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Thomas Flanagan, Deputy Director

Thomas F. Flanagan
Acting Executive Director
Juvenile Justice Commission

Thomas Flanagan was confirmed as Deputy Executive Director of the JJC in July, 2003. Prior to his appointment to this position, Mr. Flanagan served as the Chief of the JJC's Office of Investigations.

Mr. Flanagan's career in law enforcement began with the Trenton Police Department as an Identification Officer. In 1977, he joined the New Jersey Attorney General's Office in the Division of Criminal Justice as the Administrator of Investigations. Throughout his 22 years at the Division of Criminal Justice, Mr. Flanagan was assigned to a number of units including Medicaid Fraud, Organized Crime, Official Corruption, Environmental Prosecutions, Internal Investigations, and Institutional Child Abuse, where he investigated claims of child abuse in hospitals, day care centers and detention facilities. While serving in the Institutional Child Abuse Unit, he conducted the the first child abuse investigation and prosecution in the State of New Jersey, which resulted in a life sentence. Mr. Flanagan is also credited with establishing an Internal Affairs Unit within the Division of Motor Vehicles; developing training courses for Environmental Crime Training for NJ Police Officers, as well as for the Federal Law Enforcement in Georgia.

In 1998, Mr. Flanagan joined the JJC as its first Chief Investigator. In this position, he established investigative policies, directed all investigative activities, and evaluated complaints and allegations of criminal and administrative violations.

Mr. Flanagan received the NJ Juvenile Detention Association President's Award in September 2006 and the College of New Jersey Law and Justice Alumni Award in April 2007.

Mr. Flanagan has been involved with the Mercer County area fire departments and emergency medical services since 1970. He has held the position of interior fire fighter and served for 20 years on the Board of Fire Commissioners. He holds many certifications in the field of emergency medical services and police instruction, and has received several awards of commendation from the Trenton Police Department.

Mr. Flanagan graduated from Trenton State College in 1976 with a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Criminal Justice. He also attended a program of study for administrators at Rider University and completed a program of study at Rutgers University in Labor Management Relations.

Thomas Flanagan is married and the proud father of a daughter and a son.

Rosanne Fairbanks, Director of Administration

Rosanne Fairbanks
Director of Administration

Rosanne Fairbanks was appointed the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of the JJC in April, 2003. Prior to accepting this position, she served as the Chief Fiscal Officer for the JJC.

Mrs. Fairbanks began her career in state service in the Division of Motor Vehicles in 1978, working in the Budget and Accounting Office and eventually becoming the manager of the unit in 1990. In 1995, Mrs. Fairbanks accepted an appointment with the Attorney General's Office to help establish the newly formed Juvenile Justice Commission. The next year, she became the first Chief Fiscal Officer of the JJC, which evolved into a $100 million budget agency with over 1800 employees and responsibility for over 1000 juveniles in JJC facilities and 800 under parole supervision. As Director, she oversees the Human Resources, Information Technology, Labor Relations and Facilities units.

Mrs. Fairbanks serves as the Vice President of the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Law and Public Safety Credit Union which services employees of the Departments of Law and Public Safety and Corrections, as well as the Judiciary. She has served in this capacity for over three years and has been a board member for more than nine years.

Mrs. Fairbanks is a graduate of the College of New Jersey (formerly Trenton State College) and holds a Master's degree in Public Administration. She is a Certified Public Manager through Fairleigh Dickenson University. She and her husband live in Hamilton Square and are the parents of three children.

Wimson Crespo, Director Of Investigations

Wimson Crespo
Director Of Investigations

Wimson Crespo was appointed to the position of Chief of the Juvenile Justice Commission's Office of Investigations in March, 2003 following more than a decade in the correctional field.

In 1990, Mr. Crespo joined the New Jersey Department of Corrections and was assigned to the East Jersey State Prison in Rahway. After two years, he was promoted and reassigned to the New Jersey State Prison in Trenton. Mr. Crespo joined the JJC's secure facility for female juveniles in 1997. In 1999, Mr. Crespo moved to the JJC's Office of Investigations and served as the Office's Deputy Chief before being appointed to lead the Office of Investigations.

