Staff

Naomi Smoot Evans, J.D.
Executive Director
evans@juvjustice.org

Naomi oversees member relations and development, fundraising and grant management, and CJJ's initiatives in government relations, leadership development, juvenile justice reform, communications, and training and technical assistance. During her tenure at CJJ Naomi has spearheaded the organization's federal policy work and served as co-chair of the Act4JJ Coalition. She has assisted State Advisory Groups in their pursuit to build their capacity as change agents, and worked with youth members in an attempt to improve relationships between law enforcement and the communities in which they work. Prior to CJJ, Naomi represented young people in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the District of Columbia in juvenile court proceedings and special education matters. Before attending law school Naomi worked as a print journalist for nearly a decade, amassing nearly a dozen awards for her news coverage. She received her J.D. from the University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law, and her B.S. from Christopher Newport University. 

Lisa Pilnik
Senior Advisor

Lisa is a consultant to CJJ, helping lead reform efforts around homeless youth involved in the juvenile justice system, status offenses, and other juvenile justice issues. She has authored dozens of publications on child and family issues, and was one of the lead drafters of CJJ's “National Standards for the Care of Youth Charged with Status Offenses.” She is also the co-founder of Child & Family Policy Associates, a small consulting firm focused on juvenile justice, child and adolescent health, and child welfare issues. Previously she worked for the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law and Arent Fox LLP. Lisa received her J.D. and M.S. from the University of Pennsylvania and her B.A. from George Washington University.

LaToria Sheppard, DWD
Senior Associate, Communications and Training
sheppard@juvjustice.org 

Latoria is the Administrative and Communication Assistant for CJJ. With over 10 years working with our youth in and around the justice system, she is skilled and knowledgeable in areas of child development and public relations. Overseeing our social media sites and corresponding with our various members across the country, Latoria exemplifies interpersonal and organizational leadership. Latoria has previously worked as the Communication Liaison for Palmetto Behavioral Health and collaborated with colleges and universities to enhance prevention awareness strategies, methods, and techniques.  

Kristen Powell
Administrative and Youth Partnership Assistant
powell@juvjustice.org 

Kristen served as the Prosperity Coach at the Center for Combating Human Trafficking (CCHT) from May 2016 to September 2020. While at CCHT, Kristen worked to create survivor informed, survivor led services and was integral in developing programming that focused on holistic healing for victims and survivors of human trafficking. Kristen is currently a Full-time student at Wichita State University and is working to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Kristen plans on focusing her career walking  alongside and advocating for young people who have been incarcerated, experienced various forms of trauma, and or have entered different systems of care. Kristen’s passion comes from personal life experience as well as her love and heart for people who have diverse experiences. Kristen served as a member of the Emerging Leaders Committee (ELC) with the Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ) in the 2020 term. She also currently serves on the Crossover Youth Practice Model (CYPM) State Policy Team for the state of Kansas. This team focuses on policy change for youth who have been served by multiple systems such as Juvenile Offender (JO) youth and Foster Youth (CINC). Kristen was appointed to serve on the Kansas Advisory Group (KAG) on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP).  She will take part in advising on, and advocating for, juvenile justice matters for the state of Kansas.