Members

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

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


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

Ms. Berger currently serves as the prevention educator for the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy. She was previously 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. Ms. Berger holds both a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University and a master’s degree from Nova University.


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

Mr. Bryson is currently serving as a member of the Georgia State Indemnification Commission and a trustee of the Peace Officers’ Annuity and Benefit Fund. Mr. Bryson previously served as the commissioner of the Department of Corrections and also the deputy commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for four years. Mr. Bryson is a past president of the Peace Officers’ Association of Georgia. He holds both a bachelor’s degree from Valdosta State College and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Columbus State University.


Ms. Jacqueline Bunn – State Board of Pardons & Paroles Board Member
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Ms. Bunn began her career with the state of Georgia in 1997 as an assistant attorney general in the Civil Rights Section for the Georgia Department of Law. In December of 2006, she served as deputy director in the Legal Services Unit of the Georgia Department of Public Safety. Ms. Bunn was appointed by Governor Deal to serve as the executive director of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council in 2013. Currently, Ms. Bunn serves on the State Board of Pardons & Paroles, and she is also a member of the Georgia Bar Journal’s Editorial Board. She earned her bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism and her law degree from the University of Georgia.


Director 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. In addition to her role as legal advisor to the agency, Ms. Clanton has overseen a grant providing civil legal services to victims of domestic violence throughout the state of Georgia. Ms. Clanton’s past leadership experience includes service on the executive committee of the Georgia Commission on Family Violence and service to the State Bar of Georgia as both an assistant general counsel and as the inaugural director of the Consumer Assistance Program.
 

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.


Commissioner Gregory C. Dozier – Commissioner, Department of Corrections
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Mr. Dozier, who is serving as the commissioner of the Georgia Department of Corrections, began his service 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. Mr. 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. 
 

Ms. Sonja Fillingame – Board of Community Supervision
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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 Governor Zell Miller. Ms. Fillingame also helped establish Georgia’s first Victim Assistance Academy. She earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Georgia State University.
 

Judge Stephen Goss – Chair of the Council of Accountability Courts
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Judge Stephen Goss is a judge of the Dougherty Circuit of Georgia. He was admitted to the bar in 1986. Prior to joining the Dougherty Superior Court in 1999, he served as the Dougherty County Juvenile Court Judge and as president of the Dougherty Circuit Bar Association. Judge Goss created and still presides over the Dougherty Superior Court Mental Health/Substance Abuse program and was most recently appointed the chair of the Council of Accountability Courts. 


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 the division director of public safety at the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget. Prior to that, he served as the 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. Mr. Hood also served as an auditor with the Georgia Department of Human Resources and as the finance director at the Georgia Emergency Management Agency. Mr. Hood holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia.


Director Vernon Keenan – Georgia Bureau of Investigation
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Mr. Vernon Keenan has served as the director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) since 2003, where he has managed over 800 employees and a budget of over $74 million.  He was reappointed in January 2011 by Governor Nathan Deal.  Director Keenan originally entered law enforcement in 1972 as a uniformed police officer in DeKalb County, and in 1973, he became a GBI Special Agent assigned to northwest Georgia. Since then, he 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
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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.


Commissioner 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.


Commissioner 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
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Mr. Sanders is the Assistant Commissioner of 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 serving as a regional training coordinator, hearing officer, and public safety training instructor. In his role as the deputy director of GOTSR, he was 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 as an associate juvenile court judge in Fulton County for over ten years, and she was recently appointed as a Fulton County juvenile court judge in May 2013. Prior to this, Judge Scales served as both a special assistant attorney general and as an assistant district attorney in Fulton County. Judge Scales is also an active committee member of the Council of Juvenile Court Judges of Georgia.


Chief Erika Shields – Chief of the City of Atlanta Police Department
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Ms. Erika Shields was appointed Chief of the City of Atlanta Police Department in December 2016.  Chief Shields is an active member of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police (GACP).  Chief Shields joined the Atlanta Police Department in 1995 and most recently served as Deputy Chief of Field Operations. During her tenure, she has served as a Patrol Officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Major and Deputy Chief prior to her appointment to Chief. Chief Shields holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies from Webster University and a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Saint Leo University.


Mr. Peter Skandalakis – Prosecuting Attorneys' Council of Georgia
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Mr. Skandalakis served as assistant district attorney for the Coweta Judicial Circuit of Georgia from 1984 to 1987 and became the chief assistant district attorney in 1987. In 1991, Mr. Skandalakis began serving as the district attorney and has since then initiated and lobbied for a criminal statute that was passed into law in 1992, requiring life in prison for persons convicted of second and subsequent child molestation offenses. Mr. Skandalakis also initiated and lobbied for an increase in the punishment for anyone convicted of concealing another’s death; this law went into effect in July 1997. In January 2018, Mr. Skandalakis was appointed Executive Director of the Prosecuting Attorneys' Council of Georgia. 


Ms. Stacey Suber-Drake – Department of Education
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Mayor Jim Thornton – Mayor, LaGrange, GA
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Mr. Thornton currently serves as the mayor of LaGrange and as an attorney with Thornton & Graham, P.C. He is the chairman of the Municipal Government Policy Committee for the Georgia Municipal Association. Mayor Thornton is 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.


Director Bryan Tyson – Georgia Public Defender 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, Mr. Tyson worked in the Georgia General Assembly for Representative Lynn Westmoreland in Washington, D.C.


Director 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 and councilman for the City of Milledgeville. Mr. Vance holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from Columbus State University.


Mr. Thomas Worthy – Piedmont Healthcare
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Mr. Worthy currently serves as the vice president of Governmental and External Affairs.  Prior to this role, he served as the director of Governmental Affairs at the State Bar of Georgia, after serving as the deputy executive counsel in the Office of Governor Nathan Deal during the administration's first term. While in the governor's office, Mr. 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. Mr. 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.