Jill Fitcheard serves as the Executive Director of the Metro Nashville Community Oversight and began her working career as a Police Officer with the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington, D.C. While there, she worked in various roles with assignments in Patrol, Narcotics and Special Investigations, and Special Operations. After moving to Nashville in 1996, Jill enrolled at Tennessee State University where she graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Criminal Justice and minor in Psychology.
Jill has served the Nashville Community for many years and has held multiple positions that allowed her to engage and connect with the city’s residents in many different capacities. She has worked for the Private Sector, the City of Nashville, and the State of Tennessee where she was able to hone her skills of the Criminal Justice System. She has held leadership roles during her career and has had positions as a Case Manager, Probation/Parole Officer, Chief Criminal Investigator and Criminal Justice College Instructor. Jill loves animals, all water-related activities, spending time with her family, and can be found at a museum or art gallery in her spare time.
Christopher “Chris” Clausi is a retired police lieutenant with 23 years of experience. During his service, he created the first Community Oriented Policing program and Police Mountain Bike Unit. Chris also supervised the Internal Affairs Division and Professional Standards Division. This gave him the opportunity to oversee investigations of police misconduct while also providing policy review and proof of policy compliance throughout the entire department.
In the fall of 2002, Chris was introduced to the philosophy of “Treatment Courts” by judges from the 21st Judicial District Drug Court. Chris immediately realized the importance and philosophical shift from jailing people to treating them. He became the first police liaison and member of the 21st Judicial District Drug Court.
After receiving his bachelor’s degree in Management and Ethics, Chris went on to attain a juris doctorate degree and currently serves as a faculty member for The National Drug Court Institute.
Paula Person comes to Nashville by way of Clarksville TN as an Army Brat. Prior to coming to the Metro Nashville Community Oversight, she was employed with the Metro Historical Commission as the Office Manager. Paula has her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management and holds an MBA degree. Paula enjoys having the opportunity to develop organizations from the ground up and believes strongly in the purpose behind the Community Oversight Board.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her grandsons, cheering at her son’s high school football games (Go Beech!) and attending various venues around town that offer live music.
Vernon Johnson was born and raised in Maryland and moved to Nashville after serving seven years in the U.S. Army, where he obtained the rank of Sergeant before being honorably discharged in 1997. That same year Vernon was hired by the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, where he served on the Flex and Crime Suppression Units before being promoted to Sergeant. After 13 years with the police department, Vernon worked for the United States Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan protecting U.S. personnel abroad. Vernon received his B.A. in Management and M.B.A. from Trevecca Nazarene University. Vernon is also a graduate of the Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education in Leadership at Trevecca.
Vernon enjoys spending time with his family; he is an avid Dallas Cowboys fan and collects football cards as a hobby.
April Williams is currently an investigator for Metro Nashville Community Oversight. Born and raised in Nashville, April currently resides in the North Nashville area. April knew early on her purpose in life was a career in criminal justice. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and her Master of Education in Special Education from Tennessee State University. After graduation, she gained employment with the State of Tennessee Department of Children's Services, working with at-risk youth in various program areas such as Juvenile Justice.
April enjoys spending quality time with her teenage daughter, working in her church, and working on community service projects through her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, INC.
Brensey Thompson was born and raised in Dickson, TN. She attended Middle Tennessee State University where she received a B.S. in Mass Communications, with a concentration in Public Relations and Marketing. Since graduation, Brensey has founded and operates her own freelance communications firm and writes for the Tennessean and her hometown paper, The Dickson Herald. Before joining MNCO in August of 2019 as the Community Liaison, she worked at the Dickson County Chamber of Commerce as the Director of Membership and Marketing for two years. Brensey enjoys people and loves doing outreach work in communities. Learning about the way of life and culture in different areas has always been an interest of hers.
Outside of work, Brensey enjoys spending time with her family, being involved with church activities, sleeping in whenever she can and writing.
Peter Vielehr joined MNCO in August of 2019 after finishing his Ph.D. in sociology at Vanderbilt University. He has lived in Nashville since 2012 and currently lives in East Nashville. His doctoral research examined racial bias in police officers’ decisions to search vehicles during traffic stops and tested whether neighborhood policing practices are associated with psychological wellbeing for residents of Nashville. While a graduate student at Vanderbilt, Peter conducted the quantitative analysis for, and was a coauthor of, Gideon’s Army’s Driving While Black report. Prior to moving to Nashville, Peter earned a master’s degree in sexuality studies from San Francisco State University and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Colorado Boulder. He worked as a medical case manager for people living with HIV in Northern Colorado prior to graduate school.
Outside of work, Peter hikes, makes ceramics, bakes sourdough bread, and fosters kittens for Nashville Cat Rescue.
Liz Orozco is a New York City transplant who is new to Nashville. Prior to becoming a Research Analyst for MNCO, Liz worked for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and as an Analyst for the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. In the spring of 2016, Liz graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Sustainable Development. In March of 2018, she received a M.A. in Homeland Security from Northeastern University. In her new role, Liz hopes to do meaningful work that will have a positive impact on the local community.
In her spare time, Liz enjoys spending time in nature and seeking out new restaurants.