Meet Our Team
Savannah Hansen Best, Esq.
Staff Attorney, Immigration Law
Savannah serves as a Staff Attorney at JusticeMatters. Originally from Metro Atlanta, Savannah moved to North Carolina to attend the great Wake Forest University in 2011 and never left. After graduating with a B.A. in Politics and International Affairs, Savannah earned her J.D. from Duke University School of Law, the second-greatest school on earth. Savannah learned of JusticeMatters almost immediately upon moving to Durham, and first joined the team as a Summer Legal Fellow in 2016. After working as a civil litigator, Savannah rejoined JusticeMatters to practice humanitarian immigration law in 2019. Her two pet shrimp, Karen and Kāren, also joined the JusticeMatters team. Savannah and her husband, Sam, love to travel, explore Durham’s unbeatable food scene, and venture to the Bull City’s many dog-friendly sites and events with their beloved canine children, Paisley and Calvin.
Cheryl Chew, Esq.
Senior Staff Attorney, Immigration Law Section Lead
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.
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, Cameron Indoor Stadium, the Tobacco Trail, and food trucks.
Santae M. Cooper
Case Specialist, Family Law
Santae is a Wesley College graduate with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Paralegal Studies and a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. She has over 18 years of experience working as a paralegal in various types of law. Santae and her husband Kris have two children, a daughter and son. Santae loves to spend her free time with her family watching or playing sports, watching movies, playing board games or reading a good book.
Nicole Daniels, Esq.
Staff Attorney, Immigration Law
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.
Chelsea DeMoss, Esq
Staff Attorney, Family Law
Chelsea serves as a Staff Attorney at JusticeMatters. She grew up split between Alaska’s mountains and Washington’s Puget Sound, and graduated from the University of Washington in 2013 with a B.S. in physiology and a B.A. in psychology (concentrating on early childhood development). Chelsea spent two years further cultivating her passions for community and justice by traveling and working for NGOs in Lusaka, Zambia before deciding to pursue a J.D. at Duke University. She graduated cum laude in 2018 with a Certificate in Public Interest and Public Service Law. Chelsea volunteered and externed with JusticeMatters throughout law school and, after a year-long interlude clerking for a federal appellate judge, was thrilled to return to North Carolina to join the JusticeMatters family law team. Chelsea and her new husband Caleb love their lively and diverse apartment complex in Durham, and split their free time between outdoor adventures and curling up by the window with books, fuzzy socks and warm drinks.
Training and Education Specialist & Language Access Coordinator
Born in Argentina to parents from Virginia and North Carolina, Betsy was raised speaking two languages and embracing life between cultures. She left Argentina to attend the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA, where she obtained a B.S. in Psychology and Spanish Language and Literature. A move to North Carolina marked the beginning of her career in the field of Training and Instructional Design, which happily involved travel to many places, both domestic and abroad. Life in the U.S. really began for her when she moved to the Bull City, where she lives with her husband, Chris (also from Buenos Aires) and their canine wonder, Sienna. JusticeMatters is a space where the things that matter most to Betsy happen on a daily basis, and for that she is continually grateful.
Charissa Gray, MSW, MPH
Chief Program Officer
Charissa serves as Director of Operations 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.
Case Specialist & Interpreter
Jenni serves as a Case Specialist as well as a Spanish interpreter with JusticeMatters in the Raleigh office. Having grown up in Barcelona, Spain, Jenni gained a love for the Spanish language as well as people of Latin cultures. Jenni has experience working with people of all ages and from all backgrounds. She was a teacher for eight years teaching several different subjects in grades ranging from pre-k through high school. She has served on several non-profit boards and has always had a heart for reaching people. Her desire to use her knowledge of the Spanish language and her love for people of other cultures led her to work the past seven years as a paralegal and interpreter for an immigration attorney in Raleigh. After volunteering with JusticeMatters for several years, Jenni joined the staff in 2018 to help launch the Raleigh office. Jenni loves the mission of JusticeMatters and enjoys using her knowledge of the Spanish language and her experience as a paralegal to help those who are in need. Jenni has served the Hispanic population for over eighteen years in many capacities, such as leading a women’s Bible study, teaching English as a second language, advocating for them and supporting them in whatever way they need. Jenni and her husband Todd have three teenagers and enjoy spending their time at their children’s sporting, playing games with family and friends and volunteering within their community and church.
Chief Operating Officer
LaToya serves as Chief Operating Officer focused on strategy and process creation and implementation, human resources, finance, and administration. LaToya’s career spans approximately 20 years working with a variety of organizations in operations, nonprofit management, finance, and community development. Prior to JusticeMatters, she worked for Jobs for Life, the Make It Right Foundation, Cherokee Investment Partners, Fannie Mae Foundation and Bank of America. LaToya received a BBA degree in accounting from Howard University and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Kenan-Flager Business School. She lives in Wake Forest with her husband and attends the Summit Church.
