Staff & Board

Our Team

Libby Magee Coles, Esq.
Executive Director & Managing Attorney

Libby serves as Executive Director and Managing Attorney for JusticeMatters, which she founded in 2009 with the help of a talented team of legal professionals and community leaders. She specializes in the provision of trauma-informed humanitarian immigration services for survivors of human trafficking and other traumas. Libby provides leadership in statewide anti-trafficking efforts, serving as chairperson of the North Carolina Human Trafficking Commission by appointment of the Governor. Libby received her J.D. from Duke University School of Law. She has worked as a civil litigator with Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein in Raleigh, on the legislative staff of a U.S. Senator in Washington, D.C., and as a mentor and athletic instructor for at-risk youth. Libby and her husband Jeff have two children and live in Old North Durham, which puts them in delightfully close proximity to some of their favorite things – Durham Farmers’ Market, their church (Christ Central), Cameron Indoor Stadium, the Tobacco Trail, and food trucks.

Nicole Daniels, Esq.
Staff Attorney

Nicole was born and raised in Athens, Georgia. She is a two-time graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, receiving her BA in Communication Studies and Spanish in 2011 and JD in 2015. In the summers of 2013 and 2015 she spent six weeks in Rwanda and The Hague studying international law and human rights. There she developed a deep passion for human rights law and has continuously focused her efforts on anti-human trafficking work and community development. During the 2014-2015 academic year, Nicole completed a legal externship with JusticeMatters. Nicole returned to serve as Staff Attorney for JusticeMatters, focusing on anti-human trafficking through immigration and family law. Nicole lives in Durham and in her free time you can find her dancing, singing off-key, and enjoying the city of Durham which she has grown to love almost as much as Chapel Hill.

Maria Slater, J.D.
Kennedy Legal Fellow

Maria serves as a Kennedy Fellow at JusticeMatters, working on family and immigration law cases. Originally from Rocky Mount, NC, Maria received her B.A. from the University of North Carolina in 2011 and her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2016. During law school, she served as Notes Editor for the Virginia Law Review and enjoyed working with clients in the Alternative Dispute Resolution and Health Law Clinics. She is excited to continue pursuing public interest work back in her home state, in what she considers one of the best and most hipster towns in the state. Prior to law school, Maria taught first grade for two years in Metro Atlanta with Teach for America. Maria lives in Durham and enjoys being near family, biking the American Tobacco Trail, and continuing her quest for the best fish tacos in the area.

Christy A. Hamilton Malott, Esq.
Senior Staff Attorney

Christy serves as Senior Staff Attorney for JusticeMatters, specializing in family law. Christy also serves on the Durham Community Child Fatality Team and chairs the Durham Community Child Protection Team, both by appointment of the Board of County Commissioners. Christy was a member of the Durham Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Program, representing abused and neglected children, for over ten years in roles of both volunteer and attorney. Most recently, she spent a year in private practice handling family law cases at Lewis & Anderson, PLLC. Christy has served as Secretary, Vice-President, and President of the 14th Judicial District and Durham County Bar Associations. She brings knowledge of the judicial and social service system as well as a passion for helping children and families. Christy grew up in Durham and graduated from Riverside High School ('97), Duke University ('01) and North Carolina Central School of Law ('05). Christy and her husband, Donnie, stay busy trying to keep up with their three children and two dogs!

Charissa Gray, MSW, MPH
Client Services Program Manager

Charissa serves as Client Services Program Manager with JusticeMatters, specializing in trauma informed and holistic service provision, with experience working in rural, urban, and international settings with domestic and foreign-born children, youth, and adults. Charissa jokes that not only does UNC-CH have all of her loyalty, but also all of her money as she completed her BA in ‘08 and then returned to complete a MSW and a MPH in ‘14. She is committed to interdisciplinary service provision after working for innovative organizations including UNC Horizons and Lawndale Christian Health Center and participating in programs like the Transatlantic Consortium on Early Childhood Intervention in Sweden. Her desire to display Christ’s love through prayerful action prompted her to complete a graduate internship with JusticeMatters and she was thrilled to join the staff in 2016. Charissa lives in Durham and spends her free time trying to decide on her favorite coffee shop, serving with her church, convincing Duke fans that UNC is superior, and exploring the Eno River whenever she is homesick for the little mountain town where she grew up.

