Staff Profiles

President & CEO
Jonathan J. Houston
Chief operating, fiscal, and executive officer of Justice Assistance. Reports to the Board of Directors. The founder of Justice Assistance, Mr. Houston has over 40 years experience in criminal justice. He is a Graduate of the University of Rhode Island and completed post-graduate work at Rhode Island College and Salve Regina University. He has received specialized training from the American Correctional Association, National Victim Center, U.S. Department of Justice, and Harvard University.

Deputy Director – General Administration
Katherine E. Brown
Principal contract manager; personnel management and management information systems; accounts payable and disbursements; office management and special events coordinator. Oversees the recruitment and training of staff, volunteers and student interns. Reports to the Executive Director. 29 years experience with Justice Assistance. Mrs. Brown is a graduate of Rhode Island College and Katharine Gibbs School.

Director of Development/Grant Writer
Brendan Horan
Responsible for corporate, foundation and government proposals and solicitations. Reports to the Executive Director.  Mr. Horan has been with Justice Assistance since 2007.  He is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island where he studied psychology.’

Case Manager
Denise Santiago
Responsible for program service delivery in 6th Division District. Services include but are not limited to counseling, notification, court escort, referral,and technical assistance. Reports to Deputy Director. Ms. Santiago joined Justice Assistance in 2011. She is a graduate of Gibbs College.

Case Manager
John O’Hara
Responsible for program service delivery in the 2nd and 4th Division District Courts. Services include but are not limited to monitoring restitution and counseling, notifications and court escort. Reports to the Deputy Director. Mr. O’Hara joined Justice Assistance in 2014. He is a graduate of Roger Williams University where he studied criminal justice. Prior to Justice Assistance, Mr. O’Hara worked for the Rhode Island Superior Court. He served as a court sheriff and as the Director of Security & Operations. He retired as Jury Commissioner of the Rhode Island Superior Court.

Case Manager II
Rachel-Lyn Longo
Responsible for program service delivery in the 3rd Division District Court. Services include but are not limited to monitoring restitution and counseling, notifications and court escort. Reports to the Deputy Director. Ms. Longo is a University of Rhode Island graduate with a degree in political science and psychology. Ms. Longo has been with Justice Assistance since 2015. Prior to working with Justice Assistance, Ms. Longo worked for The Law Office of Biagio L. Longo.

Intake/Administrative Assistant
Belzaida Acosta
Responsible for coordinating data of victim/client information from the court. Duties include general and administrative support for the staff. Provide translation services for Spanish speaking clients. Reports to the Deputy Director. Ms. Acosta joined Justice Assistance in 2016.