Meet Our Team
Founding Executive Director
With a background in technology, public administration, and project management, Joyce Raby managed the Technology Initiative Grants program (www.tig.lsc.gov) for the Legal Services Corporation for 8 years and is the 2009 recipient of the Innovations in Equal Justice Award presented at the ABA/NLADA Equal Justice Conference for her work with technology and legal services programs. Joyce has an MPA from American University in Washington DC and is PMP certified through the Project Management Institute.
She brings more than 16 years of administrative and management experience as well as strong computer and organizational skills. Leona received an Associate of Arts in Business from University of Phoenix and is currently working toward her Bachelor’s in Sociology from Thomas Edison State University.
Emily has worked in grants and development for over 6 years. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and studied public administration in graduate school at Florida Gulf Coast University. She earned her master’s degree in 2014 which was concentrated in grant writing and management. She has worked in grant administration roles for local governments and nonprofits in the Tampa Bay area. Emily is also a registered yoga teacher.
When she’s not managing grants or fundraising, she enjoys practicing yoga, running, rock climbing, weight training, and playing with her dogs.
Heather recently graduated summa cum laude from the University of Texas A&M with a BA in International Studies and a minor in Japanese. She loves to travel and has been to many different countries around the world. After high school, she lived in New Zealand working as an au pair for four children on a 300 cow dairy farm. In college, she studied abroad for a semester in Osaka, Japan, while living with and working for a local family for five months. Through her varied international experiences, she has grown her networking and communication skills and has also developed a knack for problem solving. Heather is a people person and is excited to have the opportunity to serve and impact the people of Florida through her work with FJTC.
Heather grew up in Austin, Texas but recently moved to Centennial, Colorado where she is enjoying the cooler weather and plethora of flowers. She loves reading, biking and all forms of cooking, especially making her own sourdough bread and yogurt whenever she has time.
Community Engagement Manager
Alison has a BA from Florida State University in Humanities, a law degree from Florida State University College of Law, and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of North Florida. Alison began her career and spent several years as a criminal defense attorney with the Office of the Public Defender in Jacksonville, Florida. In 2009 she went to work at Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc., serving as the co-manager of their Fair Housing Unit and then later as the Director of Advocacy for the firm. Alison also enjoyed teaching several classes as an adjunct at Flagler College in St. Augustine. She currently lives in Tallahassee, Florida, and volunteers with Literacy Volunteers of Leon County in her free time.
Jacqui Olkin is a user experience consultant, user researcher, and information architect with 20+ years of experience serving mission-driven organizations, technology companies, and government entities. Jacqui earned a bachelor’s degree with honors from Brown University, and a master’s degree from Boston University. She is a runner and a devoted fan of the Washington Nationals baseball team.
Sam is a Tampa lawyer who decided to teach himself to code, because he believes that technology can help bridge the access-to-justice gap. He’s currently pursuing his PMP designation and will be working with Joseph to develop and manage software tools.
Sam was a Fastcase 50 recipient in 2017, and has been a guest on the Lawyerist Podcast to talk about his work. The ABA Journal profiled his LegalOptics startup in October of 2017 and he’s also written a good bit for Lawyerist about legal technology and small firm practice
Analysis and Data Lead
Brandon is FJTC’s newest developer. He brings more than 16 years of business analysis, analytics, and solution architecting experience to the team. Brandon views projects as a puzzle to be solved and believes any issue can be resolved using creative thinking and problem solving. He lives in Castle Rock, Colorado, with his wife and 6-year old son.
Brandon is a self-proclaimed computer and technical geek, and enjoys collecting movies and video games as hobbies. He’s also a big Broncos and Spurs fan.
Legal Content Manager
Jessica is our new Legal Content Manager for Florida Law Help. She has an extensive background in child advocacy, having represented hundreds of children in dependency proceedings while at the Maryland Legal Aid. As Assistant Director for Children’s Rights, Jessica focused on appellate practice and systemic advocacy. She later joined the Baltimore City Department of Social Services and managed the Ready by 21 initiative created to improve outcomes for teens.
Jessica was awarded the Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award for the Sixth Judicial Circuit for her pro bono work with children and youth throughout Florida and was named as an Honorary Guardian ad Litem by the Florida Guardian ad Litem Program. She was also recognized as Florida’s Children First’s Tampa Bay Area Child Advocate of the Year.
Jessica just recently returned from Yemen where she was doing international aid work. She now lives in Denver and is happy to be back in the U.S., working to improve access to justice.
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