1 NADCP 18 th Annual Training Conference Speaker Bios
2 Arnold Adkins Special Agent (Ret.) Arnold K. Adkins joined the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in 1987 as a Criminal Investigator and served until July of Prior to joining DEA, S/A Adkins earned a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice and Political Science from Niagara University, Niagara, NY. He has also earned a M.S. degree in Pharmaceutical Science/QA/RA from Temple University, Ft. Washington, PA and a M.S. degree in Criminal Justice and Public Administration from New Jersey City University, Jersey City, NJ. Special Agent (Ret.) Adkins has served as an instructor with the FBI/DEA academy. S/A (Ret.) Adkins has collaborated and conducted training sessions for partners such as D.A.R.E. and MAPPA. Eileen Ahlin Dr. Eileen Ahlin is a Senior Study Director at Westat. Dr. Ahlin served as the Associate Project Director for SAMHSA/CSAT s Adult Treatment Drug Court Multi-Site Evaluation. Her research has focused on evaluations of community corrections including adult treatment drug courts, family treatment courts, and the effectiveness of countermeasures to DWI. Dr. Ahlin s recent publications have appeared in the American Journal of Public Health, the Journal of Criminal Justice, the Journal of Experimental Criminology, Traffic Injury Prevention, and Accident Analysis and Prevention. Her current research examines the salience of self-efficacy as an explanation of criminal behavior among youths. She received her Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland, College Park, MD. Hon. Steven Alm Judge Steven S. Alm has been a Circuit Court Judge in Honolulu, Hawaii since He presides over a felony caseload. From , Judge Alm was the United States Attorney for the District of Hawaii. Born and raised in Hawaii, and experienced with working with local law enforcement from his nine years as a local deputy prosecutor prior to that, Judge Alm made Federal/local law enforcement partnerships and cooperation his top priority as U. S. Attorney. The Hawaii Weed and Seed program, initiated in 1998, has been very successful, and he brought that collaborative strategy to bear in starting HOPE Probation in October, He is the President of the Hawaii State Trial Judges Association, and has served as Chair of the 2005 Penal Code Review Committee (done every 10 years), currently serves as Chair of the Corrections Population Management Commission, is co-chair of the Interagency Council on Intermediate Sanctions, a member of the Judicial Education Committee and board member of Pu ulu Lapa au In 2007, HOPE Probation received the American Judicature Society's Special Merit Citation Award, and in January, 2009, Judge Alm received the McGovern Award presented by the Institute for Behavior and Health for the most promising drug policy idea of the year.
3 Charles Amrhein Charles Amrhein is the clinical director of the Bronx TASC Mental Health Court Program, the service provider for the operations of the Bronx Mental Health Court. Trained in clinical psychology at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology of Yeshiva University. Completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the treatment of people with severe mental illness, with a major forensic focus, at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Bronx Psychiatric Center. He is actively teaching doctoral students in clinical psychology at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and forensic psychiatry fellows at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Has also worked with the Bronx Mental Health Court since its inception in The program has been recognized by the Bureau of Justice Assistance as one of five national learning sites that support the development of new mental health courts. Dr. Amrhein is a member of the National TASC Board of Directors. Al Amado Al Amado is the Director of the American Bar Association, Rule of Law Initiative, Ecuador, and the Founding Director of the nonprofit Latin American Collaborative Education Project (LACEP). He has over 20 years of diverse trial, appellate, and business management experience both in private practice and in-house as Director of Latin America for a global fitness company. He holds a J.D. from Emory University and a B.B.A. and an LL.M. from The University of Texas at Austin, where his course of study focused on international law, conflict resolution, and interdisciplinary Latin American studies. He has served as a private mediator, arbitrator, and dispute resolution and trial consultant. He is bi-lingually fluent in Spanish and bi-cultural, having lived in Mexico for many years. He has been a frequent instructor, trainer, and adjunct faculty member for diverse university courses in the United States as well as in foreign countries. Craig Armstrong Craig Armstrong is the President / CEO of LifeSafer. Mr. Armstrong joined the company as Vice President of Sales and Marketing in 2010, following the successful merger of National Interlock, Inc., Affordable Ignition Interlock, and LifeSafer Interlock Inc., in partnership with private equity firm Lineage Capital. Before joining LifeSafer, Craig held senior management positions for global leaders such as Motorola, Polaroid and LoJack. Through Craig s vision and proven success in implementing the company s business plan, the company is poised to increase our leadership position in the industry providing proven ignition interlock technologies that protect the public on our roadways.
