Drug Court

In 1998, Cleveland Municipal Court accepted a federal grant to establish the Greater Cleveland Drug Court. This specialized docket was presided over by the Honorable Larry A. Jones until his election to the Eighth District Court of Appeals in November 2008 and the Honorable Anita Laster Mays assumed the position of Drug Court judge in January 2009. The Honorable Lauren C. Moore began presiding over Drug Court in January 2015 following Judge Mays' election to the Eighth District Court of Appeals in November 2014.

Drug Court may be offered to a felony offender charged with a fourth- or fifth-degree-level possession of a controlled substance, who has only one non-violent felony conviction and is chemically-dependent. Defendants are required to enter a plea of “guilty” to a first-degree misdemeanor. The sentence is held in abeyance pending successful completion of the program. Upon successful completion of Drug Court and payment of a supervision fee, a participant’s guilty plea is vacated, the charge(s) dismissed and the case sealed or expunged.

More than 1,100 people have successfully completed the Greater Cleveland Drug Court Program, which benefits not just the individuals involved, but also the community in which they live and all taxpayers.  Average treatment typically costs approximately $3,000, while the cost of six months of incarceration averages $14,000.

The Greater Cleveland Drug Court received Specialized Docket Certification from the Supreme Court of Ohio on April 11, 2014. Because of the success with Drug Court, the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court has formally adopted the program, which is currently under the direction of the Honorable David T. Matia.

Greater Cleveland Drug Court Advisory Board

Honorable Lauren C. Moore
Greater Cleveland Drug Court Judge

Lauren C. Moore began presiding over Drug Court in January 2015. The oldest of four children, she followed the footsteps of her father, Attorney William D.  Moore, who built a practice dedicated to helping low and middle-class working families. Judge Moore graduated from Shaker Heights High School and received her bachelor’s degree in English from Spelman College.  She earned her juris doctorate at Case Western Reserve University.

Having passed the Ohio State Bar in 1987, Lauren embarked on a political career where she served as both a civil attorney and public defender.  She served as Chief Prosecutor for the City of Cleveland and as an Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor. Her ultimate goal of becoming a judge materialized when she was elected to the Cleveland Municipal Court in 2003.

Judge Moore is very involved in the community and participates in several mentoring programs.  She is proud of the Get on Track program she co-founded and implemented to provide a positive influence for young people convicted of misdemeanor offenses.  She also chairs the Mock Trial Competition for the Cleveland Municipal School District where students enjoy increasing their awareness of the law by enacting fictional cases.

Lauren is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Alpha Omega Chapter and the Ludlow Community Association.  She is also a member of the Ohio Bar Association and the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association where she serves on the Board of Trustees.

Lauren credits her close family for inspiring and supporting her in all of her endeavors. Judge Moore is married to Brian E. Siggers, a Supervisor in the Probation Department, Cleveland Municipal Court.  They have two children.  She is a member of Transfiguration Anglican Church, is an avid reader who has a vast collection of African American literature and enjoys writing, playing tennis and going to the movies.

Honorable Ronald B. Adrine
Presiding and Administrative Judge

Ronald B. Adrine has become one of the most respected judges in Cleveland, as well as a national authority on issues concerning domestic violence. A life-long resident of Greater Cleveland, Judge Adrine graduated from Fisk University and the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.  He passed the bar in 1973, and in 1974 he joined the staff of the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor as an assistant in the criminal trial division.  In 1976, he entered the private practice of law with his father, the late Russell T. Adrine and two years later was appointed to serve as a Senior Staff Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Assassinations.

He first ran for his current seat on the Cleveland Municipal Court bench in 1981.  Judge Adrine was reelected five times, without opposition, to full six-year terms, the most recent election being in November of 2011.  His peers elected him Administrative and Presiding Judge in 2008 and have reelected him to those positions ever since.

Over the years, Judge Adrine has belonged to more than 60 organizations, serving on the boards of more than 30 of those organizations, and holding a leadership position on more than 20 of those boards.  He currently sits as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Center for State Courts.

