2017-2018 Executive Board Members
Michele P. BRatina, President
Michele P. Bratina is an Assistant Professor in the Criminal Justice Department at West Chester University in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Previously, she was the Forensic and Children's Mental Health Coordinator for the Florida Department of Children and Families in the 19th Judicial Circuit. While proudly serving as the 39th President of the Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences (NEACJS), she is also a member of the American Society of Criminology (ASC) and is an active member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), where she serves as Executive Counselor for the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency section. Michele is also a three-time recipient of the Sage Junior Faculty Professional Development Teaching Award. Her research interests and publications include human exploitation, criminological theory, race, social structure, ethnicity and crime, and forensic mental health. She has published her work in the Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice and in the International Journal of Police Science and Management.
Education and Professional Certifications
o Ph.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania
o M.A., University of Arkansas at Little Rock
o B.S., Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg
· Certification in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)
· Certification in Crisis Intervention Team training (CIT)-Memphis Model
· Certified Trainer, How Being Trauma-Informed Improves Criminal Justice System Responses (SAMHSA/GAINS Center)
Steven Dyer, 1st Vice President
David Mackey, 2nd Vice President
Plymouth State University
Shavonne Arthurs, Secretary
Shavonne Arthurs is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. She is additionally the head of the Criminal Justice Program. She is currently earning her Ph.D. in Criminology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). In addition to her secretary position within NEACJS, she is also a member of the American Society of Criminology (ASC), Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), and Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Justice Educators (PACJE). She currently teaches in areas of media and crime, program and policy analysis, behavioral analysis, and deviance. Her research interests are in the areas of drug and alcohol abuse, jury decision making, policing, and social deviance. She has a recent co-authored publication in the Journal of Sexual Aggression.
Ph.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania (projected December, 2017)
M.S., Arizona State University
M.S., Duquesne University
B.A., B.S., Duquesne University
Sheri Van Horne, Treasurer
Cassandra L. Reyes, Immediate Past President
Cassandra L. Reyes is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at West Chester University (WCU) in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Previously, Dr. Reyes has held numerous positions in the Criminal Justice System that include working as an Indiana University of Pennsylvania Police Department Student Dispatcher; an Indiana County Jail Correctional Officer; New Jersey State Probation Officer-Bilingual and New Jersey State Senior Parole Officer-Bilingual in Camden, NJ; and a Juvenile Delinquency Specialist in Atlantic City, NJ.
Finally, her primary research interests focus on animal cruelty and the United States correctional system. Dr. Reyes has presented her research at many national, regional, and local conferences since 2004.
She earned her Ph.D. in Criminology, her Master’s in Criminology, and her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Criminology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). At WCU, she has taught a number of undergraduate and graduate required and elective courses. Currently, she primarily teaches Corrections and Animal Cruelty. In addition to teaching and advising approximately 50 undergraduate students, she has been the WCU Criminal Justice Department Assessment Coordinator since 2010. She also has vast service experience, currently holding several executive positions on the regional, state, and local levels. In addition to serving as the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Justice Educators Second Vice President, she is the Immediate Past President of the Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences, a Faculty Officer-at-Large Member of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) State Executive Board, the APSCUF-WCU Legislative Committee Chair and State Delegate, and the Vice President of the Fraternal Order of Police Bicentennial Lodge 76 in Camden County, NJ. Additionally, she is an elected Delaware County Democratic Committee Member and serves as the Norwood, PA Precinct Six Election Board Minority Inspector’s Clerk. Furthermore, she is a life member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and the American Society of Criminology.
Previously, Dr. Reyes has held numerous positions in the Criminal Justice System that include working as an IUP Police Department Student Dispatcher; an Indiana County Jail Correctional Officer; New Jersey State Probation Officer-Bilingual and New Jersey State Senior Parole Officer-Bilingual in Camden, NJ; and a Juvenile Delinquency Specialist in Atlantic City, NJ. Finally, her primary research interests focus on animal cruelty and the United States correctional system. Dr. Reyes has presented her research at many national, regional, and local conferences since 2004.
ACJS Regional Trustee: May Delaney, Worcester State University
Director of the Secretariat: David Lambert, University of New Haven
Directors-at-Large: Marcel Beausoleil, Fitchburg State University
Rich Martin, Keuka College
Massachusetts State Representative: Pat Faiella, Massasoit Community College
New York State Representative: John Mockry, Clinton Community College
Pennsylvania State Representative & Parliamentarian: Larry Rosenberg, Millersville University
Vermont State Representative: David Orrick, Norwich University