Jorge Martinez is the Director of Project R.I.G.H.T., Inc. (Rebuild & Improve Grove Hall Together), a violence prevention/intervention grassroots organizing and economic development umbrella organization that coordinates the efforts of more than 30 entities that focus on issues of violence and quality of life in the Roxbury/North Dorchester neighborhoods of Boston, Massachusetts.
Mark Matese, Program Specialist for the U.S. Department of Justice, OJJDP, works with States in the administration of Formula, Title V, and Challenge Grant funds and the improvement of local juvenile justice systems. Prior to this, Mr. Matese served for almost 3 years as the Kansas Juvenile Justice Specialist, where he managed these grants and worked with the Advisory Committee on Juvenile Offender programs. He has more than 18 years of experience in the juvenile and criminal justice systems including work as a Police Officer, Probation Officer, Coordinator of Community Corrections, and as the first Director of Community Corrections in Douglas County, Kansas. Mr. Matese has served as a Program Consultant for the Kansas Department of Corrections and for a number of other States on topics such as developing a continuum of sanctions and delinquency prevention programming. Mr. Matese is a graduate of the University of Kansas in Crime and Delinquency Studies. He has served as President of the Kansas Correctional Association and as a member of the Board of Directors for the American Probation and Parole Association.
General Barry R. McCaffrey was confirmed by unanimous vote of the U.S. Senate as the Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) in February 1996. He serves as the Senior Drug Policy Official in the Executive Branch and as the President's Chief Drug Policy Spokesman. He is also a member of the National Security Council and the Cabinet Council on Counternarcotics. Prior to confirmation as ONDCP Director, he was the Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Southern Command based in Panama. A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, General McCaffrey served four combat tours in the Dominican Republic and served in Vietnam (twice) and Iraq. When he retired from active duty, he was the most highly decorated officer and the youngest Four-Star General in the U.S. Army. He twice received the Distinguished Service Cross, the Nation's second highest award for valor. He also received two Silver Stars for heroism, four Bronze Stars, and three Purple Heart medals for wounds sustained in combat. He also served as the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) Assistant to General Colin Powell. While serving as the Director for Strategic Plans and Policy on JCS, he was the principal JCS Staff Military Advisor to three Secretaries of State and to the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. He has a master's degree in Civil Government from the American University and has taught several courses at West Point.
Larry R. Meachum is Director of Corrections Programs for the Office of Justice Programs, a branch of the U.S. Department of Justice. This office is responsible for administering approximately $10 billion in grant programs through the year 2000 in areas of the Violent Crime Control Act of 1994 that include Violent Offender Incarceration, Truth in Sentencing Incentive, Certain Punishment for Young Offenders, Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners, and Family Unity Grant Programs. Subsequent to beginning his career as a Line Correctional Employee in North Carolina in 1965, Mr. Meachum has since served two terms as Warden and three terms as Commissioner of Corrections in the States of Massachusetts, Oklahoma, and Connecticut. Under his leadership, Oklahoma became the first system in the United States to be fully accredited, one of the Nation's first boot camp programs was initiated, and the house arrest (home detention) program was created. A primary focus while he was Connecticut's Commissioner was control management of prison gangs.
Joseph Moone is a Program Analyst in OJJDP's Research and Program Development Division. Mr. Moone has the primary responsibility for OJJDP's custody and probation statistics programs. He also monitors the activities of OJJDP's National Juvenile Court Data Archive project. His main areas of interest include the development of national information systems and the support of policymaking through statistical information. He received a master's degree in Public Policy from the LaFollette Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a bachelor's degree from Georgetown University. In 1990, Mr. Moone was selected by OJJDP as a Presidential Management Intern, and he completed the 2-year program in 1992.
John P. Moore is Senior Research Associate with the Institute for Intergovernmental Research. Mr. Moore currently provides administrative and technical support to operate and maintain OJJDP's National Youth Gang Center (NYGC) project, in which he is involved in all major tasks. Previously, Mr. Moore was a member of the team providing delivery of multiagency response narcotics-related training, multiagency response to violent crime workshops, specialized narcotics-related financial investigative techniques training, and curriculum development and multimedia production services to the Organized Crime Narcotics Trafficking Enforcement Program-Center for Task Force Training Project of the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance. Prior to that, Mr. Moore was Executive Director of the Mid-States Organized Crime Information Center, one of six projects in the Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS) program, where he was instrumental in developing the project, designing and staffing the service components, and supervising the automation of the intelligence data base. He served concurrently as Chairman of the national RISS Project Directors Association and as a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police Narcotics Committee. Mr. Moore has a master's degree in Political Science from the University of North Carolina, and a bachelor's degree from the University of Maine.