Judge Adrine lectures extensively on domestic violence issues here, and around the country, including in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.   Judge Adrine is co-author of the reference volume, Ohio Domestic Violence Law. He has been honored as a Distinguished Alumni of both Cleveland State University and the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.  In 2000, he was awarded the Ohio Bar Medal by the Ohio State Bar Association, its highest honor, in recognition of his contributions to the profession and the community.

Honorable John J. Russo
Presiding and Administrative Judge
Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas

John J. Russo is the Presiding and Administrative Judge on the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas General Division in Cleveland, Ohio. He was elected to the court in November 2004 and re-elected in November 2010 to another six-year term, which will end on January 8, 2016.

Judge Russo received his B.S. in marketing from John Carroll University in 1987 and his J.D. from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Before joining the court, Judge Russo worked as an attorney in private practice for twelve years.

Mary Bazie
Executive Director
Hitchcock Center for Women, Inc.

Ms. Bazie has been a steadfast leader in the Cleveland social service field for over two decades by counseling and directing substance abuse preventative services. Since 2005, she has been responsible for guiding the vision, leadership, and direction of HCFW. Ms. Bazie is an advocate for addicted women, homeless women, and their dependent children. 

Ronda Blaney
Program Manager
Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas
TASC Program

Ronda Blaney is the Program Manager for the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, TASC Program. In this role, Ronda manages a team of social work and counseling professionals providing substance abuse assessments, treatment and case management services to court ordered clients.

A big believer in rehabilitation, Ronda supports specialized dockets and first offender programs.

Ronda is a Licensed Social Worker and Independently Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor with a supervision designation. She holds an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Community Mental Health Technology from Cuyahoga Community College, A Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Work from Cleveland State University and a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice, Forensic Psychology from Tiffin University.

Ronda is no stranger to social services, having spent many years working in various agencies ranging from Community Support Therapist at Berea Children's Home to Primary Counselor at the IwoSan Center for women. Ronda also maintained PRN therapist positions for several years at Laurelwood Hospital and St. Vincent Charity Hospital, Rosary Hall Detox Unit.

Drawing on 20 years of experience in the field of Social Work and Counseling, Ronda now focuses mainly on the addicted criminal justice population with a specialty in anger management services.

Ronda, married with two adult sons, enjoys singing and nationwide travel.

Crystal Bryant
Program Officer 3
Cuyahoga Job and Family Services

Crystal  Bryant was born and raised East Cleveland, Ohio. Crystal holds a Bachelor of Art in Social Work with a minor in Criminal Justice from Cleveland State University, a Master’s of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from Tiffin University, and a Juris Doctor from Cleveland Marshall College of Law. Currently, Crystal serves as a Program Officer 3 at Cuyahoga Job and Family Services. In this capacity, she is responsible for community engagement strategies, heading the speaker’s bureau, contract monitoring, community relations and creating and maintaining collaborative relationships.

Her diverse professional and community endeavors include law, advocacy, education, program monitoring and civic engagement. Some of Crystal’s community endeavors include: Board Member for the Cleveland Young Professional Senate, Volunteer for the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, Fellowship Graduate of the New Leaders Council Class of 2014 – Cleveland Chapter. Most recently, she became the Co-Project Director for Cleveland VOTES, which works in partnership with Nonprofit VOTE to support voter engagement activities for local nonprofits.

Crystal currently resides in the Fairfax Neighborhood of Cleveland where she owns a home with her seven (7) year old son Standford Barrington Proffett III.

Karen Butler
Chief Operating Officer
Northeast Ohio Neighborhood Heath

Karen Butler is the Chief Operating Officer of Northeast Ohio Neighborhood Health Services, Inc. (NEON), a nonprofit community healthcare organization with seven locations throughout Greater Cleveland. Established in 1967, it is one of the oldest Federally Qualified Health Center systems in the country.

Karen previously served as the Director of the Cleveland Department of Public Health and the Commissioner of Health for the City of Cleveland under the leadership of Mayor Frank G. Jackson.

Karen has received numerous honors and awards from local, state and national organizations for her tireless dedication and commitment to improving the health and well-being of those in greatest need.

Karen earned a master’s degree in Health Care Administration from the University of Cincinnati and a bachelor’s degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She is involved in numerous civic and professional organizations and is a frequent presenter at national conferences and seminars. Ms. Butler has also traveled to the White House to present before the President Obama’s Domestic Policy Council.

