Members

Judge Charles A. Fuller – Northeastern Judicial Circuit
Active Committees: Executive Committee (Chair)

Judge Fuller is the chief superior court judge for the Northeastern Judicial Circuit.  He is a former administrative judge for the Ninth Judicial District and district attorney for the Northeastern Judicial Circuit.  He serves on the Georgia Supreme Court's Commission on Indigent Defense and the Georgia Supreme Court's Commission on Dispute Resolution.  Judge Fuller earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Georgia and a juris doctorate from Mercer University. 


Mrs. Nicole Berger – Georgia Center for Child Advocacy
Active Committees: Crime Victims Compensation Board, Victim Assistance Grants Committee

Mrs. Berger is the prevention educator for the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy. She was the director of the Victim-Witness Assistance Program at the Fulton County District Attorney’s office and worked at the Rape Crisis Center for Grady Health Systems. Berger earned a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University and a master’s degree from Nova University.


Mr. Brad Bryant – Department of Education
Active Committees: Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) Advisory Committee (Chair)

Mr. Bryant currently serves as Georgia Department of Education General Counsel where he oversees Internal Audit processes and the Public Education Foundation. He previously served as Interim State School Superintendent to fill the unexpired term of Kathy Cox and is also a member of the Georgia State Board of Education as Vice Chair for Appeals.


Mr. Homer Bryson – Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency
Active Committees: Criminal Justice Grants Committee 

Mr. Bryson has served as the commissioner of the Department of Corrections for the past 20 months. Prior to this role, he was the deputy commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for four years. Bryson previously served as a colonel in the DNR law enforcement division, working his way up from conservation ranger. He is currently a member of the Georgia State Indemnification Commission and a trustee of the Peace Officers’ Annuity and Benefit Fund. Bryson is a past president of the Peace Officers’ Association of Georgia. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Valdosta State College and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Columbus State University.


Mrs. Cynthia Clanton – Administrative Office of the Courts
Active Committees: Victim Assistance Grants Committee

Ms. Clanton serves as the Director and General Counsel of the Judicial Council’s Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC). In addition to her role as legal advisor to the agency, for the past 16 years Ms. Clanton has overseen a grant providing civil legal services to victims of domestic violence throughout our state. Ms. Clanton’s past leadership includes serving on the Executive Committee of the Georgia Commission on Family Violence. She previously worked for the State Bar of Georgia as an Assistant General Counsel and was the inaugural Director of its Consumer Assistance Program.


Mr. Braxton Cotton – State Board of Pardons & Paroles Board Member
Active Committees: Crime Victims Compensation Board (Chair)

Mr. Cotton was recently appointed to the State Board of Pardons and Paroles.  Prior to this appointment, Mr. Cotton served as executive director of the Governor’s Office of Transition, Support and Re-entry. He has also served as the executive director of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. Mr. Cotton served in the Georgia State Patrol for five years.


Judge Jason Deal – Hall County Superior Court Judge
Active Committees: TBD

Judge Deal has served as a Superior Court Judge for the Northeastern Judicial Circuit since June 2005. He is the presiding judge of the Hall County Drug Court and the Dawson County Treatment Court. Previously Deal served as the District Attorney for the Northeastern Judicial Circuit, Magistrate Judge of the Hall County Magistrate Court, Assistant District Attorney for the Northeastern Judicial Circuit, County Attorney for Dawson County, and as an associate with the law firm of Thompson, Fox, Chandler, Homans, Hicks & McKennon. 
 

Mr. Brian DiNapoli - Department of Community Affairs
Active Committees: Crime Victims Compensation Board (Vice Chair), Victim Assistance Grants Committee

Mr. DiNapoli is the Grants Consultant for the State Housing Trust Fund for the Homeless. He previously served as Government Services Consultant with the Department of Community Affairs where he was involved in research, design and dissemination of surveys to local governments. He is a former Probation/Court Services officer where he managed over 150 cases for compliance to court-ordered conditions.


Mr. Gregory C. Dozier – Commissioner, Department of Corrections
Active Committees: TBD

Mr. Dozier joined the Georgia Department of Corrections as the assistant commissioner, chief of staff in October 2012. He is a member of the Peace Officer Standards and Training Council and the sentencing committee for the Criminal Justice Reform Council. Dozier began his career in state government in 1995 as analyst for the Legislative Budget Office. He was the director of accounting for the State Board of Pardons and Paroles, a policy coordinator in the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget, the division director of the General Government and Public Safety Division and commissioner of the Georgia Department of Driver Services. Dozier earned his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and his MBA from Georgia State University.
 

