Aileen Adams is Director of the Office for Victims of Crime at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). In this position she administers over $500 million in Federal funds, which support approximately 3,000 victim assistance and State compensation programs in the United States. Before her presidential appointment in 1994, Ms. Adams worked in many different spheres of the criminal justice system -- serving as Prosecutor, Police Reserve Officer, Probation Officer, Legal Advocate for sexual assault victims, and Director of a children's advocacy center. As the Legal Counsel for the Rape Treatment Center at Santa Monica Hospital for 10 years, Ms. Adams cofounded and served as the Director of Stuart House, a nationally recognized interagency center for sexually abused children. She played a major role in reforming California's sexual assault laws and provided legal advocacy to hundreds of sexual assault victims. She coauthored Sexual Assault on Campus: What Colleges Can Do, and coproduced an award-winning film about campus rape. Ms. Adams also served for 8 years as a Los Angeles City Fire Commissioner, overseeing one of the largest fire and paramedic services in the country.
Francisco "Frank" Jose Alarcon is Director of the California Youth Authority (CYA), the largest youth corrections agency in the world. Previously, Mr Alarcon was CYA's Chief Deputy Director. Before his initial appointment to CYA, he held various positions over 20 years of public service, and has been an Administrator for the Departments of Finance and Mental Health. Mr. Alarcon serves as a member of numerous associations, commissions, interagency task forces, and committees, and is currently a member of the Attorney General's Policy Council on Violence Prevention, the National Task Force on Violence, and the Task Force on Juvenile Crime and the Justice System Response. In addition to numerous other membership and consultant commitments, he is a frequent guest lecturer and speaker on budgeting, California government, juvenile justice, organizational effectiveness, and personal development, appearing on numerous television and radio news programs and shows. Mr. Alarcon is an alumnus of the University of California at Davis.
Rodney L. Albert has been with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention since 1994. In 1988 he was appointed by Governor Henry Bellmon as a member of the Oklahoma State Advisory Group on Juvenile Justice. He later served as Oklahoma's Juvenile Justice Specialist and the Western Region Representative for Juvenile Justice Specialists. Since going to Washington D.C., he has served as a State Representative for the Southern Region and as Program Manager of the State Challenge Grants and Title V -- Incentive Grants for Local Delinquency Prevention Programs. He is currently the Assistant Director of the State Relations and Assistance Division. Mr. Albert holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science and a master's degree in Business Administration.
Pamela Allen is Director of Public Policy for the Coalition for Juvenile Justice in Washington, D.C., which is the national coalition of State juvenile justice advisory groups participating under the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act for the U.S. Department of Justice. Ms. Allen has been with the Coalition for 5 years. A graduate of Indiana University and its School of Law, she previously worked as Associate Counsel for a national trade association and was in the private practice of law.
Barbara Allen-Hagen is the National Justice Statistics Program Manager for OJJDP. Over the last 13 years, she has been working to improve national statistics on juvenile offenders and victims and the justice system response to juvenile delinquency and violence. She has also been responsible for several congressionally mandated studies, including Conditions of Confinement, Juveniles Taken Into Custody, and the National Incidence Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway, and Thrownaway Children (NISMART I), and as other statistical series, such as the Children in Custody Census. Ms. Allen-Hagen is currently the Program Manager of the OJJDP Juvenile Transfers to Criminal Court Studies Research Program, which is studying the processing of juveniles in the criminal justice system in seven States; the Performance-Based Standards for Juvenile Detention and Correctional Facilities; and NISMART II. In addition to her membership on several Federal interagency statistical task forces, she also serves on the Advisory Board for the Juvenile Detention Center Association of Pennsylvania program to develop program standards for juvenile detention facilities statewide and is a newly appointed member of the Citizen's Advisory Council to the Alexandria (Virginia) Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.
Corinne Alvarez-Sanders, Ph.D., is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. She earned her doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin. For the past 5 years, she has been employed at the Giddings State School, a facility of the Texas Youth Commission, which houses Texas' serious, violent juvenile offenders. As Director of Clinical Services at the facility, she oversees all clinical services, including specialized treatment programs for chemically dependent, sex offending, and homicidal juvenile offenders. She directly oversees the Capital Offender Treatment Program, a nationally recognized intensive treatment program for homicidal offenders.
The Honorable James Backstrom is County Attorney in Dakota County, Minnesota. Mr. Backstrom previously served as an Assistant Dakota County Attorney for 9 years, during which time he headed the office's civil division for 5 years. He is a member of the Board of Directors and past President of the Minnesota County Attorneys Association. He is also a member of the National District Attorneys Association Board of Directors and currently cochairs the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee of the Association. In addition to his prosecutorial and administrative duties, he has been active in many antidrug and crime prevention initiatives and was an active participant in recent changes to Minnesota's juvenile code.
