Travis A. Cain has 20 years of experience in drafting legislation and designing and administering conflict resolution, community relations, and criminal and juvenile justice programs for the Federal Government. She has worked with State and local government leaders, community-based groups, individual citizens, and youth throughout the country to improve the lives of children and young adults and to prevent them from entering lives of crime and violence. Ms. Cain is currently the Female Juvenile Offender Program Manager for OJJDP at DOJ in Washington, D.C., where she is responsible for designing, developing, and managing the first OJJDP discretionary program for females since the addition of the 1992 congressional amendments to the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act. She maintains regular contact and coordinates with national, State, and local groups and organizations focusing on at-risk girls and juvenile female offenders. Ms. Cain also manages a number of other major programs funded by OJJDP, including the National Crime Prevention Council (Teens, Crime, and the Community Program)and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (Gang Prevention and Intervention Program). She has a bachelor's degree from St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas.
Joseph Canzanella, Jr., is a 17-year-old senior at Wilbur Cross High School, and Treasurer of the New Haven (Connecticut) Board of Young Adult Police Commissioners (BYAPC). Created in 1991, in response to the distrust and abandonment voiced by youth, the New Haven BYAPC emphasizes involving youth in the decisionmaking process. The board, which includes 22 diverse students from 6 public and 2 parochial high schools, actively supports improving relations between youth and the police, and numerous other activities, including planning conferences with DOJ and making presentations at national conferences. First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton cited BYAPC as a "national model for how to get youth involved in their communities." Mr. Canzanella is Cochairperson of the BYAPC Juvenile Alternative Sanctions Planning Committee, Captain of the Cross Football Team, Vice President of his senior class, and Vice President of Males Against Negativity.
William H. Carbone is Director of the Office of Alternative Sanctions (OAS) of the Judicial Branch of the State of Connecticut. This office, created in the 1990 session of the General Assembly, is responsible for establishing, in every criminal court, a range of sanctions between traditional probation and incarceration. The options include mediation, community service, electronic monitoring, drug and alcohol treatment, alternative incarceration centers, and a range of pretrial diversion programs. From 1983 to 1991, Mr. Carbone was Under Secretary of the Management and Justice Planning Division, State Office of Policy and Management, which has statutory responsibility for planning to improve Connecticut's adult and juvenile justice systems. Mr. Carbone chaired, by appointment of the Governor, the Prison and Jail Overcrowding Commission, which was responsible for many efforts aimed at alleviating the congestion in the Connecticut correctional system. Mr. Carbone is a member of the National Criminal Justice Association. He holds a Practitioner-in-Residence appointment at the School of Public Safety and Professional Studies at the University of New Haven and teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels in various aspects of the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems.
Jan M. Chaiken, Ph.D., has been Director of the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) since September 1994. BJS, the Nation's principal criminal justice statistics agency, collects and analyzes statistical data on crime, criminal offenders, drug use, crime victims, and the criminal and civil justice systems. BJS also provides financial and technical support to State statistical agencies and administers special programs that aid State and local governments in improving their criminal justice records and information systems. From 1984 until he was nominated as BJS Director by President Clinton in 1994, Dr. Chaiken was a Principal Scientist in the law and justice area at Abt Associates Inc., in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Prior to this, he was a Senior Mathematician at The RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California. Dr. Chaiken earned his doctorate in Mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Betty M. Chemers currently serves as Director of the Research and Program Development Division within OJJDP. In this position, she is responsible for developing knowledge on national trends in juvenile delinquency and the juvenile justice system, promoting improved data collection and information sharing, and identifying how delinquency develops and the best methods for its prevention, intervention, and treatment. Prior to becoming Research Division Director, Ms. Chemers was Program Manager for two OJJDP national initiatives: JUMP, which funds juvenile mentoring programs, and SafeFutures: Partnerships to Prevent Youth Violence, which will support efforts of six communities for 5 years to implement a continuum of prevention, intervention, and treatment services for at-risk and delinquent youth. For 5 years prior to rejoining the Federal Government, Ms. Chemers advised not-for-profit associations in the health and juvenile justice areas on strategic planning, funding, and management issues. From 1972 to 1985, Ms. Chemers worked at the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), where she directed the Courts Research Division and served as Special Assistant to four NIJ Directors. As Director of Planning and Policy Analysis for the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, Ms. Chemers coordinated the planning activities of 13 agencies. She currently serves as Vice President of AIRS, an interfaith organization in Baltimore, Maryland, that provides housing and care to persons with AIDS and their families. Ms. Chemers received a master's degree from Boston University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland.
