Advisory Boards

Vera created two advisory boards to ensure that the Status Offense Reform Center (SORC) both meets the needs of policymakers and practitioners in the field and incorporates the voices of young people and families with firsthand system experience. The National Advisory Board is comprised of experts with knowledge of the systems that serve young people charged with status offenses and the unique challenges that jurisdictions face when setting out on reform efforts, while the Community Advisory Board (CAB) is comprised of young people and families who have been personally impacted by the status offense system and offers helpful feedback on how best to engage youth and families in the reform process.  Both boards provide valuable insights and reflections about how to make SORC’s resources and tools comprehensive, engaging, and accessible to practitioners and policymakers in the field. We are grateful for their help.

National Advisory Board members

Meda Chesney-Lind
Professor, Women’s Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Area of expertise: girls and the juvenile justice system

Joseph J. Cocozza
Founder and Director, National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice (NCMHJJ)
Area of expertise: mental health and the juvenile justice system

David Esquith
Director, Office of Safe and Healthy Students, United States Department of Education
Area of expertise: school-based youth interventions

Hannah Gold
Project Coordinator, Center for Children & Youth Justice
Area of expertise: truancy reform efforts

Patricia Koch
Judge, Ninth Judicial District Court
Area of expertise: community-based status offense system reform

Dee Richter
Executive Director, Florida Network of Youth & Family Services
Area of expertise: community-based status offense system reform; needs of runaway and substance-abusing youth

Liane Rozzell
Former Executive Director, Families and Allies of Virginia’s Youth
Area of expertise: juvenile justice reform advocacy; community-based alternatives; family engagement

Macon Stewart
Program Manager, Center for Juvenile Justice Reform
Area of expertise: juvenile justice reform technical assistance  

John A. Tuell
Co-Director, Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps
Area of expertise: juvenile justice reform

Rick Velasquez
Executive Director, Youth Outreach Services
Area of expertise: community-based youth interventions

Marie N. Williams
Deputy Executive Director, Coalition for Juvenile Justice
Area of expertise: policy-based status offense system reform