Nick Sayner, MPA
As one of JusticePoint's two Co-Founders, Nick Sayner brings experience, education and a long list of list of accomplishments working in the criminal justice system and with nonprofit organizations in the County, State and Nation. Nick began his career with Wisconsin Community Services (WCS), formerly Wisconsin Correctional Services, as a volunteer in 1995. He worked in various capacities of the pretrial services program while at WCS, ending his tenure as manager of the release planning program in 2001.
Nick joined Justice 2000 in 2002 where he held multiple positions including release planning case manager and supervisor, forensic tracking case manager, program coordinator and held the position of Pretrial Services Program Director before taking the position as Division Director when Justice 2000 merged with Community Advocates in January, 2010. In addition to his many years in pretrial services with WCS and Justice 2000, Nick expanded his career path in the criminal justice field that encompasses his current active membership in Milwaukee County’s Community Criminal Justice Council (MCCJC).
In August of 2010 he was asked by the MCCJC executive committee to serve on the Evidence Based Decision Making policy team and was soon selected to co-chair a working sub-committee focusing on pretrial services. In 2010, the National Institute of Corrections selected Nick to take part in both the “Orientation for New Pretrial Executives,” and the “Short Term Technical Assistance Training Seminar,” certifying him to act as a NIC Pretrial Services Technical Assistance provider. In November 2011 Nick was elected to an at large board member position of the National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies (NAPSA) the professional membership organization for pretrial practitioners. In 2012, Nick was invited to take a position on the State of Wisconsin’s Problem Solving Court Subcommittee of the State’s Community Justice Council. Finally, in 2013, Nick completed a Master of Public Administration Degree with an emphasis in Nonprofit Management from the Keller Graduate School of Management.
Edward Gordon, JD
Edward Gordon, JusticePoint's other Co-Founder has spent the entirety of his career dedicated to the design, implementation, and delivery of highly effective evidence-informed practices throughout the criminal and social justice fields. Edward began his career in the criminal justice field at Justice 2000, Inc. in 2003 after receiving bachelor’s degrees in Social Philosophy and Psychology from Marquette University. Edward started as a Forensic Case Manager, though he quickly advanced through the growing agency -- serving as a Team Leader, Program Coordinator, Assistant Program Director, Program Director, and Division Administrator before leaving Justice 2000 to co-found JusticePoint in 2012. Through JusticePoint, Edward has had the opportunity to craft an agency dedicated to demonstrated outcomes and program impact. Since founding the agency, Edward and his colleagues have grown JusticePoint from having a $50,000 annual budget in 2012 to a $8 million annual budget in 2017.
To build on the success of JusticePoint, Edward and his JusticePoint collaborators co-founded several additional nonprofit organizations to compliment the social justice work of JusticePoint, including Justice Initiatives Institute in 2013, Third Coast Legal in 2014, and The Problem Solving Court Fund, also in 2014. To provide administrative oversight and leadership as well as to create a mechanism for cost sharing among the sister corporations, Edward and his colleagues founded The Difference Principle, Inc. as a nonprofit management firm whose function is to provide administrative services for all of the subsidiaries, including administration, human resources, accounting, fund development, grant writing, IT, and benefits negotiation/administration.
Edward received his graduate education at the Marquette University Law School, where in addition to his coursework Edward gained practical experience in Alternative Dispute Resolution, Negotiation, Immigration, and International Jurisprudence before earning his Juris Doctorate in May of 2010. Edward currently represents pretrial services on various policy workgroups of the Milwaukee County Community Justice Council as well as in Milwaukee's ongoing Evidence-Based Decision Making Initiative. Edward has been a speaker at several national conventions in the fields of mental health and criminal justice and regularly provides technical assistance and consulting to justice systems seeking to start or refine criminal justice programs and interventions.
