Our Team

leslie barnes

Leslie Barnes has worked as Co-General Counsel for the Indiana Election Division and has helped guide candidates, nonprofits, and local election officials through more than 30 election cycles.  She has served as a resource for judges and lawmakers, often testifying as a subject matter expert on election law and policy. Leslie has worked as a civil rights attorney and helps nonprofits shape policy, engage voters, and improve the lives of the communities they serve. A graduate of Purdue and Indiana Universities, she is new to the D.C. area and welcomes recommendations for restaurants, theaters, or inside tips for the museums.

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jacquelyn Carter

Jacquelyn Carter is the President of the Alliance for Safe Traffic Stops (ASTS) and the Inventor of Not Reaching. Jacquelyn has an Associate of Arts Degree in Information Technology, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice, a Master of Science Degree in Legal Studies, and a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Criminal Justice. Jacquelyn is a resident of Alexandria, Virginia.

Wayne Carter

Wayne Carter serves on the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Safe Traffic Stops (ASTS) and is the Director of Training and Education. Wayne has partnered with law enforcement officers to train communities on safe traffic stops procedures, in particular, teen motorists, on the proper de-escalation techniques for traffic stop safety. Wayne is a resident of Alexandria, Virginia.

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robert anthony dixon

Robert Anthony Dixon, aka Tony, began his law enforcement career as a Criminal Investigator with the U.S. Department of Labor’s, Office (DOL) of Labor Management Standards. He was recruited by and transferred to DOL’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) where he quickly rose to the rank of Senior Special Agent. After his OIG field career, he was promoted to the organization’s posts of Deputy Director of Program Fraud, Director of Program Fraud, Director of Labor Racketeering and, ultimately, Director of Investigations, the first and only African American to hold the position. He was part of the leadership that established the Department of Justice led Transnational Organized Crime Strategy and Anti-Trafficking Coordination Team. Tony is an active member of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) and currently serves as President of its Washington Metropolitan Chapter. Tony currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Safe Traffic Stops (ASTS).

b.j. giangiulio, jr.

B.J. Giangiulio, Jr. is the President of H.A. Thomson Company. Founded in 1934, H.A. Thomson Company is a Risk Management and Insurance firm that handles the property, liability, workers compensation, and bonding needs for over 750 municipalities throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Located in Chester Springs, PA, H.A. Thomson is the marketing and service agent to PIRMA, the largest self-insurance group in the state of Pennsylvania. B.J. was instrumental in establishing PIRMA to help alleviate and insurance crisis for local governments in the late 1980’s. In 1993, B.J. played a key role in establishing the PIRMA Workers Compensation Fund which was the first approved group self-insurance program in Pennsylvania.

B.J. has worked exclusively with Pennsylvania local governments on their risk management needs for over 30 years. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from Temple University along with a Master’s Degree from St. Joseph’s University and the American College. B.J. holds the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC), and Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) designations. B.J. is a frequent speaker for local government associations and has taught for the Pennsylvania State University Extension Program. B.J. has served on a number of corporate and nonprofit boards including Relmark Program Managers, Integrated Risk Management, the Pennsylvania State Police’s Camp Cadet, and New Life In Christ Fellowship’s PA Cyber Charter School. He volunteered at the Blackwater Wildlife Preserve in Maryland for 10 years. B.J. currently resides in Cambridge, Maryland with his wife, JoAnne, and four dogs. He is a frequent overseas traveler, aspiring sailor, and avid reader.

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lakesha “onyx” hicks

LaKesha is serial entrepreneur and the visionary, founder and CEO of Belissima Love Inc., a natural skin care company and Vital Ventures Partners, a Real Estate Investment company.  She also serves as the Vice-President of Icon Music Group, an independent record label.  LaKesha is not only a motivational, inspirational and instructional speaker, she is also a media personality and the co-creator and co-host of, Unapologetically Black, a Podcast that delivers information, news and updates from the perspective of the culture.  

 As a social activist, advocate and strategist, LaKesha has served in the capacity of campaign manager, strategist and consultant on several campaigns.  She is not only the Vice President of the Portsmouth Chapter of the NAACP, she also serves on the Board of Directors for United for Haiti and volunteers for with multiple community-based organizations, like the Abu Unity Foundation: A Youth, Teen and Young Adult focused community outreach organization.

LaKesha believes that every woman should be the kind of woman that surrounds themselves with the kind of women that make them want to step their game up. 

ANUJ KOMMAREDDY

Anuj is the co-founder of Organize (organizeapp.org), the world's first-ever non-profit website to collaborate with others in your community to hold police officers accountable for their actions. Prior to Organize, Anuj was a senior leader at Uber Technologies as well as an angel investor in early-stage technology companies. Anuj was born and raised in Los Angeles. 

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leah la salla

Leah La Salla is the Technical Founder & CEO of Astral AR, a startup founded in 2015 in Austin, Texas.  Astral AR specializes in combining the best of emergent technologies into all-hazards aerial robotics solution for uniformed first responders. 

Leah spent much of her free time in high school in the Chicago area working in her dad’s super-precision tool-and-die machine shop.  After studying CAD Design in college, Leah gained over a decade of experience in software engineering (with five years as a Federal employee at the IRS), working on a wide range of technically unusual products. 

