Honorable Dorene S. Allen
Judge Allen attended the University of Michigan, Highest Honors – 1976, and went on to earn a juris doctor from Michigan State University – Detroit College of Law, Cum Laude – February 1981. After a successful private practice career involving probate issues, abuse & neglect cases, divorce and civil litigation, Judge Allen was elected to the Probate bench in 2001 and re-elected in 2006 and 2012. Judge Allen has participated in a number of local and statewide committees and initiatives. Most recently she was appointed by Governor Snyder to chair the Michigan Committee on Juvenile Justice.
Kim Batsche-McKenzie is the Manager of Services for Children with Serious Emotional Disturbances for the Division of Services to Children and Families, Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Administration, at the Michigan Department of Community Health. Kim has worked with multi-system children, youth and families her entire professional career and is dedicated to efforts which keep children and youth safely in their communities. She values the importance of teamwork and collaboration to accomplish these goals.
She previously supervised Wraparound Services at Community Mental Health in Livingston County for 14 years. She has also worked in foster care, Families First, crisis intervention and Wraparound facilitation. Kim graduated with her B.S. in Psychology at Miami University in Ohio and received her MSW at The Ohio State University in 1993. Kim calls Michigan home after living here for over 20 years. Kim and her husband have two boys and live in Howell, Michigan.
Honorable Duncan M. Beagle
In 1991, Duncan M. Beagle was sworn in as a member of the Genesee County Circuit Bench. Governor John Engler indicated the appointment went to Beagle, “because of his broad legal background and service to his profession and community.” In 1992, 1998, 2004, and again in 2010, he was elected to the Circuit Bench without opposition, where he has been assigned to the Family Division since January 1998. He is currently presiding over a specialized Drug Court for neglectful parents who have serious substance abuse issues and serves on a countywide Attendance Task Force.
Prior to his appointment, Judge Beagle served as a Court Administrator for the 67th District Court, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Friend of the Court Referee and for nine years was engaged in private practice, specializing in domestic relations and criminal defense work. Judge Beagle is a product of the Flint Public Schools, a graduate of Albion College and received his law degree from the University of Detroit Law School. He is a third generation attorney. His grandfather began practicing law in Flint in 1920.
Judge Beagle is a member of numerous bar associations, civic and fraternal organizations. He is a past President of the Genesee County Bar Association, Police Athletic League, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Flint, IMA Foundation and Greater Flint Area Sports Hall of Fame. Judge Beagle is serving as chairperson of the Atwood Stadium Authority and recently served as co-chairman of a Blue Ribbon Committee involved in developing an intercollegiate athletic program at Flint U of M. He serves on the Disability Network and is a member of the Flint Rotary Club. Judge Beagle has a deep love for children and athletics. Prior to his being confined to a wheelchair, Judge Beagle was a high school basketball referee for over 20 years.
Michael H.D. Bowman
Mr. Bowman’s studies consisted of graduating from Grand Valley State University with a BS Degree in Physical Education and History (1986); Central Michigan University with a teaching certificate (1987); Certified Athletic Administration Certification (1998); and a Master’s Degree from Saginaw Valley State University (2004). He has been in administration for 18 years: five years as an Assistant Principal/Athletic Director and thirteen years as a Principal, all within a K-12 school building. Mr. Bowman has coached in both college and high school. This is his first year in Iosco County.
Gerrie served in the capacity of Parent Educator for Clintondale Community Schools for 10 years, where she worked with parents of children birth to five years old. Presently she works at the high school as Building Liaison through the Michigan Department of Education Safe & Supportive Schools grant (S-3).
Scott Buchler has been in education since 1995. He has been a Special Education Teacher, Drop-out Prevention Coordinator, At-Risk Specialist, an Assistant Principal and Principal. His goal is to be an advocate for our students in Jackson County.
After graduating from the University of Southern California with his master’s degree in social work, Paul Buehler began a 17 year career with Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. During his tenure with Los Angeles County, Paul served as a line social worker, supervisor, assistant regional administrator and regional administrator leaving the Department in 2007 as the Department’s risk management division chief. Paul worked in all areas of child welfare practice from emergency response to adoptions. His ability to create partnerships within the communities he served supported the development of community based services for children and families which helped children stay safely with their own families and in their communities. He came to Casey Family Programs in September of 2007 as a Director of Strategic Consulting, working to develop this same level of partnerships in Nevada, South Carolina and Michigan. In 2009 Paul was promoted to Senior Director with Casey Family Programs.
His ability to develop effective partnerships to protect children and strengthen families was acknowledged by former LA County Directors, Peter Digre, Anita Bock, David Sanders and County Supervisor Mike Antonovich through employee recognition awards and board proclamations. In addition to his work with Casey Family Programs Paul is an active member of the National Association of Social Workers and has earned his credential as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of New York.
Brittany is the Chief Assistant Prosecutor for Houghton County, and has held that position since April of 2009. She was previously employed as a Judicial Advisory Assistant for the late Honorable Robert E. Weiss. Brittany received her Juris Doctorate from Michigan State University College of Law in 2008, and joined the Michigan Bar that same year. She received a Bachelor of Arts from DePauw University in 2005, with a major in Psychology. Brittany is a native of Houghton, MI, and graduated from Houghton High School in 2001. She presently lives in Hancock, MI, with her husband Chuck Palosaari, and their two dogs, Izzy and Edie.
Hedy N. Chang
Hedy is the founder and director of Attendance Works, a national and state level initiative aimed at advancing student success by addressing chronic absence. A skilled presenter, facilitator, researcher and writer, she co-authored the seminal report, Present, Engaged and Accounted For: The Critical Importance of Addressing Chronic Absence in the Early Grades, as well as numerous other articles about student attendance.
Deeply committed to promoting two-generation solutions to achieving a more just and equitable society, Hedy has spent more than two decades working in the fields of family support, family economic success, education and child development. She served as a senior program officer at the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund and as co-director of California Tomorrow, a nonprofit committed to drawing strength from cultural, linguistic and racial diversity. In February 2013, Hedy was named by the White House as a Champion of Change for her commitment to furthering African American Education.
Hedy is also the mother of two school-aged sons who attend public school in San Francisco.
For the last three years, Sergio Cira-Reyes has worked with the Kent School Service Network Team, to bring the Community School Model to the next level at Sibley Elementary. Sergio spent eight years working with youth involved with the juvenile justice system at Wedgwood Christian Services while translating for their families in the Kent County Courts System, with Accurate Interpreters LLC. The unfortunate reality faced by youth once they have reached this threshold is what led Sergio to move to the prevention side, currently as the Community School Coordinator at Sibley Elementary. Building strong partnerships with the community, which are centered around the students’ needs, and leveraging these partnerships to eliminate their barriers, has proven to be a winning model in the journey to educate and empower our youth. Sergio Cira-Reyes is currently employed through D.A Blodgett – St. John’s in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Angela currently serves as the Director of Michigan School-Justice Partnership. She received a Juris Doctor from Michigan State University – College of Law in 2003 after receiving a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Northwood University. In addition to her director role, she also serves as General Counsel for RightAnswer.com, Inc. and was a private practice attorney at Cline Close Dyer PLC, a corporate attorney for Dow Corning Corporation with global responsibilities and a law clerk for the Hon. Paul J. Clulo of the 42nd Circuit Court of Midland County.
