Sarah Ingersoll is Special Assistant to the Administrator of OJJDP at the U.S. Department of Justice. Ms. Ingersoll is responsible for a broad range of the Department's prevention policy, programming, and communication activities, from supporting interagency collaboration to reducing youth gun violence. She is also on the steering committee of the National Funding Collaborative on Violence Prevention, a project to support 12 community-based violence prevention projects across the country. Prior to working at the Justice Department, Ms. Ingersoll was a Consultant for the National Crime Prevention Council where she wrote "How Communities Can Bring Up Youth Free From Fear and Violence." She also worked at the Annie E. Casey Foundation in their Research, Evaluation, and Education Division. Ms. Ingersoll has a master's degree from the Graduate School of Education at Harvard and is writing her doctoral dissertation in Sociology on the subject of youth violence for the City University of New York Graduate Center.
Lonnie Jackson is founder of the nationally recognized Minority Youth Concerns Program at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility. Mr. Jackson is also cofounder of the Minority Youth Concerns Action Program in northeast Portland, which develops appropriate support systems and resources for minority youth when they transition back into the community. He has conducted workshops and seminars nationwide on topics of youth gang prevention and intervention. Mr. Jackson has received numerous awards for his efforts in helping at-risk youth, and in 1993 he received a grant from the United States Information Agency to conduct a community action and drug prevention project in Bangkok, Thailand. Mr. Jackson has a bachelor's degree in Sociology from Willamette University.
Dorothy Travis Johnson has dedicated her life to improving the quality of education for children in urban areas. Her 25 years of experience includes work as a Classroom Teacher, Guidance Counselor, Human Relations Liaison, Building Administrator, and District Administrator. Mrs. Johnson began her career working in residential treatment centers, and is credited with creating positive alternative programs for youth. Presently, she is an Educational Consultant, Writer, and Administrator at Lincoln Center of the Arts in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Jean Dobson Johnstone has served as Human Services Specialist for Blair County, Pennsylvania, since December 1993. Her experience includes working with and addressing the needs of victims of child abuse and neglect and their families, pregnant and parenting teens, and single-parent families in California and Pennsylvania. Ms. Johnstone received both a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education and a master's degree in Public Administration from Pennsylvania State University. Ms. Johnstone currently administers eight grants for the county, including the Human Services Development Fund, Homeless Assistance Program, and Victims of Crime Act Fund. She has also helped to develop three major State initiatives for Blair County: the Family Resource Center; "Communities That Care," a model juvenile delinquency prevention program; and the Family Service System Reform Initiative.
Nola Joyce is Deputy Director of the Research and Development Division of the Chicago Police Department. Since joining the department in February 1993, she has been directly involved in planning and training efforts to implement the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy. She manages the Communication and Marketing and Research and Data Analysis Sections of the Research and Development Division. Prior to her employment with the Chicago Police Department, Ms. Joyce was Manager of Planning, Research, and Budget of the Illinois Department of Corrections for 10 years. She holds a master's degree in Urban Affairs and Policy Analysis and a master's degree in Sociology from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.
Ako Kambon is Executive Administrator for the State of Ohio Commission on African-American Males. In this position, he directs the daily operations and long-range planning of an agency that is widely recognized as a model for government involvement in the struggle to solve the many problems confronting black youth in contemporary society. Under Mr. Kambon's leadership, the commission serves as a clearinghouse for information, a technical resource for service providers, and a catalyst for the creation of innovative community-based projects to address the many negative circumstances affecting African-American males throughout Ohio. Mr. Kambon has an impressive and varied background in public- and private-sector positions. A graduate of The Ohio State University, he has served as Legislative Aide to the President of the Columbus (Ohio) City Council and as Manager of the City Council's Legislative Research Office. Before accepting his current position, Mr. Kambon served for 4 years as Assistant Vice President for Economic Development with the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce, where he was influential in initiating outreach and technical assistance programs for minority- and female-owned businesses.
