Community Advisory Board



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CAB Overview

The Community Advisory Board (CAB) on Public Safety Realignment was established by the Community Corrections Partnership (CCP) Executive Committee in December 2012 to provide input on community needs; assess implementation of the realignment plan; review data on realignment outcomes; advise the CCP on community engagement strategies; offer recommendations for ongoing realignment planning; advise County agencies regarding programs for implementation in the County; and encourage outcomes that are consistent with the County’s Reentry Strategic Plan.

The CAB is composed of 12 Voting Members and 3 Alternate Members with expertise in workforce development, behavioral health issues, post-release reentry services, services for reentering women, criminal and drug court, crime survivors, domestic violence prevention, adult education within a correctional setting, law and policy related to issues of the formerly incarcerated, and anyone interested in public safety issues. All CAB members either live or work in Contra Costa County. 

The Community Advisory Board meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Probation Department (50 Douglas Drive, Second Floor, Martinez, CA). ** ALL MEETINGS ARE VIA ZOOM UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO COVID **

In addition, CAB has the following Subcommittees:

  • Outreach & Community Engagement Subcommittee: 3rd Tuesday of the month, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Program & Services Subcommittee: 3rd Thursday of the month, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Policy & Budget Subcommittee: 3rd Friday of the month, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


Please contact Patrice Guillory for more information at (925) 313-4087, or through email.


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How to Apply: CAB continuously considers new applicants to fill existing vacancies. Submit an Application Online or Submit an Application via mail or email (Word). Anyone interested in public safety issues is encouraged to apply!

Membership Flyer: County-wide distribution is welcomed! Click here for PDF.

Operating Documents

  1. Operating Guidelines
  2. Policy Platform
  3. Purpose & Functions
  4. Work Plans
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Operating Guidelines