4 Joe Atnip Joe Atnip was elected District Public Defender for the 27th Judicial District of Tennessee in He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Martin and of Vanderbilt University Law School. He has been a member of the Drug Court Team since its inception in Shane Bahr Shane Bahr, M.S.W., M.S.L.A., has worked in the criminal justice system for over 15 years. His experience includes working as a Juvenile Probation Officer; Chief Juvenile Probation Officer, Program Director of a multi-county adult probation department; and Drug Court Coordinator for several rural drug courts in Southeast Idaho. He coordinated the Denver Adult Drug Court for a short time prior to becoming employed as the State Problem Solving Court Coordinator with the Colorado Judicial Department, Division of Planning and Analysis in Shane currently works with Probate, Dispute Resolution, and Problem Solving Courts as the Programs Unit Manager. Michael Barrasse Hon. Michael J. Barrasse is a judge in the 45th Judicial District of the Court of Common Pleas in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Barrasse was elected three-term District Attorney for Lackawanna County. He previously served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, Special Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and senior trial Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia. Judge Barrasse was responsible for the opening of the Children s Advocacy Center, which provides assistance for abused children. Judge Barrasse received his B.A. and M.A. in History from the University of Scranton and his J.D. from Dickinson School of Law. Judge Barrasse has been appointed to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Disciplinary Board hearing panel, the National District Attorneys Association Board of Directors, and the technical working group of the U.S. Department of Justice. He presently serves as chairperson for the Mental Health panel for the Pennsylvania Joint State Commission Advisory Committee on Geriatric and Seriously-Ill Inmates. He is President of the Pennsylvania Drug Court Professionals; faculty of the National Drug Court Institute; Chairman of the Child Advocacy Center; a member of the Board of Directors of the Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center. Judge Barrassee s present judicial responsibilities include Administration of the Criminal list and the handling of treatment courts (adult, juvenile, family, DUI). He joined the National Judicial College faculty in Louis E. Baxter Board member-national Assoc.Drug Ct. Professionals
5 Immediate Past President- American Society of Addiction Medicine Melynda Benjamin Melynda Benjamin is an assistant public defender in Kane County Illinois. Earned her Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies from Southern Illinois University and received her Law Degree from Northern Illinois University in Served as the defense attorney on the Kane County Drug Court Team for the past 5 years. Currently a member of the National Association of Drug Court professionals, the Illinois Association of Drug Court Professionals and the Kane County Bar Association. Ms. Benjamin has a background in performance art and public speaking. In addition she has been involved in numerous nonprofit and military leadership organizations primarily aiding in the development of informational conferences and training workshops. María del Carmen Berríos-Flores María del Carmen Berríos-Flores is one of Puerto Rico s eleven Drug Court Judges. She has been the Drug Court Judge of the Ponce Judicial Region since February This Region, which includes the Southern part of the island, is composed of eight towns and serves around five hundred (280) active participants. Judge Berríos-Flores obtained her Juris Doctor from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico Law School in From January 1991 to November 1993 she worked as an independent lawyer, and from December 1993 to April 2000 she served as Prosecuting Attorney for Puerto Rico s Justice Department in its Sexual Crimes, Domestic Violence and Minors Abuse Division. While in the Justice Department, she was a member of the Committee that developed the Prosecutor s Manual on Sexual Crimes, Domestic Violence and Minors Abuse. On May 2000, she was appointed Superior Court Judge of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and assigned to a District Court, until January 2003 when she was designated as the Drug Court Judge of the Ponce Judicial Region. Judge Berríos-Flores has also served as a special panelist in the Proyecto Rayo de Luz (Sunrays Project) of the Centros Sor Isolina Ferré. This Program was created to promote community self development. She is an active member of the General Drug Court Program Committee, which includes the executive level representation from the Drug Court main components. She also serves as a Mentor Judge in the Puerto Rico Judicial Academy, training newly appointed Judges on the Drug Court Program philosophy, implementation and management. Hon. Katherine Bidegaray Irigoin
6 In January 2003, Katherine M. Irigoin took office as District Judge of the Montana Seventh Judicial District, comprised of five counties in rural eastern Montana. For almost 14 years prior to taking office, Irigoin engaged in the general practice of law, prior to which she worked for the Montana State Auditor's Office, first as a staff attorney for the Montana Insurance Department and then as Deputy Securities Commissioner. Judge Irigoin is a graduate of the University of Montana and the University of Montana Law School. Astrid Birgden Dr Astrid Birgden has 25 years experience managing services to serious offenders (primarily sex offenders and offenders with developmental disability), establishing two family violence courts, and was the Superintendent of a drug treatment prison for 5 years. She is also a Fellow, Psychology Department, Deakin University. Since becoming a consultant in 2011, she has been involved in training Australian judges and magistrates in engaging defendants in behavior change. She is published in offender rehabilitation, therapeutic jurisprudence, and human rights. Alex Blandford Alex Blandford is primarily responsible for courts-related projects and grantees for the mental health and courts programs. Before joining the Justice Center, she was a project coordinator for the Institute for Evaluation Health Science in Community Health, housed in the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh. She was involved with a variety of research projects, including one examining the Pittsburgh region s emergency response to mental health crises, and another on the evaluation of the region s Crisis Intervention Team training program for police officers. She holds a B.S. in French and a B.A. in psychology from the Pennsylvania State University and an M.P.H. in public health from the University of Pittsburgh. Sharon Boles Dr. Boles serves as the Research and Evaluation Director of Children and Family Futures (CFF). In this role, Dr. Boles oversees numerous local, State and Federally-funded projects that measure performance effectiveness and evaluate outcomes for children and families affected by substance use disorders who are at risk or involved in child welfare services. These projects include: the Federally-funded Regional Partnership Grants Support Contract, the Federallyfunded Children Affected by Methamphetamine Support Contract, and the locally funded Sacramento Dependency Drug Court evaluation project. Dr. Boles' research, practice and policy understanding of dependency drug courts and other programs that target improving the outcomes for children and families affected by substance use disorders has led her to author several publications and speak nationally on policy implications and research findings. She