Jose Morales has more than 40 years of involvement in providing social work services to youth, families, and communities. He is currently Project Director of Better Days for Youth, a community consortium of agencies serving youth in two high-risk areas in Chicago. Previously, Mr. Morales was an Associate Deputy Director with the Illinois State Department of Children and Family Services. Prior to that, he was the Executive Director of Aspira of Illinois. Mr. Morales holds a master's degree in Social Work from the University of Chicago and a bachelor's degree in Sociology from Columbia University.
Thomas Morrissey, Jr., is a 26-year veteran of the New Haven (Connecticut) Department of Police Service and spent 11 of those years as its Community Youth Coordinator. Detective Morrissey helped plan the New Haven Board of Young Adult Police Commissioners (BYAPC), and has served in the role of advisor since its inception. The New Haven BYAPC was created in 1991, in response to the depth of distrust and abandonment voiced by youth, with an emphasis on involving youth in the decision making process. The Board, which includes 22 diverse students from six public and two parochial high schools, actively supports improving relations between youth and the police, as well as numerous other involvements that include planning conferences with the U.S. Department of Justice 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."
Randy B. Nelson is a Senior Government Analyst for the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB) in Florida. Among his responsibilities, Mr. Nelson works as a member of JJAB's Evaluation and Research Team, which plans, designs, and conducts outcome and program evaluation. He is primarily responsible for identifying relevant evaluation questions, designing studies, and analyzing and reporting results, and takes a lead role in studies involving the area of risk factors in prevention and aftercare. Previously, Mr. Nelson was a Project Evaluator for the Department of Juvenile Justice, where he was responsible for the development, implementation, and qualitative and quantitative evaluation of the Hillsborough Minority Overrepresentation Pilot Project, one of five federally funded projects in the country. Prior to that, he held positions as a Criminal Justice Instructor and as a Senior Probation Specialist for the Florida Department of Corrections. Mr. Nelson has a master's degree in Criminology and Public Administration from the University of South Florida, and a bachelor's degree in Sociology and Human Resources from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg.
David Olds, Ph.D., is Professor of Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Preventive Medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, where he directs the Prevention Research Center for Family and Child Health, a branch of the Kempe Children's Center. He has devoted his career to investigating methods of preventing health and developmental problems in children and parents from low-income families. His original work examined the effects of prenatal and postpartum nurse home visitation on the outcomes of pregnancy, infant caregiving, and maternal lifecourse development, and determined the impact of those services on government spending. He has received numerous awards for this research, including the Charles A. Dana Award for Pioneering Achievements in Health, the Lela Rowland Prevention Award from the National Mental Health Association, and a Research Scientist Award from the National Institute of Mental Health. He currently is carrying out an urban replication of the Elmira study in Memphis, Tennessee; a 15-year followup study of the Elmira sample; and another replication of the Elmira and Memphis studies in the Denver metropolitan area. Dr. Olds obtained a bachelor's degree from The Johns Hopkins University and a doctorate from Cornell University.
The Honorable Douglas R. Peterson, Esq., is First Assistant U.S. Attorney. Mr. Peterson's professional activities have included serving as an Adjunct Instructor of Trial Advocacy at the William Mitchell College of Law, as a Consultant on the Regulation on Communications with Represented Persons with the U.S. Department of Justice, and as District of Minnesota Representative for the Advisory Committee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Mr. Peterson earned a bachelor's degree, summa cum laude, in Economics from Yale University and a jurum doctor, cum laude, from Harvard Law School. Mr. Peterson is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Eric Peterson is a Social Science Specialist in OJJDP's Research and Program Development Division. His major assignment is to assist in OJJDP's expanding evaluation program. He manages the umbrella evaluation contract through which the agency responds quickly and flexibly to its varying evaluation needs. Through this contract, the ground-breaking evaluation of three juvenile boot camps was conducted. The evaluation of the Title V Prevention program is being conducted under this contract. Mr. Peterson also manages the major evaluation of the Intensive Community-Based Aftercare Demonstration and Technical Assistance Project and will manage the evaluations of the Community Assessment Center program and the Juvenile Mentoring Program. He has worked most of his 30-year Federal career in justice system grant programs, from Law Enforcement Assistance Administration to OJJDP. He worked in the OJJDP's State Relations and Assistance Division before joining the Research and Program Development Division. Mr. Peterson received a bachelor's degree from Whittier College in Whittier, California.
