Katie Badders – President
Katie Badders oversees and directs the Teen Court Program for Harford County, Maryland. She was elected to the position of MDTCA President in 2015.
Gregory Jones, Sr. – Vice President
Gregory Jones started with Teen Court programs in 2001 when he was a volunteer for a Maryland Teen Court. He served in all adult court roles, including as the Teen Court Judge. He has retired from the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission and from the U.S. Army after 28 years where he was a Lieutenant Colonel. He is still active as a volunteer firefighter with the Forestville Volunteer Fire Department in Prince George’s County, Maryland and with the Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad in St. Mary’s County, Maryland. In 2012 he joined St. Mary’s County Government as the Teen Court Coordinator, redesigning and re-activating the Teen Court Program in that county. During this time he has expanded the program to include juvenile (under age 18) traffic offenses referred by the State’s Attorney’s Office for St. Mary’s County. This makes the St. Mary’s County Teen Court Program only the second one in the state to offer the diversion opportunity to juvenile traffic offenders. In 2015 he was elected to be Vice President of the MDTCA and continues to manage its website.
Leslie Wright – Secretary/Treasurer
Leslie Wright has been with the Citizenship Law Related Education Program, who manages Baltimore City Teen Court, as well as other law-related programs for young people since June 2006. She began as the CLREP Community Outreach Coordinator, serving as a liaison between community partners, managing volunteers, and assisting with other organizational programs. In 2008, she took on the role as Baltimore City Teen Court Coordinator; adjudicating nearly 200 cases per year while continuing to manage over 70 youth volunteers. Recently, she became Director of Programs, Baltimore City Initiatives. She serves on the Youth Justice and Equity Council, received the 2017 CLIA’s Inspiring Voice award, and continues to serve in the critical role as the Secretary/Treasurer of the MDTCA.
Honorable Jamey H. Hueston
John J. McCarthy
Hon. Katherine Savage
Honorable Ronald Silkworth
Honorable Michael R. Pearson
The Honorable Michael Pearson has served as an Associate Judge on the Circuit Court of Prince George’s County since 2009. Before that he worked as a Senior Trial Attorney and Assistant State’s Attorney. He graduated from the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America.