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Laura Ansera is the Tribal Youth Coordinator, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
Prevention (OJJDP), U. S. Department of Justice. As the senior policy advisor on American
Indian/Alaska Native juvenile issues, is responsible for the coordination of all OJJDP efforts to
implement juvenile delinquency prevention and juvenile justice system improvement programs
in Indian Country. She serves as expert on tribal matters and work with AI/AN communities to
prevent and control crime, violence, and substance abuse and improve the functioning of tribal
justice systems. She serves as program manager for the Tribal Juvenile Detention and Reentry
Demonstration Training and Technical Assistance grant. Ms. Ansera is a member of the
Isleta/San Felipe Pueblos. Prior to joining OJJDP in 2000, she worked 10 years for the State of
New Mexico Juvenile Justice Services Division.
Address: 810 Seventh Street N. W.
Washington, DC 20531
Phone: (202) 514-5924
Fax: (202) 353-9093

Janet Chiancone is the Associate Administrator for Budget and Planning at the Office of
Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). In this role, she oversees the agency’s
planning, technical assistance and research functions, and manages OJJDP’s budget. Prior to
assuming this role, Ms. Chiancone served as OJJDP’s Research Coordinator from 2005 to 2010.
In that position, she was responsible for the coordination and integration of the agency’s juvenile
justice research, evaluation and statistics initiatives, and oversaw the agency’s performance
measures program. Previously, Ms. Chiancone was a Research Associate at the American Bar
Association Center on Children and the Law where she conducted research on parental
kidnapping, and child dependency court improvement. Her prior experience includes
coordinating a local Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program and managing a
Department of Education-funded research project that examined the impact of Head Start
programs on homeless children and their families. She began her career working on community
development, housing and homelessness issues as a program developer. She has a Master of
Science degree in Family and Community Development from the University of Maryland. Her
Master’s thesis examined the circumstances of homeless women who are separated from their

Patrick Dunckhorst is a Prevention Specialist at the Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency
Prevention (OJJDP). He served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 27 years where he became well
versed in working with young men and young women as well as families. His last assignment in
the Marine Corps, prior to joining OJJDP, was as the Executive Director, Community Services
Division, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, Washington D.C. In this capacity, he was
responsible for family, youth and individual services ranging from alcohol & substance abuse
prevention & treatment programs to family advocacy programs to transition/relocation services
to mental health services to wellness programs at 19 installations serving Marines and their
families throughout the U.S. and Japan. In March 2002, he joined the Drug-Free Communities
Support Program Team, OJJDP, as a program manager. In October 2004, he joined the
Demonstration Programs Division, OJJDP, as a juvenile justice specialist where he is currently
working with discretionary programs supporting grantees in Alaska, Montana, Oregon and
Minnesota with a strong focus on serving Alaska Native and Native American tribal
communities under OJJDP’s Tribal Programs for Youth.
Phone: 202-514-4158

Sarah Pearson is a Tribal Fellow at the Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention
(OJJDP). Sarah has focused her career on championing youth by informing and improving the
policies that affect them—from the local to the national level. Much of her work has been on
educating policymakers by creating learning opportunities and resources such as publications
and high-level panel discussions that open dialog and bridge the worlds of policy, research, and
practice. Key interests include community partnerships in support of children and youth, peer-to-
peer networks, restorative justice, tribal youth programs and policy, alternatives to incarceration,
and public education innovations. Before joining OJJDP as a fellow in October 2010, Ms.
Pearson served as the Deputy Director for the Coalition for Community Schools, housed at the
Institute for Educational Leadership in Washington, DC. Previously, Ms. Pearson worked at the
American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF), where she led national-level discussions, conducted
education programs for national policymakers and staff, and served as the principal investigator
of research on tribal youth programs, education reform efforts, service learning, youth courts,
youth with disability, and other youth policy issues. Ms. Pearson is the author of numerous
youth-focused policy briefs and reports, including Strengthening Indian Country Through Tribal
Youth Programs, published in 2009 by AYPF in collaboration with OJJDP.

