Director of Finance
Sandy Dayton has over 20 years of financial and administrative experience in nonprofit associations. She oversees the areas of finance, budget, accounting operations, human resources, payroll, audit, reporting and compliance, and conference logistics.
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 Communications and Member Services
Karen Maline has been with the JRSA for over 25 years. As project director for the SAC/SJS Technical Assistance Program, Karen maintains the 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, manages the Association's social media activities, and helps to plan and implement skill-building webinars for the SACs and other justice professionals. Prior to joining JRSA in 1988, Karen worked for the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and taught middle school.
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.
Ajima Olaghere, M.A.
Ajima Olaghere joined the JRSA staff in 2013 as a part-time Research Associate. Ajima is also currently a Ph.D. candidate in Criminology, Law and Society at George Mason University and is in the final stages of completing her dissertation Everyday Activities that Bind Crime and Crime Concentrations: Investigating the Process of Routine Activities at Specific Places. She has worked and continues to work in the area of systematic reviews on research questions related to juvenile justice and the impact of prison confinement conditions on mental health. Aside from her research work, her other research interests include correctional education, rehabilitation, and reentry.
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.
Jeffrey Sedgwick, Ph.D.
Jeffrey Sedgwick 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. He provides staff support to an Executive Committee as well as to the Association members. Dr. Sedgwick has been the JRSA Executive Director since January 2015, and recently served as the Chair of the National Research Council's Panel on Modernizing the Nation's Crime Statistics and co-founded Keswick Advisors, a statistical analysis and policy evaluation consulting firm in Richmond Virginia. He was confirmed by the Senate as Director of the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) in April 2006, and in January 2008, he was named acting Assistant Attorney General (AAG) for the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) in addition to the BJS directorship. He has a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Kenyon College, a master's degree in Public Administration and Public Policy from the University of Virginia (UVA), and a Ph.D. in Government and Public Affairs, also from UVA.
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.
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