Ms. Sonja Fillingame – Board of Community Supervision
Active Committees: TBD

Ms. Fillingame was appointed by the Mayor and City Council as City Manager to ensure the efficient day-to-day operations of Union City. She previously worked as the grants administrator for the City of Sandy Springs, program director for the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council and as a compliance manager for Gov. Zell Miller. Fillingame also helped establish Georgia’s first Victim Assistance Academy. She earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Georgia State University.


Commissioner Liz Hausmann – Fulton County
Active Committees:  Criminal Justice Grants Committee 

Ms. Hausmann currently serves as a Fulton County commissioner. She is a board member of the Fulton County Judicial Review Task Force, Fulton Education Foundation Board of Directors, chairperson of the General County Government Policy Council for the Association County Commissioners of Georgia, the Retirement Board of Fulton County Employees, the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Encore Park for the Arts Board of Directors, and Atlanta-Fulton Water Resources Commission.


Mr. Joe Hood – Department of Community Health
Active Committees: Executive Committee (Vice Chair), Victim Assistance Grants Committee (Chair), Criminal Justice Grants Committee

Mr. Hood serves as the Deputy Director of the Georgia Department of Community Health. Previously he was Division Director of Public Safety at the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget. Prior to that position, he served as Comptroller for the Georgia Department of Public Safety. He was a staff member of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council for more than 10 years, serving as the Grants Division Director for five years. He also served as an auditor with the Georgia Department of Human Resources and as Finance Director at the Georgia Emergency Management Agency. Hood earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia.


Mr. Vernon Keenan – Georgia Bureau of Investigation
Active Committees: TBD

Mr. Vernon Keenan has served as Director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) since 2003 where he manages 822 employees with a budget of $74.6 million.  He was reappointed in January 2011 by Governor Nathan Deal.  He entered law enforcement in 1972 as a uniformed police officer in DeKalb County.  In 1973, he became a GBI Special Agent assigned to northwest Georgia and has been promoted to every sworn rank within the agency.


Sheriff Janis Mangum – Jackson County Sheriff's Department
Active Committees: Crime Victims Compensation Board

Ms. Mangum currently serves as the sheriff of Jackson County.  She has 28 years of law enforcement experience, the last 24 years with the Jackson County Sheriff's Department.  She serves as ex-officio member of the Tree House Child Advocacy Center and as a member of the Piedmont Judicial Circuit Domestic Violence Task Force.


Mr. John Mayes – Board of Corrections
Active Committees: TBD

Mr. Mayes currently serves as the chairman of the State Board of Corrections.  He is owner and founder of Pro Systems Clean Care, which has been operating in Northwest Georgia for over 27 years.  He is currently a serving in his fourth term as a Floyd County Commissioner. He serves on the Floyd Medical Center Hospital Authority and Management Board. As a Commissioner, John currently serves as Chairman of the Floyd County Public Safety Committee.


Mr. Michael Nail – Georgia Department of Community Supervision
Active Committees: TBD

Mr. Nail began his career in criminal justice in 1989 as a probation officer. Prior to being name Commissioner of DCS, he served as the Executive Director of the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles since 2010. He has also held several key senior executive leadership roles with DCS to include Director of Probation Training, Director of Probation, and Corrections Division Director where he was responsible for prison operations, probation operations and special operations.


Mr. Avery Niles – Department of Juvenile Justice
Active Committees: Criminal Justice Grants Committee (Chair) 

Mr. Niles was sworn in as the Commissioner of the Department of Juvenile Justice in November, 2012.  With more than 27 years of distinguished law enforcement and criminal justice experience, Commissioner Niles was most recently Warden of the Hall County Correctional Institute. In addition, Commissioner Niles spent over twenty years in the Hall County Sheriff's Office rising in the ranks from Patrolman, Sergeant in the Juvenile Investigations Team, and Lieutenant (Assistant Commander) in the Patrol Division before reaching to the level of Commander as part of the Hall County Detention Center. 

