July 2016 CJCA Comings and Goings

Posted by Edward Loughran
July 07, 2016

Attorney La Donna Koebel has been named the Acting Commissioner for the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice.  Bob Hayter left the agency in January.

Brady Serafin was named director for the Sununu Youth Services Center in New Hampshire. Brady brings to the position the breadth of 21 years of experience as an employee of DHHS/DCYF and 10 years of management/supervisory experience.

His career with the agency began as a child protective services worker in Manchester. He then moved onto working with juveniles as a juvenile probation and parole officer and most recently has served as a supervisor for juvenile justice field services staff in the Manchester District Office.

Brady recognizes there needs to be a consistent presence at the SYSC and continued leadership at the facility that supports the staff, focuses on treatment and not on a corrections mentality. He is an advocate for permanency and the need to assure youth have planned transitions and established connections in order to be successful when they leave the facility. Brady is known for his commitment to making a positive impact on youth and the community.

Mary Livers has recently retired from the Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice (OJJ).   Dr. James Bueche was named the interim deputy secretary.

Dr. Livers led OJJ since October 2008 and dedicated her career to improving the quality of life for adults and juveniles involved with the criminal justice system.

Mary is the President of the American Correctional Association (ACA) where she served a term on its Board of Governors, and has been a member of numerous committees. She is a charter member of the Association of Women Executives in Corrections (AWEC). She collaborated with other professionals to create a pilot training model for women in corrections that was adopted and used by the National Institute for Corrections.

“It has been a privilege to work alongside juvenile justice system partners in Louisiana for the last eight and a half years,” said Dr. Livers. “We have been able to come together on the common goal of treating young people while supporting public safety so that they are successful in life going forward. At this time, I will be retiring to spend more time focusing on my family. My best wishes go out to the administration and system partners in their efforts to support Louisiana being a model for juvenile justice reform.”

Dr. James Bueche will serve as the Interim-Deputy Secretary of OJJ.  Dr. Bueche has a background in adult and juvenile corrections and currently serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office of Adult Services of the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections (DOC).

Michael Minor, Director of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Division of Juvenile Justice has retired after 30 years with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), effective June 30, 2016.  We wish Mike all the best in his retirement. We welcome Anthony Lucero who has been named the new Director.  He previously  served as the Deputy Director for Juvenile Facilities Operations and Programs