Jonathan Cloud is a Community and Program Development Consultant with 15 years of experience in the social and human service field. Prior to becoming a Consultant, Mr. Cloud served as a Mental Health Counselor; State Director of Americans for Legal Reform, a Washington, D.C., based civil justice reform initiative; Program Director of the University of Miami Child Protection Team; Administrative Director of the Dade County Schools and Neighborhoods Intervention Consortium; and Associate Director of the Florida Foster Care Review Project. In 1994, Mr. Cloud joined Developmental Research and Programs, Inc., as a Training and Technical Assistance provider in the Communities That Care curriculum. He has also participated in the development and delivery of community team training for the Southeast Regional Center for Drug-Free Schools and Communities. Mr. Cloud brings to his work extensive experience in community mobilization and organization, including work with the city of Miami's hurricane recovery coalition of youth agencies. He provides consulting services in the areas of program design and development, grants development, strategic planning, community development, and program evaluation. Mr. Cloud holds a bachelor's degree in Religion and a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Harding University and has done graduate work in Social Work and Public Administration.
Joseph J. Cocozza, Ph.D., is Vice President for Research with Policy Research Associates (PRA). Since joining PRA in 1990, Dr. Cocozza has worked on a number of projects, including a national survey of pretrial forensic evaluations, a multisite study of welfare reform, and an assessment of comprehensive approaches to child and family services. As part of his longstanding interest in mental health services for juvenile offenders, he edited a comprehensive review of existing research in the monograph Responding to the Mental Health Needs of Youth in the Juvenile Justice System, and he has evaluated the changes in five States being studied that are attempting to improve their services to their youth. Most recently, Dr. Cocozza has assumed responsibility for directing the National GAINS Center for People with Co-occurring Disorders in the Justice System. Before joining PRA, Dr. Cocozza spent 7 years as Executive Director of the New York State Council on Children and Families (CCF), where he had earlier served as its Director of Research. Dr. Cocozza has held a number of policy-oriented research, academic, and administrative positions, including work over a 5-year period with the New York State Office of Mental Health. He received his doctorate in Sociology in 1975 and has authored numerous professional publications and reports.
The Honorable Veronica F. Coleman serves as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee. A graduate of Memphis State University Law School, she has been both a city and county Assistant Public Defender and practiced as a private Defense Attorney. She has also served as Assistant District Attorney General for the 30th Judicial District, Assistant to the President and Legal Counsel to Dr. Thomas Carpenter at Memphis State, and Senior Litigation Attorney for Federal Express Corporation. Ms. Coleman is a past President of the Ben F. Jones chapter of the National Bar Association and a member of the Federal Bar Association, National Bar Association of Women Attorneys, Memphis Bar Association, and Tennessee Associations for Women Lawyers. She has not only served her community through her profession, but in many other capacities such as serving on the boards of Leadership Memphis, Goals for Memphis, The Blues City Cultural Center, and the Urban League. Ms. Coleman was the founding President of the Memphis Chapter of the Coalition of 100 Black Women. In that position, she instituted the first volunteer mentoring program for teenaged mothers. It was the forerunner of legislation and other similar programs designed to address the increasing problem of adolescent pregnancy. Ms. Coleman has received recent honors, including the 1994 University of Memphis Distinguished Alumni Award, 1994 Women of Achievement Award for Initiative, the 1994 Girls, Inc., of Memphis "She Knows Where She's Going" award, the 1994 Jackson Business & Professional Women's Women of Achievement Award, and the 1994 Heritage Award recognizing the 75th anniversary of the Young Women's Christian Association.
