The Division of Juvenile Justice Professional of the Year Award is given annually to the person or persons who provide opportunities for growth and change by identifying and responding to the unique needs of our youth. The award recipient or recipients help do this through effective treatment, education, and interventions in order to encourage positive lifestyles, reduce recidivism, strengthen families, and protect our communities.
Maria Hudson, Deputy Director of Administrative Services
She directed the creation of Budget Change Proposals and managed three recent moves of the Headquarters office. Maria supported DJJ at legislative pre-hearings and meetings. She led the hiring of new executives, and has overseen hiring in administration, information technology and the training academy.
And she trained new staff in her former duties while treating her peers with professionalism and cheer.