John McCullough, Executive Director
John McCullough has been a NYS-certified Mediation Skills Trainer since 1981 and Executive Director of New Justice Services since 1983. McCullough received his graduate training through the interdisciplinary Social Science Program at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, where he focused on violence, group conflict and change, and third party interventions. He has mediated hundreds of cases of all types, involving people from all walks of life and every element of our Central New York community. The NYS Dispute Resolution Association honored McCullough with its Lawrence Cook Peace Innovator Award in 2012.
Heather Saroney, Assistant Director
Heather Saroney has been with New Justice Services since 1998 when she graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. She started working with at-risk youth as a trainer for the Pro-Social Skills Program and then became Program Coordinator for the Project RESPECT Program. In her 19 years with New Justice, she has held many job titles including: Office Manager, Data Management Supervisor, Graphic Designer, Lemon Law, Special Ed and ACCES-VR Coordinator, Youth Court Director and most recently, Impartial Hearing Officer for the Syracuse City School District. She enjoys working with community members and her passion has always been youth focused.
Elet Callahan, Director of Elder Transitions
Elet Callahan, who joined New Justice Services in 2016, is Professor Emerita of Law and Public Policy, Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University. She completed the Certificate of Advanced Study in Conflict Resolution at S.U.'s Maxwell School and Advanced Training in Elder and Adult Family Mediation with Elder Decisions, Inc., in Norwood, MA. Elet formerly served as a N.Y.S. Long Term Care Certified Ombudsman. She earned a B.A. from Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA and a J.D. from the College of Law at Syracuse University. Prior to joining the S.U. faculty, she worked in Washington, D.C. as a press secretary for a Member of the House of Representatives and practiced law with the Syracuse firm of Hancock & Estabrook.
Todd Eudell, RESTORE Case Manager, Hearing Officer
Todd holds a B.S. in Sociology from Empire State College, and an M.A. in Human Service from Liberty University. Todd began his career with New Justice Services in August 2011 as a volunteer for the SNUG program. Later, he worked as a volunteer facilitator for Youth Court, leading Theft Deterrence, Peer Pressure, and Anger Management classes. In 2013, he was hired as a case manager for the RESTORE Program and co-facilitator with Project RESPECT. The same year he took on the duties of parent and child mediator. In the fall of 2014, Todd became an Impartial Hearing Officer. He carries out all of these positions as needed.
Todd chose this field because he is passionate about helping struggling teens and young adults get over the hump in life. He is all for second chances and promoting positivity in the Syracuse community.
Michele Hirsch, Hearing Officer
Michele Hirsch joined New Justice Services in 2017 as an impartial hearing officer, conducting Superintendent Hearings for the Syracuse City School District. She attended SUNY Cortland from 2009 to 2013 where she received her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology. Since obtaining her degree, Michele has continuously worked with at risk youth in the Syracuse community. Immediately upon graduating she began working at Elmcrest Children’s Center in a female residential facility. Following that Michele worked as a youth services specialist for four years at CNY Works, assisting young adults in Onondaga County with work readiness training and job placement services. She has always had a passion for working with young adults and assisting members of the community.
Karen Ohman, Chief Financial Officer
Karen Ohman earned her degree at SUNY Morrisville and has been with New Justice Services, Inc. since 2007. She began her career at a small firm doing accounting BC (before computers). She has progressed, though her enjoyment in learning and from various accounting positions in her career, from paper to computers. She enjoys reading, DIY projects and is an avid football and college basketball fan.
Sarah McGuinnes, Onondaga County Family Court Coordinator
Sarah McGuinnes received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and a J.D. from New England School of Law, Boston. She has been a member of the Massachusetts Bar since 2011. Prior to coming to New Justice, Sarah worked at Rosie’s Place, the first women’s shelter in the United States, through the AmeriCorps Legal Advocates of Massachusetts Program, providing free legal aid to homeless and incarcerated women.
Saydee McQuay, Thinking For a Change Trainer
Saydee McQuay, a Massachusetts native, received a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in Psychology from Syracuse University in May 2017. Saydee has worked at the Central Village Boys and Girls club for four years, running a mentoring program for middle and high school-aged refugee students. In addition, she participated in mentoring programs for women of color and facilitated relationship violence workshops during her undergraduate career. Prior to New Justice Services, she worked as a neuroscientist studying Huntington’s Disease at Syracuse University. However, her love and passion for working within the Syracuse community inspired her to make a career change. With her various experiences working with at-risk youth, Saydee will be leading Thinking for a Change--a social skills training program for youthful offenders.
Annette Saule, Oswego County Program Coordinator
Annette Saule, Oswego County Program Coordinator for mediation services, has been with New Justice since 2009. She has an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from OCC, and a Bachelor's Degree in Communication and Rhetorical Studies from Syracuse University, along with certificates in Professional Communications, Labor Studies and Paralegal Studies.
Prior to coming to New Justice, Annette has worked in various facets of the legal field, as a Court Clerk, Client Services Representative/Unemployment Insurance Hearing Representative, and as a Human Resources Consultant. Since joining New Justice, Annette has handled hundreds of custody/visitation mediations and has participated in numerous community outreach events. She thoroughly enjoys her work with New Justice and with the Oswego County community.
Lawton Williams, Life Coach, Restore Trainer
Lawton Williams attended Onondaga Community College from 1998 to 2000 where he studied Human Services. Upon graduating from Onondaga Community College, Lawton attended Syracuse University from 2001 to 2003 where he continued his education in Social Work, while also working for the Salvation Army. In 2010, New Justice Services offered Lawton a position as a facilitator for Projects RESPECT and RESTORE. In 2011, Lawton became a Life Coach at the Sidney Johnson Center, which is an alternative placement for students in the Syracuse City School District who are struggling with behavioral issues. He currently serves as an Aggression Replacement Trainer and conducts conflict resolution training among the students at the Johnson Center.
Lawton became involved with youth work through Syracuse Housing Authority in the early 1990’s. Lawton has a passion and undeniable skill set for working with at-risk youth. Lawton has twenty-five plus years of experience working with at-risk youth, and he also holds several certifications in conflict resolution and restorative practice.
Jim Wood, Senior Hearing Officer
Jim Wood is a lifelong Central New Yorker. He is a graduate of Potsdam College and a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, where he was a Professor of English in the Central African Republic. His history with New Justice goes back to 1988 when, while a Senior Probation Officer with Madison County, he took basic mediation training. Fast forward to 2000 when he became the Coordinator for New Justice Service's Madison County program. In time, he also took on direction of the Cortland County Program. Since 2014, he has been the Senior Hearing Officer, conducting Superintendent's Hearings for the Syracuse City School District. In addition to basic mediation training, Jim has been trained in Custody/Visitation, Parent/Child and Special Education mediation; Large Group facilitation; and Lemon Law and Fee-Dispute arbitration.