About Us

Our Board and Staff

The staff of the Victims Compensation Division works with providers, advocates and others across our state to meet the needs of crime victims. As passionate champions of victims and victim rights, they strive to see that all requests for compensation are reviewed quickly and professionally. For those requests that are not initially approved, the Crime Victims Compensation Board meets quarterly to review each claim individually.


Brian DiNapoli Brian DiNapoli has worked for the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) since 1999 and currently serves as a Program Representative. He is responsible for performing on-site monitoring of housing agencies throughout the state for compliance with financial management, data collection, data quality, beneficiary eligibility, housing and service quality, and contractual requirements for program outputs and outcomes associated with DCA’s programs. Mr. DiNapoli is currently the President of DCA Toastmasters and has also served on the Georgia Alliance for Drug Endangered Children Committee. Additionally, he is a graduate of the Georgia Leadership Institute’s Pre-Supervisory Program, which is a leadership program at DCA. Working in the community, Mr. DiNapoli often speaks to youth on combating school bullying and underage drinking. He graduated from the University of Georgia and with a degree in Political Science.

Nikki Berger Nikki Berger is the Prevention Educator for the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy. Using Darkness to Light and Stewards of Children training, the Center is leading a statewide child abuse prevention initiative. As a result, more than 85,000 adults in Georgia are now better able to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. Ms. Berger provides support to 7 Regional Coordinators and over 400 volunteer facilitators. She previously served as the Director of the Victim Witness Assistance Program with the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office and worked at the Rape Crisis Center with Grady Health Systems. In both of her previous positions, she provided valuable services directly to victims of crime as she guided them through the criminal justice system. Additionally, Ms. Berger supervised and managed a staff of victim advocates.

Ms. Bunn was appointed in 2016 to Georgia’s Board of Pardons and Paroles by Governor Nathan Deal.  She is native Georgian who completed both her undergraduate degree and her law degree from the University of Georgia.  A seasoned litigator, she is licensed to practice law in all of the state and federal courts in Georgia and New Jersey.  Her career with the state of Georgia began in 1997, as an Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Section for the Georgia Department of Law.  In 2006, she transitioned to the position of Deputy Director in the Legal Services Unit of the Georgia Department of Public Safety.   In 2013, she was appointed by Governor Deal to serve as the Executive Director of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council.  She currently serves on the State Bar of Georgia’s Promoting Inclusion in the Profession Committee and as a member of the “Georgia Bar Journal’s” Editorial Board.  She is a Past President of the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys.  She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a 2017 recipient of the Atlanta Alumnae Chapter’s Torch Award, and a member of the Henry Toll Fellowship Class of 2016.  Her daughter is a Grammy nominated producer.

Juliette Scales The Hon. Juliette W. Scales was appointed by the Fulton County Superior Court to serve as Presiding Juvenile Court Judge in May 2013, having been selected to serve as an Associate Juvenile Court Judge in June 2002. Prior to her judicial appointment in 2002, Judge Scales was in private practice with emphasis on family law, while contracting to provide legal representation for the Division of Family and Children Services in dependency and termination of parental rights matters. She is a former Fulton County Assistant District Attorney, having experience in litigation and appellate matters. She has served as legal counsel for the State of Florida, as an Assistant State Attorney in both criminal and civil (abuse/neglect) matters, also. Judge Scales is a graduate of American University, Washington College of Law, in Washington, D.C. She is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, The Florida Bar and The Bar of the District of Columbia. Judge Scales has been involved in high school mock trial competitions and youth lacrosse leagues.

Bryan Tyson Bryan Tyson was appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal as the Executive Director of the Georgia Public Defender Council in April 2015. In that role, he is responsible for overseeing the public defender system in the state. To provide counsel to indigent individuals charged with crimes, the Public Defender Council employs more than 400 attorneys and 400 staff and investigators in 43 circuit offices across the state, along with over 200 contract attorneys. The Council also represents clients through the Office of the Capital Defender and the Office of the Mental Health Advocate. Mr. Tyson serves as an advisor to the Indigent Defense Committee of the State Bar of Georgia and is the former chair of the Appellate Practice Section of the State Bar. He has represented clients before the Georgia Court of Appeals, the Georgia Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Tyson earned his J.D. magna cum laude from the Oak Brook College of Law. He is a member of the Georgia and California bars and the Federalist Society. He was selected for inclusion in the 2011, 2014, and 2015 Georgia Super Lawyers—Rising Stars list.

Division Director: Aisha Ford
Program Directors: Juanisha Lawson, Kristina Martin
Customer Service Representatives
Shanel Henry, Kristen Washington
Supervisor: Sandra Barrett

Document Processing Specialist
Latoya Ashley, Tiffany Young
Supervisor: TBA
FME/FI Claims Processing Specialists
Lorraine Johnson
Supervisor: Shennill Gray
FME/FI Intake Specialists
Asha Abdi, Linda Gray
Supervisor: Shennill Gray
Victims Compensation Intake Specialist
Subrenia Ferguson, Sabrina Tyler, Rhonda Wise
Supervisor: Willie Allen
Victims Compensation Verification Specialists
Tangela Lowe, Stacey Smith, Fertesica Usher, Arnetta White
Supervisor: Willie Allen

Claims Investigators
Ken Crawley, Winter Grimes, Tiffane Liverman, Cecilia Reese, Angela Sutton
Supervisor: Reshunda Boyd

     Program Advocates
     Iliana Lugo, Jeffrey Trimble, Tiffany Wilson
     Supervisor: Sandra Barrett
Training and Outreach Coordinator
L. Dannielle Lewis
Quality Control Specialist
Edmund Bazar
    VCD Administrative Assistant
     Alexis Brave
VCD Program Coordinator
Carolyn McCombs