Steve Aos - Steve Aos is the Assistant Director of the Washington State Institute for Public Policy, the non-partisan research arm of the Washington State legislature. He has 34 years of experience in conducting cost-benefit analyses and in communicating the results to policy makers in a wide range of public policy areas, as well as in the private sector. His current work focuses on identifying and evaluating the costs and benefits of programs and policies that reduce crime, improve K-12 educational outcomes, reduce child abuse and neglect, improve mental health, and reduce substance abuse and tobacco use. He also has many years of experience in energy economics and regulatory policy.
Jeffrey Butts - is the Executive Vice President for Research at Public/Private Ventures in Philadelphia. Since 1991, he has managed more than $8 million of research and evaluation projects including investigations of teen courts and juvenile drug courts, the methods used to anticipate changing juvenile corrections populations, strategies for measuring disproportionate minority contact in juvenile justice, the coordination of substance abuse services for court-involved youth, and the incorporation of positive youth development concepts in youth justice.
Ross W. Greene - is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School in Cambridge, MA. He is the originator of the Collaborative Problem Solving approach and specializes in the assessment and treatment of kids with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges. He is the author of The Explosive Child, co-author of Treating Explosive Kids: The Collaborative Problem Solving Approach, and author of the recently-released Lost at School.
Bart Lubow - is the Director ofPrograms for High Risk Youth at the Annie E. Casey Foundation in Baltimore, MD. He heads up the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, which has, since 1992, worked across the country at improving solutions for justice-system-involved youth.
Larry Murray - is the Vice President and Director of Youth Programs of The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University in New York City. He is primarily responsible for the development and implementation of CASASTART, a substance abuse and violence prevention program.
Ed Lambert - is the Director of the Urban Initiative at UMASS Dartmouth, an affiliate with the National Center for Dropout Prevention. In addition to his work with the Center, Mr. Lambert has over 30 years governmental experience at both the state and local levels. In addition to serving 12 years as mayor of one of Massachusetts’ largest cities, Fall River, where he worked on urban redevelopment, economic development, improving and building schools, providing effective municipal services, and a range of public policy issues, he also was elected to 4 terms in the Massachusetts House of Representatives and served more than 20 years on the Fall River School Committee.
Marilyn Van Dieten - Marilyn Van Dieten is a registered clinical psychologist. She is known throughout Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom for her experience in implementing evidence based practices with criminal justice, homeless, and health-care clients. Dr. Van Dieten has written a number of internationally recognized programs and curriculum in assessment, case management and motivation. The case management model that she developed is currently implemented in community and prison settings across agencies in North America.