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The Team

Seth Miller, Esq.

Executive Director

Seth litigates post-conviction innocence cases, supervises IPF interns, and regularly lectures to students, lawyers, and community groups on issues related to wrongful convictions. He also teaches Post-conviction Remedies as an adjunct professor at the Florida State University College of Law and Stetson University College of Law. Mr. Miller was President of the Innocence Network, a consortium of more than 65 innocence organizations in the United States and abroad, from 2014-2020, and served on its Executive Board from 2012-2021. Mr. Miller also served as Chair of the Steering Committee for the American Bar Association Death Penalty Due Process Review Project. Before joining IPF in 2006, Mr. Miller served as a project attorney with the ABA Death Penalty Moratorium Implementation Project in Washington, D.C., and as a staff attorney with the First District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee, Florida. He currently serves as treasurer of the Tallahassee Jewish Federation. Mr. Miller graduated from Florida State University College of Law and received his undergraduate degree from Penn State University.

Anthony Scott, LCSW

Director of Transition Services

Anthony joined IPF in 2006 to direct our transition services section. Prior to IPF he provided individual and group psychotherapy at the House of Hope and Broward Outreach Center. He has extensive experience working collaboratively with survivors of wrongful conviction and incarceration, helping them work through challenges they face in everyday life. Mr. Scott is also a founding member of the national Exoneree Support Committee, networking with innocence project workers throughout the United States, united in their commitment to advocating for and improving the lives of clients.

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Emily Thourson

Director of Operations

Emily joined IPF in August 2020. Prior to IPF, Emily held a variety of finance roles within both not-for-profit healthcare and the consumer products industry, including experience with financial planning, budgeting, and accounting. She graduated from New York University with a BA in Economics in 2012.

Della Rose Campbell, BA 

Intake & Internship Manager

Della Campbell joined IPF in August 2017. She is responsible for overseeing all intake and internship work with the Project. Prior to her position as Intake & Internship Coordinator, Della was an intake intern, and then analyst for IPF. She received her bachelor’s degree in Editing, Writing, and Media from Florida State University. Like several of her coworkers, she is an avid Taylor Swift fan, and when she is not watching reality television, she’s listening to her favorite album, Evermore.

Brandon Scheck

Legal Director

Brandon joined IPF in May 2021. Brandon went to law school to become an advocate for the wrongfully convicted and to fight against systemic injustice. Prior to joining IPF as a staff attorney, he worked at three Innocence Network organizations: as a legal fellow at the New England Innocence Project, and as a legal intern at IPF and the Georgia Innocence Project. During law school, Brandon received several awards for his commitment to public service and pro bono, including an award for the student most committed to public interest law in his graduating class.

Amy K. Carr, MA

Senior Staff Investigator

Amy returned to IPF in Sept 2021. Amy was IPF’s first Intake Coordinator from 2008 – 2012. She spent the last 9 years at Capital Collateral Regional Counsel – South as an investigator and mitigation specialist, assisting in the defense of Florida’s death row inmates. Prior to finding her passion fighting for social justice and the rights of criminal defendants, Amy served as a member of AmeriCorps in both Massachusetts and Florida. She received her Master’s degree in International Affairs with a concentration in Human Rights from Florida State University in 2009 and graduated from Penn State University in 2005 with a BA in International Politics.

Jessica Bivens

Director of Development

Jessica joined IPF in May 2022. She is responsible for all non-grant related fundraising for the Project. Prior to IPF, Jessica worked as a fundraiser in both higher education and politics and has experience in major and annual giving. She received her master’s degree in Political Science and undergraduate degree in Humanities with a concentration in Human Rights from Florida State University. When she is not enjoying time at home with her dog, Quinn, and cat, Queso, Jessica enjoys traveling the world with her husband. Her favorite Taylor Swift album is The Tortured Poets Department, and she attended the Eras Tour twice, her crowning accomplishment.

Saskiya Fagan

Creative Content & Community Outreach Specialist

Saskiya is responsible for IPF's digital communications, including graphic design, photography, and videography. 

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Carly Mayzum

Intake Specialist

Carly joined IPF in June 2023. She is responsible for all early-stage casework in the Intake department. She recently graduated from Florida State University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Outside of work, Carly is passionate about movies, her favorite is Little Women, and Taylor Swift, and her favorite song is Lover.

Rachel Cook

Staff Investigator

Rachel joined IPF in July 2023. Her past professional experience includes child abuse prevention, paralegal work, and conducting investigations in an Inspector General’s office. She graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Social Work.

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Juliana Hemela

Development Specialist

Juliana joined IPF in March 2024. Prior to IPF, she worked at UNC Chapel Hill’s Parr Center for Ethics. This role came directly after graduating UNC with her B.A. in which she created her interdisciplinary major of Neurolaw.

Stephanie Spurgeon

Paralegal

Stephanie joined IPF in 2024. In 2012, she was wrongfully convicted of a crime that never occurred.  While wrongfully incarcerated, she became a certified law clerk.  IPF freed her in 2020 with the help of the Exoneration Project and Center for Integrity in Forensic Sciences.  Due to her experience, she has developed a passion for wrongful convictions. She is currently working on receiving her BA in Paralegal Studies.

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Gretchen  Cothron

Staff Attorney

Gretchen joined IPF in April 2024. Gretchen’s education and career have been devoted to wrongful convictions, forensic science, and criminology. Prior to joining IPF, Gretchen founded a forensic consultation firm, served as an assistant public defender, and advocated for criminal defendants in private practice. Gretchen currently serves on the Hillsborough County Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Board of Directors and the Hillsborough Bar Association’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. Gretchen previously served as the President of the Greater Tampa ACLU, Co-Chair of its Legal Panel, and was an attorney advisor to the Tampa Bay Abortion Fund.

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