JRSA 2013-2014 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Stephen M. Haas, Ph.D.
West Virginia Statistical Analysis Center
Office of Research and Strategic Planning Justice Center for Evidence Based Practice
JRSA's President is Stephen Haas, Director of the West Virginia SAC. He has served as Principal Investigator and Project Director on several state and federally funded research projects and evaluations and has published numerous research reports and academic papers on various topics in the field of criminology and criminal justice education. His recent work centered on the use of core correctional practices in offender reentry; the deterrent capacity of media awareness campaigns designed to reduce gun crime, gun availability, and violent crime; the statistical accuracy of crime statistics; racial profiling; and the use of the Level of Service Inventory-Revised (LSI-R) in effective reentry case planning. Dr. Haas is a former G. Paul Sylvestre Award recipient and is a nationally recognized consultant and Master Trainer on the Level of Service/Case Management Inventory (LS/CMI). He holds a B.A. in psychology and political science from The Ohio State University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati.
Illinois Statistical Analysis Center
Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority
Mark Myrent, Director of the Illinois SAC, is JRSA's Vice President. Mr. Myrent serves as Associate Director for the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, where he oversees the Research and Analysis Unit. He previously worked as Research Director for the Cook County Juvenile Court, conducting studies of juvenile detention alternatives and mental health screening of court-involved youth. Prior to that, he worked for more than 20 years at the Authority as a senior research analyst and Illinois Integrated Justice Information System (IIJIS) project manager. He is the author of numerous publications on criminal justice strategic planning, juvenile justice trends, disproportionate minority contact, computerized access to criminal history records, victim assistance programs, and jail crowding. He has also served as an adjunct faculty member at the Chicago campuses of both Loyola University and the University of Illinois.
Lisa Shoaf, Ph.D.
Ohio Statistical Analysis Center
Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS)
JRSA'a Secretary/Treasurer is Lisa Shoaf, Director of the Ohio SAC. Her primary responsibilities as SAC Director are to facilitate access to criminal justice statistics and generate statistical reports and publications. Dr. Shoaf has collaborated with multiple state and federal agencies on information sharing projects such as the National Violent Death Reporting System, the Death in Custody Reporting Program, and the Governor's Cabinet Opiate Action Team. More recently, she and her colleagues have been involved in a multi-city effort to implement a crime reduction initiative based on the Boston Ceasefire strategy. Dr. Shoaf has also been heavily involved in the development of the Ohio Consortium of Crime Science, an association of researchers from across Ohio who work to provide evidence-based solutions to the real-world problems faced by local criminal justice agencies.
Minnesota Statistical Analysis Center
Minnesota Office of Justice Programs
Danette Buskovick, Director of the Minnesota SAC, is a delegate on JRSA's Executive Committee. Ms. Buskovick is the Director of Training, Research and Communications in the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Justice Programs. Her research experience includes multiple recidivism studies for the state of Minnesota, an analysis of juvenile substance abuse and interventions in Minnesota, and numerous program evaluations, including youth intervention and reentry programs. Currently she is responsible for completing the biennial statewide report on human trafficking for the Minnesota Legislature. Ms. Buskovick was also lead staff to the statewide task force on trafficking between 2006 and 2011 and currently serves on the task force's steering committee. She just completed a year-long process to develop a victim-centered, trauma-informed statewide model to identify and serve juvenile sex trafficking victims and youth at risk for sexual exploitation. Ms. Buskovick has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of St. Thomas, and a Master of Social Work in community practice from the University of Minnesota.
Washington Statistical Analysis Center
Washington Office of Financial Management
Thea Mounts is a Senior Forecasting and Research Manager at the Washington State Office of Financial Management and has also been the Director of the Washington Statistical Analysis Center since 2007. In her 25 years with the state of Washington, she has worked in social services, health and criminal justice forecasting and research. Her research includes studies on violent crime in schools, the impact of substance abuse on criminal justice and public health, and differential county prison and jail utilization in Washington. She holds a master's degree in Sociology/Demography from the University of Washington and a bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Colgate University.
Maine Statistical Analysis Center
Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy
Muskie School of Public Service
University of Southern Maine
George Shaler is Senior Research Associate at the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine located in Portland. In addition, he is the Director of the Maine Statistical Analysis Center (SAC), which is housed at the Muskie School. His primary research and evaluation interests are justice and public health issues and how these topics are intertwined. He provides program evaluation and consultation services to state and local government agencies as well as community-based organizations. He provides technical assistance in evaluation capacity building (using a logic model approach) to many Maine non-profits. He has extensive experience in the application of statistical methods and techniques, and has been with the SAC staff since 2003.
Mr. Shaler has worked on criminal history records, county jail trends, disproportionate minority contact, prison/jail health care issues, community policing program evaluation, and juvenile and adult recidivism analysis. Mr. Shaler has been a co-author or editor on numerous SAC reports. More recently, Mr. Shaler served as a co-author and editor of the 2014 Maine Crime and Justice Data Book, a report that was produced under the FY 2012 SAC grant.
Consultant and Founder
RKC Group Consulting Services
Roger Przybylski is a consultant and founder of RKC Group, a private company that provides applied research, program evaluation, and related training and technical assistance services to organizations working on public safety issues. Prior to forming RKC Group in 1997, Mr. Przybylski served as associate director for the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, where he directed the agency's research division and the Illinois SAC. He also has served as coordinator of research for the Chicago Police Department, the nation's second largest local law enforcement agency. Mr. Przybylski is a past president of the Justice Research and Statistics Association and current chairman of the American Evaluation Association's crime and justice interest group. He's held adjunct faculty positions in academia and served as staff to the Illinois Legislative Commission on Juvenile Justice, the Governor's Commission on Gangs in Illinois, and the Illinois Task Force on Crime and Corrections. Mr. Przybylski recently authored the publication, What Works: Effective Recidivism Reduction and Risk-Focused Prevention Programs, and he served as guest editor for the 2012 special issue of the Justice Research and Policy journal which focused on evidence-based policy and practice. His recent consulting work includes projects for the Colorado Department of Public Safety, the Multnomah County (OR) Public Safety Coordinating Council, the Tennessee Targeted Community Crime Reduction initiative, and the U.S. Department of Justice, SMART Office Sex Offender Management Assessment and Planning Initiative.
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