New JRSA Executive Committee Takes Helm for 2013-2014
The state Statistical Analysis Center directors elected officers to serve on the JRSA Executive Committee for 2013-2014. The election was carried out using mail-in ballots and the results were announced at the JRSA annual business meeting held on October 9 by webinar. The officers are: Stephen Haas, Ph.D. (WV), President; Janeena Wing (ID), Vice President; Lisa Shoaf, Ph.D. (OH), Secretary/Treasurer; Danette Buskovick (MN) and Mark Myrent (IL), Delegates; and Phillip Stevenson, Ph.D. (AZ), Past President. In addition to the elected Executive Committee members, the JRSA president appoints a delegate who is not a SAC director to represent the broader community of members. President Haas announced that Roger Przybylski, President of RKC Group in Lakewood, Colorado, will serve as Appointed Delegate.
JRSA's new President, Stephen Haas, is Director of the West Virginia SAC. He has served as principal investigator and project director on several state and federally funded research projects and evaluations. He has published numerous research reports and academic papers on various topics in the field of criminology and criminal justice education, and earlier this year he guest-edited an issue of Justice Research and Policy that focused on evidence-based decision making in community corrections. His recent work centers 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 recipient of the Bureau of Justice Statistics' G. Paul Sylvestre Award 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.
Idaho SAC Director Janeena Wing is JRSA's new Vice President. Her recent research includes a study of consumption patterns of prescription drugs in Idaho, a police detective personnel allocation study, analysis of domestic violence incidents through court records and police reports, an analysis of crime on school campuses, and a statewide victimization survey. Ms. Wing received her M.A. in sociology from Idaho State University and is working on a doctoral degree at the 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 Secretary/Treasurer is Lisa Shoaf, Director of the Ohio SAC. As SAC Director she facilitates access to criminal justice statistics and generates 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 and the Deaths in Custody Reporting Program. Most 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.
Danette Buskovick, Director of the Minnesota SAC, is an Executive Committee Delegate. Ms. Buskovick is the Director of Training, Research and Communications at the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Justice Programs. Her research experience includes multiple recidivism studies for the state of Minnesota, an analysis of juvenile substance abuse and interventions in Minnesota, and numerous program evaluations, including youth intervention and reentry programs. She is also responsible for completing the biennial statewide report on human trafficking for the Minnesota Legislature. Ms. Buskovick was lead staff to the statewide task force on trafficking between 2006 and 2011 and currently serves on the task force's steering committee. She recently completed a year-long process to develop a victim-centered, trauma-informed statewide model to identify and serve juvenile sex trafficking victims and youth at risk for sexual exploitation. Ms. Buskovick has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of St. Thomas, and a Master of Social Work in community practice from the University of Minnesota.
Mark Myrent, Director of the Illinois SAC, is an Executive Committee Delegate. Mr. Myrent serves as Associate Director for the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, where he oversees the Research and Analysis Unit. He previously worked as research director for the Cook County Juvenile Court, conducting studies of juvenile detention alternatives and mental health screening of court-involved youth. Prior to that, he worked for more than 20 years at the Authority as a senior research analyst and Illinois Integrated Justice Information System (IIJIS) project manager. He is the author of numerous publications on criminal justice strategic planning, juvenile justice trends, disproportionate minority contact, computerized access to criminal history records, victim assistance programs, and jail crowding. Mr. Myrent has served as an adjunct faculty member at the Chicago campuses of both Loyola University and the University of Illinois.
After serving in every office on the Executive Committee, Phillip Stevenson is now the Immediate Past President of JRSA. He is the Director of the Arizona Statistical Analysis Center (AZSAC), which serves as the research arm of the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission and contributes to statewide policy development and practice by providing statistical research and analyses of Arizona's criminal and juvenile justice systems. 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 counsels the U.S. Attorney General on justice information sharing and integration initiatives. In 2012 he became Co-Chair of Arizona's National Instant Criminal Background Check System Task Force. 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.
Roger Przybylski is the Appointed Non-SAC Delegate to the Board. He is a consultant and founder of RKC Group, a private company that provides applied research, program evaluation, and training and technical assistance services to public, private, and nonprofit organizations working in the criminal and juvenile justice communities. Prior to forming RKC Group in 1997, Mr. Przybylski served as associate director of the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, where he directed the Authority's research division. He also 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, current chairman of the American Evaluation Association's crime and justice interest group, and a member of the Colorado Implementation Collaborative, a researcher-practitioner partnership focused on the use of implementation science in evidence-based initiatives. Mr. Przybylski recently authored the publication, What Works: Effective Recidivism Reduction and Risk-Focused Prevention Programs, and served as guest-editor for a special issue of Justice Research and Policy focused on evidence-based policy and practice. His recent consulting work includes projects for the Institute of Intergovernmental Research, the North Carolina Governor's Crime Commission, the Arizona problem-solving courts conference, the West Virginia Division of Justice and Community Services, and several U.S. Department of Justice initiatives, including the SMART Office Sex Offender Management Assessment and Planning Initiative.