Staff Bios

Raina Celnik, Director of Operations/Mitigation Specialist

Raina Celnik joined CRI in 2012 as the Administrative Coordinator. In 2013 Raina’s role expanded to overseeing the operations and assisting in investigations. Raina has a BA in English Literature from UC Berkeley and an MA in English Literature from San Francisco State University. Prior to joining CRI, Raina worked as an educator in Richmond, California.

Kyle Earley, Mitigation Specialist

Kyle Earley joined CRI in 2016 as a Mitigation Specialist. He conducts investigative research and develops social histories on behalf of men and women facing the death penalty. Kyle has a BA in Communications with a minor in History. Prior to joining CRI, Kyle worked as a Trial Assistant at the Law Offices of Jack Earley.

Michelle Gaudet, Artistic Director/Mitigation Specialist

Michelle joined CRI in 2011 as a Mitigation Specialist.  She collaborates on social history, mental health and fair trial investigations in an effort to improve the standard of care for men and women facing the death penalty and other draconian measures.  Prior to joining CRI, Michelle collaborated on the legal defense of immigrants facing banishment from the United States.

Anthony Ginez, Director of Programs/Mitigation Specialist

Anthony Ginez joined CRI in 2012 as the Director of Programs. He has since taken on a dual role of overseeing all of CRI’s initiatives and conducting direct service mitigation investigation. Anthony has a BA in Urban Studies and Planning from San Francisco State University. Prior to joining CRI, Anthony was working with youth and families in Visitacion Valley in southeast San Francisco.

Scarlet Nerad, Executive Director/Mitigation Specialist

Scarlet has been mitigating on behalf of men and women facing the death penalty for over 20 years. She co-founded CRI in 2007 to continue to investigate death penalty cases at the trial and post conviction level and train others while creating and developing initiatives designed to combat risk factors in children we now recognize left our condemned most at risk for incarceration.

Travaughn Williams, Administrative and Program Coordinator

Travaughn Williams joined CRI in 2013 as an intern and was later hired to provide administrative and programmatic support. Travaughn currently runs our Reading Across the Lines initiative and supports the Director of Programs with our other initiatives. Travaughn is currently pursuing his BA in History.