Employee Directory

Office of the Director

Shannon Dion - (804) 786-8718
Director
Megan Peterson - (804) 786-7840
Chief Deputy Director
David Cotter - (804) 225-3471

Mr. Cotter is the Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs for the Department of Legislative Services and serves as the Department’s liaison with the Virginia General Assembly, providing legislative support for the Department’s staff. Prior to joining the Department, he served as a staff attorney for the Virginia Division of Legislative Services and the Virginia General Assembly from 2006 until 2018, staffing primarily the House Committee for Courts of Justice Committee and the House Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee, where he played a role in drafting many of the bills affecting the public safety and criminal laws of the Commonwealth. Mr. Cotter received his law degree from the William and Mary School of Law.


Director of Policy & Legislative Affairs
Laureen Hyman - (804) 786-8718

Ms. Hyman is the Executive Assistant to the Director. She also provides support to the Chief Deputy Director and is the Recording Secretary for the Criminal Justice Services Board. 


Executive Assistant to the Director

Division of Programs and Services

Tom Fitzpatrick - (804) 225-0005

Mr. Fitzpatrick currently serves as the Division Director for Programs and Services and oversees the Department's victim services efforts, pretrial and local probation programs, mental health and substance addiction responses, and juvenile justice and child welfare initiatives.  He joined the department in 2015 as the policy advisor.  He previously worked for the City of Richmond as the Chief Deputy Director at the Department of Social Services and as a Deputy Director at the Department of Justice Services.  Mr. Fitzpatrick received both his undergraduate and law degrees from the College of William and Mary and is a graduate of the Virginia Executive Institute, Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership, and Leadership Metro Richmond.


Division Director
Candace Miles - (804) 371-6507

Ms. Miles serves as the Office Manager for the Division of Programs and Services at DCJS.  She provides support to all division programs and is the primary contact for the division’s web-based activities.


Office Manager

Adult Services

Andy Warriner - (804) 786-6534

Mr. Warriner manages the Adult Services Section within the Division of Programs and Services for DCJS. Adult Services facilitates the Department’s initiatives and programs related to the adult criminal justice system, including local probation, pretrial, reentry, substance use disorder, and behavioral health programs and initiatives.


Adult Services Section Manager
Stephanie Arnold - (804) 371-0531

Ms. Arnold coordinates the federal Residential Substance Abuse and Treatment (RSAT) program at DCJS. She oversees the RSAT grants that the Department awards and provides direction, support and technical assistance to grant recipients at state and local correctional agencies. She is the mental health/criminal justice system cross-mapping contact and the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) contact for the Division, and serves as the mental health and substance abuse subject matter expert for the Department.


Criminal Justice Program Analyst
Paula Harpster - (804) 786-1140

Ms. Harpster has worked in the adult criminal justice system since 1994. She is currently involved with the administration of the Comprehensive Community Corrections Act for Local-Responsible Offenders (CCCA) and Pretrial Services Act (PSA) grants, and monitors 13 of the 37 agencies. She also monitors Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grants and has monitored the RSAT grant. Her responsibilities include planning, policy development, technical assistance, and implementing evidence-based practices for CCCA and PSA agencies throughout Virginia. She also is involved in coordinating and developing legislative responses and analyses on adult criminal justice issues. Ms. Harpster has experience in program evaluation, research methods, and design. Prior to her current position, she worked with the Virginia Department of Corrections (VADOC) from 1993 to 1998. In addition to developing legislative impact statements for the VADOC, her responsibilities included evaluating programs in institutions, as well as in the community. She also chaired the agency’s Human Research Review Committee and facilitated numerous collaborative research projects and has authored several evaluations and participated in many state-wide projects. She is a graduate of Old Dominion University with a BA in Sociology with Minor in English and a MA in Applied Sociology from Old Dominion University/Norfolk State University.


Community Corrections Program Coordinator
Ken Rose - (804) 225-4329

Mr. Rose coordinates the statewide pretrial services activities provided under the Pretrial Services Act (PSA) and is responsible for all of DCJS’ codified responsibilities related to jail planning activities. His responsibilities include program planning and implementation, policy development and analysis, grant management, and technical assistance in the adult corrections area. He has adult corrections experience at the local, state, and national levels. Mr. Rose joined DCJS after working as a consultant where he provided technical assistance and training to pretrial services agencies throughout the country.  Prior to that, he worked for the National Institute of Corrections.


Pre-Trial Program Coordinator

Juvenile Services

Laurel Marks - (804) 786-3462

Ms. Marks manages the Juvenile and Child Welfare Section within the Division of Programs and Services. The section administers both state and federal funds and does policy work for improving investigation, prosecution, and judicial handling of child abuse, Court Appointed Special Advocates, and juvenile justice and delinquency prevention. Ms. Marks received her J.D. from the Marshall Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary and her undergraduate degree from Colby College in Waterville, Maine.


Juvenile & Child Welfare Services Section Manager
Jenna Foster - (804) 786-3967

Ms. Foster serves as the Children’s Justice Act Coordinator for the Commonwealth of Virginia at the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services. As part of the Juvenile Services Section, she supports programming that effects children and youth who may have experienced trauma and victimization. Ms. Foster has over thirteen years’ experience working in the advocacy field at the local, national, and international level. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the World YWCA located in Geneva, Switzerland and specializes in young women’s leadership and violence against women initiatives. She also serves on the Advisory Committee for the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NCRDV) which works to support victims of crime through annual awareness programs. Ms. Foster holds a Master’s in Business Administration with a specialization in Leadership and double-majored in Business Management and International Business during her undergraduate tenure.


Children's Justice Act Coordinator
Ed Holmes - (804) 786-4576

Mr. Holmes is responsible for technical assistance, grant monitoring and management of programs funded by OJJDP, Title II, Title V and JABG programs, and other grant funded programs as assigned.  Mr. Holmes retired after 35 years from the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). He has worked in a variety of professional positions in juvenile justice, including Eastern Regional Administrator, DJJ Field Operations Manager, and Regional Programs Manager. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Hampton Institute, and a MSW from the Norfolk State University Graduate School of Social Work. 


Juvenile Justice Program Coordinator
Monica Jackson - 804-692-0977

Ms. Jackson is a Juvenile Justice Program Analyst with Juvenile Services Section of the Division of Programs and Services.  She is the primary point of contact for juvenile justice and delinquency prevention for the Agency and serves as liaison with OJJDP and other juvenile justice specialists and external constituents.  She provides staff support to the Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice and Prevention and organizes tasks associated with the committee.  She assists state and local agencies, boards, and commissions in planning, developing, and implementing training and represents the Agency and Division on various inter-agency work groups and committees on juvenile justice matters.


Juvenile Justice Program Analyst
Melissa O'Neill - (804) 786-6428

Ms. O’Neill is the State Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program Coordinator with the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS). There are 27 local CASA programs in Virginia. In her role as the State CASA Program Coordinator, Ms. O’Neill provides leadership and policy guidance for operational CASA programs. Additional duties include regulatory oversight, technical assistance for existing programs, new program development, training, and grant administration. Ms. O’Neill has over 30 years of experience working in child welfare, juvenile justice, government, and non-profit settings. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Toledo and a Master of Science in Social Work degree from the University of Tennessee with a concentration in Administration and Planning.


