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Who we are

Los Alamos JJAB is an independent and 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.


Judge Elizabeth Allen, Local Government Rep (Chair)
Phillip Ortega, Faith Representative (Vice Chair)
Sharon Hurley, UNM-LA Representative (Treasurer)

JJAB BOard members:

  • Nicole Ferry, Faith Representative
  • Carter Payne, Los Alamos High School
  • 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

JJAB BOard liasions:

  • 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