Who We Are and What We Do

Board Members

Priscilla (Priss) Parmenter
Ms. Parmenter is the Project Director for a Safe Schools/Healthy Students initiative for Wabash Community Unit School District #348 in Mt. Carmel, Illinois. Priss has over 20 years experience working in the field of ATOD prevention and community organizing. She was the Director of Prevention Services for 18 years with Southeastern Illinois Counseling Centers, Inc. She also developed and organized a prevention conference, Prevention Preview, for youth and adults that provided substance abuse information, new prevention strategies and networking. She served on the Teen REACH statewide task force developing standards for the states after school initiative. Ms Parmenter was a member of the Illinois Drug Education Alliance board (IDEA) for 15 years. While with IDEA she organized a statewide Alcohol Youth Forum in Springfield, was responsible for developing IDEA's Alcohol Awareness publication, worked with IDEA's youth board and served as President for four years. Priss is involved at the local level as Chair of her local Juvenile Justice Council as well as serving on the 2nd Circuit Juvenile Justice Council.
dan smith
Daniel Smith
Mr. Smith has completed 31 years of service at the Department of Probation and Court Services. The first 16 years were spent as a Juvenile Detention Officer and a Senior Detention Officer. For the past 15 years Daniel has been a Senior Probation Officer coordinating the Victim Offender Conferencing Program. He has significantly developed and enhanced this program by writing protocols and championing healing communication between victims and offenders, thus motivating offenders to make significant amounts of restitution to victims. In 2003 Daniel received the Department Recognition Award for his dedication and skill in Victim Services and in 2014 Daniel received the Department Recognition Award for his work in Community Partnerships. Daniel now works in all aspects of Victim Services with our Department. Daniel is an active member of Restore DuPage and Restore Carol Stream, both groups work in the community and schools in the advancement of Restorative Practices.
Jill Johnson
Jill Johnson
Jill Mathews-Johnson is currently an Administrator with the A.C.T.I.O.N.S program at Champaign Unit 4 schools. Previously she was an assistant principal at Garden Hills Elementary School in Champaign for three years where they implemented restorative practices. Jill is a trained Circle keeper and Restorative Practices trainer. In her twenty plus years in education, she has also worked as an early childhood, special education and elementary school social worker, a Technical Assistance Coordinator for the Illinois Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports network and an adjunct lecturer at the University of Illinois, teaching in the School of Social Work and the School of Special Education.
Keyria Rodgers
Keyria Rodgers is the special projects director for the state’s attorney’s office in Macon County. As special projects director for the office, Rodgers serves as Teen Court administrator, Truancy Court administrator, Juvenile Redeploy program manager, Adult Redeploy Illinois Grant administrator, and as assistant chair for the Macon County Juvenile Justice Council. She also serves on the advisory board for the Illinois Association of Juvenile Justice Councils, the Criminal Justice Advisory boards for Heartland Technical Academy and Richland Community College, and the Old King’s Orchard Community Center Board. She is also an adjunct professor of criminal justice and sociology at Millikin University.
Nancy Michaels
Nancy Michaels
Nancy Michaels is the Associate Director at the Mansfield Institute for Social Justice and Transformation at Roosevelt University. She has a BA in Social Justice Studies and an MA in Sociology from Roosevelt University. Her graduate research, involving the white response to black integration on the Southwest and West sides of Chicago, has to do with how segregation affects racial identity and the social construction of whiteness. Other areas of interest and activism lie in juvenile justice, mass incarceration, restorative justice and more broadly, in raising awareness around the societal structures, policy and institutions that lead to the marginalization and criminalization of whole communities in urban environments. Nancy is a highly collaborative and driven change agent with a passion and focus for moving social justice initiatives forward by building relationships and raising consciousness through research, thought provoking programming and community engagement. Specific to her restorative justice background, Nancy is a restorative justice practitioner and trainer, has developed and provides programming in two Chicago schools, leads the "Embrace Restorative Justice in Schools Collaborative," and works on a number of initiatives with the goal of shifting the paradigm for how we "do justice" in the Illinois criminal justice system.
Nancy Michaels
Vanessa Westley
She has served in various positions within the Department's Patrol Division and other units. She began her service in community policing in 2004 under now retired First Deputy Dana V. Starks. as project manager in the Department's CAPS Project Office.

She later served as project manager for the Mayors Office Faith Based and Community Partnerships. Currently she is the program manager for the Chicago Police Department's and the Metro YMCA's Bridging The Divide program. She is the special projects coordinator for the CAPS Revitalization effort launched by Mayor Emanuel and Superintendent McCarthy in January 2013. She leads the community engagement training program for the Department through Depaul University Center for Urban Education.
Gary Balgemann
Gary Balgemann
Gary was educated at Elmhurst College, Andover Newton Theological School, George Williams College and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Before beginning his thirty-three year career in the 18th Judicial Circuit Court Department of Probation and Court Services, he worked in a church and a residential treatment center for troubled adolescents in up-state New York.

During his years with the Probation Department that ended at his retirement in June, 2007, he served as a Juvenile Detention Officer, worked as a family therapist in a court diversion unit, designed and implemented the community service sentencing option for adult and juvenile offenders, served as a juvenile case worker (specializing in status offender services), served as an investigator, served as juvenile court diversion officer, and ended his career as a Restorative Justice and victim awareness program developer and trainer. As a member of the Illinois Probation and Court Services Association, he founded the Victim Concerns Committee and received the Gene Hughes Award, representing the highest standards of the profession.

His interests outside work have included tennis, golf, competitive barbershop quartet and chorus performances, and participating with his wife on a medical service team in Guatemala, Central America. He has recently joined the board of the Illinois Balanced and Restorative Justice Initiative, in addition to serving as the chairperson of the Foundation for CHANGE.

Gary has a remarkable wife, Lucrecia, two incredible children with outstanding spouses, and five incomparable grandchildren.
Kevin Jones
Kevin Jones
I have worked with young people for over 30 years at social service and mental health organizations, and in education. I have gained a tremendous amount of practical experience working with “at risk” youth as practitioner and administrator.  I’ve been trained  and/or have provided training in various behavioral management strategies including Therapeutic Crisis Intervention(TCI), Non-Violent Crisis Intervention(NVCI), Trust-Based Relationship Intervention(TBRI) and Restorative Practices(RP). I am a fulltime graduate student at the IIRP and I have attended 10 IIRP conferences.  In addition, I am a licensed by the International Institute for Restorative Practices as a Trainer of Trainers. In addition, I am currently the leading my region in its efforts to become a Restorative Community.
Greg Hart
Greg Hart
Greg Hart was raised in Mt. Carmel, IL, attended Illinois College and joined the US Air Force from 1987-1995, where he worked as a computer programmer and Communication Security Accountant. He worked for the Bossier City (LA) Police Department from 1993-2000. He moved back to Mt. Carmel, IL, in 2000, after being hired by the Mt. Carmel Police Department. Greg became the first Juvenile Officer for MCPD in 2005. He received School Resource Officer training in 2009 and has been the SRO in Wabash Community Unit Schools District 348 for the last 8 years. Since 2013 he has also served as the Project Coordinator for Wabash County Project Success’ Strategic Prevention Framework grant. Greg also patrols Mt. Carmel as needed and during the summer when school is out. He is a certified instructor in Aggression Replacement Training, Youth Mental Health First Aid, Insight (ATOD early intervention), and Nonviolent Crisis Intervention training for faculty and staff in the school district. He also serves on the Wabash County Juvenile Justice Council and is the current President of Wabash County Project Success.
Ellyn Ahmer
Pic & Bio coming soon.