Charles Augustus Ballard is President, Chief Executive Officer, and founder of the Institute for Responsible Fatherhood and Family Revitalization that developed from the Teen Father Program: A Family Service, which he established in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1982. In March 1994, Mr. Ballard incorporated the Institute for Responsible Fatherhood and Family Revitalization and moved its national headquarters from Cleveland to Washington, D.C. Mr. Ballard's vision is to capitalize on the national and international interest in this program and to replicate the successful 13-year model started in Cleveland in other cities across the United States. The institute's primary mission is to build bridges between generations. Mr. Ballard feels the best way to achieve this mission is to create environments that are father, child, and family friendly, thus establishing the institute as a valuable resource in each community.
The Honorable Lynne A. Battaglia is U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland. As prior Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski, she supervised the work of the Washington, D.C., office, two subcommittees, and six State offices in addition to acting as Legal Advisor to the office. Before serving on Capitol Hill, she was Chief of the Criminal Investigations Division in the Maryland Attorney General's Office, where she supervised attorneys involved in the prosecution of white collar and environmental crimes. She had previously served for 4 years as Senior Trial Attorney within the Office of Special Litigation in the Department of Justice, prosecuting complex tax shelter cases throughout the country. During her tenure, she twice received awards for Outstanding Attorney. She started her prosecutorial career as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Maryland.
Gordon Bazemore, Ph.D., is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Public Administration at Florida Atlantic University. His primary research interests include juvenile justice, youth policy, corrections, and victims issues; he has written extensively on these topics. Dr. Bazemore's recent publications appear in Justice Quarterly, Crime and Delinquency, The Prison Journal, and the Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare. He has directed several recent evaluations funded by the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and DOJ. Dr. Bazemore currently is Principal Investigator of a national action research project funded by OJJDP to pilot restorative justice reform in several jurisdictions. He is conducting an evaluation of community policing in Pompano Beach, Florida.
James Bell has been a Staff Attorney at the Youth Law Center in San Francisco, California, for 15 years, representing children confined in adult jails, juvenile detention centers, and training schools. He has provided technical assistance for county commissioners, sheriffs, judges, police departments, probation officers, line workers, and administrators in more than 30 States on liability, conditions of confinement, and other juvenile justice issues. As a result of his extensive contacts with children in trouble with the law, corrections professionals, juvenile court judges, and community organizations, he is uniquely situated to assist policymakers and other public officials in developing realistic and effective juvenile justice policy. Additionally, he has also worked closely with Indian tribal courts in more than 15 jurisdictions to make tribal courts more efficient at handling juvenile justice issues. He has returned from South Africa, where he is providing ongoing assistance to the African National Congress on developing a juvenile justice system for the new South Africa.
Ilene R. Bergsmann is Executive Director of Interventions, Inc., in Indiana, an agency, that provides residential substance abuse services for youth. Before December 1995, she was Assistant Superintendent for Training and Resource Development in Cook County, where she managed an OJJDP planning grant for young women in the County's juvenile justice system. The purpose of the grant was to promote systemic change in processing and serving female offenders. Ms. Bergsmann has worked on several initiatives for young women, including directing a Women's Educational Equity Act grant on providing equitable educational programs in secure settings; chairing a statewide task force on young women for the Virginia Department of Youth and Family Services; and assisting the American Correctional Association in designing its 1994 Juvenile Female Offender Conference, "A Time for Change" and coauthoring the conference monograph.
Lonise P. Bias is the mother of Len Bias, the University of Maryland basketball player who died on June 19, 1986, of drug-related causes after being drafted by the Boston Celtics. On December 4, 1990, the Bias family suffered the loss of a second son, Jay, who was murdered in a drive-by shooting at a local mall. Dr. Bias has turned these personal losses into a mission to help others. She tours the country addressing the issues of alcohol and other drugs, family, hope, and love. In May 1990, Dr. Bias received an honorary doctorate in Education from Anna Maria College in Paxton, Massachusetts. Dr. Bias has devoted the past 10 years to traveling nationally and internationally, lecturing to a wide variety of audiences at conferences relating to contemporary social concerns in America. She has also lectured on college campuses, to community groups, to major league baseball and professional football and basketball figures, and to students at ecumenical community schools. She has been a part of discussion groups and roundtable discussions dealing with social and mental health issues. In March 1996, she had an opportunity to give an address before the President of the United States. Dr. Bias has received many awards, including the Boston Herald Community Service Award, International Women of Leadership Award, Sojourner Truth Award, Soya Humanitarian Award, and Giant Steps Parent Award.
Shay Bilchik was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Administrator of OJJDP on October 7, 1994, and sworn in on October 11, 1994. He previously served as Associate Deputy Attorney General in the Office of the Deputy Attorney General. As Administrator, Mr. Bilchik is responsible for the agency congressionally mandated to lead the effort to address the public safety issues of juvenile crime and youth victimization. His OJJDP leadership responsibilities include identifying effective strategies for addressing juvenile crime through research; coordinating, implementing, and supporting effective programs and encouraging innovative approaches to deal with existing and emerging juvenile justice issues; developing priorities and goals and setting policies to guide Federal juvenile justice issues; providing technical assistance and training to essential components of the juvenile justice system; and disseminating information on juvenile justice trends, programs, and new approaches.
