Valerie Boykin was appointed Director of the Department of Juvenile Justice by Gov. Ralph Northam in April, 2019. She most recently served as Deputy Director of Community Programs for DJJ, a position she held since May, 2015. Ms. Boykin served as Court Service Unit Director for the Fourth Judicial District (Norfolk) from December 2011 until May 2015. She has more than 30 years of experience in juvenile justice and human services. She began her career as a juvenile probation officer in the 22nd Court Service Unit (Franklin County) in 1980. She transferred to Norfolk in 1983 and served as a Probation Officer, Family Counselor and Intake Supervisor before leaving to assume the position of Parole Services Manager for the Department from 1992 to 1998 where she oversaw the first Intensive Aftercare Program demonstration site. She has previously served as the Deputy Director for the Youth Services Administration in Washington, DC where she was in charge of court and community programs. She is an experienced Independent Juvenile Justice Consultant and has provided management consultation, training, and technical assistance in a number of human services and juvenile corrections settings. She has consulted with federal governmental agencies such as OJJDP, BJA, Health and Human Services’ Children and Family Services Bureau, and the National Highway and Transportation Administration. Her consultation includes considerable work with various state and local entities, along with non-profit organizations including the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Ms. Boykin completed undergraduate studies at the University of Virginia in 1980 and received a master’s degree in public administration from Old Dominion University in 1989.
Joyce E. Holmon is Deputy Director of Residential Services. She has been with DJJ for 13 years, starting in 2004 as a counselor supervisor, then as Assistant Superintendent for Programs. In 2011 she was promoted to Superintendent Senior for Oak Ridge Juvenile Correctional Center and the Reception and Diagnostic Center. She has served as a Regional Program Manager since January, 2013. Before joining DJJ, Ms. Holmon helped establish a non-profit human services agency in Henderson, NC, where she served as program coordinator and clinical supervisor for five years. A Farmville, VA, native, she earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Longwood College and is a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Inc. sorority. Ms. Holmon is committed to excellence in public safety by ensuring effective interventions are provided that improve the lives of youth, strengthening both families and communities within the Commonwealth.
Angela C. Valentine, Chief Deputy Director, brings deep experience in juvenile justice, including more than 30 years of working with the Department of Juvenile Justice. Ms. Valentine earned her undergraduate degree in management, housing and family development at Virginia Tech, and her master’s degree in education at Virginia Commonwealth University. Ms. Valentine began her career as a probation officer with the Henrico County Court Service Unit and was progressively promoted to supervisory and management positions. After serving in Henrico County, she became an Interstate Compact Specialist. From there, she was promoted to Clinical Social Work Director of Special Placements, then transferred to become the Community Programs Coordinator, and finally was promoted to Community Programs Manager. She has a broad-based knowledge of juvenile justice reform, having worked across disciplines within the Department and on the national level with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the Annie E. Casey Foundation. She has developed and implemented numerous initiatives, programs and procedures within the Department based on progressive evidence-based research.
Linda McWilliams is the Deputy Director for Community Services. She has over 35 years of experience in the juvenile justice field. She began her career with the Department of Juvenile Justice where she provided supervision and case management services for youth and she held progressive positions of responsibility and management. She served as case manager supervisor, residential division administrative assistant and as superintendent for the Oak Ridge and Bon Air facilities for over 10 years. She most recently served as a Deputy Secretary for the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services for over seven years where she had oversight of 13 residential facilities and 32 court service offices. Ms. McWilliams has extensive knowledge and experience in policy, program, and standards development and implementation. She has served as an elected member of the American Correctional Association delegate assembly for 15 years. She is a strong advocate for the implementation of reforms that support positive changes in the lives of our youth. Ms. McWilliams holds a bachelor of science degree in psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Jamie Patten is Deputy Director of Administration and Finance. Before assuming this role, she served as DJJ's Budget Manager for five years, and was instrumental in developing the strategy to fund and sustain the agency's transformation. She also has been a key member of the agency Future Planning Group which has helped develop plans to tackle some of DJJ's most difficult challenges over the last several years. Ms. Patten began her career with the Commonwealth of Virginia in 2001 with the Auditor of Public Accounts (APA). During her tenure at the APA she was responsible for oversight of Commonwealth agencies, ensuring adherence to state and federal policies and procedures and proper fiscal management. Ms. Patten also served the Commonwealth as the Director of Administration for the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR) and the Director of Fiscal Operations for the Virginia Department of Military Affairs (DMA). In those roles, she was responsible for the oversight of the accounting, human resources, information technology, procurement, and fixed asset functions of the agencies. She has many notable career achievements, including discovery of fraud in excess of $2 million while at APA, implementation of an electronic accounts receivable system and a $34 million grant program at DHR, and successful reimbursement of millions from a backlog of state active duty missions by the Virginia Guard.
Michael Favale, Legislative and Policy Director, has been a member of DJJ’s Policy and Planning Unit since 2013, first as a legal specialist and then as a manager of the Human Rights Team. Working primarily with partners in Residential Operations, Human Resources, the Investigative Unit, and the Training Center, his job duties have varied from handling resident and employee grievances, to instructing staff on PREA and civil liability, to working with the Procedures Committee to ensure compliance with policy and the law. Before joining DJJ, Mr. Favale served seven years at the Virginia Attorney General’s Office working on crime prevention programs and public safety legislation, spearheading initiatives to combat human trafficking and prescription drug abuse, as well as producing two anti-gang videos. Before coming to Virginia, he was a practicing attorney in New York, where he began his career as a prosecutor in a local district attorney’s office. He also practiced as a criminal defense attorney before moving. Mike received his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and J.D. from Cornell Law School.
Dr. Melinda Boone was appointed DJJ's Deputy Director of Education in June, 2020 after serving as Interim Superintendent and Educational Consultant since August, 2019. Dr. Boone brings 11 years of experience as a superintendent, having served in that capacity for Worcester (MA) Public Schools from 2009 to 2015, and for Norfolk Public Schools from 2015 to 2019. She began her professional career with Suffolk Public Schools in 1984 as a speech language pathologist and consulting audiologist. Since that time she has served in numerous capacities for public school systems in Suffolk, City of Franklin, Isle of Wight County and the City of Norfolk. From 2001-2009, she served as Executive Director of Elementary Schools (four years) and Chief Academic Officer (four years) for Norfolk Public Schools. She is licensed in Virginia as a division superintendent and as a post-graduate professional, and holds endorsements as a secondary school principal, elementary school principal, middle school principal, supervisor of special education, general supervisor, director of instruction and assistant superintendent for instruction. Dr. Boone earned her bachelor’s degree in communications disorders from the Hampton Institute in 1981; a master’s degree in audiology from the University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign; and her Ed.D. in educational administration from the College of William and Mary. She also holds a Certificate of Advanced Study in educational administration from Old Dominion University.