William Denihan
Executive Director
Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health
Services Board of Cuyahoga County

For over 40 years, Bill Denihan has directed large government agencies at the state, county and local levels and is the recognized authority in turning around and stabilizing government in Ohio.

Currently, Bill serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga County. In 2009, he directed the consolidation of both the Mental Health and Alcohol Boards. This is now the ADAMHS Board.

Teresa Egan
Program Officer
Cuyahoga County Corrections Planning Board
TASC Program

Teresa Egan has worked for Cuyahoga County and the Cuyahoga County Corrections Planning Board for over 17 years. A native of the Dayton, Ohio area, Ms. Egan attended the University of Cincinnati receiving a Bachelor of Social Work and was actively involved in the Kappa Delta Sorority, Order of Omega and Sigma Phi Honorary for Women.

Shortly after graduation, she was hired at the Cuyahoga County Department of Children and Family Services as a social worker and moved to Cleveland where she quickly learned how to get around Cleveland with map in hand. During her time working with the County, she has worked in child welfare, juvenile justice, substance treatment, and adult criminal justice. She has a Master of Social Work from Cleveland State University and is a Licensed Independent Supervisory Social Worker.

Honorable Marcia L. Fudge
United States Congress
11th District

Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge is a committed public servant who brings a hard-working, problem-solving spirit to Congress and to the task of creating jobs, protecting safety net programs, and improving access to quality public education, health care and healthy foods. First elected in 2008, she represents the people of the 11th Congressional District of Ohio.

Congresswoman Fudge serves on the House Committee on Agriculture and the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. She is the Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education.  She is also a member of several Congressional Caucuses and immediate past Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus.  In 2014, Congresswoman Fudge became an original co-chair of the Democrats for Public Education.

Congresswoman Fudge consistently fights for equitable access to a quality education from preschool through post-secondary programs, child nutrition, food stamp (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) recipients, access to locally grown, healthy foods, fair labor practices, and civil and human rights, among other issues. Additionally, she was an early and consistent voice for voter protection and remains a steadfast advocate to strengthen and preserve Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

Congresswoman Fudge has served the people of Ohio for more than two decades, beginning with the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office. She was the first African American and the first female mayor of Warrensville Heights, Ohio, where she led the city in shoring up a sagging retail base and providing new residential construction.

Congresswoman Fudge earned her bachelor’s degree in business from The Ohio State University and law degree from the Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall School of Law. She is a Past National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and a member of the Greater Cleveland Alumnae Chapter.

Congresswoman Fudge’s work ethic, problem solving approach, and ability to build collaborative relationships has earned her a reputation among her colleagues in Washington and at home as an insightful leader and knowledgeable legislator. As a dedicated public servant, she begins each morning with a firm promise “to do the people’s work.” It is this simple philosophy that defines Congresswoman Fudge as a Member of substance and character who always keeps her promise.

Daryl Jackson, Ph.D.
Drug Court Coordinator
Cleveland Municipal Court

Dr. Daryl D. Jackson is a 2007 graduate of Johnson C, Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina where he received a Bachelor of Social Work degree focusing in African American studies. Later attending Case Western Reserve University and completing his degree 2010 at Cleveland State University with a Master of Social Work and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Counseling in 2015.  In 2011 Daryl was certified by the SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) board to practice Cognitive Behavioral / Motivational Enhancement Therapy, in September 2012 he received his licensure as a Chemical Dependency Counselor by the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board.

Dr. Jackson is a native of Chester, South Carolina and currently resides in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

Honorable Larry A. Jones, Sr.
8th District Court of Appeals

Larry A. Jones, Sr. was elected to the Eighth District Court of Appeals on November 4, 2008. His leadership abilities were evident early on when he became active at Glenville High School, where he was elected President of the Student Council.

"I chose to get involved because, in our system, there is always someone making decisions, and I soon realized you can be part of that decision-making process. I get upset when people say they cannot make a difference. We have the best system of justice--over 200 years old and it is still working."

Prior to being elected to the Court of Appeals, Judge Jones served 21 years on the Cleveland Municipal Court. He served as the Presiding and Administrative Judge for 14 years.

