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Meet the Office of Juvenile Affairs Board of Directors
Scott Williams currently serves as Chairman of the Office of Juvenile Affairs Board. He is a respected thought leader and sought-after speaker, who lives by the mantra “Everything Begins With An Idea.” He has been featured as one of the Top 15 Leadership Experts to Follow on Twitter and Top 5 Christian Leaders to follow. Scott is passionate about leadership development, organizational growth, and diversity. He is the author of Church Diversity – Sunday The Most Segregated Day Of The Week and Go Big – Take Your Life From Ordinary To Extraordinary.
After receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, and a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice Management and Administration, both from the University of Central Oklahoma, Scott's very first leadership role was in the field of juvenile justice and delinquency prevention. His 21 years in the field included serving as superintendent of Oklahoma’s first private secure juvenile facility, Union City Juvenile Facility. He championed and was the Superintendent of the program when it was the only all “Youthful Offender” facility in the State of Oklahoma.
Scott also served as a Criminal Justice and Juvenile Justice Professor, Warden and many other roles throughout the criminal justice and juvenile justice system. He has remained active in the system as a volunteer leader, currently as the chair of the governor's State Advisory Group on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
These days, Scott is an avid blogger at BigIsTheNewSmall.com, where he challenges readers to dream BIG and think BIGGER. Scott believes in the power of leveraging social media to make a Kingdom impact. He served for many years as a key leader and Campus Pastor for LifeChurch.tv, one of the largest, fastest growing, and most innovative churches in America. Under his leadership, the LifeChurch.tv NW OKC Campus grew from a campus church plant to having an average weekly attendance of over 3,500 people in less than three years.
Currently Scott is the Chief Solutions Officer for the consulting company Nxt Level Solutions, which helps businesses, non-profits, churches and individuals move from where they are to where they want to be. Nxt Level Solutions works with some of the largest churches, non-profits, and fortune 100 companies in the world helping them go Further, Farther, Faster.
Scott lives in Edmond with his wife and two boys. He and his family are proud fans of their home team, The Oklahoma City Thunder.
Kristin Jarman current Vice-Chair for the Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs Board; is a life long advocate for youth in Oklahoma. A graduate of both Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma; Kristin has served as the Assistant District Attorney for Garvin County; a defense attorney for Atoka, Coal, Garvin, McClain and Pontotoc Counties.
In 2009, Kristin founded a private law practice specializing in helping residents in rural counties and currently is an Administrative Law Judge for the Department of Human Services Child Support Division.
Dr. Stephen Grissom was born in Noel, Missouri and grew up on a farm near Anderson Missouri. He attended McDonald County High School, where he served as Student Council President and National Honor Society Vice-President. He lettered in both football and track, and graduated as Class Valedictorian. He was one of two Missouri students to receive scholarships from the National Association of Secondary School Principals, which funded his undergraduate studies at Missouri Southern State College, from which he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education. During Dr. Grissom’s graduate studies at Oklahoma State University, he served as a research assistant, teaching assistant, instructional designer for the OSU Veterinarian School, and program evaluator for the Oklahoma City Public Schools. Dr. Grissom earned his PhD in Educational Psychology from OSU’s Department of Applied Behavioral Studies and obtained licensure as a Psychologist from the Oklahoma State Board of Examiners of Psychologists.
Dr. Grissom has taught at the collegiate level, either full-time or as an adjunct, since his first class as a graduate teaching assistant in the spring of 1976. He has held full-time positions with Oklahoma State University from 1979 to 1982; and with Northeastern State University from 1990 to 1991, and 2012 to the present. He has also been adjunct faculty at Oklahoma State University, Northeastern State University, Langston University, Southern Nazarene University, John Brown University, and Tulsa Community College.
Dr. Grissom began working for state agencies as a Psychologist at The Hissom Memorial Center, where he developed training in Applied Behavior Analysis and Behavior Modification. He later transferred to the L.E. Rader Center (LERC) as Chief Psychologist for the Diagnostic and Evaluation Program (D & E) and the Rader Treatment Program (RTP). During his tenure at LERC, he served as Director of Programs and/or Chief Psychologist for RTP and the Intensive Treatment Program (ITP). He designed and implemented the New START Program, for which he received an Exceptional Service Award and plaque from Governor Henry Bellmon. He developed numerous training workshops to assist staff in understanding and treating delinquent behavior, crisis management procedures, treatment plan development, and measurement of behavioral improvement. Under his leadership, facility escapes were virtually eliminated from a rate of 36/year; the use of the Crisis Management Center was reduced from over 70 to less than 5 per month; and the use of physical force was dramatically reduced. Dr. Grissom is particularly proud of contributing to improved communication and coordination between institutions and CRCS, now JSU; interventions, such as “The 7-Steps,” the Personal Reflection Plan, and the Program Progress Rating Scales, and the internship program at the Rader Center, which served both Masters and Doctoral students from several universities, including OSU, NSU, and TU.
Over the years, Dr. Grissom has provided his professional services as a psychological consultant or workshop developer/provider on numerous occasions, to such organizations as: the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, Integris Children’s Hospital, Tulsa County Public Defender’s Office, OU Juvenile Personnel Training Program, Tulsa County Juvenile Bureau, Oklahoma Detention Association, DHS Licensing Unit, OACIA, Tenkiller Youth Program, and the Sand Springs Children’s Home.
Dr. Grissom and his wife, Dr. Elana Grissom, reside in Tulsa, where they are proud grandparents.
