Lorea Negroni Gillespie
Lorea Negroni Gillespie found her way to the New England Innocence Project in May of 2015, after spending 4 years as a criminal defense investigator in Memphis, Tennessee. Her dedication to finding facts is matched only by her determination to fix the cracks she sees in the criminal justice system. Now Lorea has brought her talent for sleuthing to the New England Innocence Project as our Staff Investigator. When she isn’t chasing down leads and running around looking for clues, Lorea spends her time indulging her wanderlust. She routinely manages to fit everything for two weeks of travel into a single a carry on backpack!
Communications and Operations Director
A love of writing and a passion for social justice brought Hannah to the world of wrongful conviction reform. She began her career at the Innocence Project in New York, where she worked as a Communications Associate for 3 years, helping to raise awareness about the phenomenon of wrongful convictions (and necessary reforms to the system) through exonerees' stories. Lifting the curtain on the injustices in our system -- from individual cases of wrongful conviction to much broader systemic issues -- is most important to her. Outside of NEIP, Hannah enjoys writing, exploratory vegetarian cooking, and patting other people's dogs.
Development Strategist and Director
Eve has been working in nonprofit development and communications for over five years. She has previously worked for nonprofits that work in mental health, addiction services, reproductive rights, mediation services, and clean water. Originally from New York City, Eve moved up to Massachusetts to attend Clark University, and has been exploring Boston for the past several years. When she isn't working, Eve loves to travel, but she is more often found in the kitchen or relaxing on the couch with her cat, Rex.
Pursuit of social justice is the single thread that has united Denise McWilliams’ varied career. In this pursuit Denise has relied upon litigation, legislative advocacy, organizational capacity building and communication strategies to bring justice to people living with HIV, members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities, homeless youth and women. She brought these skills to NEIP along with a love of innovation. When not tinkering with NEIP processes, Denise can be foundworking with her dogs in scent detection and agility.
After 12 years as a public defender Radha joined the New England Innocence Project bringing her litigation skills, compassion and a fierce determination to bring an end to wrongful convictions. Nationally recognized as an expert in eyewitness identification, Radha applies the lessons learned in the reform of eyewitness identification to other flawed uses of forensic sciences. She provides trainings across the country to the judiciary, the defense bar, prosecutors and law enforcement. As nearly as anyone can tell, Radha has no outside interests and just works all the time.
Elizabeth Regan comes to NEIP with 30 years of experience in law firms working as a litigation paralegal. Liz is also NEIP’s longest active staff member; having been a paralegal for Goodwin Procter LLP where NEIP was originally founded and housed. In 2008, Goodwin Procter donated half of her time to work with NEIP as our Case Director. Her hard work paid off; and in 2015 Liz became NEIP’s full-time Case Director. Before the world of ‘Big Law’, Liz was a technical editor at Raytheon. She left and went looking for non-profit experience, and found it as Manager of Blood Donor Communications at Red Cross Blood Services. Outside of NEIP, Liz devotes her time to grassroots environmental activism, working on boards to create and administer children’s outdoor programming.
Unfortunately almost everyone NEIP interacts with is under a great deal of stress. Victims, witnesses, family members and clients all struggle with the enormity of injustice and the importance of getting it right this time. Bishop, NEIP's therapy dog, does a lot to help. As many courts and criminal justice organizations have realized making a dog available takes a lot of the tension out of the conversation and allows people to focus on the information NEIP seeks. When not working, Bishop can be found chasing Frisbees, small rodents and sauntering through agility courses.