Mr. Bilchik began his career in 1977 as an Assistant State's Attorney for the 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida in Miami. In 1979, he was promoted to Juvenile Division Chief and later to Deputy Chief Assistant for Administration. In 1985, he became Chief Assistant for Administration and was responsible for administering an office of more than 200 attorneys. Mr. Bilchik had supervisory authority over juvenile prosecution programs, including those involving prosecution of juveniles as adults in the Criminal Division. He also established and had oversight responsibility for the Child Advocacy Center, which is a multidisciplinary intake unit for cases involving victims of child abuse. As a Prosecutor, Mr. Bilchik served as the Coordinator of a number of special programs, including the Police-Juvenile Prosecutor Liaison and the School-Juvenile Prosecutor Liaison projects. He has lectured extensively on juvenile justice issues and served on the faculty of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. In addition, he was the author of the "Court Handbook for Dade County Lawyers, Juvenile Practice Section," 1980 and "Prosecuting Juveniles in Criminal Courts -- An Empirical Analysis," 1984. Mr. Bilchik has served on numerous task forces and advisory committees dealing with juvenile delinquency and drug abuse issues. He also was involved in drafting a number of juvenile justice and child abuse legislative proposals in Florida. Mr. Bilchik received his education at the University of Florida, where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1975 and a jurum doctor in 1977.
Donna M. Bishop, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies at the University of Central Florida. She received a doctorate in Criminal Justice from the State University of New York at Albany in 1982. For the past 10 years she has concentrated much of her research on issues in juvenile justice processing. Dr. Bishop is the author of numerous articles on the transfer of juvenile offenders to criminal courts, and is currently working on an OJJDP-funded study of the effect of recent juvenile justice reform legislation in Florida.
Alfred Blumstein, Ph.D., is a Professor of Urban Systems and Operation Research and a former Dean of the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University. He has chaired panels on deterrence and incapacitation, sentencing, and criminal careers. He served from 1979 to 1990 as Chairman of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, the State criminal justice planning agency, and from 1986 to 1996 he was a member of the State's Sentencing Commission. Dr. Blumstein received the American Society of Criminology's Sutherland Award for his contributions to research and was the President of the Society for 1991-92. He is the current President of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences.
Donna Bownes' experience includes working as a Program Manager for OJJDP and consulting on juvenile justice, gangs, community mobilization, substance abuse, grant funding, prevention, and training issues for Federal and State contractors. As Senior Juvenile Justice Program Manager, Ms. Bownes managed OJJDP's Juvenile Justice Resource Center and Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse at Aspen Systems Corporation in Rockville, Maryland. Before becoming the Juvenile Justice Specialist for the State of Alaska, she was a Probation Officer, a Correctional Officer, and Deputy Compact Administrator for the Interstate Compact on Juveniles. In Colorado, her experience included working as a Crisis Counselor and summer school Teacher for nonsecure residential treatment programs. Ms. Bownes has a bachelor's degree in Behavioral Sciences and a Secondary Education Teaching Certificate and is a candidate for a master's degree in Applied Behavioral Sciences at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.
Noël Brennan, Esq., is a Deputy Assistant Attorney General at DOJ. From August 1987 until her appointment to DOJ, Ms. Brennan served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. In that position, she tried numerous criminal cases and later served in an of-counsel capacity on fraud and money laundering forfeiture law and policy issues. From 1985 to 1987, Ms. Brennan was a Law Clerk with the District of Columbia Superior Court and the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. She also served as an Associate with the Center for Dispute Settlement and was a principal in establishing the District of Columbia Mediation Service. Ms. Brennan is a member of the Board of Governors of the District of Columbia Bar; the Criminal Justice Subcommittee of the District of Columbia Circuit Task Force on Race, Gender, and Ethnicity; and the Public Service Activities Committee of the District of Columbia Bar. Ms. Brennan received her jurum doctor from Georgetown University Law Center and is a member of the adjunct faculty at the law center.
Maureen Bunyan is President of Maureen Bunyan Communications, Inc., an innovative company that provides public affairs, public relations, media relations, and strategic planning for businesses, nonprofit organizations, and government. She is a popular speaker and facilitator of teleconferences, panel and roundtable discussions, and town meetings. Ms. Bunyan's expertise comes from nearly 30 years of experience as a television news Anchor, Reporter, Producer, and Writer. Most recently, she has appeared as a contributing host on MSNBC, the talk and information cable network on National Public Radio and Maryland Public Television. Ms. Bunyan is the recipient of numerous broadcast journalism awards and has been inducted into the "Silver Circle" of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She is the Cochair of the International Women's Media Foundation, a global network of women journalists, and a founder of the National Association of Black Journalists. Ms. Bunyan also has an extensive record of community service. She attended the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee and Columbia University and has a master's degree in Education from Harvard University.
Jeffrey A. Butts, Ph.D., is a Senior Research Associate at the National Center for Juvenile Justice in Pittsburgh and an Instructor at Carnegie Mellon University. Previously, he worked for the University of Michigan's Center for the Study of Youth Policy and its Institute for Social Research. Dr. Butts has authored numerous reports for OJJDP and also several book chapters and articles for the American Journal of Criminal Law, Crime and Delinquency, Criminal Justice Policy Review, Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy, and the Juvenile & Family Court Journal.