Discovering Justice Staff

  • Discovering Justice Staff

Ann Gogol

Chief Operating Officer
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Luke Matys

Education Program Manager
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Ana Ali

Advocacy Fellow
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Taylor Provencher Ganti

Topics Program Fellow
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Henry Schunk

Courthouse Programs Manager
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Matt Wilson

Executive Director
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Malia Brooks

Outreach & Recruitment Associate
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Caleigh Donahue

K-5 Programs Fellow
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Laura Brenner

Education Program Director
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Callen Creeden

Development & Administrative Assc.
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Hulda Flores

Programs Intern
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Heena Kumar

Mock Appeal Fellow
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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.

Ana Ali

Ana is a recent graduate of Mount Holyoke College with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Education, with a minor in Politics. Ana has spent the last few years working with MOVE, an organization that seeks to empower young women to create social change through the development of their self confidence and leadership skills. Ana is planning on applying to law school to pursue her career interests, which include immigration rights/policy, women’s rights, increasing access to education, and promoting diversity and inclusion through advocacy for marginalized groups. She will be working with Executive Director Matt Wilson as the Discovering Justice’s first Organizing and Advocacy Fellow in conjunction with the Massachusetts Civic Learning Coalition to increase the Commonwealth’s investment in civic education.

Taylor Provencher Ganti

Taylor comes to Discovering Justice as a former classroom teacher from Florida. She is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi where she received a B.A. in political science and went on to earn an M.A.E. in social studies education from the University of Florida. Prior to Discovering Justice, Taylor spent four years in the classroom teaching 9th grade geography, 6th and 7th grade reading, and an elective research course for middle schoolers focused on social justice themes. Her passions lie in building curriculum revolving around project-based learning, communication skills, and critical thinking exercises. She looks forward to working with the Topics Program to help engage young learners in developing their voices as future civic leaders.

Henry SCHUNK

Henry Schunk joined Discovering Justice in October 2019. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia, where he earned his B.A. in Political Science and History.Prior to relocating to Boston from Atlanta, Henry worked resettling refugees from conflict and crisis areas around the world, providing robust social services and trauma-informed care to his clients and administering financial aid grants at the State and Federal level. With his passion for history, Henry has taken over our Courthouse Tours program, and is happy to have you along for a walk through the Moakley Courthouse.

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.

Malia Brooks

Malia recently 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 Associate, she looks forward to building connections across the Commonwealth and expanding access to Discovering Justice’s educational opportunities.

 

Caleigh Donahue

Caleigh joins Discovering Justice as a K-5 Program Fellow. She works with Education Program Director Laura Brenner on developing and implementing Discovering Justice’s K-5 civic education curriculum and in-school programming. Caleigh is currently pursuing an Ed.M. in Human Development Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education and holds a bachelor’s degree in both Government and Psychology from St. Lawrence University. She looks forward to interacting with the legal community, exploring the nonprofit world, and engaging with the leaders of tomorrow.

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.

Callen Creeden

Callen is a recent graduate of American University with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Political Science. Going to school in Washington D.C. he was able to pursue unique opportunities to take part in various marches and protests for social change. He has previously interned on Capitol Hill and American Rivers. 

Hulda Flores

Hulda recently earned her bachelor’s degrees in Sociology, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Latin America and Latino Studies from Brandeis University. Her passion for community unity and educational equity is rooted in her experiences as a first-generation high school graduate from Houston, Texas.. Hulda believes in the power of education to inform students to create a society that is more inclusive and accepting of diverse identities and ideas. She is excited to work as a Discovering Justice Grades K-5 Intern to support the development of the civics curriculum that focuses on teaching elementary school students the importance of justice.

Heena Kumar

Heena graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 2021 with a degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Sociology. Heena looks forward to working with the Mock Appeal After School Program to work alongside the young adults of the future as they gain knowledge and experience about the workings of the justice system. She will be working with the program’s 29 teams providing support for students, legal mentors, and teacher coordinators.

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