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Executive Director

D.J. Watson

D.J. graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor's Degree in Specialized Studies-Political Science and History. He has been employed by the District since 2010, holding various positions throughout his career before being named the Director in July of 2018. He has over 15 years of experience in the Juvenile Justice system, having been with Harrison County Juvenile Court before joining the District. 

Heavily involved in the community, D.J. serves as the President of the Board of Education for the Harrison Hills City School District. Additionally, in May of 2019, D.J. was elected to the Executive Board of the Ohio Juvenile Detention Director's Association. 

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Deputy Director

Steve Kovaly

Steve graduated magna cumme laude from Ohio University with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice. He has been employed with the District since 2012, when he began his career as a Supervisor. He was then promoted to Deputy Director in July of 2018. 

Steve served 10 years in the U.S. Army and West Virginia Army National Guard. He is an Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran. Steve remains committed to our Nation's veterans by being involved with the American Legion, and holding a lifetime membership to the Veterans of Foreign Wars.  

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Financial Officer

Lisa Rine

Lisa attended Ohio University. She has been employed by the District since 2012. First as the Human Resources and Financial Officer,  now solely serving as the Financial Officer. 

Lisa has a vast range of experience in the Finance and Accounting arena. She worked for Unified Bank for 12 years as the BSA officer and Bookkeeping Supervisor. Lisa was also a store manager for Wendy's Management Group for 13 years. 

Presented to those who show exemplary service in financial efficiency, she was awarded the Ohio Auditor of State award in 2015.  

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Adam Sutherland

Bio to come!

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Ronnie Everett

Bio to come!

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Lauren Dickerson

Lauren graduated from Wheeling University with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice. Following graduation, she began her career in corrections in the state of West Virginia. 

Lauren started with the District in January of 2021, and was promoted to Supervisor later that same year. 

Occasionally, Lauren helps her community by volunteering at a Veterinary Clinic in West Virginia. 

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Education Coordinator

Melissa Rubel

Melissa studied post-secondary education at Belmont College from 2011-13, when she was offered a 911 dispatch position while interning at a local Sheriff's Department. Melissa graduated in 2014 with an Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice, going on to get her Bachelor's Degree in 2020 from Ohio University. She started her career in corrections in 2015 with the West Virginia Dept. of Corrections.

Melissa has been employed at the District since 2019, beginning as a Detention Specialist before being promoted to Education Coordinator in 2020. 

Melissa volunteers at her local community center's events throughout the year. She has enjoyed pageantry since 2006, where she has won many local, state, national, and international titles. In her spare time, she likes to be outside or spending time with her family. 

Melissa has always had a passion for helping children with aspirations of becoming a foster parent.