While on the Cleveland Municipal Court, Judge Jones was selected by his colleagues to serve as judge of the Greater Cleveland Drug Court, a collaborative program of city and county agencies designed to hold drug offenders accountable and provide treatment resources to break the cycle of drug abuse and drug-related crime and to reduce recidivism. Judge Jones served in that capacity for 11 years.

Judge Jones received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Wooster and his juris doctorate from the Case Western Reserve University Law School. After graduating from law school, he served as an assistant Cuyahoga County prosecutor from 1978 until 1981, when he won a seat on the Cleveland City Council. After serving 6 years as Ward 10 Councilman, he was elected judge of the Cleveland Municipal Court in 1987, and was re-elected in 1993, 1999, and in 2005.

Judge Jones is a member of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, the Norman S. Minor Bar Association, the National Bar Association and the Ohio State Bar Association. He is also a member of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals and the Greater Cleveland Drug Court Advisory Board. Judge Jones is involved in many community and civic-oriented organizations, including the 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland. In his spare time, he enjoys an occasional round of golf and has become an avid woodworker.

Judge Jones is a member of the Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, and he and his wife, Jennifer, are the proud parents of two grown children, LaToya and Larry II, and one granddaughter, Ciarra.    

Jim Joyner
Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency
Counselor Clinical Supervisor (LICDC-CS)
Joyner and Associates, LLC

Jim Joyner is a master’s level Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor Clinical Supervisor (LICDC-CS) certified by the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professional Board.  He has 44 years of professional experience working in the field of alcohol and other drug prevention, treatment, and training.  Mr. Joyner is Founder and Director of Joyner and Associates LLC which provides intervention, consultation, education and counseling services for parents and others who are concerned about a loved one’s use of alcohol or other drugs.  He is a well know presenter and training.  Over his career he has provided educational and consultative services for a variety of organizations, associations and institutions which include: Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court, MADD of Northeastern Ohio, County Auditors’ Association of Ohio, Guardian ad Litem Project of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, and the Ohio Chapter American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.  Over his career he has been the guest on numerous media programs and forums and hosted both radio and cable TV programs for well over ten years which focused topics related to alcohol and other drugs use.

Jim has received numerous proclamations and awards for his prevention, training and advocacy efforts including the Cuyahoga County’s Employee Red Ribbon Program Presenter Recognition (1993-2000), the Alcohol and Drug Addiction Prevention Association of Ohio (ADAPAO) Prevention Award For Excellence In Public and Organizational Policy 2003, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Exceptional Achievement Award 2005, Ohio Association of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Counselors (OAADAC) Advocate of the Year Award 2008 and the Northeast Ohio Recovery Association and ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County’s Cuyahoga County Advocate Award 2013.  

Mr. Joyner currently serves as the President of the Ohio Association of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Counselors (OAADAC) and Chairperson for the Greater Cleveland Municipal Drug Court Advisory Council.  

Jim believes that the consequences associated with the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs represent the single greatest negative factor on the quality of life that touches every man, woman, and child in this country today.  He further believes that through effective education, prevention, and low risk life style choices these problems can be arrested.  He is dedicated to that belief.

Kevin J. Kelley
Cleveland City Council

Councilman Kevin J. Kelley has represented the Old Brooklyn Neighborhood as a member of Cleveland City Council since 2005.  Following his first election in 2005, Kelley was selected as a member of Council’s leadership team, serving as Majority Whip from 2006-2013.  He has also served as Chairman of the Aviation and Transportation Committee, the Public Utilities Committee, and the Finance Committee.  In 2014, Councilman Kelley was unanimously elected by colleagues as President of Cleveland City Council.  

Prior to his election to Council, Council President Kelley’s professional background was in social service and law.   Following his graduation from Marquette University, Council President Kelley volunteered at the West Side Catholic Center as a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. He later worked at Recovery Resources, Inc. assisting mentally ill adults while earning his Master’s Degree from Case Western Reserve University.  While working full time during the day, Kelley began his legal studies at Cleveland Marshall College of Law.  Council President Kelley graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cleveland Marshall College of Law and was the recipient of numerous honors and awards and was Managing Editor of the Cleveland State Law Review.  Council President Kelley is currently Of Counsel for the law firm of Porter Wright Morris & Arthur.  

