CHARLES TOWN – Ronda Lehman has been named the new coordinator of the Jefferson County Teen Court.
An initiative of the United Way of the Eastern Panhandle, the peer-operated program is an alternative to the traditional juvenile justice system.
Teen Court is aimed at empowering youth and communities to take an active role in addressing the early stages of youth delinquency. First-time youthful offenders are given immediate consequences, including restitution.
The option is available to those under the age of 18 who have committed a status offense that would be considered a misdemeanor if committed by an adult.
Lehman’s professional background includes 25 years of experience in medicine, including decades working as a legal nurse and nurse paralegal.
A mother and active community member, Lehman’s involvements include serving as a coach for youth soccer and softball, teaching first aid to Weebelo and Boy Scouts.
She also has served as president of the Washington High School Football Boosters and is a member of the Blue Ridge Watershed Coalition and the Jefferson County Census Committee.
Lehman’s selection was made by the teen court’s advisory board. Her duties include training, intake interviews, presentations to public schools, scheduling and maintaining cases for followup and communicating with state and county departments and the local court systems.
She succeeds the teen court’s initial coordinator, Stacey Rohn.