Foundation Board Members

Jeff L. Karpel

Qualifications:
  • Current Owner, President and Chief Software Architect of Karpel Solutions
  • Creator and developer of software for Judicial Systems across America
  • Project Manager for approximately 400 judicial case management implementations across 30 states
  • Personally trained over 2500 users on how to effectively use judicial case management software
  • Recipient of the 2011 Best Service Award by Small Business Monthly
  • Nominee for 2012 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award
  • Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in America and Top 100 Companies in Missouri
  • Over 35 years of experience developing and improving business practices using technology

Duties: Chairman of the Board, President and Treasurer

Email: jeff@karpelfoundation.org

Jeff Reisig

Qualifications:
  • District Attorney - Yolo County, California
  • In 2001, selected to spearhead the development and oversight of the Yolo County District Attorney's first multi-agency gang task force to deal with the emerging threat of organized gangs, guns and drugs throughout Yolo County. Over the next several years, Reisig successfully prosecuted some of the most violent and serious criminals in Yolo County including gang leaders, major drug dealers and cop killers.
  • Began his career as a prosecutor with the Yolo County District Attorney's Office in 1997. Voted Yolo County Prosecutor of the Year for three consecutive years in 2003, 2004 and again in 2005.
  • Under his leadership and the mantra “Justice Finds No Solace in Delay,” the District Attorney's Office spearheaded the efforts to make the criminal justice system in Yolo County more efficient by aggressively demanding swift justice for all criminal cases in Yolo County. By dramatically increasing the number of cases taken to trial each year and consistently advocating for victims' speedy trial rights, he has delivered solace to the victims of crime waiting for justice and has helped eliminate jail overcrowding.
  • District Attorney Reisig is the recipient of numerous awards. California's largest victim advocacy association, Crime Victims United of California, recognized him as a key advocate in the fight for victims' rights and honored his efforts in helping to secure California's passage of Marsy's Law in November 2008. Reisig has also been honored for his work in combating domestic violence and his commitment to ending child truancy.
  • Member of the California District Attorneys Association
  • Member of the National District Attorneys Association

Duties: Director

Email: jeffr@karpelfoundation.org

Kevin S. Brackett

Qualifications:
  • Kevin Brackett is the Solicitor for the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit which is comprised of York and Union counties. He has been a prosecutor in the office since becoming a lawyer in 1991 and was appointed by the Governor to assume the duties of the Solicitor upon the retirement of former Solicitor Tommy Pope in November of 2006. In 2008 and again in 2012 Kevin was elected to full four year terms.
  • Prior to that he was chief deputy solicitor and together with Tommy made the 16th Circuit the statewide leader in efficient and effective prosecution. This was accomplished by implementation of innovative docket management methods in adult and juvenile courts as well as taking the office “paperless” in 2003.
  • During his career Kevin was recognized as the South Carolina Prosecutor of the Year in 1998. In addition, he has lectured nationally to numerous prosecutors groups on case management and the use of technology to enhance efficiency and been asked to testify regarding legislation pending before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.

Email: Kevin@karpelfoundation.org

Larry D. Morse II

Qualifications:
  • Legislative Director -- California District Attorneys Association; January 2019 - present
  • District Attorney -- Merced County, California 2006 - 2018
  • Chief Deputy / Deputy District Attorney, Merced County; 1993 - 2006
  • Elected to three terms on CDAA Board of Directors
  • Co-Chair, CDAA Legislative Committee; 2006 - 2018
  • Former Legislative Director, Sen. Milton Marks, San Francisco
  • Former Communications Director, California Senate Democratic Caucus
  • Former Press Secretary, Congressman Bob Whittaker, Kansas
  • Former Reporter, Arkansas Democrat

Duties: Director

Email: larry@karpelfoundation.org

Bradley C. Berry

Qualifications:
  • District Attorney -- Yamhill County, Oregon
  • Previously served as Deputy District Attorney -- Yamhill County, Oregon
  • Member of the Oregon Chief Justice Advisory Committee
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the National District Attorneys Association
  • Past President of the Oregon District Attorneys Association

Duties: Director and Secretary

Email: brad@karpelfoundation.org

James M. Reams, Esq.

