Date(s) - 05/14/2021
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Lance Meeks currently serves as the Senior Program Manager for Goodwill Metro Youth Center & REC Youth Center through the Goodwill of Southern Arizona. His responsibilities include the management of programs that connect Opportunity Youth to educational programs, job training, needs assistance (bus passes, clothing, food, school supplies,) and community service learning projects.
With a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Criminal Justice, Lance has over 12 years of experience working with at-risk and Opportunity Youth and youth in the juvenile justice system. He also has more than 5 years of experience working in adult corrections.
Lance is active in the community and serves on various committees, including the Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith, and Family Juvenile Justice Commission on Racial and Ethnic Disparities Committee; Tucson Pima Collaboration to End Homelessness-Homeless Youth Committee; Pima County Juvenile Justice Steering Committee; and Pima County Juvenile Justice Racial and Ethnic Disparities Committee. Lance is also an active member of the NAACP Tucson Branch.
Lance is a 2020 Greater Tucson Leadership graduate, 2018 Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 40 Under 40 Award recipient, 2019 Child & Family Resources Gabe Zimmerman Emerging Champion Nominee, 2019 Women’s Progressive Civic Club recipient of the Men of Honor Award and 2019 Goodwill Ambassador of the Year Award. He also received the 2014 Child Abuse Prevention Award. Lance has served as a national expert at the Coalition for Juvenile Justice Conference, contributing on a panel, leading a workshop about community relationships, and reducing arrests for youth of color.
Angie Lopez serves as the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) Coordinator with the Pima County Juvenile Court, overseeing the court’s JDAI / system improvement efforts. Angie also serves as the Co-Chair of the Network for Equity and Education Development (NEED), a collaborative including system and community stakeholders working together to address disparities for black youth in the juvenile justice system.
Angie has 17 years of experience working in the juvenile justice field, with most of those years concentrated on assisting Arizona juvenile courts with developing and implementing system improvement strategies, rooted in equity, collaboration, and data-driven decision making. Her previous roles include, working with youth in secure care and serving as a System Improvement Specialist with the Arizona Supreme Court. In this role she managed the state JDAI efforts, providing technical assistance and support to seven JDAI sites and conducting operational reviews of all Arizona juvenile detention facilities, ensuring compliance with the Arizona Juvenile Detention Standards.
Angie has served on many local, state, and national committees, workshops and conferences focused on juvenile justice system improvement and equity, and she is the Pima County Juvenile Court 2020 Employee of the Year Award recipient. Angie has a passion for working collaboratively to serve youth and families in the Tucson community. She is also a devoted mother, hiker, and a graduate of the University of Arizona.