Race Matters for Juvenile Justice is a collaborative leadership group formed by the Juvenile Judges of North Carolina’s 26th Judicial District. It brings together judicial officers, systems experts, service providers, and community partners who have set an agenda to reduce the disproportionality and disparate outcomes for children and families of color in the juvenile justice system.

Elisa Chinn-Gary Clerk of Superior Court, RMJJ Co-Chair
Louis A. Trosch, Jr. Juvenile Court Judge, RMJJ Co-Chair
Rodney Adams Mecklenburg County DSS, Deputy Director
Derrik Anderson ForeSight Leadership Training Institute, Executive Director
Diego Anselmo Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Major
Kimberly Best District Court Judge
Jerry Boyce, Jr. RMJJ Administration Support
Charles Bradley Youth & Family Services, Director
Diana Carter Family Court Liaison
Sarah Crowder Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, Senior Associate General Counsel
Craig S. “Pete” Davis Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Captain (retired) and REI
Dianne English Community Building Initiative, Director
Vicki Foster Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Deputy Chief
Dana S. Frady Guardian ad Litem Program, District Administrator
Norman Garnes, Jr. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Captain
Ty Hands Juvenile Court Judge
Angela Haywood Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Sergeant
C. Renee Jarrett Office of the Clerk of Superior Court, Legal Officer
Susan McCarter UNC-Charlotte School of Social Work, Researcher/Professor
Rickye McKoy-Mitchell Juvenile Court Judge
Melissa Neal Mecklenburg County Criminal Justice Services, Criminal Justice Planning Manager
Melba Newsome Office of the Clerk of Superior Court, Communications Specialist
Russell Price Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice, Chief Court Counsel
Willie Ratchford Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee, Director
Bob Simmons Council for Children’s Rights, Executive Director
Heather Taraska Mecklenburg District Attorney’s Office, Assistant District Attorney
Elizabeth Thornton Trosch District Court Judge
Anne VanNewkirk VanNewkirk & Associates
Nikkeia Wiler The Possibility Project–Charlotte, Managing Director
Jason Williams MeckMin, Co-Executive Administrator
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Casey Family Programs
NC Administrative Office of the Courts – Court Improvement Project
N.C. Division of Juvenile Justice
Racial Equity Institute
Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office
Juvenile Court Judges of the 26th Judicial District & Office of the Family Court Administrator
Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services & Youth and Family Services
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
Judicial District 26 Guardian ad Litem Program
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community  Relations Committee
Justice Initiatives, Inc.
UNC Charlotte – School of Social Work
Community Building Initiative
Foresight Leadership Training Inst.
Criminal Justice Services