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Board

Richard Barnum (Vice President)
Board Certified Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist

Virginia Benzan (President)
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' Asylum Office

Joshua Dohan, Esq.
Director, Youth Advocacy Department, Committee for Public Counsel Services

Penelope Billington Hunt
Porfolio Manager for Community Development Consulting, Eastern Bank

Kalila Jackson-Spieker
Project Associate, RetThink Health

William Lyttle
President, The Key Program, Inc.

Daniel Nakamoto
Executive Director, Mental Health Association of Greater Lowell

Rev. Kim Odom
Co-Pastor, True Vine Church

Christopher J. Perry, Esq.
Consultant, CJP & Associates

Rebecca Pries, LMHC
Co-Chair, Massachusetts Alliance of Juvenile Court Clinic

Jeanne M. Schuster, Esq., CPA (Treasurer)
Executive Director, Exempt Organization Tax Services, Ernst & Young, LLP

Soledad A. Valenciano, Esq.
Revocation Panel Attorney, Youth Advocacy Department, Committee for Public Counsel Services

Stephanie Ward
Vice President, Justice Resource Institute

Susan Wayne (Clerk)
Consultant, Wayne Associates

Dr. Richard Barnum is a board certified child & adolescent psychiatrist. He was Director of the Boston Juvenile Court Clinic for over twenty years. In that capacity, he conducted psychiatric evaluations of thousands of children and families involved in Massachusetts courts, and also provided consultation to the Massachusetts Departments of Mental Health and Youth Services, regarding cases involving complex legal and clinical problems. He played a large role in establishing the Massachusetts statewide system of Juvenile Court Clinics, and helped to train many of the clinicians working in those clinics. He has also provided direct psychiatric treatment for hundreds of children committed to the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services, and has consulted extensively with the US Department of Justice Civil Rights Division regarding psychiatric care provided to incarcerated juveniles in other states. He was formerly an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and is currently affiliated with the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  

Virginia Benzan

Virginia Benzan currently works for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' Asylum Office within the Department of Homeland Security.  Prior to the Asylum Office, Virginia directed the Immigration Clinic at Suffolk University Law School for several years. She also worked as a staff attorney with the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, where she specialized in immigration law and advocated on behalf of low income immigrants. After graduating from Northeastern University School of Law, she practiced privately, focusing primarily in criminal defense and immigration law. She also worked as a Congressional Aide for U.S. Representative Edward J. Markey (D-MA) after graduating from the College of the Holy Cross. She currently resides in Dorchester.

Joshua Dohan

Joshua Dohan, Esq. is the Director of the Youth Advocacy Division (YAD), the only juvenile defender unit of the Massachusetts statewide public defender agency. He is a graduate of Harvard College (1980) and Northeastern University School of Law (1988). Joshua Dohan became a public defender in 1988 and joined YAD, at its inception, as its first staff attorney in 1992 and assumed the role of Director in 1999. Mr. Dohan is a returned Peace Corps volunteer, Ghana (1982-84). He is the 1998 recipient of the Access to Justice Award from the Massachusetts Bar Association. Mr. Dohan is on the Board of Directors of the African American Federation of Greater Boston, a founding Member of the Equal Justice Partnership, a Eureka Fellow, a member of the LeadBoston class of 2001, and a member of the Community Advisory Board of the Institute on Race and Justice.

Penelope Billington Hunt is a Portfolio Manager for Community Development Lending at Eastern Bank, where she underwrites and maintains loan relationships for nonprofit clients, including tax-exempt bonds, Low Income Housing Tax Credit and New Market Tax Credit financing. Penny joined the Community Development Lending group after completing Eastern Bank’s Commercial Credit Analyst training program.  Penny also serves in a volunteer role as co-chair of the Bank’s employee Sustainability Network.

