The JJAC is comprised of 15-33 experts in the area of juvenile justice and child welfare who are appointed by the Governor of Massachusetts . The experts represent various fields such as law enforcement, juvenile courts, private non-profit organizations, juvenile mental health workers, and public agencies concerned with delinquency prevention or treatment. The JJAC aims to have one-fifth of its members be under the age of 24 at the time of their appointment and at least 3 who have been under the jurisdiction of the juvenile justice system at some point in their life. A majority of the members cannot be full-time employees of Federal, State, or local government.
Current Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee Members
Robert P. Gittens, Esq.
Executive Director, Cambridge Family and Children’s Services
Cecely Reardon, Esq.
JJAC Vice Chair
General Counsel, Department of Youth Services
Social Worker, Boston Children’s Hospital
Dr. Judith Bevis
Jonathan Blodgett, Esq.
District Attorney, Essex County
Dr. Mark Booher
Clinical Psychologist (retired)
Juvenile Justice Director, Essex County District Attorney’s Office
Division Director, SMART Team, Justice Resource Institute
Wesley Cotter, Esq.
Chief Operating Officer, The Key Program, Inc.
Director, Office of Children, Youth and Families
Executive Office of Health and Human Services
Executive Director, Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, Inc.
Commissioner, Office of the Commissioner of Probation
Kanchana Fernando, Esq.
Assistant District Attorney, Worcester County District Attorney’s Office
Commissioner, Department of Youth Services
Adam Foss, Esq.
Executive Director, Prosecutor Integrity
Senior Public Affairs Associate, Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications Inc.
Executive Director, Bridge Over Troubled Waters
Dr. Kimberly Larson
Director of Doctor of Law and Policy Program, Northeastern University
Amanda Moran, Esq.
Staff Attorney, Youth Advocacy Division, Committee for Public Counsel Services
Program Manager, Boston Public Schools
Executive Director, YouthBuild Boston