Leadership |Advisory Committee

"I don't get the need for revenge. How does it make it better?"

New Jersey resident Bill Piper,
who lost his mother to rape and murder

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NJADP Executive Committee

Sandra Manning, Esq. - Sandra Manning is chair of NJADP. She graduated from Rutgers Law School in 1985, spent four years on Wall Street at the firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore, two years as a deputy attorney general in the Law Division. She currently practices law part-time.
Janet Beddoe - A one-time drama teacher in the UK and US, Janet Beddoe is a writer and actor of two-women dramatic presentations with religious themes. Janet grew up in England in an active Socialist family where opposition to the death penalty was a given. Her personal feelings are reinforced by the terrible miscarriages of justice which ultimately led to abolition in the UK.
Abraham J. Bonowitz - serves as Field Manager with New Jerseyans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. Currently Abe is on sabbatical from his role as director of Citizens United for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, a national non-profit organization that promotes positive dialogue regarding capital punishment and invigorated tactical grassroots activism by the global death penalty abolition movement. Bonowitz gained first hand knowledge of the death penalty by working in the death penalty section of the Ohio Public Defender Commission, with murder victims' family members, and with death row inmates. He appears briefly in the film "Dead Man Walking" and has worked closely on several projects with author and spiritual advisor Helen Prejean, CSJ. Bonowitz is a long-time activist with Amnesty International (AIUSA), including four years as a member of the Board of Directors of AIUSA. He is a former member of the board of directors of the Journey of Hope ...From Violence to Healing, Inc., an organization led by murder victim family members and also a former member of the board of directors of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (NCADP) (2004-2008). In 2004, he received NCADP's annual Abolitionist of the Year Award, a national award. In early 2008 he will join the staff of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.
Rev. Bruce H. Davidson - The Rev. Bruce H. Davidson is Director of the Lutheran Office of Governmental Ministry in New Jersey. With offices in Trenton, The Lutheran Office focuses on interpretting official positions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to members of the state government, and on teaching advocacy skills in local congregations. The ELCA and its predecessor bodies have had strong anti-death penalty statements since 1968, and therefore this becomes a major focus of our work. Pastor Davidson has been a pastor for 28 years and has served congregations in Wildwood, Teaneck, and Summit, New Jersey. He is a resident of Delaware Township.
Raymond Deeney, Esq. - East Brunswick
Celeste Fitzgerald - Celeste Fitzgerald, program director of NJADP, has extensive experience in the death penalty abolition/moratorium movement. Ms. Fitzgerald was NJADP's chairperson from its founding in 1999 until 2001, when she joined the staff of Equal Justice USA, a national organization that assists state moratorium campaigns. While with Equal Justice USA, Ms. Fitzgerald coordinated NJADP's 2002-2003 study bill campaign. NJADP's full time program director since January 2004, she coordinates a team of organizers, interns, and media, legal, and political professionals who join the committed network of NJADP volunteers and allied organizations in this campaign. Under Ms. Fitzgerald's leadership, NJADP successfully lobbied for passage of the nation's first legislatively imposed moratorium on executions. The legislation, which also created a study commission to examine all aspect of New Jersey's death penalty, was signed into law by Governor Richard Codey on January 12, 2006.
Angel Fuentes - Angel Fuentes is president of City Council in Camden, New Jersey. He led the effort to make Camden the state's first large city to pass a Resolution calling for an moratorium and investigation of the state’s death penalty system. A strong opponent of crime and violence, the Citizen Public Safety Council, the Ethics and Municipal Human Relations Commissions, and a unique 10-Point Strategy for increasing accountability and responsiveness in City Government were affected under his leadership. Council President Fuentes serves on the Strategic Planning Committee for the U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute and is a director of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO).
Judge John J. Gibbons - Judge Gibbons is the Director of Gibbons DelDeo Dolan Griffinger & Vecchione and a former Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Judge Gibbons is also a former Richard J. Hughes Professor of Constitutional Law, Seton Hall University School of Law and a former President of the New Jersey State Bar Association.
John Goodwin - John Goodwin serves as Co-Chairperson of the Greater New Jersey Area United Methodist Church Task Force to Abolish the Death Penalty. He is a lay member at large of the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church where he serves on the Conference Board of Church and Society and is Co-Chairperson of the NJ chapter of the Methodist Federation for Social Action. A Concerned Photojournalist by profession, Mr. Goodwin's photographic social activism has included images seeking to end racism, sexism, the war in Vietnam, and other social injustices, as well as images portraying the worldwide programs of The United Methodist Church and Church World Service. He lives in Demarest, Bergen County.