As Councilman for Ward 13, Councilman Kelley has taken an innovative approach to bringing resources and services to Ward 13.  Most notably, Kelley sought to close the digital divide in his community by spearheading an initiative to bring free, high-speed internet access to all homes and businesses in Ward 13.   Based a belief that the strength of our community is based on our citizens and our commitment to our neighborhood, Councilman Kelley has worked hard to develop a stronger connection between the neighborhood and our residents. 

As Council President, Kelley has focused on professionalism within the body of Council, policy driven legislation, and using the position as Councilman to serve as a positive role model in the community. 

Councilman Kelley lives in Ward 13 with his wife and five children where they are members of St. Thomas More Parish and remain active in many community organizations and community events.  

Lynn D. Loritts
Cleveland Municipal Court

Magistrate Lynn D. Loritts became a Cleveland Municipal Court magistrate in 2003.  Prior to that she had been an assistant Cuyahoga County prosecutor and in  the private practice of law.  She has also been an adjunct instructor at the National Advocacy Center and Cuyahoga County Community College.  Magistrate Loritts attended Shaker Heights High School, American University and Cleveland State University.

Michael McGrath
City of Cleveland Department of Public Safety

On February 10, 2014, Michael McGrath was sworn in as the Director of Public Safety of the City of Cleveland after a distinguished career of forty-one years as a law enforcement officer. Safety Director Michael McGrath now has responsibility for the Division of Police, the Division of Fire, the Division of Emergency Medical Service, the Office of Professional Standards and Animal Control Services.

After serving as a police officer in both East Cleveland and Strongsville, McGrath graduated as Top Cadet from the Cleveland Police Academy in June, 1981 and he was assigned to Cleveland’s First District, where he later became a Strike Force Detective. In 1985, McGrath was promoted to Sergeant and assigned to the Fourth District. Two years later, he was assigned to the Special Weapons and Tactics Unit (SWAT).

McGrath’s managerial and organizational expertise led to his appointment as Commander of the Fourth Neighborhood District in 1997. As Commander, McGrath developed an accountability system to track Part 1 crimes and citizen complaints. He was instrumental in using the Children Who Witness Violence program and the Domestic Violence Project to provide his personnel with additional social services. Finally, McGrath motivated his staff to implement technology the Mobile Computer Project - to increase the efficiency of his workforce.

On March 30, 2005, McGrath was sworn in as the 39th Police Chief of the City of Cleveland. During his tenure as Chief, he guided the Division of Police through many significant and positive changes.

During his career, McGrath has received several awards, including community service awards, distinguished service medals, merit awards, the Medal of Heroism, the Medal of Honor, and a Congressional Certificate of Recognition. He serves on several executive and advisory boards, including the Family Justice Center and Human Trafficking Projects, the Children Who Witness Violence Program, Family to Family Care Program and the advisory board for the Cleveland Police Foundation. McGrath holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from John Carroll University.

Rev. Stanley R. Miller, Sr.
  Rust United Methodist Church

On July 1, 2015 Rev. Stanley Miller was appointed Pastor of Rust United Methodist Church, a historic African American church organized in 1873 and actively involved in the Underground Railroad and the Abolitionist Movement in the 1800’s.  Rev. Miller is also the Principal of the SRMGROUP, LLC, a consulting business focusing on building and maintaining effective relationships with customers, employees, the community, and public officials.

Stanley Miller is a longtime Clevelander, graduating from Glenville High School, and Kent State University with graduate work at Cleveland State University and specialized training at The Fisher School of Business at Ohio State University, Ashland University, New York University, Harvard/MIT, and Boston University.  He is also a graduate of the FBI Citizens’ Academy.

Prior to establishing SRMGROUP, LLC, Stan Miller spent 6 years as Executive Director of The NAACP, the Nation’s oldest and most respected civil rights organization, and 2 years as the Executive Director of Neighborhood Centers Association.  In his corporate work, Stan spent 31 years at Ameritech, retiring in 1999 as the Vice President of External Affairs, with statewide responsibility for local government affairs, economic development, stakeholder management, foundation activities, and community affairs for Ohio.  He also served as the Interim Chief External Affairs Officer for the Cleveland Municipal School District during their transition to the current “CEO” style of governance.

