Our Board

  • Dr. Robert Paradise, Ph.D. — Chairman 02-21-2012 - 03/15/2016 and 04/19/2017 to the Present.  We are pleased to announce that founding member Dr. Robert Paradise has once again agreed to serve as Chairman of Citizens for Criminal Justice Reform beginning on April 19, 2017. 

    During the fiscal year 2016-2017 the position of chair was in the capable hands of Attorney Michael Sheehan who will now pick up the mantle of vice-chairman.  We thank Mike for his ongoing dedication and for providing his legal knowledge and expertise to everything we do.

    Dr. Paradise began his volunteer service as our first vice-chairman from January 2011 to February 21, 2012 alongside of Chris Dornin as founding chairman.  Paradise then served four years as chairman from February 2012 until March 2016 when he voluntarily stepped down as chair in order to take a much deserved break. He continued to serve as a board member. 

    The last twelve months has been anything but a respite or sabbatical.  Dr. Paradise  suffered the loss of his only child Elizabeth in a tragic car accident, and medically he required the implantation of a pacemaker.  Elizabeth was 31 years old and the mother of his two precious grandchildren.  Along with his wife of 43 years they now care full-time for their grandson and part-time for their granddaughter. In the midst of these life-changing events Dr. Paradise has graciously volunteered to step back into a leadership role for CCJR.

    Dr. Paradise is an ordained minister and a retired Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor with a Bachelor Degree in Theology, a Masters in Counseling, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Counseling. He is also a Licensed Temperament Therapist, and holds Board Certification in Abuse and Crisis Therapy, and as a Temperament Instructor. He is a Charter Member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, a Professional Clinical Member of the National Christian Counselors Association, and is a Diplomat with the National Board of Christian Clinical Therapists, of Sarasota, Florida.

    The concepts of redemption and forgiveness are beliefs that most American’s tout, however societal practices as well as those who have been touched by the criminal justice system often speak a different tune. As a recipient of grace Dr. Paradise has a compassionate heart for those who have experienced failure and the men, women and families who have been affected by the criminal justice system.  Good people do bad things but Dr. Bob believes that every person is worthy of forgiveness and with a transformation of heart and mind anyone can change.  The past does not have to dictate the future!

    Rehabilitation and support are key to this process. The simple truth is that the best practices in education, training, rehabilitative programs, therapy and parole all help protect the community.  Paradise believes that New Hampshire needs to make that kind of investment as a wise use of resources. At CCJR we support rational, cost effective programs and policies that reduce crime and slow the revolving door back into prison.  Rehabilitative programs along with needed therapy provide offenders a better chance to succeed, which in turn make our society safer. (Dr. Bob was a Founding Member of CCJR in October of 2010)