CASA Program Coordinator
Lynn Sivels - (804) 225-1847

As a DCJS Juvenile Services Program Specialist, Ms. Sivels monitors Virginia’s 27 Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) programs for compliance with program-related statutes, standards, and regulations through grant reviews, program desk audits, and field site visits. She coordinates training initiatives of the CASA program and the Virginia Children’s Justice Act (CJA) program, and the activities of the Virginia Advisory Committee to the CASA and CJA Programs. She also serves as the Records Officer for the Division of Programs and Services.  Ms. Sivels is a graduate of Liberty University with a concentration in counseling. She has a background in program planning, business process analysis and re-engineering, and change management. 


Program Specialist
Ken Stables - (804) 786-0051

Mr. Stables serves as the primary JJDP Act Compliance Monitor for the Commonwealth. He monitors Virginia’s jails, lockups, courthouses, juvenile detention centers, and juvenile correctional facilities for compliance with key provisions of the federal JJDP Act. He provides information and technical assistance to facility staff and local stakeholders. Prior to DCJS, Mr. Stables served 33 years in local law enforcement before retiring. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Richmond and an Associate’s degree in Police Science from John Tyler Community College.


Compliance Monitor
Curtis Stevens - (804) 840-7040

Mr. Stevens has worked at DCJS as Virginia’s Juvenile Justice Compliance Monitor for 12 years, monitoring lockups, jails, courthouses, juvenile detention and juvenile correctional facilities for compliance with the federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act. Prior to this, he worked in law enforcement for over 30 years, serving as Deputy Chief of Police for 15 years. He has also taught various courses in criminal justice at several Virginia community colleges. Mr. Stevens holds a B.A. degree in Criminology from Saint Leo University and a M.S. degree in Administration of Criminal Justice from Virginia Commonwealth University.


Compliance Monitor

Victims Services

Kristina Vadas - (804) 786-7802
Manager
Amia Barrows - (804) 225-4060

Ms. Barrows, Victims Services Grant Program Specialist, monitors grant compliance for Sexual Assault Services, Victim/Witness Assistance, V-STOP, Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Victim Fund and VOCA New Initiatives Victim Assistance grant programs. She provides training and technical assistance to the programs and assists in maintaining procedures and guidelines for victim-related grant administration to include data collections for statewide and federal reporting.


Victims Services Grant Program Specialist
Dione Bassett - (804) 371-2419

Ms. Bassett, Victims Services Grant Program Specialist, monitors grant compliance for Sexual Assault Services, Victim/Witness Assistance, V-STOP, Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Victim Fund and VOCA New Initiatives Victim Assistance grant programs. She provides training and technical assistance to the programs and assists in maintaining procedures and guidelines for victim related grant administration to include data collections for statewide and federal reporting.


Victims Services Grant Program Specialist
Tricia Everetts - (804) 786-7362

Ms. Everetts provides assistance in the development of training, planning, and evaluation services to state and local agencies, criminal justice programs, boards, commissions and task forces. She also coordinates the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Fund program and provides technical assistance and consultation regarding the development and enhancement of grant funded programs.


Victims Services Training Coordinator
Patricia Foster - (804) 371-8634

As the Victim/Witness Program Coordinator, Ms. Foster manages the statewide Victim/Witness Grant Program. In this role, she plans, allocates, and monitors state and federal funding to local and statewide organizations to ensure and expand crime victim services across Virginia in a manner consistent with federal and state guidelines. She provides monitoring, technical assistance, and consultation regarding administration of all victims services grant programs. Ms. Foster also provides guidance and training to grantees and other criminal justice system professionals throughout Virginia. 


Victim Witness Program Coordinator
Julia Fuller-Wilson - (804) 371-0386

Ms. Fuller-Wilson is the Violence Against Women Program Coordinator at the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services. She currently administers the federal Services, Training, Officers, Prosecution (STOP) grant funds. She has over 20 years of experience in the field of victim services. She has provided direct services to victims of sexual and domestic violence; provided grant monitoring, technical assistance, and training to victim service programs and projects; and provided assistance to victims of crime through the criminal appellate, death penalty, and civil commitment systems. She manages and responds as a part of the Virginia Crisis Response Team, trained through the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA). She is currently the President on the Board of Directors of the Association of VAWA Administrators (AVA) and serves as Vice-Chair of the CASA/CJA Advisory Board. Ms. Fuler-Wilson received a B.S. in Sociology and Psychology from Charleston Southern University and a Master’s in Social Work, with a concentration in Social Work Administration and Policy Practice, from Virginia Commonwealth University.


Violence Against Women Program Coordinator
Tyler Hinton - (804) 225-3453
Data Entry Specialist
Andrew Kinch - 804-225-4331

Mr. Kinch, Victims Services Grant Program Specialist, monitors grant compliance for Sexual Assault Services, Victim/Witness Assistance, V-STOP, Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Victim Fund, and VOCA New Initiatives Victim Assistance grant programs. He provides training and technical assistance to the programs and also assists in maintaining procedures and guidelines for victim related grant administration to include data collections for statewide and federal reporting. Mr. Kinch covers the Shenandoah territory for the Victim Services section’s grant programs.  He came to DCJS after several years with Virginia Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Political Science from the University of Delaware and a Master’s Degree of Public Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.


Victims Services Grant Program Specialist
Jennifer Kline - (804) 225-3456

Ms. Kline is the Grant Program Coordinator for the Improving Criminal Justice Responses to Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking grant. She works with a team of representatives from five statewide partner agencies to develop training and resources to strengthen Victim Advocacy, focusing on underserved populations. She has a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and Anthropology from Radford University, and a Masters in Sociology from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. She has worked in the field of victim services for twenty years. Twelve of those years were dedicated to child advocacy, working to create and develop a trauma-informed response to child maltreatment allegations in central Virginia.


Grant Program Coordinator
John Mahoney - (804) 225-4320

As Victims Services Supervisor, Mr. Mahoney manages policy and program guidance for Virginia’s federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funded victim assistance grant programs. He holds a master’s degree in public administration and has more than 25 years of experience managing statewide victim assistance grant programs. He also analyzes crime victim-related legislation and provides training and technical assistance in grant planning and administration and crime victim-related policy matters.


Victims Services Supervisor
Courtney Meyer - (804) 786-0036

Ms. Meyer serves as the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence (VSDV) Professional Standards Coordinator.  She coordinates and facilitates the meetings for the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Professional Standards Committee, as well as provides direction to the committee with establishing voluntary accreditation standards by which local sexual and domestic violence programs can be evaluated with a peer-reviewed process.  Prior to her current position, she was a prevention educator and volunteer coordinator at the Sexual Assault Resource and Counseling Center (SARCC) of Lebanon County Pennsylvania.  Before SARCC, she volunteered for 10 years between two dual (domestic and sexual violence) centers in Pennsylvania where she answered hotline calls, assisted victims with obtaining Protection from Abuse (PFA) orders, and accompanied victims to the hospital for forensic exams.  Additionally, Ms. Meyer holds the following degrees: M.Ed. in Human Sexuality Education, M.S. in Higher Education, M.A. in Forensic Psychology, and B.S. in Psychology.


