Director of Training - Jema K. Hill Cook

Jema K. Hill Cook brings over fifteen years of experience in leadership and management. She began her career as an entry level staff and worked her way up the ladder. She is considered a subject matter expert in juvenile justice and organizational change. Jema has a BA in Law Enforcement Administration from the University of Oklahoma and an Executive Master of Public Administration from the University of Colorado, Denver.

Jema is an excellent public speaker. She has a unique way of connecting with her audience thus opening the way for true learning to happen. Her training sessions are full of laughter and learning. Her years of experience and working in several different systems and environments, gives her a perspective of leading and managing that is unprecedented.

Most recently she was a Senior Consultant with Missouri Services Institute. A non-profit agency committed to assisting state agencies in their efforts to reform their juvenile justice systems. In this capacity, she served as a trainer, strategist and a coach. Working with front line staff, mid and upper management, elected state officials and community advocates.


She has received numerous awards in leadership and team building. Jema has a strong desire to help people learn how to be better supervisors, managers and leaders. She is often asked to speak at community events related to juvenile justice and leadership.

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