Elizabeth Arnovits, Executive Director
Beth has been involved in crime control and prevention efforts at the local, state and federal levels since 1975. She is a graduate of the Michigan State University’s School of Criminal Justice. Her experience as an organizer of various national, 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 policy and planning efforts. She started her career as a community liaison for a Model Cities Community Center Program where she was involved in direct services for juvenile and adult offenders.
As Executive Director of the Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency, she has organized coalitions of citizens and professionals to advocate for reforms in policies that affect children and adults involved in the justice systems. Currently she is leading MCCD’s partnership with the Michigan Department of Corrections on implementing the Michigan Prisoner Reentry Initiative (MPRI). She is a founding member and co-chair of the National Juvenile Justice Network and the Michigan Juvenile Justice Collaborative (MJJC). She has advanced training in balanced and restorative justice, communications, volunteer recruitment, coalition building, group facilitation, public relations and fund raising, and is a certified prevention trainer.
Robert Burroughs, Associate Director
Robb is the Associate Director at MCCD. He is currently responsible for the planning and implementation of training and technical assistance to build the capacity of the local communities implementing the Michigan Prisoner Reentry Initiative.
Robb has a master’s degree in social work from the University of Michigan with a concentration in social policy and evaluation with communities and social systems. At MCCD, he has led efforts in the area of delinquency prevention, developed data collection, reporting, and strategic planning tools for agencies and community groups, and engaged in strategic planning efforts to increase the safety and well-being of individuals and communities throughout Michigan.
Andrea King Collier, Communications Consultant
Andrea King Collier is a senior marketing and public relations professional with experience in consumer, social and health care marketing. She also has a broad base of experience in developing effective programming in medical, health care and public policy issues for targeted and hard to reach markets.
Collier has worked with consumer products companies and in social marketing campaigns on message development and delivery to segmented markets. She has also helped shape health care policy messages for organizations such as the Michigan Department of Public Health, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine, and the American Cancer Society.
She has conducted focus groups on philanthropy and volunteerism, and child abuse and neglect. She brings expertise in using a variety of communications tools to bring awareness to diverse audiences.In addition, Collier is an accomplished freelance writer, and has published two books.
Mario Dewberry, Project Manager
Mario is responsible for managing the Inner City Neighborhood Project in Detroit and Saginaw. In this capacity, he provides technical assistance to the AmeriCorps site supervising agencies and manages the AmeriCorps members serving as project facilitators and Civic Justice Corps participants. He also serves as a liaison to multiple community partners, local government officials, human service representatives, and law enforcement officials. Additionally, he develops and coordinates national community service projects in the “green jobs” sector.
Previously, Mario worked as Special Initiatives Coordinator for the Wayne County Michigan Prisoner Reentry Initiative, where he managed the Ready 4 Work Project for the Brightmoor and Osborn communities. He received his Bachelors of Public Affairs in Political Science (Strength Urban Politics) with a Co-Major in Peace and Conflict Studies from Wayne State University. With more than thirteen years of experience in program development and management, Mario will continue to play a vital role in facilitating the positive development of all individuals, regardless of their backgrounds.
Mary Hart, Program Manager
Mary’s twenty-two year administrative and technical experience is an asset to our organization. Mary is the MCCD Program Manager. In that position, Mary provides program support to MCCD staff and oversees agency administrative functions. Mary has held and holds positions as a Computer and Software Trainer and in Professional Development and Consulting. At MCCD Mary provides all computer support and is the MCCD Webmaster.
LaToya McBean, Project Director
La Toya is responsible for the statewide planning, implementation and supervision of the Inner City Neighborhood Project, a new public safety and national service project to reduce crime and unemployment rates among felony offenders in Detroit, Grand Rapids, Saginaw and Benton Harbor. This Project was launched in January 2010 with the support of legislative leaders and administration officials. In this capacity, La Toya provides technical assistance to the four neighborhood sites and manages the three Project components: Civic Justice Corps, Law Enforcement Partnerships and Collaborative Case Management. Previously, she worked as a policy analyst at the Council of State Governments' Justice Center where she managed the Justice Reinvestment Initiative in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Nevada and Connecticut. La Toya has worked with state policymakers to develop bipartisan, consensus-driven policy framework and legislation to improve crime, corrections and sentencing policies, coordinated the involvement of a broad spectrum of stakeholders in drafting policies, and presented before legislative committees, county commissioner associations, and prosecuting attorneys associations. LaToya has a master's degree from Regent University’s School of Government, and is currently enrolled at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
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 training and certification in financial management and software. She provides ongoing support to all program staff on resource allocations.
Michelle Weemhoff, Senior Policy Associate
Michelle Weemhoff, MSW, is MCCD's Senior Policy Associate, responsible for identifying and advocating for policies that impact youth in the juvenile justice and other child-serving systems. Michelle has worked on a number of national and state-level campaigns regarding juvenile justice, including projects to raise the age of juvenile court jurisdiction, close dangerous juvenile facilities, and promote the use of evidence-based programs. Michelle has also presented at a number of conferences to discuss how emerging research in adolescent development can impact policy and practice. Michelle previously worked as the Michigan Public Defense Task Force Coordinator with the Campaign for Justice and has held positions as a service provider, community organizer, and policy advocate in Texas and Massachusetts. Michelle received her Bachelor of Arts and Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan.