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Who we are

Los Alamos JJAB is an independent voluntary board of community members who collaborate, leverage, and coordinate resources to support youth and families.

JJAB works to reduce youth risk behaviors, facilitate positive youth development, and build resiliency through responsive, effective programming.

The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB) was formed in 2004.  Since that time we have grown past our original mission of only working with youth from the juvenile justice system to offering many more prevention-orientated services that are open to all youth and their families.  For this reason we are now known by the shortened name JJAB.

Board Officers:
Elizabeth Allen, Board Chair
(Local Government Representative)
Phillip Ortega, Vice Chair
(Faith Representative)
Board Members:

Nicole Ferry, Faith Representative (Previous Board Chair)
Carter Payne, Los Alamos Public Schools
Judge T. Glenn Ellington, First Judicial District Court Judge
Jill Gonzales, Los Alamos Middle School
Morrie Pongratz, Senior Citizen Representative
Renee Dunwoody, Los Alamos High School
Alicia Justus, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Chris Ross, Los Alamos County Police Department
Naomi Larkin, Juvenile Probation Officer
Martin Hook, Business Representative
Camille Sackett-Wescott, Community Representative
Bobbie Jo Anderson, Parent Representative

Board Liaisons:

Youth Liaisons – Four from LAMS and LAHS
Keith Lepsch, Los Alamos County Council
Melanie Colgan, Los Alamos Public Schools Board of Education
Jessica Strong, Los Alamos County Social Services Manager