7 serves as a peer reviewer for scholarly journals that include: Child Abuse and Neglect; Child Maltreatment; Disease Management & Health Outcomes; Nicotine and Tobacco Research; Substance Abuse; and Journal of Drug Issues. Patrick Bowler Judge Patrick C. Bowler, ret. served as a Judge with the 61st District Court in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for twenty-four years. He graduated with honors from both Michigan State University and the Detroit College of Law. From , Judge Bowler was the Director/Attorney of the Kent County Office of the Defender. He has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at two law schools, MSU DCL and Thomas M. Cooley, where he taught Criminal Law and Procedure. Also served as a faculty member of the Michigan Judicial Institute. Judge Bowler was President of the Michigan District Judges Association in Served on the Executive Board of the Judicial Conference Section of the Michigan State Bar and was elected Chairperson in Judge Bowler was elected President of the Grand Rapids Bar Association for the term Judge Bower founded and served as the Drug Treatment Court Judge and DWI (Sobriety) Court judge for ten years. Presently serving on the faculty of the National Drug Court Institute as a consultant and has presented at over 30 trainings. He has represented the State of Michigan on the Congress of State Drug Court Associations. In 2002, Judge Bowler was elected President of the Michigan Association of Drug Court Professionals and continues to serve on the Board of Directors. Judge Bowler was appointed by the Michigan Legislature to serve on the first State Drug Treatment Court Advisory Committee and served as Chair of that Committee for six years. Phil Breitenbucher Mr. Breitenbucher currently serves as the Director of the National Family Drug Court Technical Assistance and Training Program at Children and Family Futures. In this role, he is responsible for overall management of the program and coordinating the Family Drug Court efforts with the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Additionally, Mr. Breitenbucher provides consultation and technical assistance to States and counties working to implement strategies related to substance abuse and child welfare. Mr. Breitenbucher joined the staff of Children and Family Futures in February 2010 after 13 years of child welfare experience. His child welfare experience includes the implementation and management of three Family Drug Court sites, four Family Resource Centers as well as various prevention, diversion and early intervention programs. Phillip Britt
8 Phillip Britt was appointed Drug Court Commissioner for the 35th Judicial Circuit of Missouri July He continues to serve in that capacity, overseeing six separate treatment courts in the 35th Circuit: Adult Criminal Drug Court and DWI Treatment Court in Stoddard County; Adult Criminal Drug Court, DWI Treatment Court, Family Treatment Court and Juvenile Treatment Court in Dunklin County. Commissioner Britt also heads the multi-jurisdictional Southeast Missouri Veterans Treatment Court serving veterans in six counties in Southeast Missouri through the John J. Pershing VA Hospital in Poplar Bluff. Prior to being appointed Drug Court Commissioner, Britt served two terms in the Missouri House of Representatives, representing the 163rd House district in the "Bootheel" region of Southeast Missouri. Britt served as Dunklin County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney from and Pemiscot County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney from , prior to being elected state representative. Commissioner Britt received his B.S. in Political Science from Southeast Missouri State University and his J. D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. Commissioner Britt currently serves as Chairman of the Missouri Supreme Court Committee on Alternative Treatment Courts, and is the immediate past President of the Missouri Association of Drug Court Professionals. He is also a member of the State Advisory Council for the Missouri Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse. Courtney Bryan Courtney Bryan is the Project Director of the Midtown Community Court. Prior to this position, she assisted jurisdictions throughout New York State in the planning and implementation of specialized Domestic Violence courts, and created new initiatives focused on battered women defendants, prostitution and sex trafficking. Courtney was a criminal defense attorney with The Legal Aid Society in Brooklyn, and Staff Attorney at the National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia and Temple University School of Law. She has trained New York State domestic violence court judges and court stakeholders throughout New York State on womens use of force in the context of intimate partner relationships, and has participated as a panelist in training for defense attorneys representing victims of commercial sexual exploitation charged with prostitution. Elizabeth Burek Elizabeth Burek, B.A., CASAC is the Project Director for the Rochester Drug Court. Ms. Burek is responsible for program development, grant writing, research projects, interns, educational programs, work programs and the Clean Slate Alumni group. Prior to her current position in the court, Ms. Burek worked at Conifer Park Inpatient facility in Scotia, New York. Ms. Burek
