Members/Committees

The State Advisory Council on Juvenile Justice (SACJJ) is the statewide resource for the Governor, Legislature, and communities in the fields of juvenile justice, youth services, and delinquency prevention. The SACJJ assists in reviewing, recommending existing and new, applicable research and outcome-based juvenile accountability programs and strategies ranging from prevention and intervention to long-term detention or treatment programs for youth. In addition, the SACJJ supports in reviewing grant applications for the allocation of the Non-Participating State grant funding stream from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) in collaboration with Volunteers of America Northern Rockies.  The SACJJ is committed to a balanced approach increasing public safety, providing both agency and offender accountability, while affording youth opportunities to develop as responsible citizens.

Council Members

Name

District/City

Expiration

Abbey Kercher

1-Cheyenne

08/31/2024

Abigail Henderson

6-Gillette (Youth)

08/31/2023

Adrienne Freng, Ph.D.

2-Laramie

08/31/2023

Alexandra Bammel

2-Laramie (Youth)

08/31/2023

Chris Jones

4-Sheridan

08/31/2022

Clarence Thomas

9-Ft. Washakie

08/31/2023

Dakota Jackson

6-Gillette (Youth)

08/31/2024

Damon DeBernardi

3-Rock Springs (Vice Chair)

08/31/2024

Erica Wood

6-Gillette

08/31/2024

Gabriel Gerrish

2-Laramie (Youth)

08/31/2023

Jannelle Ordiway

2-Laramie (Youth)

08/31/2023

Jennifer Palser

4-Sheridan

08/31/2024

Karen Solomon

5-Cody 

08/31/2023

Logan Christie

5-Cody 

08/31/2024

Melinda Cox

9-Lander

08/31/2024

Narina Nunez

2-Laramie

08/31/2024

Nicole Hauser

2-Laramie (Chair)

08/31/2024

Nikki Sweets

7-Casper

08/31/2023

Ronald Howard

9-Riverton

08/31/2024

Shad Bates

8-Torrington

08/31/2023

Stacy Nelson

7-Casper

08/31/2024

Steffany Stephenson

3-Rock Springs (Youth)

08/31/2022

Vanessa Duran

1-Cheyenne (Youth)

08/31/2023

Ex-Officio Members

Name

Represents

Christina McCabe

WY Attorney General’s Office

Jo Ann Numoto

WY Dept. of Education

Ashley Gregorio

WY Dept. of Health

Jen Davis

WY Governor’s Office

Shawn Sitzman

WY Attorney General’s Office: Div. of Victim Services

Maureen Clifton

WY Interstate Compact for Juveniles – Commissioner

Hon. Dawnessa Snyder

WY Judicial Branch – Interstate Compact for Juveniles

Senator Lynn Hutchings

WY State Legislature – Interstate Compact for Juveniles

Representative Rachel Rodriguez-Williams

WY State Legislature – Interstate Compact for Juveniles (Alternate)

Committees

Executive


Created by By-Laws and elected at first meeting of calendar year. Leadership of the council, develops vision and long-term goals, develops meeting agendas, oversees and develops amendments (as needed) to the By-Laws, drafts the Annual Report to the Governor.

Nicole Hauser, Chair

Damon DeBernardi, Vice-Chair

Jennifer Palser

Narina Nunez

Adrienne Freng

Grants (Budget and Financial Review)


Created by By-Laws and elected at first meeting of calendar year.

Nicole Hauser, Chair

Damon DeBernardi

Adrienne Freng

Stacy Nelson

Melinda Cox

Gabriel Gerrish

Janelle Ordiway

Nikki Sweets

Alexandra Bammel

Best Practices


Promotion of and focus on the four core protections (JJDP Compliance Monitoring). Be aware of and notify the Council of compliance visits as scheduled by VOA. Identify resources and services around juvenile justice, who is utilizing best practices, and examine how these resources may be leveraged.

Stacy Nelson, Chair

Damon DeBernardi

Jennifer Palser

Nicole Hauser

Erica Wood

Outreach


Responsible for raising awareness of juvenile justice issues; public relations with juvenile justice stakeholders as well as the general public; collaborate with Volunteers of America Northern Rockies (VOA); assists in outreach to youth members; planning and organization of the Council’s annual community award for best practices.

Erica Wood, Chair

Shad Bates

Abbey Kercher

Stacy Nelson

Dakota Jackson

*Additional assistance from VOA’s Project Director, Craig Fisgus.

Data


Responsible for formulating recommendations related to comprehensive, meaningful data collection and analysis.

Adrienne Freng, Chair

Damon DeBernardi

Shad Bates

Narina Nunez

Melinda Cox

Erica Wood

Jennifer Palser

Legislative


Ongoing tracking of any relevant state and federal legislative issues; assisting in the development of draft legislation by the council (as needed); reviews Council’s state and federal statutory obligations.

Damon DeBernardi, Chair

Clarence Thomas

Melinda Cox

Narina Nunez

Nicole Hauser

Youth Members


Provides an opportunity for youth members to become familiar with their role on the Council; recruit youth members; develop ways to better inform the Council about the youth perspective.

Dakota Jackson, Chair

Abigail Henderson

Vanessa Duran

Alexandra Bammel

Gabriel Gerrish

Jannelle Ordiway

New Members Needed

If you are considering serving on the State Advisory Council on Juvenile Justice, please follow one of the below options:

Printed applications may be sent to:

Gabi Farmer
Boards and Commissions Coordinator
Wyoming Governor's Office
200 W. 24th St.
Cheyenne, WY 82002
(307) 777-5387
[email protected]

2022 Meetings Dates/Locations

1/13-1/14: Cheyenne, WY
4/14-4/15
: Dubois, WY
6/23-6/24
: Evanston, WY
9/15-9/16
: Rawlins, WY
11/17-11/18
: Buffalo, WY

 

 

 

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