Juvenile Court

Juvenile Court
Montgomery County Courts Center
Two Millennium Plaza, Suite 201
Clarksville, TN 37040
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Phone: (931) 648-5766

Staff Bios

Larry Ross - Court Administrator Montgomery County Juvenile Court

Larry Ross has over 30 years experience working in the juvenile justice system. He is a 1980 graduate of Austin Peay State University and in 1994 Larry received his M.S. in Health and Human services. Larry went on to receive his M.Div degree with a counseling concentration in 2004 from the American Christian College and Seminary. He is endorsed in grades 7-12 and became certified as a Court Administrator in 1995 from the National Juvenile Court Services Association. He is also a graduate of from the William Glasser Institute and was Reality Therapy certified in 2000. Other training includes Lions Club International, Prevention Research Institute, Redwood Toxicology Laboratory, Tennessee Regional Training Council, Agreements Unlimited Family Mediation Services and Child and Adolescent Need and Strength assessment administrator. Larry served with the 101st Airborne Division from 1973-1976 and is a graduate of the United States Sergeants Major Academy. He retired from the Army Reserve in 2004.

Christina M. Graven- Youth Service Officer-Supervisor

Christina is a 1996 graduate of Austin Peay State University, bachelors in Social Work.

After graduation she was hired as an Adult probation Officer for Montgomery County Government, shortly thereafter she started her career working with juveniles. Six months after graduation Christina VanLeuven was hired by Montgomery County Juvenile Court as an "Intake Specialist". Ms. VanLeuven is currently in her twentieth year of service for Juvenile Court. Throughout Ms. VanLeuven's career she has maintained certification through continuing education and is qualified to work in the following areas for adolescent's, Dependant, Neglected and Abused Children: Crisis Mediation, Suicide Prevention, Foster Care, Alcohol and Drug counseling, Aggression Replacement, Youth Violence, Bullying, Coping skills, Victims of juvenile Crime and dependant, neglected and abused children.

Ms. Christina VanLeuven currently serves as a committee member for the following associations: The Tennessee Council of Juvenile Court Services Association, Mid Cumberland Council on Children and youth, Child Protective Investigative team

Danette Thigpen-Woodcock - Youth Service Officer

Danette is a Youth Service officer for Montgomery County Juvenile. Court. She works in Judge Kenneth Goble's court room, but enjoys working with all of the Juvenile Court. Judges. She has been working as a YSO since June of 2001. Prior to this, Danette was employed with the Department of Children’s Services and with Omni Visions. Her training and background include supervising 100 employees at Walt Disney Travel, court liaison with DCS, SASSI Administrator (Substance Abuse Suble Screening Inventory). ART (Aggressive Replacement Training). She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Foster Care Review Board. She will graduate with her Master’s Degree in December 2014 in Leadership Skills and Professional Studies. She presently holds her B.S. in Social Work from Austin Peay State University.

Danette has a passion and love for social work and the Juvenile Court System. She is married and has 5 children and 2 grandchildren. She is active in her church an.cl walks by "faith" and sees her profession as a calling.

Sandra Smith-Wiiliams - Youth Service Officer

Sandra is a Youth Service Officer for Montgomery County Juvenile Court in Division III, for the Honorable L. Raymond Grimes. She has been a YSO since August 2003.

Prior to this, Sandra received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Chattanooga in Psychology with a minor in Social Work.

Previous work experience includes such roles as an Assessment Counselor for the North Tennessee Private Industry Council, Residential Case Manager for the Mid-Cumberland Community Services Agency, Child Protective Investigator for the Department of Children Services and Juvenile Probation Officer for Montgomery County Juvenile Court.

She is currently involved in the TN Juvenile Court Services Association and Life Care Family Services as a Family Preservation Counselor.

Ericka O’Neal - Youth Service Officer

Ericka has been working in the Youth Services Division since 2005.  Ms. O’Neal started as the receptionist for the Office of Youth Services.  Upon earning her Bachelor’s degree in Public Management/minor in Criminal Justice, from Austin Peay State University in 2006, Ms. O’Neal was promoted to Juvenile Probation Officer. Ms. O’Neal laterally transferred to Youth Services Officer in 2010. 

Ms. O’Neal is professionally diverse. She proudly served over 11 years in the United States Army, served as a Clerical Corrections Officer for the Tennessee Department of Corrections, and as an Administrative Legal Secretary for the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services.

Ms. O’Neal has been certified and/or trained in the following evidence based programs: (SASSI) Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory, Prime for Life!, Lion’s Quest Skills for Action, CANS Needs Assessment Training, Title VI Training, and Active Parenting Leader Training.

