Staff


Lorea Negroni Gillespie
Staff Investigator

 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!

Kenn Jones
Operations Coordinator

 

Kenn Jones comes to NEIP as a 2009 graduate from Northeastern University, with a degree in Philosophy and a minor in Psychology. By day, he is NEIP’s “man behind the scenes”, helping the organization with their day-to-day operations. By night, he is a coach for the football team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Yes, they play football there! Who knew?!). While he does not have a background in the legal community, he brings a history of helping small organizations grow, and a strong desire to give back to his community as a native New Englander.

Denise McWilliams
Executive Director

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 found  working with her dogs in scent detection and agility.

Radha Natarajan
Staff Attorney

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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
Case Director

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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.

Bishop

Staff Therapist

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.