staffWho We Are

The Begun Center consists of more than 50 staff members, including students and administrative support. Our faculty, researchers, and trainers are from a wide range of disciplines including psychology, education, social work, sociology, anthropology, and criminal justice. Senior faculty and researchers are nationally-recognized and well-cited scholars in the areas of juvenile justice, specialty courts, violence prevention, behavioral health, community-based research, and law enforcement.


Daniel Flannery, PhD
Mark Singer, PhD
David Hussey, PhD
Mark Fleisher, PhD
Jeff Kretschmar, PhD
Fredrick Butcher, PhD

Senior Researchers/Trainers

Margaret Baughman-Sladky, PhD
Bobbi Beale, PsyD
Rachel Lovell, PhD
Misty Luminais, PhD
Michelle Riske-Morris, JD, PhD
Richard Shepler, PhD
Chris Stormann, PhD
Rodney Thomas, MA
Jane Timmons-Mitchell, PhD

Research Associates/Trainers

Rebecca Bray, MSSA
Ashley Bukach, MPH
Renne Dragomir, MEd, LCDC
Michael Fox, MSSA, LCDC
Angela Goldner, MPH
Jeff Huang, MS
Maureen Kishna, MSSA, LISW
Pamela Mitterling, MEd, LISW
Laura Overman, MA, MEd
Krystel Tossone, PhD
Tiffany Walker, MA

Research Assistants

Christine Gordon
Chase Klingenstein
Sarah Limbacher
Maggie McGuire
David Rinderle
Sammy Situ, LLM, MSSA
Madison Wheeler


Wendy Boerger, Department Administrator
Samantha Cocco. MA, Marketing, Communication, & Events Specialist
Patricia Martin, Department Assistant

Doctoral Candidates

Seungjong Cho, MSW
Janelle Duda-Banwar, MSW
Tugba Olgac, MSSA
Greg Powers, MSc
Paul Tuschman, MSSA
Aviva Vincent, MSW
Liuhong Yang, MS
Dalhee Yoon, MSW

MSSA Candidates

Xiao Ding
John Halle

Undergraduate Students

Julia Cedeno
Sierra Gray
Molly Moyer
Tori Scheidt
Shelby Shvorob