Commissioner, North Carolina
North Carolina Department of Public Safety
Traci Marchand is the ICJ Commissioner and Juvenile Court Services Administrator for North Carolina. She has worked with Interstate Compact for over 12 years. Traci was previously a juvenile intensive parole officer in the Commonwealth of Virginia before becoming a juvenile court counselor in North Carolina. From 2013-2015, she was the Training, Education and Public Relations Chairperson for the Interstate Commission for Juveniles. Traci also served for two years as the Chair of the Information Technology Committee for ICJ from 2011-2013. She is a national ICJ Rules trainer for the Commission as well.
Traci is a past recipient of the NC Juvenile Justice Commissioner’s Award for Excellence for Court Services (July 2013). As the Juvenile Court Services Administrator, she functions as a key link between juvenile justice field staff and the juvenile justice central office in North Carolina. Traci assists in the proper dissemination of information and directives and problem-solves issues on a case-by-case basis across all administrative and support structures. A native Virginian, she became a Tar Heel after earning her BA in Political Science from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Traci also has an MS in Criminal Justice from Radford University.
Commissioner, West Virginia
West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
Mike is the state Director of the Division of Probation Services for the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals and Administrator of the Juvenile Interstate Compact having been appointed to those positions by the unanimous vote of the Court’s five Justices in May of 2002. Mike has also been appointed as West Virginia’s Commissioner to the Juvenile Interstate Compact Commission. Mike was elected by the Juvenile Interstate Compact Commission as Vice-Chair of the Commission and its Executive Committee at its annual business meeting in August of 2015 and August 2016. He has served as a member of the Executive Committee of the National Commission, Chair of the Compliance Committee, a member of the Rules Committee, and a member of the Finance Committee. Mike also served three full terms as Chair of the former Association of Juvenile Compact Administrators.
Mike currently serves as a member of the West Virginia Juvenile Justice Reform and Oversight Committee and is also a Commissioner for the Commission to Study the Residential Placement of Children. He is a member of the Governor’s Committee on Crime, Delinquency and Correction, the Juvenile Justice Subcommittee, the State Advisory Group (SAG), the Community Corrections Subcommittee, the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Board, the WVSCA Court Improvement Program’s Juvenile Justice Subcommittee, and the West Virginia Adult Compact State Council. He served as proxy for Chief Justice Robin Jean Davis to the West Virginia Intergovernmental Task Force on Juvenile Justice. He has served on the Governor’s Commission on Prison Overcrowding. Mike also served four terms as chairman of the Governor appointed West Virginia Partnership for Community Well-Being which was the Governor’s substance abuse planning and intervention body. Mike has been instrumental in initiating, developing and expanding West Virginia’s juvenile drug court programs and is the general administrator of West Virginia’s juvenile and adult drug court programs. One of his proudest accomplishments has been the development and implementation of the statewide Sex Offender Intensive Supervision Program with a designated supervision unit of nearly forty specially trained probation officers to, for the first time in West Virginia’s history, provide intensive community based supervision of sex offenders. Mike has also been actively engaged in promoting and expanding the growing School Based Probation Officer program throughout the State.
Prior to coming to the Administrative Office of the Courts as Director of the Division of Probation Services, Mike was a Probation Officer for nearly 15 years in Cabell County, West Virginia. Before that he was the Program Director and Counselor, and then Acting Director, of the former Cabell County Youth Detention Center. He was also a full-time minister for 12 years and is very active in his local church. He resides in Huntington with his wife Dee and fifteen year old son, Blake. He is also the father of two beautiful daughters and grandfather of five.
Kansas Department of Corrections
Jeff Cowger is Deputy General Counsel for the Kansas Department of Corrections. As part of his duties he serves as the Commissioner/Compact Administrator in Kansas for the Interstate Compact on Juveniles. He was formerly General Counsel to the Kansas Juvenile Justice Authority, Director of Unemployment for the Kansas Department of Labor and Legal Counsel for the Lansing Correctional Facility. Prior to his state service he was in private practice for many years focusing on juvenile and criminal law. He served for 25 years with the 35th Infantry Division Band of the Kansas Army National Guard. He has a Bachelor in Psychology from the University of Kansas, a Bachelor of Science in Instrumental Music Education from Missouri Western University and a Juris Doctor from Washburn University School of Law.
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