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PbS Board of Directors

Bartlett Stoodley


Barry Stoodley is the former associate commissioner for the Maine Department of Corrections' Division of Juvenile Services. This agency is responsible for the management and operation of two juvenile correctional facilities as well as a regional network of community-based programs providing detention, diversion and correctional case management services. The Division is committed to the implementation of evidence-based practice and high levels of quality assurance, to ensure positive outcomes for clients, residents, and staff. The Division is also committed to Collaborative Service Planning and the integration of services and programming across functional domains.

From 1971 to 1978, Mr. Stoodley served as a probation-parole officer for the Division of Probation and Parole and as district supervisor directing adult and juvenile community-based programs from 1979 to 1996. From 1996 to 2000 he served as a regional correctional administrator for the newly created Division of Juvenile Services within the Department of Corrections. The work became operationally specialized, focusing exclusively on juvenile offenders including detention, diversion, probation and aftercare functions.

He graduated from Queen's University (Kingston, Ontario, Canada) in 1969 followed by a master's degree in sociology from the University of Toronto in 1971.

Always concerned with improving outcomes for youth and their families, Barry has supported the implementation of a number of new initiatives including Performance-based Standards (PbS), ACA Accreditation, Collaborative Problem Solving, Motivational Interviewing, Jurisdictional Team Planning for Detention, Evidence-Based Practice and Recidivism measurement. Strengths-based approaches, such as Family and Systems Teams have been integrated into the work of the Division.

Lisa Bjergaard

Vice President

Lisa J. Bjergaard is the Director for the Division of Juvenile Services in North Dakota. DJS is the state's juvenile corrections agency, and is organized under the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. DJS operates both institutional and community corrections.

Lisa joined the North Dakota Division of Juvenile Services as a case manager in 1989 and in 1993 became the Regional Manager for the eastern half of North Dakota. In 2006, Lisa was named Director.

Terri Williams


Ms. Terri Williams was appointed as the Deputy Secretary of Juvenile Services on July 1, 2013 when the Kansas Department of Corrections (KDOC) and Kansas Juvenile Justice Authority (JJA) merged. Ms. Williams served as the Acting JJA Commissioner from 3/30/12 to 7/1/13. She came to JJA from the Kansas Department of Corrections where she served as the Deputy Secretary of Community and Field Services, a position she concurrently held until May 2013. She has now taken a position at Community Solution, Incorporated (CSI).

Terri has more than 22 years of experience in the criminal justice field, beginning her career in 1992 with KDOC as a field Parole Officer in Wichita. She has held various managerial positions within the KDOC including serving as a Community Corrections Program Consultant, the Administrator of the Kansas Parole Board and as the State’s first Director of Release Planning.

Ms. Williams left the KDOC in 2001 to work for a private-non-profit human service agency serving the criminal justice and juvenile justice populations. She started as an Area Director overseeing Kansas operations and moved to Connecticut to work as the Vice President of Adult Program Development. In this position, Terri worked to expand community-based opportunities for offenders.

Terri is a Topeka native and a graduate of Washburn University with Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Corrections. She also earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Kansas.

Tonya Wright-Cook


Megan Milner is the Deputy Superintendent at the Kansas Juvenile Correctional Complex and has served in this capacity for the last four years. Megan has also served as the PbS Agency Coordinator for the Kansas Department of Corrections-Juvenile Services since 2015. Megan has over 15 years of experience in the criminal justice field, working in a variety of areas in the justice system, ranging from juvenile intake and assessment, substance abuse treatment, family drug court, training, and reentry services.

Megan holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Washburn University and a Master’s in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati. She will complete her certificate in public management through the University of Kansas in December 2016. Megan is passionate about program development, leading and sustaining system change, and developing future leaders in the field of corrections.

Kelly Caralis


Kelly is a corporate attorney with the law firm of Ruberto, Israel & Weiner, P.C. in Boston, Massachusetts. Her practice is concentrated in representing private companies in a variety of general corporate matters, focusing on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance transactions and commercial leasing and real estate transactions. She regularly counsels clients on a broad range of business matters including business formation, employment matters, contract negotiation and drafting, technology licensing, business disputes and venture capital financings. She also has experience in loan transactions representing commercial borrowers. Prior to joining Ruberto, Israel & Weiner P.C., she was a corporate attorney with Chu, Ring & Hazel LLP where she primarily focused on representing and counseling privately held emerging and high growth companies in all facets of their expansion and operation. Ms. Caralis holds a bachelor’s degree from Suffolk University and a law degree from Suffolk University Law School. She is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Mike Dempsey


Michael Dempsey was appointed executive director of the Indiana Department of Correction’s (IDOC) Division of Youth Services in May 2009. He began his assignment with the IDOC as superintendent of the Pendleton Juvenile Correctional Facility in June 2006. Prior to moving to Indiana, he served as the superintendent of the Kansas Juvenile Correctional Complex for approximately two and a half years. He began his career in corrections with the Missouri Department of Corrections, starting as a corrections officer at the Missouri State Penitentiary in 1985. Since that time, Mike has held positions as a correctional sergeant, lieutenant, captain and major. He has also held positions as correctional training officer, internal affairs investigator, assistant superintendent and associate superintendent.

Mike holds a bachelor’s degree in public administration and criminal justice and has been actively involved with the American Correctional Association (ACA) as a member and certified auditor. He has also been involved with the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators (CJCA), working with Performance-based Standards (PbS) which is now being implemented in all IDOC juvenile correctional facilities.

Simon G. Gonsoulin


Simon Gonsoulin, the Neglected Delinquent Technical Assistance Center’s (NDTAC) director, brings over 30 years of experience in education, special education, and juvenile justice. In addition to his work with NDTAC, Simon serves as the juvenile justice resource specialist for the Technical Assistance Partnership supporting System of Care communities focusing on the needs of youth involved in the juvenile justice system. He is an expert in issues related to juvenile justice education and administration as well as special education administration. Most recently, as the deputy secretary of the Office of Youth Development within the Governor's Cabinet in Louisiana, he served as the lead administrator for the state's juvenile justice system, including its secure care facilities, statewide probation and parole functions, contracted community-based programming and a newly-created stand-alone state agency of juvenile justice. Prior to that, he served as the state director of education for the same office. Simon also has worked directly in schools and classrooms as both an instructor and principal.

Velvet McGowan


Velvet McGowan was appointed as the PbS agency coordinator for the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) in August of 2013 after serving as the PbS field liaison for DJJ. Previous to this appointment, Velvet served as the deputy chief for Security and Operations at DJJ with a security cadre of over 300 security officers. She began her career in 1985 as a juvenile correctional officer with SCDJJ and worked her way thru the ranks from security lieutenant to a major of the Internal Training Unit. In 2004, she was promoted as the facility administrator for the Female Offender Program.

In 2006, she was recognized as the "State Employee of the Year" by the Governor of South Carolina. She is a child's advocate who believes that a positive caring adult can make a world of difference in the lives of our youths. Velvet is a national certified licensed trainer for One Circle Foundation and a certified public manager. She's held state office as the vice president for the South Carolina Corrections Association and is a member of the Correctional Peace Officer Association and the American Correctional Association (ACA). Velvet sees her appointment to the PbS Learning Institute board as a privilege and an honor and looks forward to contributing greatly.