Cohort 5 Summer 2021
Season 4
Pre-Production Planning Team

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Melissa "Mel" Gill

Melissa "Mel" Gill

University Intern

Special Leadership Project

Adler University

Alyssa Upchurch

Alyssa Upchurch

University Intern

JB Show Blogger

Adler University
Clinical Psychology

Alyssa was a 1st year student at Adler University's Doctorate of Clinical Psychology program, and lived in Chicago, IL. She was very interested in being able to work with the population of families, of those incarcerated. Alyssa was excited about learning more, and becoming more involved with social reform; and in doing just that, she joined the Show's production team for the Summer of 2021!

Reginald Carter

Reginald Carter

University Intern

Associate Producer JB Youth Show

Adler University
Sport and Human Performance / Rehabilitation Counseling

Reginald lived In Houston, TX, and was a graduate student at Adler University. He was participating in a duel degree program, studying Sport and Human Performance, and also Rehabilitation Counseling. Reginald also worked as a Juvenile Supervision officer, and was excited about helping kids who were incarcerated. His hopes were to become more knowledgable himself, and to help others become more knowledgable of the issues the world was facing. And in learning, helping others, and doing what he could to help, Reginald joined the Show's production team for the Summer of 2021!

Danielle Logan

Danielle Logan

Workforce Development Intern

Webmaster Team/E-commerce Lead

BC Skills Web Development Academy
Web Development

Danielle Logan is a Culinary graduate, as well as a recent graduate from BC Skills Web Development Academy. Her position on the Show's production team, consisted of working on the Webmaster team. She was responsible for multiple things; such as web-site design, e-mail blast, and etc. She was very excited to be a part of a team, whose main focus is to educate and support others, not only in law, but in so many other important topics as well. Danielle was on the Show's production team for the Summer of 2021!

Alisha Bolin

Alisha Bolin

Workforce Development Intern

Webmaster Team/Lead

BC Skills Web Development Academy
Web Development

Alisha Bolin is a recent graduate of the BC Skills Web Development Academy in Kentucky. She worked on the Webmaster team for the Justice Beat Talk Show, as the Webmaster's team lead. As a single mom of 2, in the process of a career change, she was grateful to have been given this opportunity. She has worked in Social Services and the restaurant industry for several years, and was actually by way of the recent pandemic, that she was introduced to web development, and computer coding; but she was ever so thankful. She had been searching for a career that she not only enjoyed, but one where she could a part of social change as well. She found that new passion in computer coding, and is eager to see where it will take her; as she knows big things will come! She was excited to be able to participate in this internship, not just for the experience and leadership. but also to help increase digital presence of the show, and to help grow the Show's audience! She hopes to take the knowledge and experience gained from this internship, as she moves through the tech field in Web development and coding. With her eagerness, Alisha was on the Show's production team for the Summer of 2021! Here is her personal website, along with some of the projects she has done: https://alishaj0.github.io/

Ana Tressel

Ana Tressel

University Intern

Senior Associate Producer

Ithaca College
Television Radio Major / Writing

Ana was a senior Television Radio major, at Ithaca College in the Park School of Communications, with a minor in Writing. She's from Montclair, New Jersey and was the Senior Associate Producer for Justice Beat Talk Show! She loves film, photography, music, and has published her own website! ( https://anaroblestressel.wixsite.com/profile ) In the fall she'll be participating in the Ithaca College Los Angeles Program, studying and interning in California! After graduation in the spring she hopes to find work in showbiz/entertainment! With her enthusiasm, Ana joined the Shows production team for the Summer of 2021!

Sam Zachbar

Sam Zachbar

University Intern

Associate Producer

Hamilton College
Women's and Gender Studies

Sam was a Women’s and Gender Studies major, at Hamilton College, while on the Show's production team. She was working towards graduating by the end of 2021, and hopes to pursue a career in podcast production. She is especially passionate about mental health and suicide prevention; so she hopes to have, or be on, a podcast focused on those topics.

While on the Justice Beat Talk Show, she was an associate producer. She was responsible for researching and booking guests, for the upcoming seasons of the Show.

At college, she was the co-president of the mental health advocacy group, and the music director of Tumbling After, an all-women’s and non-binary acappella group. She was excited to be a part of the Show's production team, for the summer of 2021!

