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;
  • 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; and
  • One representative is elected to serve on behalf of any organization under the fiscal sponsorship of, and that has signed a memorandum of understanding with, CJJ. Currently, the National Juvenile Justice Network (NJJN), has such a representative.


Executive Board Members
Cecely Reardon (MA)
National Chair
Department of Youth Services

George Timberlake (IL)
National Vice Chair
Chair, Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission

Alfred Martin (MS)
Immediate Past Chair
Environmental Management Plus, Inc.

Caprice Hover (VT)
Executive Director, Rutland County Parent Child Center

Edward L. Palmer, Sr. (KY)
Ethnic & Cultural Diversity Chair
Member, Kentucky Juvenile Justice Advisory Board

                           Miguel Garcia (CA)
                           National Youth Chair 

David Schmidt (NM)
NJJN Representative to CJJ Board

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

David E. Nelson (MO)
Midwestern Region Representative
Reentry Training Manager, Missouri Department of Corrections 

Amy Davenport (VT)
Northeastern Region Chair
Chief Adminstrative Judge (Ret.)

Antonia Thompson (CT)
Northeastern Regional Representative
Project Coordinator, Restorative Justice Project, Stamford Youth Services Bureau

The Honorable Steven C. Teske (GA)
Southern Region Chair
Chief Judge, Clayton County Juvenile Court

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

John Dewese (SC)
Southern Regional Representative
South Carolina Governor's Juvenile Justice Advisory Council

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

James Anderson (CA)
Western Regional Representative
State Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention


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

Joshua Kuch (FL)
National DMC Coordinator Representative
Disproportionate Minority Contact Coordinator, Office of Prevention and Victim Services, Florida Department of Juvenile Justice