Past Presidents, Retirees, and the History of the TJCSA

For nearly 50 years, TJSCA has benefitted from the wisdom and guidance of talented Juvenile Justice System leaders in multiple counties. We are forever indebited to their participation, we honor our distinguished Retirees, and we commit to living out our mission for future generations.

Past Presidents

  • 1973 Clarke Harris, Davidson County
  • 1974 William H. “Chick” Gilbert, Hamilton County
  • 1975 James P. Keebler, Knox County
  • 1976 William G. Fulmer, Shelby County
  • 1977 George Bratten, Davidson County
  • 1978 Charles Traughber, Hamilton County
  • 1979 Brent Lay, Madison County
  • 1980 Judy Hitchens, Knox County
  • 1981 John C. Jones, Shelby County
  • 1982 Wayne Winters, Davidson County
  • 1983 Sandra Jones, Hamilton County
  • 1984 Arthur N. Vaught, Jr., Shelby County
  • 1985 Richard L. Bean, Knox County
  • 1986 Ed Davis, Montgomery County
  • 1987 Rudy Utt, Hamilton County
  • 1988 Barry Pelizzari, Anderson County
  • 1989 Jerry Maness, Shelby County
  • 1990 Tim Adgent, Davidson County
  • 1991 Darrell Smith, Knox County
  • 1992 Ron Swafford, Hamilton County
  • 1993 Denise Hinson, Shelby County
  • 1994 Charles Campbell, Davidson County
  • 1995 Calvin Housewright, Knox County
  • 1996 Darlene Carson, Hamilton County
  • 1997 Ronnie Clark, Shelby County
  • 1998 Julia Tucker, Davidson County
  • 1999 Paul Lewis, Knox County
  • 2000 Terry Clowdus, Hamilton County
  • 2001 Faye Howard, Shelby County
  • 2002 Margie Davis, Davidson County
  • 2003 Terry Brown, Knox County
  • 2004 Suzie Mitchell, Washington County
  • 2005 Candy Johnson, Hamilton County
  • 2006 Debbie Bennett, Shelby County
  • 2007 L’Tannia Williams, Davidson County
  • 2008 Mary Lindsey, Knox County
  • 2009 Elizabeth Osborne, Marshall County
  • 2010 Tim Mott, Hamilton County
  • 2011 Barry Mitchell, Shelby County
  • 2012 Janet Nielsen, Davidson County
  • 2013 George Gorghis, Knox County
  • 2014 Teresa Moyers, Jefferson County
  • 2015 Antinio Petty, Hamilton County
  • 2016 Martha Rogers, Shelby County
  • 2017 Mary Ann Smith, Davidson County
  • 2018 Justin Campbell, Knox County
  • 2019 Zannie Martin, Williamson County
  • 2020 Denise Cook-Lowe, Hamilton County
  • 2021 Debra Salters, Shelby County

Retirees

TJCSA would like to honor the following persons for their many years of service to the profession of Juvenile Justice and wish them well in their retirement:

  • Dr. Barbara Dooley – 20 years with Madison County Juvenile Court (2003)
  • Wayne Goodwin – 21 years with Sullivan County Juvenile Court (2003)
  • Evelyn Stamps – 35 years with Memphis/Shelby County Juvenile Court (2003)
  • Suzanne Mitchell – 23 years with the Washington County Juvenile Court (2004)
  • Velma Frazier – 35 years with Davidson County Juvenile Court (2004)
  • Jim Martin – 32 years with Davidson County Juvenile Court (2004)
  • Rollie McAdoo – 34 years with Davidson County Juvenile Court (2004)
  • Jim Morrell – 32 years with Davidson County Juvenile Court (2004)
  • Mary Trice – 34 years with Davidson County Juvenile Court (2004)
  • Les Carver – 32 years with Johnson City Juvenile Court (2004)
  • Ronnie Clark – 25 years with Memphis/Shelby County Juvenile Court (2004)
  • Sandra Jones – 38 years with Hamilton County Juvenile Court (2005)
  • Darlene Carson – 34 years with Hamilton County Juvenile Court (2005)
  • Betty Jackson – 32 years with Johnson City Juvenile Court (2005)
  • Joyce Evans – 35 years with the Juvenile Court of the City of Bristol (2007)
  • Larry Gibney – 37 years with the Knox County Juvenile Court (2007)
  • Jane Murphy – 30 years with the Memphis/Shelby County Juvenile Court (2008)
  • Keith Blevins – 26 years with the Sullivan County Juvenile Court (2008)
  • Becky Cupples – 31 years with Anderson County, Dyer & Lake County Juvenile Courts (2011)
  • Gail Story – 15 years with Cheatham County Juvenile Court (2011)
  • Barry Pelizzari – 40 years with Anderson County Juvenile Court (2012)
  • Kathy Hallman – 34 years with Memphis/Shelby County Juvenile Court (2012)
  • Darrell Smith – 36 years with the Knox County Juvenile Court (2013)
  • Marsha Craig – 13 years with the Davidson County Juvenile Court (2013)
  • Barbara Dale – 14 years with the Davidson County Juvenile Court (2013)
  • Charles Ward – 40 years with the Davidson County Juvenile Court (2013)
  • Tim Adgent – 42 years with the Davidson County Juvenile Court (2014)
  • Jerry Maness – 42 years with the Memphis/Shelby County Juvenile Court (2014)
  • Larry Rhodes – 29 years with the McMinn County Juvenile Court (2014)
  • Faye Howard – 44 years with Shelby County Juvenile Court (2015)
  • Betsy Adgent – 40 years with Williamson County Juvenile Court (2015)
  • Barry Mitchell – 22 years with Shelby County Juvenile Court (2016)
  • Margie Davis – 45 years with Davidson County Juvenile Court (2017)
  • Janet Nielsen,  27 years with Davidson County County Juvenile Court (2017)
  • Nancy Roll – 28 years with Shelby County Juvenile Court (2018)
  • Jennifer McKissick – 25 years with Shelby County Juvenile Court (2020)
  • Terrie Bennett – 34 years with Williamson County Juvenile Court (2020)