Angela’s current and past community involvement includes the following: Member of the Governor’s Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect – Child Protection, Well Being and Permanency Committee; Member for The Michigan Leadership Summit on School-Justice Partnership: Keeping Kids in School and Out of the Justice System Planning Committee; Court Community Connections Program for Midland County; Midland Noon Rotary Club; Midland County Bar Association (including 2009-2010 President); 100 Club; Past Law Day Committee Chair; Ask a Lawyer program volunteer; Shelterhouse volunteer/pro bono services; Legal Services of Eastern Michigan pro bono services; Midland Area Community Foundation (Santa House) volunteer; 2011 Leadership Midland Graduate; Midland Area Chamber of Commerce; Humane Society of Midland County volunteer; Make a Difference Day volunteer; Meridian Quiz Bowl reader; Northwood and Midland High Mock Trial Teams mentor; and Midland County Probate Court guardianship reviewer.
She resides in Midland County (Sanford) and has three adult sons of whom she is extremely proud.
Christopher Corbat is a Success Coach with the Midland County Department of Human Services, dividing his time between Floyd Elementary (Bullock Creek School District) and Eastlawn Elementary (Midland Public Schools). He is also a graduate of Saginaw Valley State University. Chris has enjoyed a long-standing presence within the Midland area schools as a football and baseball coach at both the middle and high school levels. Throughout his coaching career, Chris has built strong relationships with community stakeholders, which has helped him quickly develop a strong Community School Model within Midland County. When he’s not busy working, Chris’ wife and two small children keep him on his toes, and he has never met a golf course he didn’t like.
Maura D. Corrigan
Governor Rick Snyder named Maura D. Corrigan director of the Michigan Department of Human Services on January 6, 2011. Corrigan previously served as a judge of the Michigan Court of Appeals and justice of the Supreme Court for 19 years. Maura Corrigan served on the Michigan Supreme Court beginning in 1999, including four years from 2001 – 2005, as Chief Justice.
She graduated from Marygrove College and the University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law. She then became a law clerk to Michigan Court of Appeals Judge John Gillis, a Wayne County Assistant Prosecutor, and an Assistant United States Attorney in Detroit. She was first appointed the Chief of Appeals and later, Chief Assistant United States Attorney, the first woman to hold that position. Director Corrigan became a partner at the Detroit law firm of Plunkett & Cooney in 1989. From 1992 to 1998, she served on the Michigan Court of Appeals, the last two years as Chief Judge.
Director Corrigan participates in numerous community and professional activities. She was chosen as commissioner of the Pew Commission on Children in Foster Care and as vice president of the Conference of Chief Justices. She was appointed to the Michigan Law Revision Commission, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit Attorney Advisory Committee, and the Rules Committee of the U.S. District Court in Detroit. She served on the Executive Board of the Michigan Judges Association and the Advisory Board of the Center for Law and Organizational Economics at the University of Kansas. She also volunteered on the boards of Boysville (now Holy Cross) and Vista Maria. She has been president of the Incorporated Society of Irish American Lawyers, the Federal Bar Association in Detroit, and the MSU Inns of Court.
Director Corrigan has won numerous awards including: National Mentoring Partnership Excellence in Mentoring Award (2014); Casey Family Programs Excellence in Leadership (2013); Michigan Women’s Foundation Lifetime Achievement Trillium Award (2013); Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association Dennis W. Archer Public Service Award (2012); U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Adoption Excellence Award (2011); and Women Officials Network Wonder Woman Award (2011).
Director Corrigan holds honorary doctorates from seven Michigan colleges and universities: Eastern Michigan, Michigan State, Northern Michigan, University of Detroit-Mercy, Wayne State, Marygrove College, and Schoolcraft College. She has been chosen as the outstanding alumna of UD-Mercy Law School and Marygrove College. She has coauthored a treatise on civil procedure and has published many articles in professional journals and books, including the Ave Maria Law Review, Wayne Law Review, University of Toledo Law Review, NYU Law Review and the Texas Review of Law and Politics. She has taught as an adjunct professor at Wayne State University Law School and at programs for the Michigan Judicial Institute, the American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, and the Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute.
Director Corrigan is the widow of the late Wayne State University Distinguished Professor of Law Joseph D. Grano and is the mother of Megan and Daniel Grano. Daniel is an assistant attorney general. His wife Marianne is a Presbyterian minister in Rochester Hills. Megan is a veteran of Second City, Chicago and LA, an actress and comedy writer. Her husband Michael Canale is a theater manager and screenwriter. Corrigan is the happy grandmother of Diana Mae Grano, born in January 2010, and Anthony Joseph Canale, born in August 2012.
Harriett Dean is the Truancy Coordinator for Eaton County, overseeing the Truancy Intervention Program (TIP) on behalf of the Eaton Regional Education Service Agency (ERESA). She has been with the RESA for twenty years, the last ten of which have been in the Prevention Program Services Department, working with Substance Abuse Prevention Coalitions, Safe and Drug Free Schools consulting, Truancy Intervention, and Multi-Tiered Systems of Support training and implementation. Harriett holds Prevention Specialist Certification from the Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals, and is certified as a Level III Truancy Hearings Officer by the International Association for Truancy and Drop-Out Prevention. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Ecology from Michigan State University and a Master of Science Administration degree in Human Resources from Central Michigan University.
Dick Dolinski is the founder and President Emeritus of The Legacy Center for Community Success. Dick also is President of Midland Kids First, a non-profit focusing on at-risk youth. Dick earned a Ph. D. degree in physical organic chemistry from the University of Detroit. He was associated with The Dow Chemical Company for 32 years in various roles including research & development leadership in the US and Asia, commercial management including founding president of Dow’s global Automotive business, and as corporate vice president in Human Resources. Dick and his wife Donna have three children and 6 grandchildren. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, snow skiing, travel and “spoiling” the grandchildren.
Peter Edelman is a Professor of Law at Georgetown Law Center and Faculty Co-Director of the Georgetown Center on Poverty, Inequality and Public Policy. On the faculty since 1982, he has also served in all three branches of government and at the state level as well, beginning with the Kennedy Administration when he served as a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Arthur J. Goldberg and then as Special Assistant to Assistant Attorney General John Douglas in the Civil Division of the Department of Justice. He went on to be a Legislative Assistant to Senator Robert F. Kennedy and later on was Issues Director for Senator Edward Kennedy’s 1980 Presidential campaign. He has also served as Vice President of the University of Massachusetts and Director of the New York State Division of Youth.
During President Clinton’s first term he was Counselor to HHS Secretary Donna Shalala and then Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. He is currently Chair of the District of Columbia Access to Justice Commission and of the American Constitution Society. Mr. Edelman’s recent book, So Rich, So Poor: Why It’s So Hard to End Poverty in America, was published by The New Press in the spring of 2012.
Paul Elam, Ph.D., is a skilled researcher and team builder recognized for his ability to assist government, academic, community, and philanthropic organizations with pressing sociological issues. He received his doctorate in family and child ecology with minors in criminology, community services, and measurement and methods; master’s degree in criminal justice and urban studies; and bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Michigan State University. His work includes extensive research on disproportionate treatment of African American youths in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.
