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JJAC Members

About Membership

The Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee members are appointed by the Governor's Office and are composed of representatives from private non-profits, resource practitioners for juveniles and government officials and administrators. Members are typically appointed to serve four-year renewable terms.  
 

Vacancies

Vacancies are posted on the Secretary of State web site  (www.sos.state.mn.us) for open appointments. For questions, contact Carrie Wasley, 651-201-7348.
 

Members

Executive Committee

Chair Richard Gardell
Co-Vice Chairs William Collins and the Honorable Michael Mayer
DMC Subcommittee Co-Chairs Freddie Davis-English and the Honorable Kathryn Smith
Jail Issues Subcommittee Co-Chairs Jean Hancock and Chong Lo
Long-Range Planning Subcommittee Co-Chairs Kate Richtmann and Antonio Tejeda

 

Youth Members

Samantha Loe, Danielle Chelmo, Cortland Johnson, Sirxavier Nash
 

Other Members

Abdallai Hassan, Hao Nguyen, Brenda Pautsch, Saciido Shaie, Richard Smith
 

Member Biographies

 

Danielle Chelmo, Youth Member

Chelmo, of Medina, is a licensed esthetician and graduate of Aveda Institute in Minneapolis. She graduated from Prairie Center Alternative High School in Eden Prairie. While in school, she volunteered with We Can Ride, Eyes Wide Open, YMCA, and raised money for St. Anne's Shelter for Women and Children. Chelmo is appointed to a four-year term that expires in January 2015.

 

William Collins, Co Vice-Chair

Collins, of St. Paul, is the executive director of the YWCA of St. Paul, a position he has held since 1995.  Previously, he was the grants administrator with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Office of Drug Policy and Violence Prevention.  Collins has been an active volunteer in the Summit, University and Frogtown neighborhoods for over 40 years, serving on the St. Paul African American Leadership Council, Ramsey County Workforce Investment Board’s Youth Council, Pan African Community Endowment Fund of the St. Paul Foundation, and the Minnesota Twins Community Fund.  He is also a member of the board of directors and vice president of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation.  Collins, who has been a member of JJAC since 2001, is reappointed to a four-year term that expires on January 7, 2013.
 

Freddie Davis-English, DMC Subcommittee Chair

Davis-English, of Plymouth, retired in 2007 as a division director with the Hennepin County Department of Community Corrections.  She worked for Hennepin County for 26 years as a juvenile corrections unit supervisor in its Home School, corrections unit supervisor in its Probation and Parole Division, and division manager and superintendent in its Juvenile Detention Division.  Davis-English’s community activities include serving as a member and recent past chair of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines Affordable Housing Board of Directors, a charter member and former chair of the Juvenile Female Advisory Committee, and a member of the of the Female Offender Task Force, Minnesota Supreme Court Race Bias Implementation Committee, and African American Family Services.  Davis-English, who has been a member of JJAC since 2007, has been reappointed to a four-year term that expires on January 7, 2013.  
  

Richard Gardell, Chair

Gardell, of Minneapolis, is CEO of 180 Degrees, a community-based nonprofit provider of correctional services including juvenile offender mentoring. He has retired from a 31-year career in law enforcement for the City of St. Paul, retiring as assistant chief of police. He has served as chair of the St. Paul Youth Services Board of Directors and as a member of the Youth Express Capital Campaign Committee. Gardell has been a member of JJAC since 2003, and has served as the primary Minnesota appointee to the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice. He has previously served on JJAC, during which time he was elected national chairman (in 1988) of the Coalition for Juvenile Justice. The Coalition for Juvenile Justice presented Gardell with the 2012 of the A. L. Carlisle Child Advocacy Award. Gardell is appointed to a four-year term that expires on January 3, 2015.
 

Jean Hancock

Hancock, of Stillwater, is a police officer, paramedic, and school resource officer with the Woodbury Department of Public Safety. She has been a Woodbury police officer since 1999, and was a correctional officer and patrol intern with the Dakota County Sheriff's Office prior to that. She has designed and implemented the first youth court program in Washington County, and the Peer Council for Offense Resolution, a restorative justice youth court diversion option currently available in the Woodbury and Cottage Grove High Schools. Hancock earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. Hancock is the representative from law enforcement. Her term expires January 6, 2014.
 

Abdallai “Abe” Hassan

Hassan, of Woodbury, is the director of training of MnDOT R.O.A.D.S. program manager with Merrick Community Services in St. Paul.  A native of Sudan, Hassan chairs the Ramsey County East African Task Force, advises the Ramsey and Hennepin County Attorney’s offices on East African refugees and cultural affairs, is a member of the African American Leadership Council, St. Paul Police Department Advisory Council, Ramsey County Workforce Investment Board’s Youth Council, East Metro OIC, and the Apprenticeship Training Coordinator.  Hassan's four-year term expires on January 3, 2014.
 