Ms. O’Neal is currently working on her Master’s Degree in Conflict Resolution, through Bethel University. Ms. O’Neal is a member of the Tennessee Juvenile Court Services Association.

Howard H. Johnson - Probation Services Supervisor & Foster Care Board Facilitator

Howard began his employment with the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department on August 3, 1973. While employed at the Sheriff's Department he worked in all of the divisions, spending most of his 25 years at the sheriff's department, working at the jail, as a Sergeant, lieutenant and Assistant Jail Administrator. While working at the sheriff's department Mr. Johnson was P.O.S.T. Certified as a Law Enforcement Officer in J.975 after graduating from the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy and returned to the Academy for certification as a police instructor and to complete various other law enforcement related courses. Mr. Johnson also attended Northwestern University for schooling in Drug Awareness and Identification. He attended a gang awareness school in Jacksonville, Florida and attended well over 1,550 hours of training in various fields and regular in-service training each year as required by law.

He transferred to the Jail Division, where he spent the remainder of his 25 years with the sheriff's department. He attended the Tennessee Corrections Institute for jail administration, and assisted in running the Montgomery County Jail, setting up the department1s first records division, and was in charge of administration of the jail division's budget, jail maintenance division, food service division and the medical services section. At night and on weekends Mr. Johnson worked toward attaining several degrees through the North Tennessee Bible Institute, Holy Trinity College and Louisiana Baptist University, where he received a Bachelor Degree in Religious Education and a Masters Degree in Divinity and a Masters Degree in Business.

Mr. Johnson had intended to enter the ministry, but transferred to the Juvenile Court instead, where he is presently employed, continuing to work on his education. He attended the William Glasser Institute for Reality Therapy & Choice Theory and is continuing his study in this area. He also took several continuing education courses pertaining to work with youths through Austin Peay State University and the Vanderbilt University Center of Excellence. Mr. Johnson serves as the Delinquency Prevention Specialist, County Probation Officer, Case Manager Supervisor and Foster Care Facilitator with the Juvenile Court. He has attended in-service training each of his 15 years with the Juvenile Court and attended specialized training pertaining to his current employment and responsibilities.

Edward Moss – Probation Services

Edward Moss is a Probation Case Manager for Montgomery County Juvenile Court in Clarksville, Tn. His primary responsibility is to provide families and juveniles the necessary tools to be successful while on County Probation; however, providing measures for juveniles to become productive members of society is his passion.

Prior to joining the Montgomery County Juvenile Court, Mr. Moss served with distinction in positions of increased responsibility for over 23 years with the Department of Defense. As a First Sergeant he provided leadership and oversight to his Organization by implementing empowerment strategies for all to follow.

Mr. Moss has been trained and certified on the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strength(CANS),Quest Case Management System, as a Organizational Alcohol and Drug Screen Coordinator, as a Equal Opportunity Advisers, as a Department of Defense Mediator, a Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator, and as a Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention Victim Advocate.

Mr. Moss Graduated from Troy University in 2013 with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Criminology, and in 2015 with a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice.

Taquita R. Fields - Probation Services

Taquita currently works as a Juvenile Probation Case Manager. She enjoys her current job. She has received various training and certifications in the following areas since she began working for Montgomery County Juvenile Court in April 2011. Her skills include but are not limited to Basic Reality/ Choice Theory Therapy, Rule 31 Family Mediation, Active Parenting Educator/ Instructor, and SASSJ Administrator (Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory). She assists the families in all ways possible by following a detailed job description enforced by Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth.

She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, Alumni of APSU, Tennessee Juvenile Court Services Association and Foster Care Review Board.

She graduated from Austin Peay State University in 2011 with a B.S. in Social Work. She also has an A.S in Criminal Justice, since 2002. At this time she is working very hard to complete her M.A in Conflict Resolution with Bethel University. The expected graduation is April 2015.

She loves spending time with her family/friends, working to establish her not-for profit organization, "Surviving By Faith", and participating in church youth activities.

Aubrey Hart - Probation Officer and Youth Services Program Instructor

Aubrey is currently a probation officer and program instructor. She graduated from Austin Peay State University with a Bachelors of Science. She has worked with children in many facets for over 15 years. Her training and background include working with the US Army at the Division Headquarters, Childcare Provider and Office Manager. She is certified to teach Active Parenting, Active Parenting of Teens, Families in Action, Teens in Action, and Prime for Life. Aubrey is also a QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Instructor and Kimochis Instructor.