The Honorable Keith Starrett (Chairman) - Mississippi

U.S. District Judge

*Federal Drug Court Judge. Pioneered Drug Courts in Mississippi as a state judge. A champion for Federal Drug Courts among U.S. Court Judges and Magistrates.

The Honorable Ruben G. Reyes (Vice Chair) - Texas

Lubbock County Adult Drug Court Judge

*I love what Drug Courts represent – HOPE.  Witnessing the impact Drug Courts have on individuals and their families is worth all the hard work when you hear statements like:  “Judge, thank you for giving me my son back.”

The Honorable Jeffrey S. Bagley - Georgia

Chief Superior Court Judge - Bell-Forsyth Circuit, Cumming, Georgia

*Presides over felony Drug Court since 2004.  Vice-chair of Judicial Council of Georgia Standing Committee on Drug Courts.  Promotes effectiveness of Drug Courts through speaking engagements; recognized for recent publication on judicial independence in Drug Courts.

The Honorable Michael J. Barrasse - Pennsylvania

Judge - 45th Judicial District

*Presides over the administration of the Criminal docket and the handling of Treatment Courts (Adult, Family, D.U.I., Veterans and Co-occurring).  Faculty for National Judicial College and also served as a member of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Advisory Board on Adult Treatment Courts. Presently a Judicial Fellow for NDCI, teaching on the various aspects of Problem Solving courts, member of the NDCI Veterans Curriculum Committee.

The Honorable Rogelio Flores - California

Superior Court Judge

*Adult and Juvenile Drug Court Judge as well as a Mental Health Court Judge.  Champions Drug Courts throughout the Americas and is currently working on team to start Drug Courts in Mexico.

Hon. Evert N. Fowle - Maine

District Court Judge

*In 2004, Justice Nancy Mills, District Attorney Fowle and others began designing New England’s first Co-Occurring Disorders Court.  This Court was established on July 1, 2005 and has been working with felony offenders with mental illness and drug dependence.  This Court has been very successful and efforts are underway to establish similar courts within the State of Maine. 

The Honorable Richard Gebelein - Delaware

Acting Attorney General & Chief Deputy Attorney General

*Currently Chief Deputy Attorney General of Delaware.  A former Superior Court Judge from Delaware, who has previously served as Attorney General of Delaware and as an International Judge on the State Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The Honorable Pamela Gray - District of Columbia

Magistrate Judge - Superior Court of the District of Columbia

*District of Columbia Superior Court. Family Treatment Court Presiding Judge since 2005.  Former Deputy Director of the District of Columbia Public Defender Service (PDS) and former PDS trial attorney.

The Honorable Bob Helfrich - Mississippi

Circuit Judge, 12th Judicial District

*Former public defender and prosecutor elected Circuit Judge on a platform stressing the need for Drug Courts. Established the Forrest/Perry County Adult Drug and DUI Court program in 2003.

Dr. Scott W. Henggeler - South Carolina

Director, Family Services Research Center, Medical University of South Carolina

*Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina and Director of the Family Services Research Center

Domingo Herriaz - Virginia

Director, Government & Enterprise Funding - Motorola Solutions, Inc.

Earl Hightower - California


*Worked on the front lines of addiction and recovery for almost 30 years. The unique perspective that only behavioral health intervention work can offer caused Earl to recognize that the greatest gap in addiction services was during the first 60 day

Mary Kay Hudson - Indiana

Director of Court Services

*Served as a local Drug Court coordinator from 2008 – 2002. Since 2002, Mary Kay has served as Indiana’s statewide coordinator for Drug Courts and other problem-solving courts. Current duties include assisting courts with planning and implementing Drug Court and other problem-solving courts. 

Mack Jenkins - California

Chief Probation Officer of San Diego County Probation Department

*Worked in the criminal justice field for more than 33 years.  As a criminal justice consultant has developed special supervision programs for domestic violence and sex offenders, and has worked extensively in the area of Drug Courts and collaborative justice programs.