Jennifer Tyson is a program manager in the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
Prevention’s (OJJDP) Demonstration Programs Division where she is a program lead and grant
manager for mentoring, tribal, and research projects. She recently completed a temporary
assignment in the Office of Justice Programs’ (OJP) Office of the Assistant Attorney General as
a program specialist for the Evidence Integration Initiative (E2I) – an initiative that launched and aims to better integrate research and evidence both within OJP and in
the field. Prior to joining OJJDP, she served as a coordinator for a national training and
technical assistance project at American University and as a program coordinator for a
community-based crime prevention and public safety effort in the Massachusetts Attorney
General’s Office. Jennifer holds a B.A. in Philosophy and Psychology from Boston University
and an M.A. in Child Development and Urban Policy and Planning from Tufts University.

EDC TJDR T/TA Center Staff
Stephanie Autumn currently serves as the Project Director for the Tribal Youth Training and
Technical Assistance Center, the Tribal Juvenile Detention Reentry Training and Technical
Assistance Center, as well as the 7th Generation National Tribal Mentoring Project at Education
Development Center. She has 25 years of experience in grant administration for urban and
reservation American Indian tribes and community agencies in the areas of social services;
housing and homelessness; criminal justice; and culturally-based education projects integrated
within public and alternative schools. She has extensive experience working with school
administrators, social workers and teachers to implement prevention programs that target truancy
and educational neglect, violence prevention, substance abuse and culturally-based education
strategies and services for American Indian students.
        For the past ten years, Autumn’s professional work has concentrated on violence
reduction/crime prevention and restorative justice strategies in rural and reservation
communities. She has worked to create partnerships between court services, legislators, public
defense, law enforcement, schools, and community based agencies and has testified before
legislative committees and sub-committees on effective culturally-based services for incarcerated
American Indian youth and adults in Minnesota and South Dakota. Ms. Autumn holds a B.S. in
Elementary Education and is currently working on a Masters degree in Public Policy.
Tribal Affiliation: Hopi
Phone: 651- 291-2972

Susan Balbas is a Technical Assistance Specialist for the Tribal Youth Training and Technical
Assistance Center and the Tribal Juvenile Detention Reentry Green Training and Technical
Assistance Center at Education Development Center. Prior to this, she worked as an independent
consultant, specializing in non-profit organization and community development, facilitation, and
planning and fundraising, and her clients include artists, community-based, Tribal, and
philanthropic organizations. Susan is a founding member of the Potlatch Fund and the co-
founder of Tierra Madre Fund for Indigenous Women where she is currently Board Chair. She is
the past Chief Development Officer at United Indians of All Tribes Foundation in Seattle;
Development and Donor Education Coordinator at Changemakers Foundation in San Francisco,
and Executive Director of the Native American Family Center in Portland, Oregon. Susan holds
a Bachelors degree in Business Economics and a Masters in Teaching. She has held various
positions in corporate and not-for-profit management, and has served on boards and committees
locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. She is a mother and grandmother of Yaqui
(Arizona/Mexico), Cherokee (Oklahoma) and mixed European ancestry.
Tribal Affiliation: Yaqui and Oklahoma Cherokee
Phone: 208-896-4749

David Brave Heart is a Technical Assistance Specialist for the Tribal Youth Training and
Technical Assistance Center and the Tribal Juvenile Detention Reentry Green Training and
Technical Assistance Center at Education Development Center. Dave is an Oglala Lakota
enrolled on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. He has more than 20 years of
experience in reentry with American Indian offenders. Mr. Brave Heart has provided pre and
post release services for adult and youth American Indian offenders as a case manager and
Program Manager with the Walks Tall program through the Council on Crime and Justice. He
has done impressive work with community corrections in advocating for culturally based
programming in reducing the recidivism and incarceration rate of American Indian offenders.
David has also done extensive work as a counselor/therapist, and trainer, in addressing both
substance abuse and chemical dependency. David holds a Bachelors degree in Education and has
dedicated his efforts to the promotion of holistic well-being through cultural teachings and way
of life.
Tribal Affiliation: Oglala Lakota
Phone: 605-716-9013

