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.
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.
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.
Sonja Fillingame was appointed by the Mayor and City Council as City Manager of Union City in January 2012. With over 20 years of public service experience, Fillingame is the Chief Executive Officer of the City which has a population of 20,000. Her current responsibilities include leading departmental directors and staff to ensure that Union City thrives. Prior to her role as City Manager, Fillingame served as Director of Operations for the City and was employed for 13 years with the State of Georgia. She served as a Compliance Manager for the Governor’s Office and subsequently as Director of Strategic Planning and Evaluation for the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (Council). While working for the Council, Fillingame helped led the effort to establish Georgia’s First Victims Assistance Academy, a program dedicated to enhancing the professional knowledge of advocates who assist victims of domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault and other crimes. Throughout her career, Fillingame has displayed a passion for service, improving communities, and strengthening the justice system. She is currently a Board member for the Georgia Department of Community Supervision, a state agency charged with protecting and serving citizens through effective and efficient offender supervision. She also serves as a board member of the Governor’s Law Enforcement Task Force, Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, South Fulton Municipal Regional Jail Authority and Georgia City-County Managers Association. As a graduate of Georgia State University, Fillingame holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.
Scott Maurer has worked in the Criminal Justice field for the past 18 years, beginning his career in 1996 as a counselor at a residential youth treatment facility in Erie, Pennsylvania. He later accepted a position as a Probation/Parole Officer for the North Carolina Department of Corrections. After relocating to Georgia, Scott accepted a position with the State Board of Pardons and Paroles as a Parole Officer at the South Metro Parole Center. During his tenure in Georgia, Scott has held several leadership positions both with the State Board of Pardons and Paroles and the Department of Corrections to include Center Administrator, Acting Statewide Manager of Day Reporting Centers, Statewide Manager of Field Services, Assistant Director of Research, Evaluation & Technology and most recently the Director of Operations Support for the State Board of Pardons and Paroles. Scott has also played a crucial role in the development and implementation of several key strategic initiatives with both the Department of Corrections and the State Board of Pardons and Paroles to include: statewide expansion of Day Reporting Centers, implementation of Community Impact Programs, Probation Operations 10 Step Framework, development of voice recognition and virtual offices in community supervision and the Max-Out-Re-entry Program. Scott holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s degree in Public Administration. He is also a graduate of the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College and a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Scott is a member of several state and national professional organizations.
VICTIMS COMPENSATION DIVISION
Victims Compensation Division Director: Aisha Ford
Administrative Assistant: Alexis Benson-Brave
VICTIMS COMPENSATION DIVISION SUPPORT
Program Director: Juanisha Lawson
Document Processing Lead: Taren Coleman
Document Processing Specialists: Donna Barnett, Shuntia Wheat
Program Advocates: Brooke Askew, Laura Oropeza (Bilingual)
Customer Service Representatives: Shanel Henry, Kristen Washington, Jalayna Fluellen
Claims Support Supervisor: Katika Hambrick
FME/FI/DUI CLAIMS PROCESSING
Program Director: Juanisha Lawson
Intake and Claims Processing Supervisor: Shennill Gray
VCD Program Coordinator: Carolyn McCombs
FME/FI/DUI Intake Specialist: Asha Abdi, Linda Gray, Sabrina Tyler
“Every day our staff aspires to lessen the financial burden placed on victims of violent crime and their families so that they can focus on healing physical and emotional wounds, finding empowerment through peace and thriving despite significant adversity.” Aisha Ford, Division Director