9 developed and implemented the facility s first three day Adolescent Family Treatment Program. Upon moving to the Rochester area in 1998, she was a Drug Court Case Manager for Conifer Counseling Outpatient services who monitored all cases in treatment and in Drug Court. After leaving Conifer in 2000, Ms. Burek worked for the Veterans Outreach Center and developed and coordinated the Veterans Alternative to Incarceration Program with the Rochester Drug Court. Also assisted in grant writing and was awarded federal funds for the agency. Hon. Diana Burleson Diana J. Burleson is a Magistrate in Marion Superior Court (Indianapolis, Indiana), Juvenile Division since She presides over Children in Need of Services cases and the Family Drug Treatment Court. Prior to that she served as the Director of the Marion County Justice Agency; a deputy City Attorney, Indianapolis/Marion County, Indiana; a Deputy Prosecutor with the Marion County Prosecutor s Office Community Prosecution Division; a senior attorney with the National District Attorneys Association/American Prosecutors Research Institute in Alexandria, Virginia; a deputy prosecuting attorney in Little Rock, Arkansas and an Assistant City Attorney in both Little Rock and North Little Rock. Diana received her B.A in 1982 from the University of Dallas and received her J.D. in 1986 from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Francine Byrne Francine Byrne, M.A. is a Supervising Research Analyst with the Judicial Council of California, Administrative Office of the Courts, Center for Families, Children & the Courts. She is a lead research staff to the Judicial Council of California s Collaborative Justice Courts Advisory Committee. In this role, she has lead several projects including a cost benefit study of adult drug courts and a descriptive study of domestic violence courts. In addition to her work in collaborative justice programs, she has conducted research on other court related programs including evaluating the impact of Court Appointed Special Advocates and the California Unified Courts for Families Project. Prior to work with the courts, she conducted program evaluation research for the City of Boston s Homeless Services and managed projects at Stanford s Center for Health Care Evaluation. She has co-authored papers on drug courts, aging and substance abuse, and work training programs for the homeless. She has presented her work at numerous professional and academic conferences. Shannon Carey Dr. Carey is an Executive Vice President and Senior Research Associate at NPC Research. She has worked in the criminal justice field for over 15 years, particularly in the area drug courts
10 and cost analyses. She is currently Principal Investigator for statewide cost-benefit evaluations of adult drug courts in the State of California and in the State of Oregon, a statewide study of drug courts in Florida and New Mexico and process, impact and cost-benefit studies in Family Treatment Drug Courts in Oregon. Dr. Carey has also led the efforts to create online tools that drug courts can use to determine their own costs and benefits. Dr. Carey has been involved in process, outcome and/or cost evaluations in over 150 adult, juvenile, DUI, reentry and family treatment drug courts nationally. Dr. Carey has also acted as consultant for the Portland Police Bureau on economic crime (such as identity theft) and juvenile offender issues. Dr. Carey has presented and led discussion groups at multiple conferences and meetings over the years including several NADCP Training Conferences, the National Institute of Justice Annual Research and Evaluation Conference, the Association for Drug Court Professionals Symposiums in several states, the American Evaluation Association Annual Meeting, the American Society of Criminology and many others. Linda Carpenter Linda Carpenter currently serves as the Program Director for the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW), In-Depth Technical Assistance program at Children and Family Futures (CFF), and a Performance Management Liaison for 12 of the Children s Bureau Regional Partnership grants. In that role, Ms. Carpenter provides technical assistance to jurisdictions across the nation in the areas of cross-system collaboration, comprehensive family-centered treatment, and policy and practice changes needed to improve outcomes for families involved with the child welfare, substance abuse, and court systems. Ms. Carpenter has worked for over 30 years in the early childhood, education/special education, substance abuse and child welfare fields. She has held senior level positions in local government which included directing substance abuse services for children, adolescents and families, a 125-bed emergency shelter facility, and a diagnostic clinic for young children with suspected developmental delays. As a consultant Ms. Carpenter has worked with both public and private organizations providing training and technical assistance, grant writing, crosssystems collaboration and strategic planning. Her work with California counties included working with the courts, child welfare, mental health, substance abuse and public health agencies, community-based organizations and local school districts to develop cross-disciplinary systems of care for children prenatal through age five and their families, with particular emphasis on medically fragile infants and children in the child welfare system. Hon. Christine Carpenter Hon. Christine Carpenter is Circuit Judge for the 13th Judicial Circuit in central Missouri. She is a 1980 graduate of the University of Missouri School of Law.
11 Judge Carpenter limited her practice to criminal and family law as a prosecuting attorney, public defender, and in private practice for almost 20 years. She was appointed to the bench in 1999 and subsequently elected in 2002 and She currently presides over the Boone County Adult Drug Court, Boone County Mental Health Court, Boone County DWI Court and Boone County Reintegration Court, in addition to traditional criminal courts. The Drug Court was started in 1998 and is a comprehensive drug court system, which typically has about 100 participants. The Mental Health Court of Boone County has a capacity of about 40 and has accepted both misdemeanor and felony offenders since The Reintegration Court is for offenders returning to the community from 120 days of shock incarceration in the Department of Corrections. It began in July 2007 and supervises about 100 offenders a year. The DWI court has a capacity of 30 participants and is the most recent alternative sentencing court, starting in February Judge Carpenter was the original Callaway County Drug Court judge and presided over that rural program from 2001 to the end of She also initiated the Boone County Juvenile Drug Court. Judge Carpenter has been a lecturer and faculty member for the National Drug Court Institute since Marc Carter Judge Carter was appointed to preside over the 228th Criminal District Court in Houston, Texas in He started his legal career as a Law Clerk for the Honorable Kenneth Hoyt, United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. He subsequently went to work for the Harris County District Attorney's Office in their Trial Bureau prosecuting misdemeanor and felony charges. Judge Carter left the District Attorney's Office to open his own practice where he represented individuals charged with crimes in state and federal courts. His practice focused on all aspects of criminal defense to include trial, appeal and writs. In addition to presiding over the 228th Criminal District Court, he also presides over the Harris County Veteran's Court. Judge Carter received a commission in the United States Army Military Intelligence Corps in 1981 after graduating from The University of Texas, at Austin. He achieved the rank of captain before resigning his commission to attend law school at Texas Southern University. Judge Carter is married to Roswitha (Rose-vi-ta) Carter and they have two daughters Asasia and Amber. His father and brother were both career Army officers and his nephew is a recent graduate of The United States Military Academy at West Point. Paul Cary Paul L. Cary, M.S., is director of the Toxicology and Drug Monitoring Laboratory at University of Missouri Health Care in Columbia, Missouri. For the past 30 years, Mr. Cary has been actively involved in the management of a nationally-recognized toxicology laboratory (SAMHSA-
