Dr. Richard Barnum is a board certified child & adolescent psychiatrist. He was Director of the Boston Juvenile Court Clinic for over twenty years. In that capacity, he conducted psychiatric evaluations of thousands of children and families involved in Massachusetts courts, and also provided consultation to the Massachusetts Departments of Mental Health and Youth Services, regarding cases involving complex legal and clinical problems. He played a large role in establishing the Massachusetts statewide system of Juvenile Court Clinics, and helped to train many of the clinicians working in those clinics. He has also provided direct psychiatric treatment for hundreds of children committed to the Massachusetts Deparment of Youth Services, and has consulted extensively with the US Department of Justice Civil Rights Division regarding psychiatric care provided to incarcerated juveniles in other states. He was formerly an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and is currently affiliated with the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Virginia Benzan is currently a Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor of Law at Suffolk University Law School teaching in the Immigration Law Clinic. Prior to teaching, Virginia was a staff attorney with the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, where she specialized in immigration law and advocated on behalf of low income immigrants. After graduating from Northeastern University School of Law, she practiced privately, focusing primarily in criminal defense and immigration law. She also worked as a Congressional Aide for U.S. Representative Edward J. Markey (D-MA) after graduating from the College of the Holy Cross. She currently resides in Dorchester.
Joshua Dohan, Esq. is the Director of the Youth Advocacy Division (YAD), the only juvenile defender unit of the Massachusetts statewide public defender agency. He is a graduate of Harvard College (1980) and Northeastern University School of Law (1988). Joshua Dohan became a public defender in 1988 and joined YAD, at its inception, as its first staff attorney in 1992 and assumed the role of Director in 1999. Mr. Dohan is a returned Peace Corps volunteer, Ghana (1982-84). He is the 1998 recipient of the Access to Justice Award from the Massachusetts Bar Association. Mr. Dohan is on the Board of Directors of the African American Federation of Greater Boston, a founding Member of the Equal Justice Partnership, a Eureka Fellow, a member of the LeadBoston class of 2001, and a member of the Community Advisory Board of the Institute on Race and Justice.
Charles J. Faris serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Spectrum Health Systems, Inc. With more than 30 years of experience in the field of addiction treatment, Mr. Faris is regarded as one of the most authoritative experts in the administration of behavioral health care programming. His appointments have included Chairman of the Central Massachusetts Substance Abuse Association and President of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association of Massachusetts. He is also the 1991 recipient of the National Nyswander Dole Award for Outstanding Contribution to Methadone Treatment and the Francis O'Brien Award for Leadership in the Field of Substance Abuse.
James Houghton is currently Chairman of Market Street Trust Company, a fully integrated investment advisory and wealth management firm serving families and high net worth individuals. Prior to Market Street, James was a general partner with Megunticook Management, an early stage venture firm focused on communications and technology investments. Prior to Megunticook, James held several management positions with Corning Inc., a specialty glass and ceramics manufacturer, and began his professional career as an investment banker with JP Morgan in New York and London. In addition to serving on several corporate boards, James has been involved with many non-profit boards, with a particular focus on education and children at risk. He is currently a Trustee of St. Paul's School, an Overseer at Shady Hill School and a Trustee of the Corning Museum of Glass. James was a founder and is currently a director and treasurer of The Triangle Fund, a foundation focused on children at risk in western New York State. James was also the co-founder and co-editor of the Good Men Project, a multi-media project focused on telling the defining stories of a diverse group of men. James received his AB from Harvard College in 1986 and lives with his wife and two daughters in Boston.
Alan Kamin served for 20 years in Phoenix as a State of Arizona Superior Court judge. During that service, he rotated, as was customary, between various court calendars, including civil, criminal, family and juvenile (delinquency and dependency, involving abused and neglected children). Before his appointment to the bench, he served as an Arizona Assistant Attorney General representing the State’s educational and welfare agencies, including the Arizona agency that intervened when children were abused and neglected. Before he joined the Attorney General’s Office, he practiced primarily tax and corporate law. He is a graduate of M.I.T. and Stanford Law School, and has resided in Brookline with his wife since moving from Phoenix in 2007.
William Lyttle has been President of the Key Program, Inc. since 1977. Bill holds a B.A. in Psychology from Boston University, and a M.Ed. in Leadership and Educational Administration from Worcester State College. He has served in numerous public policy leadership positions including President of the Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers, Chairperson of the Children's League of Massachusetts, and Chairperson of the Trustees of Worcester State College. Bill is a past president and founding member of Citizens for Juvenile Justice and has received many awards for leadership, including the Richard J. Bond Award for Excellence in Human Services.
