Leadership Committees

Leadership Committees

The NCJA welcomed its new leadership for 2018-2019 term. Christian Kervick, executive director of the Delaware Criminal Justice Council, was elected President of the NCJA Board of Directors and will lead the Executive Committee. Michael Schmidt, director of the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission was elected Vice President. (See bios for the NCJA President and Vice President).

Click below to view member rosters for the following governance committees:


Advisory Council (State Reps)

Midwest Region

Illinois: Jason Stamps, Executive Director, IL Criminal Justice Information Authority
Indiana: Devon McDonald, Executive Director, IN Criminal Justice Institute
Kansas: Juliene Maska, Administrator, KS Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
Michigan: Joseph Gasper, Director, MI Department of State Police
Minnesota: Kate Weeks, Executive Director, MN Department of Public Safety, Office of Justice Programs
Missouri: Sandy Karsten, Director, MO Department of Public Safety
Nebraska: Darrell Fisher, Executive Director, NE Crime Commission
North Dakota: Don Arp, Executive Director, ND Bureau of Criminal Investigation
Ohio: Karhlton Moore, Executive Director, OH Office of Criminal Justice Services
South Dakota: Craig Price, Secretary, SD Department of Public Safety
Wisconsin: Matt Raymer, Criminal Justice Program Analyst, WI Department of Justice

Northeast Region

Connecticut: Marc Pelka, Undersecretary, CT Office of Policy & Management
Delaware: Christian Kervick, Executive Director, DE Criminal Justice Council
District of Columbia: Michelle Garcia, Director, DC Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants
Maine: Michael Sauschuck, Commissioner, ME Department of Public Safety
Maryland: Glenn Fueston, Executive Director, MD Governor's Office of Crime Control & Prevention
Massachusetts: Thomas Turco, Secretary, MA Executive Office of Public Safety
New Hampshire: Kathleen Carr, Director of Administration, NH Department of Justice
New Jersey: Veronica Allende, Director, NJ Office of the Attorney General
New York: Michael Green, Executive Deputy Commissioner, NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services
Pennsylvania: Derin Myers, Director, PA Commission on Crime & Delinquency
Vermont: Michael Schirling, Commissioner, VT Department of Public Safety

Southern Region

Alabama: Kenneth Boswell, Director, AL Department of Economic & Community Affairs
Arkansas: Autumn Hemphill, Assistant Administrator Intergovernmental Services, AR Department of Finance & Administration
Georgia: James Neal, Executive Director, GA Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
Kentucky: John Tilley, Cabinet Secretary, KY Justice & Public Safety Cabinet
Louisiana: Jim Craft, Executive Director, LA Commission on Law Enforcement
Mississippi: Chris Gillard, Executive Director, MS Department of Public Safety
North Carolina: Caroline Valand, Executive Director, NC Governor's Crime Commission
Oklahoma: Trent Baggett, Executive Coordinator, OK District Attorneys Council
South Carolina: John Westerhold, Administrator, SC Department of Public Safety, Office of Highway Safety and Justice Programs
Tennessee: Jennifer Brinkman, Director, TN Office of Criminal Justice Programs
Virginia: Shannon Dion, Director, VA Department of Criminal Justice Services
West Virginia: Joe Thornton, Director, WV Division of Justice & Community Services

Western Region

Alaska: Kelly Howell, Administrative Services Director, AK Department of Public Safety
Arizona: Andrew LeFevre, Executive Director, AZ Criminal Justice Commission
California: Kathleen Howard, Executive Director, CA Board of State & Community Corrections
Colorado: Joe Thome, Director, CO Department of Public Safety, Division of Criminal Justice
Guam: Lola Leon Guerrero, Planner, GU Bureau of Statistics & Plans
Hawaii: Clare Connors, Attorney General, HI Department of the Attorney General
Montana: John Daugherty, Chairwoman, MT Board of Crime Control
Nevada: George Togliatti, Director, NV Department of Public Safety
Oregon: Michael Schmidt, Director, OR Criminal Justice Commission
Texas: Reilly Webb, Interim Executive Director, TX Office of the Governor
Utah: Kim Cordova, Executive Director, UT Commission on Criminal & Juvenile Justice
Washington: Richard Torrance, Managing Director, WA Department of Commerce


Advisory Council (Regional Reps)

Midwest Region

Lori Pesci, Deputy Directory, Summit (OH) County Division of Public Safety
Melissa Pierson, Deputy Director of Justice Services, Franklin County Office of Homeland Security & Justice Programs
John Sweeney, Chief Deputy Sheriff - Retired, Oneida County Sheriff's Office

Northeast Region

Christine Cole, VP - Executive Director, Crime and Justice Institute at CRJ
Anne Jordan, Manager of Criminal Process and Specialty Dockets, Administrative Office of the Courts
Scott McLaren, Deputy Director, DE Criminal Justice Council
Ganesha Martin, Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice (Baltimore)

Southern Region

Kay Chopard Cohen, Chopard Consulting Inc.
Burke Fitzpatrick, Director, SC Attorney General, Crime Services Division
Navin Puri, Senior Criminal Justice Planner, NC Governor's Crime Commission

