Discovering Justice Staff

  • Discovering Justice Staff

Ann Gogol

Chief Operating Officer
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Luke Matys

Education Program Manager
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Kiara Batista

Courthouse Programs Associate
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Matt Wilson

Executive Director
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Victoria Suri

K-5 Curriculum Developer
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Laura Brenner

Education Program Director
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Malia Brooks

Outreach & Recruitment SENIOR Associate
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Ann GOGOL

Ann Gogol joined Discovering Justice in 2013. Prior to relocating from Oregon to the Boston area, Ann taught math, Spanish, and French to both elementary and middle school students. She also taught Legal Research and Writing to law students, and a variety of political science courses to community college students in Salem, Oregon. Outside of her experience as an educator, Ann worked as an Associate Attorney in the Business and Corporate practice area at Schwabe, Williams and Wyatt in Portland, Oregon and spent two years as a law clerk at the Oregon Court of Appeals. She earned a B.S in Business from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, as well as a J.D., cum laude, and an M.A. in Teaching from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.

Luke MATYS

Luke Matys joined Discovering Justice in October 2019. He is a graduate of St. Lawrence University, where he received a B.A. in History and Philosophy, and went on to receive his Ed.M. from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. Prior to working at Discovering Justice, Luke spent three years teaching 8th grade English and Math and 7th grade World Geography at Nativity Preparatory School of New Bedford. While there, he revitalized the school’s community service program to make after school programming more rewarding for both students and community partners. Luke has collaborated with the National Action Civics Collaborative, and is currently a content developer for Youth in Front.

Kiara Batista

Kiara Batista joined Discovering Justice in July 2022. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she earned her B.A. in Legal Studies and Portuguese with a Certificate in Translating and Interpreting for Portuguese. Prior to joining Discovering Justice, Kiara was the Program Coordinator for the Nelson & Lindsay Fellowship Programs here at the Moakley Courthouse. Kiara is really passionate about civic education, language accessibility, and legal advocacy. She is really excited to lead tours at the Moakley Courthouse, facilitate field trips, as well as put on engaging Courthouse events for the public!

Matt WILSON

For more than three decades, Matt Wilson has built and run community-based initiatives for a healthier and more vibrant Massachusetts. As a nonprofit executive, community organizer, public advocate, fundraiser, and trainer, Wilson has worked with residents to help them vision, realize, and build their capacity and power for change.
Wilson was the founding Executive Director of MASSCreative, the statewide advocacy voice for Massachusetts’ arts, cultural, and creative community. Under his direction MASSCreative grew to more than 400 organizational members with 25,000 individuals taking part in public education and advocacy actions. In his tenure, arts funding in the Commonwealth doubled and his advocacy work helped implement state policies to increase access and participation to quality arts education.
As the Director of Toxics Action Center Wilson built the organization from scratch to a New England-wide resource for hundreds of neighborhoods working to protect themselves from environmental pollution threats.
Wilson graduated from Dartmouth College and earned a Masters of Public Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Victoria Suri

Victoria Suri is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, where she earned a B.A. in elementary education and is currently working towards her M.Ed. in Curriculum Design at the University of Virginia. She is a former elementary educator with experience in social-emotional learning and inquiry-based learning. As K-5 Curriculum Developer, she will support teachers in creating meaningful and valuable learning experiences that develop knowledgeable and effective student advocates. Victoria looks forward to developing a civics curriculum for K-5 learners and teachers that will promote justice ideals and foster the spirit of student change-makers.

Laura BRENNER

Laura Brenner joined Discovering Justice in August 2019. She is a graduate of Simmons University, where she earned her B.S. in Psychology and her M.A. in Teaching, and most recently had a successful career as an elementary school teacher in Boston. Laura is an experienced educator and instructional leader who is skilled in trauma-informed teaching, social-emotional learning, and culturally relevant engaging curriculum design and teaching practices. She is passionate about helping students and teachers build their metacognition, critical thinking, leadership, self-reflection, and global awareness through rigorous and engaging educational opportunities, and sees issues around justice and civics as ideal vehicles for developing these vital skills.

Malia Brooks

Malia graduated from Whitman College with a Politics degree. She brings a varied background teaching and mentoring elementary school students in Walla Walla, WA, assisting behind the scenes of a Cambodia-based nonprofit, and guiding her peers through career advising. As an Outreach and Recruitment Senior Associate, she enjoys building connections across the Commonwealth and expanding access to Discovering Justice’s civic education programs.

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