Qualifications:
  • Retired County Attorney (1999-2014) – Rockingham County, New Hampshire
  • Elected to serve as the State Director for New Hampshire on the Board of the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA) by the NH County Attorneys Association in 2001
  • Vice President of the NDAA; elected as NDAA Treasurer 3 times.
  • Appointed to the U.S. Attorney Generals Executive Working Group (EWG) by NDAA President and met with the U.S. Attorney General and his senior staff 3 times a year at the Department of Justice to discuss issues facing law enforcement at all levels of government
  • Invited to Washington to brief the Staff of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce about the prosecution of cyber-crime, particularly internet crimes against children in preparation for House Hearings held in April of 2006
  • Served on the Science and Technology Committee of the NDAA
  • 2010-2011 - President of the National District Attorney's Association

Duties: Director

Email: jreams@karpelfoundation.org

Jennifer M. Joyce

Qualifications:
  • Circuit Attorney – City of St. Louis
  • Became elected prosecutor in 2001, currently serving her fourth term
  • Began her career as a prosecutor at the Circuit Attorney’s Office in 1994. Handled more than 700 felony cases, including robbery, rape, assault, child abuse and more
  • Leads a team of approximately 140 professionals committed to keeping people safe
  • Implemented innovative community prosecution practices and co-created the Neighborhood Ownership Model, designed to engage city residents and reduce crime
  • Serves on the Board of Backstoppers, the St. Louis Regional Crime Commission and the Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, former Board member of the Missouri Bar Association
  • Member of the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, National District Attorney’s Association, the Missouri Bar Association, the Women Lawyer’s Association of Greater St. Louis and the Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys and other organizations
  • Has lectured around the country on prosecutorial issues, practices and matters. Taught various courses to law enforcement students as Adjunct Professor at St. Louis Community College
  • Graduated from Saint Louis University School of Law in 1987, practicing at a private firm before joining the Circuit Attorney’s Office

Duties: Director

Email: Jjoyce@karpelfoundation.org

John Choi

Qualifications:
  • Ramsey County Attorney – Saint Paul, Minnesota.
  • A state and national leader in progressive justice reform, especially involving gender-based violence. Has innovative approach to holding abusers accountable, while working collaboratively with advocacy agencies to help victims, and has transformed the way government intervenes in domestic abuse and sex trafficking in Minnesota. Determined to do the same for victims of sexual assault. A champion of raising boys and engaging men to prevent violence against women and girls.
  • Successfully advanced legislation to reunite families when it’s in foster children’s best interest.
  • Developed the use of lethality assessments and GPS technology to keep domestic violence victims safe.
  • Created pre-charge diversion for adult offenders.
  • Successfully advocated at the state to reform drug laws and redirect savings to community reinvestment.
  • Established a Veterans Court.
  • Executive member of the Institute for Innovation in Prosecution.
  • Serves on the board of the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault.
  • Previously served as Saint Paul City Attorney (2006-2010) and spent a decade in private practice.

Duties: Director

Spencer Merriweather

Qualifications:
  • District Attorney for Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.
  • After having been appointed in 2017 by N.C. Governor Roy Cooper, DA Merriweather was elected in 2018 to a full term.
  • DA Merriweather previously served as an Assistant District Attorney for over a decade, prosecuting cases ranging from sexual assault and domestic violence crimes to drug trafficking and homicides. For a full year, he was the assigned prosecutor in three different Drug Recovery Courts, where he served as part of a treatment team, helping offenders confront addiction.
  • Since taking office, Merriweather has emphasized victim-centered responses to domestic, sexual and child violence, expanded access to restorative justice programs, and led the call for a Family Justice Center in Mecklenburg County.
  • DA Merriweather is Vice Chair of the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys’ Major Counties Council and an incoming Board Member of the National District Attorneys Association. He’s an active member of the National Association of Black Prosecutors, a past President of the Mecklenburg Bar Foundation, and an active supporter of Charlotte’s Community Building Initiative, an effort to promote values of equity and inclusion in the region’s government, nonprofit, and business sectors.
Duties: Director

 

Jean Peters Baker

Qualifications:
  • Appointed prosecutor in May 2011 and elected to the position three times. She is only the second woman elected to lead the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office.
  • Coordinator of the Drug Abatement Response Team (DART).
  • Excellence Award for Advancing COMBAT Objectives with police agencies and community advocates.
  • Rookie Attorney of the year and Victim Advocate of the Year.
  • Kansas City No Violence Alliance.
  • Missouri State Representative.
  • Chairwoman of the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys.
  • Jean grew up on a struggling family farm, received a bachelor’s degree from Columbia College in Columbia, MO, a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a law degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.
Duties: Director