Western Region

David Mauroff, Vice President of Operations, Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco
Dan Spencer, Director of Administrative Services, AK Department of Law
Anthony Vidale, Deputy Director and Program Manager, AZ Criminal Justice Commission

Tribal Member

Paul Mitchell, Court Bailiff, Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Court

Past Presidents

Jack Cutrone, National Criminal Justice Association
David Jones, NC Governor's Crime Commission
James Kane, Delaware Tech
Barbara McDonald
Thomas O'Reilly, Police Institute, School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University
Thomas Quinn
Raymond Slaughter
Jeanne Smith
David Steingraber, National Criminal Justice Association
James Thomas, Consumer Satisfaction Services Behavioral Health
Mark Thompson, Justiceworks
William Woodward, Center for the Study & Prevention of Violence, University of Colorado at Boulder


Board of Directors

[President] Christian Kervick, Executive Director, DE Criminal Justice Council
[Vice President] Michael Schmidt, Director, OR Criminal Justice Commission
[Immediate Past President] Karhlton Moore, Executive Director, OH Office of Criminal Justice Services
Chris Asplen, Executive Director, National Criminal Justice Association

Midwest Region

[Chair] Lori Pesci, Deputy Directory, Summit (OH) County Division of Public Safety
Matt Raymer, Criminal Justice Program Analyst, WI Department of Justice
(Alternate) Melissa Pierson, Deputy Director of Justice Services, Franklin County (OH) Office of Homeland Security & Justice Programs

Northeast Region

(Chair) Anne Jordan, Manager of Criminal Process and Specialty Dockets, Administrative Office of the Courts
Marc Pelka, Undersecretary, CT Office of Policy & Management
Christine Cole, VP - Executive Director, Crime and Justice Institute at CRJ
(Alternate) Scott McLaren, Deputy Director, DE Criminal Justice Council

Southern Region

(Chair) Jennifer Brinkman, Director, TN Office of Criminal Justice Programs
Navin Puri, Senior Criminal Justice Planner, NC Governor's Crime Commission
James Neal, Executive Director, GA Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
(Alternate) Burke Fitzpatrick, Director, SC Attorney General, Crime Services Division

Western Region

(Chair) Andrew LeFevre, Executive Director, AZ Criminal Justice Commission
Dan Spencer, Director of Administrative Services, AK Department of Law
Anthony Vidale, Deputy Director and Program Manager, AZ Criminal Justice Commission 
(Alternate) Joe Thome, Director, CO Department of Public Safety, Division of Criminal Justice

At-Large Member

Alfred Blumstein, Professor, H. John Heinz III College

Tribal Member

Paul Mitchell, Court Bailiff, Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Court


Executive Committee

[President] Christian Kervick, DE Criminal Justice Council
[Vice President] Michael Schmidt, OR Criminal Justice Commission
[Immediate Past President] Karhlton Moore, OH Office of Criminal Justice Services
[Regional Rep - MW] Lori Pesci, County of Summit (OH) - Division of Public Safety
[Regional Chair - NE] Anne Jordan, Manager of Criminal Process and Specialty Dockets, Administrative Office of the Courts
[Regional Chair - S] Jennifer Brinkman, Director, TN Office of Criminal Justice Programs
[Regional Chair - W] Andrew LeFevre, AZ Criminal Justice Commission


Elections Committee

[Chair] Christine Cole, VP - Executive Director, Crime and Justice Institute at CRJ
[NCJA Staff] Bethany Broida, Director of Communications, National Criminal Justice Association
Devon McDonald, Executive Director, IN Criminal Justice Institute
Dan Spencer, Director of Administrative Services, AK Department of Law
John Tilley, Cabinet Secretary, KY Justice & Public Safety Cabinet


Policy Committee

[Chair] Karhlton Moore, Executive Director, OH Office of Criminal Justice Services
[NCJA Staff] David Steingraber, Senior Policy Adviser, National Criminal Justice Association
Alfred Blumstein, Professor, H. John Heinz III College
Nancy Becker Bennett, Director, Grants and Community Services Division
Michelle Garcia, Director, DC Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants
Kelly Howell, Administrative Services Director, AK Department of Public Safety
David Mauroff, Vice President of Operations, Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco
Kay Chopard Cohen, Chopard Consulting Inc.


2019 Forum Planning Committee

[Chair] Andrew LeFevre, Executive Director, AZ Criminal Justice Commission
[NCJA Staff] Chris Asplen, Executive Director, National Criminal Justice Association
[NCJA Staff] Broida Bethany, Director of Communications, National Criminal Justice Association
Mannone Butler, Executive Director, DC Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
Shannon Dion, Director, VA Department of Criminal Justice Services
Glenn Fueston, MD Governor's Office of Crime Control & Prevention
Michelle Garcia, Director, DC Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants
Scott McLaren, Deputy Director, DE Criminal Justice Council
Karhlton Moore, Executive Director, OH Office of Criminal Justice Services
David Murtaugh, Executive Director, IN Criminal Justice Institute
James Neal, GA Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
Lori Pesci, Deputy Director, County of Summit (OH) - Division of Public Safety
Albert Stokes, Grants Manager, VA Department of Criminal Justice Services