Professional Standards Coordinator
Michelle Miles - (804) 225-1846

Ms. Miles has served as a Victims Services Grant Program Specialist with the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services since November 2014. In this role, she monitors grant compliance and provides technical assistance to victim advocates, medical providers, law enforcement, attorneys, and others. She assists with trainings and acts as a DCJS representative on committees addressing victims’ service issues. Ms. Miles also assists with the development of grant guidelines and onboarding of grant monitors. Prior to her current position, she worked with victims of all crime types at the Virginia Department of Corrections in the Victim Services Unit. At the beginning of her career she was a hospital-based advocate working with adult victims of sexual and domestic violence. Ms. Miles has a Master’s degree in Community Counseling and Forensic Psychology from Marymount University and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from James Madison University.


Victims Services Grant Program Specialist
Anya Shaffer - (804) 786-2059

Ms. Shaffer monitors grant compliance for Sexual Assault Services, Victim/Witness Assistance, Violence Against Women Act (V-STOP), Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Victim Fund and VOCA New Initiatives Victim Assistance grant programs.  She is also responsible for providing training and technical assistance to the programs and assists in maintaining procedures and guidelines for victim related grants administration to include data collection for statewide and federal performance reporting.


Victims Services Grant Program Specialist
Tierra Smith - (804) 786-1165

Ms. Smith serves as a Victims Services Grant Program Specialist. She is responsible for providing accurate technical assistance to ensure compliance and adequate grant sponsored service delivery within Sexual Assault Services, Victim/Witness Assistance, V-STOP, Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Victim Fund, and the VOCA New Initiatives Victim Assistance grant programs.  Her responsibilities also include providing training to programs as well as grants administration tasks to include data collection for state and federal performance reporting. She holds a Bachelors of Social Work from Mary Baldwin College and Masters of Social Work from Temple University. 


Victims Services Grant Program Specialist

Policy, Planning, Research Unit

Criminal Justice Research Center

Jim McDonough - (804) 371-0532

Mr. McDonough manages the DCJS Criminal Justice Research Center, which serves as the Virginia Statistical Analysis Center (SAC). The Research Center collects, analyzes and reports all types of criminal justice data, conducts program evaluations, and produces jail inmate population forecasts. He has worked with DCJS since 1991, and managed the Research Center since 1996. He currently serves as Vice-President of the Justice Research and Statistics Association. Prior to working at DCJS, he worked as a traffic accident researcher at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in Washington, DC. Jim received his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1984.


Research Manager
Baron Blakley - (804) 786-3057

Mr. Blakley’s analysis is primarily focused on jails and drug trends. He serves as the co-chair of the interagency Health & Criminal Justice Data Committee, which is currently analyzing data related to the opioid overdose crisis. He produces an annual report on drug cases submitted to the Department of Forensic Science and is responsible for the annual projection of the local-offender jail population. He also assists with criminal justice research and evaluation projects for other DCJS sections, as well as other agencies.


Criminal Justice Research Analyst
Sherri Johnson - (804) 786-7427

Ms Johnson develops and conducts needs assessments, evaluations, and surveys in support of public safety policies and programs. She also provides assistance establishing performance measures for criminal justice initiatives.


Criminal Justice Research Analyst
Debbie Roberts - (804) 786-4612

Ms. Roberts is an experienced programmer/analyst at the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services Research Center.  She is expert in the analysis of Virginia incident-based Uniform Crime Reports and many other state and national criminal justice-related databases.


Criminal Justice Research Analyst

Division of Law Enforcement

Teresa Gooch - (804) 786-8730

Ms. Gooch joined the Department of Criminal Justice Services as the Division Director of Law Enforcement on February 28, 2011. Previously, she was a career employee with the City of Richmond Police Department, having served as the Assistant Chief of Police.  Prior to her role as Assistant Chief of Police, she served as an Interim Chief of Police, Deputy Police Chief, Police Captain, and Police Lieutenant.  Ms. Gooch possesses a Bachelor’s degree in Administration of Justice from Guilford College, and a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Virginia Commonwealth University.


Division Director

Public Safety Training

Donna Michaelis - (804) 371-6506

Ms. Michaelis is the manager of the Virginia Center for School and Campus Safety and Public Safety Training at the Department of Criminal Justices Services. She has been working in the area of school safety since 1985 when she began her career with the Chesterfield County Police Department as the county’s first Child Safety Coordinator. Mrs. Michaelis assumed the responsibility of the newly legislated Center at DCJS when it was established in 2000 as a result of the Columbine tragedy. She is currently a manager within the Law Enforcement Division of DCJS overseeing Public Safety Training and the Virginia Center for School and Campus Safety. In her role, she provides training, resources, and technical assistance to all schools, colleges and universities, and law enforcement agencies across the Commonwealth on issues related to school and campus safety and specialized law enforcement issues.  Mrs. Michaelis is a graduate of the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA.  


Public Safety Training Manager
James Christian - (804) 357-0967

Mr. Christian serves as the School & Campus Safety Coordinator for the Virginia Center for School and Campus Safety in the Law Enforcement Division of the Department of Criminal Justice Services. He collaborates with school divisions; law enforcement agencies; and numerous local, state, and federal partners to improve school safety, provide technical assistance, and facilitate training across the Commonwealth. Prior to working at DCJS, he served in several capacities in public education as an​ ​administrator of a​n alternative school, high school assistant principal, and special education teacher. He began his career in education as a woodworking, building trades, and automotive technology teacher at a private residential treatment center. Prior to working in education, Mr. Christian was a police officer​ and an army paratrooper​. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Masters in Special Education, and an​ Ed.S. in School Administration and Leadership.


School & Campus Safety Coordinator
Marc Dawkins - (804) 380-9709

Mr. Dawkins has served as the School and Campus Safety Coordinator with the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) since 2013.  He provides training, resources, and technical assistance to Virginia’s colleges and universities in many areas impacting campus safety to include campus sexual violence, stalking, dating violence, threat assessment, mental health, Title IX and Clery Act compliance, legal guidelines, and managing critical incidents. 


School & Campus Safety Coordinator
Shellie Evers - (804) 678-8993

Ms. Evers oversees the five elements of the school safety audit process including the annual secondary school climate survey. She also tracks the departmental budget and plans and develops conferences and trainings in the areas of K-12 school safety including active shooter, anti-bullying, climate improvement, emergency planning, gang prevention and awareness, human trafficking, mental health awareness, social media, suicide prevention, threat assessment, trauma informed care, and legal issues. 


School & Campus Security Specialist
Kristina Fawcett - (804) 225-3948

Ms. Fawcett has been employed at DCJS since 2013. She serves as a program specialist in the Division of Law Enforcement’s Virginia Center for School and Campus Safety and Public Safety Training unit. Ms. Fawcett provides administrative support and technical assistance for trainings and conferences, and is also responsible for program management and trainings related to Disability Awareness for Law Enforcement, Mental Health First Aid, and Suicide Prevention. She has previously held positions with the Virginia Sheriffs' Association and the Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals. 


