Meet Our Team

Joyce Raby

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.

Leona Hildreth

Executive Assistant

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.

 

Jessica Rae

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.

 

 

 

Brandon Thomas

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.

 

 

Heather Hadd

Administrative Coordinator

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.

 

 

Craig Sims

Developer

Craig brings more than two decades’ experience as a full-stack web developer for a variety of organizations. His first online endeavor was a partnership with the NY Times Regional Newsgroup in the mid-90s to offer online subscriptions for digital sports content.

He spent nearly two decades working for Morris Communications as a senior developer, team leader, and, ultimately, Director of Mobile and Digital. During this time, he developed custom digital solutions that powered digital content management and presentation, including for several notable and newsworthy events like live election results, live hurricane coverage, The Daytona 500, The Masters, The Players Championship, and countless others.

He also has years of experience in digital advertising and e-commerce, having worked with companies large and small to improve their online offerings.

Craig is a graduate of the University of Florida and resides in Tampa Bay. He enjoys playing music, cheering on the Gators, and watching sunsets on the beach.

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