Edith Galvan Lopez
Client Services Specialist
Christy A. Hamilton Malott, Esq.
Senior Staff Attorney, Family Law Section Lead
Christy serves as Senior Staff Attorney for JusticeMatters, specializing in family law. Christy is a certified Child Welfare Law Specialist by the NACC. 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. 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!
Case Specialist, Immigration Law
A native of Puerto Rico, Ineavelle grew up in Brooklyn, NY and relished in the diversity offered by NYC. Upon graduating high school in NY and attending college in Indiana, Ineavelle decided to move to Greensboro, NC for a change of pace and then married her best friend from middle school, Lloyd Middleton. They have been happily married now for over 20 years and their family consists of two wonderful teenagers, Lloyd and Shelly, and a spoiled-rotten bull dog named Max (who all claim is Ineavelle’s favorite).
Ineavelle worked as an Executive Assistant for various Fortune 500 companies. Feeling disheartened after multiple reorganizations and mergers, Ineavelle opened herself up to embarking on something new. It was by pure chance that she came across an opportunity that led her into the world of immigration law via Chapman Law Firm. Through client cases, Ineavelle learned about the injustices and difficulties that people coming to the U.S. for a better life were facing. Through immigration law, she discovered the career passion that she had been longing for. She credits Mr. Chapman for introducing her to the world that would eventually lead her to her current position as a Case Specialist with JusticeMatters.
Katie Moye, Esq.
Senior Staff Attorney, Family Law
Katie is Senior Staff Attorney in the Raleigh office of JusticeMatters, focusing on family law matters. Katie was born in New Orleans, raised in south Louisiana and received her undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA, in 1991. She settled in North Carolina after graduating from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Law in 1994. After brief stints as a county attorney handling child protective services cases and in a private firm in Charlotte, Katie entered private practice in Raleigh in 1997, advising and representing clients in all areas of family law. After volunteering with JusticeMatters, Katie joined the staff in 2018 upon the launch of our Raleigh office. Katie and her husband, Mark, have two (2) teenage children and enjoy spending their free time socializing with friends, serving in their church and volunteering in the Raleigh community.
Karla Siu, MSW, LCSW
Trauma Informed Organizational Consultant
Karla Siu currently serves as director of programs at Greenleaf Integrative. She leads the development and implementation of tailored programs utilizing trauma-informed approaches for Greenleaf clients who are impacted by the effects of trauma in their daily work.
Karla brings experience working with issues of community mental health, biculturalism, welfare reform, and provision of services to domestic violence offenders. In 2009, Karla co-authored an article in the Journal of Family Violence, and in 2019, she contributed to the Becoming a Church that Cares Well for the Abused curriculum.
Karla is an actively licensed clinical social worker with over 17 years of experience serving families and children recovering from trauma. Recently, Karla provided consultation to the NC Office of Rural Health’s Farmworker Health Program and El Futuro, a community mental health clinic, to implement bilingual video-counseling services in select primary care clinics in rural North Carolina. Formerly, Karla served as a bilingual outpatient therapist at El Futuro for 11 years, and additionally for seven of those years as El Futuro’s clinical program director. At El Futuro, Karla managed a growing team of 15 licensed clinicians, led clinical program design and implementation, and chaired El Futuro’s quality improvement committee.
Karla earned her Master of Social Work degree at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., and her Bachelor of Social Work degree at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA.
Board of Directors
Carolyn Barnes, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University - Durham, NC
Mary Cunningham, CPA
Manager, Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP - Charlotte, NC
Rev. Dr. M. Keith Daniel
Managing Partner, Resilient Ventures, LLC - Durham, NC
Lynn Easterling, Esq.
Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Cisco Systems, Inc. - Raleigh, NC
Raven K. Edwards, MPH
Senior Manager - Early Childhood Policy, Share our Strength (No Kid Hungry Campaign) & Adjunct Professor, UNC Chapel Hill, Gillings School of Public Health - Garner, NC
Kathleen Lehman Hajek
Managing Director, Stanton Chase - Chapel Hill, NC
Heather Horton, CPA
Chief Financial Officer, NC Department of Commerce - Raleigh, NC
Samantha B. Kilpatrick, Esq.
Attorney, Kilpatrick Law Group - Raleigh, NC
Daisy Magnus-Aryitey, MA
Program Director, NC IDEA - Hillsborough, NC
Head of European Operations, Diversified Conveyors, Inc. - Raleigh, NC
Robin Muse, Esq.
Board Chair - Apex, NC
Alma Tinoco Ruiz, M.Div.
Lecturer in Homiletics and Evangelism, and Director of the Hispanic House of Studies, Duke Divinity School - Durham, NC
Chen-Sen “Samson” Wu, J.D., M.D
Vice President of Medical Engagement and Excellence, GlaxoSmithKline - Chapel Hill, NC