AdvisoryBoardAdvisory Board

In 2016, with generous support from the Begun Foundation, the Begun Center convened an Advisory Board of key local and national leaders in the fields of violence prevention, behavioral health, justice, and clinical best practices.

The Advisory Board will contribute to our work by:

  • providing critical feedback on specific initiatives, grants or projects the Center is undertaking or contemplating
  • assist in developing our national priorities
  • collaborate with center faculty and staff on initiatives, publications, and special project
  • participate in annual meetings to ensure our work remains current and effective in reducing violence & creating social change

Board Membership

Kristina Anderson
Executive Director
The Koshka Foundation for Safe Schools

Mark Chapin

Director (retired)

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Annapolis Vet Center

Scott Decker, PhD

Foundation Professor
School of Criminology & Criminal Justice
Arizona State University

Dennis Embry, PhD
Paxis Institute

Albert D. Farrell, Ph.D.
Professor and Director,
Clark Hill Institute for Positive Youth Development
Department of Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University

Andres Gonzalez
Chief of Police
Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority

C. Ronald Huff, PhD
Professor Emeritus
Department of Criminology, Law & Society
University of California, Irvine

Pamela Hyde, JD
Former Administrator
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Vivian Jackson, PhD
Assistant Professor & Senior Policy Associate
Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development

Patrick Kanary, MED
Former Director, Center for Innovative Practices

William Modzeleski
Former Director, Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools
US Department of Education

Edward Mulvey, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh

Lisa Thurau, Esq.
Founder & Executive Director
Strategies for Youth

Michael Walker
Executive Director
Partnership for a Safer Cleveland