Officers

The Officers of the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators (CJCA) govern through the leadership of its executive director and serve as a consultative and advisory body for the direction of the Council's policies and affairs. The contact information is presented below.

Fariborz Pakseresht

President

Fariborz Pakseresht (Fair’-borz Pahk’-ser-esht) has served as director of the Oregon Youth Authority since March 2012. He joined OYA in 2008 after seven years in a variety of leadership roles with the Oregon Department of Human Services and 12 years at the Oregon Department of Administrative Services. OYA operates 10 youth correctional facilities across the state charged with protecting the public by reducing crime, holding youth offenders accountable, and providing youth offenders with opportunities for reformation in safe environments.

Most recently, Fariborz has sponsored the development of a new Oregon Youth Authority Performance Management System, which tracks performance against goals for more than 100 core processes. Key to the success of that system is the involvement of employees at all levels and locations within the agency, and quarterly outcome reports. This system is serving as a model for other agencies in Oregon and throughout the nation.

Fariborz also serves in a leadership role on several boards. He is a member of the Public Employee Benefit Board and is past president of the Oregon Public Management Association. His community activities include serving on the board of directors for YMCA of Marion and Polk Counties, the board of the Salem Peace Plaza, and on the planning committee of the Annual Salem Peace Lecture. He also is a fellow in the American Leadership Forum and a member of the Oregon Solutions Camp Odyssey Team. His interests include management theories and practices, personal and organizational change, human potential, communications, quantum physics, and mindfulness.

Fariborz earned his bachelors degree in political science from Willamette University in Salem, and holds a certificate in public management from Willamette’s Atkinson Graduate School of Management.

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.

 

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Treasurer

Cindy McKenzie is the Administrator for the Montana Youth Services Divsion.

 

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Secretary

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.
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.