School & Campus Safety Coordinator
Patrick Harris - (804) 786-5367

Mr. Harris is a Criminal Justice Grant Program Specialist and manages nearly 100 state and local law enforcement agency grants. He has nearly 45 years of experience working with local, state, national, and international law enforcement organizations. He is a former Richmond police officer and previously served with DCJS as the Manager of the Virginia Crime Prevention Center. He has served as a law enforcement trainer, speaker, and consultant in 38 states and four foreign countries. In 1973, he earned a BS in Administration of Justice and Public Safety from Virginia Commonwealth University.


Criminal Justice Grant Program Specialist
Joe Marshall - (804) 786-1577

Mr. Marshall is a Program Consultant in the DCJS Center for School and Campus Safety. In that capacity, he assists in the administration of some of the Department’s grant programs. He also helps to manage the “599” program that distributes state funds to localities with police departments, performs legislative liaison duties during the General Assembly Sessions, and edits Agency publications. Mr. Marshall is a graduate of the University of Virginia (Government). 


Program Consultant
Tracy Matthews - (804) 371-0635

Mr. Tracy Matthews is the Law Enforcement Training Coordinator, with the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), Division of Law Enforcement.  He original joined DCJS as a Law Enforcement Grant Programs Specialist in August 2017.  He has over 21 years of experience in the Juvenile Justice system. Prior to DCJS, he was employed as the Community Programs Administrator for the City of Newport News Department of Juvenile Services. There, his responsibilities included management and oversight of the locality’s alternatives to secure detention and grant-funded programs for court-involved youth. Prior to the City of Newport News, he was employed with the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), at the Newport News Juvenile Court Services Unit. He has also served as the Youth Services Coordinator, for the City of Williamsburg and Office on Youth Director for Isle of Wight County. He began his professional career working as a Detention Specialist at the Newport News Detention Center. Tracy earned his BA degree in Sociology/Criminology from Hampton University, in Hampton, Virginia. He earned his MA degree in Public Administration/Justice Administration from Troy University.


Law Enforcement Training Coordinator

Standards, Policy and Homeland Security

Erik Smith - (804) 225-3899

Mr. Smith is the manager for Standards and Policy with the Division of Law Enforcement.   He supervises a diverse and talented group of individuals who handle training standards, model policies, officer certification and decertification, agency accreditation,  crime prevention, and regulations.  Prior to joining DCJS, Mr. Smith was a prosecutor with the city of Richmond for over thirteen years, where he prosecuted a wide range of crimes, with an emphasis on narcotics and firearms cases.


Law Enforcement Standards & Policy Manager
Kenny Adcock - (804) 786-3923

Mr. Adcock works in the Division of Law Enforcement and provides programmatic and technical assistance to the criminal justice community.  He manages the  Law Enforcement webpage and monitors legislative impact on standards and policy. He develops and supports Veteran hiring initiatives throughout the Commonwealth.  Mr. Adcock is a graduate from Bluefield College with a degree in Criminal Justice.


Law Enforcement Program Coordinator
Rick Arrington - (804) 840-7784

Mr. Arrington serves as the crime prevention subject matter expert for DCJS and coordinates the Crime Prevention Specialist certification program, the Certified Crime Prevention Community and Campus Programs. He conducts and facilitates crime prevention training, provides technical assistance relative to the field of prevention, and facilitates the Crime Prevention Training Advisory Committee.


Crime Prevention Program Manager
Janice Cosel - (804) 225-4334

Ms. Cosel joined DCJS, in March 2008, as the Homeland Security Training Manager whose primary responsibility included development of homeland security guidance, active shooter and counterterrorism training planning models, and coordination of resource training materials for Agency constituents through Homeland Security grants. She was also responsible for developing an external portal distance learning management system for the Law Enforcement Division. Her current responsibilities include collaboration, coordination, and promotion for the rewrite/update of regulated training standards performance outcomes. She assists in the evaluation of current performance outcomes to determine relevancy, accuracy, and necessity.  She also assists with developing benchmarks, sound design plans, and supports an ongoing review process, as well as aids in the development of new performance outcomes.  Ms. Cosel recommends best practices and aligns curriculum to performance outcomes. She collaborates and assists with writing/developing curriculum and works closely with Curriculum Review Committees. She assists with the implementation and completion of the law enforcement job task analysis. She collaborates, coordinates, develops, and updates statutorily required performance outcomes; manages and administers the Agency’s law enforcement distance learning external portal learning system; and assists with on-line compliance requirements as needed. Additionally, she offers assistance in providing technical assistance to Agency’s staff and the criminal justice community and collaborates, coordinates, and creates a cultural diversity/awareness on-line curriculum and PowerPoint slides as part of the required training for the upcoming Introductory Crime Prevention Course. 


Learning & Development Coordinator
Sharen Faxio - (804) 786-7801

Ms. Faxio is the TREX administrator, as well as the project lead for the new TRMS (Training Records Management System). She is currently offering her expertise and experience as project lead for an endeavor which will combine two legacy software programs.  She is utilizing her background and working knowledge to aid in the necessary research and application of the new system.  As the records management system administrator, Ms. Faxio provides programmatic and technical assistance to the criminal justice community and supervises the programming of the training records system database.  She educates users at all state criminal justice agencies and disseminates log-in credentials for all users.


Law Enforcement Program Coordinator
Lois Kinch - (804) 371-4809

Ms. Kinch joined the Department of Criminal Justice Services’ (DCJS) Law Enforcement Division in May 2017.  She currently serves as the agency’s Job Task Analysis Coordinator and is responsible for coordinating a statewide Entry-Level Law Enforcement Job Task Analysis (JTA). Her responsibilities include ensuring the training standards required for Commonwealth of Virginia entry-level law enforcement officers are contemporary, relevant, and accurate in depicting the job as it exists today. Additionally, she collaborates and assists with law enforcement curriculum development and review processes and the development of related performance measures. Previously, she was a police officer for the Virginia Beach Police Department (VBPD) from 1996-2005. While at VBPD, she increased her diversity, knowledge, and experience by working in the uniform patrol, vice and narcotics, and computer crimes units. Prior to accepting employment with the DCJS, Ms. Kinch was also a sworn special agent with the New Mexico Office of Attorney General from 2006-2017. As a certified computer/digital forensic examiner and investigator for the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) unit, she honed her skills. She was motivated to make a positive difference in the lives of families and rose through the ranks to become Deputy ICAC Commander for the state of New Mexico from 2007-2017. She has received numerous commendations for her law enforcement efforts from the United States Attorney’s Office, Office of the New Mexico Attorney General, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Virginia Beach Police Department.


Job Task Analysis Coordinator
Derrick Mays - (804) 840-5520

Mr. Mays is the Program Manager for the Virginia Center for Accreditation, DCJS. His day-to-day duties include recruiting and assisting Law Enforcement agencies with the accreditation process. In addition, he also monitors agencies that are currently accredited through the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission (VLEPSC) where he serves as the liaison between VLEPSC and DCJS. He also conducts Criminal History Audits for DCJS. He is a 20-year veteran of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office where he served as the Lieutenant of Patrol, Lieutenant of Administration, DARE Officer, School Resource Officer Supervisor, and Accreditation Manager. He is a certified DCJS Instructor, Crime Prevention Specialist, Lead Instructor for Officer Survival Felony Vehicle Stops, and teaches the Field Training Officer class at the Central Virginia Criminal Justice Academy. He is the Virginia SALT/TRIAD Sergeant at Arms.