Dr. Elam is PPA’s lead researcher for the Michigan Coalition for Race Equity, a statewide alliance studying racial inequities and developing strategies for policy makers, civic leaders, and civil servants. He is also managing a project with the Michigan Department of Human Services’ Bureau of Juvenile Justice and the Michigan State Court Administrator’s Office to help state and local governments prevent and control juvenile delinquency and ensure compliance with the four core requirements of the federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act. He has also worked at Michigan State University in the Departments of Urban Affairs, Criminal Justice, and Family and Child Ecology, where he assisted with the study and instruction of crime, juvenile delinquency, research methodology, multiculturalism, demography, urbanism, and multicultural communication.
Sheri Falvay is currently the Director of the Division of Services to Children and Families, Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Administration, at the Michigan Department of Community Health. Ms. Falvay is the past Director of Children’s Program Development and Director of Permanency Planning at MDCH. Her leadership in each position resulted in development and implementation of innovative service initiatives and improvements: wraparound, blended funding projects, evidence-based practices, prevention services/child care mental health consultation, local collaborative bodies, family centered services and training, parent leadership training, permanency planning and adoption policy and practice for children in the public mental health system. She is a past recipient of the Betty Tableman Award in recognition of the outstanding services she has promoted for the welfare of infants and toddlers and their families, and was the first recipient of the Association for Children’s Mental Health “Partnerships Award” for her work with families of children with emotional and behavioral disorders. She is the past Chair of the Children, Youth and Families Division of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD).
Mark P. Fancher
Mark P. Fancher is the attorney for the Racial Justice Project of the ACLU of Michigan. Through his work, he addresses: racially disproportionate rates of incarceration; racial discrimination against public school students of color, racial profiling, public defender system reform, attacks on affirmative action and juvenile sentencing issues. Fancher was formerly the Senior Staff Attorney for the Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice where he specialized in workers’ rights. He served on the staff of the State Bar of Michigan from 1998 to 2000 where he coordinated projects to encourage greater pro bono participation by Michigan’s lawyers. He was a visiting assistant clinical professor at the University of Michigan Law School from 1996 through 1998.
Before moving to Michigan, Fancher was the Director of Litigation for Camden Regional Legal Services in New Jersey. He has also been in private practice where he specialized in employment discrimination and community economic development. Fancher is a graduate of Rutgers University School of Law – Camden. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Tennessee. Fancher has played a leadership role in the National Conference of Black Lawyers (NCBL) for numerous years. He is a past chair of the organization’s International Affairs Section, and he served as NCBL’s national co-chair from 1995-1998. Fancher has lectured across the country and written extensively on the U.S. military presence in Africa.
A stalwart of education leadership and reform in Michigan, Mike Flanagan pushes local, state, and federal policy to ReImagine instruction for all students. Mike has directed the Michigan Department of Education since May 2005 and chairs the State Board of Education. With 30 years of leadership as a local, regional, and state superintendent, Mike brings decisive and practical vision to re-building a system that develops stronger educators and higher-achieving students.
As State Superintendent, Mike advises the State Board of Education, the Governor, and the state Legislature regarding public education in Michigan. He also has served as the Executive Director of the statewide associations that represent Michigan public school superintendents and intermediate school districts in the state.
For seven years, Mike Flanagan served as the Superintendent of the Wayne Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA). Prior to that, he was Superintendent of the Farmington/Farmington Hills School District in Michigan for five years. He is past chairperson of the Education Alliance of Michigan, a nonprofit coalition of leading parent, business, and education associations; and past president of the National County Superintendents Association.
Superintendent Flanagan has degrees from the University of Notre Dame and Eastern Michigan University. He is married to Anna and has three married children: Mike, Brian, and Christa and grandchildren: Alysha, Ella, Avery, Will, and Landen.
Tendaji W. Ganges
Originally from Trenton, New Jersey, Tendaji W. Ganges has spent a 43-year career in pre-college preparatory and college support services as a teacher, mentor, counselor, parent advocate, program manager, administrator and senior executive. He is divorced, father of three grown children and four grandchildren. He has worked in New Jersey, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois and Michigan at colleges and universities including Princeton University, Earlham College, Northwestern University, Chicago State University and Northern Illinois University. He has served as the Executive Director of Educational Opportunity Initiatives at the University of Michigan-Flint for the past 19 years.
He has served as a consultant to universities, colleges, public school districts, and community groups and agencies. He is a staff trainer, program developer, and speaker on a variety of topics (including over 300 such presentations and training activities over the past two decades). Active on numerous campus committees, he is also very engaged in various local community groups and initiatives, currently serving as a member of the following: Board of Directors, Urban League of Greater Flint; Neighborhoods without Borders; Building Neighborhood Capacity Program; Flint Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentoring Task Force; Flint Community Action Group; Flint Community Leadership Summit and Planning Group; 100 Black Men of Flint; Genesee County Coalition for Disconnected Youth, Flint and Genesee County Chamber of Commerce African American Advisory Committee; Genesee County Hispanic American Heritage Month Committee; Cesar Chavez Celebration Committee; Flint Black Men for Social Change; Black Leaders Forum of Genesee County; Greater Flint Pre-College Collaboration, and the Genesee County African-American Heritage Month Event Committee.
He is Vice-President of the Antioch College (Ohio) Board of Trustees; a member of the Board of Directors of the Midwest-regional (MEF) Foundation, and a periodic co-host of WFLT-AM’s “African American Inspiration.” In 2009, he was inducted as a chief in the court of King Godwin Duru of Imo State, Nigeria, with the title “Enyi Oha the First” (‘Friend to All’).
Leo Giori received a bachelor of arts degree, majoring in criminal justice and minoring in youth services, from Saginaw Valley State University in 1992 and a master of arts degree in counseling from Central Michigan University in 2004. Mr. Giori worked for the Department of Human Services (DHS) as a Children’s Protective Services Worker, Foster Care Worker and Delinquency Worker from 1993-2008. From 2208-2011 he was a high school counselor. From 2011 on, Mr. Giori has worked as a DHS Children’s Services Supervisor.
Linda Glover, Executive Director of RSCCM has a Master Degree in Social Work and 30 plus years in the field of providing services to youth. Her career began working with delinquent youth and their families in Detroit and Ann Arbor. She has served in a variety of administrative capacities including Child Welfare Manager for the State Court Administrative Office and was chair of the Permanency Planning Committee of the Binsfeld Children’s Commission. Linda’s earliest experience with Restorative Justice programming goes back to the Restorative Justice conferences sponsored by the Family Independence Agency in the 1980’s and she is a trained RJ facilitator.
Elvin Gonzalez has served for the past 12 years as the Family Division Administrator of the Berrien County Trial Court in Michigan. He has oversight over all Juvenile Justice programs and services in Berrien County including the Court Services Division, Intake Unit, Juvenile Detention Center with Secure Detention and Residential Treatment Programs. Additionally, he oversees the Probate Unit of the Family Division.
He has over 30 years of experience working in the Juvenile Justice field including detention facilities, residential treatment, intensive probation services, and management of Probation and Court Services Departments in DuPage County, Illinois and Michigan. He has served as a progressive leader in organizational change management in the Juvenile Justice field by championing evidence-based practices and data-driven decision making.
Steve Goodman is director of Michigan’s Integrated Behavior and Learning Support Initiative (miblsi.cenmi.org), a Michigan Department of Education funded project that develops capacity to implement a multi-tiered system of supports in over 620 schools. He is also director of Michigan’s State Personnel Development Grant funded by Office of Special Education Programs, U. S. Department of Education. His interests include an integrated approach to behavior and academic supports, and an organizational systems approach to fidelity of implementation that endures over time. He has been a classroom teacher and teacher consultant.
