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The Executive Committee is the governing body of the Justice Research and Statistics Association. It is made up of a president, vice president, secretary/treasurer, and three elected delegates.

George Shaler
Research Associate
Maine Statistical Analysis Center
Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy
Muskie School of Public Service
University of Southern Maine

George Shaler is the Senior Research Associate at the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine, which is 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, and offers technical assistance in evaluation capacity building (using a logic model approach) to many Maine non-profits. Mr. Shaler has extensive experience in the application of statistical methods and techniques, and has been on the SAC staff since 2003. He has examined county jail trends, disproportionate minority contact, prison/jail health care issues, and juvenile and adult recidivism analysis, and conducted a community policing program evaluation. Mr. Shaler has co-authored and/or edited numerous SAC reports, including the recent Disproportionate Contact: Youth of Color in Maine's Juvenile Justice System, a winner of the 2015 Douglas Yearwood National Publication Award in the Statistical Analysis/Management category.

Vice President
Jim McDonough, Ph.D.
Virginia Statistical Analysis Center
Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS)

Jim McDonough is the Director of the Virginia SAC, which is located in the Criminal Justice Research Center of the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS). The SAC collects, analyzes, and reports crime and criminal justice data; conducts public safety survey research; forecasts jail inmate populations; and conducts criminal justice program evaluations. It also provides research and data to Virginia government's executive, legislative and courts branches. Recent SAC projects include survey research on school and college campus crime, efforts to improve school/campus safety, and school/campus threat assessment teams; research on crimes involving firearms; and research on prescription drug abuse. Dr. McDonough has been with the SAC/Research Center since 1991. In 1996 he became Director of the Research Center, and in January 2000 became SAC Director. Dr. McDonough received his Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1984, and periodically serves as adjunct faculty at the University.

Danette Buskovick
Manager of the Policy, Planning and Evaluation (PPE) unit
Hennepin County Department of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation (DOCCR)

Danette Buskovick is the Manager of the Policy, Planning and Evaluation (PPE) unit at the Hennepin County Department of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation (DOCCR), the largest community corrections agency in Minnesota. PPE supports the mission of DOCCR by providing evaluation, planning, research, data reporting, facilitation, continuous improvement management and other technical services. PPE staff work on projects that promote evidence based practices within the county. These projects include recidivism, caseload analysis, and validation studies of assessment tools like the YLS/CMI and LSCMI. Policy, Planning and Evaluation collaborates with other components of Hennepin County public safety to provide data for decision making, including the Adult Detention Initiative designed to ensure only those who are public safety risk are detained. The team also provides program evaluation for cognitive behavioral and other evidence-based initiatives. Before working for DOCCR, Danette served as the Minnesota Statistical Analysis Center director for 10 years. In this role she was involved in many aspects of policy and evaluation, particularly the study of human trafficking and other types of crime victimization.

Matt Bileski
Senior Research Analyst
Arizona Criminal Justice Commission

Matthew Bileski is a Senior Research Analyst at the Statistical Analysis Center of the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission. Mr. Bileski works with the state criminal history records and other criminal justice-related data sources to examine trends in the criminal justice system and to assess records quality. He provides technical support in performance measurement to the various programs at the Commission. Mr. Bileski also manages the data collection and web development of Arizona’s Community Data Project, a web-based data dissemination tool for prevention, public health and criminal justice-related information. Mr. Bileski serves as a member of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) Task Force in Arizona and provides research assistance to the Task Force for policy decisions. He is also an active member of the Arizona Injury Prevention Advisory Council. Mr. Bileski received his M.A. in criminology and criminal justice at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and his B.A. in psychology and a B.A. in sociology at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Misty Kifer
Idaho Statistical Analysis Center

Misty M. Kifer is the new Director of the Idaho Statistical Analysis Center (ISAC), housed within the Idaho State Police. Ms. Kifer serves as the Chairperson for Idaho's State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup and serves on Idaho's Criminal Justice Research Alliance. Ms. Kifer started working as a Senior Research Analyst in the ISAC in 2003 while completing her Masters in Criminal Justice Administration from Boise State University, which she received in 2004. Except for a few months as the STOP Violence Against Women Act administrator for the State of Idaho, she has been with the Idaho Statistical Analysis Center for 14 years. Ms. Kifer is an author and co-author of four peer-reviewed journal articles and has produced over 27 research reports published by ISAC. In addition to providing research, program evaluation, and technical assistance to state and local government agencies and community-based organizations, she has been involved in four crime victimization surveys. The major emphasis of Ms. Kifer's research has been on domestic violence, drug trends, juvenile justice, ethics, and finding innovative ways to analyze NIBRS data.

April Pattavina, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Ph.D. Program Director
School of Criminology and Justice Studies
UMass Lowell

Dr. Pattavina is an Associate Professor and the Ph.D. Program Director for the School of Criminology and Justice Studies at UMass Lowell. Her research interests include public safety laws and their influence on local police practices. Current work in this area involves research on the impact of domestic violence laws on the police response to domestic violence. She is also interested in the impact of information and computer technology on the operation of the criminal justice system. Dr. Pattavina has published several articles and book chapters on the subject and is the editor and contributing author of the recent book, Information Technology and the Criminal Justice System. She teaches courses on crime mapping and criminal justice data analysis.

Past President
Lisa Shoaf, Ph.D.
Ohio Statistical Analysis Center
Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS)

Lisa Shoaf, is the Director of the Ohio Statistical Analysis Center. 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.

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