Meredith Gusky graduated from the University of Oregon with a B.A. in International Studies with concentrations in human rights and law and minored in Spanish and European Studies. During her undergrad she worked for a student advocacy group, interned for the NGO Everywomen Treaty, and studied abroad in the Western Balkans region to research transitional justice. In her free time, she enjoys running, cooking, and basket weaving. Originally from Austin, Meredith is excited to return home and work with LSJA!
Elizabeth Martinez is a senior Government and Sociology double major from Dallas, Texas. As a Sociology Honors student she conducts independent research into state legislation that allows for criminal record discrimination and its effects on state recidivism rates. Elizabeth serves as a co-social chair for the Texas Darlins spirit organization where she has the opportunity to mentor children from Austin’s Boys and Girls club as part of the organization’s philanthropy. Additionally, she serves as Treasurer for the Department of Sociology’s international honors society, Alpha Kappa Delta.
Nicole Richter graduated from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo in June 2019 with a major in Sociology, a concentration in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology. Nicole has professional experience with the San Luis Obispo County Probation, Juvenile Hall and Jail working with programs such as Youth In Action and Restorative Partners in advocating for a restorative justice approach within the criminal justice system. She also worked with a local non-profit in San Luis Obispo County, Family Care Network, where she worked closely with foster youth. After completing undergrad in California, Nicole moved to Texas in order to pursue a career in law.
Holly Packer graduated from Abilene Christian University with a B.A. in Ministry to Children and Families (magna cum laude). She is currently working on a Masters of Social Work at the University of Houston, with plans of achieving a LMSW in 2020 followed by a LCSW. Holly has worked in various roles at several different churches as a part of their family ministry teams. Prior to working with SCCIP, she was a Case Manager Intern at Hope’s Door New Beginnings Center, serving clients impacted by domestic violence. Holly was born and raised in the Dallas area and loves this city. She has a passion for social justice and a strong conviction to fight for equal rights for all people and hopes to contribute to making positive changes in the spaces she has been placed in. She is a pastor’s wife and is extremely involved in the local church. She is married to Collin Packer, and they have three children, Maddox, Addison, and Brooklyn.
Emily Schuerman is a junior at the University of Texas studying Government and Sociology. She is passionate about serving others and has traveled to both Haiti and Malawi to promote the spread of education through the construction of primary schools in underprivileged villages. Planning to attend law school after graduating, she has worked as an assistant to a local criminal defense attorney and interned with LSJA since January 2019.