Current Member Roster

Azi Carter - Profile PicAzi Carter (East County) is a resident of Pittsburg and currently studies at UC Berkley. Through education, she gained an understanding of the war on drugs and the negative impacts mass incarceration has had on society. Education has given Azi a voice she never had, and she intends to use it to represent communities of color and elevate important issues impacting the lives of young people and senior citizens. Serving on the CAB will allow Azi to participate in local decision-making processes that affect the reentry population. Azi would join the CAB as a well-organized, punctual, and self-motivated influencer within the various communities she is a part of with a commitment to represent the needs and interests of her fellow community members.
Crawford Carpenter - Profile PicCrawford Carpenter (Central County; Committee Chair) is a retired businessman who lives in Danville. As a concerned citizen Crawford is looking to stay involved in important efforts that allow him to give back to his community. He would like to be a part of CAB to assist with people impacted by the criminal justice system by help to support a system that helps guide returning residents into productive lives rather than exposing him/her to a more hardened and harmful criminal justice system. In the past, Crawford has provided election services as a Clerk & Inspector, served on a City Planning Committee, an Ohio State Commission and completed Danville’s Citizen Police Academy. While on CAB he would like to see divergent views brought together that results in more resolution and less gridlock.
Dale Harrington - Profile PicDale J. Harrington (Central County) is a resident of Contra Costa County and is currently living in Rossmoor in Walnut Creek. Dale is retired from three occupations: Probation Administrator; Executive Director and Board Member for corporations providing low-cost housing to elderly and disabled persons; University instructor focusing on Management, Critical Thinking, and Sociology. He serves on several committees and the Golden Rain Foundation Board of Directors at Rossmoor. His working careers as well as in retirement he has focused on people. He wrote an article entitled PROFESSOR AND STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES – HOW ARE THEY DIFFERENT? which was published in the University of Kiev in the Ukraine. Dale’s experience in working in the probation departments in two counties in California provided him with the understanding of the court system, both criminal and civil, and the value of an offender being able to live in the community with needed support programs. He believes that holding a person responsible for their inappropriate behavior does not mean they are beyond redemption. He witnessed many people convicted of a crime developing positive relationships and functioning well in society.
Joel Nickelson-Shanks - Profile PicJoel Nickelson-Shanks (West County; Alternate Member) is a native for Richmond, and has been a part of the Contra Costa College (CCC) and West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) family for several years, initially as a Middle College High School student. He then attended Howard University and after receiving his bachelor’s degree in African- American Studies with a minor in Business, he returned to the Bay Area and attended Mills College where he earned his master’s degree in Educational Leadership. Joel has a wealth of experience working with students as a fulltime substitute teacher in the WCCUSD, a Resource Specialist at Gateway to College, and a Student Life Coordinator at CCC. Joel currently serves as the Outreach Manager at Contra Costa College and in his free time he enjoys long walks on the beach and observing his surrounding environment.
Reverend Julius X. Van Hook - Profile PicReverend Julius X. Van Hook (West County; Alternate Member) is a resident of Hercules, and Director of Spiritual Care and Interfaith Juvenile Chaplain for the Contra Costa Probation Department and a current member of the Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council for Contra Costa County. He is very active in matters related to juvenile justice and mentorship for at-risk youth. Julius is also the Executive Director of ICHANGE (Interfaith Chaplaincy Affirming a New Generation of Excellence), a non- profit organization birthed out of his ministry. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, he received a B.A. in Organizational Management from Patten University, Oakland, CA, a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Concordia University, Portland, OR., Four units of ACPE Certified Clinical Pastoral Education Units from The Shaw Chaplaincy Institute at the University of The Redlands, San Anselmo, CA and The Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Walnut Creek, CA, and he is currently pursuing a M.Div. from the Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA. Reverend Van Hook is an Ordained Elder in the Church of God in Christ Inc. Most recently, Julius released his debut book entitled, "Do It With Dignity" a 30-day guide to let go of people and things that hold you back." This published work afforded him the opportunity to tour internationally in Africa, China and Australia within just months of its release. Julius is an active member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., and is a trumpeter for social justice, a lover of people, and highly motivated to continue his service of supporting our most vulnerable communities.
Michele Carter - Profile PicMichele Carter (Central County; Alternate Member) lives and works in Concord. She is positively passionate about the incarcerated and re-entering population, and the stigma and challenges they face navigating systems of support. She believes it’s imperative the community recognizes the Probation Department, Child Protective Services, and drug and re-entry programs as supportive allies and collaborators for expanding resources. Michele is also committed to promoting harm reduction and healthy living for all in Contra Costa County. Her experiences with treatment, custody, and family reunification add to her passion of reducing stigma and restoring people who have made choices that have harmed themselves and others. She has a BSW along with an AA in Criminal Justice and certifications that include counseling in substance use disorders, correctional counseling, juvenile justice, and substance use case management. She has a medical social work background along with Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office Victim Witness experience in Detroit, MI. She has a son who is in the Indo Pacific as a Navy Medical Corpsman on the USS America. He is her life and love. Michele has a passion for the fair treatment of all individuals without judgment and stigma.
