200 Fourth Avenue West
Shakopee, MN 55379
Vicky Carlson is the Court Administrator in Scott County, Minnesota, First Judicial District, a position she has held since 2015. She is responsible for all operations of the court including criminal, jury, family, civil, juvenile, traffic, and probate. Prior to her service in Scott County, she served for seven years as the Court Administrator in Carver County, Minnesota. She has served in numerous roles in her career throughout the Minnesota Judicial Branch.
Ms. Carlson is past president of the Minnesota Association for Court Management (MACM). MACM is an organization committed to the enrichment of its members through professional growth and development opportunities, promoting advancements and innovation in court administration, and partnering with other professionals working to improve the justice system in Minnesota.
Ms. Carlson attended Metro State University and holds a bachelor’s degree in public administration. She is a Fellow of the National Center for State Courts, Institute for Court Management (2011).
Ms. Carlson is currently serving as President of the National Association for Court Management (NACM). She was originally elected to the NACM) Board in 2011 as the General Jurisdiction Director and has served in various officer positions since then.
Supreme Court of Virginia
100 North 9th Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Paul DeLosh is Director of the Department of Judicial Services (DJS) of the Office of the Executive Secretary (OES) of the Supreme Court of Virginia. He first came to OES in 1991 where he served in the Department of Information Technology as well as the Department of Technical Assistance. DJS serves as the liaison between the judiciary’s administrative office and the courts throughout Virginia providing administrative and judicial services to the 330 courts and 32 magistrate districts through education, publications, technical assistance, and the research, development, and support of various programs. The department serves the judicial system of Virginia through its court services, magistrate services, dispute resolution services, drug treatment court, records management and foreign language services divisions.
Mr. DeLosh served two terms (2009-12 and 2013-16) as director on the National Association for Court Management (NACM) Board serving as chair of the Governance, Memberships Services and Ethics Committees and chair of the Core, Strategic Plan, National Agenda, Grants, Mentor and Social media subcommittees. He is currently serving as NACM’s secretary/treasurer. He also served two terms on the Advisory Board of the Mid-Atlantic Association for Court Management (MAACM) and chaired the Communications Committee.
Mr. DeLosh attended Virginia Commonwealth University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration; a master of science; and is a 2015 Fellow of the Institute for Court Management. He is also certified faculty for the Institute for Court Management and manages Virginia’s Licensee agreement with the National Center for State Courts ICM program.
Superior Court of Georgia
Sixth Judicial District
1220 Pennsylvania Ave.
McDonough, GA 30253
William (Will) Simmons is the District Court Administrator for the Sixth Judicial Administrative District, Superior Courts of Georgia. The district is comprised of 21 superior court judges, 14 counties and 5 judicial circuits. Previously, he served as the Superior and State Court Administrator for the Clayton Judicial Circuit and as Law Library Director and Program Manager for the Cobb Judicial Circuit, both in Georgia. He is a past president of the Georgia Council of Court Administrators and has served on the NACM Board as the Large Court Director and At-Large Director. Will also serves on the Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee for the State Bar of Georgia and the Judicial Workload Assessment Committee for the Judicial Council of Georgia. A member of the Board of Trustees for the Savannah State University Foundation, Will received his Bachelor of Science degree in political science from Savannah State University, Master of Arts in leadership and public administration from Shorter University, Doctorate from Argosy University and his Executive Leadership Certification from Cornell University.
Tracy J. BeMent
10th Judicial District
P.O. Box 1392
Athens, GA 30603
Tracy "T.J." BeMent is the District Court Administrator for the 10th Judicial Administrative District of Georgia. The 10th JAD covers the general jurisdiction superior courts in six circuits in 21 counties. He was previously the Court Administrator for the Athens-Clarke County Courts in Athens, Georgia, where he worked with all six levels of trial courts in the county. He acts as the primary liaison to the state and county governments and serves as a resource for the judges and judicial staff on many issues. Mr. BeMent administers nearly $2 million in state and federal grants and is a federal grant peer reviewer. He has been working in the courts for more than 15 years. Prior to coming to Georgia, he was the Assistant Court Administrator for the Las Vegas Justice Court and previously the Clerk of Court and Chief Administrative Officer of the District of Columbia's Office of Administrative Hearings. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the George Washington University in Washington, DC, and completed his ICM Fellowship in spring 2015.
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
Office of Court Administration
205 W. 14th Street, Suite 600
Austin, TX 78711-2066
Scott C. Griffith is Director of Research and Court Services for the Texas Office of Court Administration.
Prior to coming to Texas, Mr. Griffith was Deputy Judicial Administrator for Research and Development at the Louisiana Supreme Court. In that role he provided lead staff support to the Supreme Court and other courts in connection with Louisiana's Judicial Budget and Performance Accountability Act. Prior to that, he served as the Director of the Louisiana Supreme Court’s Drug Court Program Office, where he oversaw disbursement of state and federal funds to 48 programs. Before that, he served as Judicial Administrator of the Jefferson Parish (LA) Juvenile Court. Previously, he developed and managed justice related research projects at the Metropolitan Crime Commission of New Orleans and the New Orleans-based Bureau of Governmental Research. A native of Massachusetts, Mr. Griffith has a law degree from Loyola University in New Orleans and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of New Orleans. He is past president of the Louisiana Court Administrators Association and served on its executive board.