David M. Kennedy is a Senior Research Analyst at the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. His work focuses on strategies for assisting troubled communities. He has written and consulted extensively in the areas of community policing, police corruption, and neighborhood revitalization. He is the coauthor of a seminal work on community policing titled Beyond 911: A New Era for Policing, and numerous articles on police management, illicit drug markets, and gun control. He is currently directing a National Institute of Justice-funded project in Boston designed to give the first detailed account of the juvenile gun problem in any American city and, based on that account, implement and evaluate a citywide intervention to reduce juvenile gun violence. This project supported the 16-city Youth Crime Gun Interdiction Initiative launched by the Clinton Administration in July 1996.
Wanda King is Tulare County's Juvenile Drug Court Coordinator. Ms. King has a bachelor's degree in Organizational Behavior, a master's degree in Education, and has completed the Drug and Alcohol Studies Program at California State University, Bakersfield. For the past 10 years, she has worked as a Drug Prevention Specialist in local schools and was a Substance Abuse Counselor for adolescents for 7 years prior to her position as Juvenile Drug Court Coordinator. Ms. King designed the components of the drug court contract and the data collection system and administers the juvenile drug court program. She assisted in developing a framework for identifying precursors to delinquency for the Juvenile Delinquency Coalition and is currently working with the probation department to help redesign the treat component of the Tulare County Youth Facility Boot Camp.
Andrew Klein, Ph.D., is currently Chief Probation Officer of the Quincy District Court, located south of Boston, Massachusetts. He has served in that capacity since 1977. Before that he was founding Director of the Earn-It restitution program, which was recognized as a model by President Ronald Reagan for its innovative partnership with the South Shore Chamber of Commerce. Because of the Earn-It program, Quincy Court collects more than $1 million for crime victims every 2 years from defendants, the highest per capita victim return in the State and one of the highest in the country. Dr. Klein has served on the Balanced and Restorative Justice Project since its inception and has provided training in the balanced approach around the country. He received a bachelor's degree from Harvard University and a doctorate in Law, Policy, and Society from Northeastern University. He is the author of a legal text titled Alternative Sentencing, Intermediate Sanctions and Probation, and numerous articles on domestic violence intervention.
Judi Kosterman, Ed.D., is the Director for Technical Assistance of the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of American (CADCA). Before joining CADCA, Dr. Kosterman worked as the Special Assistant on Substance Abuse Issues for Governor Booth Gardner of Washington State. Kosterman led the statewide efforts on Community Mobilization Against Substance Abuse, the Governor's Council on Substance Abuse, and the Washington Interagency Network Against Substance Abuse. She has been a high school Teacher, Counselor, Principal, and school district Superintendent. As a university Professor, Dr. Kosterman has taught education and community issues. Dr. Kosterman's doctorate from Seattle University combined Educational Leadership and Addiction Studies, which reflected her discovery that issues of alcohol and other drug abuse were the main barriers to her students' optimal development. Her work at the local, State, and national levels in education and substance abuse have earned her recognition as Educator of the Year from the Federation of Parents for Drug Free Youth and Washington State's Christa McAuliffe Excellence in Education Award. Dr. Kosterman also was the first recipient of the Kosterman Award for Leadership in Substance Abuse Prevention, named for her.
Kristen Kracke currently serves as the SafeFutures Coordinator for OJJDP. Since joining OJJDP in 1992, Ms. Kracke has been involved in a variety of initiatives and ongoing work, including Pathways to Success (an afterschool program), the Juvenile Mentoring Program, and the Youth Environmental Services Initiative. She has also served as one of the OJJDP Representatives to the President's Crime Prevention Council as well as the U.S. Department of Justice Representative on the Oregon Option -- A Model for Results-Driven Intergovernmental Service Delivery. Ms. Kracke joined OJJDP after working with Vice President Gore's National Performance Review, where she specialized in intergovernmental service delivery. Prior to her work with the National Performance Review, Ms. Kracke worked for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families (ACF). Ms. Kracke worked as a Head Start Parent Involvement Specialist within AFC and also at the Office of Policy and Evaluation and the Office of Family Assistance, where she focused on welfare reform and family strengthening and support issues. Ms. Kracke entered Federal service in 1992 under the Presidential Management Internship program after working 7 years at the State and local levels of the public and private sectors. During this time, Ms. Kracke worked in Texas and California on a wide range of issues related to the social welfare of children and families including service integration, family preservation, homelessness, substance abuse, and mental health. Additionally, Ms. Kracke has worked at the county level in social services in the implementation of two interagency service-delivery programs as well as with two countywide advisory groups guiding the direction of services for children and families. Ms. Kracke received a master's degree in Social Welfare in the area of management and planning for children and families at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1992, and a bachelor's degree in Psychology, with honors, from the University of Texas in 1987.