Leah is the inventor of the EDNA UAV that stops bullets and is unbiased by design: it removes discrimination from the equation whenever public safety agencies interact with the public.  The EDNA is a toaster-sized drone that provides aerial situational awareness for active risk mitigation, forced de-escalation of potential gun violence, and ultra-fast rescue of hostages and survivors. 

Since being at the helm of Astral AR, Leah has been invited to speak at Harvard Science Center and IEEE’s Global Humanitarian Technology Conference. Her work has been featured by CNN, BBC News, Fast Company, Forbes, Inc., and her minority-majority company’s team has written two peer-reviewed papers and won the Audience Choice Award at the Women Startup Challenge at Google NYC. Leah’s social media handle is Open Sorceress.

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sgt. rodger h. ollis, jr.

Rodger is a graduate of West Chester University with bachelor and master degrees in criminal justice.  He is also a graduate of the Pennsylvania Municipal Police Academy.  Rodger has been serving in the City of Coatesville Police Department since 2009 and began as a member of the patrol division.  He was asked to build a community policing program with positive impact. Rodger worked to establish impactful relationships between community members, organizations, businesses and the police department.  Rodger has partnered and collaborated with a variety of individuals, coalitions and organizations. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors for ASTS, Rodger currently sits on the Governance Board for Chester County Decade to Doorways with the goal of ending chronic homelessness and the Board of Directors for the Domestic Violence Center of Chester County and serves as the Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) law enforcement trainer for the organization. Rodger can also be seen volunteering as a coach and mentor for the Coatesville Area athletics, soup kitchens and fundraising events, such as the annual Strawberry Festival.  He lives in the Coatesville area with his wonderful wife, Michele, and their four fabulous children.

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daysha scott

Daysha Scott is a proud 2015 alumna of the illustrious Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, where she received her B.A. in Psychology, Pre-law. Most recently, she received her J.D. from Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School in 2018. During her time at John Marshall, Daysha served on both the local and regional executive boards of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) and was a student member of the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys and the Gate City Bar Association. Daysha also undertook multiple “hands-on” opportunities, including, but not limited to, completing two judicial clerkships and serving as an advocate for children in the juvenile justice system. With a deep passion and reputation for social justice, Daysha is a great asset to the Alliance for Safe Traffic Stops (ASTS).

etan thomas

Etan Thomas is More Than An Athlete, he’s redefined himself “The Activist Athlete.” Thomas defies the stereotype of the apolitical athlete, planting his roots in his formidable literary career, passion for mentoring and civic engagement. His latest work, We Matter “Athletes And Activism” was released March 6th 2018, Thomas has amassed an amazing collection of interviews intertwined with the heartfelt commentary of his own to create a masterpiece. You’ll read the voices of athletes, activists, media personalities, scholars, and the family of victims of police brutality. We Matter was listed as one of the top ten best activism books of all time by Book Authority. And tied for best non-fiction for 2018 by the African-American Literary Awards (AALAS). Etan Thomas approaches his work fearlessly. Never afraid to voice his opinions, Etan was honored for social justice advocacy as the recipient of the 2010 National Basketball Players Association Community Contribution Award, as well as the 2009 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Foundation, Inc. Legacy Award. Etan jumps at the opportunity to support civic engagement especially for under- resourced populations.

His writings have appeared in The Washington Post, Huffington Post, CNN, ESPN, Hoopshype.com and slamonline. He frequently can be seen on MSNBC as a special correspondent for “hot topics.” He continues to be invited on syndicated radio and co-hosts a weekly local radio show on WPFW 89.3FM, The Collision, where sports and politics collide.

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andrew thompson

Andrew Thompson is the founder Hayagrivar Cloud LLC, a cloud development company and is a senior consultant for the Securities Exchange Commission. Andrew sits on the Board of Directors for the Alliance for Safe Traffic Stops (ASTS). Andrew has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer information Systems, a Master of Business Administration, and a Master’s in Computer Information Systems.  He resides in Alexandria, VA. 

 

sgt. scott thompson

Scott T. Thompson is a Sergeant for the University of the District (UDC) of Columbia Police Department and is currently a student at the Community College under the Criminal Justice Program where he is concentrating on his Associate in Applied Science degree.  After a 14—year career as a police officer at UDC, he was promoted in 2018 to the rank of Sergeant at the UDC Police Department. In addition to providing leadership, Sgt. Thompson continues to contribute to the university community through networking, training, and relationship building that also extends outside of the boundaries of the university with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), Secret Service Uniform Division, and Metro Transit Police.  Sgt. Thompson’s regular contributions to the university consists of the Crime Prevention Presentation, Active Shooter Presentation, CIO (Crisis Intervention Officer), and Community Orientated Policing.

Sgt. Thompson serves on the Board of Directors for the Alliance for Safe Traffic Stops (ASTS) and believes in the philosophy of traffic stop training, education, awareness, and the use of technology to de-escalate and eliminate physical harm during the traffic stop encounter.

Throughout his illustrious career, Sgt. Thompson has earned many awards, including the 2017 Police Officer of the Year Award, the Hero Award, and in 2019, Sgt. Thompson received a commendation from Mayor Bowser for his outstanding service during the “State of the District Address”.  Outside of work and school, he enjoys traveling and spending time with his family. Sgt. Thompson is married with three daughters, and two granddaughters.  His motto is:  “If serving is beneath you, then leadership is beyond you.”

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