Eddie Hicks - Eddie Hicks and his wife of more than 30 years, Karen, live in Galloway Twp. They have three adult children. Their oldest daughter was murdered on May 29, 2000 at the age of 26. Eddie and Karen also have 6 grandchildren. Eddie retired from the Atlantic City Fire department April 2002, after 25 years of service. Prior to the Fire Service, he was enlisted in the US Marine Corps during the Viet Nam war era. He is a Past President of the Atlantic City Chapter of the International Association of Black Professional Firefighters. With Lorry Post, Eddie volunteers in a New Jersey Department of Corrections program called Focus on the Victim, through which the two men visit state prisons to speak to the incarcerated about the impact of violence on families and the community. Eddie was appointed by Governor Corzine to serve as one of 13 members of the New Jersey Death Penalty Study Commission, which submitted its final report on Janurary 2, 2007.
Matthew B. Johnson, Ph.D. - Dr. Johnson is an Associate Professor of Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice-CUNY. Dr. Johnson is a member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, the American Psychology-Law Society, the New Jersey Chapter of the Association of Black Psychologists, Amnesty International, as well as other professional organizations, and civil and human rights groups. Dr. Johnson has a consulting and clinical practice in West Orange, NJ and resides with his wife and children in South Orange, NJ.
Ed Martone - Ed Martone is the Director of Public Education and Policy for the New Jersey Association on Correction and also serves as Chair of North Jersey Community Research Initiative (an HIV/AIDS service provider). Ed is the former Executive Director of the ACLU-NJ and a former Mayor and Councilman in North Arlington (Bergen Co.) New Jersey.
Bill Piper - Bill Piper and his wife, Molly Weigel, opposed the death penalty for the man who murdered Bill's mother in Pennsylvania in 1999. While the man was ultimately sentenced to life in prison without parole, Bill's experience with the process led him to understand the many negative impacts of capital punishment on victims' family members, and solidified his long held opposition to the death penalty. He is a freelance business language consultant and English teacher living in Pennington, NJ with Molly and his son, Hank.
Lorry W. Post, Esq. - Mr. Post is a retired Legal Services attorney who has devoted the last six years of his life to the abolition of the death penalty. He does this work, along with his wife, June, in memory of and in honor of his murdered daughter, Lisa, stabbed to death by her husband in Georgia in 1988. Mr. Post is the former Executive Director of NJDPM and is also a co-facilitator, along with his wife, of Murder Victims Families for Reconciliation, NJ branch, and co- facilitator of Amnesty International's NJ efforts to end the death penalty in this state and in the United States.
Jean Ross, Esq. - Jean Ross is a lawyer who has spent most of her life working in human service agencies and for local, statewide and international peace and justice organizations. Most recently, she worked in the Public Defender's Division of Mental Health and Guardianship Advocacy representing psychiatric hospital patients. Her current community service efforts focus on racial justice, abolition of the death penalty and systemic issues in the mental health system.
Fr. Bob Schulze - Father Bob Schulze, a priest in the Trenton Diocese since 1969, was the Chaplain and Chaplain Administrator with the Federal Bureau of Prisons 1976-1996. Since 1997, Father Bob has served as Director of the Office of Jail and Prison Ministry for the Trenton Diocese and part-time chaplain with the New Jersey Department of Corrections. Father Bob has also served as President of the American Catholic Chaplains Association since 2001.
Lois Teer Seeligsohn - Lois Teer Seeligsohn is president of Word Association, a public relations consulting firm. A widely published writer and editor, she has decades of experience in grassroots organizing and media and community relations, which she integrates into her work as an outspoken advocate for peace, justice and human rights.
David Shepard - David Shepard, of Newark, was wrongfully convicted of rape and spent 10 years in prison before DNA testing proved his innocence. David has been speaking about his experience in schools and other venues.
Eric Wachter - Eric Wachter, of Palmyra, has been inspired to work towards the abolition of the death penalty since his senior year of college. He researched the death penalty for his political science senior thesis on the inherent racism of the death penalty in the United States, and Sr. Helen Prejean delivered a moving speech at his commencement ceremony from the University of Notre Dame. A native of Repaupo, N.J., Wachter also received a master's degree in nonprofit administration from Notre Dame while working in the athletic department's media relations office.
Kevin D. Walsh, Esq. - Kevin D. Walsh is the Chair of the Legal Committee of NJDPM. He clerked for the Honorable Gary S. Stein, Associate Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court. As an attorney in South Jersey, Kevin works on affordable housing issues.

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