Delmas Wood is the Program Director of Community Conferencing of Carroll County (Maryland), which is a restorative justice initiative offering alternative dispute resolution. Mr. Wood retired as Executive Director for Baltimore City for the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services, in which capacity he directed all intake, probation, community detention, and aftercare services for delinquent youth in the city of Baltimore. Mr. Wood worked for DJS for 39 years, beginning as a probation officer and serving in a range of management positions, including statewide responsibilities as Director of Community Justice and Acting Assistant Secretary.
Mr. Wood has served as the Chairman of the Community Advisory Board of the Silver Oak Academy, a residential school for youth involved with the juvenile justice system, since 2015. Mr. Wood teaches a course on Fatherhood to young fathers who are residents of the program. He also helps lead a group of community volunteers (Kairos Torch) presenting a faith-based retreat and mentoring ministry.
Mr. Wood earned his B.A. in psychology at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa and his M.Ed. in Human Development (Child Studies) at the University of Maryland.
Mr. Wood has taught at McDaniel College for over 20 years; courses in Criminology, Sociology of the Family, and Deviance and Delinquency, and Restorative Justice.
Mr. Wood served as the founder and Chairman of the Maryland Task Force on Juvenile Sex Offenders, a multi-disciplinary group which assessed needs and plans statewide policy for the handling of sex offenders. He also served as Chairman of the “Task Force on Mentoring and Monitoring Youth in the Juvenile Justice System”, created by the Maryland General Assembly, and which included state legislators. He also has served on The Center for the Advancement of Mentoring's National Consortium of Mentoring Practitioners.
Mr. Wood has trained frequently in Maryland and several other states. Topics have included: the Juvenile Justice System, Satanism and Cults, Graduated Sanctions in Juvenile Justice, School-Based Probation, Classification of Juvenile Offenders, and Restorative Justice.
Mr. Tabatsko is a native of New York City. For twenty-two years he was the Administrative Family Magistrate for the Circuit Court for Carroll County. In that capacity he presided over thousands of family law cases: Juvenile Delinquency, Children in Need of Assistance, Divorce, Custody, Visitation and Child Support. He is presently a Legal Specialist with the Foster Care Court Improvement Program of the Court of Appeals of Maryland and the Coordinator of Stephen Ministries at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Westminster, Maryland.
Susan McFadden has been working with “at-risk” and “in-risk” youth and their families since 1992. For eleven years, she worked as a Juvenile Counselor for the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services (DJS). She provided supervision, case management services, and counseling services to youth involved with the criminal justice system. While working for DJS and at present, Ms. McFadden is employed with CHANGE, Inc. providing life skills support services to adult individuals with intellectual disabilities. After obtaining her Master of Arts degree in School Counseling in 2005, she became employed as a Pupil Personnel Worker for Carroll County Public Schools. In this role, she provides support services and advocacy to students and their families. Ms. McFadden is also employed part-time as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor.
In 1992, Ms. McFadden earned her BS degree in Sociology from Loyola College in Maryland. In 2005, she earned her MA degree in School Counseling from McDaniel College. In 2011 she obtained her LCPC from the State of Maryland. She has provided professional development classes for Carroll County Public Schools and Maryland Association for Pupil Personnel. Ms. McFadden has also published a book review in the International Association of Dropout and Truancy Prevention Journal. She hopes to continue her education by seeking advanced study in the area of Pastoral Counseling.
Dolly Mersinger, member of the board, has been a resident of Hampstead, Maryland for 40 years. She is a graduate of Mt. St. Agnes College in Baltimore with a degree in elementary education. Mrs. Mersinger is educator with 37 years of teaching experience in Baltimore City and Carroll County Public Schools. Mrs. Mersinger is a trained facilitator for Community Conferencing of Carroll County. Mrs. Mersinger served as an officer and member of the Board of Trustees of Maryvale Preparatory School in Brooklandville, Maryland and has served as an educational consultant for Hoffman Educational Systems in Duarte, California.
Liesl Flanagan has worked over 15 years in higher education finance and administration, currently the Assistant Vice President & Director of Student Accounts at Stevenson University. Ms. Flanagan is a graduate of Indiana Weslyan University, with a BS in Accounting, and an MBA, concentrated in Accounting/Forensic Accounting. Ms. Flanagan is a 2014 MDP graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Previously employed by a Quaker University, Ms. Flanagan had the opportunity to practice mediation and active listening techniques with students facing conduct, financial, or academic challenges. In recent years, she has participated in training in Community Conferencing. Ms. Flanagan resides in Carroll County with her husband, and two children.
My name is Brian L. Gass. I am a 1988 graduate of Shippensburg University of PA with a Major in Criminal Justice and a Minor in Psychology. I have worked in the field of Juvenile Justice for 24 years and for the MD Department of Juvenile Services (DJS) for 16 years. I have been the Carroll County Supervisor for DJS since 2014 and oversee intake services, probation, and aftercare supervision for court adjudicated delinquent youth. I work closely with the Juvenile Court, the State's Attorney and Public Defender’s Office. I also sit on many Inter-Agency boards including the Local Management Board (LMB) and the Local Care Team (LCT) to access and connect children and families with services in an effort to prevent out of home placement for youth. I also work closely with the Carroll County Schools and various mental health and substance abuse providers in the community again in the effort to access services for children and youth in Carroll County. (LCT). I am proud to be a member of the local Community Conferencing Advisory Board for Carroll County and work closely with the Director Delmas Wood to make appropriate referrals to this program for children and parents who are referred to the Department of Juvenile Services.
Since 2014, Lisa Aughenbaugh has been the Coordinator of Auxiliary Services and Special Projects at Carroll Community College with primary responsibility for contract management and overseeing the operations of the College’s Information Center. For over 15 years prior to that time, Ms. Aughenbaugh worked, or contracted with, several non-profit organizations in Carroll County including the Community Foundation, the Community Media Center, RCIS, and HSP. Her responsibilities included community relations, fundraising, event management, donor relations, operations and budget management. Ms. Aughenbaugh has previously served on the Board of Directors for The Shepherd’s Staff and the Community Services Council, both in Carroll County.
Ms. Aughenbaugh brings a broad wealth of administrative leadership and fundraising experience to our organization. She also brings a commitment to serving the needs of youth, victims, and those in poverty in our community.
Ms. Aughenbaugh believes every youth deserves a second chance if they have made a poor decision which has landed them in the legal system. They also need the opportunity to see and understand how their choices and actions have impacted not only their victim(s) but also their and their victims’ families. She hopes our work in Community Conferencing can be the link to positively impact and potentially change the life path of many of the youth in our community.