Executive Board

Executive Board Roles and Responsibilities

CJJ Executive Board Members can log in to the Board Portal to find orientation and meeting materials.

The Executive Board holds legal, fiduciary, strategic, and policy-setting authority for CJJ and is empowered to take action between meetings of the Council of SAGs. All members are voluntary and serve without remuneration.

There is potential for the Executive Board to have as many as 20 members, all of whom serve staggered two-year terms. They are elected or appointed as follows:

  • The CJJ National Chair, Vice Chair, Immediate Past Chair, Treasurer/Secretary, Youth Chair, and Ethnic & Cultural Diversity Chair – are elected by the CJJ Council of SAGs;
  • The National Juvenile Justice Specialist Representative and the National DMC Coordinator Representative are elected by Specialists and DMC Coordinators, respectively, who work with SAGs in good member standing with CJJ; and
  • Four Regional Chairs and Four Regional Representatives are elected by SAG members, Affiliate Organization members, and Members at Large within each of CJJ’s four regions. All Regional Chairs must represent a member SAG.


Executive Board Members

Pastor Edward L. Palmer, Sr. (KY)
National Chair
Member, Kentucky Juvenile Justice Advisory Board

Michelle Diaz (NY)
National Vice Chair
New York State Advisory Group Member

The Honorable Steve Teske (GA)
Immediate Past Chair
Chief Judge, Clayton County
Mark Hutchinson (MA)
Justice Resource Institute
Tracey L. Wells-Huggins (NJ)
Ethnic & Cultural Diversity Chair
New Jersey State Advisory Group Member

Aaron Toleafoa (WA)
Emerging Leaders Committee Chair
Washington State Advisory Group Member

The Honorable Michael Mayer (MN)
Midwestern Region Chair
Minnesota State Advisory Group Member,
State District Court Judge, 1st Judicial District, Minnesota

Danny Turek (OH)
Midwestern Region Representative
Department of Youth Services
Robert Sheil (VT)
Northeastern Region Chair
Lt. Carlos Camacho (NH)
Northeastern Region Representative
Lieutenant, Nashua Police Department
The Honorable John Dewese (SC)
Southern Region Chair
South Carolina Governor's Juvenile Justice Advisory Council
Hasan Davis (KY)
Southern Region Representative

Stacie Nelson Colling (CO)
Western Region Chair
Juvenile Defense Coordinator, Colorado
Office of the Alternate Defense Council

The Honorable Joan Byer (KY)
Southern Region Representative
Bowles & Byer Family Law Mediation

Steven Brooks (NM)
Western Region Representative
Racial and Ethnic Disparities Coordinator, New Mexico State Advisory Group

Gordon McHenry Jr. (WA)
Western Region Representative
Chair, Washington State Advisory Group
President & CEO, Solid Ground WA

Jessica Wheeler (MD)
National Juvenile Justice Specialist
Director of Juvenile Justice, Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention

William Jernigan (MD)
National Racial and Ethnic Disparities Coordinator Representative
Director of Prevention Services/Statewide Racial and Ethnic Disparities Coordinator, 
Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention

Cecely Reardon (MA)
Representative At-Large
General Council, Department of Youth Services
Brock Landwher (KS)
Government Relations Committee Chair
Juvenile Justice Specialist, Kansas State Advisory Group