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 Member Services
Karen Maline has been with the JRSA for over 20 years. As project director for the Information Services and SAC/SJS Support Program, Karen maintains 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, and manages the Association's social media activities. She also manages BJS/JRSA National Conference grant activities. Prior to joining JRSA in 1988, Karen worked for the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and taught middle school history and geography.
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.
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.
Lisa Walbolt Wagner, M.A., M.S.
Lisa Walbolt Wagner manages JRSA's Incident-Based Reporting Resource Center and the Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking Data Resource Center, which are web-based assistance tools for crime analysts and researchers. She also manages both the Juvenile Accountability Block Grants (JABG) Technical Support Center and the JJDP Act Native American Pass-Through Web site, calculating award amounts and providing technical assistance. Lisa has conducted multistate research projects including Improving Crime Data Law Enforcement Surveys, Hate Crime Data Collection in the States, and Developing a NIBRS-Compatible Homicide Database. She holds a master's degree in Justice, Law, and Society and a master's degree in Psychology, both from the American University in Washington, DC.
Carrie Williamson, Ph.D.
Carrie Williamson is a Research Associate at the Justice Research and Statistics Association (JRSA) in Washington, DC. She works with the National Juvenile Justice Evaluation Center (NJJEC) by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, as well as a Bureau of Justice Assistance-funded project examining the use of research evidence and evidence-based practices in the states. Carrie was previously employed by the United States Sentencing Commission in Washington, and worked for the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing during graduate school. She holds a Ph.D. in Crime, Law, and Justice from Pennsylvania State University.
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