William Green has been an Industrial Arts teacher for 30 years. He earned his Bachelor Science in Education, Master of Arts. He is a Michigan Industrial Technology Education Society life member, Regional Administrative officer, President-elect, President, Convention chair, Commercial Exhibits Chair. William served in the United States Marine Corps from 1974-1980. He is married with five children, eight grandchildren. William enjoys playing guitar, horseback riding, traveling and golfing.
Ms. Grezeszak earned an associate’s degree in criminal justice/corrections from Lake Superior State University in 1982 and her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, with a minor in sociology, from Saginaw Valley State University in 1983. She has worked for the Iosco County Probate/Family Court since March, 1985. She is currently a Family Division Administrator/Referee. Ms. Grezeszak is the President of the Northern Michigan Juvenile Officer’s Association and an Adjunct Professor at Alpena Community College.
Kyle L. Guerrant
Mr. Guerrant has been a strong leader and advocate in youth health, development and safety issues in community-based non-profits, local schools, and state government for over 12 years. Currently, he is the Director of the Office of School Support Services at the Michigan Department of Education (MDE). Mr. Guerrant and his team are charged with improving the health and educational outcomes of Michigan students through the implementation of Coordinated School Health initiatives. His office has a broad set of responsibilities that include USDA Child Nutrition Programs, primary care, and mental health services, as well as bullying prevention, health and physical education. Previously, Mr. Guerrant served as the Supervisor of the Coordinated School Health and Safety Programs Unit at MDE, and as the Acting Manager of the Safe and Drug Free Schools Program at the Michigan Department of Community Health. Kyle earned a Bachelor’s (BA) in Psychology (Child Development) from Long Island University, and a Master’s in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Michigan. He has served on numerous organizational boards ranging in focus from youth homelessness to adolescent sexual health. Kyle was also selected as a fellow in Michigan State University’s Educational Policy Fellowship Program.
Dennis P. Harbour
Dennis Harbour has been the Superintendent of the Copper Country Intermediate School District for the past 10 years. Prior to working for the CCISD, he was the Superintendent of the Houghton-Portage Township Schools for a period of 19 years. In addition to his years as a Superintendent, Harbour spent four years as the Houghton High School Principal and four years as a K-12 Principal with the Chassell Township Schools. Dennis began his teaching career in Pembine, Wisconsin as a business teacher. During his tenure as Superintendent, Harbour served as the President of the Michigan Association of School Administrators, which is a state wide association that represents 520 school districts and 800 school administrators.
Honorable Faye M. Harrison
Judge Harrison was born in Marquette, Michigan, but grew up in Saginaw. She graduated from Michigan State University and the University of Michigan Law School. She was in private practice, acted at chief trial attorney for Legal Aid in Saginaw and chaired the Youth Parole and Review Board with the Department of Social Services before becoming Saginaw County Probate Judge in 1981. She was the presiding Judge of the Tenth Circuit Family Division from 1998 to 2008, and is past president of the Michigan Probate Judges Association.
Judge Harrison was recognized as Michigan’s Champion for Children by the Michigan Children’s Trust Fund in 2005 and as one of the Women of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of Mitten Bay in 2006. She received the Saginaw County Bar Association’s F.H. Martin Award in 2007; the Bernice Barlow Community Partnership Award in 2008; an award from the Michigan Supreme Court for outstanding adoption team efforts in 2009; the Outstanding Jurist Award from the Michigan Foster Care Review Boards in 2010, and the Judge of the Year Award from Michigan CASA in 2013. In her spare time she enjoys reading, walking and cheering for younger family members at their sporting events.
Safe Schools Consultant, MDE, CSHSP unit. Mr. Higgins has been in education for 36 years, first, as a teacher and an administrator in both public and private schools and later as a consultant and program manager for the Calhoun ISD. He is an experienced trainer in prevention programming with specialties in organizational change process, healthy youth development, critical incident stress debriefing, data management, pandemic planning, and gay, lesbian, and bisexual youth issues. He has presented at local, State, regional, and national conferences. Bob is a certified prevention consultant through the Michigan Certification Board of Addiction Professionals and an internationally certified prevention specialist through the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium. In his capacity at MDE, he also served as the Project Director of the State Data Management Grant from the US ED, as the co-project manager of the Sexual Minority Youth Project, and is a member of the Crisis Management Team for the Department.
Eric Hoppstock is currently the Assistant Superintendent/Chief Academic Officer for the Berrien RESA. In 1987 he began his career in education as a school psychologist completing evaluations, consulting with families/educational staff, and serving on various committees developing policies and practices relative to the delivery of special education. In 2001 he transitioned to educational administration serving as Supervisor of Ancillary Services, Compliance Monitor, Assistant Director of Special Education, Director of Learning and Leadership and his current responsibilities. He has and currently serves on state committees reviewing the delivery of services in special education and is certified in program evaluation.
Brian Huff is a practicing attorney and private judge in Birmingham. Formerly, he was the Presiding Juvenile Judge for Jefferson County (Birmingham), the largest county in Alabama. He is a national speaker on juvenile justice reform and has given expert testimony on the subject before the United States House of Representatives and the legislatures of the states of Mississippi and Alabama. He is also the co-author of “The Dichotomy of Judicial Leadership: Working With the Community to Improve Outcomes for Status Youth”, which appeared in the Spring 2010 edition (Volume 61 No. 2) of the Juvenile and Family Court Journal.
Judge Huff has spearheaded the multi-faceted, collaborative, juvenile justice reform effort which has taken place in Jefferson County, Alabama. Judge Huff led Birmingham City Schools’ Collaborative, which developed Birmingham’s School Offense Protocol. Judge Huff was President of the Alabama Juvenile Judges’ Association for 2011 – 2012 and a member of the board of directors for the Alabama Department of Youth Services and the Children’s First Foundation. He is the past-chair of the Family Law Section of the Alabama State Bar and the Birmingham Bar Associations. He is a member of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and the National Association of Drug Court Professionals. He presided over several “specialized dockets” including the Truancy, Juvenile Drug Court, Gun Court and Return to Aftercare Program (RAP) dockets. Most importantly, Judge Huff is the father of two amazing daughters, Peyton and Lexi.
Vicky Hynds is a School Social Worker with Mt. Morris Consolidated Schools. She currently is the S3 Building Liaison and oversees the Safe and Supportive Schools grant for Elisabeth Ann Johnson High School. Vicky has been instrumental in laying the foundation for many of the grant initiatives such as Restorative Justice. She strongly believes in the philosophy of defining accountability through repairing harm which is an integral part of this initiative. With over 20 years of experience working with youth in both the clinical and school setting, she carries with her a passion for relationships and understands the importance of creating sustainable transformative change. Much of her work is centered on creating a safe and supportive learning environment for all students through motivational programming and relationship building. She has 12 years of experience as a mental health therapist with Genesys Hillside Center and Oakland Psychological Clinic. Vicky provided consultations to teachers while working as a Classroom Mentor for Genesee County Headstart. As a Behavior Consultant with Grand Blanc Community Schools she worked throughout the district with some of the most challenging students. Additionally, she has experience working with youth and their parents as a foster care therapist with Alternatives for Children and Families. Mt. Morris Consolidated Schools has consistently seen reductions in discipline referrals at the high school since Vicky has taken on the S3 Building Liaison position. She has passionately worked to share these successes by presenting for the Michigan Association of School Social Workers Conference in 2013 and also at the Safe and Supportive Schools Spring Conference in 2013.
