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, the National Racial and Ethnic Disparities Coordinator Representative, and the National Compliance Monitor Representative are elected by Specialists, R/ED Coordinators, and Compliance Monitors 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

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

Tracey L. Wells-Huggins (NJ)
National Vice Chair
New Jersey State Advisory Group Member

Pastor Edward L. Palmer, Sr. (KY)
Immediate Past Chair
Member, Kentucky Juvenile Justice Advisory Board
Mark Hutchinson (MA)
Justice Resource Institute
Barbara Wallace (NJ)
Ethnic & Cultural Diversity Chair
New Jersey Governor's Juvenile Justice and Deliquency Prevention Committee

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

Sarah Henry (OH)
Midwestern Regional Representative
Children's Law Center

Janelle Ridley (MA)
Northeastern Region Chair
Founder of Transition HOPE

Northeast Region Representative 

Chief Tony Jones (FL)
Southern Region Chair
Chief of Police, City of Gainesville
Hasan Davis (KY)
Southern Region Representative

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

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

Jack Martin (NV)
Western Region Representative
Director of Clark County Juvenile Justice Services

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

Anya Sekino (OR)
National Juvenile Justice Specialist
Juvenile Justice Specialist, Oregon State Advisory Group

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 Landwehr (KS)
Government Relations Committee Chair
Juvenile Justice Specialist, Kansas State Advisory Group

Danny Turek (OH)
National Compliance Monitor
Department of Youth Services