Dale Brien is a Technical Assistance Specialist for the Tribal Youth Training and Technical
Assistance Center and the Tribal Juvenile Detention Reentry Green Training and Technical
Assistance Center at Education Development Center. Dale has also been the Director of the
Turtle Mountain Alternative Court program since 2000. Prior to this, he served as a Combat
Engineer Officer in the National Guard. In 1989 he took on the director position for a new tribal
program, Victims of Crime Assistance, managing all aspects of the program including grant
writing, development, reporting, and database development. In 1998 he left to serve in the US
Attorney’s Office in Fargo, ND as a Victim Witness Specialist. Mr. Brien has a Bachelors degree
in Criminal Justice from Minot State University as well as a Bachelors degree in Business
Administration from North Dakota State University. An enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain
Band of Chippewa, he is a proud father of three sons and one daughter.
Tribal Affiliation: Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa
Phone: 701-244-5650

David Castaneda is an Evaluation Research Assistant and creates the evaluation design for the
overall project; administers evaluations of training events and annual survey of Reentry Green
and JDC TA recipients; synthesizes, and summarizes evaluation data; assists in developing
reports to OJJDP; assists in ensuring quality and timely completion of all services; and develops
and maintains data tracking system and troubleshoots errors as they arise. Before joining EDC,
David worked for a social service nonprofit organization ensuring contract/reporting compliance,
providing database management, and maintaining donor relations. Prior to his nonprofit work, he
was a financial services administrator for a university’s branch campus and distance learning
programs. As a college student, David was an intern with the Office of the Commissioner of the
New Jersey Department of Human Services. He has a Bachelors degree in Sociology from
Eastern University.
Phone: 617-618-2839

Merlin Deegan is a Reentry Technical Assistance Specialist and is an enrolled member of the
White Earth Band of Chippewa, Minnesota Merlin Deegan has over 15 years of experience in
pre/post release services for adult and juvenile offenders. In addition to his work as the Reentry
Technical Assistant Specialist, Merlin is currently a patrol and police officer for the White Earth
Reservation. Mr. Deegan also provided counseling and cultural services to patients as a
counselor for the Fond-Du-Lac Human Services Behavioral Health Department.
Tribal Affiliation: White Earth Band of Chippewa
Phone: 218-204-0409

Ethleen Iron Cloud-Two Dogs (Sina Ikikcu Win - Takes the Robe Woman) is a Reentry
Technical Assistance Specialist and is enrolled in the Oglala Sioux Tribe and resides in
Porcupine, SD on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. She has over 25 years of experience in the
development and administration of culturally appropriate community-based projects for
American Indians in the areas of system of care development and implementation for
children/youth with serious emotional needs, general mental health, substance abuse, child
welfare, and juvenile justice. She holds a Master's Degree in Counseling and Human Resource
Development and a Bachelor's in Business Administration. Ethleen serves on the Rosalynn
Carter Mental Health Task Force and the First Nations Behavioral Health Board.
Tribal Affiliation: Oglala Sioux
Phone: 605-455-2145

Jerry Reed became Director of HHD’s Suicide Prevention Resource Center in July 2008. He
oversees the federally funded Center and provides state and local officials, grantees,
policymakers, interested stakeholders, and the general public with assistance in developing,
implementing, and evaluating programs to prevent suicide. In October 2008, he assumed
leadership of HHD’s Center for the Study and Prevention of Injury, Violence, and Suicide,
encompassing several additional projects such as the Children’s Safety Network, the National
Young Worker Safety Resource Center, and the Suicide Prevention Assessment and Resource
Kit project. Previously, Dr. Reed was Executive Director of the Suicide Prevention Action
Network USA, a national nonprofit created to raise awareness, build political will, and call for
action in advancing, implementing, and evaluating a national strategy to address suicide. He
spent 15 years as a career civil servant working in both Europe and the United States with the
Department of the Army developing, implementing, and managing a variety of quality-of-life
programs including substance abuse prevention and treatment; family advocacy; child and youth
development programs; social services; and a range of morale, welfare and recreation programs.
Selected as a Congressional Fellow in 1996, Dr. Reed worked in the Office of Senator Harry
Reid (NV), serving as senior advisor on health care, mental health, suicide prevention, and aging
issues. Dr. Reed speaks nationally and internationally on the topic of suicide prevention. His
interests include geriatrics, global violence prevention, and public policy. He serves on the Board
of the International Association for Suicide Prevention as Chair of the Council of Organizational