Mr. Griffith has been a member of the National Association for Court Management (NACM) since 1998.
O’Fallon Missouri Municipal Court
100 North Main Street
O’Fallon, MO 63366
Jeff Chapple is the Court Administrator of the City of O’Fallon Missouri Municipal Court, a position in which he has served since 2004.
Mr. Chapple earned his master of business administration from Lindenwood University and his Bachelor's of Science from the University of Missouri.
Mr. Chapple currently serves on the Missouri Association for Court Administration (MACA) as the immediate past president. He has served on the MACA board since 2009. In 2015 Mr. Chapple earned the Award of Merit from MACA for the innovative changes implemented as president and testifying before the state legislation regarding court reforms for the municipal courts. He has served on NACM’s membership committee as well as the conference development committee for the past two years. He serves on many local committees and has been a long time supporter of Special Olympics through the Law Enforcement Torch Run, for which he has been a top fundraiser since 2003.
5th Judicial Circuit
20 N. Main Street, Room 464
Brooksville, FL 34601
Sarah Couture serves as the Court Operations manager assigned to Hernando County for the Fifth Judicial Circuit located in Brooksville, Florida.
Ms. Couture earned her Master’s in Judicial Administration from Michigan State University in August 2017. She holds an Advanced Technical Certificate in Paralegal Studies from Hillsborough Community College as well as a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business Administration from Southern Nazarene University.
Ms. Couture has been a State of Florida court employee for six years. She began her court career as a case manager in the self-represented litigant case management unit in the 13th Judicial Circuit located in Tampa, Florida. Most recently before moving to the 5th Judicial Circuit of Florida, Ms. Couture was the Paralegal Assistant to the Legal Department of the 13th Judicial Circuit.
Ms. Couture has been a member of the National Association for Court Management (NACM) since March 2015 and has served on the Membership and Nominations Committees, as well as the ECP and Mentoring sub-committees.
Scottsdale City Court
3700 N. 75th Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Julie Dybas is the court administrator for Scottsdale City Court and was promoted to the position January 2013 after serving as the Deputy Court Administrator from 2008 to 2013. She has 25 years of experience in three jurisdictions in the Arizona Judicial Branch, including the Superior Court in Maricopa County (Probation Department), the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) and the Scottsdale City Court. Julie worked at the AOC from 1996 to 2008, in three separate departments, as an Education and Program Specialist and Court Services Manager, and as a probation officer for the Maricopa Superior Court from 1992 to 1996 and one additional year with the juvenile probation department.
Julie received her Master of Education in 1998 and is a Fellow of the Institute for Court Management (May 2007). Julie is the past President of the Arizona Limited Jurisdiction Association (2013 to 2016) and currently serves on various committees at the Arizona Supreme Court, including the Limited Jurisdiction Court Committee (LJC) and the Court Automation Coordinating Committee (CACC).
45th Circuit Court, St. Joseph County
P.O. Box 189
Centreville, MI 49032
Kathryn Griffin is the Court Administrator for the Circuit and Probate Courts in St. Joseph County, Michigan. She has been Circuit Court Administrator since 2005 and added the role of Probate Court Administrator in 2013. Prior to becoming Administrator she was employed as the Circuit Court Judicial Assistant beginning in 1997. She is responsible for maintaining judges trial docket, caseflow management, reporting requirements to the State Administrative Office as well as all human resources for the courts.
Ms. Griffin is the immediate past president of the Michigan Association of Circuit Court Administrators and served as president from 2011-2017. Prior to becoming president of the association, she was vice president from 2009-2011.
Ms. Griffin attended Kellogg Community College and Glen Oaks Community College. She is a graduate of the National Center For State Courts Court Manager Program. She graduated from the Michigan State Judicial Administration Program in 2013. She currently serves as chair of NACM's Core Committee and vice chair of the Communications Committee. She also serves on the State Association Committee, Conference Development Committee, and Membership Committee.
New Jersey Superior Court
50 Rancocas Road
Mount Holly, NJ 08060
Greg Lambard began his career with the State of New Jersey in 1991 after obtaining a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland and a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University. He has served in the state judiciary as a court administrator and as a researcher/statistician. Additionally, he served two years in the New Jersey Governor’s Office in the information technology area as Special Assistant to the State’s Chief Information Officer. In this role he represented the state on several groundbreaking national projects.
Mr. Lambard has worked in the judiciary in the Essex County Criminal Division, AOC-Family Practice Division, and in the Morris Vicinage Family, Operations, and Criminal Divisions (serving as Division Manager in each). He is currently the Chief Probation Officer in the Burlington Vicinage, and an Advisory Board member of the Mid-Atlantic Association for Court Management.
Mr. Lambard has sat on various statewide committees and has been instrumental in developing procedures, forms and orders for the Children in Court dockets, in the creation of the state’s first Family Drug Court, and in the implementation of Central Judicial Processing court in Morris County. He has been a presenter at several trainings for staff, judges, and non-judiciary personnel, and is an ICM certified instructor.
