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The Hon. Theresa Dellick, juvenile court judge for Mahoning County, Ohio, will deliver the keynote address at Leadership and Public Service, a daylong series of leadership workshops set for April 16 at Cal U.

Organized by the campus chapter of the American Democracy Project and the Linda and Harry Serene Leadership Institute, the event is designed to spark discussion of leadership on campus, in the community and across the nation.

Dellick will describe her innovative work in the juvenile court system at 7 p.m. in Eberly Hall, Room 110.

About Judge Dellick

Because she believes that mental health and substance abuse issues are related, Dellick created a Treatment Court that blends the two elements for rehabilitation.

She also has launched model programs that provide specific treatment and sanctions, including:

  • Education and truancy courts.
  • Counseling programs.
  • A comprehensive sports program for juveniles.
  • The Parent Project.
  • Teen court .
  • An ADHD program.

“Her work on juvenile court garners national attention for its effectiveness in giving young people a second chance and making them productive members of society,” says Dr. Melanie Blumberg, a professor in the Department of History and Political Science.

“Many of the teens finish high school and several pursue college degrees. Judge Dellick embodies the true meaning of public service.”       

All of Dellick’s work with the juvenile courts focuses on youth accountability and responsibility, as well as preserving victims’ rights. She also has taken an active role in building collaborations between the juvenile court and school districts, social service agencies and law enforcement.  

Workshop Schedule

11 a.m. Leadership & Diversity

Leadership & Diversity
11 a.m. Eberly, Room 110


  • Dr. Ayanna Lyles, associate professor of Health Science


  • Sy Alli, Director of Business Development/Senior Security Advisor, Collis $ Associates, LLC

         “Leadership Challenges:  What’s in a Name?” 

  • Dr. Gary DeLorenzo, associate professor of Computer Information Systems

         “The Crew of the Starship Enterprise Leveraging Diversity: A Leadership Perspective” 

  • Dr. Michael Hummel, associate professor of Security & Leadership Studies/director for the Linda and Harry Serene Leadership Institute

 “Leadership and Culture” 

12:30 p.m. Keeping Our Schools Safe

“Keeping Our Schools Safe:  The New Face in Violence Prevention, Crisis Management, and Community Resources”
12:30 p.m. Duda, Room 117 


  • Dr. Emily Sweitzer, professor of Justice & Behavioral Crime / chair for the Department of Justice, Law & Society


  • Sheri Boyle, assistant professor of Social Work
  • Dr. Elizabeth Larsen, associate professor of Applied Sociology / coordinator for the Applied Criminology program
  • Dr. Katherine Mitchem, professor of Early, Middle & Secondary Education
  • Dr. Connie Monroe, associate professor and Chair of Secondary Education  
  • Dr. Mary O’Connor, professor of Nursing
  • Dr. Gwendolyn Perry-Burney, associate professor of Social Work/site coordinator, R. Benjamin Wiley Partnership
  • Dr. Beverly Ross, adjunct professor of Sociology
  • Dr. Emily Sweitzer, professor of Justice & Behavioral Crime/chair for the Department of Justice, Law & Society

2 p.m. The Role of Public Service

“The Role of Public Service in Environmental Education, Policy, and Management”
2 p.m. Duda, Room 312


  • Dr. David Argent, professor of Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences


  • Rick Lorson, Area Fisheries Manager, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission

 “Multidirectional Public Interactions of a State Fisheries Biologist”

  • Roxane Palone, Pennsylvania Game Commission (retired)

 “The Life and Times of a Pennsylvania Game Commissioner”                  

  • Joseph Stefko, Pennsylvania Game Commission

 “Networking for Successful Resource Management”                 

3:30 p.m. Student Leaders on Campus

“Student Leaders on Campus, in the Community, and in Politics”
3:30 p.m. Duda, Room 312


  • Dr. Anthony Rodi, assistant professor for the Department of Math, Computer Science and Information Systems

Student Roundtable

  • Breanna Blose
  • Cameron Cochran
  • Courtney Cochran
  • Charles Gilliam-Brownlee
  • Adisa Hargett-Robinson
  • Alex Tolbert                                    

7 p.m. Passion or Pension?

“Passion or Pension?  Leadership and Public Service”
7 p.m. Eberly, Room 110

Keynote Address:

  • The Hon. Theresa Dellick

  Judge, Mahoning County Common Pleas Court-Juvenile Division

Hon. Theresa Dellick


Office of Academic Affairs/Office of the Provost

College of Liberal Arts

Department of History and Political Science

Department of Justice, Law and Society

Cal Campaign Consultants


All presentations are free, and the public may attend.

Visitor parking is available in the Vulcan Garage, off Third Street near the campus entrance.

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