History, Mission & Vision
Main CJCC Council
The CJCC Council is a policy-making council which meets on a monthly basis to consider and make recommendations based upon the work of the Council’s committees and workgroups. The CJCC is the recognized forum in Winona County for justice system review, analysis, policy development and reform. The Council meets monthly, holds strategic planning sessions and accomplishes its work through five standing committees and their associated workgroups (open to anyone). Click CJCC Brochure 2023 for a brochure on the CJCC. Click 2021 Signed CJCC Bylaws for the CJCC Bylaws.
The CJCC has five standing committees that meet on a monthly basis to discuss issues related to that committee’s charge. The work of each committee is reported to and acted upon (as needed) by the CJCC Council. Each standing committee has (or has had) workgroups, comprised of relevant stakeholders regarding that issue, who meet on an as-needed basis to recommend changes/improvements to the governing standing committee. The committees and committee charges are as follows:
CJCC Council Members
Since April 1, 2008, Attorney Kalene Engel has served as the Executive Director of the CJCC. She graduated summa cum laude from Winona State University majoring in Paralegal studies, and later graduated summa cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, where she was the Valedictorian of her law school class. In addition to her duties as CJCC Executive Director, Ms. Engel is the owner of Engel Law Office in Winona, where she concentrates her practice on family law, guardianships, child protection and related matters. Ms. Engel also taught law classes for ten years as an Adjunct Professor at Winona State University, serves as Town Clerk of the Town of Milton and serves on a number of local boards.