The Office of Investigations conducts prompt and thorough investigations of all allegations of misconduct. This office has both law enforcement authority and administrative authority to conduct investigations concerning any allegation of criminal action, misconduct, compliance with State, Departmental or Commission rules and regulations, standard operating procedures, and orders of the Juvenile Justice Commission.

Mr. Crespo was born in Utuado, Puerto Rico and grew up in Trenton, graduating from Trenton Central High in 1984 and attending Mercer County Community College. He is an active member of his community participating in various programs that assist juveniles and young adults. For more than fifteen years, he has coached baseball, basketball and soccer and held numerous league positions in various communities. As a Martial Arts Instructor, he has found yet another method to lead youngsters in a positive direction and now does so with the help of his son, Wimson Jr. who recently received his Black Belt.

Mr. Crespo speaks at numerous schools about law enforcement and is always encouraging youth, particularly Hispanic males and females, to consider careers in law enforcement. Throughout his career as a law enforcement officer and as a citizen, Mr. Crespo has been a role model for Hispanic youth and all young men and women in the communities in which he has lived.

Wimson Crespo is the proud father of a son and daughter.

Brigite Mitchell-Morton, Director of Secure Care

Brigite Mitchell-Morton
Director of Secure Care

Brigite Mitchell-Morton began her career as a Social Worker with the New Jersey Department of Corrections in 1980. She served in a variety of positions in that department for more than 20 years, including Hospital Administrator, Executive Assistant and Assistant Superintendent. In 1996, she was named Administrator of the Central Reception and Assignment Facility where she developed and supervised the New Jersey Department of Correction's first ?stand alone? Central Reception and Assignment Facility. In this role, Ms. Mitchell-Morton supervised 400 staff and 1,200 residents and oversaw the Expedited Parole Hearing Program. Ms. Mitchell-Morton also served as Administrator of the Mid-State Correctional Facility until her move to the JJC as the Director of Secure Care.

As Director, Ms. Mitchell-Morton oversees the operation of all JJC secure institutions, including reception and intake, secure services for female juveniles, and the Atlantic County Juvenile Detention Center, which the JJC operates under contract.

Ms. Mitchell-Morton Morton received her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from The College of New Jersey. She is married and has a daughter.

Rob Montalbano, Director of Community Programs

Rob Montalbano
Director of Community Programs

Robert Montalbano was appointed Director of the JJC's Office of Community Programs in July 2005 by Executive Director Howard L. Beyer.

Mr. Montalbano's career in state government began during the summer of 1988 within the Maintenance Department of the Juvenile Medium Security Facility while he was still in high school. He was appointed to a full-time youth worker position at Southern Residential Community Home in June of 1990, and in 1991, he accepted an Assistant Director position with the contracted program PAY (Program Alternatives for Youth). This residential program provided vocational opportunities for male youth and was later renamed Edison Prep. In 1994, he served as a liaison between Rutgers University Project Core and the former Division of Juvenile Services. Mr. Montalbano returned to Edison Prep as its Director where he was responsible for the JJC's largest residential program. In September of 1999, he was promoted to Regional Program Supervisor where he was responsible for the administration and operation of the contracted drug beds within the JJC.

In October 2000, Mr. Montalbano was reassigned to the JJC's Office of Community Programs where he was responsible for the overall administration and operation of residential programs located in the northern region of the state. In July 2004, he was reassigned to the JJC's Johnstone Campus where he served as the Assistant Superintendent for both Juvenile Medium Security Facility and the Juvenile Reception and Assessment Center. While in this position, Mr. Montalbano had the opportunity to gain valuable experience in secure care management.

As Director, Mr. Montalbano is currently responsible for the operation of 16 residential community homes and 5 day programs. The JJC operates several residential community programs designed to meet the unique needs of distinct populations, including female juveniles, those with serious substance addiction, mental health needs and sex offenders.

Mr. Montalbano attended Mercer County Community College and Rutgers University, majoring in sociology. Rob Montalbano and his wife have two children.

