CAN-DO Staff Members

Alaine Lowell – Senior Vice President - Alaine Lowell became interested in drug policy in the early ’90s while working on a documentary about the history of marijuana in the U.S. She later wrote and directed, Grow Dutch, a documentary about marijuana in the Netherlands. In 2010, her series of articles on marijuana were voted “The Best of…
Anrica Caldwell – Vice President - Anrica Caldwell was born in Los Angeles, California. She moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1988 and has been a resident for 28 yrs. Anrica finished high school and college in Pittsburgh and has been an educator for the Pittsburgh Public Schools in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for 21 years. During the past…
Cheryl Ward – Secretary - Cheryl Ward is a Californian native who was incarcerated in the Federal Bureau of Prisons for 17 years, 6 months, 13 days and 1 hour from the time of her arrest in August of 1995. Upon her release in February of 2013 she started serving her supervised release assignments and intends…
Andrea James – Executive Advisor - Andrea C. James is the CAN-DO Secretary, Executive Advisor in addition to the Executive Director of Families For Justice As Healing – an organization she founded in 2015. Andrea James has worked within the criminal justice system for more than 25 years from her days as a youth worker to a…
Pat Williams – Treasurer - Patricia Williams (Pat) was born in Paris, the daughter of a US WWII officer and a French mother. She grew up in France and on a plantation in the Belgian Congo (now the Dem Republic of the Congo). She experienced civil war and survived the “massacre of Stanleyville” before coming…
Malik King – Prison Outreach Coordinator - Malik King was born in 1964 in Manhattan, New York; grew up in Queens and moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1982 to attend Morehouse College. He received a degree in Business Administration/Computer Science in 1987. Growing up in New York, Malik had a diverse group of friends, some of whom…
Maurenne Griese – Program Director – Guardian Angels - Maurenne Griese is the Program Director over the CAN-DO Guardian Angel program.  Since the program’s launch, she has advocated for multiple clemency petitioners. Several of those petitioners received clemency from President Barack Obama during his last year in office. Maurenne will oversee the pairing of Guardian Angels to people in…
Georgean Arsons – Research Director - Georgean Arsons became personally familiar with nonviolent drug offender issues and the federal Bureau of Prisons because her son served a federal prison sentence as a first-time nonviolent drug offender. Through this experience extending over many years she realizes the great need to provide support to the disenfranchised and often…
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