Sonia Poulin - Executive Director
Sonia joined JES in October 2017 and brings more than two decades of leadership experience leading increasingly complex operations within the legal sector.
She has enjoyed a successful career in the areas of law reform, legal information & research, legal education and technology. She held a number of progressively responsible positions in private law firms, academia and government in five different provinces and in both legal traditions. Prior to joining JES, Sonia was on the senior leadership team of Resolution and Court Administration Services of Alberta Justice and Solicitor General where she was responsible for the vision, leadership, direction and management of legal information, research and education services to the judiciary, prosecutors, practicing bar and the public in Alberta. Committed to access to justice and human rights, both in Canada and internationally, Sonia has contributed to numerous boards and committees in various capacities at regional, national and international levels. As a self-starter, she co-founded a public legal information and education organization, and has developed and led various international development projects and initiatives for the justice sector, most recently in Eastern Europe and Africa.
A multi-lingual, Sonia has a BA in Linguistics and French Studies (second language teaching concentration) (Concordia), a Master of Information Studies degree (McGill), a Master of Business Administration (Strathclyde) and is currently completing a Law degree (London).
Bridget Petherbridge - International Program Director
Bridget is JES’ International Program Director with responsibility for all international projects. Bridget is a British barrister with over 20 years’ experience in the criminal justice system as a litigator and advocate. She is also a qualified advocacy trainer and holds an MBA from Manchester Business School. Having married a Canadian, Bridget moved to Vancouver in July 2013 and has worked with JES since February 2014. Prior to working with JES, Bridget worked alongside her legal career in the UK to develop and deliver projects to train lawyers and student advocates in Colombia and Mexico and is well-versed in the challenges of transitioning from inquisitorial to adversarial justice systems. Bridget speaks fluent Spanish.
Cristella Marrufo - International Programs Assistant
Cristella Marrufo has been the International Programs Assistant at JES International since May 2016. In this role Cristella works on administering projects in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama and Guyana. She also manages communications, assists with course development and volunteer recruitment.
Before working at JES International, Cristella spent years as an educator in France and in the United States. She has also worked and volunteered for various non-profit organizations. Upon her arrival to Vancouver she began working as a policy outreach intern at Oxfam Canada where she assisted in the implementation of several women's rights campaigns. Working at JES has provided a unique opportunity to combine her passion for education and human rights. Cristella has degree in International Politics and is fluent in Spanish and French.
Central America Team
Mary Rider joined JES International in January 2017 as the Panama & Northern Triangle Project Coordinator, working with the head office in Vancouver and local office in Guatemala to deliver projects in Panama, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. Mary came to JES from Fauna & Flora International where she worked as Projects Manager for the Americas & Caribbean team on environmental and governance projects with a focus on Central America. Mary is fluent in Spanish and is working on her French.Jorge Quiñonez
Jorge is the Project Coordinator for Central America. He is responsible for directing JES activities in Central America and for implementing the annual plans. He is a lawyer by training and has been collaborating with JES since 2010. During this time, he managed projects related to Criminal Analysis and Investigations, Crime Scene Examination, Major Case Management and Oral Trials Trainings in Guatemala and Honduras. Jorge had also worked previously as a consultant for the United Nations Development Program, in a project to strengthen Guatemala’s judicial system.
Marilú is the Administrative and Finance Assistant who provides finance and operations assistance, and supports the Coordinator with general office administration. She is also responsible for logistical planning of events and trips by the Guatemala office staff. Marilú studied Business Administration and is currently enrolled in a Master Program in Human Resources.
Erick is the Project Officer for Central America. He has been collaborating with JES since 2010. Previously, Erick worked as JES’s Project Officer for Special Methods of Investigation and several years as homicide investigator and as an investigations coordinator at the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Guatemala.
Carlos Alberto Moran Agustín
Carlos is the Project Officer for Panama. Carlos has been collaborating with JES since 2012. He coordinates the project activities in Honduras in the areas of Crime Scene Examination, Major Case Management and Oral Trials. Previous to joining JES, Carlos worked 10 years for the Criminal Investigations Bureau in the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Guatemala. Thanks to his experience in the justice sector, Carlos has a keen understanding of the problems affecting the region and is well equipped to work with our partner institutions in Honduras.
Gabriela is the Project Officer for Honduras. She has been collaborating with JES since 2012. Before joining JES, Gabriela worked several years at the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Honduras in the department of External Liaisons. As a project officer there, she coordinated the implementation of capacity strengthening projects funded by international organizations or partner countries. Gabriela has a bachelor’s degree in International Business.
As the Auxiliary Project Officer, Azucena provides assistance to the regional project coordinator in the areas of administration, logistics, translations, coaching and reporting. She has a Bachelor in marketing and publicity, and experience in communications for non-profit organizations. Azucena has also lectured courses in marketing at the Mesoamerican University in Guatemala.
Evelyn Neaman - Project Manager, Guyana
Evelyn Neaman is the Project Manager for the "Strengthening the Guyanese Criminal Justice System" project. For 24 years, Evelyn managed more than 100 Canadian and international innovative justice programs for JES and served as the first JES International Program Manager from 2009-2015. Evelyn has developed and managed justice reform projects in China, Ethiopia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Montenegro. She also served as a technical advisor to Agriteam Canada’s JUDGE project in Vietnam from 2010-2012 where she helped design community based public legal education programs. Evelyn has co-produced/directed four documentary films on international justice reform. In September 2015, JES awarded her the "Louise Arbour Award for International Justice" for her longstanding career and commitment towards building effective justice systems. Evelyn is now an independent consultant to JES.
Galina Sergeeva - Project Coordinator, Guyana
Galina Sergeeva joined JES as the Guyana Project Coordinator in November 2016. Galina works with JES staff and experts in Canada and Guyana to support implementation of JES Guyana project. Galina holds a Masters degree in Political Science from the University of British Columbia, and prior to joining JES worked in proposal development and grants management in non-profit organizations in Russia and Ethiopia.
Rolinda Kirton, LLB
Rolinda is the JES Country Representative - Guyana, in the "Strengthening the Guyanese Criminal Justice" project, funded by Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada. Rolinda holds a Degree in Law and a Diploma in Technology. She is a trained Facilitator and High Court Mediator and has considerable experience designing and delivering management development training. She is also a certified Master Practitioner in the field of Neuro-Dynamics through the Netherlands Training Institute. Rolinda served as a consultant with UNDP in the UN Social Cohesion and Peacebuilding Program in 2004 and later with UNICEF in 2005 as a Psychosocial Consultant.
In 2006 she was awarded the prestigious Chevening Fellowship by the British government, in Conflict Resolution, at the University of York in the Post-War Reconstruction and Development Unit (PRDU), and an internship at International IDEA in Sweden. Ms. Kirton served for three years as Project Manager for the Canadian Association of General Surgeons in the Guyana Diabetes Care Project – Phase 2, funded by CIDA-Canada. In 2013 Ms. Kirton joined the CIDA staff as a temporary Development Officer to oversee regional projects in the area of sustainable economic growth. In 2014 Ms. Kirton joined a private law firm where she is attached as a legal associate and in 2015 as an independent consultant to JES.
Stacia Rose is the Guyana Project Assistant. She joined JES in November 2016. Her educational background is in sciences (mathematics and biology) and English. Prior to joining JES, Stacia worked at the Georgetown-based Project Support Unit, which provided support services for the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development of Canada (DFATD) programmes in Guyana. Among her diverse skill-set, she is experienced in payroll and record keeping, events coordination, office procedures and customer relations.