The Restorative Center is fortunate to have a stellar board of directors to uphold the highest standards of non-profit stewardship, guide program development, and assist in raising the funds needed to implement TRC’s goals.
Tajuana Johnson, president
Tajuana Johnson is a 2007 graduate of the City of New York (CUNY) School of Law. Ms. Johnson is a Staff Attorney at the Legal Aid Society Criminal Defense Practice (Integrated Domestic Violence Division) in Manhattan, where she represents persons accused of domestic violence in both their criminal and family court cases. Prior to joining the Domestic Violence Unit, she worked in the Legal Aid Bronx Office in the Juvenile Rights Practice division. Tajuana received her B.A. in English Literature from Virginia Commonwealth University and taught for the NYC Department of Education as a Special Education and High School English teacher. During her 3rd year at CUNY, Tajuana received an offer to clerk for the Hon. Miguel de la Cerrera in Passaic County, NJ. While at CUNY she was a part of the International Women’s Human Rights Clinic, studied abroad in Capetown, South Africa, and was a Project Equity Fellow from 2004-2007.
Daniel Arshack, vice president
Daniel N. Arshack, Esq. focuses on the criminal defense and civil rights of individuals and business in state and federal courts in the United States and in various jurisdictions throughout the world.
Mr. Arshack was elected President of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in 2007. In addition, he is the elected representative of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) to the Council of the International Criminal Bar (ICB), a member of the Board of Directors of the International Criminal Defense Attorneys Association - USA (ICDAA), Co-Chairman of the International Committee of the NACDL, and a member of the Board of New York Sun Works. Mr. Arshack has appeared, in relation to his cases, as a commentator on The Today Show, Night Line with Ted Koeppel, The Queen Latifa Show, CBS, NBC and ABC News and on Court TV.
In addition to criminal cases, Mr. Arshack handles a variety of challenging civil actions and commercial cases generally involving protecting the interests of individuals against large institutions, and those who have been abused by their therapists, teachers or priests.
Mr. Arshack is engaged in issues relating to national and international law reform. He played a central role in Paris and Berlin, in creating and drafting the constitution for the newly formed ICB which provides a voice for all counsel appearing before the International Criminal Court (ICC). He has been an active NGO delegate for the NACDL at the United Nations Preparatory Commission on the ICC. He was a drafter of the Rules of Professional Conduct submitted by the ICB to the ICC for attorneys from around the world who will be appearing before the ICC.
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peter simon, secretary/treasurer
Peter Simon is a retired marketing research and retail executive with an MBA from NYU. For the past six years Peter has been mentoring high school students as part of iMentor. Peter is also the vice-president of The Richard and Trude Weininger Foundation.
More recently, Peter completed mediation training at The New York Peace Institute.
Manish Srivastava is a clinical associate professor of real estate finance & investment and the director of academic affairs at New York University’s School of Professional Studies Schack Institute of Real Estate. He also teaches at Columbia University.
Professor Srivastava has over 15 years of experience in real estate capital markets, corporate finance, investment banking, mergers & acquisitions, real estate private equity and investment management, valuation, financial forensic and fraud investigations, and corporate strategy and development. He has executed several billions worth of transactions across a range of industries and transaction types. Prior to his career in real estate and finance he practiced architecture for several years.
Professor Srivastava graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with dual Masters of Science degrees in real estate (with a focus on real estate finance and development) and architecture. At MIT, he was the recipient of the Aga Khan Scholarship for graduate studies in architecture. He also has a Bachelor of Architecture degree.
Hara Robrish-Fischbein is a staff attorney at the Legal Aid Society in Manhattan where she has practiced for the last nine years. She specializes in criminal defense where she represents indigent adult and juvenile clients in New York County Criminal and Supreme Court who are facing felony and/or misdemeanor charges. She has successfully represented defendants in numerous criminal hearings and trials. As part of her practice she often advocates for her clients to attend a variety of programs as an alternative to incarceration. Prior to becoming a public defender, Mrs. Robrish-Fischbein was Assistant Corporation Counsel at the New York City Law Department specializing in tax and bankruptcy litigation.
Mrs. Robrish-Fischbein was recently featured in a Village Voice cover story profiling her efforts to change the current antiquated knife laws in New York State. She is a member of the New York State Defender Association.
Mrs. Robrish-Fischbein received her JD from Cardozo Law School in 2004, where she was the Symposium Editor of the Comparative and International Law Journal. She was an active member of the Cardozo Women's Law Student Association and the Cardozo Public Interest Law Student Association. She received a BS from the University of Florida in 2000.