Barry Krisberg, Ph.D., has been President of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) for 12 years. He is nationally known for his research and expertise on juvenile justice issues and frequently is called upon as a resource for professionals and media. Prior to joining NCCD, Dr. Krisberg was a Faculty Member at the University of California at Berkeley and an Adjunct Professor with the Hubert Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Krisberg was appointed by the legislature to serve on the California Blue Ribbon Commission on Inmate Population Management. His memberships include the American Correctional Association, the National Association of Juvenile Correctional Administrators, and the Association of Criminal Justice Researchers. He is past President and Fellow of the Western Society of Criminology and is a former member of the California Attorney General's Policy Advisory Committee. Dr. Krisberg is the coauthor of Crime and Privilege, The Children of Ishmael, Excellence in Adolescent Care: The Thomas O'Farrell Youth Center, Juvenile Justice: Improving the Quality of Care, Reinventing Juvenile Justice, and A Sourcebook: Serious, Violent & Chronic Juvenile Offenders. He received a master's degree in Criminology and a doctorate in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania.
Ronald C. Laney is Director, Missing and Exploited Children's Programs, OJJDP, a position he held as Acting Director from January 1993 until May 1994. From 1981 to April 1994, he was the law Enforcement Program Manager in OJJDP. In this position, Mr. Laney developed a series of National Law Enforcement Training programs that are offered throughout the country today. More than 15,000 law enforcement personnel have participated in these training programs since 1982. Mr. Laney has received numerous awards from local and State law enforcement organizations for his work in juvenile law enforcement. Prior to coming to OJJDP, Mr. Laney was a Program Manager in the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration for 5 years. His professional experience also includes being a Probation Officer in St. Petersburg, Florida. Mr. Laney served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1964 to 1970 before being wounded during his second tour in Vietnam. Mr. Laney has a master's degree in Criminal Justice from the University of South Florida and a bachelor's degree in Criminology from the University of Tampa.
The Honorable Michael P. Lawlor was recently elected to his sixth term as a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives. Representative Lawlor serves as Chair of the Judiciary Committee and the Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Judiciary, and Corrections. He is also General Counsel for Giordano Associates, a consumer advocate public insurance adjuster firm in East Haven, and a Practitioner-in-Residence at the University of New Haven, where he teaches criminal justice. Previously, he served as an Assistant State's Attorney in New Haven. In 1993, Representative Lawlor led a group of legislators, appointed by Speaker of the House Thomas D. Ritter, to reform Connecticut's juvenile justice system. The group developed a comprehensive proposal of reforms that won bipartisan support and took effect on October 1, 1993. Representative Lawlor also serves as Chair of the Criminal Justice Board of Directors for the Council of State Government's Eastern Regional Conference. He is a graduate of George Washington University Law School, and holds a master's degree in Soviet Studies from the University of London and a bachelor's degree from the University of Connecticut.
Edward J. Loughran is President of Loughran and Associates, a juvenile justice consulting firm. Previously, Mr. Loughran was a Program Director for juvenile offenders and Administrator with the New York State Division for Youth. For the past 3 years, he served as Director of juvenile justice programs for the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial where he administered a grant to provide technical assistance to several juvenile correctional agencies across the country. He served as Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services (DYS) from 1985 to 1993. Prior to that, he served for more than 5 years as Deputy Commissioner. During his tenure, the National Council on Crime and Delinquency declared DYS the most cost-effective juvenile justice agency in the country, with the lowest recidivism rate. Mr. Loughran is Executive Director of the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators, a member of the National Association of Juvenile Correctional Agencies, and a member of the American Correctional Association of Massachusetts. Mr. Loughran holds a bachelor's degree from Saint Joseph's College in Princeton, New Jersey, and graduate degrees from Mary Immaculate College in Northampton, Pennsylvania, and Fordham University in Bronx, New York.