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 President & CEO. Over 30 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 II
Kiley Byrnes
Responsible for all victim-related program services to include notification, updates and restitution determination. Also responsible for full program service delivery in the 2nd Division District Court. Services include, but are not limited to monitoring restitution and all client court-ordered sanctions, notification, court escort, referral and technical assistance. Ms. Byrnes joined Justice Assistance in 2017. She earned her Bachelor of Science from Bridgewater State University.

Case Manager
Emily Costa
Responsible for program service delivery in 6th Division District Court. Services include, but are not limited to monitoring restitution and all client court-ordered sanctions, notification, court escort, referral and technical assistance. Ms. Costa joined Justice Assistance in 2019. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Rhode Island College and her Masters of Public Administration from Roger Williams University.

Case Manager
Keith Whitt

Responsible for full program service delivery in the 3rd Division District Court. Services include, but are not limited to monitoring restitution and all client court-ordered sanctions, notification, court escort, referral and technical assistance. Mr. Whitt joined Justice Assistance in 2019. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development & Family Studies from Mitchel College, and is working toward a Master of Science in Developmental Science from the University of Rhode Island.

Intake/Administrative Assistant
Denise Bautista
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. Ms. Bautista joined Justice Assistance in 2018. She attended the Community College of Rhode Island.

Receptionist/Administrative Assistant
Denise Bautista
Responsible for coordinating data of victim/client information from the court. Duties include general and administrative support for the staff and administration. Provide translation services for Spanish speaking clients. Ms. Bautista joined Justice Assistance in 2018. She attended the Community College of Rhode Island.