Staff and Volunteers

Christin Cullen

Chief Executive Officer

Christin has served in an executive leadership capacity in the human justice sector for over a decade. Prior to joining JHSO, Christin led the establishment of a JHS local office in a new community, gaining practical experience in organizational design, client-centred care, evidence-based program development, community partnerships, operational oversight and corporate governance. Christin holds a BA (Hons) in Criminal Justice and Public Policy from The University of Guelph and a Master of Laws in Criminal Law and Procedure from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University. In 2020, she was the recipient of the JHS John Bilton Award of Excellence, recognizing her dedication, evidence-led practices, outstanding leadership, and commitment to the collective good.

Maureen Zuniga

Director of HR & Administration

Maureen is an experienced HR professional with a comprehensive background in human resources management. With over 15 years of dedicated service at JHSO, she has managed and overseen a range of HR processes and activities, including the efficient administration and management of the group benefit program and pension plan across JHS in Ontario. Maureen holds a Business Administration-Human Resources diploma at Seneca College and earned advanced certifications in Human Resources and Pension Law from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University.

Reza Ahmadi

Director of Research & Evaluation

Reza is a seasoned professional, with over a decade of experience in managing complex research and evaluation projects. He is skilled in quantitative and qualitative methodologies, performance measurement and quality assurance. Reza’s collaborative approach involves crafting customized evaluation frameworks in partnership with community stakeholders. Beyond the data, Reza’s passion lies in transforming research into engaging content through visual media. As an Adjunct Professor at McMaster University and a key contributor to its Community Research Platform, Reza bridges academic rigor with community engagement. With a B.A. from York University, an M.A. from the University of Toronto, and a Research Analyst Postgraduate certificate from Humber College, Reza blends academic excellence with hands-on experience, to meet the research and evaluation needs of JHSO.

Jacqueline Tasca

Director of Partnerships & Strategic Initiatives

Jacqueline brings over a decade of strategic leadership experience in the development and coordination of criminal justice policy and legal reform at senior levels in provincial government and the non-profit sector. Serving most recently as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services and the Attorney General, Jacqueline led reforms to Ontario’s bail system, correctional institutions, and criminal law. Jacqueline has a strong understanding of government decision-making and legislative processes and is passionate about building relationships with stakeholders across sectors. Jacqueline previously led successful public education initiatives, presented at conferences and before Legislative committees, and acted as media spokesperson for JHSO. She has also authored a number of reports, submissions and media articles on issues such as police record checks, bail and the criminalization of mental health issues. Jacqueline received her B.A. and M.A. in Criminology from the University of Toronto. During her graduate studies, she focused on public policy and politics around crime and criminal justice in Canada, as well as gender and crime.

Safiyah Husein

Director of Policy

Safiyah has a BSc in Psychology from York University and a JD from the University of Windsor Faculty of Law. She completed her articles at the Office of the Ontario Ombudsman and was called to the Ontario Bar in June 2018. Prior to law school, Safiyah cut her teeth in policy and advocacy work at York University’s students union, where she engaged with government and university administration on issues involving students and marginalized communities including lobbying for accessible post-secondary education and combatting sexual violence and discrimination on campus. Safiyah has represented clients on criminal law files at Community Legal Aid in Windsor, worked on corrections issues at the Ontario Ombudsman’s office and conducted research on youth bail and the over-representation of Indigenous people in the criminal justice system. She strives to promote and protect the rights of marginalized and vulnerable populations through policy reform to address systemic inequities.

Meaghan Costa

Research & Evaluation Specialist

Meaghan joined the Centre of Research & Policy in 2019 and is involved in the evaluation of a variety of local office programs, and provides support to current research projects. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from McMaster University and an M.A. in Criminology & Sociolegal studies from the University of Toronto. During her graduate studies, she focused her research on the policies surrounding the Ontario bail system and assisted in the coordination of a panel discussion involving key stakeholders on bail reform. Meaghan was previously a volunteer at the Centre.

Aileen Simon

Education & Strategic Initiatives Coordinator

Aileen holds a BSocSc in Political Science, a JD from Western University, and an MSc in Policy Studies from the University of Edinburgh. Aileen works to translate the Centre’s research and policy work into engaging and interactive educational materials, tools and content. Since joining JHSO, she has built an innovative civil legal training program aimed at frontline staff who serve justice-involved clients at social services agencies in Ontario. She has also played an active role in the Centre’s employment portfolio, working with various stakeholders on unlocking opportunities for job seekers with criminal records. Aileen has been the lead on creating, designing and publishing educational tools and content for employers, HR managers, and frontline staff on justice-involved job seekers, gaining insights into the practical challenges and barriers to hiring and tackling the myths and misconceptions of fair chance hiring.

Hannah Cook

Research & Evaluation Analyst

Hannah joined the Centre of Research & Policy in 2020 and is involved in the evaluation of a variety of local office programs and provides support to current research projects. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Research Analyst Post-Graduate Certificate from Humber College. During her post-graduate studies, she focused her research on the policies surrounding drug related harm-reduction throughout various jurisdictions. Hannah was previously an intern at the Centre.

Bradley Marr

Director of Finance

Bradley has 30 years’ experience as an Accountant and 12 years of senior management experience in the charity non-profit sector. He holds a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA) accounting designation. He also holds a Bachelor of Commerce Accounting Degree from Toronto Metropolitan University and Business Administration Accounting Co-op Diploma from Sheridan College. Bradley has a passion for teaching and has taught many business courses at Sheridan College, Calgary Board of Education and Mount Royal University.

Capryce Taylor

Junior Policy Analyst

Bio coming soon…

Alysha McDonald

Mitacs Fellow

Alysha is a Mitacs Accelerate fellow and Ph.D. Candidate at McMaster University. She holds a B.A. in Social Psychology from McMaster University and an M.A. in Criminology and Sociolegal Studies from the University of Toronto. Alysha has been an intern with the Centre of Research and Policy since 2022 where she supported research and evaluation projects focused on the continuity of healthcare during reintegration and street level violence among at risk youth. Her current research explores people’s lived experiences transitioning from incarceration to the community with a particular focus on the role of identity, social networks, and belonging during this transition.