Stan is active in the Northeast Ohio community, serving as Past President and currently Secretary of Blacks in Management, Chair of the Idea Stream Community Advisory Committee, Chair of the Network of Community Advisors at Case Western Reserve University’s Preventive Research Center.  He is a Member of the Mental Health Advisory Coalition, Burten, Bell, Carr Development Corporation, Stepstone Academy, and the Cleveland Medical Consortium on Health Disparities.  He serves on the visiting committee at the Cleveland State University Levin College and the Advisory Committee for the U.S. Army Northeast Ohio Recruiting Battalion. Stan is serving a rare second term as Grand Jury Foreman for Cuyahoga County, and is a member of the Cleveland Salvation Army Capital Campaign Committee.

Stan and his wife Ronnie reside in the University Circle area of Cleveland.  They have two adult sons, two grandsons, and seven granddaughters.  Stan Jr., the eldest son resides with his wife Brande and children in Lyndhurst, Ohio and Steve lives with his wife Lucy and their children in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Martin P. Murphy
Board Administrator
Cuyahoga County Corrections Planning Board

Martin Murphy has more than 25 years of public, private and non-profit experience. He has held several positions in Cuyahoga County, including Administrator of the Board of Revision and Director of Grant Administration with the County Administrator’s Office, and was Assistant Director for the Department of Justice Affairs, which included oversight of TASC (Treatment Alternatives to Street Crime).

Maria Nemec, LICDC
Chief Probation Officer
Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court
Adult Probation Department

Ms. Nemec is a graduate of Cleveland State University with a B.A in Social Science, specialized in social work and criminal justice. She is a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor and a Licensed Optician. She has worked for Cuyahoga County and the Court of Common Pleas for 35 years where she began as a Probation Officer for 11 years and Substance Abuse Case Manager for two years before taking the position as Manager of Treatment Alternatives to Street Crime (TASC) from 1992 until 2004. In 2004, she assumed the position as Board Administrator for the Cuyahoga County Corrections Planning Board, where she managed a budget of almost 10 million dollars, served as Project Director for the Common Pleas Re-Entry Court and Manager of TASC which became part of the Common Pleas Court in 2010. Since 2013, she has served as the Chief Probation Officer of the Common Pleas Court Adult Probation Department.

Maria has served for several years on the board of trustees of the Ohio Justice Alliance for Community Corrections (OJACC), and is past Secretary of that organization and has served as the OJACC Conference Committee Chair for five years. Ms. Nemec is a past recipient of the 2008 Jim Wichtman Award presented by the Ohio Justice Alliance for Community Corrections for her dedication to the advancement of community corrections in Ohio and the  2012 Recipient of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation, Public Servants Merit Award for Outstanding service and Commitment to Justice. Cuyahoga County Veterans Court. She is a member of the Cuyahoga County Reentry Leadership Coalition and the Criminal Justice Behavioral Health Committee. In the recent past, Ms. Nemec served on a County Grants’ Optimization Committee, Advisory Committee member for Community Assessment Treatment Services’ CATS PLUS Project, and Advisory Committee Member for Casa Alma Project Hope.

Antonio Nicholson
Assistant Cuyahoga County Public Defender

Antonio Nicholson is an Ohio Attorney. He is also an Assistant Cuyahoga County Public Defender. Mr. Nicholson is currently the active attorney and an advisory board member for the Greater Cleveland Drug Court were he represents all of the clients involved with drug court. Mr. Nicholson achieved his high school diploma from Solon High School as a student athlete. There Mr. Nicholson was an AAU national champion, NHSCA All-American, a captain of the school's wrestling team while helping lead the team to a top 6 state finish and individually finishing top 3 in the state at his respected weight class. Mr. Nicholson acheived his B.A. from Cleveland State University where he was also a student athlete and captain of the university's wrestling team. From college, Mr. Nicholson went on to achieve his juris-doctorate from the Charlotte School of Law. Mr. Nicholson continues to coach wrestling from the youth level up to the high school level. 

