Meet the Staff
Major Neill Franklin (Ret.)Executive Director
Major Neill Franklin (Ret.) is a 34-year veteran of both the Maryland State Police and the Baltimore Police Department who oversaw 17 separate drug task forces. He has served as an official representative of the Law Enforcement Action Partnership (formerly Law Enforcement Against Prohibition) since 2007, and as Executive Director since 2010. He currently represents the Law Enforcement Action Partnership as the public face of the organization, interacting with the media, key partners, and the general public. Additionally, Neill guides the organization's mission, and serves as both an Executive Board member and a speaker.
Darby BeckChief Operating Officer
Darby oversees the Law Enforcement Action Partnership's day-to-day operations, making decisions regarding administrative business, strategic planning, and partnerships. She holds an M.A. in Political Science with fields in Public Law, American Politics and Political Communication from the University of Washington and two B.A.s, in History and Political Science, from Trinity University. While at the UW, she studied criminal justice and TA’d a number of classes focusing on the political, social and legal implications of the War on Drugs, and her thesis examined media framing of a harm reduction model. Darby has interned for the ACLU and for federal judge Orlando Garcia, as well as working in communications and research for a Bay Area political nonprofit.
Kristin DaleyDirector of Development & Communications
Kristin leads development of the Law Enforcement Action Partnership’s fundraising and grant writing initiatives, action campaigns, public communications, and web strategy and design. She holds a degree in Communications and Media Production from Northeastern University and worked at a Boston-based newspaper before joining LEAP in 2007. Outside of her work with LEAP, Kristin serves as a crisis responder for RAINN's National Sexual Assault Hotline.
Mikayla HellwichSpeakers Bureau & Media Relations Director
Mikayla schedules speaking appearances, including interviews and other media appearances, monitors and tracks the Law Enforcement Action Partnership's media influence, manages social media, and helps publish speakers' op-eds and letters to the editor. She also assists with public communication strategy and administration. Mikayla has a B.S. in Plant Sciences from the University of Maryland in College Park, where she was a chapter leader and organizer with Students for Sensible Drug Policy for three years.
Amos IrwinProgram Director
Program Director Amos Irwin manages the recruitment and training of Law Enforcement Action Partnership speakers, as well as collaboration with LEAP’s ally organizations. Previously, he served as Chief of Staff at the Criminal Justice Policy Foundation. Amos has taught courses on the criminal justice system at the Northeastern University Foundation Year program and the Tufts University Osher Center. He has also published cost-benefit evaluations of supervised injection facilities in the Harm Reduction Journal and Journal of Drug Issues. Amos has a Master’s degree from the Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a Bachelor’s degree from Amherst College. He speaks Spanish, Chinese, French, and German.
Antoinette O'NeilDirector of Human Resources & Financial Administration
Antoinette maintains the Law Enforcement Action Partnership's human resources policies, database and events calendar, manages bookkeeping, and membership correspondence. She also manages purchasing and receiving and general office operations. Antoinette holds a degree in Culinary Arts from the Art Institute of New York, and managed the bake shop in the world-renowned Boston Convention Center prior to joining the Law Enforcement Action Partnership.
Roshun ShahSpeakers Bureau Associate
Speakers Bureau Associate Roshun Shah first interned with the Law Enforcement Action Partnership before being hired as a Speakers Bureau Outreach Coordinator. Now a Speakers Bureau Associate, Roshun works closely with speakers by scheduling in-person speaking engagements and media interviews. He also manages our involvement with national and international conferences around the U.S., produces original social media content, and writes a majority of speakers' biographies for our website. He has a background in law and human rights and has worked with a number of non-profit and student-based organizations.
Monica WestfallProgram Associate
Monica is a Program Associate supporting the Director of Development and Communications with research and maintenance of the donor database, grant calendar, and development writing, including grants and appeals. She also helps with training and recruitment and media relations. Monica holds a degree in IT Management from American Military University. Prior to joining LEAP, she worked for the Virginia State Police as the executive secretary supporting the Counter-Terrorism and Criminal Interdiction Unit, including Asset Forfeiture, Marijuana Eradication and Drug Diversion. She also worked in the training academy, and the department of human resources for the VSP. Outside of work, Monica enjoys spending time with her three adult children.
Esi MathisProgram Assistant
Esi Mathis, LEAP's Program Assistant, is a social justice advocate who is deeply concerned about individuals and families impacted by mass incarceration. Her advocacy is fueled by trauma-induced experiences of several family members. She has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Florida A&M University and a master’s degree in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. She is currently enrolled as a PhD student in the Leadership and Change program at Antioch University. Her foreign travels include London, Israel, India, Ghana and Zambia.