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Santa Ana, Calif. – Carrie Carmody, Ph.D., has been selected to be the foreperson of the 2016-2017 Orange County Grand Jury, announced Orange County Superior Court Assistant Presiding Judge Kirk Nakamura. “Dr. Carmody has extensive experience motivating individuals to work together toward a common goal, which is an asset as she prepares to join the 19- member Grand Jury on July 1 as its leader,” said Judge Nakamura.

Dr. Carmody earned a Doctoral Degree in Psychology and Social Behavior at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Boise State University, Idaho. While at UCI, she was elected for two terms to lead more than 5,000 members of the Associated Graduate Students. As president, she was responsible for duties comparable to those of the Grand Jury foreperson. She served as spokesperson for the organization at local, state, and national levels and represented the organization on and off campus. She facilitated the appointment of representatives to a variety of committees, chaired executive committee and general council meetings using parliamentary procedures, and served on committees as both a voting and an ex-officio member.

In her twenty-year career in retail management, Dr. Carmody has motivated and led multi- cultural teams to work together to achieve group goals. More recently, she has worked as an adjunct professor teaching research methods and psychology courses for undergraduate students at California Polytechnic State University, Pomona. She has spent the past five years writing grant proposals for Orange County’s non-profit sector and assisting with program evaluations of community service organizations.

The Grand Jury panelists will take the oath of office and be charged with their duties for the one-year term of service on Friday, July 1, 2016, 10:00 a.m., in Department C1 of the Court’s Central Justice Center, 700 Civic Center Drive West, Santa Ana. Members of the current Grand Jury and their advisors conducted a four-day orientation and training program for the incoming Grand Jury members and the alternates. Additional information about the Orange County Grand Jury is available online at

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