Chelsea DeMoss
Legal Extern

Chelsea is a student at Duke University School of Law and is completing an externship at JusticeMatters for the 2016-17 school year. She grew up on the West Coast in both Alaska and Washington state, but originates from (and still spends a lot of time in) Oklahoma, so views herself as a sort of American mutt. Prior to law school she lived in Zambia, where she completed a legal internship with International Justice Mission, then later returned to volunteer with several smaller local nonprofits. Here in Durham she is supplementing her legal education by serving as a Guardian ad Litem (GAL), leading the Human Rights Legal Society, and investing in the predominately immigrant and refugee community where she currently lives. Chelsea enjoys spending her free time with friends and family, preferably outside, and hoards any larger chunks of time for traveling and seeking out adventures.

Cheryl Chew Park, Esq.
Staff Attorney

Cheryl serves as Staff Attorney for JusticeMatters, specializing in humanitarian immigration law. Previously, Cheryl completed a legal fellowship with JusticeMatters and worked with the North Carolina Justice Center’s Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project in Raleigh. Cheryl received her B.A. from Duke University and her J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law, serving as a volunteer with JusticeMatters and working in the Immigration and Human Rights Policy Clinic during law school. Cheryl and her husband live in Durham with their sweet and energetic dog, Charlie.

Betsy Divers
Interpreter & Client Services Specialist

Our Board of Directors

Mike Allen, Esq., CPA
Leland Little Auctions

Mike is an accountant and an attorney. He began his career practicing law, which he did for twelve years in Cary and Durham. After his transition to accounting, he spent several years doing corporate tax work for accounting firm Deloitte and Touche in Raleigh. He now works for Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales in Hillsborough. Mike is a Mississippi native, but now lives in Durham with his wife Kelli and their two energetic sons. The Allens are members of Christ Community Church in Chapel Hill, where Mike serves as a deacon, an experience that has developed his heart for those in need and suffering from oppression.

Jason Brege, Esq.
Smith Anderson LLP

Jason Brege is an attorney with Raleigh law firm Smith Anderson, with a practice focus on technology transactions and intellectual property. He joined the JusticeMatters Board of Directors after serving for nearly six years on the Board of Directors for LifeCare, Inc., a Triangle-based Christian non-profit. Jason holds a J.D. from the University of Virginia and B.A. (Physics, Math) from Vanderbilt University. Jason lives in northwest Raleigh with his wife, Cary, and their two sons; they attend Treasuring Christ Church in downtown Raleigh. Having lived in 10 different places while growing up in a mobile military family, Jason has lived in the Triangle longer than anywhere else, so now considers himself an “adopted native” of North Carolina. In his (limited) free time, Jason enjoys relaxing with his family, fly-fishing, soccer and racing in triathlons despite disliking swimming, biking and running (yet somehow enjoying the combination).

Laura Francis-Thorp, MSW
Chapel Hill, NC

Laura serves as a peer counselor at Abundant Joy in Durham. She holds an MSW and a B.A. (English) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Laura lives in Chapel Hill with her husband and their three children. She is originally from Nashville, TN. Laura serves on the UNC School of Social Work Advisory Board and volunteers in women’s ministry at her church (Good Shepherd) in Durham and with JourneyMates in Raleigh.

Christina Kim, PMHNP
Duke University Health System

Christina is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and works for Duke University Hospital in an outpatient psychiatric clinic. She has long felt a particular call to work with underserved populations which led her to choose a mental health specialty. She formerly worked as a therapist at local, non-profit mental health agency, El Futuro, where she became more familiar with JusticeMatters and the gap they fill. Christina worships at Grace Hill Church where she is head of the Missions Committee and works with the church youth. Though an Arizona native, she appreciates the diversity of North Carolina, particularly single-track trails (running) and the mountains and generally loves being outside with family and friends. Husband, David, also serves on the board much to her delight!

David Kim, Ph.D.
Vestergaard Frandsen, Inc.