12 certified) that performs drug testing for drug courts, hospitals, mental health facilities, attorneys, coroners and medical examiners, athletic programs, and public and private employers. He has authored numerous scientific publications and monographs, has served on a variety of clinical and technical advisory committees, teaches at the university, is involved in drug testing research, and serves as a consultant in toxicology-related matters. Mr. Cary has also provided judicial education, including lecturing at the National Judicial College on alcohol pharmacology, the use of expert testimony and on drug testing issues. Mr. Cary has been certified as an expert and provided expert testimony in court (local, state, and federal) and in labor arbitration. He has been a resource to drug court teams throughout the nation and overseas, and serves as visiting faculty for the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, the Center for Court Innovation, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and the National Drug Court Institute. Ursula Castellano Ursula Castellano is an associate professor of sociology at Ohio University. Her primary teaching and research areas are law, ethnography, and organizations. Her article publications appear in Contexts, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Teaching Sociology, Law & Policy, Law & Social Inquiry and Sociology Compass.. Dr. Castellano is also the author of Outsourcing Justice: The Role of Nonprofit Caseworkers in Pretrial Release Programs. Her current project explores how social workers in partnership with law professionals negotiate meanings of wellness and legal compliance in mental health courts. She received her BA from the University of California, Berkeley, and her MA and PhD at the University of California, Davis. Tori Castleman Tori Castleman, M.A. is a Research Analyst at Westat. Ms. Castleman supported data collection and analysis efforts for SAMHSA/CSAT s Adult Treatment Drug Court Multi-Site Evaluation. Ms. Castleman s areas of expertise include survey development, quality control of data collection activities, conducting site visits and semi-structured interviews, and providing technical assistance to Federal grantees that target the needs of underserved populations including homeless, criminally involved, mentally disabled, and HIV/AIDs populations. Most recently, Ms. Castleman served as Data Manager for several tribal grantees to fulfill data reporting requirements under SAMHSA s GPRA domain. She has presented papers and led panel discussions at the annual Eastern Sociological Society conference. She received her M.A. in Sociology and Criminology from George Washington University. Jayne Cavanaugh
13 Jayne Cavanaugh serves the judiciary of the State of New Jersey as Statewide Coordinator for TASC, Treatment Assessment Services for the Courts. Jayne is responsible for the clinical supervision, credentialing, and clinical oversight of all 50 substance abuse evaluators statewide, to include adult, juvenile and family drug courts, adult and juvenile probation, adult and juvenile family court, and criminal court. Jayne s addictions career encompasses over 25 years of experience at all levels of addiction treatment and prevention. Jayne developed and supervised other statewide assessment projects to include work with New Jersey s Juvenile Justice Commission, New Jersey prevention councils, and child protection services. Jayne holds a Masters in Counseling from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston and is a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC) and Licensed Clinical Supervisor (LCS). Fred Cheesman, II Fred L. Cheesman II is a Principal Court Research Consultant with the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) specializing in juvenile justice and problem-solving courts. Since joining NCSC in 1997, major areas of project work included (1) Evaluations of juvenile blended sentencing in Minnesota, Ohio, and Vermont (2) Evaluations of three community courts ( Midtown Manhattan, Philadelphia, and Red Hook Community Court, the latter in progress); (3) Evaluation of risk assessment instrument for low-level offenders in Virginia; (4) An analysis for the SJI-funded project examining case-processing times for courts of the last resort, (5) Developing caseload forecasts for more than a dozen facilities design projects, (6) Performance measures for drug courts (juvenile and adult), statewide and locally, (7) Evaluation of the DC District Court s Juvenile Social Services Unit, and (8) Drug Court evaluations in the 9th Circuit of Missouri and Wyoming). Prior to joining NCSC, Dr. Cheesman served on the faculty of the University of Baltimore with a joint appointment in the Criminal Justice and Public Policy Divisions, also serving as a research associate with the Schaefer Center for Public Policy. He also spent a year as a visiting professor at Indiana University. Prior to this, he served as a researcher and systems analyst for 15 years with the Ohio Department of Youth Services, where he developed population forecasts for the agency and conducted program evaluations. Brian Chodrow Brian Chodrow is a Program Analyst in the Office of Safety Programs, Enforcement and Justice Services Division. His primary responsibility is for implementing strategies, programs, materials and information for use by national prosecutorial, court and judicial organizations promoting the primary highway safety issues of interest to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). As part of his duties, he is responsible for providing technical and policy guidance in designing specific traffic safety education programs and projects. He also has responsibility for providing technical expertise to NHTSA staff on the state-of-the-art programs in the prosecution and adjudication of traffic offenses, and in sanctioning strategies and programs.
