Governance

Juvenile Justice Vision 20/20 Executive Team

The Executive Team strives to adequately represent juvenile justice professionals in Michigan.  The team is currently comprised of individuals from local juvenile courts, the State Court Administrative Office, the Department of Human Services, Grand Valley State University, and private residential treatment providers.

President

Sandi Metcalf, MS, is the Director of the Juvenile Court for the 20th Judicial Circuit Court and President of Juvenile Justice Vision 20/20.  In addition, she is the Vice President of the Michigan Association of Family Court Administration, a founding member of the Michigan Female Responsive Task Force, and has extensive experience as the female-services consultant for the State of Michigan. She is also appointed by Governor Rick Snyder to the Michigan Committee on Juvenile Justice, the State Advisory Group.

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Vice President

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Kevin J. Bowling, JD, MSJA, is the Trial Court Administrator and Attorney Referee for the 20th Judicial Circuit Court and the Ottawa County Probate Court. His contributions to the courts are extensive, having worked for twenty years at the State Court Administrative Office, Michigan Supreme Court, in a variety of positions, including State Judicial Educator and Regional Court Administrator. Mr. Bowling is a Fellow and Certified Court Management Executive of the National Center for State Court’s Institute for Court Management and the recipient of many national, state, and local awards for his service.  He is a past president of the National Association for Court Management, and the current co-chair of the COSCA/NACM Joint Technology Committee. Mr. Bowling serves as the chair of the prestigious, Department of Justice’s Global Advisory Committee. He also functions as an attorney, judicial educator, and court consultant. His extensive work in the justice system spans over 40 years.

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Treasurer

Kathy Bailey

Kathy Bailey, Ed.D., is a Professor in the School of Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Legal Studies at Grand Valley State University. Dr. Bailey holds a B.S. in Education from Central Michigan University. Shortly after graduating, she began working with emotionally disturbed youth in residential treatment. In 1982 she was hired by the Kent County Juvenile Court, where she held a number of positions. While at the Court she finished her M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University, and was hired to be part of a team to change the focus from institutionalizing youth to providing community-based treatment services. She has been with GVSU for over 27 years.

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Trustee

Bob Nida

Bob Nida, B.S., M.A., has served as the Vice President of Juvenile Justice Vision 20/20 Executive Team since the inception of the organization.  He is now retired, but served as the Probate and Juvenile Court Director, the Family Court Administrator and Friend of the Court, and most recently, as the Trial Court Administrator/Friend of the Court during his over his forty-year career with Barry County.  He has served on numerous committees and councils at a local and state level and held the positions of president for the Juvenile Justice Association of Michigan and the Michigan Association of Family Court Administration.   

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Trustee

Andrew Thalhammer

Trustee

Andy Thalhammer, B.S., M.A., is the court administrator for the 17th Circuit Court in Kent County. He has held his current position since 2013 after being appointed as the Deputy Court Administrator in 2012. Prior to work at Kent County, Andy worked in the Bureau of Juvenile Justice at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services assisting in the management of the Child Care Fund. He holds an MBA from Michigan State University and held the position of juvenile probation officer earlier in his career.

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Trustee

Terri Gilbert

Terri Gilbert, MSW, has held executive level positions in both public and private non-profit organizations, directing programs serving vulnerable families, children and adults. Her experience spans the service array from child welfare and juvenile justice to mental health and developmental disabilities, workforce training and development. Ms. Gilbert previously served as the Director of the Child Welfare Improvement Bureau, dedicated to improving outcomes for children in the child welfare system, and as the State of Michigan Director of Child Welfare Funding and Juvenile Justice, supervising statewide juvenile justice programming, federal funding and compliance for the State of Michigan. Ms. Gilbert was appointed by Governor Snyder to serve on the Michigan Committee for Juvenile Justice representing practitioners and attorneys involved with juvenile justice. She has specialized in turning around failing programs, launching new programs and working toward a statewide juvenile justice reform agenda.

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Trustee

Carla Grezeszak

Carla Grezeszak is the Family Division Administrator and Deputy Trial Court Administrator for the 23rd Circuit Court.  She attended and graduated from Lake Superior State College with an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice and completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice at Saginaw Valley State College.  Carla began her career with Iosco County (then Probate) Family Court in March, 1985 as the County Juvenile Officer.  She has been with the Iosco County Court System for thirty years and has been involved in many changes, including the creation of the Truancy Court and the development of a Family Dependency Treatment Court.  She has been a member of the Northern Michigan Juvenile Officer’s Association since 1986 and has served as president for that organization since 1998. She has also been a member of the MAFCA organization for more than 25 years.

Email: [email protected]

Trustee

Laura Marsh

Laura Marsh, B.S., M.S.W., is a visiting professor and the Criminal Justice Internship Coordinator at Grand Valley State University (GVSU).  Prior to working at GVSU, she worked as a probation officer supervisor in the 17th Circuit Court, Family Division in Kent County until she retired a couple years ago. She earned her Bachelor of Social Work and a Masters in Social Work from Western Michigan University.

Email: [email protected]

Trustee

Tayna Morrow

Tanya Morrow is a management analyst at the Michigan Supreme Court, State Court Administrative Office, Court Services, Trial Court Analysts. Previously, Ms. Morrow served as a juvenile probation officer for 10 years and the Juvenile Services Supervisor for the Livingston County Juvenile Court and the Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Coordinator for over four years. Tanya has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Michigan – Flint. 

Email: [email protected]

Trustee

Ines Straube

Ines Straube, B.S., M.A., serves as the Barry County Trial Court divisional administrator. She was recently appointed by the Michigan Supreme Court to represent the court administrators and Probate Courts on the new Michigan Judicial Commission.

Email: [email protected] 

Trustee

Patrick Sussex

Patrick Sussex (Ret). was a Program Manager for Juvenile Justice Programs with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. He was assigned as the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Coordinator, responsible for overseeing compliance with the PREA juvenile standards in all state-run and private juvenile justice residential facilities that contract with the state, and responsible for administrative duties relative to PREA. He also oversaw the Michigan Juvenile Justice Assessment System (MJJAS) training program. Mr. Sussex provided training for Regional Detention Support Services volunteers. He has a Master’s Degree in Education and is a certified drug and alcohol counselor, a certified PREA auditor, and a trained mediator.

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Trustee

Dave Pelon

Dave Pelon is the Chief Probation Officer for the 36th Circuit Court, Family Division, otherwise known as the Van Buren County Juvenile Court.  He began his career in juvenile justice as a Youth Specialist in the Ottawa County Juvenile Detention in 2004 and served as a Group Leader and an Acting Shift Supervisor.  In 2007 Dave began working in Van Buren County as an Intensive Probation Officer, and moved into the position of Chief Probation Officer in 2017.  He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice with a Juvenile Justice emphasis, from Grand Valley State University, and a Graduate Certificate in Judicial Administration from Michigan State University.  Dave currently serves as the Secretary for the Michigan Association of Family Court Administration and is a member of the JJ2020 Executive Team.



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