David is the Head of Research & Development at Vestergaard Frandsen, an international company dedicated to improving the health of vulnerable people living in developing countries. David was born in Seoul, South Korea and grew up in Toronto, Canada. David holds a PhD in Environmental Science & Engineering from the School of Public Health, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. David lives in Durham, North Carolina, with his wife, Christina. He enjoys being close to all the great restaurants in Durham, and nearby Duke Forest trails where he can burn off the extra calories. David and Christina are both members of Grace Hill Church in Hillsborough, North Carolina, where David serves as a Ruling Elder.

Charles Marshall, Esq.
Brooks Pierce LLP

Charles Marshall is a partner at Brooks Pierce, a business law firm with offices in Raleigh, Greensboro, and Wilmington. He has a diverse practice that spans civil litigation, regulatory enforcement, and government relations. Charles has been increasing active in digital and social media issues, including helping companies respond to data breaches and developing best practices. Before joining Brooks Pierce in 2003, Charles spent time spent as a U.S. Department of Justice lawyer and as a Capitol Hill policy advisor. Charles lives in Raleigh with his wife, Fraley (who is the program director for Band Together NC) and their three children. The Marshalls attend Redeemer Anglican Church in downtown Raleigh. Charles is a member of the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Visitors, coaches flag football for the Salvation Army, and is a member of F3 Raleigh (Fitness, Fellowship, and Faith). He also writes and performs independent pop music for the Balsa Gliders and occasionally contributes to Walter magazine.

Lucy Martindale, MBA
Durham, NC

Lucy is finance professional with over 20 years of experience leading life science and pharmaceutical companies. She is the former Chief Financial Officer at LipoScience, Inc., a clinical diagnostic company in Raleigh. Lucy is an Indiana native who moved to the Triangle over 30 years ago and now calls Durham home. Lucy and her husband, Al, live in Durham, have two grown children, and attend Blacknall Memorial Presbyterian Church. She is active in the community and does part-time consulting work. Lucy enjoys reading, cooking, traveling, and spending time outside with her family’s two dogs. She graduated from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and holds an MBA from Campbell University.

Zenzi Hopkins Mason, Esq., MBA
Chapel Hill, NC

Zenzi is an attorney in Chapel Hill. Her prior experience includes time as a Guardian ad Litem with the Office of the Cook County Public Guardian and several years as Vice President for Administration and Finance for Research and Evaluation Associates, Inc. Zenzi holds a B.S.B.A. and an M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as a J.D. from George Washington University. She is a Chapel Hill native, an avid reader and a staunch Tarheel. Zenzi lives with her two incredible children in her hometown. Zenzi attends newhope church in Durham.

Stephanie Simpson, Esq.
Raleigh, NC

Stephanie worked for over a decade in the North Carolina political arena, serving as the chief lobbyist and Governmental Affairs Director for one of the largest non-profit trade associations in North Carolina. She currently serves as a Commissioner on the North Carolina Rules Review Commission in which she was elected Vice-Chair. With a desire to bring hope, compassion and opportunity to her community, Stephanie has also had the privilege to serve on the Neighbor To Neighbor Board of Directors and the Computer Training Partnership (CTP) Board of Directors. Stephanie holds a J.D. from Regent University School of Law and a B.A (History) from Tulane University. Originally from Louisiana, Stephanie resides in Raleigh with her husband, Dana, and their three children. The Simpsons attend Church of the Apostles in Raleigh.

Heather Warwick, Esq.
Smith Anderson LLP

Heather is an attorney and works part time at the Raleigh law firm Smith Anderson where she practices employment law. Heather holds a J.D. and B.S. (Business Administration) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Heather lives in Raleigh with her husband, Ashley, and their three children. She is a lifetime North Carolina resident and is a Tarheel born and bred, in every sense of the word. Heather serves on the PTA Executive Board at her children’s school and at Church of the Apostles, where she and her family worship.

Jeffrey R. Wolfe, Esq.
Forrest Firm, P.C.

Jeff Wolfe is a business attorney with the Forrest Firm, P.C. Jeff’s areas of practice at the Forrest Firm include entity formation and governance, commercial contracts, and strategic transactions. Prior to the Forrest Firm, Jeff worked at the Raleigh law firm Smith Anderson. Jeff earned his law degree from Wake Forest University and bachelor’s degrees in political science and economics from Indiana University. Jeff lives in Raleigh with his wife, Brittaney, and their two sons, Grant and Hudson. Jeff and Brittaney are members of the Summit Church and worship at the North Raleigh Campus.