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Jennifer K. Elek, Ph.D.
Jennifer K. Elek is a Court Research Associate in the Research Division at the National Center for State Courts (NCSC). Her work at the NCSC includes projects in the areas of judicial performance evaluation; gender, racial, and ethnic fairness in the courts; judicial decision-making; offender risk and needs assessment; and problem-solving courts. Dr. Elek holds a Ph.D. in social psychology from Ohio University, an M.A. from the College of William and Mary, and a B.A. from Vassar College.
Charles A. Ericksen, Ed.D.
Dr. Ericksen is currently President of Wellness at Work, a consulting firm specializing in Organizational Development, Wellness, and Leadership & Management Training. Dr. Ericksen served eight years as Vice President of the National Center for State Courts' Institute for Court Management. He is recognized as a pre-eminent specialist in judicial branch education, having over his career coordinated the education programs for the Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ) and Conference of State Court Administrators, managed Washington State's Judicial Education program, and serving as education specialist for Washington's trial court judges and court administrators. He advises courts, governments and international development agencies on improving justice systems around the world through education, training and development.
Chuck holds an Ed.D. from Seattle University, an M.S in Human Resource Management from Chapman University and dual undergraduate degrees in Education and Psychology. He is the author of several publications on court futures, education, training and development, trends in judicial education and the anti-government movement. His doctoral research examined judicial resiliency through the personal experiences and perspectives of an experienced judge who presided over an extremely stressful, high profile case.
Suzanne K. Tallarico
Suzanne K. Tallarico, M.A. has been a full time Principal Court Management Consultant with the NCSC since 2005. Her areas of expertise include workload assessment, evaluation and performance measurement, including judicial performance evaluation, offender assessment, probation and criminal justice system evaluation and policy work. Prior to joining the NCSC, she was the Director of Research and Evaluation for the Colorado State Court Administrator’s Office of Probation Services. Preceding her employment with the Colorado Judicial Branch, she served for twelve years as a senior research analyst for the Colorado Department of Public Safety, Division of Criminal Justice. In these positions, she has had extensive experience in program evaluation, policy analysis, judicial and probation staffing and workload assessment, correctional population forecasting, program and performance review, and collection and dissemination of statistics and statistical reports.
In addition to her responsibilities in Colorado State Government, Ms. Tallarico served as a consultant, trainer and meeting facilitator for the Center for Sex Offender Management in Silver Spring, Maryland and has facilitated several strategic planning retreats and meetings for state agencies, boards and commissions. Ms. Tallarico is an active member of the American Probation and Parole Association and is an ongoing member of the ongoing Effective Facilitator e-learning group.