14 He began his law enforcement career as a police officer, and also worked as a probation and parole officer for the Department of Corrections. Other work attributes include working for the Attorney General of Virginia in the Corrections Litigation Section and Natural Resources Section. He has obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Law Enforcement and Corrections from the Pennsylvania State University and has completed additional graduate course work in Criminal Justice at the Virginia Commonwealth University. Additionally, he is a graduate of the Mississippi College School of Law where he received his Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree and is admitted to the Virginia Bar. Steven T. Clouse Steven T. Clouse is the Chief Prosecuting Attorney for Noble County (Indiana). Clouse was first elected to his job in He previously served as a deputy prosecutor in LaGrange County, Indiana and engaged in the private practice of law beginning in In 2006 he was appointed by Governor Mitchell Daniels to serve on the Governor s Commission for a Drug Free Indiana. Clouse holds degrees from Indiana University and the University Of Toledo College Of Law. Jeri Beth Cohen Judge Jeri Beth Cohen is currently a circuit judge in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Juvenile Dependency Division. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree at Boston University, her Master of Arts degree at Harvard University, and her Juris Doctorate at Georgetown Law. Judge Cohen was a trial attorney, assistant state attorney, and county judge before becoming a circuit judge twelve years ago. With 12 years of combined experience in the juvenile dependency division, Judge Cohen has taught at statewide and national conferences and judicial colleges, and published numerous articles on family drug courts and child welfare. Judge Cohen has presided over a Dependency Drug Court for the last 15 years and was instrumental in training other drug courts across the country. Her drug court was an original mentor court for The Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. She received a four year National Institute of Drug and Alcohol grant along with The University of Miami School of Epidemiology to study motivational casework in family drug court. She is the chair of the Community-Based Care Alliance in Miami-Dade County and currently serves as the chair of the Statewide Dependency Court Improvement Panel which is focusing on improving court practices related to outcomes from the Child and Family Services Reviews. She also serves on the Executive Board of the South Florida Behavioral Health Network, an entity tasked with redesigning our mental health and substance abuse system in Miami-Dade County, Florida.
15 Merith Cosden Merith Cosden, Ph.D., is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Counseling, Clinical and School Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has been the evaluator of SAMHSA funded projects to study trauma-informed treatment, including MARS (Methamphetamine Recovery Services) an enhanced drug court which provides specialized interventions to participants who use methamphetamine; a family treatment drug court for children affected by methamphetamine (CAM) and a Clean and Sober Drug Court for offenders with serious mental health problems. In addition, she has been the program evaluator for several residential treatment programs for substance abusing mothers and their children. She has conducted research and has over 100 publications and presentations on assessment and interventions for children and adults who have experienced learning disabilities, trauma, substance abuse and mental illness. She is also a licensed psychologist. Hilary Curtis Hilary Curtis Ph.D., LMHC received her B.A. from Cornell University in Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology; Ed.M. in Counseling and Consulting Psychology from Harvard University; and Ph.D. in Counseling and Developmental Psychology and Research Methods from Boston College. Dr. Curtis is currently the Program Director for the Ayer and Concord Drug Court program (ACDCP) in Ayer, MA. and is the Project Director for three SAMHSA and BJA grants for Adult Treatment Drug Courts. ACDCP is a program of Advocates Community Counseling, a private, non-profit clinic that provides outpatient mental health, substance abuse counseling, educational and outreach services to individuals and families. For over 26 years, Dr. Curtis has worked in community-based mental health settings with court involved adolescents, adults and their families and with Drug Courts since She has consulted with courts, DCF, and hospitals, as well as state and private agencies including the United Way of Massachusetts. Her expertise is in treating trauma and conduct disordered adolescents. Dr. Curtis has conducted independent research in gender bias in the diagnosis of conduct disorder and has taught courses in Adolescent Psychology at Boston College. She has presented for the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership at state wide conferences on retention and engagement strategies in community-based mental health; at the 2010 and 2011 annual conferences for the National Association of Drug Court professionals; the 2011 NIATx Summit and SAAS National Conference; the 2011 Connecticut Recovery conference on Medication Assisted recovery: Best Practiced & Emerging Trends in Promoting Recovery; and the 2012 National TASC Conference on Drugs and Crime. Anne Dannerbeck Janku
16 Anne Dannerbeck Janku has been the research manager for the Court Administrator for five years. Prior to that she was a research professor at the University of Missouri. She has conducted numerous evaluations of Missouri's drug court programs. Douglas Daugherty Dr. Daugherty is a licensed clinical psychologist with American Psychological Association (APA) and Indiana Association of Addiction Professionals (IAAP) certification in the treatment of substance disorders. He coordinates the IWU Addictions Counseling Program, which was the first program accredited by NAADAC. Dr. Daugherty has taught at the university level for more than 10 years and has approximately 20 years clinical experience. He has published in the area of recidivism and serves as an evaluator for various correctional and treatment programs. He is the founder of Grace House for Recovery, a Christian recovery home in Marion, Indiana. Hon. Peggy Davis Hon. Peggy Davis has been the Drug Court Commissioner for the 31st Circuit Court, Greene County Missouri, since