Lanita Mims - Profile PicLanita Mims (East County) is a resident of Oakley. She’s owned a small event company for 27 years and worked in mental health, foster care, education, and juvenile justice for over 30 years. Lanita has studied event planning, criminal justice, and business management, implementing most of the things learned. While working and volunteering in several California’s systems of care, Lanita found her love for helping and supporting the family members of people who are incarcerated. She has supported and helped with writing petitions, teaching people how to write letters of support, guest in support groups to speak to family members about the law, changing laws and the effects. Lanita has found her passion and has enjoyed over 20 years of working with people and family members in finding employment, housing, and letters of support.
Lila Blanchard - Profile PicLila Blanchard (West County, Committee Secretary) is a resident of Berkeley with a work location in Richmond. Throughout her life, she has visited folks who have been incarcerated, starting in High School. Just after college, she was part of a Spanish speaking volunteer community visiting individuals at San Francisco’s Juvenile Hall for two years. While living in Venezuela for three years, she lived in a neighborhood that was plagued with violence where police protection felt far away. After returning to the United States, she began working with Rubicon Programs, Inc. At Rubicon, she has had over 10 years of experience working with formerly incarcerated individuals around economic empowerment and community development. She has extended family members and friends who have been incarcerated and involved with the justice system. She would like to be part of CAB’s work because she is deeply invested in ensuring there are opportunities and second chances for everyone.
Mark Thomas - Profile PicMark Thomas (East County) is a resident of Oakley. Early in life, he began seeking answers to the momentous problems of humanity by dedicating himself to education, transpersonal social science, and restorative practices. However, after his conscious dedication to service, his life soon took a very challenging route through the criminal justice system and 13 years of incarceration in federal prison for bank robbery. However, his time in the belly of the beast allowed him to engage his whole self into gaining an understanding of the deep-seated problems facing humanity. He learned about problems of reentry and restoration personally, and he successfully applied them to himself by using interpersonal and intrapersonal restorative practices. Now he works to pass his practical knowledge and skills on to others.
Nakenya Allen - Profile PicNakenya Allen (Central County) is a Contra Costa County resident currently residing and working in Martinez. Nakenya is passionate about the re-entry population and desires to make a difference in her community. She is currently an activist in her community focusing on the disparities of minorities. She was incarcerated at eighteen years old and understands the processes of the criminal justice system and the efforts needed to rebuild one’s life once released from incarceration. She has experience working with individuals with mental health needs and those who are unhoused.
Nicole Green - Profile PicNicole Green (East County; Committee Vice Chair) has been a Contra Costa County resident for ten years and is currently residing in Pittsburg which has allowed her to see the growing community concerns around incarceration and barriers of individuals who have been released. She has been employed with non-profits who focus specifically on the reentry population and has worked to help identify strategies that remove barriers. Over the past three years Nicole has assisted with employment, housing, mental health, and specifically with the AB 109 populations when she was employed with Shelter, Inc. and Goodwill Industries. In addition, she has collaborated with various non-profits and with Contra Costa County Department of Health, Housing and Homelessness strategizing and establishing processes to assist these individuals.
Scott Parsons - Profile PicScott Parsons (Central County) is a resident of Moraga and retired from a full career as a law enforcement executive in both the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff and the Federal Reserve System. Scott’s formal education covers both Public and Business Administration and he has had a broad range of assignments which he feels prepared him to be a balanced member of the Community Advisory Board. Like many of his colleagues on the Board, Scott is committed and dedicated to policies that give incarcerated people every opportunity to be successful in society. Scott was born in Berkeley and been a resident of Contra Costa most of his life. He is a Board member on the Rescue 1 Foundation and the Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary Club. In his free time, he enjoys boating on the Delta and Lake Tahoe.
Terrence Cole - Profile PicDr. Terrence M. Cole (Central County) is a resident of Contra Costa County and is currently living in Walnut Creek. He is passionate about working for the reentry population. He has fifteen years of work experience in the education and legal system. His focus is on effectively impacting the lives of individuals of all ages who are involved in the criminal justice system. He is excited about new opportunities that positively impact the criminal justice, education and public policy systems.
Terry Dunn - Profile PicTerry Dunn (Central County) is a resident of Pleasant Hill, and is an educator and a spiritual director within his local faith community. While working in Title 1 schools for over 20 years as a math and science teacher, and an elementary school principal, Terry has witnessed first-hand the traumatic effects on families of the incarcerated. During his years as a continuation high school administrator, he worked directly with justice-involved youth and supported programs focused on mental health and positive, alternative forms of education. His concerns about reimagining public safety include ensuring successful transitions for the formerly incarcerated as they reenter the community. A key area of focus is working for healing from traumatic experiences, the formerly incarcerated as they reenter the community. A key area of focus is working for healing from traumatic experiences, providing opportunities for restorative justice, and connecting people with services they need and deserve. He also serves on the board of the Adaptive Learning Center in Concord and on the council of Plymouth Jazz & Justice Church in Oakland.

CAB General Meeting & Subcommittee Agendas

CAB General Meeting and Subcommittee meeting agendas/minutes can be accessed on the Contra Costa County - Agenda Center.