Mr. Jay Sanders – Georgia Department of Corrections
Active Committees:  Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) Advisory Committee

Mr. Sanders is the Assistant Commissioner – Inmate Services, with the Georgia Department of Corrections.  He began his career with the Georgia Department of Corrections in 1992 as a probation officer. His work experience also includes: regional training coordinator, hearing officer, and public safety training instructor. In his current role as Deputy Director of GOTSR, he is responsible for the management of grant funds which support the statewide prisoner reentry initiative.


Judge Juliette Scales – Council of Juvenile Court Judges
Active Committees:  Criminal Justice Grants Committee, Crime Victims Compensation Board

Judge Scales has served Fulton County as an Associate Juvenile Court Judge for over 10 years and was recently appointed as Fulton County Juvenile Court Judge in May 2013. Previously she has served as both a Special Assistant Attorney General and as an Assistant District Attorney in Fulton County. She is an active committee member of the Council of Juvenile Court Judges of Georgia.


Mr. Peter Skandalakis – Coweta Judicial Circuit District Attorney
Active Committees:

Mr. Skandalakis has been the District Attorney of the Coweta Judicial Circuit of Georgia since 1991. He was an Assistant District Attorney from 1984 to 1987 and become the Chief Assistant District Attorney in 1987. His strong public safety commitment has statewide impact. He initiated and lobbied for a criminal statute that was passed in law in 1992, requiring life in prison for persons convicted of second and subsequent child molestation offenses Another law he initiated and lobbied for was the increase of punishment for a person convicted of concealing the death of another from a misdemeanor to a sentence of not less than one or no more than ten years. This law went into effect in July 1997.


Mr. Charles A. “Chuck” Spahos – Prosecuting Attorney’s Council
Active Committees: Criminal Justice Grants Committee

Mr. Spahos currently serves as the Executive Director for the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council.  Prior to being appointed to this position, Mr. Spahos served as the Solicitor General for Henry County from 2002 – July of 2012. Before becoming Solicitor-General, Mr. Spahos worked in law enforcement from 1991-1995, served as Chief Investigator and then as Assistant District Attorney in the Flint Judicial Circuit from 1995 to 1999, and served as   Solicitor of Municipal Court of McDonough from 1999 to 2002.


Mr. Jim Thornton – Mayor, LaGrange, GA
Active Committees: TBD

Mr. Thornton is the Mayor of LaGrange and an attorney with Thornton & Graham, P.C. He is the Chairman of the Municipal Government Policy Committee for the Georgia Municipal Association. Mr. Thornton is also a graduate of Leadership Georgia and sits on the board of trustees for the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. He earned a bachelor’s degree from LaGrange College and a law degree from Emory University.


Mr. Bryan Tyson – Georgia Public Defender Standards Council
Active Committees: Crime Victims Compensation Board, Executive Committee

Mr. Tyson previously worked as an attorney with Strickland Brockington Lewis LLP. He is the 2014-2015 Section Chair of the Appellate Practice Section of the State Bar of Georgia and represented the State of Georgia as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the 2011 redistricting process. Prior to admission to the bar, he worked in the Georgia General Assembly for Rep. Lynn Westmoreland in Washington, D.C.


Mr. Ken Vance – Georgia Peace Officers Standards and Training Council (Georgia P.O.S.T)
Active Committees: Criminal Justice Grants Committee

With over 38 years of experience in law enforcement, Mr. Vance has served as the Executive Director of Georgia P.O.S.T. since 2007. Previously, he spent 27 years as the Public Safety Director at Georgia College and State University. He has also served as Deputy Sheriff of Baldwin County, police officer with the City of Monroe, GA, and councilman for the City of Milledgeville. He earned a master’s degree in Public Administration from Columbus State University.


Mr. Thomas Worthy – Piedmont Healthcare
Active Committees: TBD

W. Thomas Worthy is the Vice President of Governmental and External Affairs at Piedmont Healthcare.  Prior to this role, he served as Director of Governmental Affairs at the State Bar of Georgia, after serving as Deputy Executive Counsel in the Office of Governor Nathan Deal during the administration's first term. While in the governor's office, Worthy spearheaded the governor's justice reform and reinvestment initiatives and the governor appointed him co-chair of the Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform, a position he still holds today. Before going into government service, Thomas practiced as a litigator with Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP in Birmingham, Alabama.  Worthy earned his undergraduate degrees in politics and sociology from Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia and his juris doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law. Thomas also serves as Chairman of the Juvenile Justice State Advisory Group, a member of the Judicial Nominating Commission and a member of the Supreme Court of Georgia’s Committee on Justice for Children.