The Humanity of Justice Foundation Board of Directors is made up of members of the community who likewise have dedicated their lives to fighting for the welfare of children. The foundation carefully selects and supports organizations that help child victims of abuse and neglect. The Foundation is unique in that it is operates with no payroll. All directors and officers are volunteers.
Erica Schwartz is a senior deputy district attorney for the County of Riverside. She spent the first half of her career specializing in the prosecution of gang violence and has spent the last several years focused on the prosecution of sexual crimes and physical abuse of children. Erica has repeatedly been recognized for her work, earning regional Prosecutor of the Year awards in both 2008 and 2013 as well as the HOPE Collaborative Child and Family Advocate of the Year award in 2015.
Erica has always believed being a prosecutor is an important calling and she is dedicated to protecting the most vulnerable citizens of our community both inside and outside of the courtroom. She brings her passion, hard work, and creativity to HOJF in many ways!
JENNIFER GARCIA: BOARD MEMBER AND TREASURER
Jennifer Garcia is a senior deputy district attorney who has spent the majority of her career prosecuting crimes against children. She has repeatedly been honored for her trial skills and her passionate dedication to child victims. She has tried dozens of cases, to include child abuse, child molestation, crimes against women and homicide cases and has always delivered justice to those families.
Jennifer is the mother of two young boys and is married to a police officer who shares her passion for serving the community and helping those in need. She is active in charitable causes that focus on child welfare issues. HOJF will be well served through her leadership, relationships with the community and her proven devotion to protecting the most vulnerable.
Eric Garcia has an educational background in Social Work, and spent the first three years of his 11 year career in law enforcement working as a Correctional Officer for the California Youth Authority, at a state correctional facility housing juvenile offenders arrested for violent offenses.
Currently, Eric is a veteran Deputy Sheriff for the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, and strives to protect those that cannot protect themselves. Eric is a father of two young sons, and is married to a Senior Deputy District Attorney, and fellow board member.
Lorie Ronce is a deputy district attorney for the County of Riverside. During her 15-year career, she has prosecuted various crimes such as robberies, gang violence, child abuse and homicides. But it was her time prosecuting cases involving the physical abuse, neglect and sexual assault of children, and meeting those innocent victims, that made her passionate about getting involved with child welfare causes.
She is a wife and mother committed to the idea that anything one can do to ease the pain of childhood trauma can, hopefully, turn out a brighter future for that child.
Kacey Sutton is a Deputy District Attorney for the County of Riverside. A passion to advocate for victims led Kacey to specialize in the prosecution of sexual assault and child abuse cases. Kacey works daily with at-risk youth through her role on multiple Youth Accountability Teams. She provides school assemblies and parent presentations, reaching thousands across multiple school districts, highlighting the importance of education, danger of sexual predators, bullying, and survivor empowerment. Kacey received the 2009 Excellence in Public Safety Award, 2012 Community Hero Award, 2012 Chief Probation Officer’s Award, 2017 DA Leadership Award, and was honored by the Riverside County Office of Education for Outstanding Support and Collaboration in Promoting a Safe and Secure Learning Environment. In 2011, Kacey co-founded the nonprofit Women Wonder Writers and is the primary contributory author of their curriculum, The Write of Your L!fe. In 2018, she co-created the female empowerment and literacy program Women Who Read which is taught in juvenile detention and youth centers. Additionally, Kacey teaches workshops to teens regarding domestic violence, sex trafficking, bullying prevention, and self-empowerment.
GERALDINE AND BURKE E. STRUNSKY: CO-FOUNDERS
The Honorable Burke E. Strunsky, author of The Humanity of Justice: Lighting Even The Darkest Path of Justice and a former deputy district attorney in Riverside County, co-founded The Humanity of Justice Foundation in May of 2012 with his wife Geraldine Strunsky.
Named Prosecutor of the Year in 2008 and 2011, Burke specialized in homicide and child abuse cases and prosecuted high profile criminal cases featured on national television programs including Dateline and 20/20. As an advocate for child protection efforts, as well as a mother herself, Geraldine had always held a passion for protecting the most vulnerable. Together they formed, developed, and grew The Humanity of Justice Foundation before stepping down in 2015 to pursue other endeavors.