JMI Staff

JMI’s professional staff represent a diverse group of highly educated and skilled individuals capable of adapting to any situation or request. From project to senior level associates, our staff operate as a team in order to provide the highest quality work product possible. They have practical experience in areas such as court management, information technology, education and training, adult learning theory, qualitative and quantitative data analysis, strategic planning, and research and evaluation.

Elaine Borakove, President

Elaine has been President of JMI since 2010 and part of the JMI team since 2008. She is responsible for program development, staff recruitment, and management of research and technical assistance projects. Elaine has more than 20 years of experience studying justice systems and has become a recognized leader in the application of evidence-based practices, weighted caseload studies, and workload assessments in the adjudication process. Prior to joining JMI, Elaine served as the Director of Research and Evaluation at the American Prosecutors Research Institute where she developed and delivered training for prosecutors on a variety of topics including case management, workload assessments, needs assessments, strategic planning, and evaluation. Her work has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals including the International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice, Victims and Offenders, American Journal of Criminal Justice, and the Forensic Journal of Nursing  as well as professional journals and publications including The Court Manager, Future Trends in State Courts, and The Prosecutor  magazine. She also co-edited a book published by SUNY Press titled The Changing American Prosecutor  and has authored numerous book chapters, encyclopedic entries, monographs, and reports. Elaine is currently enrolled in the Criminology, Law, and Society Ph.D. program at George Mason University and also holds from there a Master of Arts in Sociology (Crime, Delinquency, and Corrections) and a Bachelor of Arts in English.

Elaine may be contacted at (703) 940-0323 or

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Tim Dibble, Vice President

Tim has been Vice President of JMI since January 2013. He has also been an adjunct professor of judicial administration at Michigan State University since 2008, specializing in constitutional foundations of courts, caseflow management, information technology, and budgets and finance. He builds on 23 years working in the justice community and has had extensive national and international experience with federal, state and local government. Tim’s management, planning and design approach is embedded in a strong understanding of how the justice community functions and the complex interrelationships between the executive, legislative and judicial branches. Tim has led numerous inter-disciplinary justice projects throughout the world, including in Ukraine, Hong Kong, Hawaii, New Orleans and Maryland in the United States. Tim is a member of the National Association for Court Management and is LEED certified (leadership in energy and environmental design). He has been published on technology, business court best practices, and sustainable practices in courts; and has received an excellence in design award for the Philadelphia Criminal Justice Center. Tim received a Master of Architecture and Urban Planning from Columbia University in 1986 and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and French from Washington University in 1981.

Tim may be contacted at (703) 940-0949 or

Rey Banks
Rey Cheatham Banks, Senior Program Manager

Rey Cheatham Banks joined JMI in May 2015. She has a lengthy legislative and policy background, having worked for a number of state and local government agencies, including the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, where she served as senior policy analyst. Prior to her work for the State of Virginia, Rey spent 10 years working on death-penalty issues, first as a mitigation specialist preparing clemency petitions on behalf of death-row inmates and then as a key figure in the establishment of Virginia’s first death penalty resource center. She served as the press secretary for the United Negro College Fund. Most recently Rey was a Program and Development Associate at the National Juvenile Defender where her duties included the coordination of the MacArthur Foundation’s Juvenile Indigent Defense Action Network. She holds a Master’s of Public Administration from Ashford University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Rey may be contacted at (703) 842-0688

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Franklin Cruz, Chief Operating Officer & Program Director

Franklin joined JMI in August 2011. He supervises and participates in a number of JMI projects, including business process analyses, promotion of evidence-based interventions, curriculum development, and case study assessments. In addition, Franklin manages financials and operations for JMI. Franklin also serves as the national coordinator for the MacArthur Foundation’s Resource Center Partnership, which is a system of experts and practitioners providing training and technical assistance in the area of juvenile justice. Franklin previously worked at The Bronx Defenders for over 10 years, where he was integrally involved in the development of its nationally-renowned holistic defense model, as well as its programs and services. As its Chief Operating Officer, he developed the organization’s internal capacities in the areas of finance, operations, information utilization, program development, and evaluation. Franklin has also produced professional learning programs for K-12 school leaders at both district and state levels. At Teachscape, a San-Francisco-based company serving instructional leaders nationwide, Franklin created and revised training program content, including scope and sequence, session plans for professional developers, and training materials. Franklin holds a Master of Public Policy Degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy from Brown University.

