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Toni Engle, Administrative Manager, joined the Institute for Court Management at the National Center for State Courts in October 2004. She works on executive projects, contracts, budgets, administration and program oversight providing fiscal, administrative, program and executive support. Ms. Engle previously worked as an Executive Secretary for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. She attended National University in San Diego, CA while serving in the military.
Toni Grainer is an Education Specialist with the Institute for Court Management. In this capacity, she assists with developing and implementing the education programs for the Conference of Chief Justices, the Conference of State Court Administrators, and the Council of Chief Judges of the State Courts of Appeals. Additionally, she provides direct support for the Court Executive Development Program (CEDP) by assisting the Dean with identification and recruitment of candidates and design and implementation of Phases II and IV. Ms. Grainer comes to the National Center for State Courts having served many years as both a corporate and association meeting planner. Prior to coming to NCSC, she served as the Project Director for a three-year project with Virginia’s Governors Office for Substance Abuse Prevention helping to develop and deliver curricula and provide statewide technical assistance. Ms. Grainer is a graduate of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA.
Gordon M. Griller is the Director of Trial Court Leadership Programs. His responsibilities are split between educational programming and court consulting. He has consulted, taught, and written on caseflow management (trial court delay), leadership, self-represented litigants, jury reform, visioning, planning, budgeting, and systems and procedures.
Before joining NCSC, Mr. Griller held numerous private and public positions dedicated to court improvement and reform, including Vice President for Justice Practices (2003-2006), State and Local Solutions Group, Affiliated Computer Systems (ACS, Inc.), a global, Fortune 500 business process outsourcing (BPO) and information technology (IT) outsourcing company; Administrator for all Trial Courts (2001-2003) and the Superior Court (1987-2001) of Arizona in Maricopa County (Phoenix); Judicial District Administrator (1978-1987) for the Second Judicial District of Minnesota in Ramsey County (St. Paul); and Court Administrator (1976-1978) for the Municipal Court of Hennepin County (Minneapolis), Minnesota.
Mr. Griller has a BA in Political Science and MA in Public
Administration from the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis). He is a
Graduate Fellow of the Institute for Court Management (1976), a founding
member of the Urban Court Managers’ Network, and has served on the
governing boards of the National Center for State Courts, the American
Judicature Society, and the National Conference of Metropolitan Courts.
Highlights of NCSC Projects
Lynn Kuderka joined the Institute for Court Management in 2011 after working for the Office of International Programs at Princeton University, where she had a range of responsibilities including updating database applications, revising website information, orchestrating meetings, uploading course materials and formatting documents for publication.
Lynn works primarily with the Education Technology programs providing support for online courses, multi-media production, room presentation functions and grants.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies from Rider University with a certificate in Public Relations.
Amy McDowell joined the National Center for State Courts in 2007. She is an Education Program Manager with the Institute for Court Management, responsible for managing and coordinating the ICM Fellows Program and serving as faculty for ICM’s national and partnership courses. Amy also partners with the Knowledge and Information Services, providing assistance in the areas of alternative dispute resolution, ethics, and human resources management, and serves as an Editor of the annual publication Future Trends in State Courts. She holds a J.D. from the University of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law, a M.P.A. from Old Dominion University, and a B.A. from the College of William and Mary. Additionally, she is an active member of the Virginia State Bar, as well as an adjunct faculty member with the College of Business and Public Administration at Old Dominion University. Amy is a Fellow of the Institute for Court Management.
Wes Poole is our Media Development Manager at the Institute for Court Management of the National Center for State Courts. He is responsible for the effective use of AV systems in support of eLearning programs and train and direct staff in functional usage and capabilities of the presentation systems. In addition provides recommendations on platforms, software and hardware for grants and consulting work as well as assisting with the development and design of promotional materials for eLearning programs.
Wes comes to the National Center having served the Distance Learning Program on the campus of Liberty University. While there, he produced several on-air, video, and web related programs using several graphic, audio and animation programs such as Premiere Pro, After Effects, Photoshop, Audition, Dreamweaver and others. Wes recently received his M.S. in Multimedia Technology from Duquesne University located in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania and prior to his arrival at the National Center completed his B.S. in Media Graphic Communications from Liberty University.