SAC Directors Elect JRSA's Executive Committee for 2012-2013

JRSA Forum. December 2012. Volume 30, Number 4.

The 2012-2013 officers of the JRSA Executive Committee were announced at the annual business meeting of state Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) Directors held on October 17. Because there was no annual JRSA conference again this year, the meeting was held as a webinar, and the election of officers was accomplished by mail-in ballots. The officers are Phillip Stevenson (AZ) President; Stephen Haas (WV) Vice President; Carmen Dorsey (ME) Secretary/Treasurer; Lisa Broidy (NM) and Janeena Wing (ID), Delegates; and Jackie Vandercook (TN), Past President. David Olson, Professor, Criminal Justice Department, Loyola University Chicago, will serve again as the delegate appointed by President Stevenson to represent non-SAC members.

Phil Stevenson is serving his second term as President of the Association after serving previously on the board as Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer, and Delegate, as well as on the Association's Training, Technical Assistance, and Technology Committee, the Research Committee, and the Data and Information Sharing Committee. He is the Director of the Arizona Statistical Analysis Center (AZSAC), which serves as the research arm of the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission. Dr. Stevenson is a member and past chair of the Arizona Substance Abuse Partnership Epidemiology Work Group, and is a member of the Children's Action Alliance Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and the Arizona Administrative Office of the Courts Juvenile Justice System Improvement Team. He also serves as Vice Chair of the Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative Privacy and Information Quality Working Group and is a member of the Global Standards Council, which are subcommittees of the Federal Advisory Committee that advises the U.S. Attorney General on justice information sharing and integration initiatives. He is the Co-Chair of Arizona's National Instant Criminal Background Check System Task Force. Since moving to Arizona in 2006, Dr. Stevenson has been recognized by Governors Napolitano and Brewer for his work on substance abuse issues in Arizona and by the United States Attorney's Office, District of Arizona for his work on a statewide reentry initiative. Dr. Stevenson received his bachelor's and master's degrees in sociology from the University of Arizona and his Ph.D. in sociology from Loyola University Chicago.

JRSA's Vice President is Stephen Haas, Director of the West Virginia SAC. Dr. Haas has served as Principal Investigator and Project Director on several state and federally funded research projects and evaluations and 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.

Carmen Dorsey is JRSA's Secretary/ Treasurer. Ms. Dorsey is Director of the Maine SAC, located at the University of Southern Maine's Muskie School of Public Service. She also directs the Muskie School Justice Policy Program, which informs policy development and practice in civil, criminal, and social justice systems in Maine and the nation and provides opportunities for students to learn and apply research skills outside the classroom. Ms. Dorsey has over 20 years of experience working with justice and public welfare policy and practice issues in government, university, and nonprofit settings. She received her law degree from the University of Maine School of Law and bachelor's degree in political science from Wellesley College.

Lisa Broidy, Director of the New Mexico SAC, is a delegate on JRSA's Executive Committee. The New Mexico SAC is housed at the University of New Mexico, where Dr. Broidy also directs the Institute for Social Research and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology. Dr. Broidy's research interests run from theoretical to applied. Her theoretical research focuses particularly on gender differences in the causes and consequences of criminal behavior. Her applied research interests focus on systemic responses to domestic violence and on offender reentry. In addition to serving on JRSA's board, she is an Executive Counselor for the American Society of Criminology.

Janeena Wing, who was elected to her second nonconsecutive term as delegate (she also served from 2008-2009) is the Director of the Statistical Analysis Center in Idaho, which is housed within the Idaho State Police. Her most recent research includes understanding consumption patterns of prescription drugs within Idaho, a police detective personnel allocation study, analysis of domestic violence incidents through court records and police reports, crime on school campuses, and a statewide victimization survey. Ms. Wing received her M.A. in sociology from Idaho State University and is a doctoral candidate through University of the Rockies. She was the recipient in 2010 of the Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Award for State Justice Statistics Achievement.

JRSA's Immediate Past President is Tennessee SAC Director Jackie Vandercook. She is the Statistics Assistant Director with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and serves as the manager of Tennessee's state National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) program. She has worked at TBI since 1991, when she started the SAC. The SAC began implementation of the state NIBRS program in 1996, and achieved NIBRS certification with the FBI in 1998 and 100% statewide reporting in 2000. Ms. Vandercook currently provides support to the Tennessee Fusion System and is the state's point of contact for implementation of the FBI's Law Enforcement National Data Exchange (N-DEx) program. Prior to joining TBI, she worked for six years at the state Department of Correction in the planning and research section. Ms. Vandercook earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Tennessee, and is a past president of the Association of State Uniform Crime Reporting Programs (ASUCRP).

David Olson currently serves as a professor in the Criminal Justice Department at Loyola University Chicago, and as the Research Coordinator for the Cook County Sheriff's Office of Re-entry Policy through an agreement between Loyola and the Sheriff's Office. For nearly 20 years Dr. Olson worked at the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, where he was a Senior Scientist, and directed Illinois' State-wide Drug and Violent Crime Control Strategy Impact Evaluation Program. Dr. Olson served as staff to numerous statewide commissions in Illinois, including the Governor's Task Force on Crime and Corrections, the Legislative Committee on Juvenile Justice, the Truth-in-Sentencing Commission, the Governor's Community Safety and Prisoner Re-Entry Managment Commission, and the Capital Punishment Reform Study Committee. He was recently appointed by the Illinois Governor to separate five-year terms on the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice and the Illinois Department of Corrections Advisory Boards. Dr. Olson received his B.S. in criminal justice from Loyola University Chicago, his M.A. in criminal justice from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and his Ph.D. in political science/public policy analysis from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he was the recipient of the Assistant United States Attorney General's Graduate Research Fellowship.