Dr. Kevin M. Ivers
Born and raised in Highland, Indiana, Kevin began his 33-year career in teaching and educational administration in several Indiana school districts as well as Tinley Park, Illinois. While teaching at Highland High School, he met his wife, Betty (also a teacher) and was married in 1984. Kevin and Betty are the proud parents of two sons; Blake, a graduate of the University of Michigan and Wayne State University and Luke, who attends Grand Valley State University. In 1996, the Ivers family moved to Bridgman, where Kevin accepted the position as principal of F.C. Reed Middle School. He was appointed superintendent of Bridgman Public Schools in 2001 and served in that capacity for nine years. In 2010, Kevin was appointed the superintendent of Berrien Regional Education Service Agency (Berrien RESA) in Berrien Springs, Michigan. Dr. Ivers received his B.A. from Ball State University and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Purdue University. He is currently a member of the Berrien Springs/Eau Claire Rotary Club and has been a charter member of the Bridgman Foundation for Educational Excellence since 2008. Dr. Ivers has served in various leadership roles within the Michigan Association of School Administrators and the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators.
For the past two years, Eric has served as the Restorative Conference Facilitator for Clintondale Community Schools. This programmatic intervention through the MDE S-3 grant has been instrumental in the cultural and climate change that has taken place, and the improved conditions for learning at Clintondale High School.
Jerry Jarzynka is the Prosecuting Attorney for Jackson County and he has been a lawyer since 1983 with over 18 years of prosecution experience. He is a graduate of the University of Toledo College of Law and he received his undergraduate degree in Finance from the University of Notre Dame.
Brandy Jones began as an extern and volunteer at RSCCM before being hired to oversee the Juvenile Accountability and Restorative Justice Program (JARJP). Brandy recently graduated from Thomas M. Cooley Law School and has prior experience working with youth in various capacities including being a volunteer advocate with CASA, a Youth Counselor at Whaley Children’s Center, a Big Brothers/ Big Sisters volunteer and a mentor to teen girls. She is collaborating on developing innovative uses of restorative practices in the Lansing School District.
Lauren Kazee received her BSW in 1993 and her MSW in 1994 both from University of Illinois in Chicago, Jane Addams College of Social Work. As a licensed professional, she worked in inner city Chicago as a therapist for children in foster care. While living in Ohio and then later in Michigan she worked as a school social worker and continued as a therapist part-time. Her work in the school system, lead her to an administration position over a couple state-funded School Based Health Centers. Currently Lauren serves as the Mental Health Consultant for the Michigan Departments of Education and Community Health. She coordinates school mental health initiatives, including trainings, practice and policy development for schools and school based health centers across the state.
Dr. Daniel Keating
Dr. Daniel Keating is Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry and Pediatrics, and Research Professor in the Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research, at the University of Michigan. His work has focused on social disparities in developmental health, and on their biodevelopmental sources, as well as on child and adolescent development more generally. He has served on the faculties at the University of Minnesota, University of Maryland, and the University of Toronto, and as a Visiting Scientist at the Max Planck Institute in Berlin, Germany. He has published 9 books and has over 200 papers in scientific journals and scholarly collections.
Justice Mary Beth Kelly
Justice Mary Beth Kelly was elected to the Michigan Supreme Court in November 2010 and will serve a term that ends December 31, 2018. She served on the Wayne County Circuit Court for 11 years, having been appointed by Governor John Engler in 1999; she was elected to the court in 2000 and re-elected in 2002 and 2008. In 2002, the Michigan Supreme Court appointed her the chief judge of the Wayne Circuit Court, making her the first woman to lead that bench. She served as chief judge through 2007, focusing on budget deficit reduction, timely dockets, jail overcrowding, and the court’s Family Division. Under her leadership, the Family Division doubled in size to devote more judicial resources to cases concerning children and families. She also led efforts to improve
the racial diversity of the Wayne County jury system, working with the National Center for State Courts to gather data and recommend county-wide solutions. Her leadership on this issue has been recognized by The Detroit News. She has been praised as “one of the most effective judges in the history of the Michigan Court system” by then-Chief Justice Clifford Taylor.
Justice Kelly has received numerous honors for her judicial leadership, including the Arab American Anti-Discrimination Council’s Distinguished Leadership Award. For her work on children’s issues, she was named Vista Maria’s Child Advocate of the Year and was also recognized by the Ennis Center for Children as Advocate of the Year. Justice Kelly serves as an advisor to Vista Maria and to the University of Michigan’s Detroit Center for Family Advocacy. She has served as an adjunct law professor at the University of Detroit-Mercy Law School. Before becoming a judge, Justice Kelly was a successful commercial litigation partner with the law firm Dickinson Wright, which she joined in 1987. She earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan at Dearborn and her law degree from the University of Notre Dame Law School. Justice Kelly is an active member of Sacred Heart-Grosse Ile parish where she has taught Catechism; she has also chaired the parish’s Youth Commission and served on the pastoral council. Justice Kelly resides on Grosse Ile with her teen-aged son. In addition to her professional and community achievements, Justice Kelly is an avid runner and continues to run competitively.
Mike Kiefer is project director for both the Genesee and Saginaw counties’ Coalition(s) for Disconnected Youth and the regional Breaking the Cycle truancy and chronic absenteeism reduction initiative. He is a former consultant to the School of Education and Human Services and the Department of Public Administration at the University of Michigan – Flint. Mike’s background includes Executive Director of the Michigan Foundation for Education Leadership (MFEL); staff member, Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB); Executive Director, the Center for Civil Leadership at Eastern Michigan University; assistant director, MASB Office of State and Federal Relations and liaison to the State Board of Education; curriculum designer and instructor for graduate level principal leadership course(s) at University of Michigan – Flint; presenter at National Association of School Boards annual meeting(s); consultant to Michigan Department of Education’s Single Record Student Data Base and Goals 2000 Educate American Act grant application; producer and director, Seeds of Change, a four-part interactive public television series linking educators and stakeholders to dialogue key education issues and emerging trends. A noted motivational speaker on the power of humor and change, Mike’s clients have included local, state and national educational organizations, health care organizations, non-profits, financial institutions, business associations and Fortune 500 companies. He is a former President and CEO of the Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce; a six-year member of the Saginaw Community Schools Board of Education, and a general assignment reporter, business and feature writer, and columnist for the Flint Journal and the Kalamazoo Gazette.
Mr. Lueck received his bachelor of arts degree in 2005, and his master of arts degree in 2011, both from Grand Valley State University. He has teaching experience at both the middle and high school levels, and is currently the Assistant Principal at Oscoda High School.
Honorable Christopher P. Martin
Judge Martin was born and raised in Iosco County. After getting married, he started his undergraduate degree at age 30. After finishing law school, he moved back to Iosco County to practice. He had a fairly busy family law practice, and did a lot of work early as appointed counsel in child abuse/neglect and delinquency cases. During the last eight years of his practice he worked as a part-time assistant prosecutor in Iosco County. He won his election by a landslide margin in 2012, running unopposed! Judge Martin has been married since 1992 to Anne. They have three children: Grace, age 19; Rachel, age 15; and David, age 13.