Chief Russell B. Laine - Illinois

Chief of Police, Algonquin Police Department

*Served as President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Member of the DWI Court Task Force. Instructor in ethics and police administration training programs. Licensed attorney in Illinois.

The Honorable Leonia J. Lloyd - Michigan

Presiding Drug Treatment Court Judge, 36th District Court

*Presiding Drug Court Judge of the 36th District Court of Detroit, Michigan, Judge Lloyd and her late sister were the country’s first twin judges to sit on the same bench at the same time.

The Honorable Stephen Manley - California

Superior Court Judge - San Jose, CA

The Honorable Melanie G. May (Emeritus) - Florida

Chief Judge, Fourth District Court of Appeals

*State Court of Appeals Judge. Former Judge of the Broward County (FL) Drug Court for six years. The largest Drug Court in the nation (2,300 participants). An early national Drug Court pioneer.

General Barry R. McCaffrey, USA (Ret) - Virginia

President, BR McCaffrey Associates, LLC

*Four-Star General, former Director of White House Office National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). Highly distinguished military and professional career - for full bio click here.

Connie Payne - Kentucky

Administrative Office of the Courts

*Statewide Drug Court Administrator

The Honorable Louis J. Presenza (Emeritus) - Pennsylvania

Presiding Judge of Philadelphia Treatment Court (retired)

Prior to his retirement, Judge Presenza spent 27 years on the Bench. He was President Judge of the Philadelphia Municipal Court for ten years, presiding judge of the Philadelphia Treatment Court for twelve years and President of the Pennsylvania Association of Drug Court Professionals for four years. Judge Presenza also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the NADCP.

The Honorable Robert G. Rancourt - Minnesota

Minnesota District Court Judge

*Implemented and presided over a Juvenile Drug Court.  Co-Chair of Minnesota’s Drug Court Initiative Advisory Committee.  

Lynn Pride Richardson - Texas

Chief Public Defender - Dallas County

*Heads the Public Defender’s Office in Dallas, Texas. She has been involved with the planning, implementation and staffing of most of the Dallas County Specialty and Problem Solving Courts including Drug, Mental Health, Prostitution and Veterans Court.

The Honorable Robert Russell (Emeritus) - New York

Buffalo City Drug Court

*Presides over the First Veterans Treatment Court in the nation.  Presides  over one of the largest Drug Courts in the nation (1,000 participants) since 1995.  An early Drug Court and Veterans Treatment Court pioneer.

The Honorable John Schwartz (Emeritus) - New York

Supervising Judge

*Created the First Drug Court in New York. First state to have a Drug Court in every county. First Drug Court to develop a separate track for veterans. Instrumental in the 2009 repeal of the  New York Rockefeller Drug Laws.

The Honorable Charles B. Simmons - South Carolina

Special Circuit Court Judge for the 13th Judicial Circuit

*Serves by designation of the South Carolina Supreme Court as a Special Circuit Court Judge for the 13th Judicial Circuit and as the Judge for the 13th Circuit Adult Drug Court. Also served as past Chairman of NADCP and South Carolina’s Drug Court Assoc.

The Honorable Jeff Tauber (President Emeritus for Life) (ret.) - California

Judge Sitting on Assignment

A Drug Court Pioneer (Oakland Drug Court,1990); founder and first President of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP), the National Drug Court Institute (NDCI), the California Drug Court Association (CADCP), and the International Drug Court Association (IADCP).

The Honorable Korey Wahwassuck - Minnesota

(SiBiKwe) Associate Judge, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Tribal Court

*Pioneered groundbreaking Joint Tribal-State Jurisdiction Wellness (DWI/Drug) Courts, cross-jurisdictional juvenile delinquency court, and developed Joint Powers Agreements under which courts exercise jurisdiction simultaneously. Nationally-known speaker and author on judicial collaboration.