Lisa Macaluso, Director of Local Programs and Services

Lisa Macaluso
Director of Local Programs and Services

Lisa Macaluso is the Director of the JJC's Office of Local Programs and Services. The Office administers approximately $20 million in federal and state grant funding. The funding is allocated to counties and municipalities for the purpose of creating community-based continuums of delinquency prevention and intervention programs. In her capacity as Director, Ms. Macaluso has responsibility for various units including those that oversee court liaisons, detention monitoring, research and evaluation, county youth services commission grants, program development and prevention services, and JJC grant management.

In April 2004, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, in collaboration with the Coalition for Juvenile Justice, selected the New Jersey as a replication site for the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI). This goal of this national initiative is to demonstrate that jurisdictions can establish more effective and efficient systems to accomplish the purposes of detention. As the lead agency for implementation, the JJC appointed Ms. Macaluso as the New Jersey JDAI Team Leader. In this additional capacity, Ms. Macaluso works with the five county JDAI pilot sites, the State Steering Committee and Office of Local Programs and Services staff to implement the core strategies of JDAI.

Prior to her role as Director, Ms. Macaluso served the JJC as a Detention Specialist, and staffed the Detention Reform Task Force. She has an extensive background in criminal justice that includes five years of research for various universities. Additionally, Ms. Macaluso has taught criminal justice courses at West Chester University and Rutgers University. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at Rutgers University.

Steve Adams
Acting Director of Juvenile Parole and Transitional Services

Margie Brown, Director of Education

Margie Brown
Director of Education

Margie Brown was appointed Director of the JJC's Office of Education in February, 2006. Prior to this appointment, she served as the JJC's Assistant Superintendent of Schools Administration. Over the last twenty years, Ms. Brown has held the titles of Learning Consultant and Assistant Supervisor of Education at the Lloyd McCorkle Training School at Skillman; Consultant of Curriculum and Instruction in the Office of Educational Services at the Department of Corrections; and Regional Educational Manager for Community Programs in the Office of Education at the Department of Human Services and the Juvenile Justice Commission.

Ms. Brown is a member of the Executive Board of Directors of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Correctional Association (ACA). She also holds the office of recording secretary, serves as chairperson of the Nominations Committee for annual board elections, and chairs the Arrangements and Registration Committees for the annual fall conference.

Ms. Brown is also a member of the Executive Board of Directors of the New Jersey Chapter of the Correctional Education Association (CEA), where she serves the board secretary, the annual conference co-chair, and as an auditor for the Standards and Accreditation Department.

As a member of the New Jersey Chapter of the Juvenile Detention Association (NJJDA), she is a member of the annual Conference Planning Committee which coordinates training and assists with registration and funding.

Ms. Brown is a graduate of Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Teacher Preparation. She obtained a Master's of Education degree from the College of New Jersey.

Barbara Chayt, MA, Director of Specialized and Interagency Services

Barbara Chayt, MA
Director of Specialized and Interagency Services

Barbara Chayt has been dedicated to the social service needs of special needs youth and their families since 1972, with progressive supervisory and administrative responsibilities. Earlier in her career, she held various positions with the New Jersey protective services agency, both in state operated and contracted residential facilities, and in case management and supervisory roles.

Ms. Chayt joined the JJC from the Division of Juvenile Services in the Department of Corrections in 1995 when the JJC was created through legislation to unite various state divisions serving delinquent youth. At the JJC, Ms. Chayt has been instrumental in developing, administering, and/or monitoring a continuum of services for the special needs populations within New Jersey's juvenile correctional system. This was accomplished through the creation of the Office of Special Needs and includes administrative oversight of programs and services for youth who are seriously emotionally disturbed, developmentally delayed, sexually abusive, and those who are involved with multiple agencies.

Also, as the JJC's interagency representative, Ms. Chayt has had the opportunity to collaborate with various agencies on developing statewide plans, affiliation agreements, standards for care, and linkages toward ensuring access to services and support systems for adjudicated youth.

Ms. Chayt serves on the Board of the New Jersey Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers and is a member of the American Correctional Association.

Ms. Chayt received her Bachelor of Arts degree in social work from Kean University (formerly Newark State College) and her Master's degree in criminal justice from Rutgers University in Newark.

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