The Honorable Ruben G. Reyes (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 the funding committee for Accountability Courts in GA. Promotes effectiveness of Drug Courts through speaking engagements; recognized publication on judicial independence in Drug Courts and recently wrote “Due Process in Drug Courts; How much process is due?”
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.
Jonathan Blodgett - Massachusetts
Essex District Attorney
*District Attorney Blodgett has an innovative and effective approach to fighting crime. Under his leadership, the office has a 95% conviction rate for serious felonies. He has instituted drug diversion programs and expanded juvenile and youthful diversion programs throughout the county. His Office has also expanded the use of High-Risk Assessment Teams to better protect victims of domestic violence and hold batterers accountable.
The Honorable Richard Gebelein - Delaware
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.
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.
Hon. Ronald Eagleye Johnny (ret.) - Nevada
*Former national judicial educator, was a pioneer in designing his Courts' adult and juvenile Treatment Court Sessions Programs by resurrecting traditional Western Shoshone and Paiute dispute resolution and counseling techniques and melding them with the Key Components. Promotes effectiveness of tribal problem-solving courts by: suggesting professional and tribal review of Court program designs; writing research oriented journal articles; and, through speaking engagements.
Judi M. Kosterman, PhD - Nevada
Senior Vice President at WestCare Foundation
*More than a two decades of experience in developing, implementing and coordinating local, state and national programs specific to the prevention, intervention and treatment of substance use disorders, addiction and alcoholism, and related issues, including: workforce development, education, criminal justice, healthcare, military, returning warriors and veterans.
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
Connie Payne - Kentucky
Administrative Office of the Courts - Executive Officer, Statewide Services
*Served 10 years as a felony prosecutor, focusing on drug crimes, sexual assaults and domestic violence. Kentucky has a unified, statewide drug court program and since 2003 she has overseen the Kentucky AOC Division of Drug Court. In 2010, she also began overseeing Kentucky’s Pretrial Services Program.
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 (Emeritus) - 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.
Charles Robinson - Texas
Chief Probation and Pretrial Services Officer for Travis County
* More than 15 years of experience in probation with more than 10 years serving drug courts at the local, state, and federal level. He has co-authored multiple cognitive treatment programs for criminal justice clients and skill development programs for staff. He has served on the Texas Association of Drug Court Professionals Board of Directors and currently services on the Board for other local and state professional organizations.
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
*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
Judge for the 13th Judicial Circuit
*Has served as the Adult Drug Court Judge in the 13th Judicial Circuit since 1998. Also serves as the Veteran’s Treatment Court Judge. Has served as past Chair of the NADCP Board of Directors and the South Carolina Drug Court Association. Is a Goldstein Drug Court “Hall of Fame” award recipient.
The Honorable Keith Starrett (Emritus) - 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.