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Appointees of the Governor
The Honorable Judge Margaret R. Hinkle (Ret.) served from 1993 until 2011 as a Justice of the Superior Court of Massachusetts, and will serve as Chair of the POST Commission. Since her retirement in 2011, Judge Hinkle has worked as an alternative dispute resolution professional for JAMS, a private alternative dispute resolution provider, serving as an arbitrator, mediator and discovery master. During her time on the Superior Court, Judge Hinkle presided over hundreds of cases, and served terms as the Administrative Justice of the Business Litigation Session and as the Suffolk County Regional Administrative Justice for Civil Business. Prior to her appointment to the bench, Judge Hinkle served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Boston on the Economic Crimes Unit from 1989 until 1993, and as Director of the US Department of Justice's New England Bank Fraud Task Force from 1992 until 1993. Before joining the US Attorney's Office, Judge Hinkle began her legal career as a Law Clerk for Chief Judge Andrew A. Caffrey of the US District Court in Boston, serving from 1977 until 1978. She then worked in private practice for Goodwin, Procter & Hoar in Boston from 1978 until 1989, and as a Partner from 1986 until 1989. Judge Hinkle earned her Juris Doctorate from Boston College Law School, and her Bachelor's Degree from College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Charlene D. Luma is a licensed social worker and Chief of Staff for the Suffolk District Attorney's office. Prior to that, Luma served as the office's Chief of the Victim Witness Assistance Program and oversaw Victim Witness Advocates to provide crisis assessment and intervention, supportive counseling, information, referrals and advocacy services to victims, witnesses and their families throughout the criminal justice system. Prior to joining the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office, Ms. Luma worked from 2012 until 2019 for the Justice Resource Institute in Boston, beginning as a Senior Clinician for the SMART Team, which provides in-home therapy and support for local young people who are victims and survivors of homicide and community violence. She then served as Program Director for the SMART Team from 2014 until 2015, and as Program Director for Boston Trauma Response from 2015 until 2019. Before joining the Justice Resource Institute, Ms. Luma worked as a Clinical Social Worker for Youth Connect in Boston from 2005 until 2010, and as a Clinician for the Children with Voices Program and Family Clinic at the Guidance Center in Somerville from 2010 until 2012. In both roles, she served children, adolescents and their families with histories of domestic violence. Ms. Luma earned both her Master's of Social Work and her Bachelor's Degree from Boston College.
Lester Baker is the Chief of the Framingham Police Department. Chief Baker is a hands-on public safety administrator who utilizes a strategic and focused approach to developing creative solutions to community challenges. He is a hard-working law enforcement professional with a strong focus on equity, transparency, and accountability, and an emphasis on evidence-based policing and crime prevention. Sworn in as Framingham Police Chief in 2020, Baker first joined the department in 2003 after seven years with the Lexington, MA, Police Department. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2008, Lieutenant in 2014, and Deputy Chief in 2018. Baker’s managerial and leadership style has helped to foster a variety of Framingham Police Department’s community engagement efforts, including regular neighborhood meetings and the Jail Diversion Program (JDP). An advocate of the program since its inception in 2003, the JDP pairs specially trained crisis clinicians with police officers in an effort to re-direct individuals committing non-violent offenses out of the criminal justice system and into more appropriate community-based behavioral health services. In addition to his ongoing outreach efforts with community service organizations and community activists and leaders, Baker also volunteers for several youth programs. These include the Police Athletic League’s boxing and basketball programs, the Read-Along program with children at the local elementary schools, and Bigs in Blue, a one-to-one mentoring program that connects youth with police in area communities to help build strong and trusting relationships. Baker’s work and volunteerism have garnered him a number of service recognitions, including MADD Greater Boston Officer of the Year, the Chief’s Service Award, Distinguished Service Award, Police Service Award, Meritorious Service Award, and other commendations. He holds certifications from the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education Program, the Senior Management Institute for Police, and FBI LEEDA. Baker earned a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement from Western New England University and a master’s degree in public administration from Framingham State University.
Appointees of the Attorney General
Lawrence "Larry" Calderone is the Chair & President of the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Policy Group, and President of the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association. He has served as a Boston Police Officer since 1994, working in the communities of Roxbury and Mattapan, and with the Special Operations Motorcycle Unit & SWAT Team. He is currently assigned to the station in West Roxbury, where he previously focused on motor vehicle and pedestrian safety and traffic reconstruction. Officer Calderone has been a representative of the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association for over twenty years, and served previously as the Legislative Director for the Association, managing its communications and government affairs, and advocating for the interests of Boston Patrol Officers to government entities and other organizations. Additionally, he is a member of the Massachusetts Joint Labor Management Committee, where he represents police union organizations in collective bargaining negotiations with municipalities across the Commonwealth. Officer Calderone was born and raised in Jamaica Plain, and is a graduate of Catholic Memorial High School in West Roxbury. He earned a Master's in Law Enforcement from Western New England University, a graduate degree in Public Administration from Suffolk University, and his Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Western New England University.