VLEPSC Program Manager
Barbara Peterson-Wilson - (804) 225-4503

Ms. Peterson-Wilson works in the Division of Law Enforcement and manages the Agency’s regulations and regulatory actions; facilitates the Curriculum Review Committees’ reviews and revisions of the compulsory minimum training standards for law enforcement, jailors, court security, civil process, dispatchers, and corrections officers; drafts model policies; and assists with the legislative process as needed. Ms. Peterson-Wilson has worked in the field of criminal justice for 14 years.


Law Enforcement Program Coordinator
Amy Sink - (804) 786-7898

Ms. Sink has worked in the field of criminal justice for 12 years, prior to starting with DCJS in September 2016. She provides programmatic and technical assistance for the criminal justice community. She serves as recording secretary for the Committee on Training, assists in managing the Department’s records management system as the Division Records Management Officer, and assists in the contractor-led development and fielding for the new records management system.


Law Enforcement Program Coordinator
Lisa Thornton - (804) 786-4154

Ms. Thornton maintains all program files and databases for the Crime Prevention Specialist Certification Program and is responsible for all Crime Prevention Specialist Program correspondence and certificates. She produces and distributes Law Enforcement, Jailor, and Instructor certificates; fills orders for Law Enforcement Instructor Patches; runs and emails Academy Training Due and Instructor listings quarterly; and reviews, processes, and approves Partial In-Service Credit applications.  Additionally, she provides programmatic and technical assistant to the criminal justice community and grades and reports results of the Law Enforcement certification exam to the academies.


Law Enforcement Program Assistant

Field Inspections & Audits

Sharon Gray - (757) 567-5690

Ms. Gray serves as the manager for the field services section of DCJS. She supervises five field representatives who oversee the certified criminal justice academies and agencies across the Commonwealth. She reviews, processes, and approves partial training waivers submitted by criminal justice agencies. She assists academies and agencies with DCJS related employment and training issues.  She reviews academy certification and recertification audits, and troubleshoots as issues arise. She reviews, processes, and approves partial in-service training credit for training conducted outside of the academy setting. She is also the training director for the DCJS training academy. Ms. Gray served as a Rockingham County Deputy Sheriff for 10 years prior to coming to DCJS in 1990. She holds a bachelors degree from James Madison University.


Field Services Manager
Mark Ammerman - (804) 840-6956

Mr. Ammerman started with DCJS in 1999, as a field trainer for the DCJS. Academy. He spent 16 years in various uniforms prior to joining DCJS. He is currently a field representative, primarily for the Tidewater area. He assists academies and agencies related to training issues, needs, and concerns. Mr. Ammerman is a general instructor, as well as firearms, driving, and defensive tactics instructor. Additionally, he is a martial artist.


Field Services Coordinator
David Hewes - (804) 837-9633

Mr. Hewes serves as the DCJS liaison with criminal justice academies and agencies in Area V. This consists of the areas served by Skyline Regional Criminal Justice Academy, Central Shenandoah Criminal Justice Academy, and Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy. He conducts academy certification/re-certification audits. He approves entry-level training for all criminal justice functions, administers the state certification exam for law enforcement offices, and approves all mandated training extensions and instructor applications. He reviews annual firearms qualification and speed measurement training and retraining for criminal justice agencies in his region. Additionally, he conducts administrative investigations related to DCJS training issues as required. Mr. Hewes is a 32-year law enforcement veteran and served as the Academy Director for the Virginia Beach Police Academy during his tenure with that agency. He also holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Old Dominion University.


Field Services Coordinator
Robert McHale - (804) 229-2439

Mr. McHale serves as Field Services Coordinator and is responsible for Northern Virginia area academies and agencies that feed into those academies.  He acts as the main contact for DCJS to the police and sheriff's departments and the academies; conducts training audits, answers technical questions via email and on the phone; ensures agency and academy compliance with Virginia State Code pertaining to hiring and training of Law Enforcement, Court Security, Jail and Civil Process servers; and processes paperwork associated with compliance with the Code of Virginia as it pertains to certifications in Law Enforcement, Jail and Courts.  His previous experience includes 28 years with the Prince William County Police Department, retiring at the rank of Captain.  He also served two years with the Prince William Sheriff's Department as a background investigator prior to joining DCJS in September 2015.  Mr. McHale received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Scranton and also attended the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.


Field Services Coordinator
Terry Montgomery - (804) 840-7139

Mr. Montgomery began his career in the criminal justice system with the Wythe County Sheriff’s Office. Leaving the sheriff’s office, he took the position of Assistant Director and later became Executive Director of the New River Criminal Justice Training Academy.  In 2001, he joined the Jail’s Training Staff at Department of Criminal Justice Services and now holds the position as a Field Services Coordinator.


Field Services Coordinator
Frank Pitzer - (804) 840-8673

Mr. Pitzer serves as the liaison for criminal justice academies and agencies in the greater Richmond region, Roanoke region, and the Virginia Department of Corrections. He assists academies and agencies with DCJS related employment and training issues. He conducts academy certification and recertification audits, and he approves entry-level training for law enforcement, jail, court security, civil process, dispatcher, and corrections officers at each academy. He administers the state certification exam for law enforcement officers, and he reviews and approves training extensions and instructor applications. He reviews annual firearms qualifications for criminal justice agencies within his region, and he conducts administrative investigations into DCJS training issues as needed.


Field Services Coordinator

Division of Licensure and Regulatory Services

Leon Baker - (804) 786-2348

Mr. Baker is responsible for serving as a member of the Agency's Leadership Team and directs the day-to-day operations of the Division.  He has been with DCJS since March of 1992, and has served in a number of management roles within the Agency during that time period.  Overall, Mr. Baker has been directly involved in the private security industry in Virginia since June of 1981.  He has served on the Private Security Services Advisory Board, and he is a past President of the International Association of Security and Investigative Regulators.  Mr. Baker and his staff are fully committed to providing the absolute best service possible to our constituents.


Division Director
Barbara Drudge - (804) 367-0716

Ms. Drudge coordinates the regulatory process for the Division of Licensure and Regulatory Services with the Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs and the Division Director.  She develops and maintains the Division Policy and Procedure Manual, serves as Records Retention Officer for the Division, and develops and plans the Division Weekly Report.  She also provides management support, completes special projects as directed, develops and revises forms, and provide support to the Division as needed.  Ms. Drudge was the Interim Director of the former Board of Towing and Recovery Operators, and also served as a compliance agent, hearing officer, policy analyst, and Agency contact for the Virginia General Assembly at the Charitable Gaming Board.  In addition to 20+ years with the Commonwealth of Virginia, she has also worked in private industry as a paralegal.


