Our Board of Directors provides oversight and leadership to our organization and our activities. These volunteer members form the foundation of JJAI.

D. Sherwood McKinnis


Sherwood is the managing partner at McKinnis & Doom, P.A. in Cambridge, Minnesota. He specializes in commercial litigation, personal injury & wrongful death, and criminal defense. Sherwood has provided years of leadership to faith-based organizations, churches and non-profits, and has a particular passion for helping vulnerable children.

Matthew Hunt


Matt is the President and founder of StudioPlus Software, LLC, and has years of experience in business, non-profit and church leadership, working on financial planning for small to medium-sized organizations. Matt is the Board Treasurer.

Barbara Frey

Barbara is an internationally recognized expert on human rights education and advocacy. She has been the Director of the Human Rights Program at the University of Minnesota since 2001. Barbara is also the former Executive Director of The Advocates for Human Rights, a Minnesota-based non-profit.

Mark Berken

Mr. Berken is the foundation and CEO of Berkitra Supply Chain, a global logistics company. Mark has years of experience working across borders and integrating technology to create sustainable solutions for global clients.

Sarvesh Desai


Sarvesh is an Associate Attorney at DLA Piper LLP in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His practice focuses on domestic and international business, technology, health care and public-private development. He has worked with emerging companies in venture capital transactions, e-commerce and pro bono work includes representing non-profit as well as asylum applicants. Sarvesh is the Treasurer for NetIP (Network of Indian Professionals) Twin Cities, a non-profit serving to develop a network of South Asian professionals in the region.

Bart Lubow

Bart has spent his professional career fighting for juvenile justice reform. In 1992 he designed and managed the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative (JDAI) for the Annie E. Casey Foundation – the longest-running and most successful juvenile detention reform initiative in the history of the United States. Mr. Lubow frequently speaks to national and international audiences about juvenile detention reform.

Julian Alvarez Loredo

Julian is a Mexican attorney and immigration case manager at Zimmer Law Group in St. Paul, Minnesota. Julian previously worked for the Mexican General Consulate in Chicago and later in St. Paul and was responsible for all protection and immigration services.