Staff

LaDonna Burns, Intake and Outreach Coordinator
Prior to joining FHJC, Ms. Burns worked as a Legislative Assistant for the Indiana House of Representatives. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University in Microbiology. Ms. Burns has lived in New York City since 2001 and is a professional singer.

Paul Carlson, Budget/Finance Assistant
Mr. Carlson has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Binghamton University in Environmental Studies and has also studied accounting and database management at NYU. He has over 20 years of experience with New York-based nonprofits including fair housing testing, door-to-door canvassing, environmental education, computer programing, database management, and bookkeeping.

Lizette Carrion, Senior Investigative Coordinator
Ms. Carrion has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and Politics.  She has worked as an actor in television, film, and theatre since 1994. Throughout her acting career, she has contributed her time and talents to various community action groups and civil rights organizations and previously worked as a tester with the FHJC’s Acting for Justice program. Ms. Carrion is bilingual in English and Spanish. Ms. Carrion has coordinated systemic testing investigations that have resulted in the filing of numerous federal fair housing cases.  She has also developed and implemented effective testing protocols for investigating lending practices.

Alaine Dungee, Investigative Coordinator
Prior to joining FHJC, Ms. Dungee worked as a Court Advocate for a New York based non-profit organization dedicated to criminal justice reform. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Northern University of Arizona in Criminal Justice and a Juris Doctorate degree from Vermont Law School. During her law school career, Ms. Dungee interned for the Naval Criminal Investigative Services (NCIS) in Washington DC as well as the Orange County State’s Attorney’s office in Chelsea Vermont.

Fred Freiberg, Executive Director
Prior to co-founding the Fair Housing Justice Center in 2004, Mr. Freiberg worked for the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice where he directed a national testing program that he helped to establish in 1992. From 1999 – 2002, Mr. Freiberg directed the field work in two national research projects conducted by The Urban Institute involving testing – a study of mortgage lending practices and the national Housing Discrimination Study (HDS). During the 1980s, Mr. Freiberg worked as a fair housing consultant for private and public fair housing organizations. Mr. Freiberg was a founder and the first Executive Director of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council from 1977-1981.  Mr. Freiberg’s professional activities for fair housing span more than thirty-eight years during which time he has testified in dozens of fair housing cases, published articles on fair housing, and received numerous awards for his accomplishments in the fair housing field.  Mr. Freiberg is one the nation’s leading experts on the use of testing as an investigative tool to enforce civil rights laws.

Elizabeth Gorman, Office Manager
Prior to joining FHJC, Ms. Gorman enjoyed a career in theater management, both on the production and administrative side.  As a freelance director, she is a recipient of the Gielgud Fellowship and The Stone Award,  a member of Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and the League of Professional Theatre Women.  She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Boston University, where she was a Trustee Scholar.  Ms. Gorman is bi-lingual in English and Spanish.

Ashley Hanke, Deputy Director
Before joining the FHJC staff, Ms. Hanke worked at the Massachusetts Fair Housing Center as an Investigative Coordinator and Fair Housing Specialist. Ms. Hanke holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Legal Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Juris Doctorate from Western New England University, School of Law.  Throughout law school, Ms. Hanke was a public interest scholar where she focused on immigration law and human rights and volunteered for the American Civil Liberties Union.  Prior to becoming Deputy Director in 2016, Ms. Hanke supervised some of the most complex and cutting-edge investigations for the FHJC, many of which led to litigation under local, state, and federal fair housing laws.        

Susan Martinez, Intake Analyst
Ms. Martinez graduated from Vassar College with a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies.  She is fluent in English and Spanish.  While at Vassar, Ms. Martinez worked closely with the immigrant population in Poughkeepsie, NY in various capacities including as a community organizer.  She served as a hotline specialist and advocate for Vassar’s peer-run hotline for students affected by personal violation (CARES), and as administrative liaison to the Sexual Assault Violence Prevention Program.  Her undergraduate work focused on community development, systemic discrimination, and trauma studies. 

Michael Nixon, Legal Coordinator
Mr. Nixon has a law degree from the John Marshall Law School (JMLS) in Chicago, Illinois and a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan .  During law school, Mr. Nixon worked as a Civil Rights Law Clerk at the JMLS Fair Housing Legal Clinic.  Prior to becoming FHJC’s Legal Coordinator, Mr. Nixon also served as a volunteer attorney for the Fair Housing Justice Center.

Malcolm Peyton-Cook, Investigative Coordinator
Mr. Peyton-Cook has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Amherst College and a law degree from Washington University School of Law where he graduated as one of five David M. Becker Public Interest Fellows.  Prior to joining FHJC, Mr. Peyton-Cook worked at Baltimore Neighborhoods Inc. as a Senior Fair Housing Specialist coordinating testing investigations. During law school, Mr. Peyton-Cook interned with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, the National Fair Housing Alliance, and the Legal Aid Society of Columbus, Ohio.

Kelly Ann Sharman, Investigative Coordinator
Ms. Sharman has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Acting and History from New York University (NYU).  Prior to joining the FHJC, she worked as a theatre and film producer, most notably being the founder and Producing Artistic Director of New York’s critically acclaimed Women’s Shakespeare Company.  Ms. Sharman has a long history as an activist both in human rights and environmental issues and spent several years working as a FHJC Tester.