Christopher J. Perry, Esq. is a partner at Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton, P.C., where he is
a member of the firm's labor and employment practice group. Mr. Perry is currently a member
of the board of trustees of the Dedham Country Day School (2002 – present). He is a former
member of the board of directors of the Robert F. Kennedy Children's Action Corps (1999 –
2011), and worked with that agency's juvenile court diversion program (DDAP). Mr. Perry was
formerly a senior partner at Hale and Dorr LLP, and a senior shareholder at Littler Mendelson,
P.C., where he practiced labor and employment law on behalf of management. Mr. Perry
graduated from Amherst College and from Harvard Law School, and lives in Wellesley with his
Rebecca Pries, LMHC serves as Executive Director of Adolescent Consultation Services (ACS). ACS operates the Middlesex County Juvenile Court Clinics, which provide a range of diagnostic and therapeutic services for high-risk, court-involved youth and their families. Rebecca has a particular interest in effective treatment responses and delivery of services for youth with mental health and behavior problems. She supervises the clinical work of child psychiatry fellows and graduate student interns placed at the Cambridge Juvenile Court Clinic. She is co-author of the book Kids and the Law: A User's Guide to the Court System, a practical guide to laws and court practices that affect juveniles, currently available in Spanish-English and Khmer-English editions.
Nichelle D. Sadler is Director of Youth Promise at United Teen Equality Center (UTEC) in Lowell, MA. Raised in Boston, she actively participated in Boston’s local community centers throughout her youth. Following college, she joined the staff of Boston Community Centers’ Streetworker program where she worked with high-risk youth at a very difficult time for the city when crime among youth was high. Nichelle was formerly the Boston Area Director for Robert F.
Kennedy Children's Action Corps, where she oversaw two community based programs. Nichelle’s experience at Youth Opportunity Boston, along with her experience at the RFK Children’s Action Corps and UTEC, provides her with the kind of leadership and experience that is needed to undertake community initiatives serving high risk youth.
Jeanne M. Schuster, Esq., CPA is a senior tax manager at Ernst & Young LLP specializing in tax-exempt organizations. Her experience with tax-exempt organizations includes representation during IRS and state audits, including IRS CEP examinations, mergers and reorganizations of exempt and taxable corporations, applications for exempt status, unrelated business income tax, employment tax, information reporting, and sales tax issues. She is an Adjunct Professor at Suffolk University and teaches a course on Tax-Exempt Organizations. Ms. Schuster is a member of the American Bar Association, Boston Bar Association, and Massachusetts Bar Association. She is also a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association Tax Committee. Schuster received her B.S. Degree in Accounting from Bentley College, her Juris Doctor from the New England School of Law, and her LL.M. Degree from Boston University School of Law.
Edward M. Stern, Esq., President of CfJJ from 2001-2003, began his involvement representing juveniles in Massachusetts as a staff attorney at the Boston Legal Assistance Project/Juvenile Court Advocacy Program. From there he moved on to the Legal Counsel for Treatment Alternative to Street Crime for Juveniles at the Youth Activities Committee for the City of Boston. He has been teaching juvenile delinquency and criminal and juvenile justice classes with internships at the University of Massachusetts at Boston for the past 29 years. Presently, most of his time is split between the private practice of law and academic interests. He writes a regular column in The New England Psychologist (formerly The Massachusetts Psychologist) covering a number of juvenile issues in several of the articles.
Scott Taberner has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership (MBHP) since October 2005. MBHP manages the behavioral health care of more than 300,000 MassHealth members, including 20,000 children in the care and custody of the Department of Social Services, and more than 2,500 youth committed to the Department of Youth Services. Previously, Mr. Taberner was the Chief Financial Officer at MBHP for three years. Prior to joining MBHP, Mr. Taberner worked within state government for 21 years, including 13 years in various positions at the Department of Youth Services. Mr. Taberner received his B.A. from Assumption College and earned his Masters in Public Administration at the University of Massachusetts.
Soledad Valenciano is a lawyer, mother of three and active member of her community. After graduating from Hofstra University School of Law in 1989, she represented the New York City Department of Social Services in protecting children who suffered abuse and neglect. In 1993, she moved to Massachusetts. and throughout the next several years held positions as an Assistant District Attorney for Essex, Middlesex and Suffolk counties. At each position, her assignments were concentrated in domestic violence-related crimes and juvenile matters. Currently she represents youths committed to the Department of Youth Services charged with violating the terms of their release while in the community. In addition, since 2011, she has been working for the John Andrew Mazie Mentoring program as Case Manager, matching at-risk students at Waltham High School with adult mentors. Ms. Valenciano is an outspoken advocate for economic and social justice for the Latino immigrant community in Waltham and sits on the board of the Waltham Alliance to Create Housing (W.A.T.C.H.). She is also a member of the Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) subcommittee of the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee.
Susan Wayne is currently Principal at Wayne Associates which she established in 2009. She previously served as President and CEO of Justice Resource Institute for 27 years until 2007 and then consulted to Justice Resource Institute on Program Development until 2010. In 2002, she founded Doc Wayne Athletic League, a therapeutic athletic program for traumatized youth. Before JRI, she served as Deputy Commissioner of DYS, DMH Area Director, and Deputy Commissioner at Massachusetts Department of Community Affairs. She has an AB from Bryn Mawr College and an MSW from Temple School of Social Administration. She has served on numerous government transition teams and task forces, as well as non-profit Boards including the Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers and the Children’s League and is a past president of both organizations. She has received a number of awards recognizing her leadership in Human Services including the Bond Award of the Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers and a Distinguished Alumna Award from Temple University School of Social Work.