solving courts. Carla continues to be interested in the ways youth are criminalized and the impact of criminal justice policies on court-involved youth, particularly young men of color. Carla is a fierce advocate for reform of juvenile and criminal justice policies and practices, and for practices that help 'humanize' justice systems. Carla has always been interested in the "law in action" and in how court workers go about the day to day application of law within criminal court case processing and how they explain what they do. Recently, Carla has been focusing her case processing research on mass misdemeanors, specifically misdemeanor adjudication and plea bargaining.
Anissa Hélie is an history instructor in the Prison-to-College Pipeline. Raised in Algiers, Algeria, Anissa holds two M.A.s, from France and the Netherlands, and obtained her doctorate from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris (E.H.E.S.S), with a research focusing on the history of female educational staff in Algeria during French colonization (1874-1949).

Before joining the faculty at John Jay in 2008, Anissa held both research and teaching positions at Amherst College (M.A.), Mount Holyoke College and other surrounding colleges from 2005 to 2008. Prior to that, Anissa focused primarily on human rights work, notably serving in various capacities in the International Network Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML), including as the Executive Director of its International Coordination Office in London, U.K., from 2000 to 2005; as well as: Program Coordinator at the Center for Women's Global Leadership, Rutgers University (N.J., 1997-2000); legal researcher for the International Women's Human Rights Law Clinic (CUNY, New York, 1998-1999); Deputy Director for the Women's Research and Action Group, (Bombay, India, 1996).

Anissa speaks internationally on issues of Islam, gender and sexuality, religious fundamentalisms, and wars and conflicts.

Anissa has served on the boards of various non-governmental organizations and journals, including: Women's Caucus for Gender Justice at the International Criminal Court (2002-2003), Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights (2002-2012), Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights (2005-2012), and as a member of the Advisory Editorial Board of the Reproductive Health Matters journal(2005-2016). She currently serves on Women's Living Under Muslim Laws's Publications Committee.
Richard Hoehler is a communications and theatre arts professor in the Prison-to-College Pipeline. Richard has created four solo shows (Working Class, Human Resources, New Jersey/New York and I of the Storm) and received the OOBR Award for Best Solo Performance. In 2009 his play, Fathers & Sons, premiered Off Broadway. Other stage appearances include Rounding Third, K2, Kalighat, True West, Cries for Peace, The Rubber Room, Inadmissible, Day of the Dad and HAIR (55+). Television: NYPD Blue, Law and Order, Criminal Intent, As The World Turns, One Life to Live, Third Watch, and The Black Box. His newest piece, “E,” described as a live memoir, was featured at the Cornelia Street Café, Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, and The Commons in Brooklyn. Two new plays, MARS and REGULAR, NO SUGAR are in development and he recently directed I NEVER SANG FOR MY FATHER at the Chain Theatre in New York. Richard leads writing workshops all over New York City and is the founder of Acting Out, an acting class designed for at-risk youth and the incarcerated.