Ben Spooner is a Research Assistant and provides research and writing support to the Center's
technical assistance teams. His responsibilities include updating the Web site and researching
new topic areas, product development, and event coordination. Ben received his bachelor's
degree from the University of Connecticut in Sport Marketing. He has done political/grassroots
organizing for an environmental group working for a clean energy policy in Massachusetts, an
economic justice non-profit to increase funding for Massachusetts Public Schools, and for a
statewide ballot initiative for voting reform.
Phone: 617-618-2432

Erin Tackney is the Research and Technology Assistant for administrative and technology
support for the Tribal Youth Program Training and Technical Assistance Center and the Tribal
Juvenile Detention Reentry Training and Technical Assistance Center. Ms. Tackney manages the
various technologies available to the grantees and center staff as well as provides design services
to several centers at EDC. Prior to coming to EDC, Ms. Tackney worked on revenue
development and membership events at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Ms. Tackney
has a B.A. in Studio Art and B.S.C, Marketing from Santa Clara University.
Phone: (617) 618-2423

Sue Vargo is the Managing Project Director for the Tribal Juvenile Detention Reentry Training
and Technical Assistance Center. Prior to joining the TJDR Team, Dr. Vargo operated as the
Events Team Lead for the National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence
Prevention. She also has practiced as a licensed clinical psychologist. Dr. Vargo brings extensive
experience in providing training and consultation to community-based mental health and social
service agencies and has clinical expertise from working with individuals, couples, and families
for more than 20 years. Some of the settings Dr. Vargo has worked in include community mental
health and health centers, HIV prevention agencies, early childhood settings, substance abuse
treatment programs, and correctional facilities; and she has special interests in treating trauma at
the community level, implementing evidence-based practices in community settings, and
providing skills-based training to adults. Dr. Vargo holds a B.A. from Michigan State University,
a M.Ed. from Boston University, and a Psy.D. from the Massachusetts School of Professional
Phone: 617-618-2397


Skye Bass is a Public Health Advisor in the IHS Division of Behavioral Health and is a member
of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians of Peshawbestown, Michigan. Ms.
Bass holds a Bachelors of Psychology degree and a Masters of Social Work degree from the
University of Michigan. Ms. Bass has gained experience in direct clinical practice through her
work with the University of Michigan Health System. Ms. Bass is trained in several evidence
based practices (DBT, CBT, IPT, & Motivational Interviewing) and has provided group and
individual treatment to patients diagnosed with a variety of mental health disorders. Through her
experience working with suicidal and self-harming patients, Ms. Bass developed a strong passion
for suicide prevention and treatment in Indian County.

Belinda Brown is a Technical Assistance Specialist for the Tribal Youth Training and Technical
Assistance Center. Belinda has diligently worked to develop relevant, comprehensive systems of
care to serve the needs of the communities she has lived in for the last 20 years. She is a co-
founder of Medicine Bear Lodge in Burns, Oregon which offers coaching for lifestyle and
behavior changes for positive social and emotional development and spiritual wellness. Belinda
has also worked as a consultant for grant writing, strategic planning, business development, and
economic and environmental solutions. From 2002-2008 she was the Executive Director for
Modoc Indian Health Project Inc. in Alturas, CA providing comprehensive tribal health care
through services and referrals. Belinda holds a B.S. in Heath Care Administration from
California Coast University and various certificates in drug and alcohol use prevention. She is
the mother of eight grown children and resides in Burns, Oregon.
Tribal Affiliation: Kosealekte Band of the Pit River Tribe
Phone: 541-573-1127

Christine Lindquist, PhD is a Senior Research Sociologist in the Crime, Violence and Justice
Policy Research Program at RTI International. Her research interests and areas of expertise
include prisoner reentry, families and incarceration, criminal justice approaches to substance
abuse treatment, and violence against women (including workplace approaches for addressing
intimate partner violence and sexual assault among university women), with a particular focus on
evaluating the effectiveness of interventions in these areas. Dr. Lindquist has substantial
methodological expertise, including multisite evaluation design, qualitative and quantitative
methods, and instrumentation. She is Principal Investigator of the cross-site evaluation of
OJJDP’s Tribal Green Reentry Program. She also serves as co-PI on the National Evaluation of
Responsible Fatherhood, Marriage and Family Strengthening Grants for Incarcerated and
Reentering Fathers and Their Partners (MFS-IP) and NIJ’s Evaluation of Second Chance Act
Reentry Courts.

