SENIOR MANAGERS

Marcia Cohen, MCP

The President of Development Services Group, Inc (DSG). She has more than 30 years of evaluation experience in juvenile and criminal justice. Currently, she is the Officer in Charge for the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s Model Programs Guide; and the Project Manager for the National Institute of Justice’s CrimeSolutions.gov, which aims to improve the management of research knowledge and better integrate research evidence into practice and policy decisions in the criminal justice field. She also serves as the Project Director for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Registry of Evidenced-based Programs and Practices. In 2006, she was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award from the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges for her significant contributions to research and evaluation.

Alan M. Bekelman

Is an executive with more than 25 years of experience in program and project management. Mr. Bekelman was the Project Director for the CSAP Workplace Managed Care (WMC) research grant. For 3 years, he served as Chair of the WMC Cross-Site Steering Committee. For CSAP, Mr. Bekelman was Project Director for a study of the effects of the Sept. 11, 2001, tragedy on 45,000 flight attendants. He is currently the Officer in Charge (OIC) for CSAP’s Workplace Prevention and Early Intervention Workplace Kit and Interactive Programming and Drug-Free Workplace Web Site Content contracts. Previously for CSAP, he was the OIC of the Violence Initiative Leadership Support Program. For OJJDP, he is the OIC for OJJDP’s Model Programs Guide, a Web-based database system of evidence-based programs, which serves as the foundation for the First Lady’s Helping America’s Youth Tool. He has extensive expertise in developing and managing research and evaluation, T&TA, and technology transfer efforts in juvenile and criminal justice, drug abuse prevention, human services, and health services. He is also the OIC for the Office of Minority Health Uniform Data Set Project and OJJDP’s Court Coordination Program: Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Wraparound Coordination of Court Services. He directed a project in support of the School Violence Expert Working Group for the Office of the Attorney General.

Ambassador Adam Blackwell

Vice President, International Development at Development Services Group, Inc. and provides internal consultation to DSG projects on violence and substance abuse prevention, intervention, and treatment.

Ambassador Blackwell worked at the Organization of American States at their headquarters in Washington, DC until Oct 2015. Starting as Assistant Secretary of Finance and Administration (Treasurer) in 2006, Mr. Blackwell was then Secretary for External Relations in 2008 and Secretary for Multidimensional Security from July 2010 to October 2015. During his career, Mr. Blackwell has participated in and led several election observation missions as well as received numerous awards and honors. Most notable of these are; The Order of Merit of Duarte, Sanchez and Mella Grand Cross with Silver Breast Star, of the Dominican Republic and the Ministers Award for Management (1995). He also was a contributor and coordinator of the 2013 OAS Drug Report.

Most recently, he served as a Diplomat in Residence at the William J. Perry Center for the Hemispheric Defense Studies (NDU). He is also the Chair of the Meta-Council on the Illicit Economy for the World Economic Forum (WEF), a member of the Board of the Trust of the Americas, a member of the Commission to Reform Public Security in Honduras and a member of the Technical Coordinating Committee to manage the Peace Process in El Salvador. Ambassador Blackwell is also an active participant and presenter in international forums such as Chatham House, the Ditchley Foundation, Brookings Institution, the Wilson Center as well as regional and annual meetings of the WEF.

Prentice Johnson

The Information Technology (IT) Director for Development Services Group, Inc. (DSG), where he serves as the Project Leader for all Web-based application development projects, scheduling, and task coordination support to programming, database administration, and graphic design staff. He is responsible for the acquisition, installation, and ongoing operation of all network hardware, including domain servers, firewalls, file servers, Web servers, backup systems, and LAN/WAN connectivity components. He also manages all Web and network-wide application deployment, migration, and performance tuning. In addition, Mr. Johnson has been key in the development of DSG’s technology-based capabilities in distance learning, Web site management, Web hosting, custom software design, video editing and production, and multimedia product development.
Mr. Johnson is responsible for the development servers for the OJJDP Model Programs Guide and hosting the OJJDP SMART system. His migration responsibilities include supervising the redeployment of applications into or out of the DSG domain as required, with minimal application downtime. Further migration tasks include server configuration, operating system selection, design and implementation of necessary staging and development environments, network security provisioning, firewall tuning, and DNS modifications.

