Community Operations

Betsy Fox Tolentino, the Deputy Secretary of Community Operations, oversees Pre-Adjudication Services, Community Supervision​, Equity and Inclusion​, 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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Lisa Garry
Executive Director, Office of Equity & Inclusion

Lisa Garry

Lisa M. Garry serves as Executive Director of the Office of Equity and Inclusion for the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services (DJS). Her role is to operationalize principles of institutional fairness and equity in agency decision making, and to provide state-level oversight of equity initiatives statewide. The office includes family engagement, community and youth engagement, and victim services.

Lisa has an extensive work portfolio that combines public sector, community, and independent consulting experience. Prior to joining DJS, Lisa served as a Policy Director with the Center for Children’s Law and Policy (CCLP) in Washington, DC. Her work on racial disparities in the juvenile justice system has been recognized by both the MacArthur Foundation and Annie E. Casey Foundation with the 2012 DMC Champion of Change Award and the 2017 JDAI Distinguished System Leadership Award respectively.

Lisa earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Baltimore, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

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Kara Aanenson
Executive Director, Resource Office

Kara Aanenson

Kara Aanenson 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 ensure that the department maintains a continuum of services that meets the needs of youth that come in contact with the justice system.

Prior to joining DJS, Kara served as the Director of the Just Kids Campaign at Community Law in Action, where she partnered with directly impacted young people to stop the automatic prosecution of youth as adults. She also was a social worker at the Maryland Office of the Public Defender where she worked in the legislative unit and developed alternative dispositions and sentencing plans for youth in adults.

Kara earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Work from Wartburg College located in Waverly, IA.​

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