Cortland Johnson, Youth Member

Johnson, of Minneapolis, is a student at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, studying criminal justice.  Previously he worked with at-risk young adults for the non-profit agency Tree Trust.  He serves on the DMC committee for JJAC and the Youth Caucus. Johnson was appointed in October 2010 and his term expires in 2013.
 

Chong Lo, Jail Subcommittee Chair

Lo, of St. Cloud, is an assistant public defender in St. Cloud where he handles juvenile cases. He previously served in the Air Force Judge Advocate General Corps as chief of civil law, chief of adverse actions and legal assistance, chief of claims/deputy chief of justice, and chief of operations/chief of magistrate court. Lo, who has been a member of JJAC since 2006, is reappointed as a representative of court personnel. Term expires January 6, 2014.
 

Samantha Loe, Youth Member

Loe, of Arden Hills, was appointed June 11, 2012.  Term expires January 4, 2016.
 

Sirxavier Nash, Youth Member

Nash, of Minneapolis, was appointed June 11, 2012.  Term expires January 4, 2016.
 

Honorable Michael Mayer, Long-Range Planning Subcommittee Chair

Mayer, of Eagan, is a First Judicial District trial court judge, where he serves as one of the juvenile court judges. Prior to his appointment to the bench by Governor Pawlenty in 2004, Mayer was an attorney and partner with the Eagan law firm of Grannis and Hauge. He has been a member of the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee since 1995 and chaired JJAC until his appointment to the bench. He currently serves as vice-chair. Mayer is also Midwest Regional Chair of the Coalition for Juvenile Justice in Washington, DC, and has served as a member of the federal advisory committee for the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Mayer is reappointed as a representative of court personnel. Term expires January 6, 2014.
 

Brenda Pautsch

Pautsch, of Gaylord, is a Problem Solving Courts Manager for the Fifth Judicial District in Mankato and recently served as the Blue Earth County family dependency treatment court coordinator. She is currently managing an Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) grant for two family drug court programs in the Fifth Judicial District. Her 23-year career in corrections includes having previously served as a juvenile probation agent and children's mental health planner. She is a member and past president of the Gaylord City Council since 1994 and represents locally elected officials on JJAC. Pautsch, who has been a member of JJAC since 2004, is reappointed to a four-year term that expires on January 6, 2014.
 

Kathryn Richtman

Richtman, of St. Paul, manages the juvenile delinquency section of the Ramsey County Attorney’s office’s prosecution division, where she is responsible for the prosecution of all juvenile delinquency cases.  She has been an assistant Ramsey County Attorney since 1992, and has 19 years of experience as a prosecutor.  Richtman co-chairs the American Bar Association’s Juvenile Justice Section, as well as the Minnesota County Attorneys Association Juvenile Law Committee, is a founding member and chair of the Hmong Youth Task Force, and a member of the Ramsey County Youth at Risk Committee.  Richtman, who has been a member of JJAC since 2008, is reappointed to a four-year term that expires on January 7, 2013.
 

Saciido Shaie

Shaie, of Minneapolis, was appointed June 11, 2012.  Term expires January 4, 2016.
 

Kit Smith

Smith, of Willmar, is an Eighth Judicial District trial court judge in Kandiyohi County, a position she has held since 1997. She is the lead judge on the Kandiyohi County Children’s Justice Initiative Team, chaired the Supreme Court Juvenile Delinquency Rules Committee from 2001 to 2007, and is an active member of the Minnesota District Judges Association. Smith is also a member of the Kandiyohi County Family YMCA Board of Directors and chairs the Mentor Committee. Smith, who has been a member of JJAC since 2004, is reappointed to a four-year term that expires on January 4, 2016.
 

Richie Smith

Smith, of Plymouth, is a Fourth Judicial District Guardian ad Litem and an Indian Child Welfare Act specialist with Hennepin County District Court.  An enrolled member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, he previously was a youth intervention supervisor with the Ginew/Golden Eagles Minneapolis American Indian Center.  Smith holds a Bachelor of Science degree in social work from St. Cloud State University, an Associate of Arts degree from Northland Community College in Thief River Falls, and has had advanced training in the Indian Child Welfare Act.  Smith, who has been a member of JJAC since 2001, is reappointed to another four-year term that expires on January 7, 2013.
 

Antonio Tejeda, Status Offenders Subcommittee Chair

Tejeda, of Spicer, is an attorney with the Law Office of Tejeda Guzman, LTD. His current practice includes Worker's Compensation, SSDI and VA benefits. His former practices included criminal prosecution as well as criminal defense law. Tejeda is bilingual in English and Spanish. He is also a Minnesota National Guard Judge Advocate General Officer. Tejeda has been a member of JJAC since March 2006 and is appointed to a four-year term that expires on January 3, 2015.