Throughout his career, Mr. Johnson has worked to bridge the gap between emerging technology and the practical needs of business. His expertise in computer hardware systems and business software applications is the product of a career studying ways to bring usable technologies to bear on the day-to-day tasks of an organization. Whether developing a pilot program for computer training in minority communities or custom-engineering database applications to support thousands of users, his continuing pursuit of effective solutions for existing problems remains at the core of his work approach.

Thomas R. Vischi, MA, MCP

The Director of Behavioral Health for Development Services Group, Inc. (DSG). For the past 2 years he has been the Project Director for the Minority Fellowship Program Coordinating Center project. Throughout his Federal and consulting career, he has focused on the development of policies, programs, and materials that are grounded in science and that address the health and behavioral health needs of diverse individuals and populations. He has worked in senior positions in the Alcohol Drug Abuse and Mental Health Administration, the DHHS Office of the Secretary, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, and the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment (as a Morris K. Udall Fellow). He was also a Visiting Scholar on the faculty of the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.

He has been the author, co-author, or editor of publications and Web sites on drug-free workplace programs, workplace health and wellness promotion, the impact of behavioral health programs on health care outcomes and costs, the financing and coordination of community mental health services, case management, the causes and prevention of substance abuse, drug abuse treatment, national data on substance abuse and mental disorders and programs, and guidance for community planning groups on how to use Healthy People 2010. He directed the production of a series of technical assistance monographs on various topics in drug abuse treatment.

In his work with DSG, he has been the Project Director on projects that have developed Websites and Web-based materials for SAMHSA’s drug-free workplace program and workplace health and wellness programs, SAMHSA’s Minority Fellowship Program, and the Office of Minority Health’s strategic planning and performance measurement system. He has been particularly committed to the development of science-based models that can be helpful to consumers, practitioners, and policy-makers — for example, focusing on factors that affect health and functioning, protective factors that can be mobilized for children in the child protective and foster care systems, principles of effective prevention programs, and economic factors that contribute to individual violence. Throughout his career, he has been a program manager, policy coordinator, and writer and editor, who has been committed to bridging the worlds of policy, practice, and science, with materials that are both understandable and authoritative.

Cindy Burgess

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Michael W. Hopps, M.Ed.

The Editorial Director/Senior Associate, leads Development Services Group’s editorial team in its work for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention OJJDP), the National Institute of Justice, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Library of Medicine, the Office of Minority Health, the Office of Community Services, and Maryland’s Department of Juvenile Services. He edits the interagency Model Programs Guide, a user-friendly, online database of evidence-based (scientifically proven and tested) programs for “at risk” youth and adult offenders. For SAMHSA, he wrote sections—and edited nearly all—of the newly updated substance abuse prevention and intervention Web site. He wrote a style manual, requested and vetted by SAMHSA, for use in editing the Drug-Free Workplace Kit and other SAMHSA products. Mr. Hopps served as Project Director/Managing Editor on a DSG subcontract to Creative Associates International, Inc., on a publication series profiling the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) education missions in six Latin American and Caribbean countries. Over his 25 years in the publishing business, he has authored more than 2,000 published pieces, including 3 books, with datelines from 32 States. Previous stints include 3+ years as a researcher–writer for National Geographic magazine when it had more than 10 million subscribers and 3+ years as a contract writer–editor for USAID’s evaluation wing, where he oversaw editorial and desktopping operations of the 1999 Agency Performance Report, ranked No. 1 of 24 U.S. Government agency annual reports in a review ordered by the U.S. Senate Governmental Affairs Committee. He managed the weekly, $1,100-a-year-subscription newsletter, The Weapons Complex Monitor, regarded as the journal of record on the Department of Energy’s $6 billion-a-year cleanup mission at the former nuclear weapons sites. He served as a prepress reviewer for Shibley Telhami’s The Stakes: America and the Middle East, names by Foreign Affairs as one of the top five books on the Middle East in 2003 and nominated for the National Book Award. Expert in Chicago, GPO, and AP styles, Mr. Hopps is comfortable in Quark, PageMaker, InDesign, Microsoft Office programs (including Visual Studio), and WordPerfect. He has repeatedly proven his expertise in improving employee job performance. Before beginning in the publishing field, he taught high school English.