Judge Judith C. Chirlin (Ret’d)    Executive Director

Judge Judith C. Chirlin (Ret’d)

Executive Director

Lori Nelson    Associate Executive Director

Lori Nelson

Associate Executive Director

Bethany Leal  is the Director of Operations and Development at WJC.  She manages the day-to-day operations throughout the WJC campus and oversees the organization's finances, human resources and fund development.  Prior to joining WJC, Bethany was the Network Director of the Multi-ethnic Immigrant Worker Organizing Network (MIWON). She led the organizing effort, which resulted in thousands of community members participating in the 2007 and 2008 rallies for immigration policy reform and humane treatment of immigrants.  Prior to her position at MIWON, she was Director of Economic and Reproductive Justice Projects at the California Women’s Law Center. She was responsible for securing funding and developing public policy initiatives to improve the lives of women, particularly low-income women and women of color.  Bethany began her career as a Sergeant in the United States Air Force.


Emily Linnemeier

Emily Linnemeier is a Program Director at WJC, where she focuses on collaborating with public schools to create secondary and elementary school conflict resolution education programs.  She has designed and implemented conflict resolution education training materials with her colleagues, advised on peer mediations and referral systems, and designed and implemented dialogues on school campuses.  Emily also provides conflict resolution training, dialogue facilitation, and technical assistance for other WJC programs.  Prior to joining WJC, she was a field representative in the district office of California State Senator Debra Bowen.  Previously, she worked as a Program and Editorial Assistant for the Middle East Policy Council in Washington, DC.  Emily has also interned with the City of Los Angeles Human Relations Commission on issues of public safety - including working on a safe-passage program for the students of Alain Leroy Locke High School in South Los Angeles - and with the Asian Pacific Dispute Resolution Center, where she received her mediation training as a conflict resolution specialist.  She received her Masters of Science in Conflict Analysis and Resolution in May 2005 from the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University.


Camille Couture-Carter

Camille Couture-Carter is the Executive Assistant and Facilities Coordinator at WJC.  She has nine years experience as an administrator in the non-profit world and enjoys providing administrative support for the important work of the WJC.  Camille holds a Master of Arts in Choral Conducting from the University of Washington and, when time allows, sings with local choirs and regional opera companies.


Teresa Wang

Teresa Wang is the Digital Strategy Director at WJC working primarily on developing and managing Haven Social Network. Teresa comes from AIDS Healthcare Foundation where she was a consultant analyzing web traffic to inform site design and marketing campaigns. Before that, she was the Sports Information Director at Cypress College where she built the program’s web presence and overall visibility. She used her off time to create Roots of Equality with friends to  organize for marriage equality. Roots of Equality subsequently created Lavender Los Angeles, an exhibit and book detailing the queer history of Los Angeles for which she served as the Project Manager. Teresa has also spent time as a Technical Consultant for Torie Osborn’s State Assembly campaign and as the Communications Director of Stonewall Young Democrats. Teresa has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley and masters’ degrees in Clinical Psychology and Sport Management from Antioch University and University of San Francisco respectively.


Joe Evans, Property Manager at WJC, has been with WJC since 2005.  He is responsible for maintenance of the property and set up of events at The Maxwell House