Theodore V. Parran, Jr., M.D.
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Dr. Ted Parran is a 1978 graduate with honors in History from Kenyon College and a 1982 graduate from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.  He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the Baltimore City Hospital of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Following his residency, Dr. Parran was selected to be the Medical Chief Resident.  In 1987, he received the Outstanding Faculty Teacher Award from the Department of Medicine.  In 1988 he returned to Cleveland and CWRU School of Medicine. 

Dr. Parran pursues several areas of special interest in medical education including Doctor – Patient Communication, Faculty Development, Continuing Medical Education, and Addiction Medicine. 

In addition, Dr. Parran is certified by the American Society on Addiction Medicine and his group practice provides medical directorship services to several Substance Abuse treatment programs in northeast Ohio.  He is widely published and has been an invited speaker at national and international conferences for the past two and a half decades. 

He established the Addiction Fellowship Program at CWRU School of Medicine in 1994, teaches on the Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship faculty and co-directs the current Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program at St. Vincent charity Hospital.  Dr. Parran is the co-director of the Foundations of Clinical Medicine Course, a course with topics which touch on the doctor patient relationship, health disparities, professionalism, cultural competence and health policy.  He is the medical director of the Program in Continuing Medical Education, and in 2007 was named as the Isabel and Carter Wang Professor and Chair in Medical Education, all at CWRU School of Medicine. 

Sean Ruffin

Sean grew up in the home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Canton, Ohio, to Jean and Jim. It was there where his visions of social justice were formed. Due to his environment and upbringing, it was around the age of eight when he first aspired to be a lawyer and help the less fortunate. It has been said that service to others is the rent we pay on earth.

As a result, Sean attended Miami University, where he triple majored in Political Science, History and Black Studies. He later obtained a master's degree in Black Studies and pursued another in Education at Ohio State University. In 1997, he graduated from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

As a lawyer, Sean worked at the prestigious law firm, VORYS, SATER, SEYMOUR and PEASE. He was also hired as the Assistant Law Director for the City of Warrensville Heights by former Mayor and now Congresswoman Marcia Fudge.

Through it all, Sean has sought to help the less fortunate through his profession and his membership in civic organizations. Sean joined the Cleveland Municipal Drug Court Board in 2015. 

Edward J. Tomba
Deputy Chief, Homeland Security and Special Operations
City of Cleveland / Cleveland Police Department

Deputy Chief Edward Tomba is a distinguished, educated, and F.B.I. trained professional with over twenty nine years of experience providing law enforcement leadership in key areas of a metropolitan city including geographic and headquarter-based operations. Deputy Chief Tomba is skilled at collaborating with civic leaders and community groups to promote goals/mission of department, encourage safety programs, and generate input from citizens to foster mutual trust between community and department.

As Deputy Chief, Homeland Security and Special Operations for the City of Cleveland Mr. Tomba plans, oversees and administers the investigative process of the Division of Police. He co-ordinates three Commands, The Bureau of Special Investigations, The Bureau of Special Services and The Bureau of Homeland Services. 

Calvin D. Williams
Chief of Police
City of Cleveland

Calvin D. Williams is the City of Cleveland’s 40th Chief of Police. Chief Williams was appointed to the Division of Police on February 24, 1986. In 1989, he was assigned to the SWAT Unit where he served for nine years. Williams was promoted to Sergeant in July 1997 and became the SWAT Unit Supervisor, a position he held for two years. Chief Williams has also served as the supervisor of both the Vice Unit in the Fourth District and the Fugitive Unit.

In 2005, Chief Williams became the Cleveland Police Liaison to the US Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force and was promoted to Commander of the Third District in March of 2006. Then in September of 2011, he was promoted to Deputy Chief of Field Operations where he was responsible for the oversight, management and efficiency of the five Neighborhood Police Districts, the Bureau of Community Policing, the Bureau of Traffic and the Office of Special Events for the Division.

For the past nine years, Chief Williams has coached youth football, leading the Sims Raiders in the Cleveland Muny League. When he has free time, the Chief golfs, a sport he took up about four years ago.

For more information about the Greater Cleveland Drug Court please contact :

Daryl D. Jackson
Program Coordinator
Greater Cleveland Drug Court
(216) 420-8871
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