Erin Farley, Ph.D.
Erin J. Farley joined the JRSA staff in May 2015 as a Research Associate working on the Pre-Trial Justice Institute Project. She earned her B.S. in Psychology from Virginia Tech and her Ph.D. in Criminology from the University of Delaware. Prior to working at JRSA Dr. Farley was a Senior Research Associate at the Center for Court Innovation in NYC where she worked on a number of projects including an evaluation of Intelligence Driven Prosecution in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, the Manhattan Mental Health Court, and a randomized trial of an evidence-based assessment protocol in New York City drug courts. She has co-authored reports on indigent defense reforms in Brooklyn, as well as the Adolescent Diversion Program, Judicial Diversion, Improving Courtroom Communication, and the Bronx Family Treatment Court.
Audrey Fleming, B.S.
Accounting and Operations Manager
Audrey joined the JRSA team in October, 2016, and has over 15 years of experience in nonprofit associations. She is responsible for managing all aspects of the financial and administrative operations of the association and provides additional support to the Director of Finance. Audrey holds a Bachelor of Science degree with an accounting concentration from Strayer University.
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.
Laura Gerhard, B.A.
Laura Gerhard joined the JRSA staff in May 2016 as a part-time Program Associate. Laura works as an ETO Systems Administrator on the District of Columbia Reentry Coalition Project and the DC Show Up Stand Out truancy reduction project. Laura is a certified ETO Systems Administrator, advanced ETO Results developer, and has taught several classes on the use of ETO. She earned her B.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia. Prior to joining JRSA, Laura has worked across many industries as a Senior Systems Analyst, Senior Applications Developer, Data Analyst, and Web Designer/Developer.
Susan Howley, J.D.
Susan S. Howley joined the JRSA staff in October 2017 as Project Manager for the Vision 21 Resource Center on Victim Research and Evaluation. She earned her B.A. in International Affairs from Texas Christian University and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. Prior to coming to JRSA, Susan was Director of Public Policy for the National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC). She has more than twenty-six years’ experience with crime victims issues, including analyzing federal and state legislation regarding the rights and interests of crime victims, exploring the capacity of the crime victim services field and identifying needed areas of improvement, exploring the integration of research and practice in victim services and developing recommendations to foster that integration.
Kris Lugo, Ph.D.
Kristina Lugo earned her Ph.D. in Justice, Law and Criminology at American University in 2016 and her MPA from Georgia State University in 2011. She joined JRSA in January 2017 as a Research Associate working on a study of prosecutors' use of state human trafficking statutes and a research design to estimate the costs of crime victimization. Prior to JRSA, Dr. Lugo was a Senior Criminal Justice Research Associate at CSR, Incorporated, where she managed the Performance Measurement Tool for the Office for Victims of Crime. She has worked on diverse research projects, including the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing, organized crime challenges in the Dutch Caribbean, and numerous projects related to human trafficking and violent extremism as a fellow with the National Institute of Justice (NIJ).
Bailey Maryfield, M.S.
Bailey Maryfield joined the JRSA staff in October 2016 as a Research Analyst working on the National Institute of Justice and Bureau of Justice Statistics Methamphetamine Project. She holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice and a M.S. in Criminal Justice and Public Safety from Indiana University-Purdue University of Indianapolis. Prior to working at JRSA, Bailey was a Research Associate with the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, the Statistical Analysis Center for Indiana. She worked on several projects there, including Indiana’s Strategic Plan for the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program.
Stan Orchowsky, Ph.D.
Senior Research Fellow
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.
Roger K. Przybylski, M.S.
Director of Research
Roger K. Przybylski is a consultant and founder of RKC Group, a company that provides applied research, program evaluation and training and technical assistance services to criminal and juvenile justice organizations across the country. Prior to forming RKC Group in 1997, Mr. Przybylski served as associate director for the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, where he directed the agency's research division and the Illinois SAC. He also has served as coordinator of research for the Chicago Police Department, the nation's second largest local law enforcement agency. Mr. Przybylski is a past president of JRSA and former chair of the American Evaluation Association's crime and justice interest group. He has been an adjunct faculty member at Loyola University and the University of Illinois-Chicago, and he currently serves as an instructor for the Michigan State University Smart Suite Researcher Practitioner Fellows Academy.
Jeffrey Sedgwick, Ph.D.
Jeffrey Sedgwick joined JRSA as Executive Director in January 2015, having previously served as Director of the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) and Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs (OJP). Dr. Sedgwick is responsible for the overall management of JRSA, including administrative functions, program development and implementation, and liaison to other national criminal justice organizations. He provides staff support to JRSA's Executive Committee as well as to the Association’s members.
Nichole (Nikki) Thomas
Nicole Thomas joined the JRSA staff in September 2017 as an Administrative Coordinator. She is currently enrolled at the University of the District of Columbia, pursuing an AA Degree in Business Management. She has over 25 years in the Administrative field. Prior to joining the JRSA staff; she worked at the National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) as a Staff Associate. She is a member of the Martha’s Table Child Development Center Healthy Start Program.
Jason Trask, M.S.
Strategic Communication Associate
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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