  • Attorney Michael Sheehan, Esq. — Vice Chairman. Mike has been a trial lawyer in Concord, New Hampshire for almost twenty-five years, focusing on civil rights litigation, criminal defense, and post-conviction issues. Mike has completed dozens of jury trials, appealed many cases to the New Hampshire Supreme Court, the First Circuit Court of Appeals, and once to the United States Supreme Court, and regularly appears before the superior and district courts and several administrative bodies throughout the state.  Mike serves as the Vice Chairman and is a member of the Editorial Committee and the Litigation Planning Committee. (*Founding Member of CCJR.)
  • Jeremy J. Olson, Board Secretary, Research Committee Chairman, Webmaster. Jeremy is an information technology professional specializing in security and privacy and the owner of EPRCI, a small web-hosting, IT consulting, and web-development business in Manchester. Jeremy is a former Research Director of the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance and their current IT Committee Chairman, a member and former president of the Canaan Lions Club, and has formerly served as a Trustee of the Trust Funds and a Planning Board Alternate for the Town of Grafton, NH. Jeremy has been a volunteer with a variety of other liberty activist groups and causes in New Hampshire since 2007. (Founding Member of CCJR.)
  • Sharon Drolet, Treasurer Sharon has a B.S. in accounting and has worked as an audit manager, auditing non-profit Home Health and Hospice agencies for the past 27 years. Sharon is currently the Administrator of a non-profit Home Health Agency in Nashua, NH. Recently encountering first hand experience with the prison system Sharon sees the importance of educating the public regarding shortfalls in programs allowing the rehabilitation of those incarcerated and how those shortfalls impact re-entry of the incarcerated into society. Sharon is the Treasurer and chairs the Financial Committee.
  • Chris Dornin, Founder, Public Relations Chairman Chris is a former correctional counselor, a retired N.H. State House reporter, and the founder and first Chairman (2011–2012) of Citizens for Criminal Justice Reform. He has won 22 press association awards and a NH Arts Council fellowship in poetry. Chris serves as the chair of our Legislative Committee and is a member of the Editorial Board.
  • Sandra McGonagle, CAGS. Sandra is a retired educator/consultant with 35 years in education in the New Hampshire school system. She earned her Master’s Degree in Education at Antioch New England and C.A.G.S. (Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies) from Plymouth State University. She is a resident of Gilford, NH and serves her community on various boards and commissions. She is a member of the Governor’s Advisory Board to DCYF. Sandra serves on our Membership Committee and is a member of the Editorial and Finance Committees.
  • Thomas Adams After 39 years employment with the NEA-NH, an education association, Thomas Adams retired and enrolled in the NH Institute of Art, where in 2011 he established a photographic archive. As a social justice advocate, Adams helped found the Manchester Alliance for the Advancement of Hispanic Americans, and the Coalition of Organized Public Employees. Adams is a graduate of UNH and the Harvard Trade Union at the Harvard Law School. Adams is also a consultant of fine art photography. Tom is our Communications Secretary and a member of the Legislative Committee.
  • Richard E. Mori Richard is a graduate from Holy Apostles College, with a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy. Richard is a life long advocate for peace and justice; has worked in both the private and public sector, and see's criminal justice issues as the single most pressing concern in the local community. Richard is our NARSOL Liaison and a member of the Legislative Planning Committee and the Social Planning and Events Committee.
  • Raymond Ellsworth, Membership Secretary Raymond majored in English at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst.  He worked twelve years in the guidance department for Granite State High School.
  • Melody M. Bourgeois RN — Melody has an Associate’s Degree in Nursing and has worked as a Registered Nurse for the past 22 years in several different health care settings i.e., Long Term Care, Skilled Care, and Acute Care.  Melody’s passion to serve the sick and underserved in her community led her to become a nurse and an active volunteer for her church.  She has served in a voluntary role as the secretary/treasurer at her church for 10 years, was a facilitator of a weekly Women’s Bible Study group and participated in the financial planning and implementation of community outreach programs in the Greater Manchester area.  Melody has recently experienced firsthand how broken our judicial and prison systems are and how they fail to rehabilitate and restore the incarcerated.   She feels “true reform” cannot occur until we as a society are willing to have the “tough conversations” that lead to healing and restoration, not shaming and demoralization.  She recognizes the significant role the Church and Community Organizations can play in changing the “cultural norms” of how we view and treat the incarcerated through education, rehabilitation, research, litigation, advocacy and conversation.  Melody serves on our Social Planning and Events Committee and our Litigation Planning Committee.
  • Leann DeHart Leann has a BA in English; and a Masters Degree in Pastoral Ministry. She is a veteran of the cold war era who served as a linguist for the Army Security Agency.  Leann is also a member of the Veterans for Peace.  She is a long time artist and writer and has been active in prison ministry, education and blogging about prison/prisoner issues. Leann is a passionate supporter for justice and prison reform and has been a tireless advocate for her son whom she believes has been unjustly incarcerated as a whistleblower. Leann serves on our Social Planning and Events Committee, the Public Relations Committee and is a member of the Litigation Planning Committee.