Administrative Regulatory Coordinator
Viktor Shuparskyy - (804) 786-0487

Mr. Shuparskyy serves as the Adjudication Coordinator for the Division of Licensure and Regulatory Services. He reviews, analyzes, and conducts legal research and prepares cases of administrative violations for adjudication. He negotiates settlements of cases involving administrative violations by the Division’s registrants and licensees through the consent orders. He prepares administrative cases and schedules them for adjudication through the informal fact finding conferences and represents the Department at those conferences, where he defends the Department’s position.  Mr. Shuparskyy prepares administrative cases for adjudication at the formal hearings and participates in them, as well. His main goal as the Adjudication Coordinator is to resolve the cases and ensure that the Department’s administrative actions are legally defensible. Mr. Shuparskyy has a Master of Laws degree from the University of Alabama School of Law and more than 20 years of legal experience.


Adjudication Coordinator

Compliance, Enforcement & Training

Thomas Clarke - (804) 786-0813

On June 25, 2012, Mr. Clarke was hired as the Compliance and Enforcement Manager for the Division of Regulatory Affairs.  Mr. Clarke brings over four decades of broad law enforcement experience gained in the City of Richmond as the officer in Charge of Violent Crimes and as Special Agent in Charge of Investigations for the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.  He has led investigations for the Secretary of Administration and the Office of the Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney. He has served as an expert consultant for trial preparation, investigations, and grand jury presentations, with specialized assistance to local law enforcement agencies. He has a Bachelor of Science cum laude in Criminal Justice and has completed additional Criminal Justice coursework at Virginia Union University.  He has attended the FBI and DEA Academies in Quantico, Virginia, and is also a graduate of CMI, Commonwealth Management Institute and the Secretary of Public Safety-- Public Safety Leadership Institute.


Compliance, Enforcement, & Training Manager
Bryan Carver - (804) 385-2945

Investigator Carver is assigned to the Compliance, Enforcement, and Training Unit for the Department of Criminal Justice Division of Licensure and Regulatory Services within the Tidewater Hampton Roads Region of the Commonwealth. He investigates complaints alleging violations pertaining to the Code of Virginia or the Regulations for all programs under the Division of Licensure and Regulatory Services.  He conducts audits of Private Security Services Businesses, Training Schools and Training Sessions. He provides technical assistance to Law Enforcement Agencies, individuals, businesses and training schools regarding the requirements of Virginia law and regulations as they relate to all programs.


Regulatory Investigator
KerriAnne Cooper - (804) 629-1579

Ms. Cooper investigates complaints received regarding violations of applicable sections of the Code of Virginia and the Virginia Administrative Code.  She conducts compliance inspections of businesses and training schools licensed or certified by DCJS.  Her experience includes 14 years as a law enforcement officer as a Virginia State Trooper and a Special Agent with VA ABC.  Ms. Cooper has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from James Madison University and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Boston University.  


Regulatory Investigator
Timothy Haymore - (804) 840-1382

Mr. Haymore conducts investigations relating to complaints received reporting violations applicable to sections of the Code of Virginia and the Virginia Administrative Code. He conducts compliance inspections of businesses and training schools licensed or certified by DCJS. He conducts compliance inspections of training sessions conducted by certified training schools.


Regulatory Investigator
Loretta Lynch - (804) 225-4857

Ms. Lynch has been with DCJS since 2007. She started as an Administrative Assistant in the Director's office and later transferred to the Grants Department where she handled special grant projects as assigned. In 2015, she was assigned to the Regulatory Division as a processor and currently is the Training Specialist for Compliance Agents. She also handles the input of Training Rosters, Training Exemptions, entry in the Learning Management System, and issues with OSPREY. In the course of her time at DCJS, she has obtained her Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice; her Masters Degree in Public Administration, and lastly her PhD in Forensic Science.


Criminal Justice Training Specialist
Robbie Robertson - (804) 837-3774

Investigator Robertson is assigned to the Compliance, Enforcement, and Training Unit, Division of Licensure and Regulatory Services. Within the Southwest region of the Commonwealth, he investigates complaints alleging violations pertaining to the Code of Virginia or the Regulations for all programs under the Division of Licensure and Regulatory Services and conducts audits of Private Security Services Businesses, Training Schools, and Training Sessions. He provides technical assistance to Law Enforcement Agencies, individuals, businesses, and training schools on the requirements of Virginia law and regulations as it relates to all programs.


Regulatory Investigator
Cordelia Starkes - (804) 786-1524

Ms. Starkes is a workforce development professional with proven experience applying adult learning principles that impact the bottom line for individuals and organizations.  A certified Project Management Professional (PMP), graduate of the University of Richmond (BS in  Human Resource Management), and Louisiana State University - Shreveport (Masters in Nonprofit Management), Ms. Starkes incorporates the rigor of process management with her passion to help others succeed.  She has expertise in several industries including healthcare, state government, and non-profit.


Criminal Justice Training Specialist

Customer Service and Criminal History

Robert Mason - (804) 786-1018

Mr. Mason is responsible for ensuring customer service is delivered in a competent and professional manner. He serves as an escalation point for providing technical assistance and problem resolution to constituents both verbally, in-person, and in writing. He reviews and signs Criminal History denial letters for individuals and employers, helps to provide solutions to complex issues related to the On-line Regulatory System, and develops protocols to promote efficiency in various processes.


Customer Service & Criminal History Manager
Brenda Cardoza - (804) 225-2454

Ms. Cardoza provides oversight of fingerprint card scanning and processing procedures according to established policies and procedures. This includes evaluating submitted fingerprint cards for completeness, ensuring that an application for licensure has been submitted, and the process is complete for scanning purposes; properly assessing the completion of the scanning; and conducting proper and appropriate follow up for reconciliation purposes. She ensures approved results are timely noted for registration issuance purposes; maintains proper and appropriate records for deficiencies noted during reconciliation process; and works with the Towing, Adjudication, and Criminal History staff providing support and assistance to the Private Security Services section as needed. Ms. Cardoza provides oversight of the Division’s retention procedures according to retention schedules to include the storage, retrieval, and retention and disposition of public records.  She provides professional staff support concerning activities of the Private Security Services Advisory Board and the Nominations and Appointments Subcommittee.


Criminal History Specialist
Missi (Carolyn) Cress - (804) 371-2670

Ms. Cress is responsible for assisting with all aspects of Customer Service operations within the Division of Licensure and Regulatory Services. She serves as a representative for all 5 programs that currently operate within the Division to include: Private Security Services, Bail Bondsman, Bail Enforcement Agents, Special Conservators of the Peace, and Towing. She provides technical and customer service assistance to constituents via phone and also provides assistance to those who walk in to the DCJS office in Richmond, Virginia.  Ms. Cress provides research and program support in areas that relate to the development and delivery of regulatory programs activities and services. She has over five years of dedicated government commitment and comes to DCJS from the IRS where she also served as a Customer Service Representative, working in a fast-paced, high-demand capacity. Ms. Cress is a graduate of Virginia Wesleyan University.


Lead Customer Service Representative
Athena Davis - (804) 371-2669

Ms. Davis is responsible for criminal history records review processes to include reviewing criminal history according to established statutory and regulatory requirements and applicable criminal history waiver guidelines. She ensures that accurate electronic information is entered and maintained; requests and reviews disposition information; analyzes, verifies, and researches information via website from various state's court records for criminal history information; and conducts additional research through the public information database. Additionally, she contacts various state and local police departments for any outstanding charges, verifies that certain individuals have been cleared, processes denials of applications due to criminal history, and prepares cases filed for appeal under the Administrative Process Act.


