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Megan Davidson

Program Director

Dr. Megan Davidson is the program director of the Stepping Up initiative, the national effort to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in the justice system. Megan has over 10 years of experience leading complex stakeholder engagement, research and evaluation, and technical assistance projects at the intersection of behavioral health and criminal justice. She has supported many jurisdictions with the implementation and evaluation of systemic efforts intended to improve outcomes for individuals touched by the behavioral health and criminal justice systems. Megan earned her PhD in public affairs with a concentration in criminal justice from the University of Central Florida.

Elise Simonsen

Associate Program Director for Behavioral Health and Justice

Elise is NACo’s associate program director for behavioral health and justice. Elise oversees NACo’s behavioral health and justice portfolio which provides thought leadership to counties related to mental health, justice, and public safety. She will oversee all strategic aspects of the portfolio, including identifying current and near future priority areas of county needs, emerging trends and best practices in local behavioral health and justice. Before joining NACo, Elise served as a senior policy analyst at National Governors Association (NGA). Elise holds a PhD in Criminology from the University of Florida.

Christopher Chun-Seeley

Program Director School and Justice Initiatives

Christopher Chun-Seeley, MSW is the Program Director of School and Justice Initiatives for the APA Foundation. Prior to his appointment at the APAF, Chris served as the Direct Therapy Intern at Michigan State University Counseling Center. He provided short-term therapy to a diverse client population while also assisting in weekly multicultural and racial awareness trainings. Chris was also the Assistant Community Director supervising and coaching resident directors at Michigan State. Christopher facilitated social skill building groups for at-risk high school students at Starr Commonwealth Detroit, along with delivering individual and family therapy. He also has experience as an advocate and field instructor for the Michigan State University Adolescent Project, was a Program Director for a Support and Education Group for low-risk Juvenile Sex Offenders, a Juvenile Detention Specialist for the Ingham County Youth Center, and a case manager for a national youth mentoring organization. Christopher earned BA’s in Psychology and Criminal Justice as well as a Master’s in Clinical Social Work from Michigan State University.

Risë Haneberg

Risë Haneberg

Deputy Division Director

Risë Haneberg serves as Deputy Division Director, Behavioral Health Division, for the Council of State Governments Justice Center.  In this role Risë leads the Stepping Up Initiative, the national effort to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in the justice system with partners National Association of Counties (NACo) and the American Psychiatric Foundation (APAF).  Additionally, Risë provides oversight to county systems improvement projects and technical assistance to Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) grantee sites. Before joining the CSG Justice Center, Risë served as the criminal justice coordinator for Johnson County, Kansas, from 2008 to 2014. Risë previously served as the chief court service officer in Johnson County and began her career in criminal justice as a juvenile probation officer in 1979. Risë holds a BS in criminal justice from Wichita State University and an MA in public administration from the University of Kansas. 

Joy Lloyd-Montgomery

Program Manager, School and Justice Initiatives

Joy Lloyd-Montgomery, MPH, is the Program Manager of School and Justice Initiatives for the APA Foundation. Prior to joining APAF, Joy was a Research Project Coordinator at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) where she led a project focused on understanding the barriers to online grocery shopping for SNAP-eligible families to inform the expansion of the USDA’s EBT online program. At UMSOM, she also served as a Wellness Specialist providing technical assistance to schools across Maryland in the implementation of their district’s wellness policy and managed a Health Leadership Program for elementary and middle school students. Her previous work experiences include national provider and pharmacy outreach for the Patient Access Network Foundation, health promotion for the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, and short-term crisis and supportive counseling for 2-1-1 Big Bend in Florida. Joy has a BS in Psychology from Florida State University and a Master’s in Public Health from George Washington University.

Mark Stovell

Mark Stovell

Project Manager

Mark oversees the delivery of broad-based technical assistance products and tools to assist counties in their Stepping Up efforts. Mark has also provided technical assistance to Second Chance Act and Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program grantees that serve people with co-occurring substance use disorders and mental illness, and he has coordinated additional projects designed to advance practices at the intersection of the criminal justice and behavioral health. Before joining the CSG Justice Center, Mark worked for the Partnership to End Addiction in New York City where he developed educational tools for state decisionmakers on improving addiction prevention and treatment through health policy. He also worked for Families USA in Washington, DC and for Hunger Free Vermont as part of the Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship. Mark earned his BA in political science and sociology from Ohio University and his MPA at Baruch College.