Gerald Croan is President of Caliber Associates, a public policy research and consulting organization with specialized expertise in performance management and program evaluation. Mr. Croan currently serves as Director of OJJDP's Evaluation Contract. He has been involved in the evaluation of public programs for over 20 years, primarily in the area of children, youth, and families. Mr. Croan received his master's degree in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Roberta Cronin is a private Research and Program Development Consultant with more than 20 years of experience in the field of juvenile justice. After earning a master's degree in Sociology from Cornell University, Ms. Cronin began her career as a Criminal Justice Researcher and Planner in Rochester, New York. She later moved to the American Institutes for Research (AIR) in Washington, D.C., where she had a senior role in the evaluation of several OJJDP initiatives, including the Juvenile Boot Camp Demonstration, the Juvenile Firesetter Program, and the Habitual Serious and Violent Juvenile Offender Program. Ms. Cronin has recently completed a fact-finding report on the status of community assessment centers nationwide.
The Honorable Wayne K. Curry was elected Prince Georges County, Maryland, Executive in November 1994. He is the first African-American to serve in the County's highest elected office. Mr. Curry's career has encompassed government, civic, and community affairs for more than 20 years. He started as a Teacher and Center Director for the Child Day Care Association of Prince Georges County. During the 1970's, he served as Community Affairs Assistant in the County Executive's Office of Community Affairs, as well as Administrative Assistant to the County's Chief Administrative Officer and Senior Assistant to the County Executive. From 1984 to 1992, he was General Counsel for Dimensions Health Corporation, a major healthcare business that operates Prince Georges General Hospital Center, the Greater Laurel-Beltsville Hospital, and the Bowie Health Center. Mr. Curry has served as Chairman of the United Way Campaign of Prince Georges County, President of the Prince Georges County Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the School Superintendent's Advisory Committee on Black Male Achievement, Chairman of the Prince Georges County Substance Abuse Advisory Board, a member of the Board of Directors of the Prince Georges County Christmas in April, Director of United Communities Against Poverty, and Director of the Bonnie Johns Children's Fund. Mr. Curry has received many awards and honors including Regardie's magazine's 100 Most Influential in Washington, D.C.; Prince Georges County Volunteer Action Center's Volunteer of the Year, Prince Georges County Public Schools' Outstanding Leadership Education Award; Prince Georgian of the Year; National Conference of Christians and Jews Brotherhood-Sisterhood Award; Washingtonian magazine's "New Establishment"; and Baltimore station WNUV-TV 54's Black History Month "Proud and Positive" Program. He received a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Western Maryland College, and graduated with honors from the University of Maryland School of Law.
Marian D. Daniel is the Area Director for the Baltimore City, Maryland, Department of Juvenile Justice. She has been with the Department of Juvenile Justice since 1974. She has served as a Youth Supervisor, Group Leader, Group Living Supervisor, Juvenile Counselor, Assistant Administrator, and Administrator. Ms. Daniel is the Founder and Director of the Female Intervention Team (FIT), the award winning, nationally known all-female probation unit. The creation of FIT has given Ms. Daniel and her staff the opportunity to develop some creative programming interventions in collaboration with community resources to make a difference in the lives of females in Baltimore City. Ms. Daniel serves as Vice President of the National Girls' Caucus; board member of the Baltimore Council on Pregnancy, Parenting, Prevention, Inc., and the YMCA of Central Maryland; and member of the Black Mental Health Alliance. She also is a Life Member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Beverly Watts Davis is the Executive Director of San Antonio Fighting Back of the United Way, a comprehensive prevention, intervention, treatment, relapse prevention, community empowerment, and community improvement program. Prior to serving in this position, Ms. Watts Davis was Statewide Coordinator, Director of Programs, and State Red Ribbon Coordinator for Texan's War on Drugs where she provided community mobilization services to rural, high-risk, and ethnic minority communities. Ms. Watts Davis is a National Trainer in community mobilization and empowerment and multicultural awareness. She serves on the Board of Trustees of Austin Community College, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development National Advisory Committee, the National Inhalant Abuse Prevention Coalition, and the Multicultural Affairs Committee and Advisory Council of the Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse. Ms. Watts Davis also is a founder and past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Women's Chamber of Commerce of Texas. Ms. Watts Davis was recently honored by the Palmer Drug Abuse Program as Advocate of the Year, and received the FBI Director's Award for Community Leadership, DOJ's Commendation Award, the U.S. Department of Defense's Commander's Award, the Texas Attorney General's Neighborhood Action Award, and the Governor's Volunteer Leadership Award.