Criminal History Coordinator
Conor O'Donnell - (804) 786-8003
Fellow
Linda Strohecker - (804) 786-0507

Ms. Miller-Strohecker has been employed in the division since November 25, 1998 in the position of Customer Service Specialist. Her position consists of assisting the general public in person and telephonically with concerns relating to acquiring their credentials by meeting application and training requirements to be employed in a private security position or one of the five programs for which this office is responsible. Her duties are to receive application payments at the front desk, be familiar with the Code and Regulations related to Private Security Services, problem solve concerns of those applying, research mail being returned to the office, enter address changes, assemble numerical batch information daily for data entry, and complete other duties as assigned by management. Ms. Miller-Strohecker attended Pan American Business College 1970-1971.  Previously, she was employed as Assistant to the Station Manager at WTVR-TV for eight years, worked at Richmond Magazine and House of Edgeworth Tobacco Company, and was a secretary at the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control for twelve agents, supervisor, and assistant supervisor for seventeen years.


Customer Service Specialist
Karen Suttles - (804) 225-2196

Ms. Suttles is responsible for assisting all aspects of customer service operations within the Division of Licensure and Regulatory Services. She serves as a representative for all five programs that currently operate within the Division to include: Private Security Services, Bail Bondsman, Bail Enforcement Agents, Special Conservators of the Peace, and Towing. Ms. Suttles provides technical and customer service assistance to constituents via phone and in person.


Customer Service Specialist

Licensing

Monica Cooks - (804) 371-2601

Ms. Cooks is responsible for the oversight of the Special Conservator of the Peace (SCOP) program. In addition, she provides program and technical assistance to constituents under the Division of Licensure and Regulatory Services.


Application Processing Specialist
Margaret Isler - (804) 786-1915

Ms. Isler serves as program specialist for the private security program. She reviews and processes all private security services individual registration applications. She provides quality customer service exercising independent judgement and decision making related to the application process and interpretation of rules and regulations. She has over 40 years of knowledge and training in business management and advanced bookkeeping/accounting principles, as well as customer service. She is a member of the Virginia Governmental Employees Association. Her prior employment includes VCU Facilities Management, City of Richmond Human Relations Department, Henrico Doctor’s Hospital, Retreat Hospital and Richmond Community Hospital.


Application Processing Specialist
Lizbeth Miller - (804) 367-0714

Ms. Miller is responsible for the oversight of the Towing program. She also provides program and technical assistance to constituents under the Division of Licensure and Regulatory Services.


Application Processing Specialist
Marilyn Reed - (804) 786-5490

As an Application Processing Specialist, Ms. Reed is responsible for all aspects of the Private Security Services Business Licensing Program. She reviews all business license applications to ensure that all requirements have been successfully met. She also prints and mails all of the business license credentials. She provides extensive data-entry, payments and correspondence related to business license applications. She is responsible for the administrative aspects of the program requiring the exercise of independent judgment and decision making related to the applications, and interpretation of rules, regulations, polices, and procedure. Ms. Reed’s prior employment includes DPOR and VEC.


Application Processing Specialist
Sasha Wharton-Gray - (804) 225-2354

Ms. Wharton-Gray is responsible for the oversight of the Bail Bondsman and Bail Enforcement programs. She also provides program and technical assistance to constituents under the Division of Licensure and Regulatory Services.


Application Processing Specialist

Human Resources

Holly Clary - (804) 371-0796

Ms. Clary currently holds an executive management position as chief Human Resources officer.  She is consistently responsible for the effective management and utilization of the Agency's human capital and also has responsibility for the development, communication, interpretation, and enforcement of Agency policies that are reflective of those set forth by both the Commonwealth of Virginia and the federal government.  She plans and directs the wide spectrum of services provided by Human Resources in an effort to complement the Agency's overall strategic mission, vision, and goals.  In addition, Ms. Clary delivers services to the Agency's diverse operations that are associated with all aspects of human resources, volunteer, and internship disciplines, including the employment and recruitment of top talent, succession planning, quality assurance, strategic management, benefits administration, learning and career development, classification/compensation, performance management, employee relations, and transactions and recordkeeping.  Ms. Clary holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resource Management and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations.  In addition, she has earned a variety of certifications in the areas of human resources, change management, workforce planning, and project management.


Human Resources
Christy Schrader - (804) 225-4399

Ms. Schrader serves as the Agency's Human Resources Analyst.  She is responsible for payroll and leave accounting, benefits administration, and other areas related to human resources and volunteer and internship programs.


Human Resources Analyst

Division of Finance &Administration

Grants Management

Albert Stokes - (804) 786-4011

Mr. Stokes is currently the Grants Administrator for the Agency.  In this capacity, he is the primary point of contact for DCJS’ (State Administering Agency) federal awards. His responsibilities include working with staff to assist in oversight of the financial and programmatic reporting of federal and state awards. Additionally, Mr. Stokes is also responsible for ensuring that the Agency remains in compliance with federal and state grantors' guidelines.  Prior to being named Grants Manager, he served as DCJS’ Violent Crime Reduction Coordinator and Law Enforcement Grants Supervisor. 


Grants Administrator
Bill Dodd - (804) 371-0638

Mr. Dodd is responsible for quarterly fiscal reporting of in-house grants and all other grant programs. His responsibilities include processing Requests for Funds and drawdown requests for Federal Funds. He also provides technical assistance in completing all required DCJS forms and information such as Request for Funds forms, financial reports, budget amendments, DCJS grant applications and itemized budgets.


Grants Administration Supervisor
Beverly Johnson - (804) 786-9055

Ms. Johnson receives, categorizes, and reviews grant applications submitted to DCJS. She prepares the awards and special condition documents, processes budget amendment requests, or other grant related materials submitted requiring DCJS approval. She processes A/P and A/R vouchers; as well as, prepares and transmits grant review correspondences to the Criminal Justice Services Board (CJSB) and its subcommittees for meetings.  She provides technical assistance and responds to general Grants Administration questions for the following programs: Victim Witness Assistance, Comprehensive Community Corrections Act, School Resource Officer/School Security Officer, Court Appointed Special Advocates, Byrne Justice Assistance Grant Program, and Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Victim Fund.


Grants Support Specialist
Virginia Sneed - (804) 786-5491

Ms. Sneed receives, categorizes, and reviews grant applications submitted to DCJS. She prepares the awards and special condition documents, tracks and processes budget amendment requests, prepares and transmits correspondence for the Criminal Justice Services Board and committees, and other grant-related materials submitted and requiring DCJS approval. She processes accounts payable and accounts receivable vouchers, and provides technical assistance and responds to general Grants Administration questions for the following programs: Byrne Justice Assistance Grant Program, Juvenile Delinquency Prevention Title II, Sexual Assault Grant Program, Sexual Assault Services Program, Juvenile Accountability Block Grant Program, V-STOP, Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Grants, Pre-Release and Post Incarcerations Services, Internet Crimes Against Children, Local Law Enforcement Block Grants, and Jail Mental Health Programs.


Grants Support Specialist
DeAndrea Williams - (804) 371-5380

Ms. Williams provides computer support and technical assistance by serving as a liaison between Grants Administration and Computer Services for the Grants Management Online Information System (GMIS Online)  Ms. Williams also has the added responsibility of compliance related to programmatic reporting for state and federal grant awards. 