Prior to joining Eastern Bank in June 2012, Penny obtained her MBA from Boston University with a concentration in Public & Nonprofit Management.  Before returning to graduate school, Penny worked for five years at Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, where she staffed the Development, Major Gifts and Governance Committees of the Board of Directors as well as managing stewardship of major donors.  From 2003-2005, Penny worked as a grant administrator for Stopover Services of Newport County, a small nonprofit proving crisis intervention counseling for teens and their families; and also taught job readiness classes to youth.  Penny received a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy and American Institutions from Brown University and is a member of the 2009 class of LeadBoston.

 

Kalila Jackson-Spiekeris a Project Associate at ReThink Health. She began her career working at TeamChild, a Seattle civil legal aid provider that serves youth involved in the juvenile justice system. While there she developed an interest in using research and analysis as a tool for understanding social challenges and opportunities, and went on to get her MPA from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Prior to joining ReThink Health, she worked as an analyst at Root Cause and as a Nonprofit Capacity Building Fellow at Third Sector New England.

William Lyttle

William Lyttle has been President of the Key Program, Inc. since 1977. Bill holds a B.A. in Psychology from Boston University, and a M.Ed. in Leadership and Educational Administration from Worcester State College. He has served in numerous public policy leadership positions including President of the Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers, Chairperson of the Children's League of Massachusetts, and Chairperson of the Trustees of Worcester State College. Bill is a past president and founding member of Citizens for Juvenile Justice and has received many awards for leadership, including the Richard J. Bond Award for Excellence in Human Services.

Dan Nakamoto

Daniel Nakamoto was appointed as Executive Director for the Mental Health Association of Greater Lowell in August 2014. Mr. Nakamoto has extensive senior management experience in public and private health and human services organizations including North American Family Institute, Justice Resource Institute, Executive Office of Health and Human Services and Department of Mental Health. He was a Principle in the development of The Captive Advantage, a group captive insurance company for human services organizations, and co-founder of the Reuse Center of Boston Building Resources.   He received his Bachelor’s in Government from Beloit College and a Masters in Social Planning from the Boston College School of Social Work.

Kim Odom

Rev. Kim Odom was born and raised in Boston, MA.  Kim is married to Ronald D. Odom, Sr., and from their union are five beautiful children. The family resides in Dorchester, MA. Kim serves as co-pastor with her husband, Pastor Ronald Odom, Sr. at True Vine Church in Dorchester. After working 10 years in the Insurance industry, the tragic death of their 13 year old son, Steven, October 4, 2007, to gun violence brought Kim to the work of violence prevention and intervention. In 2013, Kim joined Operation LIPSTICK (Ladies Involved in Putting a Stop to Inner City Killing), as a Field Director, a public health and public safety program of Citizens for Safety addressing the exploitation of women and girls in gun trafficking. In 2008, Kim joined the Boston Public Health Commission's Division of Violence Prevention and served as a Family Support Coordinator with the Violence Intervention Advocacy Program (VIAP) of the Boston Medical Center. Kim has had featured roles in national conferences sponsored by the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention, Office for Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the National Conference of the Children’s Defense Fund, and Mayors Against Illegal Guns. Kim is an avid supporter of the Restorative Justice practice and has participated in the annual Restorative Justice Responsibility Retreat conference at MCI Norfolk prison. Kim now works with her husband honoring their son’s legacy to develop The SPOT for Life.  Kim's activism and advocacy is inspired by one of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s. quotes, "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."

Chris Perry

Christopher J. Perry, Esq. is currently a Consultant for CJP & Associates. Mr. Perry is a member of the board of trustees of the Dedham Country Day School (2002 – present). He is a former member of the board of directors of the Robert F. Kennedy Children's Action Corps (1999 – 2011), and worked with that agency's juvenile court diversion program (DDAP). Mr. Perry was formerly a senior partner at Hale and Dorr LLP, and a senior shareholder at Littler Mendelson, P.C., where he practiced labor and employment law on behalf of management. Mr. Perry graduated from Amherst College and from Harvard Law School, and lives in Wellesley with his family.

