Andrew K. Block, Jr. was re-appointed by Governor Ralph Northam as the Director of the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) on December 19, 2017. Prior to his appointment as DJJ Director in 2014 by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, he was an associate professor and director of the Child Advocacy Clinic at the University of Virginia School of Law from 2010-2014. From 1998 until the spring of 2010 he was the founder and legal director of the JustChildren Program of the Legal Aid Justice Center. Director Block received various awards for his innovative and successful work as an advocate, including the American Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Division Child Advocacy Award, the Virginia State Bar’s Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year, and the Virginia Bar Association’s Robert F. Shepherd Jr. Award. Director Block graduated from Yale University in 1987 and from the Northwestern University School of Law in 1994.
Since his appointment, Director Block and the rest of the DJJ team are in the process of transforming the work of the Department, including using evidence-based probation practices across the state, safely reducing the number of youth in Juvenile Correctional Centers (JCCs), reforming reentry procedures and rehabilitative practices in the JCCs, engaging families, and ultimately replacing the JCCs with smaller, more therapeutic, secure facilities, and a statewide continuum of evidence-based programs and community-based supports and services built with savings reinvested from JCC downsizing and closure.
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.
Valerie Boykin is Deputy Director of Community Programs for the Department of Juvenile Justice. She most recently served as the Court Service Unit Director for the Fourth Judicial District (Norfolk) from December 2011 until assuming her new role in 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. 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.
Daryl W. Francis, Deputy Director of Administration and Finance, is a native of South Boston, Virginia, and a graduate of Liberty University. Mr. Francis comes to the Department of Juvenile Justice after completing a successful career in the United States Army where he served for over thirty-two years and attained the rank of Colonel. During his last four years of service in the army he served as the Director of the Joint Staff for the Virginia Department of Military Affairs where he was responsible for the day to day operation of the agency and had oversight responsibility for all joint military functions and programs related to the Virginia Army and Air National Guard. Mr. Francis and his wife Linda live in Chester.
Lisa Floyd Deputy Director of Education, received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Salisbury State University, her master of education degree in secondary education from Old Dominion University, and her doctorate in administration and supervision from the University of Virginia. She began her career in 1996 as an instructional assistant, became a middle school math teacher, then moved into administration as a middle school assistant principal, high school assistant principal, and an alternative school principal. She moved into the central office in Northampton County as Director of Testing and Accountability, and most recently in Clarke County as Director of Curriculum and Instruction. Among her many valuable professional experiences, Dr. Floyd has overseen the alignment of K-12 curriculum with benchmark assessments tailored to instructional delivery, organized and managed professional learning, designed instructional strategies to meet increased rigor of SOL assessments, and championed the use of instructional technology to serve a range of educational purposes. Dr. Floyd also led a review team to develop teacher and principal evaluation tools and managed the creation of online evaluation documents to accompany them. She also has experience overseeing the federal grant process: monitoring grant expenditures, writing grants based on instructional needs, and soliciting community partners to collaborate in funding areas of need.