Julie Murdock, MSW, SPHR
Director of Human Resources
Julie Murdock joined JusticePoint as Director of Human Resources in January of 2014. Julie brings many years of experience in non-profit management to this new position. She has over 18 years of experience in Human Resources, Program Direction and Operations Management. Julie holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Julie has managed the Human Resource function for small non-profits and for agencies with over 200 employees. She has had direct oversight of programs and personnel since first being promoted to a management position in 1996 at a local nonprofit. Julie’s comes to JusticePoint with a great amount of experience and knowledge in Human Resource law and practice, fair and sound personnel practices, benefits administration, staff development and overall nonprofit leadership. She also brings experience in coordinating and writing training curriculum for employee development. Julie is part of the Non-Profit Human Resource Leadership group in Milwaukee.
Vicki Lupo, MS
Program Administrator - Pretrial Services, Milwaukee
Vicki Lupo joined JusticePoint in January of 2013 as its Pretrial Program Director. Vicki is responsible for the oversight and management of 60 staff and all of JusticePoint’s Pretrial Contracts with Milwaukee County. Vicki sits on three sub-committees of Milwaukee County’s Evidenced Based Decision Making Initiative and is committed to bringing evidenced based programming, practice, and policy to the Milwaukee County Court System. Vicki has 10 years of service in the Pretrial Services field and has her Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Sue Eckhart, MSW, LSW
Program Director - Municipal Court Alternatives Program, Milwaukee
Sue Eckhart has over 25 years of experience working in the criminal justice field with a focus on mental health, AODA and poverty issues. She has worked with clients in a variety of venues, including the Milwaukee County House of Correction, Milwaukee County Circuit Court and the Milwaukee Municipal Court. She is currently the Program Director at the JusticePoint Court Alternatives Program at Milwaukee Municipal Court. The Court Alternatives Program began in 1983 in response to the large number of mentally ill individuals serving time in the Milwaukee County House of Correction as a result of unpaid municipal fines.
Sue has served on the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare Field Program Advisory Board, the Human Services Advisory Committee at MATC and the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Greater Milwaukee Board. She teaches part-time in the Human Services Program at MATC and is involved in a number of volunteer activities. Sue holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and is licensed by the state of Wisconsin.
Jennifer Davis, MA, LPC
Program Director - Comprehensive Community Services, Milwaukee
Jennifer Davis joined JusticePoint in March 2016 as the Comprehensive Community Services Program Director. Jennifer started her career working with children and adolescents within the child welfare system and out of home care. She started her career in 2004 working and interning at St. Rose Youth and Family Center where she held various positions such as; family advocate intern for The Family Reunification Program, Residential treatment counselor, Group home manager, and Counselor. Jennifer left St. Rose briefly in 2007 to work for Children’s Service Society of Wisconsin where she provided Wraparound Care Coordination but when the contract ended she returned to St. Rose for an additional four years while she completed her post graduate clinical hours.
In 2012, Jennifer made the decision to transition to working with adults with mental illness. Jennifer was the Program Manager for Crisis Resource Center in Racine through Whole Health Clinical Group, formerly TLS Behavioral Health. Jennifer and her team provided short term services to adults experiencing a psychiatric crisis and in need of intervention and stabilization. One of her goals was to reduce the number of individuals with a mental illness who, during a psychiatric crisis, inappropriately end up in the criminal justice system, local hospital emergency rooms, or in involuntary psychiatric detention. When the Racine location was closed she was supervising several Supportive Apartment Programs within Whole Health Clinical Group before transiting back to the two Milwaukee based Crisis Resource Center’s as their Clinical Coordinator.
Jennifer joined JusticePoint to supervise the Comprehensive Community Services Program which is a recovery focused behavioral health program for adults with severe mental illness and/or substance use disorders. This program provides a coordinated and comprehensive array of recovery services, treatment, and psychosocial rehabilitation services that assist individuals to utilize professional, community, and natural supports to address their needs. The program is person-centered and uses client-directed service plans to describe the individualized services that will support the client to achieve their recovery goals.
Jennifer holds a Master’s Degree from Cardinal Stritch University with a concentration in Clinical Psychology in addition to a Licensed Professional Counselor credential for the State of Wisconsin. Jennifer is currently pursuing a PhD in General Psychology.