Kayla Mason was born in Los Angeles, CA and began community organizing in high school. She was a youth peer organizer at the Los Angeles Community Coalition and in 2005 helped pass a resolution that brought college opportunities to thousands of South LA students. In 2010, Kayla was a fellow for AmeriCorps Public Allies of Los Angeles and served at Community Development Technologies where she facilitated youth leadership trainings and co-created the youth group Speak Up. In 2011, Kayla received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor as a Community-Based Initiative scholar. She completed her field placement at the Harriet Tubman Center working with YOUTH VOICE and was promoted to Director of YOUTH VOICE, helping students become community leaders.
Dr. Herman McCall
Herman McCall is the acting director for Juvenile Justice Programs for the Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS). He most recently provided leadership as director of the W. J. Maxey Boys Training School in Whitmore Lake. In addition to prior service with the DHS Bureau of Child and Adult Licensing, Dr. McCall has a wealth of private agency, child welfare, programming and operations leadership experience. Dr. McCall earned his bachelor’s degree in liberal studies, social work and sociology from Hillsdale College; his master’s in counseling from Western Michigan University; and his Ph.D. in education from California Coast University.
Justice Bridget Mary McCormack
Justice Bridget Mary McCormack joined the Michigan Supreme Court in January 2013. Before her election to the Court in November 2012, she was a law professor and dean at the University of Michigan Law School. Since joining the Court, Justice McCormack continues to teach at the Law School as a Lecturer. Justice McCormack is a graduate of the New York University Law School, where she was a Root-Tilden scholar and won the Anne Petluck Poses Prize in Clinical Advocacy. She spent the first five years of her legal career in New York, first with the Legal Aid Society and then at the Office of the Appellate Defender, representing over 1,000 clients in New York’s trial and appellate courts. In 1996, she became a faculty fellow at the Yale Law School.
In 1998, she joined the University of Michigan Law School faculty. At Michigan Law, she taught criminal law, legal ethics, and various clinical courses. Her scholarship focused on the professional benefits of clinical legal education. She also created new clinics at the law school, including a Domestic Violence Clinic and a Pediatric Health Advocacy Clinic. In 2002, she was made Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs. Responsible for the continuing development of the law school’s practical education, she continued to expand the clinical offerings at Michigan Law School, launching a Mediation Clinic, a Low Income Taxpayer Clinic, an International Transactions Clinic, a Human Trafficking Clinic, a Juvenile Justice Clinic, and an Entrepreneurship Clinic. In her capacity as professor and associate dean, she conducted and supervised many types of civil and criminal litigation at all levels of the state and federal courts. The University of Michigan Law School’s clinical programs are now recognized nationally as one of the best places to be trained as a lawyer.
In 2008, then-Associate Dean McCormack cofounded the Michigan Innocence Clinic, in which students represent wrongfully convicted Michiganders. The clinic has exonerated eight people so far, and has shined a light on the important justice issues underlying wrongful convictions. In 2010, McCormack won the “Justice for All” Award for the Clinic’s work, and in 2011 the Washtenaw County Bar Association gave her the “Patriot Award.” In 2012, she won the Cooley Law School’s “Distinguished Brief Award” for the best brief filed in the Michigan Supreme Court during the term. Also in 2012, the Justice Caucus presented her with the Millie Jeffrey Award and the Washtenaw County Women Lawyers recognized her with the Mary Foster Award. In 2013, Justice McCormack was honored with the Hon. Kaye Tertzag Purple Sport Court Award.
Justice McCormack currently participates with a number of professional organizations including the American Bar Association Access to Justice committee, the American Bar Association Working Group on Pro Bono and Public Service, the advisory board of the National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts, and the judicial elections committee of the National Association of Women Judges. She also serves as a board member of the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification, chairs the Supreme Court’s Limited English Proficiency Implementation Advisory Committee, is the Court’s Liaison for its Task Force on the Role of the State Bar of Michigan, and serves on the National Commission of Forensic Science. Justice McCormack is married to Steven Croley, also a lawyer and law professor, currently on leave from the University of Michigan Law School to serve as Deputy Counsel to the President in the Office of White House Counsel. They have four children in the Ann Arbor public schools, and enjoy frequent family trips to west Michigan.
Ms. McGrew is the Superintendent of the Iosco Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA). She has been a superintendent in the State of Michigan for the past 16 years, with the last four as Superintendent of Iosco RESA. Ms. McGrew has also been a teacher, coach, assistant principal, athletic director, and principal.
Greta McHaney-Trice (Restorative Justice Program Manager) holds a Master’s degree in Education and was a teacher for many years with the Lansing School District. She began as a facilitator of Restorative Practices in East Lansing and has transitioned into a skilled trainer and the Program Manager of the RJ Program for the Resolution Services Center of Central Michigan (RSCCM). She is developing and expanding innovative uses of Restorative Practices as a preventative and educational tool for the elementary and junior high grades in the Lansing School District. Greta holds many awards and recognitions including Michigan State University Alumni Teacher of the Year and the Elsie A. Maile Outstanding Elementary Teacher Award nominee, Lansing.
Bunny Miller is the principal at Whittemore-Prescott High School. She first entered into the educational arena with her Associate Degree teaching pre-school for Whittemore-Prescott Area Schools about twenty-eight years ago. After six years of tiny hugs and earning her Bachelor of Science in Education from Central Michigan University, she found herself teaching in a sixth grade classroom at Whittemore-Prescott Elementary. During that nine year time, Bunny gained tenure and obtained her Master of Arts from Michigan State University. Her curiosity for coaching and passion for learning moved her to her next position as athletic director and assistant high school principal at WPHS. A few years later her educational leadership role became that of the middle school principal for nine years at Whittemore-Prescott Middle School. While Bunny absolutely enjoyed the middle school level, she also thinks she earned an unofficial degree in counseling. She currently loves helping high school students achieve their potential as young adults about to enter into the 22nd Century. However, when Bunny is lucky enough to be away from her work, the moments most precious to her are spending time with her husband, family, and especially her grandbabies.
Elizabeth Birr Moje
Elizabeth Birr Moje is Associate Dean for Research and Community Engagement and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in the School of Education at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Moje also serves as a Faculty Associate in the University’s Institute for Social Research, and a Faculty Affiliate in Latino/a Studies. Moje teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in secondary and adolescent literacy, literacy and cultural theory, and qualitative and mixed research methods. Her current research focuses on communities and schools in Detroit, Michigan. Her research interests revolve around the intersection among home, school, and peer group literacies and texts and on how to use those intersections to support student learning in and out of school. She also engages in literacy professional development with teachers in Detroit and around the world. These research and professional development interests stem from the start of her career when she taught history, biology, and drama at high schools in Colorado and Michigan.
Rodd Monts is the field director for the ACLU of Michigan. He is responsible for cultivating support for ACLU issues and overseeing community organizing and coalition building in the eight communities where the organization has a branch presence in Michigan. His duties also include working with elected and government officials to address policy reforms needed to protect and preserve civil rights and civil liberties. Major areas of focus for his work include education and youth justice, through which he addresses keeping children out of the school-to-prison pipeline, ending the mandatory sentencing of juveniles to life without parole, preserving students’ rights, and ensuring an equitable education for all of Michigan’s children. Prior to joining the ACLU staff, Rodd was the manager of community initiatives at United Way for Southeastern Michigan in Detroit.