Franklin may be contacted at (703) 940-0324 or

Tom Eberly
Thomas Eberly, Program Director

Tom joined JMI in May 2015 as Program Director after more than twenty years in the criminal justice system at the county level. Tom recently served as Criminal Justice Director in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina where he addressed key criminal justice issues and was involved in impactful initiatives. Tom collaborated with the BJA on Justice Reinvestment, a nationwide project to reduce criminal justice system costs while increasing public safety. He also created and oversaw Mecklenburg County Criminal Justice Services, consisting of pretrial services, treatment courts, forensic evaluation, re-entry services, and criminal justice planning. Before becoming Criminal Justice Director, Tom focused on jail diversion programs as Jail and Justice Director for the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office. While in this role, Tom formed the Criminal Justice Advisory Group and assisted in the development of Crisis Intervention Training. Before moving to North Carolina, Tom was the Deputy Director at the Institute for Law and Policy Planning in Berkeley, California, where he analyzed and provided recommendations to criminal justice systems across the country. In addition, he served as Criminal Justice Coordinator for Summit and Lake Counties in Ohio. Tom holds a Master of Arts from the University of Akron and a Bachelor of Arts from Ohio State University.

Tom may be contacted at (703) 842-0682 or

Spurgeon Kennedy, Program Director

Spurgeon Kennedy joined JMI in 2017. Spurgeon brings over 35 of experience in pretrial services programming, jail overcrowding, strategic planning and outcome and performance measurement. As the current Vice President of the National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies, Spurgeon helps coordinate the Association’s technical assistance to states and localities and the development of NAPSA’s Standards and practices on pretrial justice. As the former Director of the Office of Strategic Development of the Pretrial Services Agency for the District of Columbia, Spurgeon lead the Agency’s strategic planning initiatives and efforts to implement evidence-based practices and innovations. Spurgeon also has served as Programs Manager with the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice and Senior Associate with the Pretrial Services Resource Center. Spurgeon has provided technical assistance and support to organizations such as the Office of Justice Programs, the American Bar Association, the National Institute of Corrections, the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation. He also has served as a facilitator or training faculty member for agencies such as the National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies, the American Probation and Parole Association, the National Institute of Corrections, the National Institute of Justice, the Office on Violence against Women, and state pretrial associations in Michigan, Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, and California.

Spurgeon may be contacted at

Aimee Wickman
Aimee Wickman, Program Associate

Aimee joined JMI as Program Associate in 2010. Her work has ranged from project management for a county-wide business process analysis in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania to a caseflow management evaluation in the juvenile court in Seattle, Washington, to assisting in an automated information workflow analysis for the Sheriff’s Civil Bureau in Sacramento, California, to managing the National Network of Criminal Justice Coordinating Councils. Prior to joining JMI, Aimee was a Research Associate at The Spangenberg Project, where she conducted research on the right to counsel and indigent defense delivery systems and provided technical assistance and program evaluation for indigent defense systems nationwide. Before entering the administration of justice field, Aimee served as Communications Director for Georgia State Senate Minority Leader, Robert Brown, and legislative intern for U.S. Senator Russ Feingold. In both capacities, she focused on social and economic policy issues. Prior to obtaining her graduate degree, Aimee’s research background began as a research assistant in the Health Care Policy Department at Harvard Medical School. Aimee has an Master of Arts in Political Science from Georgia State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

Aimee may be contacted at (720) 235-0124 or

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