Donnie L. Nero’s distinguished career in education began as a teacher for the Sapulpa Public Schools immediately after earning his 1971 Bachelor of Science degree in education, majoring in health and physical education. He concluded his educational career on June 30, 2011 after 38 years in the field. His success in public education led him into higher education where he progressed through the ranks at Tulsa Community College to become Provost of the TCC Southeast Campus. He achieved the presidency of Connors State College in 2000, becoming the first African American to become president of predominately -white college or university in the state of Oklahoma. Nero earned a Master of Science degree in Educational Administration in 1977 and a Doctor of Education Degree in Occupational and Adult education in 1993 from Oklahoma State University. He once said, “Without the education I received from Dunjee and East Central, there is no way I would be where I am today. That foundation, excellent instruction, and the people I still know today have been priceless.”
A native of Spencer, Nero graduated from Dunjee High School in 1967. He focused on attending another college when a relative from Ada persuaded him to look at East Central State College, now ECU. Along with some friends and his cousin, Nero made a campus visit and decided to stay. “The experience I was getting, the ability I had to study with people from other cultures, and the diversity provided me with a different world view and an excellent opportunity,’” Nero said. “I discovered we were different in many ways, but more alike than we realized. That discovery was crucial to my experience,” he said. This experience prepared Nero for his abilities to work with the diversities he faced as provost and president in higher education in later years.
The Sapulpa classroom teacher fresh out of college also coached baseball and soon rose through the Sapulpa school system to become a counselor and then junior high school principal in 1973. He was a program analyst with Rockwell International for two years before returning to Sapulpa Public Schools as assistant principal of the high school. He joined the TCC staff in 1985 and served an instructor and Dean of Student Services before becoming the Provost. He left TCC to become the 15th President of Connors State College, which has campuses in Warner and Muskogee.
While president at Connors State College, Nero served as president of the Oklahoma Council of Two-Year Presidents, and for 11 years, participated in all the Councils’ committees and served as Secretary/Treasurer. He also served as President of the Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges. Nero is a founder of the Oklahoma Legal Issues Conference, a graduate of Leadership Tulsa Class XVIII and Oklahoma State Coordinator of the National Association Student Personnel Administrators. In addition, he is a member of the Oklahoma Global Education Consortium, founder of the Oklahoma African American Educators Hall of Fame and has served on various boards and committees, spoken at many high school graduations and various functions, chaired many meeting, and traveled thousands of miles for educational purposes. He has provided leadership to countless students, teachers, administrators, and staff and has been a champion of higher education throughout his many years in Oklahoma education. Through his guidance, Connors State College has experience record student enrollment and campus renovation and he left Connors with a valuable legacy of academic programs, innovation and growth.
In 2002, Nero ECU name Nero named him the Distinguished Alumnus and he addressed the 2002 ECU graduation class during the commencement ceremony. In 2010, East Central University inducted Nero into the ECU Educators Hall of Fame along with Jimmy Scales, making them the first African Americans inducted into the ECU Hall of Fame.
In 2011, the Oklahoma Educators Hall of Fame and the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame inducted Dr. Nero into their Halls of Fame.
Dr. Nero is married to Shirley Ballard Nero. They have made their home in Clearview, Shirley’s hometown. They have two children, D.J. and wife Carroll of La Habra, California and Tanya and Marvin Blades Jr. and three beautiful grandchildren Makai, Jordan, and Jada of Glenpool.
Tony Caldwell, having built the 20th largest personal insurance agency in the U.S. with $185 million in revenue last year, is an experienced business and insurance industry thought leader. He is a former chairman and board member of the Independent Insurance Agents of Oklahoma. Caldwell is deeply committed to serving his community, evidenced by his public service record and his leadership roles with local non-profits.
He is also a managing partner in Oklahoma Business Insurors (OBI) Agency, LLC. The two companies together comprise 128 retail insurance agencies doing business in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Kansas.
Caldwell received his Bachelor of Arts in Government from Centenary College of Louisiana in 1980 and attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
He is an active outdoorsman and avid pilot. Caldwell is married to Sharon Caldwell and has two children, Tyler age 20 and Brendan age 17. The Caldwell's are members of Crossings Community Church.
Tony’s community involvement includes:
Karen Youngblood earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Friends University in Wichita, Kansas, and a Master’s Degree in Education, Adult Education and Training from the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO).
Ms. Youngblood is Executive Director of Customized Education at UCO. She plans, organizes and oversees all customized education and non-credit offerings, professional development and corporate training at UCO. She is currently serving her second term on the Yukon Public Schools Board of Education.
Ms. Youngblood also has volunteered with several agencies, including the Boy Scouts, Youth Services for Oklahoma County and Infant Crisis Services.
Jason Nelson joined The E Foundation for Oklahoma as senior advisor in 2016.
Jason is recognized as a knowledgeable and effective leader on a wide range of children's issues, including education and human services.
Jason previously served eight years in the Oklahoma House of Representatives where he held several leadership positions including Majority Floor Leader.
In 2016, Jason led the successful bipartisan effort to require insurance coverage for the diagnosis and medically necessary treatment of children on the autism spectrum.
In 2011, Jason led a bipartisan working group in an unprecedented review of the Department of Human Services child welfare system. The group's work resulted in sweeping reforms during the 2012 session. A constitutional amendment proposed by the group was also approved by voters that year abolishing the DHS Commission.
In 2010, Jason led the bipartisan effort to pass the Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Act, which allows students with special needs to use a portion of their state education money at a qualified private school of their choice. This law was the first of its kind passed in Oklahoma.
Jason has had a varied career in the public and private sectors, including time on the staff of former Governor Frank Keating.
Jason and his wife Lori live in Oklahoma City with their two children, Benjamin and Grace.