Jane L. Delgado, Ph.D., has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Coalition of Hispanic Health and Human Services Organizations since 1985. Dr. Delgado came to this position after serving in the office of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Delgado oversees training and technical assistance, policy and research, and public affairs in the areas of the environment, systems reform, AIDS and other chronic diseases, alcohol and other substance abuse, maternal and child health, and mental health and human services. In addition, Dr. Delgado serves as Chairperson of the National Health Council, Trustee of the Foundation for Child Development, and as a member of the Carter Center's Task Force on Mental Health Policy. Dr. Delgado received a master's degree in Psychology from New York University and a master's degree in Urban and Policy Sciences from W. Averell Harriman School of Urban and Policy Sciences. She also earned a doctorate from State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Richard Dembo, Ph.D., is a Professor of Criminology at the University of South Florida. He has conducted extensive research on the relationship between drug use and delinquency. Dr. Dembo has published a book and more than 120 articles, book chapters, and reports in the fields of criminology, substance use, mental health, and program evaluation. He is a member of the editorial boards of the International Journal of Addictions; Violence, Aggression and Terrorism; Journal of Drug Issues; and the Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse. He has served as a Consultant to NIJ, OJJDP, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute of Mental Health, the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, the Office of Substance Abuse Prevention, and the National Science Foundation. Dr. Dembo is currently working on a 5-year experimental, longitudinal service delivery project designed to implement and test a Family Empowerment Intervention involving high-risk youth and their families. Dr. Dembo is also responsible for the research component of the Hillsborough County Juvenile Assessment Center in Tampa, which he helped develop. He received his doctorate in Sociology from New York University.
Karl W. Dennis has been Executive Director of Kaleidoscope, Inc., in Chicago, Illinois, for the past 21 years. His agency was recently selected as one of the top five child-serving agencies in the country by the prestigious Chesapeake Institute in Washington, D.C. Mr. Dennis is considered one of the country's leading experts on community-based care and a pioneer of WrapAround services. A popular Lecturer and Consultant, he has contributed his vast knowledge of community-based care to individuals and agencies across the United States and several foreign countries. He currently serves on the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Executive Session to develop an alternative plan for child protection in this country. Mr. Dennis is a member of the "Friends" of the Federation of Families and received the Federation's Making A Difference Award in 1995. He is a recipient of the Marion F. Langer Award from the American Orthopsychiatric Association for his national advocacy of children and families and the Life Time Achievement Award for WrapAround Services.
Douglas C. Dodge, Esq., is the Director of OJJDP's Special Emphasis Division. Mr. Dodge oversees the development and implementation of national scope delinquency prevention and juvenile justice system discretionary grant programs such as the Juvenile Intensive Supervision Program, the Juvenile Boot Camp Program, and the Youth Environmental Service and SafeFutures (collaboration) programs. He has been directly responsible for the development of several national programs, including the OJJDP Juvenile Restoration Initiative and the Violent Juvenile Offender, Intensive Juvenile Aftercare, and Due Process Advocacy programs. Mr. Dodge previously served OJJDP as Branch Chief of juvenile justice systems programs, as the Assistant Director of the Special Emphasis Division, and as a Program Director. He has also served as a Staff Attorney in the District of Columbia Public Defender Service and has handled criminal and juvenile cases in private practice. Mr. Dodge received a bachelor's degree from Western Michigan University and a doctorate in Laws from Wayne State University Law School.