• Governance Committee Members
  • Statewide Subcommittees
  • County Subcommittees
  • Barbara Morton, JDAI State Coordinator, 508-475-2707
    Lynsey M. Heffernan, JDAI Detention Reform Specialist, 508-475-2716

    Governance Committee Members:

    Board Member
    Agency Affiliation
    Committee Involvement
    Dr. Melinda BooneSuperintendent, Worcester Public SchoolsGovernance, Member: Worcester County Committee
    Wes Cotter, Esq Chief Operating Officer, Key Program, Inc.Governance, Co-Chair Alternatives to Detention Committee
    Erica Cushna, EsqTrial Panel Director, Youth Advocacy Department, CPCSGovernance, Co-Chair: Case Processing Committee
    Glenn DalyDirector, Office of Youth Development, Office of Children, Youth and Families, Executive Office of Health and Human ServicesGovernance
    Edward DolanCommissioner, Office of ProbationGovernance
    Peter ForbesCommissioner, Department of Youth ServicesGovernance
    Chief Alan GordonMassachusetts Chiefs of Police AssociationGovernance
    Francyne LeFemineChief of Probation, Worcester County Juvenile CourtGovernance, Member: Worcester County committee; Co-Chair: Risk Assessment Instrument Committee, Case Processing Committee
    John MillettSupervisor, Probation Services Juvenile CourtGovernance, Member: Alternatives to Detention Committee
    Barbara MortonJDAI State Coordinator & Central Regional Director, Department of Youth ServicesGovernance, Co-Chair: Risk Assessment Instrument Committee, Member: Worcester County Committee
    James MortonDeputy Court Administrator, Administrative Office of the Juvenile CourtGovernance, Member: Risk Assessment Instrument Committee and Data Committee
    Honorable Sally PaddenFirst Justice, Essex County Juvenile CourtGovernance, Member: Essex County committee. Co-Chair: Case Processing
    Debra Pinals, MDAssistant Commissioner of Forensic Mental Health Services, Department of Mental HealthGovernance
    Andrew Polk Juvenile Justice Specialist/Disproportionate Minority Contact Reduction Specialist, Executive Office of Public Safety and SecurityGovernance, Member: Racial and Ethnic Disparities and Suffolk County Committees
    Robert WentworthAssistant Commissioner of Planning and Program Development, Department of Children and FamiliesGovernance

    Statewide Subcommittees:

    Alternatives to Detention
    Co-Chairs:

    • Wesley J. Cotter, Chief Operating Officer, Key, Inc. (508) 877-3690
    • Meghan Veo, Assistant Director, Central Region Reception Center, Department of Youth Services  (508) 368-4218

    Case Processing
    Co-Chairs:

    • Erica Cushna, Trial Panel Director, Youth Advocacy Department, CPCS  (617) 988-8349
    • Honorable Sally Padden, First Justice, Essex County Juvenile Court (978) 745-9660

    Conditions of Confinement
    Co-Chairs:

    • Nancy Carter, Director of Residential Operations, Department of Youth Services (617) 960-3281
    • Kelly Buckley, Residential and Placement Supervisor, Department of Early Education and Care (978) 826-1318

    Data Subcommittee
    Co-chairs:

    • Laura Lempicki, Director of Research, Office of the Commissioner of Probation, 617-727-5300
    • Lynsey M. Heffernan, DYS, JDAI Detention Reform Specialist, 508-475-2716

    Racial and Ethnic Disparities (RED) formally called Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC)
    Co-Chairs:
    Open chair positions

    Risk Assessment Instrument (Closed group)
    Co-Chairs:

    • James Morton, Deputy Court Administrator, Administrative Office of the Juvenile Court (617) 788-6550
    • Francyne Lefemine, Chief of Probation, Worcester County Juvenile Court (508) 831-2440
    • Barbara Morton, JDAI State Coordinator & Central Regional Director, Department of Youth Services (508) 475-2707

    County Subcommittees:

    Bristol
    Co-Chairs:

    • Honorable Bettina Borders, First Justice, Bristol County Juvenile Court (508) 999-9700, ext. 601
    • Kevin Martin, Chief of Probation, Bristol County Juvenile Court (508)977-4930

    Essex
    Co-chair:

    • John Brennan, Northeast Regional Director, Department of Youth Services  (978) 646-2300
    • Lisa Foley, Northeast Region Director of Operations, DYS, (978) 646-2300

    Middlesex
    Co-Chair:

    • Honorable Jay Blitzman, First Justice, Middlesex County Juvenile Court (978) 441-3151
    • Stephen L. Allsopp, Chief of Probation, Middlesex County Juvenile Court (617) 494-4220

    Suffolk
    Co-Chair:

    • John Hughes, Metropolitan Regional Director, Department of Youth Services (617) 740-0100
    • Valerie Lovelace-Graham, Boston Region Director, Department of Children and Families, (617) 989-9201

    Worcester
    Co-Chair:

    • Alisa Samuels, Program Director, Paul T. Leahy Center, Department of Youth Services (508) 368-4271



The Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative (JDAI) in Massachusetts works to ensure that “the right youth, is in the right place, for the right reason.”


This information is provided by the Massachusetts Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative.