MCCD - Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency

MCCD Staff

Elizabeth Arnovits – Executive Director

Beth has been involved in Michigan’s human services systems for the last twenty-seven years. Her experience as an organizer of various state and local coalitions has provided Beth with a comprehensive understanding of political and practical aspects of community organizing and advocacy efforts. She has been recognized at the national and state levels for her public planning efforts. Beth received her Baccalaureate degree in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University. She started her career as a community liaison for a Model Cities Community Center Program where she had been involved in direct and indirect services in the juvenile and criminal justice systems. She has organized coalitions of citizens and professionals to advocate for reforms in policies that affect children including foster care and adoption. In 1984, Beth organized the Michigan Coalition Against the Death Penalty (MCADP). As President of the MCADP, she has successfully lead efforts to keep Michigan free of the death penalty. She has advanced training in communications, volunteer recruitment training, coalition building, group facilitation, public relations and fundraising, and is a certified prevention trainer.

Jennifer Juras, Ph.D. – Research Director/BRC Project Director

Jennifer recently earned her Doctorate in Psychology from Michigan State University. She earned a Master of Arts in Ecological/Community Psychology from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She has advanced education and training in social change, research design, quantitative and qualitative methods, and evaluation research. Jennifer has been involved in and directed research and evaluations of community programs and agencies serving children, families, and special needs populations. She also has experience in community mobilization, group facilitation, and data-based community assessment. With her extensive experience in statistics, measurement, and evaluation, Jennifer has conducted research on many aspects of social issues and human services.

Andrea King Collier – Communications and

Fund Development Consultant

Andrea has served as an account supervisor for Hill and Knowlton, the nation’s largest public relations firm and Anthony M. Franco Public Relations, the largest public relations firm in Michigan. Andrea has local, state and national public relations and medial relations experience for corporate clients such as Kraft, United Airlines, Gerber, F & M Distributors, State Farm, Baxter, G.D. Searle and Smith Kline. She has also done work for Procter and Gamble, UAW Local 6000, Detroit Compact, The Michigan Departments of Public Health and Social Services, the American Cancer Society, Detroit Renaissance, the Superconducting Super Collider and the NAACP. Andrea not only creates and implements media relations strategies, but also trains clients to address media opportunities and interviews more effectively. She also works as a freelance writer for several local, state and national publications. Andrea has a Baccalaureate degree in journalism and political science from Indiana University.

Joann Rester – Office Manager

Joann has been with MCCD for nine years.  Prior to that she was employed with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Lansing.  She has extensive knowledge of computer programs such as Word, Word Perfect, Excel, Quatro Pro, and PowerPoint. Joann is responsible for formatting the Council Bulletin, The Annual Report, and various other MCCD publications. Some of her other responsibilities include: mass mailing coordination, organization and office supply oversight, office machine upkeep, database updating, web site editing, receptionist, meeting planning, and MCCD's annual conference coordination.

Heather Sprague – Research Assistant

Heather Sprague comes to MCCD from Massachusetts where she has worked in both research and social action. She most recently served as an undergraduate research assistant at Michigan State University for two community- based research projects. Heather has experience in group facilitation, project coordination, and evaluation. She received a Baccalaureate degree in Psychology from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts.

Pamela VanDreumel – Finance Director

Pamela has an extensive bookkeeping and financial background.  She has worked for MCCD since 1986.  As Financial Director, Pamela is responsible for all government financial reporting, benefit administration, monthly accounting for all federal, state, and local grants and contracts, payroll and W-2's, as well as assisting in the yearly audit.  Pamela has attended a variety of software training classes, as well as financial management seminars.

MCCD Wayne County Office Staff

Florida Andrews – Director, Children's Services Division

Florida Andrews has been in this position since 1990. She is in charge of the overall operations of the Wayne County office.  Other responsibilities include hiring, evaluating, and supervising the staff.  Florida teaches the parenting life skills class at each female facility as well as the male prisons. Florida received her BA in Social Work from Eastern Michigan University and will earn her MA in Guidance and Counseling from Eastern Michigan University in April 2005.  Prior to her position as MCCD's Children's Services Director, Florida worked as a Mitigation Specialist throughout the state and also worked as part of the defense team for a number of criminal cases, including capital cases in other states.  Florida in an active member of the National Association of Sentencing Advocates and is a member of the State Bar Association as a Legal Assistant.

Kim H. Al-Mahbashi – Office Manager

Kim has been with MCCD's Children's Services Division for one year as Office Manager.  Kim's duties consist of scheduling, answering and directing telephone calls, scheduling call-outs for prison visits after contacting caregivers and drivers.  Her other responsibilities include maintaining office files and preparing monthly and ongoing stats.  Previously, Kim worked at mortgage company in Bingham Farms, Michigan as a senior computer data entry operator.  Kim graduated in 1987 from Ferndale High School where she majored in business/clerical studies.

Tiffany Joplin – Activities Coordinator

Tiffany has been with MCCD's Children's Services Division for only a few months. Her background in management prepared her for her work with the Children's Visitation Program. Tiffany's duties include working in the prison setting with mothers and children where she plans and oversees the activities at each visit. Tiffany is a 1992 graduate of Eastern Michigan University where she earned her BA in Technology.

Tracy Landskroener – Case Worker

Tracy has been with the Children's Services Division for a short time but her expertise in women's issues has made an impact. Tracy earned her BA in women's studies from the University of Michigan in 2003.  Some of Tracy's other responsibilities are managing case files and completing needs assessments on all clients to connect them with appropriate community resources.

Dawn Taylor – Case Manager

Dawn has been with MCCD's Children's Services Division for over 11 years.  In addition to case management and supervision, Dawn is responsible for recruiting and training volunteer drivers. Dawn facilitates the children's support groups and conducts needs assessments. Dawn earned her BA in Human Resources from Michigan State University in 1987.

Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency  ~  Children's Services Division
1115 South Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 201          19500 Middlebelt Road, #200-E
Lansing, Michigan 48912                                     Livonia, Michigan 48152
Voice: (517) 482-4161                                       Voice: (248) 888-1194
Fax: (517) 482-0020                                          Fax: (248) 888-1290