Our Staff

Miranda Denney

Miranda Denney was named the Deputy Commissioner for the Division of Community and Mental Health Services in July 2014.  The Division serves statewide and is comprised of a Director, four (4) Regional Managers, two (2) Regional Psychologists, twenty (20) District Supervisors, three (3) Children’s Benefits Workers and over two hundred (200) front line juvenile services workers, mental health clinicians, and support staff.  Juvenile Service Workers attend juvenile court and provide case management services to all probated, committed, or sentenced youth and their families, whether they are residing in their home community or in an out of home placement.  Mental Health Clinicians conduct juvenile sexual offender assessments for the Court and primarily provides community based juvenile sexual offender treatment.  Additional treatment services are provided for substance abuse and general mental health needs as available.

Ms. Denney has been working with the juvenile population for over 23 years, of which, included working at Kentucky Department of Social Services, an inpatient adolescent psychiatric unit, and with DJJ since 1996. Her time with DJJ consists of being a frontline juvenile service worker, juvenile services district supervisor, juvenile services regional manager and division director, prior to her appointment as Deputy Commissioner.

Ms. Denney has a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Bachelor’s Degree in Corrections and Juvenile Services from Eastern Kentucky University.


Yvonne Board

 Yvonne Board, Chief of Staff to Kentucky Justice Secretary John Tilley, joined the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice in May 2016 as Deputy Commissioner of Administrative Services. Ms. Board worked as Justice Cabinet Chief of Staff to the Cabinet Secretary, managing daily operations and serving as a liaison to all commissioners and directors with the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet. Her duties included oversight of Human Resources, State and Federal Grants and Administrative Services. “I am humbled by this appointment and grateful to Gov. Matt Bevin and Secretary Tilley for the opportunity to serve our Commonwealth in such a critical role”.  “I look forward to helping lead the many positive reforms that are underway in Kentucky’s Juvenile Justice System”

 Ms. Board joined the Cabinet in 2009 as Sales and Marketing Branch Manager for Kentucky Correctional Industries, where she developed a customer database and innovative strategies for cultivating partnerships with vendors and customers.  She also coordinated promotional events and led training and development efforts for the sales staff. In 2012, Ms.Board joined Kentucky State Police as Staff Assistant to the Kentucky State Police Commissioner.  While there, she coordinated and supervised renovation of Frankfort Career Development Center from a minimum security prison into a training academy for incoming state police cadets. Ms. Board brings more than two decades of sales and marketing experience in the tourism industry working in numerous hotels, The Greater Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau and for the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.

 “Juvenile Justice demands strong and prudent leaders, and Yvonne’s outstanding service to the Justice Cabinet made her an obvious choice for this role, “Secretary Tilley said.  “Her talents will prove invaluable to the Department


Raymond F. DeBolt


Raymond F. DeBolt, a career veteran in the field of criminal justice and public policy, serves as Deputy Commissioner over departmental operations.

Prior to joining the department in 2016, Deputy DeBolt served eight years with the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission, where he worked as a senior staff analyst for the House and Senate Judiciary Committees. His duties involved researching policy, advising legislators, drafting legislation and interfacing with constituents and public agencies.

DeBolt previously served as general counsel for the Department of Juvenile Justice from 1997 to 2004, managing litigation and policy matters and heading up the department’s legal team. In addition, he has held various positions with the Office of Attorney General and the Office of Fayette County Attorney. He began his career in criminal justice as a police officer with the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Division of Police. During his time there, he worked as a detective assigned to youth services, the career criminal unit and special investigations. He also served on the chief’s planning staff.

Deputy DeBolt holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Indiana University and a master’s degree in public affairs from Kentucky State University. He earned his juris doctorate from Salmon P. Chase College of Law in 1989.​