Asia Hall

Asia Hall

University Intern

Associate Producer

Adler University
Clinical Psychology / Behavioral Medicine

Asia was an Adler University student who was matriculating in the Doctoral Clinical Psychology program, with an emphasis on Behavioral Medicine. Asia had a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology, as well as a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Interpersonal Communications. She was excited about this program and what it stood for, as she felt that it directly aligned with social justice. She also felt personally aligned with this particular program, because she had significant experience with incarcerated loved ones. So, with her excitement and enthusiasm, Asia joined the Show's production team for the Summer 2021!

Nicholas Marselle

Nicholas Marselle

University Intern

Associate Producer

Adler University
Arts in Psychology / Clinical Psychology

Nicholas was a graduate from Bradley University with a Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology, and was also a 1st year student, at Adler University's Doctorate of Clinical Psychology program. He hoped to use his degrees to treat children and adolescents with neurodevelopment disorders, such as ADD and ADHD. He was excited, and looked forward to being able to get a hands-on experience with the Show. Nicholas was a native Chicagoan, and in hopes of helping others; he joined the Show's production team for the Summer of 2021!

Claire Reiser

Claire Reiser

University Intern

Virtual/Remote Onboarding Operations Manual

Adler University
Art. Therapy, and Counseling

Claire was a student at Adler University in Chicago, IL, where she was pursuing her masters in Art, Therapy, and Counseling. Her ultimate goal was to help make an impact in the world itself, as well as in social reform. Claire was very passionate about the incarcerated population, and what she could do to help make a change. And so, in doing what she could to help, Claire joined the Show's production team for the Summer of 2021!

Stephanie Miller

Stephanie Miller

Workforce Development Intern

Webmaster Team

BC Skills Web Development Academy
Web Development

Stephanie Miller is a 33 year old, single mother of 2, who just recently graduated BC Skills Web Development Academy, and lives in Russell County, Kentucky. Her dreams and aspirations in life consists of not only being the best mother she can be, but becoming a successful web developer. She also wants to be able to help make a change in the world we live in, and to continue growing and learning as a web developer. As her role as Webmaster on the Show's production team; she's excited and eager to learn, grow, and continue developing. As a single mother, she a very family oriented person; who values and cherishes family time! She enjoys learning, spending time with her family and friends, and making the best out of life! Ready to help make a change, and grow, she joined the Show's production team for the Summer of 2021!

Isabella Fracco

Isabella Fracco

University Intern

Associate Producer

Colgate University
Theater / English / Creative Writing

Isabella was a senior at Colgate University, studying Theater and English, with a Creative Writing focus. Her role on the Show was Associate Producer, for the upcoming season 4, of The Justice Beat Talk Show. She was so glad that she had been given this opportunity, to learn more about the specific issues, and advocacy efforts, surrounding incarceration. Isabella was also thankful for the opportunity, to assist a show with such an important mission. On campus, she was the musical director of an acapella group, and she was also on her school’s club Curling team. Isabella joined the team for the Summer of 2021!

Jo-Michelle Huczko

Jo-Michelle Huczko

University Intern

Jr. Associate Producer / Research Assistant

Carnegie Mellon University
International Relations

Her name is Jo-Michelle Huczko, but most people just call her JoJo. She was a student at Carnegie Mellon University, studying International Relations. -She also had way too many aspirations to accomplish in a life time. Some of her biggest ones were becoming a professional pole vaulter, and going to law school.
-She was a Jr. Associate Producer, and Research Assistant, for The Justice Beat Talk Show. Generally, she helped research future episode topics, and find people to interview for those episodes.
- She also has two siblings; and of course, she suffered from an incurable case of middle child syndrome.
- Before the pandemic, she used to help building set pieces for local theatrical productions.

Zenobia Van Heerdan

Zenobia Van Heerdan

University Intern

Associate Producer

UWC
Law Degree

Zenobia was in the process of completing her law degree at UWC , in South Africa; while on the Show. She was very passionate about increasing access to justice, women empowerment, and giving back to the community. While at the University she was at, she was also actively involved in; programs aimed at making law more accessible, with a focus on educating children on their rights. She also participated in an after-school program, serving as a sports coach to grade 4-12 learners at an all-girls school. Sports was also one of her passions and she is was an active lifeguard, and competitive national athlete. Zenobia's role on the Show's production team, was as an associate producer for the Legal Hour Show; and was part of the Show for the Summer of 2021!

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