Michael Petit has worked on issues relating to children, youth, and families for more than 25 years in both the public and private sectors. Currently, he is Deputy Director for Child Welfare Services with the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA). Mr. Petit concentrates on helping agencies formulate specific and comprehensive initiatives to drive child welfare problem solving within their counties and States. Prior to becoming Deputy Director, Mr. Petit was Director of the National Center for Excellence in Child Welfare and oversaw CWLA's consulting and training for public child welfare agencies. He has provided consultation to many State and local public child welfare agencies across the United States. Before joining CWLA, he served as Commissioner of Maine's Department of Human Services.
Mark P. Phillips is a founder, Chairman of the Board of Directors, and Executive Director of Paradise Builders, Inc. As Executive Director, Mr. Phillips designs and implements skills training programs in building repair and maintenance, landscaping, asbestos and lead paint abatement, and building renovation. He also plans and develops outreach programs for community youth such as Positive Image, a mentoring program that introduces adolescent males to mature, successful, and concerned African-American men. Mr. Phillips is a former resident of Paradise Manor (also known as Paradise at Parkside) and was an active Board Member of the Paradise Manor Cooperative, Inc., when it successfully acquired a $450,000 Hope 2 planning grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to assess the feasibility of affordable, cooperative homeownership opportunities for the residents of Paradise. Currently, he is a Member and Officer of the District of Columbia Community Prevention Partnership's Ward 7 Action Team, the Ward 7 Youth Initiative, and the Ward 5 Community Coalition. Mr. Phillips' professional and educational affiliations include the Construction Specification Institute, the University of California Berkeley School of Architecture and African American Studies, and the National Association of Neighborhood's Leadership Training Institute. Mr. Phillips was presented a 1993 Outstanding Community Service Award from Phelps Vocational School.
Before joining the National Center for Juvenile Justice in 1993, Eileen Poe-Yamagata performed policy evaluations and legislative audits for the Pennsylvania General Assembly's Legislative Budget and Finance Committee. She currently serves as Research Analyst on several of the Center's Systems Research Division projects including Statistics and Systems Development, the National Juvenile Court Data Archive, and Juvenile Transfers to Criminal Court. Prior work on other Center projects includes Testing Incident-Based Reporting Systems for Studying Child Abductions, the Oklahoma Court Improvement Project, and the Ohio Family Court Feasibility Study. Ms. Poe-Yamagata holds a master's degree from Carnegie Mellon University.
Frank M. Porpotage II has over 20 years of experience with the U.S. Department of Justice within OJJDP and within the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration. Mr. Porpotage currently is Assistant Director of the Training and Technical Assistance Division at OJJDP and Executive Producer of the OJJDP Satellite Teleconference series. He has served in Washington, D.C.; Dallas, Texas; and Kansas City, Missouri. Prior to joining the Justice Department, Mr Porpotage was with the U.S. State Department as a Special Agent in the Security Division. From 1967 through 1970, Mr. Porpotage served with the U.S. Marine Corps and attained the rank of Captain. As a Platoon Leader in Vietnam, he commanded an elite all-volunteer group of Marines in long-range reconnaissance patrols. Mr. Porpotage's education includes a master's degree in Criminology from Florida State University and a bachelor's degree in Public Administration from the American University, Washington, D.C.
The Honorable Mary Louise Preis was elected in 1990 to the Maryland House of Delegates where she serves on the House Judiciary Committee as Chair of the Subcommittee on Gaming Law and Regulation. She is also House Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review, which reviews all State regulations. She has worked on significant legislation in the areas of domestic law, business/corporate law, and reform to improve efficiency in Maryland's services to children and the court system. Delegate Preis is an Attorney who practices law in Bel Air, Maryland. She is currently a member of the State Commission on the Future of Maryland Courts. She serves ex-officio on the Harford Economic Development Advisory Board. She is a member of the Board of United Way of Central Maryland and the Community College Foundation Board and is the Education Committee Chair of the Maryland Women Legislators. She serves on the Board of the Alumni Association of the University of Maryland Law School and is a member of the Harford County and Maryland Bar Associations. Delegate Preis graduated with honors from the University of Maryland Law School and also holds a master's degree in Linguistics from Georgetown University.
Ron Prinz, Ph.D., received his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley. After earning a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1977, Dr. Prinz joined the faculty at the University of South Carolina. He has coedited the Advances in Clinical Child Psychology annual research series with Thomas Ollendick and has been named lead editor of a new journal, Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review. An elected member of the Board of Directors in the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy, Dr. Prinz is a member of the violence and traumatic stress grant review panel at the National Institute of Mental Health. His research activities are in the areas of prevention and treatment of childhood aggression via family and school interventions.