In his last role at UWSEM, Rodd oversaw early childhood education initiatives focused on early literacy development and parent education. He began his career in journalism, and he has worked as a writer and editor for newspapers, trade magazines, and a leading online/broadcast news operation. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in advertising/public relations from Grand Valley State University, a Master of Arts degree in public relations/organizational communications from Wayne State University, and a Master of Arts degree in social justice from Marygrove College.
Keiona Murphy is currently Assistant Director of Pupil Personnel Services (Acting) for the Flint Community Schools. Ms. Murphy has been in education for 16 years starting her career as a cooperative education student working in the Deputy Superintendents’ Office. During her tenure, she has worked as a Student Facilitator, recruiting disconnected youth and engaging them in educational and career opportunities. She has also worked as Professional Development Staff Assistant, managing multi-million dollar Federal grants. Currently, as Assistant Director of Pupil Personnel Services, Ms. Murphy assists the districts’ most at-risk population of students. During her time as Assistant Director, she has procured grants to initiate truancy reduction programs as well as family programs geared at reducing truancy and improving parental and child relationships. Additionally, she has developed a model summer program currently being offered within the district that aids in transitioning at-risk 8th grade students smoothly to the 9th grade giving them a plan for graduation and beyond.
Ms. Murphy has a talent for fostering student centered partnerships with stakeholders that will support the education of her communities’ most at-risk youth. Her tenacious belief that all students should be in school each and every day and on time pushes her to provoke others to understand the importance of daily school attendance. Ms. Murphy serves on the Genesee Coalition for Disconnected Youth, The Genesee Intermediate School District Attendance Task Force and the Saginaw/Genesee Counties Regional Attendance Task Force. Additionally, she serves on various district and community committees giving voice to the needs of at-risk students and their families.
As Director of Governor Rick Snyder’s Northern Michigan Office, Dave helps to provide customer service solutions to Michiganders in the U.P. and Northern Lower Peninsula and advises the Governor on matters especially relevant to Northern Michigan. Prior to serving in the Snyder Administration, Dave founded 3rd Coast Strategies, LLC to provide advocacy, public policy and community relations solutions to several natural resource industry clients in the Upper Great Lakes region. He has also worked as the Legislative Affairs Manager for the nation’s largest state-based conservation organization, Michigan United Conservation Clubs. In additional public service roles, Dave served as a legislative assistant to former Speaker of the House Craig DeRoche and as a press secretary in the Michigan Legislature. He earned a Juris Doctor from the Michigan State University College of Law and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/Pre-Law from Michigan State University. Dave is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, Marquette County Bar Association, Economic Club of Marquette County, the Fred Waara Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Michigan United Conservation Clubs, Escanaba River Association, U.P. Whitetails Association, Noquemanon Skijor Club, Noquemanon Trail Network, and serves on the Board of Directors for 40 Below Young Professionals of Marquette County. Dave lives in Skandia, Michigan with his wife Tracy, daughter Hazel, and canine kids, Thule and Koppar.
Diana LaRue, MA, LLMSW, has worked with Children and Families in the Court System for over 20 years. She is currently the Court Services and Foster Care Coordinator for the 42nd Circuit Court – Family Division. Diana coordinates Truancy and Incorrigibility Intakes, facilitates Evidence Base Programs including BSFT Family Therapy, Aggression Replacement Training (ART), Thinking for a Change (T4C) and Common Sense Parenting (CSP) Classes for the Court. Diana also manages the Court’s Specialized Foster Care Program. She was previously employed as an Intensive Juvenile Probation Officer and Youth Development Worker in the Midland County Detention and Day Treatment Programs, and worked as an Outpatient Therapist for Family and Children Services. She earned a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Michigan State University and Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Saginaw Valley State University.
MaryAnn Prisichenko is a 30 year veteran of public education. She received her bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University with a major in Child Development and a minor in Reading. She later earned her Master’s in Administration from San Diego State University and holds an English degree as a Second Language endorsement. She spent 15 years teaching in San Diego, California leading Child Study and literacy teams. As a principal in Grand Rapids Public Schools, MaryAnn led a team of dedicated staff to successfully turnaround Sibley Elementary from the lowest 5% performing schools in Grand Rapids Public to the top 5%. As part of the Kent Schools Services Network, Sibley also became a model for a Community School offering mental health, social services, and significantly increasing daily attendance rates for its students. As a consultant, MaryAnn continues her lifelong commitment to education.
Lori Pritchard holds an undergraduate degree from Grand Valley State University in Psychology and Special Education. She also has a Masters’ Degree in Special education, from Central Michigan University, and a Masters’ Degree in Administration, from Grand Valley. She began her career in 1995 working as a teacher in the Partial Hospitalization Program for Psychiatric Youth at Bay Medical Hospital, in Bay City, Michigan. In 1997 she started working as a teacher for adjudicated youth at the Midland County Juvenile Care Center. Shortly after, she went on to become a Special Education Administrator and later, an Assistant Principal at Midland High School. Since the Fall of 2010, she continues her work as an Assistant Principal at Northeast Middle School (enrollment of approximately 1000 students). Lori is originally from Traverse City, Michigan currently residing in Midland, Michigan with her husband, Ryan and their 5 year old son, Porter.
Carl Reynolds is an attorney and the Senior Legal and Policy Advisor to the Council of State Governments Justice Center. He has extensive justice-related experience in all branches of Texas state government. From 2005 to 2012 he was Director of the Office of Court Administration in the judicial branch, and from 1993 to 2005 he was General Counsel for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Prior to 1993, he was the Executive Director of the Texas Punishment Standards Commission (a blue-ribbon legislative agency charged with reforming the state’s sentencing laws and corrections resources), and General Counsel to the Texas Senate Committee on Criminal Justice.
His professional activities include active involvement (either current or past) with the following organizations: ABA Access to Justice Commission Expansion Project, Advisory Group; Conference of State Court Administrators (Chair, Policy & Liaison Committee); ABA Sentencing Committee (Vice- Chair); ABA Task Force on the Legal Status of Prisoners (Member); Vera Institute of Justice (Advisory Committee Member); Center for Criminology and Criminal Justice Research, University of Texas at Austin (Associate); American Correctional Association (Legal Committee); Edna McConnell Clark Foundation (Justice Program Advisory Committee Member); National Association of Sentencing Commissions (Member); National Council of State Legislatures (Criminal Justice Committee); Austin Public Library Friends Foundation (Board Member); and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Austin (Big Brother and Board Member).
Mr. Reynolds holds a J.D. with honors from the University of Texas School of Law, a master’s degree from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, and a B.A. with honors from the University of Cincinnati.
Michael Reynolds was born and raised in Detroit where he currently attends Cody Academy of Public Leadership. Michael was passionate about saving his community and joined YOUTH VOICE to make a difference. In his spare time, he practices yoga and boxing.
Joseph P. Ryan
Joseph Ryan, Ph.D. Dr. Ryan is an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan’s School of Social work and a Faculty Associate with the Institute for Social Research. He has approximately twenty years of juvenile justice and child welfare practice and research experience. Prior to doctoral studies, Dr. Ryan worked in a variety of child welfare and juvenile justice facilities in the State of Michigan including Boysville (now Holy Cross), Starr Commonwealth and Huron Services for Youth. He currently serves as the PI for two Title IV-E waiver demonstrations (Illinois and Michigan). Dr. Ryan is also a co-PI (with Dr. Rosemary Sarri) on a statewide study (Michigan) of youth moving from child welfare to juvenile and adult corrections. Dr. Ryan is firmly committed to developing University, State and County research partnerships – with a specific focus on gathering and utilizing empirical evidence for the development of effective policies and practices. Dr. Ryan received an MSW from the University of Michigan and a doctorate from the University of Chicago.
