The UASCJ Advisory Board was formed in the summer of 2008 with the mission of promoting and supporting the Urban Assembly School for Criminal Justice.  Its members represent a diverse group of individuals from the New York City community interested in helping the young women of UASCJ gain admissions to and graduate from competitive four-year colleges.

UASCJ Advisory Board Members, 2016-2017


  • Randa Adra

Randa Adra is an attorney at Crowell & Moring LLP, where she practices International Dispute Resolution and Commercial Litigation. She represents domestic and international clients from a wide-array of industries.  She also enjoys working on pro bono matters serving women’s issues in the Middle East.  Before attending Cornell Law School, Randa grew up in Beirut, Lebanon, completing her undergraduate studies in Economics and Political Studies at the American University of Beirut.


  • Bry Ajodha

Bry Ajodha is currently a sophomore at Brooklyn College with a possible major in Psychology or Women's and Gender Studies.She is a member of the LGBTQIA Alliance at her school.  She attended UASCJ for grades 6 through 12 and graduated in 2015. She is planning to pursue a career in High School Education after college.


  • Preetha Chakrabarti, Chair

Preetha Chakrabarti is currently an attorney at Crowell & Moring LLP, where she practices in the Intellectual Property and Environmental and Energy Resources Practice Groups. Before attending Fordham Law School, Preetha was a teacher for many years, first at a private school in Westchester County, NY, and then for two years at UASCJ, where she was the 7th grade science teacher, team leader, and Dean of Student Life. She also holds a Masters Degree in Secondary Science Eduation from Teachers College, Columbia University, and did her undergraduate work at Brown University. Preetha was born and raised in Baltimore, MD.


  • Jeanine Conley

Jeanine Conley ifirst became involved with the Urban Assembly School for Criminal Justice as the school’s first Principal-for-a-Day (organized by PENCIL) in October 2007.  She has remained an active partner since.  Ms. Conley received her B.S. in Business Administration at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and her J.D. at Georgetown University.


  • Marlene Dann

Marlene Dann is an award winning television executive. Most recently she was an Executive Vice President for truTV, the network formerly known as Court TV. For the past ten years she has overseen the programming, talent, and production for all daytime trial coverage and legal news. Previously, she created and produced talk shows for CNBC and was a documentary film producer and reporter for Fortune Magazine.


  • Jenna Felz

 Jenna Felz is an attorney at Baker & Hostetler LLP who focuses her practice on privacy and data security, trademark and copyright matters, and intellectual property litigation, with additional experience in emerging companies, anti-counterfeiting efforts, and commercial disputes. She regularly represents clients in data security breaches and in matters involving the use, sharing, and protection of sensitive information. Jenna also has experience with legal issues relating to trans-Atlantic data transfers, Big Data and the Internet of Things, and helps companies and entrepreneurs lawfully navigate their advertising, retailing, and e-commerce initiatives.

  • Mariela Graham


  • Jayma Meyer

Until recently, Jayma M. Meyer was Counsel in the law firm, Simpson Thacher and Bartlett.  Ms. Meyer joined Simpson Thacher in 1981 after a three-year stint as a staff attorney in the Bureau of Competition, Federal Trade Commission, in Washington, D.C.  From 1993-1994, Ms. Meyer, while on a leave of absence from Simpson Thacher, taught antitrust, products liability and legal writing at Stetson Law School, St. Petersburg, Florida.  Subsequently, Ms. Meyer was Simpson Thacher’s first litigator in its Los Angeles office.  In the fall 1998, she returned to the New York office.  Ms. Meyer’s specialty is antitrust law but she also has been actively involved in pro bono work for women’s’ groups and New York City schools.  Ms. Meyer received a B.S. from Indiana University in 1975, with high distinction, and a J.D. from Georgetown University School of Law in 1978.


  • Katie Morel

 Katie is currently a doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology at Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus. She has completed clinical work with patients of all ages and diverse backgrounds, and is most passionate about issues relating to attachment. Before beginning her Ph.D, Katie taught English as a Second Language at UASCJ for four years and was also the Middle School Dean during her fourth year. Katie was excited to have the opportunity return to UASCJ to collect her dissertation data. She is a born and raised New Yorker and holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honors from Stanford University, a Master of Science in Education from Lehman College, and a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Long Island University, Brooklyn

  • Will Morel

Will Morel is the Head of Business Operations at Ampush, a marketing services company based in San Francisco. Previously, he served in leadership roles at Likeable Local and ZocDoc. Will received both his BSc and his MBA from The Wharton School. He is a born-and-raised New Yorker and a product of the city's public school system.

  • Natalie Overton  

Natalie has always known that she would spend her life striving for social justice and equity. Coming from a long line of educators, she jumped at the opportunity to begin her career in 2008 as a Teach for America corps member where she stayed in the classroom for five years.  Natalie began to shift her focus to adult development and mindsets within urban education. This led her to spend the next three years in coaching positions to ensure that students were receiving a holistic education that nurtures their academic minds as well as cognitive development. Currently she is the Director, Diversity Equity, Inclusiveness (DEI) for Blue Engine an educational non-profit that works to change the narrative of teaching in high schools throughout NYC.  She holds a B.A. from Lipscomb University and a M.Ed from Lehman College.


  • Manahil Sami

Manahil Sami was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She attended UASCJ in middle school and high school. She graduated as part of their first graduating class. Mahahil is now a junior at St. Joseph's college - her major is Psychology, but she is also taking pre-med classes. She is unsure about what she will be doing after completing undergrad, but she knows she would like to work with babies and kids in the medical field.


  • Laura Scheck

 Laura Scheck is originally from New Hampshire but considers herself a New Yorker after having lived in the city since 2003, with a brief stint in Berkeley, CA. Laura entered the field of education immediately after graduating from Colby College by joining the Teach for America program, through which she taught 1st grade in New Orleans and middle school in Newark. A champion of enrichment, summer and after school experiences for NYC students, Laura first learned about UASCJ while serving as Director of Student Opportunities at The Urban Assembly.Laura is currently the Senior Director of Capacity Building at ExpandED Schools, a non-profit intermediary organization that supports partnerships between schools and community based organization to expand learning time. Laura enjoys spending as much of her free time as possible with her two sons. She also manages her local CSA and is an enthusiastic chef, who finds chopping vegetables and baking to be one of life’s greatest stress reliefs.

  • Eric Wu


  • Molly Zeins

Molly Zeins first fell in love with the UASCJ community when she coached early-career teachers at the school in 2011 and 2012 as a Manager, Teacher Leadership Development with Teach for America. Prior to that, she worked in Baltimore as a high school social studies teacher. She’s since worked as a strategist for Baltimore City Public Schools and currently leads Teach for America-New York’s work with alumni educators. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from The University of Chicago and completed her Master’s Degree in Teaching at Johns Hopkins University.