As the Court Administrator, Rebecca Rusk performs executive, administrative and management functions of the Juvenile Court. Rebecca was born and raised in Forsyth County where her family has been since before the founding of the county in 1831. Rebecca educational profile includes the following:
Rebecca began her career as an official and freelance Certified Court Reporter in the Blue Ridge Judicial Circuit. Upon the Circuit Split in 1997, Ms. Rusk served as official reporter for State Court as well as the Court Administrator for the Juvenile Court. Ms. Rusk was instrumental in writing the grant that helped establish Forsyth County’s first full-time Juvenile Court, Judge, and Prosecutor to serve exclusively in the Juvenile Court in 1999.
Since she began serving this county as Juvenile Court Administrator, Ms. Rusk has written grants that account for over $2,500,000.00. These grants continue to fund the Juvenile Court Judge as well as a multitude of programs created by this court in use today. In addition to her role as Court Administrator, Ms. Rusk was appointed as the Clerk of Court in 2005.
Rebecca is responsible for directing and overseeing day to day activities and operations of the Court as well as assisting the Judge with high-level program planning and administration associated with the Court’s mission and directives.
As court Administrator Rebecca’s duties include but are not limited to:
As Clerk of Juvenile Court, Rebecca is responsible for the following:
Ms. Rusk is a member of the following organizations:
Dennia Martin has been with Forsyth County since January of 1999. Ms. Martin’s position of Deputy Clerk merged with the Juvenile Court Records in 2004. She received a certificate in court administration, a diploma in Criminal Justice as well as Accounting. Ms. Martin oversees several aspects of the Juvenile Court. As appointed Intake Officer, Dennia is on-call for all detention matters as well as back up for dependency removals.
Her responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Additionally, Dennia is the Drug Court Coordinator of Adolescent Substance Abuse Court. With this position, her responsibilities include:
Anne Preston is a Licensed Professional Social Worker with over 25 years of experience working in the field of Mental Health. Ms. Preston received a Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Georgia in 1986 and licensure in 1989 as a LCSW. While her focus was in Systemic Family Therapy, she has experience and training in Substance Abuse, Trauma, Attachment and other Mental Health disorders.
Pursuant to direction and referral by Judge, Anne provides individual and family counseling for children and families under Juvenile Court supervision including:
Rita Martin has a background in, and is retired from, the insurance industry. Ms. Martin worked for the Juvenile Court part-time in the records room assisting the public as they enter the Juvenile Justice Complex. She now works full time as the Calendar Clerk. Her duties include:
Mandy Boggs had an earlier career in the medical field as well as childcare. Ms. Boggs works with the Juvenile Court part-time in the records room assisting the public as they enter the Juvenile Justice Complex. Her duties include:
Jessica has been working for the Juvenile Court since 2006. Ms. Lotspeich works as a Juvenile Services Specialist handling cases involving Delinquency, Traffic, and CHINS (Child In Need of Services) cases. Jessica is responsible for:
Ashlee Willingham worked with the court in 2000 and 2001, and again beginning in 2013 until the present. Ashlee oversees Dependency cases from the time of filing with the court until the cases officially close. These cases include private dependency matters, Department of Family and Children Services cases, and CHINS cases. Ashlee’s responsibilities include the following:
Lysa Gaddis holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of North Georgia. Ms. Gaddis has served as the Calendar Clerk providing support to Clerk of Court in the Court Records office, however has now been assigned as a second Juvenile Services Specialist to assist in court in dependency matters. Lysa’s responsibilities include the following:
Laurie Bradley joined the Juvenile Court Staff in 2014. Ms. Bradley obtained her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Mercer University’s School of Medicine with her Bachelor’s Degree from Auburn University.
Laurie is responsible for:
Jessica Stowe graduated from the University of North Georgia with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education, and is a certified teacher.
Ms. Stowe has a variety of roles with the Juvenile Court. As a Supervision Specialist, she supervises youth during the week who are not currently enrolled in the school system, but have an open case in court or who are involved with the Juvenile Drug Court. These youth continue their educational programming through accredited schools on line.
As the Peer Court Coordinator, Ms. Stowe is responsible for the recruitment and training of all youth and adult volunteers who will preside over first time offender cases that would typically be heard by our Juvenile Court Judges. Ms. Stowe facilitates the Peer Court hearings keeping constant communication with volunteers and court staff.
Additionally, Ms. Stowe is responsible for all cases entering the court as an A.R.C. case (At-Risk Children). Ms. Stowe’s responsibilities include:
As a former investigator with the Department of Family and Children’s Services, Ms. Stowe is able to offer the families a vast array of services for which this county is known to provide.
Ms. Sowers graduated from Ohio University majoring in Psychology and Family Communications. She began working alongside the Juvenile Court in 1998 as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) and then became a foster parent in 2000. She left the corporate world in 2003 and began working part time for the Juvenile Court until 2005 and returned in January of 2010.
Ms. Sowers has been trained in the ART Model, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, 7-Habits of Highly Effective Teens, and 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families. Ms. Sowers is responsible for:
Program Director for SMART:
Coordinator of Services:
Gary Mugridge has extensive experience in major crimes investigations. Mr. Mugridge began his career with the Federal Bureau of Investigations and then moved on to serve as a State Trooper. He spent 20 years as a Special Agent with the U.S. Treasury Department, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and later became the Director of Investigations for an organization who specialized in undercover operations where he retired.
Mr. Mugridge worked part-time as a Bailiff for Gwinnett County Courts for 5 years and then began working for Forsyth County Juvenile Court in the same capacity in 2015.
Gary’s training cover a multitude of specialties including investigations covering:
Mr. Mugridge’s focus with the Juvenile Court as assistant to the Court Administrator and Clerk of Court.