Rosemary Sarri, Ph.D.
Rosemary Sarri is professor of social work and social research emerita at the University of Michigan. She taught graduate students in social work for many years focusing on family policy, juvenile justice, group work and community organization practice. She has served on many local, state and national boards and committees. She has been engaged in research on juvenile justice and child welfare for more than 40 years along with several studies of females in the justice system. In Michigan she served on the Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice for more than 10 years. She also has worked internationally in countries in Asia, Africa and Latin American, helping to develop schools of social work. At present she serves as a member of the Race Equity Coalition which is addressing issues of racial and ethnic disproportionality and disparity in child welfare and juvenile justice in Michigan.
Brian W. Saxton
Brian Saxton is the Chief Executive Officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton Harbor. He is a retired executive with over 35 years of academic, business, and military experience. Mr. Saxton has led several successful business turnarounds as general manager at Fortune 200 companies, as well as small, privately owned companies. He taught business strategy at Western Michigan University and is proud of his service as an Army officer. As an active Rotarian, he spends his time volunteering throughout the community promoting youth development. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Maine, a Master of Business Administration from Syracuse University, and executive certificates from the University and Virginia and Notre Dame University.
Macon Stewart, MSW, LGSW
Mrs. Macon Stewart is the Program Manager for the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) at the Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy. As one of the authors of the Crossover Youth Practice Model, Mrs. Stewart manages the implementation of the model in 70 plus communities across the country. Prior to joining CJJR, Mrs. Stewart moved up the ranks within the District of Columbia Government’s Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) during her 6-year tenure. Her work included providing direct case management services to the children and families of the nation’s capital as a Social Worker, conducting internal small-scale studies and Quality Service Reviews as a Case Practice Specialist, and functioning as a Project Manager while spear heading the agency’s education reform efforts as the Assistant to the Deputy Director for the Office of Clinical Practice.
Mrs. Stewart is a licensed graduate social worker that was appointed to work with the DC Superior Court: Family Court Judges on various subcommittees including working with LGBTQ youth and education. Working to improve the quality of life on a micro and macro-level for children and families has always been and will continue to be the passion exemplified in her work. Mrs. Stewart is married, the proud mother of one daughter and resides in North Carolina. Mrs. Stewart holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In her spare time she enjoys reading, exercising and spending time with family and friends.
Honorable Fraser T. Strome
Honorable Fraser T. Strome currently serves as Houghton County Probate and Family Court Judge. Judge Strome was appointed to this position by former Governor Jennifer Granholm in 2009 and was elected to his current term in November of 2012. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Strome served in the Houghton County Prosecutors Office, as Chief Assistant Prosecutor and then as Prosecuting Attorney from 1990 to 2009. Judge Strome has been actively involved with Houghton County’s Truancy Protocol since its inception in the early 1990s. Judge Strome and his wife Carla have three children and reside in Houghton, Michigan.
Governor Rick Snyder
Rick Snyder ran for office with a pledge to “reinvent Michigan.” Since becoming Michigan’s 48th governor on Jan. 1, 2011, Snyder has worked with his trademark “relentless positive action” to do just that.
Michigan has eliminated its $1.5 billion deficit and delivered balanced budgets for the second straight year. Snyder has worked with the Legislature to bring greater simplicity, fairness and efficiency to the state’s tax structure, pay down Michigan’s long-term obligations, and enact numerous other meaningful reforms that have made Michigan the nation’s “comeback state.”
This is Snyder’s first foray into politics. He earned three degrees from the University of Michigan, all by age 23. Snyder then worked as a tax accountant at Coopers & Lybrand. He later joined Gateway, helping it to expand to a Fortune 500 company, before forming his own venture capital firm in Ann Arbor. Snyder and his wife, Sue, have three children.
Trevon Stapleton is 16 years old, and lives in Detroit. He is a sophomore that attends Cody Detroit Institute of Technology and will graduate in the spring of 2015. Trevon joined YOUTH VOICE because he wants to help his community become a better and safer place for generations to come. In
Trevon’s spare time he likes to exercise, make music, spend quality time with his siblings, and wake up every day prepared to better himself.
Sheryl Thompson is currently the Deputy Director of Field Operations Administration in Lansing where she oversees policy and allocation implementation in the 83 counties as well as Project lead on new initiatives such as the Pathways to Potential which is the DHS new business model. Sheryl has been with the Department of Human Services for over twenty six years and was previously the Genesee County director before being appointed to her current position. Sheryl has over 20 years of experience in Child Welfare- CPS, FC, Assistant Payments, Child Support program areas.
Ms. Thompson was also the interim Director of Outstate Operations prior to the bifurcation and was the first Child Welfare Manager for the 78 non-urban counties as the consent decree was implemented in 2008. Sheryl has a bachelor of Social Work degree and a Masters in Administration from Central Michigan University. Sheryl has a passion for working with those less fortunate and is committed to breaking the cycle of generational poverty by empowering and educating our families.
Britney Tipler is from Detroit, Michigan and is now a senior at Detroit Community High School where she first learned about YOUTH VOICE. YOUTH VOICE is something she enjoys being a part of because youth have a voice that allows them to change so many things in their communities. In her spare time she sings, dances, acts, and enjoys working with other YOUTH VOICE members.
Frank E. Vandervort
Frank E. Vandervort is Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School where he teaches in the Child Advocacy Law Clinic and is the Co-Director of the Juvenile Justice Clinic. He is the President-Elect of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. Professor Vandervort has represented children in juvenile court proceedings from more than twenty years, and writes and speaks frequently on legal issues involving minors.
Abbey VanHoeven is a current out-stationed DHS case manager in Kent County and part of the Kent School Services Network. She has been with DHS for over 10 years and has spent the last 6 years providing DHS services and barrier removal for at-risk students with attendance concerns. In this role she has found her niche and has been an important contributor to a very successful team under the KSSN community school model.
Royce Williams was born and raised in Detroit, MI. He is currently a senior at Cody Detroit Institute of Technology, which is where he joined Youth Voice in the fall of 2011. Royce felt that thanks to YOUTH VOICE he has actually begun to change his community for the better. In his spare time he likes to play piano, dance, edit videos, and listen to music.
Douglas S. York
Douglas York was appointed the Director of Business Service Center 1, located in Marquette, in the Fall of 2012 by the Michigan Department of Human Services Director Maura Corrigan. Prior to this appointment, he was the Director for the DHS field offices serving Marquette, Alger and Schoolcraft counties. Douglas has a strong record in his 16 years of public service with DHS. He has worked effectively in Adult Services, Child Protective Services, and Foster Care.
Douglas has supervised a number of key programs within DHS. He is currently teaching as well, leading Child Welfare coursework at Northern Michigan University in Marquette and serving as a community advisor to the social work and sociology departments. He holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from NMU and an advanced degree in social work from MSU. Not only is Douglas a veteran of service to the clients of DHS, but he is a veteran of service to his country. Douglas, an eight-year Army veteran, serves on a variety of community boards spread across the tri-county region, and is actively involved in coaching youth sports.