Leadership

 

Christian Kervick, executive director of the Delaware Criminal Justice Council, serves as President of the NCJA Board of Directors and will lead the Executive Committee. Anne Jordan, the Manager of Criminal Process and Specialty Dockets for the State of Maine Courts serves as Acting Vice President. (See bios for the NCJA President and Acting Vice President).

Leadership Committees

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

Advisory Council (State Reps)

The NCJA Advisory Council helps the Board of Directors formulate and guide the policy and direction of the association. The Advisory Council is composed of the SAA from each member state and 12 elected Regional Representatives. Council members select the Board of Directors and NCJA Officers.

 
Midwest Region

Illinois: Charise Williams, Acting Executive Director and Chief of Staff, IL Criminal Justice Information Authority
Indiana: Devon McDonald, Executive Director, IN Criminal Justice Institute
Kansas: Juliene Maska, Administrator, KS Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
Michigan: Nancy Becker Bennett, Director, Grants and Community Services Division, 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: Don Arp, Executive Director, NE Crime Commission
North Dakota: Becky Keller,  Director, ND Bureau of Criminal Investigation
Ohio: Karhlton Moore, Executive Director, OH Office of Criminal Justice Services
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: Michael Pennington, Executive Director, PA Commission on Crime & Delinquency

Rhode Island: Michael Hogan, Administrative Manager, RI Public Safety Grant Administration Office
Vermont: Michael Schirling, Commissioner, VT Department of Public Safety

Southern Region

Alabama: Kenneth Boswell, Director, AL Department of Economic & Community Affairs
Arkansas: Doris R. Smith, Administrator DFA IGS/State Technology, Office of Intergovernmental Services
Georgia: James Neal, Executive Director, GA Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
Kentucky: Mary Noble, 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: Elizabeth Dunayski, 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 Daughtery, Administrator, MT Board of Crime Control

Nevada: George Togliatti, Director, NV Department of Public Safety
New Mexico, Mark Shea, Secretary, NM Department of Public Safety
Oregon: Ken SanchagrinActing Executive Director, Oregon Criminal Justice Commission
Texas: Andrew Friedrichs,  Acting 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)

The NCJA Advisory Council helps the Board of Directors formulate and guide the policy and direction of the association. The Advisory Council is composed of the SAA from each member state and 12 elected Regional Representatives. Council members select the Board of Directors and NCJA Officers.

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

Connie Kostelac, Assistant Professor, Medical College of Wisconsin
(Alternate) 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 for the State of Maine Courts
Ganesha Martin, Vice President of Public Policy and Community Affairs, Mark 43
(Alternate) Scott McLaren, Deputy Director, DE Criminal Justice Council

 

Southern Region

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

(Alternate) Petrina Herring, Risk Mitigation Specialist, Florida Sheriff’s Risk Management Fund

Western Region

David Mauroff, Vice President of Operations, Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco
Dan Spencer, Retired former Director of Administrative Services for Alaska departments of Public Safety (Alaska SAA) and Law
Anthony Vidale, Deputy Director and Program Manager, AZ Criminal Justice Commission

(Alternate) Scott Donaldson, Director/Chief Administrator, Collin College Law Enforcement Academy

Tribal Member

Vacant

Past Presidents

Jack Cutrone
David Jones
James Kane
Barbara McDonald
Thomas Quinn
Raymond Slaughter
Jeanne Smith

David Steingraber
James Thomas
Mark Thompson
William Woodward

Board of Directors

[President] Christian Kervick, Executive Director, DE Criminal Justice Council
[Acting Vice President] Anne Jordan, Manager of Criminal Process and Specialty Dockets for the State of Maine Courts

[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 for the State of Maine 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, Retired former Director of Administrative Services for Alaska Departments of Public Safety (Alaska SAA) and 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

Vacant

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is composed of the Regional Chairs from each region, the President, Vice President and Immediate Past President. It serves in an advisory role to help the Executive Director guide the Association.

[President] Christian Kervick, Executive Director, DE Criminal Justice Council
[Acting Vice President] Anne Jordan, Manager of Criminal Process and Specialty Dockets for the State of Maine Courts

[Immediate Past President] Karhlton Moore, Executive Director,  OH Office of Criminal Justice Services
[Regional Rep - MW] Lori Pesci, Deputy Directory, 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, Executive Director, AZ Criminal Justice Commission

Elections Committee

The Elections Committee works to recruit candidates and ensure a full slate of nominees for regional representative and the presidential and vice presidential elections.

[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

The Policy Committee reviews NCJA's policy statements on a rotating basis and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors for updating and/or revising them. You can read more about NCJA's mission and policies here.

[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.

Victims Services Committee

The four goals of the Committee are to:

 

  1. Provide the important perspectives and voices of crime survivors and the professionals who assist them to NCJA’s Board of Directors and staff.

  2. Identify promising practices, policies and protocols that are survivor-centered and trauma-informed, which can be considered for replication or adaptation by NCJA’s members.

  3. Support NCJA’s ongoing efforts to promote public policy that helps crime victims understand and implement their rights, and that enhances their personal safety, autonomy, and proactive involvement in justice processes.

  4. Support the efforts of NCJA’s Board of Directors and staff in training, program and policy development, and partnerships that can help improve the lives of crime victims and survivors, and strengthen the capacity of the professionals who assist them in system- and community-based agencies and organizations at the Federal, Tribal, national, state and local levels.

[Chair] Jennifer Brinkman, Director, TN Office of Criminal Justice Programs

Burke Fitzpatrick, Director, SC Attorney General, Crime Services Division

Michelle Garcia, Director, DC Office of Victims Services and Justice Grants

Marc Pelka, Undersecretary, CT Office of Policy and Management

Anne Seymour, National Crime Victim Advocate

Amy O’Neill, Survivor, Resilience Expert, Therapist & Motivational Speaker, Amy C. O’Neill Consulting

       

 

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