August She presides over DWI Court, Adult Drug Court, Family Dependency Court, Mental Health Court, Juvenile Drug Court and Intensive Supervision Court. In addition to her judicial responsibilities, she serves as faculty for the National Drug Court Institute. She is a Board Member for the Missouri Association of Drug Court Professionals and serves on the Missouri Supreme Court Alternative Treatment Courts Committee. She has worked with the National Center for State Courts in the development of a driving-whileimpaired judicial education program. Commissioner Davis received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Oklahoma and her Juris Doctorate from Oklahoma City University School of Law. She has practiced civil law, served as a Public Defender for the State of Missouri, and as an Assistant Prosecutor for Greene County Missouri. John Shannon Davis Shannon was a member of the Cadet Corps, Class of 1995, during his undergraduate studies at Texas A&M University, earning a BA in Mathematics. He earned his JD from South Texas College of Law in December 1997 and was admitted to the Texas State Bar in May Shannon has been a prosecutor with the Harris County District Attorney s Office in Houston, Texas for nearly 14 years, serving in the Misdemeanor Division, Juvenile Division, Grand Jury Division, Post-Conviction Writs Division, Intake Division, Child Abuse Division, Felony Trial Bureau, and Child Exploitation Section. He became a direct commissionee to the Army Reserve during his fourth year as an attorney and serves in the Army Reserve still. As a prosecutor, he
17 currently serves as the Chief of the Child Exploitation Section and Veterans Court. In that time he has tried approximately 100 jury trials (felony and misdemeanor), nearly half of which involved child sex abuse. He has lectured on child sex abuse cases to prosecutors, doctors and detectives from across the state of Texas and also been awarded Honorable Mention for Prosecutor of the Year by Child Advocacy Centers of Texas for Shannon was a member of the 22d Legal Support Organization for over 8 years and served as the Senior Defense Counsel for the Houston Team in the Southwest Region for the last four of them. In October of 2010 Shannon joined the faculty at The Judge Advocate General Learning Center and School (TJAGLCS) as an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Law. Shannon was mobilized from September 2008 to September 2009 to Fort Hood, Texas. He has tried 8 cases to a court martial panel, one before mobilization, 6 during, and one afterward. He has tried 6 cases to a judge alone court martial. Upon return to civilian life, Shannon became the first Veterans Court Prosecutor in the State of Texas. As Harris County was the first county in the state to create such a court (modeled after drug and mental health courts), Shannon has made use of his Trial Defense Service (TDS) experience to assist combat veterans running afoul of the law after returning home as they cope with civilian life and side effects of PTSD, TBI, and substance abuse. He has also spoken to prosecutors across the State of Texas about creating their own Veterans Courts. MAJ Davis was a below-the-zone selection for promotion in the FY 2010 JAG Corps MAJ Selection Board. Shannon lives in Houston, Texas and may be contacted at or (713) Sharon Di-Pirro-Beard Sharon Di Pirro-Beard has over 20 years of experience with Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services; fifteen years working for Child Protective Services and five years for Alcohol and Drug Services. Currently she is the Dependency Drug Court Program Coordinator and the liaison between all collaborative groups involved with the Dependency Drug Court. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado State University and a Master of Science degree in Counseling Education from California State University. Sharon Dollarhide Sharon Dollarhide, LCSW, LCADC is a Clinical Program Manager overseeing the Washoe County Mental Health Court Service Coordination and Co-Ocurring Disorders Programs at Northern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services for the past 7 years. She is licensed as a Clinical Social Worker and Clinical Drug and Alcohol Counselor specializing in forensic mental health and substance abuse. Germeen Duplessis
18 Germeen Duplessis has been in the field of substance abuse for 10 years. Ms. Duplessis is a certified drug and alcohol counselor. Ms. Duplessis has B.S. degree and is currently working on her MSW degree. She has worked as a case manager, program manager and now Project Director for a drug program. Ms. Duplessis is the project director for California Hispanic Commission on Drug Alcohol Abuse for several programs including 3 residential programs for adults, 2 residential programs for youth, a sober living home for women and children, and 3 outpatient programs for both youth and adults that work with clients on contracts such as Prop.36, adult drug court, Calworks and GR. At California Hispanic Commission on drug and alcohol abuse she worked with individuals to educate them on the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse, relapse prevention, parenting, domestic violence ( for victims and perpetrators), and anger management. Ms. Duplessis is experienced in providing substance abuse treatment and interventions to clients and especially to mentally ill clients facilitating groups and educational workshops, composing treatment plans, random drug testing. Robert DuPont For more than 30 years, Robert L. DuPont, M.D. has been a leader in drug abuse prevention and treatment. Among his many contributions to the field is his leadership as the first Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse ( ) and as the second White House Drug Chief ( ). From 1968 to 1970 he was Director of Community Services, for the District of Columbia Department of Corrections, heading parole and half-way house services. From 1970 to 1973, he served as Administrator of the District of Columbia Narcotics Treatment Administration (NTA), the city-wide drug abuse treatment program that was the model for the federal government's massive commitment to drug abuse treatment in the early 1970s. Following this distinguished public career, in 1978 Dr. DuPont became the founding president of the Institute for Behavior and Health, Inc. Throughout his decades of work in addiction prevention, Dr. DuPont has served in many capacities. Holly Dye Holly Dye is a national speaker and trainer on drug related child abuse issues. Her interest in these issues grew when working with Criminal Drug Courts and became aware of the struggles of recovering parenthood and system barriers to change. Her academic background is in Child Development, Rehabilitation Counseling, and Public Health. She has also done extensive work with the court system, foster care and outpatient treatment for Veterans. Michel Eisner Michel H. Eisner is a Principal Deputy County Counsel for the Office of the County Counsel in Los Angeles County assigned to the Childrens Service Division at the Edelman Children's Court. Ms. Eisner is trial counsel and has been assigned in house counsel for the Department of