Grants Support Liaison
Andy Wooldridge - (804) 225-1863

Mr. Wooldridge monitors State and Federal grants for fiscal compliance and provides grantee support and technical assistance.  He is also responsible for the ongoing reconciliation of grant activity. 


Grants Fiscal Monitor

Financial Services

Monica Darden - (804) 786-4245
Ms. Darden serves as the Agency's Chief Financial Officer.  She manages the Financial Services unit for DCJS to include Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Asset Forfeiture, Budget, and Financial Reporting.

Chief Financial Officer
Feliscia Bagby - (804) 786-2646

Ms. Bagby serves as the Agency's Procurement Officer.  She manages all agency procurement projects, mail/supply room and assists as Agency Telecommunications Coordinator, Agency Parking/ID Coordinator, and Agency Transportation Officer.


Procurement Officer
Beth Dandridge - (804) 371-0538

Ms. Dandridge serves as the Coordinator for the Forfeited Asset Sharing Program. She assists local law enforcement agencies with submission and resolution of seized assets allowable under this program and maintains a database of seized assets.  Additionally, she processes disbursements to law enforcement agencies and Commonwealth's Attorneys Offices state-wide from this program.  Ms. Dandridge has prior experience as a police officer and magistrate in addition to working in finance at a local government agency. She has a BA from the College of William and Mary.


Forfeited Asset Sharing Program Coordinator
Connie Fisher - (804) 205-3413

Ms. Fisher serves as a Financial Analyst and primarily manages the Agency's Chart of Accounts, the Annual Indirect Cost Recovery plan, Financial Statement Review and Reporting.


Financial Analyst
Linda Jafari - (804) 786-4155

Ms. Jafari is responsible for budget development, implementation, and monitoring. As such, she is the primary contact for appropriation transfers between agencies. She works closely with the Grants Unit to ensure that division directors and managers are aware of their financial position. She also coordinates the strategic planning process for the Agency. 


Budget Analyst Sr.
Judy Lloyd - (804) 786-3051

Ms. Lloyd is responsible for accounts receivable, private security receipts, conference registrations, and collections of outstanding receivables.


Accounts Receivable Accountant
Bobbie Morris - (804) 786-4249

Ms. Morris has serves as the Forfeited Asset Sharing Program assistant.   After retiring at the rank of First Sergeant from Virginia State Police, she joined DCJS part time to assist local law enforcement agencies with submission and resolution of seized assets allowable under the program and maintains a database of seized assets.  Bobbie Morris is responsible for assisting with the Forfeited Asset Sharing Program.


Forfeited Asset Sharing Program Assistant
Nina Pittman-Smith - (804) 786-2648

Ms. Pittman-Smith is responsible for auditing and processing claimed expenditure payments and submitting Federal 1099 Miscellaneous forms for reportable vendors to the IRS.


Accounts Payable Accountant
Birdie Porter - (804) 786-2309

Ms. Porter is responsible for financial reconciliations and payroll certification.


Financial Services Supervisor
Ernestine Robinson - (804) 786-7928

Ms. Robinson serves as a fiscal assistant.  She processes Agency employee and non-employee travel reimbursements.


Travel Reimbursement Coordinator
Karen Sullivan - (804) 786-9047

Ms. Sullivan's primary role at the Agency is training/event coordinator.  She also performs procurement functions and is certified as a Virginia Contracting Associate.  In addition, she serves as the Agency Telecommunications Coordinator, Agency Parking/ID Coordinator, and Agency Transportation Officer.


Administrative Planning Specialist

Communication & Design Center

Marsha Dietz - (804) 225-4068

Ms. Dietz serves as the Agency's Manager of the DCJS Communication and Design Center.  She provides support services for the agency’s programs, communications, and events. She designs and coordinates the production of materials for conferences and trainings, brochures, reports, presentations, displays, and others items that reflect the mission of the agency to a diverse audience. Additionally, she maintains the agency’s social media sites (Facebook and Flickr), and provides design and graphic support for the website. Ms. Dietz reviews materials presented to the public to ensure they meet the design and content standards set by the agency. She previously worked at McGuireWoods as the graphic design manager in the Marketing Department. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from West Virginia University.


Communications Coordinator

Computer Services

Dennis Harrell - (804) 225-4865

Mr. Harrell serves in the role of IT Management.  For the last six years, he has managed a team of nine and has the responsibility for providing customer support to all agency personnel in the area of computer services.  Additionally, he works with management in  providing guidance in the area of IT strategic planning for the Agency. He also serves in the role of AITR (Agency Information Technology Resource) and has the responsibility for being the primary liaison between the Agency and VITA.  Mr. Harrell graduated from Concord University in Athens, WV with a BS in Business Administration and a concentration in Accounting. During his first employment, he was provided an opportunity in the emerging field of technology and decided to accept and continue his career in that direction. Since that time, he has held several IT positions ranging from programming to project management to IT Management, primarily in the private sector.


Information Technology Manager
Paul Akong - (804) 225-4395

Mr. Akong joined DCJS in early November 2012. He has over 30 years’ experience in Information Technology in technical support, systems analysis, SQL query development and financial information technology. He takes customer service extremely seriously. He enjoys hiking and camping. Paul attended the Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Oakville, Ontario Canada majoring in Accounting and Finance and minoring in Information Technology.


Systems Administrator
Derek Hackley - (804) 225-4864

Mr. Hackley is responsible for the support of all workstations in the agency. His functions include help desk triage, desktop support, and he is the primary point of contact for hardware refresh and surplus projects.


Information Technology Support Technician
James Harris - (804) 225-4868

Mr. Harris is responsible for the support and implementation of the Law Enforcement systems.  This is a statewide project that will keep the system up-to-date with technology, while providing law enforcement agencies the tools necessary to report training.  He is also responsible for the maintenance and support of legacy systems in use by Finance and Programs and Services.


Sr. Programmer Analyst
Tivona King - (804) 371-8635

Ms. King assumes the lead role in managing the development of software solutions for the Agency.  This includes managing the SDLC for legacy systems migration as well as development of new applications for the Agency.


Lead Software Developer
Rhey Lewis - (804) 786-2990

Mr. Lewis provides help desk and networking support services for 37 Pre-Trial Community Corrections locations throughout the Commonwealth. He also is responsible for backup IT support for the employees at DCJS.


Information Technology Analyst
Bryan Scharf - (804) 225-4863

Mr. Scharf is the lead developer for the DCJS website, as well as several other web applications. 


Web Developer
Lisa Self - (804) 786-8475

Ms. Self is a Sr Business Analyst and Project Manager providing technical support to the Division of Programs and Services, supporting existing systems and developing requirements to improve technology solutions for Victims Services.  In addition, she is the Agency's Information Security Officer.


Sr. Analyst & Project Manager
Stacie Smith - (804) 225-4564

Ms. Smith serves as a Senior Programmer Analyst.  She maintains the Current Pretrial and Community Corrections Case Management System for thirty-eight locations statewide.


Sr. Programmer Analyst
Edith Throckmorton - (804) 786-3477
Database Administrator