Executive Director, CJCA

Mike follows the first Executive Director Edward J. Loughran for CJCA, who founded the national organization of youth correction chief executive officers in 1994.

Mike previously served as Executive Director of the Indiana Department of Corrections, Division of Youth Services from 2009 to 2015.   He began his work with the Indiana Department of Corrections 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.

He has extensive experience with CJCA and Performance-based Standards (PbS).  He served as president of the CJCA Board of Directors for two years (2012-2014), and on the PbS Board of Directors for four years, two of those years as president.  Mike was an active member of CJCA while he was director of Indiana DYS. 

Mike holds a Bachelor of Science 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 mostly served as the President/COO of Youth Opportunity Investments and brings a unique experience and perspective in both the public and private sectors in the juvenile justice field.

Darlene Staff Photo

Membership Services Manager / Executive Assistant

Darlene is the Membership Services Manager / Executive Assistant for the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators, a national non-profit organization dedicated to the education and support of its members. Prior to CJCA, Darlene worked as an Administrator for Interleaf, Inc., an electronic publishing company for 15 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.



  • Diane McLevedge
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Diane is employed by CJCA as the controller and handles all areas of the financial operations of both CJCA and PbS Learning Institute. Diane has a bachelor's degree in accounting from Newbury College and has worked in non-profit organizations for over 20 years.

Allison Lamie

Accounting Assistant