Joan C. Weiss, M.S.W.
Joan Weiss is responsible for the overall management of JRSA, including administrative functions, program development, and implementation, and serves as liaison to other national criminal justice organizations. She provides staff support to an Executive Committee as well as to the Association members. Joan has been the JRSA Executive Director since August 1990, and served previously for five and a half years as the Executive Director of the National Institute Against Prejudice and Violence in Baltimore, Maryland. She has extensive experience in project management, training, research, and conference development, and has served as a consultant on intergroup relations and hate crimes to local, state, and federal agencies. She holds an MSW from the University of Maryland at Baltimore.
Shawn Flower, Ph.D.
Shawn M. Flower joined the JRSA staff in May 2012 as a part-time Research Associate working on the National Juvenile Justice Evaluation Center. She earned her undergraduate, M.A., and Ph.D. degrees at University of Maryland, College Park. As a graduate student, she conducted process and outcome evaluations on prevention interventions for at-risk youth. Since completing her Ph.D. in 2007, Shawn has been the Principal Researcher of Choice Research Associates, focusing on issues of prisoner re-entry, female offenders, community corrections, and program evaluations that employ rigorous methodologies. She is a consultant with the National Institute of Corrections Women Offender Initiative, Montgomery County Department of Correction and Rehabilitation, and serves as Chair of the State of Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services Women Offender Management Workgroup.
Karen F. Maline
Director of Communications and Member Services
Karen Maline has been with the JRSA for over 25 years. As project director for the SAC/SJS Technical Assistance Program, Karen maintains the InfoBase of State Activities and Research (ISAR), tracks and reports on federal legislation that may impact state justice research and data collection efforts, produces content for JRSA's newsletters and Website, manages the Association's social media activities, and helps to plan and implement skill-building webinars for the SACs and other justice professionals. Prior to joining JRSA in 1988, Karen worked for the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and taught middle school.
Nancy Michel, M.A.
Director of Publications
Nancy Michel manages and copyedits JRSA's peer-reviewed journal and quarterly newsletter, and oversees the publication process for JRSA reports and conference materials. Joining JRSA in 1997, Nancy has experience editing books, journals, newsletters, and newspapers, and writing articles on a variety of topics for daily and biweekly newspapers. She holds a master's degree in English from Columbia University.
Jaime Michel, Ph.D.
Jaime Michel, Ph.D. joined JRSA in September of 2014. Dr. Michel has worked primarily in and/or on issues related to the juvenile justice system for the past 10 years, with her work cutting across the direct service, research and policy arenas. After working as a Social Worker in San Francisco’s Public Defenders’ Office, Juvenile Division she pursued a doctorate in Community Psychology from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville (UVA). She received her Ph.D. in 2013, with much of her research focused on adolescence, delinquency and the juvenile justice system. At JRSA, she will work on the National Juvenile Justice Evaluation Center, as well as other JRSA projects.
Stan Orchowsky, Ph.D.
Director of Research
Stan Orchowsky provides research expertise to the SACs and coordinates JRSA multistate criminal justice research projects. Dr. Orchowsky has over 30 years' experience in criminal justice research, policy development, and program evaluation. He has taught numerous classes on research methods and performance measurement. Stan formerly served as Evaluation Section Chief for the Virginia Statistical Analysis Center at the Department of Criminal Justice Services.
Jason Trask, M.S.
Jason Trask joined Justice Research and Statistics Association in October 2000. In that time he has worked on a variety of data collection and program evaluation projects, including the Weed and Seed Data Center Project and the Bureau of Justice Assistance Center for Program Evaluation and Performance Measurement Project. In addition, Jason has participated in various research projects, trainings, and presentations related to performance measurement and data collection. He holds a master's degree in Justice, Law, and Society from American University.
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