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Palm Beach County

Circuit 15 Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative (JDAI)

Palm Beach Collaborative


DJJ JDAI Contacts

JDAI Coordinator:

Kathy Demosthenes


(561) 882-3600 ext. 144

Chief Probation Officer:

Greg Starling


(561) 882-3600 ext. 151 

Regional Director:

Terria Flakes


(305) 637-2911 

JDAI Collaborative Executive Committee Members 

Angela Bess

Palm Beach County School District

Barbara Gerlock

Juvenile Justice Board

Barbara White

Public Defender’s Office

Becky Walker

Criminal Justice Commission

Bruce Hannan

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office

Clay Walker

Department of Children and Families

Cristy Altaro

Court Administration

James Martz

Juvenile Division Judge

Elise Johansen

Planned Parenthood

Greg Starling

Department of Juvenile Justice

Geeta Loach-Jacobson

Department of Juvenile Justice

Laurie Pine Farber

Family Violence Intervention Program

Lynn Powell

Office of the State Attorney

Michele Carter

Gulfstream Goodwill

Schnelle Tonge

Public Defender’s Office

Seth Bernstein


Tony Spaniol

Highridge Family Center

Braxton Davis Palm Beach School District Police Department
Douglas Kane Department of Juvenile Justice
Adrian Ashton Palm Beach Clerk & Comptroller
James Stormes Palm Beach Sheriff's Office


Committee Chairs 


Chair Judge James Martz

Alternatives to Secure Detention

Chair Lynn Powell, Office of the State Attorney

Objective Admissions Screening & Case Processing

Chair Schnelle Tonge, Public Defender’s Office

Domestic Violence/Respite Beds

Chair Dr. Tony Spaniol, Highridge Family Center

Racial and Ethnic Disparity (RED) ----

Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC)

Chair Adrian Ashton, Palm Beach Clerk and Comptrollers Office

Special Populations [FTAs , Warrants] Cases

Chair Cristy Altaro, Court Administration

Juvenile First Offender/Civil Citation

Chair Major Braxton Davis, Palm Beach School District Police Department

Steering Committee Chair JDAI Coordinator Kathy Demosthenes, Department of Juvenile Justice
Conditions of Confinement/Facility Advisory Board Committee Chair Superintendent Douglas Kane, Department of Juvenile Justice