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Philip B. Uninsky, Esq.
Executive Director

Youth Policy Institute
38 Payne St
Hamilton, NY 13346
(315) 824-0530

Philip B. Uninsky, JD, Executive Director: Mr. Uninsky established the Youth Policy Institute in late 1996. As an evaluator, academic social scientist, legislative counsel, and legal advocate for children and families at risk, Mr. Uninsky has worked extensively in the fields of juvenile justice, education, child welfare, and domestic violence. He has engaged in a wide range of policy research and comprehensive systems evaluations concerning juvenile and adult criminal justice systems, violence prevention programming, and human services delivery. When serving as Codes Counsel to the New York State Assembly, Mr. Uninsky was the principal drafter and negotiator of several pieces of significant legislation, including New York State's Family Protection and Domestic Violence Intervention Act of 1994, as well as a considerable number of juvenile justice reforms. As Senior Attorney for Statewide Youth Advocacy, Mr. Uninsky engaged in a wide range of activities intended to improve the legal representation of children and youth, particularly in the area of special education, delinquency, and PINS (Persons In Need of Supervision). Mr. Uninsky designed, raised funds for, and, for nine years, directed the Partnership for Results, Inc., a highly successful collaboration of all public agencies serving children and youth in Cayuga County, NY. Identified as an important model of local governance by the federal government and by Harvard University's JFK School of Government, the Partnership implements a broad spectrum of prevention and early intervention programs. According to independent evaluations, the Partnership has dramatically improved educational achievement levels, increased access to research-based mental health, substance abuse, and family therapeutic services, lowered foster care placement and juvenile detention rates by over 50 percent, and greatly reduced levels of violence, delinquency, and young adult criminality. The Partnership model includes the implementation of a wide range of preventive and intervention programs, comprehensive assessment using the agency's validated instrument, and heightened accountability through the use of innovative inter-agency databases. The Partnership model was being implemented in Washington D.C. by Mayor Adrian Fenty, and Mr. Uninsky served as a consultant to the Mayor to support the replication process. Mr. Uninsky has also served as a social scientist on the faculties of Bowdoin College, Harvard University, and Hamilton College. His law degree is from New York University.

Melissa Drye Becce, MPP, Senior Research and Data Coordinator: Ms. Becce joined YPI in 2005 and plays a central role in all of YPI's evaluation projects and fundraising efforts. Among her many responsibilities are: survey and tool development and administration for quantitative data collection; the organization and implementation of qualitative evaluation activities, including conducting interviews and focus group; and the development and dissemination of evaluation reports. In recent years she represented YPI on the National Association for Alternative Certification (NAAC) Quality Indicators Task Force. For nearly a decade, Ms. Becce has taken the lead for coordinating YPI's multi-state evaluation of a federally funded initiative to recruit, prepare, and retain alternatively-certified teachers in high-need schools. Her graduate work at the Johns Hopkins University focused on education policy and program evaluation.

Emory M. Creel, MS, Senior Statistician: Mr. Creel has more than a decade of experience in data mining, statistical, and qualitative data analysis. He joined YPI in 2006 after three years in a hospital quality improvement department creating a statistics-based information system. He has also worked as a Research Scientist in Chicago's National Center for Data Mining. At YPI, he is involved in the collection, management, aggregation, and analysis of the various project data.