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.
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.
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.
Ronda Blaney Program Manager
Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas
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.
Program Officer 3
Cuyahoga Job and Family Services
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.
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.
Cuyahoga County Corrections Planning Board
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
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.
Kevin J. Kelley
Cleveland City Council
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.
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
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).
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.
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.
Calvin D. Williams
Chief of Police
City of Cleveland
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