Since 2005 Timothy Rountree has been the Attorney-in-Charge of the Legal Aid Society Criminal Defense Practice in Queens County New York. Tim’s office – one of five Legal Aid trial offices in New York City - provides legal and managerial leadership for a 170 plus person team comprised of staff attorneys, supervising attorneys, and support staff, including investigators, social workers, and paralegals. He is responsible for office operations, staff hiring and development, including office-wide decision making and representing the Legal Aid Society and Criminal Defense Practice client interests in Criminal Court and wider community. The Legal Aid Society Criminal Defense Practice is the largest and oldest public defender organization in the country, as well as the primary provider of indigent criminal defense services in New York City.
Before being appointed to his current position, Tim was the Deputy Attorney-in-Charge of the Capital Division of the Legal Aid Society. Before that he was a Staff Attorney in the Capital Division. The Capital Division represented individuals charged with first degree murder and facing the death penalty. The death penalty law was re-enacted in New York State in 1995. The law has since been found unconstitutional. In 1998 Tim was part of a team of attorneys who defended Darryl Harris at trial in the case of People of the State of New York v. Darryl Harris, the first death penalty trial in New York State once the death penalty was re-enacted.
Tim began his legal career at the Legal Aid Society as a staff attorney in 1987. He Became a Supervising Attorney in 2004. He was also the Supervising Attorney in the Criminal Justice Clinic at Hofstra University School of Law. He was an adjunct faculty member in New York Law School’s Criminal Law Clinic and an adjunct instructor at Baruch College and Monroe College. Tim is an adjunct faculty member at St. John’s University and is an active team member in new attorney training for Legal Aid’s Criminal Defense Practice.
Tim is a recipient of the New York State Bar Association, Denison Ray Criminal Defender Staff Award for Indigent Representation. He is an inductee into the Hall of Distinguished Alumni at his high school alma mater, New Brunswick High School in New Brunswick, New Jersey and a St. John’s University, Legal Studies Leadership Award winner. He received a BA in English with honors from Howard University and a JD from American University, Washington College of Law. Tim will take ledership in nurturing and growing TRC’s NextGen CircleKeepers programs.
Patricia has been working in the marketing intelligence industry for over 15 years, across the industry leading companies: using analytical, critical thinking and interpersonal skills to inform business strategy. A native from Sao Paulo, Brazil, Patricia and her family moved to the US in 2010.
Patricia’s curiosity and passion about human behavior also brought her to study psychology (Universidade Paulista, Sao Paulo), as well as studying and teaching Yoga and meditation (Brazil, US – Ishta Yoga). She contributed to the conception phase of The Restorative Center as a core team member, and is excited to stay part of the community as a member of the Board.
Roshan Jhunja has been working in technology and finance in the NYC area for the last 18 years, in various roles spanning software engineering, program management, purchasing and business process analysis. His personal projects have included consulting with several early-stage startups as well as collaborative innovation in the social technology space. In his spare time he has mentored local students ranging from high school to post-graduate. He currently works at Square, Inc managing a team building better apps for retail merchants. Roshan earned his BS in Computer Science and Engineering as a National Merit Scholar at the University of Connecticut, and his MBA in Finance from the NYU Stern School of Business.
Since 2014, Bill Conyea has launched several successful startups and projects in both real estate development and technology staffing / consulting. He is a managing partner and founder of Fullerton Associates, a property management and real estate holding company focused on mixed-use properties in the Mid-Hudson Valley region of New York State. Bill is also the founder of Crestview Global, a technology advisory firm primarily servicing the financial services industry. Crestview focuses on innovation, product development and technological systems, helping clients elevate their businesses to world class standards. Bill engages customers and business leaders to create new, and enhance existing, solutions to move their businesses forward.
Prior to 2014, Mr. Conyea spent five years as a divisional CTO at JPMorgan Chase, where he had global roles responsible for both Investment Management and Fund Services technology across all firm locations. As CTO at JPMorgan, he oversaw a global team of 700 technology professionals and led the strategy and implementation of new platforms for Equity, Fixed Income and the Alternative Investment businesses. This new platform helped the business achieve and sustain double digit growth in assets under management and increase their net revenue 35%. Prior to JPMorgan Chase, Mr. Conyea spent 16 years at Morgan Stanley where he held several roles including global CTO of Morgan Stanley Investment Management, supporting Equity, Fixed Income, Hedge Fund, Private Equity and Real Estate divisions. He successfully integrated three acquired firms into one global platform, thereby saving 35 million dollars annually in operating costs, while simultaneously enabling higher revenues and associated transaction volume. Mr. Conyea helped drive the hedge fund acquisition and integration strategy and the build out of the alternatives technology platform. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Mr. Conyea held several roles at IBM, American Express and Mobil Oil; progressing from software developer to director.
Mr. Conyea has a unique blend of experience in leadership, technology and business solutions, project management, small city dynamics and real estate investing. Bill is a graduate of SUNY Albany, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in business and information sciences. He has served on the executive advisory boards of a number of technology start ups. He also volunteers as an advisor to a number of non-profits in the Hudson Valley region of NY that are focused on providing better sources of food, promoting nutritional awareness and creating programs for high-risk youth.