Rebecca Pries

Rebecca Pries, LMHC is the Co-Chair of the Massachusetts Alliance of Juvenile Court Clinic. For nearly 40 years, Rebecca served as Executive Director of Adolescent Consultation Services (ACS). ACS operates the Middlesex County Juvenile Court Clinics, which provide a range of diagnostic and therapeutic services for high-risk, court-involved youth and their families. Rebecca has a particular interest in effective treatment responses and delivery of services for youth with mental health and behavior problems. She supervised the clinical work of child psychiatry fellows and graduate student interns placed at the Cambridge Juvenile Court Clinic. She is co-author of the book Kids and the Law: A User's Guide to the Court System, a practical guide to laws and court practices that affect juveniles, currently available in Spanish-English and Khmer-English editions.

Jeanne Schuster

Jeanne M. Schuster, Esq., CPA is an Executive Director at Ernst & Young LLP specializing in tax-exempt organizations. Her experience with tax-exempt organizations includes representation during IRS and state audits, including IRS examinations, mergers and reorganizations of exempt and taxable corporations, applications for exempt status, unrelated business income tax, employment tax, information reporting, and sales tax issues. She is an Adjunct Professor at Suffolk University and teaches a course on Tax-Exempt Organizations. Ms. Schuster is a member of the Boston Bar Association, the Healthcare Financial Management Association Tax Committee and the AIOPA Exempt Organization Tax Resource Panel. Schuster received her B.S. Degree in Accounting from Bentley University, her Juris Doctor from the New England Law, and her LL.M. Degree from Boston University School of Law.

Soledad Valenciano is a lawyer, mother of three and active member of her community. After graduating from Hofstra University School of Law in 1989, she represented the New York City Department of Social Services in protecting children who suffered abuse and neglect. In 1993, she moved to Massachusetts, and throughout the next several years held positions as an Assistant District Attorney for Essex, Middlesex and Suffolk counties. At each position, her assignments were concentrated in domestic violence-related crimes and juvenile matters. Currently she represents youths committed to the Department of Youth Services charged with violating the terms of their release while in the community. In addition, since 2011, she has been working for the John Andrew Mazie Mentoring program as Case Manager, matching at-risk students at Waltham High School with adult mentors. Ms. Valenciano is an outspoken advocate for economic and social justice for the Latino immigrant community in Waltham and sits on the board of the Waltham Alliance to Create Housing (W.A.T.C.H.). She is also a member of the Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) subcommittee of the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee.

Stephanie Ward

Stephanie Ward has been with Justice Resource Institute for 37 years. She developed her expertise in leadership of intensive treatment interventions for some of JRI's and the State's most challenging youth and adults at secure DYS and forensic mental health facilities. She also directed two of JRI's Chapter 766 residential schools for youngsters with special needs and trauma histories for 13 years. As Vice President, she oversees JRI's DYS and DMH intensive services; juvenile court clinics in 3 counties; co-chairs the public policy committee and serves on the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Association of Chapter 766-Approved Private Schools. Stephanie serves on the national advisory board and program committee for the Association of Children's Residential Centers. Stephanie is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who received her B.A. from Holy Cross and M.Ed. from Bridgewater State University. She holds two certificates in non-profit executive management from Suffolk University and Boston University.

Susan Wayne

Susan Wayne is currently Principal at Wayne Associates which she established in 2009. She previously served as President and CEO of Justice Resource Institute for 27 years until 2007 and then consulted to Justice Resource Institute on Program Development until 2010. In 2002, she founded Doc Wayne Athletic League, a therapeutic athletic program for traumatized youth. Before JRI, she served as Deputy Commissioner of DYS, DMH Area Director, and Deputy Commissioner at Massachusetts Department of Community Affairs. She has an AB from Bryn Mawr College and an MSW from Temple School of Social Administration. She has served on numerous government transition teams and task forces, as well as nonprofit Boards including the Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers and the Children’s League and is a past president of both organizations. She has received a number of awards recognizing her leadership in Human Services including the Bond Award of the Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers and a Distinguished Alumna Award from Temple University School of Social Work.