CJCA welcomes new directors in Alaska, California, Oregon and West Virginia

Posted by Darlene Conroy
September 24, 2017

Alaska

Tracy Dompeling has been named Director of the Alaska Division of Juvenile Justice. She has worked for the Alaska Division of Juvenile Justice for over 21 years.  She served as a Juvenile Probation Officer and Probation Supervisor in both rural and urban Alaska and most recently as the Superintendent of the Fairbanks Youth Facility. 

Director Dompeling has a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work with a minor in Criminal Justice, as well as a Master of Arts in Administration of Justice, both from the University of Alaska - Fairbanks.  For the last several years, she has also taught an online Criminal Justice class through the University of Alaska - Fairbanks.  

California

Chuck Supple serves as the Director of the California Division of Juvenile Justice.  He has been with the Division for over fourteen years, serving as a Parole Agent assisting youth in DJJ facilities prepare for reentering their communities, Commissioner and Executive Officer on the Juvenile Parole Board, and Chairman of the Board of Juvenile Hearings.  Prior to his involvement in juvenile justice, Mr. Supple worked for nearly twenty years in the field of national and community service at the local, state and national levels, including serving as the founding Director of California Campus Compact, a coalition of college and university presidents to support collegiate public service; in the Bush and Clinton Administrations’ on the Points of Light and AmeriCorps initiatives; President and CEO of Public Allies, a community leadership development program for young adults; and Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Service and Volunteerism in the Davis Administration.  His entire professional life has been dedicated to creating opportunities for young people to serve their communities and develop as successful and contributing members of society.  Anthony Lucero recently retired as Director in Sep. 2017. We thank Tony for his participation in CJCA and wish him all the best in his retirement.  

Oregon

Fariborz Pakseresht recently moved on to a new position as Director of the Oregon Department of Human Services.  CJCA is very grateful to Fariborz who has been with CJCA for the past six years and has served on both the CJCA and PbS Board of Directors and well as the Chair for the Best Practices Committee and CJCA President for the past year. We will miss him and wish him all the best!

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In September 2017, Joe O’Leary became the Acting Director of the Oregon Youth Authority (OYA), after serving as its deputy director since June 2012. His professional experience ranges from working as a public defender to advising two governors on public safety and legal issues.   

OYA works to keep communities safe by holding youth accountable and providing them with guidance, education, and a support network. As its acting director, Joe is responsible for overseeing the operations of the agency, which serves approximately 1,400 youth ages 12‐24 at any given time — 550 in close custody in nine correctional and transitional facilities across the state, and another 825 on probation or parole.

Joe served as general counsel and senior policy advisor to Governor Ted Kulongoski and was counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee of the Oregon Legislature. Immediately before joining OYA as deputy director in 2012, he ran the Policy, Planning and Legislative Analysis Division at the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System.

Prior to his state government service, Joe was a trial attorney in Portland. He began his legal career as a public defender, which included a stint in juvenile court. Afterward, he spent several years in private practice representing members of law enforcement, corporate officers, lawyers, and employees. Prior to attending law school, he worked in a Latino farmworker community in Central Washington as a volunteer housing program coordinator through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest.

Joe received his undergraduate degree from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and his juris doctorate from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland. He has been a member of the Oregon State Bar since 1997, and is admitted to practice in state and federal courts. He serves as a member of the Portland Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and is a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum of Oregon.

West Virginia

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Denny Dodson who has been named Acting Director of Juvenile Services in West Virginia began his career in Juvenile Justice in 1972 as a Chaplin for community delinquent youth in Louisville, Kentucky.  He served as a group therapist in a Jefferson County, Kentucky. delinquent institution for about 300 youths, then was the director of the pre-release and aftercare program, a day reporting program for 70 youth, and Supervisor of community based group homes for adolescents in the Kentucky Juvenile Justice system.    In 1982 he became the director of Kanawha Home for Children which is the predecessor of the Tiger Morton Juvenile Center. 

Mr. Dodson was the Administrator of Brookside Childrens’ Home in Charleston, then spent thirteen years with Shawnee Hills Community Mental Health Center working with adult chronically mentally ill clients and became the Director of the PEERS Day Treatment Program as well as serving as the Regional Youth Specialist dealing with Adolescent Substance Abuse issues prior to  joining The West Virginia Division of Juvenile Services in 2000. He started with DJS as the Superintendent of the Donald R. Kuhn Diagnostic and Detention Center, then became the Assistant Director of Field Services and Operations, and was appointed the Division’s Deputy Director in 2007.  In his spare time he serves two Presbyterian Churches in Belle, WV as pastor. Mr. Dodson has his BA degree in Sociology/Anthropology with a minor in Humanities and a Masters degree in Divinity with an emphasis on clinical counseling.