Jefferson Parish Juvenile Court
P.O. Box 1900
Harvey, LA 70059
Dawn A. Palermo is the Judicial Administrator for the Jefferson Parish Juvenile Court in Harvey, Louisiana. She has held this position since 2004. In this capacity, she oversees all court programs, employees and finances, negotiates and monitors all contracts and drafts all funding proposals.
Ms. Palermo is also currently a member of the National Association for Court Management (NACM) and serves on the Finance, Governance, Membership, and Strategic Planning Committees. She has also recently authored the CORE curriculum for budget and financial management for Michigan State University’s Judicial Administrator Certificate Program.
Prior to her appointment as the Judicial Administrator, Ms. Palermo served as the Deputy Judicial Administrator for Jefferson Parish Juvenile Court from 1999-2004, the Drug Court Administrator for the Adult Drug Court at the 24th Judicial District Court from 1997-1999, a Management Analyst with the Jefferson Parish Human Services Authority from 1995-1997, and as a Liaison to the Louisiana Legislature for Jefferson Parish. Ms. Palermo directed the Jefferson Parish Drug Court Planning Committee and started both the Jefferson Parish Adult and Juvenile Drug Courts. She was instrumental in securing and maintaining funding for these courts. She served as President of the Louisiana Court Administrators Association from 2012 to 2013.
Ms. Palermo received a bachelor’s of science in business and public administration from Louisiana State University and a master’s of public administration from the University of New Orleans. She is also certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR), a SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP), and is a certified Emergenetics Trainer.
Administrative Office of the Courts
601 Commonwealth Ave., Ste. 1500
Harrisburg, PA 17106-1260
Rick Pierce, Judicial Programs Administrator of the Judicial District Operations and Programs Department, has served in the field of court administration for the past twenty-nine years. Prior to his appointment at the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts, Pierce was the district court administrator for Cumberland County. Prior to his 4 ½ year tenure as court administrator, Pierce was the assistant administrator for the 9th judicial district from 1988-1997.
As judicial programs administrator, he is responsible for implementation of programs and education in court administration at the general and limited jurisdiction court levels.
Pierce served as the President for the Mid-Atlantic Association for Court Management for 2005-2006. Previously he has served on the MAACM advisory board from 1997-2005.
A graduate from Washington and Lee University, Pierce received his Masters in Public Administration from Shippensburg University in 1995. He has been an active member of the Pennsylvania Association of Court Management, (PACM) since its inception in 1989. He has served as a board member from 1994-2001, culminating in his presidency in 2000-2001.
Alaska Court System
820 W. Fourth Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501
Alyce Roberts works in the Administrative Office of the Alaska Court System where she serves as the special projects coordinator. In this capacity, she is the Administrative Office’s primary liaison with clerks of court and is responsible for the management of statewide projects including organizing the annual statewide clerks of court conference. Recent projects include the development of website content and court forms to assist self-represented litigants filing estate cases; a review and proposed revision of the court’s grand jury rules, the development and implementation of the court’s legal notice website; implementation of an interim method for the electronic distribution of court documents to attorneys, agencies, and self-represented litigants pending implementation of a full e-filing/e-notice system; and implementation of a new jury management system.
In her position, Ms. Roberts also provides guidance on matters relating to jury management and she serves as a member of the Alaska Supreme Court’s Civil Rules Advisory Committee. She recently co-authored an article entitled “Alaska Court System Legal Notice Website” that was published in Court Manager (winter 2015/2016) and Court Trends (2016).
Ms. Roberts has been with the Alaska Court System since 1989 and has held a variety of administrative and trial court positions including that of clerk of court in Anchorage which is the state’s largest general jurisdiction court.
A member of the National Association for Court Management (NACM) since 2009, Ms. Roberts has served on NACM’s Conference Development and Communications Committees. She is a Fellow of the Institute for Court Management (2010). She is an Alaska Native of the Sugpiaq culture from the Kodiak Archipelago.
Jeffrey M. Tsunekawa
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Jeffrey Tsunekawa was previously the Judicial Operations Manager for Seattle Municipal Court, overseeing jury operations, courtroom judicial operations and responsibility for both the digital and paper records of the court. Prior to becoming the Judicial Operations Manager, he was the Senior Executive Assistant to the seven elected Judges and six Magistrates for the Seattle Municipal Court. He previously held positions of similar responsibility at King County Superior Court before joining the Seattle Municipal Court.
Mr. Tsunekawa received a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences from Washington State University in 2007, and a Master’s of Public Administration from Seattle University in 2016. He is also a 2016 Fellow of the Institute for Court Management.
Mr. Tsunekawa was a member of the Washington State District and Municipal Court Management Association, from 2011 to 2018. In 2016, Mr. Tsunekawa became a Fellow of the Institute of Court Management with the National Center for State Courts. He has been a member of the National Association for Court Management since 2007 and has served on multiple committees, including: Ethics, Communications, Nominations, and Membership. In addition, he is fulfilling a three-year term on the Joint Technology Committee (JTC). He has been a member of the National Notary Association since 2007.