Meet the Team

Alyssa Tamboura

Founder & Director | Mediator

Alyssa Tamboura is an adult child of a formerly incarcerated parent and an advocate for children impacted by the criminal justice system. She is an undergraduate transfer student at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is entering into her fourth year as a Legal Studies and Philosophy double major. Alyssa is an intern for the Center for Public Philosophy at UCSC and a peer mentor for Black Academy, a university transition program for black identified students. Alyssa plans on attending law school directly after finishing her undergrad. She is an avid writer and storyteller and is currently writing two children’s books. By sharing her experience, she hopes to raise awareness around family reunification and connection to heal the traumas that many endure during familial incarceration. Alyssa spends her free time reading and writing free verse poetry, hiking in the Santa Cruz mountains, and spending quality time with her family and her kitten Thurgood Marshall.

Alyssa Scarsciotti

Co-Director | Mediator

Alyssa Scarsciotti recently graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She graduated as a fourth-year as a Linguistics and Sociology double major. She is also Director of the ART (Artistic Rehabilitative Therapy) Intiative, a student-led group at UCSC that provides art classes in correctional facilities in Santa Cruz County. Alyssa plans on joining the Peace Corp. In her (small amount of) spare time, she loves enjoying the beautiful coastal redwoods in Santa Cruz, whether it’s through hiking in Henry-Cowell, going to the beach and having a bonfire, or skateboarding around town. She’s still enjoying UC Santa Cruz–whether it’s sharing time with the people around her or studying for a class, she’s going to enjoy it all because being a banana slug flies by!

Daisjah Sheperd

 Mediator & Project Coordinator | Volunteer

Daisjah Sheperd (She/Her) is a fourth year sociology and anthropology double major at the University of California, Santa Cruz. With her studies of the injustices within the criminal justice system along with first hand experience of the ways in which incarceration can affect a family, she is dedicated to helping mend the relationships the criminal justice system has broken. She believes the foundation of any good relationship is clear and kind communication. She hopes to help facilitate this and in the process support the rebuilding of relationships affected by mass incarceration.

Shelby Ai Richards

 Mediator & Project Coordinator | Volunteer

Shelby Richards is going into her third year as a Sociology and Legal Studies double major at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her long term goal is to work on rehabilitation programs within the C.D.C.R (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation) system, as she has experienced how rehabilitation can mend families and produce stronger bonds. She is a passionate believer that through communication and understanding families can be mended and is excited that she is able to take part in the process. Shelby is also a dedicated solider for the Salvation Army and highly enjoys helping with youth programs at her church. During her spare time, she loves to spend time at the ocean, whether it be hanging out with friends on the beach or scuba diving in the open waters as well as spend her summer backpacking with The Salvation Army’s Redwood Glen Outdoor Adventure Camp Program. 

Lindsey Tavares-Sabido

Social & Digital Media Strategist | Volunteer

Lindsey Tavares-Sabidos graduates soon from the University of California, Santa Cruz as a Legal Studies major with a minor in Politics. She is a first-generation American, first-generation college student, and an adult child of a formerly incarcerated parent. Lindsey’s passions are at the intersection of social and environmental justice. She currently serves as the Political and Cultural chair for the Black Student Union at UCSC and is working on independent research projects related to matters of race and place. In her free time, Lindsey enjoys going to the beach, hiking, biking, gardening, cooking, painting, & dancing. Post graduation, she hopes to organize and build intersectional solidarity amongst Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) by reclaiming space, making political education and cultural arts accessible, and establishing autonomous networks by and for BIPOC. Lindsey plans to broaden her experience in the legal, nonprofit and public sectors before applying for a dual J.D./ PhD program. 

Matt Sioson

Project Coordinator | Volunteer

Matt Sioson is a second-year undergraduate student at the University of California, Santa Cruz. After interning at the Alameda County District Attorney’s office and a private criminal defense firm, he decided to major in Legal Studies and pursue a JD following his undergraduate degree. Matt has taken on a leadership role as the Recruitment Chair for the Phi Alpha Delta international pre-law fraternity and is also an active member of UCSC Bayanihan, the Filipino-American Cultural Group on campus. At Bayanihan Matt performs with the Kasama Ballroom Dance Troupe to share Philippine culture with the UCSC community. Matt’s Filipino upbringing placed a strong emphasis on the importance of family. This, alongside his love for reading, inspired him to join the Walls to Bridges Book Project to help keep children connected to their incarcerated loved ones. In his free time you can find Matt rock climbing at Mount Diablo and studying for the LSAT in the library.

Sarah Jane Cardenas

Project Coordinator | Volunteer

Sarah Jane Cardenas is a second-year undergraduate student at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Returning to pursue a degree in Sociology, after having worked as a legal assistant for a Workers’ Compensation firm in Fresno, California. Sarah is dedicated to changing and growing relationships in all aspects of her life. Through her first hand experience of being a child of an incarcerated parent, Sarah wanted to be a part of a project that was actively working to mend relationships within the nuclear family. Given her lived-experience with the justice system Sarah is very family oriented and believes families can always come together to heal their traumas and build healthy relationships. Sarah is being recruited to join Phi Alpha Delta international pre-law fraternity, where she hopes to make connections and build relationships that will go into the legal profession and continue to promote communication and kindness.