19 Children and Family Services (DCFS). Ms. Eisner has authored and presented numerous training's for both DCFS and County Counsel, including training on restraining orders, paternity, domestic violence and drug court. Ms. Eisner has presented at numerous County Counsel conferences on paternity, drug court, and medical marijuana. Ms. Eisner as a representative of County Counsel participated in the Court Coordination meetings for the Unified Courts, ICAN meetings on domestic violence, and the Dependency Drug Court protocol for both parents and youth. Ms. Eisner is the lead attorney for County Counsel for all of the Dependency Courts for parents and youth, and advises DCFS on issues as it relates to the drug courts. Carmen J. Facciolo Carmen J. Facciolo, III, is a Special Projects Analyst with the Delaware Administrative Office of the Courts. In this capacity, Mr. Facciolo coordinates Problem-Solving Courts, special projects and grant writing for the Delaware Judiciary. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Facciolo served as the Superior Court of Delaware s Criminal Justice Projects Coordinator and the Mental Health Court Manager, where he successfully implemented both diversionary and probation Mental Health Courts statewide at the felony trial court level. Mr. Facciolo holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, a Master of Business Administration, and is currently pursuing a Juris Doctorate from the Widener University School of Law. Mr. Facciolo serves on the Reentry Committee of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals and serves on many other statewide committees. Mr. Facciolo is the recipient of the Delaware Governor s Team Excellence Award for utilizing innovation and ingenuity resulting in cost savings and operational efficiencies. Hallie Fader-Towe Hallie Fader-Towe coordinates the Justice Center s projects involving court-based programs and practitioners, including providing technical assistance through the Criminal Justice/Mental Health Consensus Project and the National Reentry Resource Center. In this capacity, she has worked with jurisdictions around the country planning, implementing, or expanding courtbased strategies to address the needs of individuals with mental illnesses and/or individuals returning from secure correctional facilities. She also currently manages the development of training materials on the planning and implementation of mental health courts and on judicial responses to the prevalence of individuals with mental illnesses involved with the criminal justice system. She has written on dispute systems design for state trial courts and has worked on a variety of projects for courts in New York and Massachusetts, including problem-solving programs, strategic planning efforts, and a task force on pro se litigants. Before joining the Justice Center, she worked in New York as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company. Ms. Fader-Towe received a bachelor s degree from Brown University and a JD from Harvard Law School.
20 Jasmine Fayeghi Jasmine Fayeghi recently graduated from the University of Nevada Las Vegas with a bachelor of arts in Psychology. She has been extensively trained in Family Behavior Therapy (FBT), an evidence-based treatment for substance abuse and various co-occurring disorders, developed and evaluated across several trials funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute of Mental Health. For the past year, Ms. Fayeghi has been working as a therapist, under the supervision of Bradley Donohue PhD, treating clients referred from the department of family services for drug abuse and child maltreatment. She is currently the Client Services and Engagement coordinator of NIDA funded grant (1R01DA A1) investigating the effectiveness of FBT in treating mothers with substance abuse problems and child neglect cases. As client services coordinator Ms. Fayeghi ensures regular client contact and reinforcement of treatment goals and interventions. Recently, Ms. Fayeghi presented research at the Western Psychological Association Conference. She has also presented a workshop for improving communication for families and individuals affected by drug use at the Addiction Health Services Conference in Fairfax, Virginia. Jo Ann Ferdinand Jo Ann Ferdinand is currently an Acting Justice of the New York State Supreme Court for Kings County and has been a judge since She holds a B.S. degree from Cornell University and a J.D. from New York University School of Law. Judge Ferdinand was involved in the creation and establishment of the Brooklyn Treatment Court, the first drug court in the City of New York, and has been the Presiding Judge since the Court opened in June She was a member of the New York State Commission on Drugs and the Courts established by Chief Judge Judith Kaye, which recommended the expansion of drug courts throughout the state. Judge Ferdinand has lectured extensively on Drug Treatment Courts before conferences of treatment providers, government officials, judges, lawyers, and Drug Court professionals in this country and in England. She has hosted visitors to her court from every state and from over 30 countries. She has written a commentary Treatment or Due Process: Drug Courts Can Have Both published in Drug Courts Current Issues & Future Perspectives (2002) and an article, Drug Treatment Courts: Partners In Recovery in the Journal On Collaboration and Creativity (Volume II, June 2004). Judge Ferdinand was a founding member of the New York Association of Drug Treatment Court Professionals, and a Past President. Judge Ferdinand has received numerous awards including the Beatrice M. Judge Recognition Award from the Brooklyn Women s Bar Association, the Second Annual Recognition Award from the NYC Criminal Justice Conference, and the Drug Court Leadership Award from Phoenix House.
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