Tasseli McKay, MPH is a Research Analyst in the Crime, Violence and Justice Policy Research
Program at RTI International and holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research centers on incarceration and reentry issues, with a
special focus on violence against women and on justice system responses in American Indian
and Alaska Native communities. She leads the process study for the cross-site evaluation of
OJJDP’s Tribal Green Reentry Program and is co-Principal Investigator on the NIJ’s Study of
Federal and Tribal Responses to Violence Against Women in Indian Country. Her other work
includes the Study of Violence and Victimization Experiences of Indian Women Living in
Native Communities project (also funded by NIJ) and the National Evaluation of Responsible
Fatherhood, Marriage and Family Strengthening Grants for Incarcerated and Reentering Fathers
and Their Partners (funded by HHS).

Ada Pecos Melton, MPA is President of American Indian Development Associates and an
enrolled citizen of the Pueblo of Jemez. She specializes in the design and management of
culturally relevant research and evaluation focused on criminal justice systems and interventions
in Indian country. She serves as co-Principal Investigator for the cross-site evaluation of
OJJDP’s Tribal Green Reentry Program. She is also PI for the Needs Assessment of Tribal
Juvenile Justice Systems among the 19 New Mexico pueblos and the Mescalero tribe as well as
PI on the Osage Nation Evaluation of the Tribal Youth Program funded by OJJDP. She also
serves as a consultant to RTI on the Study of Federal and Tribal Responses to Violence Against
Women in Indian Country and the Study of Violence and Victimization Experiences of Indian
Women Living in Tribal Communities. Previously, she led the OJJDP-funded Study of the
Causes and Correlates of Juvenile Crime, Delinquency and Violence in the five Sandoval
Pueblos. In 1998, OJJDP recognized her with an Outstanding Achievement award for Work
Advancing the Needs of Indian Children. Since 2005, Ms. Melton has chaired the New Mexico
Tribal Juvenile Justice Council.

Raymond Perales is Director of Juvenile Justice Services Lamar Associates, LLC. His Law
Enforcement and Criminal Justice experience spans over 22 years in key positions as Deputy
Public Safety Director and as Juvenile Services Coordinator for the Fort Peck Assiniboine and
Sioux Tribes. As Deputy Public Safety Director, he served as Correctional Administrator of a 16-
bed adult jail, a 23-bed Juvenile Detention Center, and a 23-bed Juvenile Transitional Living
Unit. He also served as Chief of Police of the Poplar City Police Department on the Fort Peck
Indian Reservation in Northeast Montana, and as a consultant for over ten years on various
Tribal/U.S. Department of Justice initiatives throughout ―Indian Country.‖ He is a 1997 ―Top
Cops‖ award recipient, given by the National Association of Police Organizations.

Rod Robinson, MA, MAC, LAT (Enrolled member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe) has been
actively involved in the professions of addiction treatment and community mobilization since
1979. He has over 30 years of experience developing and administering outpatient and
residential programs, both large and small. He has a rich background and demonstrated expertise
in not-for profit organizational development with a special emphasis on helping Native American
communities and organizations to build person-centered, strength-based recovery environments.
Mr. Robinson has been actively involved in the field of addictions treatment and co-occurring
disorders, as a clinician, clinical supervisor, administrator, educator, researcher and policy
maker. He is a graduate of the Hazelden Foundation Counselor training program and holds a
Masters Degree in Addictions counseling from Antioch University. He holds a Masters Level
certification endorsement from the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors;
he is a licensed addiction therapist in both Wyoming and Montana. He has worked extensively
throughout Indian Country as a technical assistance consultant and helped to found the Mountain
West Technology Transfer Center. Mr. Robinson is currently working with the Indian-owned
technology company, Strength-Based Solutions Group, LLC to develop the Keep IT Simple
practice management software system(s).
Phone: (307) 751-0758

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