Leadership and Staff

Chris Mumma, Executive Director

For nearly two decades, Chris Mumma has served as the Center’s Executive Director. Instrumental in fighting for criminal justice reform in North Carolina, Chris has spearheaded legislation on eyewitness identification, the recording of interrogations, preservation of biological evidence, enhanced support for exonerees, and the establishment of the only Innocence Inquiry Commission in the United States. As the Center’s Executive Director, she also represented Dwayne Dail, Joseph Abbitt, Greg Taylor, Willie Grimes, Larry Lamb, Joseph Sledge, Johnny Small and Mark Carver in their successful post-conviction proceedings. Before joining the Center, Chris had a nine-year career in corporate finance at Nortel Networks. She then went on to attend law school and clerk for I. Beverly Lake, Jr., the Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court. She is the recipient of the 2007 Tar Heel of the Year Award, the 2008 Business Leader Magazine Pro Bono Impact Award, the 2009 Z. Smith Reynolds Susan Reynolds Award for Advocacy, the 2010 Advocates for Justice Kellie Crabtree Award, the 2012 Lawyer’s Weekly Women of Justice Public Service Practitioner Award, the 2014 Lawyer’s Weekly Barristers Breaking Barriers Award, the 2015 Indy Weekly Citizen of the Year Award, the 2017 NC Advocates for Justice Thurgood Marshall Award, and the 2018 NC Justice Center, Defender of Justice Litigation Award. She serves as a Commissioner on the Indigent Defense Services Commission and is a member of the Forensics Advisory Board.

 

Board of Directors

 

 

Richard Rosen, Board President
Professor of Law Emeritus, UNC School of Law

 

 

 

 

Dwayne Dail
North Carolina Exoneree – exonerated in 2007

 

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Greg Taylor
North Carolina Exoneree – exonerated in 2010

 

 

 

Jon Powell
Director, Restorative Justice Clinic, Campbell Law School

 

 

 

Tru Pettigrew
Author and CEO of HERO Group

 

 

 

Jodi Hall
Associate Professor at NC State School of Social Work

 

 

 

Corey Santos
Former Chief Assistant District Attorney, Alamance County, NC

 

 

Staff

 

 

 

Debbie Carr, Support Staff

 

 

 

Greg Cathcart, Investigator

 

 

 

 

Guy Loranger, Staff Attorney

 

 

 

 

Rachel Moore, Case Assistant

 

 

 

 

 

Ashley Riggleman, Intake Coordinator/Staff Attorney

 

 

 

 

Michael Roberson, Staff Attorney

 

 

 

 

Cheryl Sullivan, Senior Staff Attorney