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About the Commission
Jennifer LeBaron, Ph.D., Director of Local Programs and Services Doris S. Darling
Director of Local Programs and Services
Doris S. Darling was appointed as the Director of the JJC’s Office of Local Programs and Services in November 2016.  As Director, Ms. Darling oversees four operational units that support the development and enhancement of local continuums of juvenile justice services. These units administer foundation, state, and federal grant funds, monitor compliance with the federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, monitor county-operated juvenile detention centers, and serve as liaison to and collaborate with the courts and county government. 
During her 15 years with the JJC, Ms. Darling has served in various positions that have allowed her to play a role in the implementation and ongoing support of statewide initiatives and projects.  In her previous role as the Manager of the JJC’s Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention / Grants Unit, Ms. Darling was responsible for the overall administration of foundation, state, and federal grants and, as required by the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, served as New Jersey’s Juvenile Justice Specialist.  Additional responsibilities included contributing to the development of the State three-year juvenile justice plan; acquiring, distributing, and monitoring grant funds and related programs; and ensuring New Jersey’s compliance with the state and federal standards for the handling of juveniles in secure custody throughout the State of New Jersey.
Ms. Darling has over 25 years of experience working with youth serving organizations and programs in both direct-service and administrative capacities.  Beyond the JJC, this experience includes working for Girl Scouts of the USA, college Upward Bound Programs in Ohio and North Carolina, Ohio’s juvenile boot camp program, and the Middlesex County Division of Mental Health and Children Services.  She also worked as a Program Development Speciaist at both the county and state level where she managed, supervised, and monitored multiple youth serving programs and initiatives.
Ms. Darling earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Shaw University in Raleigh NC.  She has also completed one year toward her Master’s Degree in Business Administration. 
Ms. Darling and her husband, Mike, live in Middlesex County and have two sons.
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