Larry Ellison is currently a Detective in the Boston Police Department's School Unit, a position he has held since 2005. He has served in the Department since 1983, including as a Detective in the Narcotics Division, a Detective in the Brighton district, and as an officer with years of experience across districts and communities. Detective Ellison previously served as the President of the Massachusetts Association of Minority Law Enforcement Officers from 2010 until 2018, where he was instrumental in advocating for more officers of color in higher-ranking positions, protecting minority officers’ rights, and securing pro bono legal assistance for minority officers. In this role, he also sponsored and implemented several youth development programs in conjunction with community organizations and foundations. His tremendous contributions to his community and unique commitment to improving the lives of others led the Boston Celtics to present Detective Ellison with the Heroes Among Us Award in 2016. Detective Ellison is a graduate of South Boston High School, where he was the first Black class president in the school’s history. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University, and has completed several Boston Police Department trainings as well as leadership training at Suffolk University Law School.
Marsha V. Kazarosian is an experienced trial attorney who has been practicing in Massachusetts since 1982, handling multiple high-profile cases that have gained her recognition in New England and across the country. Attorney Kazarosian is currently a Partner at Kazarosian Costello LLP, where her practice areas include civil rights law, discrimination cases, and police misconduct cases. She is a past President of the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, and the Essex County Bar Association, and currently co-Chairs the Civil Rights & Social Justice Section of the Massachusetts Bar Association. Attorney Kazarosian began her career as a criminal defense attorney with the Essex County Bar Advocates and transitioned to a focus on civil rights and discrimination cases. Notably, she represented several women in a landmark gender discrimination suit against the Haverhill Country Club that garnered the attention of national media. She secured a $3.9 million financial judgment for the plaintiffs that was later upheld by the state appeals court, the first time a state’s public accommodations law was said to apply to discrimination in a country club setting. She then pivoted to representing plaintiffs in police misconduct and excessive force cases. Attorney Kazarosian is a frequent commentator on legal issues for various media outlets and teaches trial advocacy courses for continuing legal education. She was appointed by the Supreme Judicial Court to serve on the Board of Bar Overseers and the Advisory Committee on Ethical Opinions for Clerks of Court and continues to serve in both capacities. She was also appointed by the Supreme Judicial Court to serve on the Special Nominating Commission for the Supreme Judicial Court in 2016. Attorney Kazarosian is a graduate of Phillips Academy Andover, and earned her Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law School and a Bachelor’s Degree in English from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Joint Appointees of the Governor and Attorney General
Dr. Hanya H. Bluestone is a licensed psychologist who has served since 2016 as CEO of Labyrinth Psychological Services, PC, in Holden, providing specialized trauma and behavioral medicine treatments to patients of all ages. Prior to her current role, Dr. Bluestone served from 2007 until 2016 as a Psychologist IV for the Department of Mental Health, where her responsibilities included conducting mental health and substance abuse evaluations, testifying in the District and Superior Courts, and providing clinical consultations to families, probation and judges. Dr. Bluestone began her career in 1995 as a Fellow in Forensic Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and Bridgewater State Hospital, before serving as Director of Clinical Services for The Devereux Center in Rutland from 1996 until 2001. She then served as Director of Forensic Services for Boston Road Clinic and Spectrum Health Systems, overseeing mental health services for inmates at the Worcester County Jail and House of Correction, before joining Glenhaven Academy in Marlborough, a residential treatment program for at-risk adolescent girls, as Program Director and Clinical Director until joining a private practice in Holden in April 2002. While in private practice, Dr. Bluestone also served as a Forensic Psychologist for the Center for Health and Development in Worcester and Fitchburg from 2005 until 2007, conducting forensic mental health and substance abuse evaluations for the District and Superior Courts. Dr. Bluestone has also served since 2013 as an Affiliate Professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and served previously as an Adjunct Professor at Assumption College from 2006 until 2017. Dr. Bluestone earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology and her Master's of Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in Fresno, and her Bachelor's Degree from Harvard University.
Deborah Hall is CEO of YWCA Central MA. She has over 35 years of experience working with survivors of domestic violence and addressing the intersection of race, gender, and community violence. She is a frequent speaker on gendered violence and violence in the lives of Black women. She has served in leadership positions for several programs throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Missouri addressing issues of homelessness, violence, and substance abuse. Prior to moving to Massachusetts, Deborah worked for the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office and Jackson County District Attorney’s Office in Kansas City, MO where she oversaw client services for Drug Court. She has served on the boards of Worcester Business Improvement District, Jane Doe, Inc., and Worcester Education Collaborative. She currently serves on the board of Mass Humanities, American Antiquarian Society, and is a member of Central MA Housing CoC Advisory Board. She is the founder of the Worcester Black History Project.
Deborah holds a BS in Political Science and African American Studies from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and a MS in Nonprofit Management from Worcester State University.
Reverend Clyde Talley is currently Senior Pastor of Belmont A.M.E. Zion Church. He is also serves as President & CEO of Yes We Care, Inc., Governor for Board of Governors for National Association of Nonprofit Organizations and Executives (NANOE), Governor's Black Empowerment Council, Attorney General’s Advisory Council on Racial Justice and Equity, and has served as Chief Executive Officer and President of the Board of Directors of Early Childhood Centers (ECC) in Springfield where under his leadership, ECC built a new 4.5 million-dollar facility. Rev. Talley is an award-winning speaker and has dedicated his career to working directly with his community.