Thursday’s “Lunch with a Leader” Features JJAB Speakers


The League of Women Voters’ monthly “Lunch with a Leader” will present three speakers from the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB.)

The event is 11:40 a.m. Thursday, May 9 at Mesa Public Library. The discussion will center around the history of JJAB, its relationship with state and County entities, its programs and collaborations, the scope of its work and current challenges, and how people can get involved.

JJAB Chair Alan Kirk has been with JJAB since it’s founding in 2002. He is a graduate of Eastern New Mexico University and served as Los Alamos police chief for 10 years before becoming the local Municipal Court judge.

Ellen Ben-Naim began her tenure as co-coordinator of JJAB in October, 2012. She has lived in Los Alamos since 1996 and has been active in the community both professionally and as a volunteer. Her previous positions include children’s books buyer and community liaison for Otowi Station Bookstore, religious school director of the Los Alamos Jewish Center and case manager for the Interfaith Recovery Network following the Cerro Grande Fire. Ben-Naim has held a variety of volunteer positions in the schools and in the community and currently serves on the Library Board. She received a Master’s of Arts degree from Brandeis University in Jewish Communal Service and a Bachelor’s degree from Duke University.

JJAB Co-coordinator Sharon Marinuzzi has 20 years of experience working in the justice system (county, state and federal) including several years working with juveniles. She has been a New Mexico licensed attorney since 1990 and has previously served as a criminal prosecutor, federal investigator and administrative law judge. Before joining JJAB, Marinuzzi worked as assistant general counsel for the New Mexico Department of Health. She holds a J.D. from the University of New Mexico School of Law and a B.A. in Law and Society and Criminal Justice from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

To order a $10 lunch from the Co-op, call Karyl Ann Armbruster at 661-6605 or by Tuesday evening May 7.


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