MCCD - Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency

MCCD Board of Directors



Currently Lynn is the Vice President of Programs at Wayne Center in Detroit. She previously worked at Wayne County Community Mental Health as the Director of Special Projects. Lynn has extensive experience in program development and implementation. Lynn has been a member of MCCD for several years and has served as Vice President and Secretary of the MCCD Board. Her experience would continue to be an asset to the MCCD Board of Directors.



Harry has been the Executive Director at Twin County Probation Center, Inc. in Three Rivers, Michigan since 1986. Under his direction, the Center has experienced growth and developed valuable partnerships with community law enforcement, business, educational, and civic organizations. Prior to his work at Twin Counties, he worked for two years at Sturgis Schools Emotionally Impaired Classroom. He also worked as a Youth Employment Counselor with the St. Joseph County CETA Program. Harry is also a long-time member of MCCD and has worked closely with MCCD on community corrections issues.



Joe has been an MCCD member since the early 1980's and has previously served on the Board of Directors. He has served on the Finance, Long-Term Planning, and Personnel Committees. Joe is a Past President of the ACLU where he's been a member for 30 years. Joe is also very active in UAW Local 1618 and has served as President. He was a former Editor of the Lansing Labor News. Joe is a charter member of Blue Care Network/Health Central and served on their Board of Directors. Joe's experience with organized labor will be very beneficial to future Board considerations.



Nanci has been a member of MCCD for several years and is an Attorney in private practice. Her field of expertise is tax litigation, and assessment consultation and tax planning. Her background includes serving as a private consultant in the U.S. and Canada for development and delivery of drug education and prevention programs. Currently, Nanci is a member of the Michigan Bar Association, International Association of Assessment Officer, the Institute of Property Taxation and the Beverly Hills, Michigan Zoning Board of Appeals. Nanci's expertise in the field of law, and drug education and prevention programs provides needed expertise on the Board.



Susan is currently the Director of the Michigan Jewish Conference; an organization that represents the political and community relations needs of the statewide Jewish community. Prior to that Susan was the Director of Families Against Mandatory Minimums, a statewide advocacy organization for criminal sentencing reform. Susan has over 25 years experience in community coalition building and advocacy, and has worked on public policy issues at the state and local levels of all three branches of government. Susan has also developed and conducted training programs nationally on numerous issues.



Ruth is an attorney with over nine years experience representing individuals, small businesses, corporations, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations in civil and criminal matters. Currently she is not practicing law, but rather using her experience, skills and abilities in the nonprofit arena to benefit the community. Ruth serves organizations through her business, DYNAMIS Consulting and Training by providing consulting and training services in the areas of human relations management, board governance and management, risk assessment and analysis, proposal writing and fund development, legal and regulatory compliance, volunteer management, and program development and coordination. Presently she serves as the IMPACT Project Coordinator for Michigan's Children.  



Alex currently works with the Youth Opportunity of Detroit Program developing and implementing specialized programs that provide intensive life-skills training and employment readiness for school and court-referred youth and young adults who have been involved in gangs, drugs, violence, and other negative behaviors. Alex was recognized by the White House for mediating the Devil's Night Truce between rival gangs in southwest Detroit. He has received numerous awards for his work throughout Michigan including, the 1996 Michiganian of the Year and the 1997 Martin Luther King Award. In 1998 Mr. Montaner was the first Latino to be awarded the Governor's Service Award for Program Management. In 2000, he was chosen by the Ford Foundation as one of seven national trainers to develop community organizing and anti-violence programs in South Africa.



Currently, Arnie is an Academic Specialist with the Native American Institute, Urban Affairs Programs at Michigan State University. Arnie received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from MSU in 1976 and his Master of Arts in K-12 Education Administration in 1993 from MSU. Arnie provides the Board with extensive knowledge regarding issues facing Native Americans.



Louise has been a member of the Council for 15 years. She received her Master's Degree and Ph.D. in education from Columbia University. Since retiring from MSU, Louise has provided service and leadership to the League of Women Voters of Michigan. She has served on several boards and committees including: Michigan's Children; KIDS COUNT; Middle Start - Kellogg Foundation; Ingham County/City of Lansing Youth Violence Prevention Coalition; Michigan Coalition for Children and Families; and the Association for Children's Mental Health. Louise's knowledge of children's issues and her advocacy experience are an asset to MCCD.


Ralph is an attorney in private practice specializing in criminal appeals. Previously he was the Assistant Defender, State Appellate Defender's Office in Detroit. Ralph is also the President Pro Tem of the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, the President of the Metro Detroit American Civil Liberties Union and the Treasurer of the State Bar of Michigan Criminal Law Section, as well as a member of the Drug Policy Forum of Michigan.


Norris has been the Chief Deputy Director for the State Appellate Defender Office (SADO) in Detroit for over 23 years. He is a charter member of State Bar of Michigan's Criminal Law Section, serving over 12 years as a representative of the Defender Systems and Services Committee or as an elected member. Norris was recently re-elected to serve a 3-year term on the Board of Directors of the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan. He also served for 6 years on the Prison Legal Services Board of Directors. Norris received his degree from the University of Michigan in 1970 with special honors. He then practiced as a Prison Legal Services lawyer in Ann Arbor before joining SADO in 1972.



Since 1996, Beany has been the Ready To Learn Coordinator for Boardcasting Services WKAR - Michigan State University. In her role as Ready To Learn Coordinator, she works with community agencies and businesses to plan and implement Ready To Learn training workshops and other activities for WKAR-TV. Prior to 1996, Beany was the Corporate Development Director for Boardcasting Services at Michigan State University. She a current member of Michigan State University Institute for Children, Youth and Families Advisory Council; has served on the Ingham County 0-5 Subcommittee-Human Services Advisory Committee since 2000; and from 1976 to 1982, served as the Chairperson for the Governor-appointed Michigan Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice. Beany has many years experience as an advocate for children. Her knowledge and expertise is extremely helpful to the MCCD Board.



Currently, Kris serves as a pro se law clerk for the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, where she is responsible for prisoner civil rights and habeas corpus filings. Kris was a career law clerk for United States Judge Douglas W. Hillman from 1995 until Judge Hillman's retirement in 2002. Kris is active in numerous professional and community activities. Presently, she serves as a Trustee of the Grand Rapids Bar Association and chairs its Diversity Committee. She is the past president and board member of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, Western Region. She also serves on the boards of the YWCA-Grand Rapids and the Gary Byker Memorial Library. And, for the past three years, Kris has been an active member of the Grand Rapids Prostitution Roundtable and the Michigan Public Defense Task Force.



Ruth recently retired as the Executive Director of the Student Advocacy Center of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She was a founding member of the Center and has served in many capacities since 1975. She continues to advocate for school children on both individual and policy levels by providing written documentation of school systems' failure to serve students. Ruth also continues to push governmental agencies to exercise their mandated responsibilities to provide effective monitoring and oversight of local school districts to ensure services and supervision are provided to children who have been expelled from school under the zero-tolerance law.


Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency Children's Services Division
1115 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Ste. 201                   19500 Middlebelt Rd., Ste. 200-E
Lansing, Michigan 48912                                    Livonia, Michigan 48152
Voice: (517) 482-4161                                      Voice: (248) 888-1194
Fax: (517) 482-0020                                         Fax: (248) 888-1290