History of the Tennessee Juvenile Court Services Association (TJCSA)

In September 1972, Juvenile Court representatives from Davidson, Hamilton, Knox and Shelby Counties met in Nashville and agreed to form an ad hoc committee for the purpose of establishing a professional association of juvenile court workers that would become a permanent organization to serve the interest and needs of children in the State. The organizing committee was comprised of the following court officials:

  1. Clarke Harris (Ret.) Court Director of Davidson County
  2. James P. Keebler (Ret.) Court Director of Knox County
  3. William H, “Chick” Gilbert (Ret.) Court Director of Hamilton County
  4. William G. Fulmer (Ret.) Court Clerk, Juvenile Court of Memphis and Shelby County

The ad hoc committee appointed Frank Miller (Knoxville) to serve as temporary Executive Secretary for the purpose of organizing the association. In November 1984, a permanent position was created within the state government for purposes of coordinating and planning the work of Tennessee Juvenile Court Services Association. The first director appointed was Susan Parrish.

As a result of the organizing committee’s work, the TJCSA was chartered with the Tennessee Secretary of State’s office in 1974. The first annual conference was held in Nashville and was hosted by the Davidson County Juvenile Court. The first conference drafted by-laws, elected officers and an executive committee and appointed committees to conduct the business of the newly formed Association. The first officers elected were Clarke Harris, President; William H. Gilbert, Vice-President; Mary Gillespie, Secretary; and Sandra Jones, Treasurer. Since then, the Association has conducted regular annual conferences across the State. The organization is funded mainly through registration and membership fees with some financial support through participation of private providers. The conference membership is approximately 600 Judges and staff and is nationally recognized by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges as a leader in the field. In 1984, the Association, in cooperation with the Tennessee Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, agreed to meet jointly in Memphis for the First Annual Joint Conference on Juvenile Justice.

The charter members of the TJCSA were former members of the first association of juvenile courts known as the Tennessee Probation and Parole Association (later known as the Tennessee Correctional Association). Therefore, the present Association has a long, proud history in the State of carrying out the basic philosophy of the juvenile court in helping children through mutual cooperation. The TJCSA is fortunate to have been supported and guided by outstanding leaders in the Juvenile Justice System. Some of these individuals are Judge Elizabeth McCain, Judge Jere Ledsinger and Judge Betty Adams Green.

Regional coordination with three grand division coordinators and nine regional coordinators became a permanent part in the organization in the mid 1980’s. In 1990, a significant step was taken when TJCSA approved a basic curriculum for training court staff across the state. The first training program under the direction of TJCSA was held in 1990.

Lastly, the Association would not have become a reality without the support and encouragement from Judges across the state. We are especially indebted to:

  • The Honorable Richard F. Douglass (Dec.), Knox County
  • The Honorable Care E. Garrett (Dec.), Knox County
  • The Honorable Walter Baker Harris, Madison County
  • The Honorable Richard Jenkins (Ret.), Davidson County
  • The Honorable Dixie Smith (Ret.), Hamilton County
  • The Honorable Kenneth A. Turner, Shelby County
  • The Honorable Andy Shookhoff, Davidson County
  • The Honorable Suzanne Bailey, Hamilton County
  • The Honorable Betty Adams Green, Davidson County

We, as a professional association, are continuing to grow due to the strong support from all of our outstanding judges.

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