For nine years Richard has led the Theatre Workshop at Otisville State Prison. His play, FATHERS AND SONS was staged at the prison last July and will be performed at HB Studio in December 2020 cast with formerly incarcerated actors now studying with Richard at HB. Richard is a member of National Alliance of Acting Teachers, a member of the Dramatists Guild and an adjunct professor of Theatre at John Jay College.
Charlene Floyd is a history and political science instructor in the Prison-to-College Pipeline. Charlene completed her Ph.D. in Political Science at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her research interest in religion and politics has taken her to the mountains of Chiapas, Mexico, where she studied the role of the Catholic Church in the process of democratization, and closer to home including the suburbs of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Dallas, Texas, and the streets of Brooklyn, New York, where she considered the connection between faith and politics in contemporary American Protestantism. Charlene taught in the doctoral program at New York Theological Seminary, has been privileged to teach political science at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, and in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at Baruch College.
Rosa Castillo Krewson, PhD, is the faculty advisor for the Tow Policy Advocacy Fellowship. In 2019, Rosa graduated with a PhD in Public Administration and Public Affairs from the Center for Public Administration and Policy at Virginia Tech's School of Public and International Affairs. For her dissertation, she examined how student veterans are a new phenomenon in higher education and public policy. Specifically, she looked at how this population of students, along with their allies, participate in the policy-making process and how individual veterans interpret and act upon policy changes. Further, she took her time as a doctoral student to learn how to view issues through a social equity lens, utilizing theories of social construction and policy feedback with interpretivist methods. This approach allows her to examine a wide variety of issues in public and nonprofit management, leadership of public-private partnerships, program management and evaluation, and policy-making. Rosa is pursuing a career in academic to have a positive impact on students seeking to become the next generation of political and public service leaders.
Dr. Bukky Kolawole is an instructor in the Institute's Navigator Certificate in Human Services and Community Justice. Dr. Bukky is a licensed clinical psychologist and completed her doctoral internship in clinical psychology at New York City’s renowned Bellevue Hospital. She received her doctoral degree (PsyD) in clinical psychology from Long Island University, Post Campus. She specializes in providing couple’s therapy and pre-marital counseling for all couples, including those in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) community.

Dr. Bukky’s clinical and research interests include the development and assessment of experiential learning events for the enhancement of intimate relationships; the application of Motivational Interviewing approaches in teacher consultation; and the application of Emotionally Focused Therapy with same-sex couples and polyamorous partners. She is a current member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), International Center of Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT), New York Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy (NYCEFT) and the American Psychological Association (APA).

Dr. Bukky also maintains a voluntary faculty appointment at New York University Langone Medical Center’s Department of Population Health. Dr. Bukky is the founder of Dr. Bukky & Associates (now known as Relationship HQ).
Dr. Laurie Leitchis an instructor in the Institute's Navigator Certificate in Human Services and Community Justice. Laurie has been a practicing psychotherapist, clinical trainer, consultant, social entrepreneur, and researcher for over 25 years. She co-founded and co-directed Threshold GlobalWorks, LLC (TGW) with Brigadier General (Ret.) Loree Sutton, MD. until September 2, 2014 at which point she assumed the sole Directorship as Sutton was appointed Commissioner in the Mayor's Office of Veteran's Affairs in New York City by Mayor Bill DeBlasio.

Laurie currently serves on Advisory Boards for Fountain House/VetClub NYC, Homeward Bound Adirondacks, the Resource Innovation Group Climate Change Initiative, Second Response, and Shining Service Worldwide. Her work has been reported in a variety of US and international newspapers, she has numerous radio and podcast interviews, and appears in the documentary film “Justice Denied,” a film on male military sexual abuse that was nominated for several awards.
Jessica Gordon Nembhard is an Africana studies professor with the Prison-to-College Pipeline. Jessica is a professor of Community Justice and Social Economic Development in the Department of Africana Studies at John Jay College, where she is also Director of the McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program. She is an affiliate scholar at the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada, where she is co-investigator for the “Measuring the Impact of Credit Unions,” Community and University Research Partnerships (CURA) project; and an affiliate scholar with the Economics Department’s Center on Race and Wealth at Howard University.

Jessica earned a Ph.D. and an M.A. in economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (1992 and 1989, respectively). She earned her B.A. degree, magna cum laude, in Literature and African American Studies from Yale University (1978); and an M.A.T. in Elementary Curriculum and Teaching from Howard University (1982).
Leigh Sugar is a writing instructor in the Navigator Certificate in Human Services and Community Justice. Leigh holds an MFA in poetry from New York University, where she facilitated free creative writing workshops for war veterans as a 2017/2018 Veteran Writers Fellow. She is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree with specializations in Criminal Justice Policy/Administration and Organizational Management and Operation at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She completed undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan, from which she graduated with high honors and earned a Hopwood Writing Award for a nonfiction manuscript.