Community Operations

Cory Fink​​, the Deputy Secretary of Community Operations, oversees Pre-Adjudication Services, Community Supervision​, and the Resource Office.

Lisa Del Balso-Reynolds
Executive Director of Community Operations

Lisa Reynolds

Lisa Del Balso-Reynolds serves as the Executive Director of Community Operations with the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services (DJS). In this role she oversees four of the eight operational regions: Region 1, Region 2, Region 3, and Region 8. Prior to this, Lisa was the Executive Director of Pre-Adjudication Services, and before that, Director of Community Detention Operations for 11 years where she supported the implementation of the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative and rolled out the GPS Program for each region. Lisa has served in various other capacities at the Department including, Senior Manager for Operations, Asst. Director of Grants, and Executive Asst. to the Secretary. She also served as the Juvenile Justice Specialist at the Governors of Crime Control and Prevention and the Deputy Project Director for the Formula Grants Program where she oversaw the national training and technical assistance (TTA) effort for the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP).

Lisa received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Kent State University and her master’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Baltimore.​

Mat Fonseca
Executive Director of Community Operations

Mat Fonseca

Mat Fonseca serves as the Executive Director of Community Operations with the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services (DJS). In this role he oversees four of the eight operational regions: Region 4, Region 5, Region 6, and Region 7. Mat began his career in 1999, when he started as a Case Management Specialist in Howard County, Maryland. Over the past 22 years, he has worked in both Community and Residential Programming. In the Community, he worked directly with youth and families as a Case Management Specialist, Case Management Specialist Supervisor, and Regional Director. Mat also held roles as a Group Life Manager and Assistant Superintendent at the Victor Cullen Center during the reopening of the facility in 2006. Prior to joining the Department of Juvenile Services, Mat worked at the Victor Cullen Academy (1995-1999) as a direct care staff and Case Manager. Mat received his Bachelor’s Degree of Science from Frostburg State University.

​Scott Beal
Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives

Scott Beal

Scott Beal, Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives, began his career with the Department of Juvenile Services in 1994 as a case manager working with probation and aftercare youth in Montgomery County. Over the years, he has served in a number of management positions within the Department to include Montgomery Co. District Supervisor, Washington County Supervisor, Western Region Assistant Area Director, and State Director of Probation. He has served in an Executive Director position for the past ten years. Scott holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Science from Frostburg State University.​

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Tennille Thomas
Executive Director, Resource Office​

Tennille Thomas​ serves as Executive Director of the Resource Office for the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services (DJS). Her role is to manage the department in and out of state residential providers as well as the community-based services. The unit ensures ​​that the department maintains a continuum of services that meets the needs of youth that come in contact with the justice system.

Tennille has specialized knowledge and experience in contracts, licensing and monitoring, operations, and management of residential programs. Tennille began her career with the DC Child and Family Services agency in 2001 as a Social Worker and a Contract Monitor for congregate care programs. Tennille joined the Maryland Department of Human Services (DHS) in 2013 as a Program Manager for the Contracts and Monitoring Unit. In 2016, Tennille’s experience and background propelled her to becoming the Social Services Administration Chief of Staff, and in 2020 was promoted again to the Deputy Executive Director of Placement Services and Performance Monitoring. In that role, Tennille was responsible for ensuring appropriate placement resources and supports were accessible and met the needs of the youth entrusted to the care and custody of DHS. Over the past 21 years, Tennille has worked to ensure appropriate resources and quality services for youth requiring alternative placements based on complex needs, as well as identifying strategies to maximize and integrate federal, state, and local regulations for resource development.

Tennille earned a Master’s Degree in Social work (MSW) from Howard University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Bowie State University.

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