2006 ACA election--candidates.
Ballots will be mailed to eligible voting members April 24. The following membership categories have one vote: Professional I, Professional II, Executive Gold, Supporting Patron, Organizational and Dual Member Chapters and Affiliated Organizations. Only members with paid memberships as of April 1 will be eligible to vote.
The closing date for the election is June 3. Please note that detailed voting instructions will be included in the front of the ballot book. Candidates for all the positions are listed on the following pages, along with brief summaries of their backgrounds.
Harold W. Clarke
Washington State Department of Corrections
Always striving to be a catalyst for positive change, Harold W. Clarke was appointed secretary of the Washington State Department of Corrections on Feb. 28, 2005. Prior to that, he served as the director of the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services under three governors, spanning 15 years. Holding degrees in psychology and sociology, Clarke is ACA's vice president, and was the association's treasurer, vice chair of its Ethics Committee and a member of the Delegate Assembly and Board of Governors. He served as an auditor for the Commission in Accreditation for Corrections and later as a commissioner. He is a past president of the Association of State Correctional Administrators. Clarke's involvement with civic organizations includes service as president of the Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools, president of the board of directors of Bright Lights, past member of the United Way and member of the board of directors for the Lincoln Community Foundation.
Walter Wood, CCE
Alabama Department of Youth Services
Walter Wood began his corrections career 33 years ago as an entry-level juvenile probation officer in Cleveland, Miss. He was appointed director of Mississippi's juvenile corrections system in 1994. In 1999, he was selected to lead Alabama's juvenile corrections system and currently serves in that position. Wood's educational background includes bachelor's and master's degrees in education and counseling and a master's degree in business administration with an emphasis in management. He was the first state juvenile corrections executive to achieve certified corrections executive status from ACA. A member of several professional associations including ACA, Southern States Correctional Association and the Council of Juvenile Corrections Administrators (CJCA), he has recently completed a term on the board of directors of CJCA and is currently serving as chairman of ACA's Commission on Professional Certification. Wood expects, if elected, to focus his energies on continuing to enhance the public's appreciation and respect for those who have chosen corrections as their life's work. For more information, please visit www.walterwoodforacapres-elect.com.
Director of Youth Services
Montana Department of Corrections
Steve Gibson started his career as a cottage attendant at Montana's state juvenile institution in 1974. During the past 31 years, he has worked as an institutional social worker, community aftercare/parole officer, group home director, supervisor of regional aftercare and child protective services, superintendent of a state correctional facility for 10 years, and for the past five years as director of Montana Youth Services. Gibson's department has attained ACA accreditation of a state correctional facility and state juvenile parole/aftercare. He has served on numerous boards and commissions, including the Montana Juvenile Justice Council, the Governor's K-12 School Renewal Commission, the State Special Education Advisory Council, Montana's Multi-Agency Children's Mental Health Committee and the District Education Foundation Board. Gibson is past executive board member of the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators, past member of ACA's Planning Committee and currently serves on ACA's Board of Governors. During his years of service, Gibson has been instrumental in state legislation, has presented and trained for national organizations, and is a past recipient of the Governor's Employee of the Year Award.
With 20 years of corrections experience and a bachelor's degree in criminology from Western Kentucky University, Nashville native Daron Hall began his career in Kentucky as a pretrial officer and later was employed by Corrections Corporation of America. He worked for three sheriffs prior to being appointed chief deputy in 1994. In September 2002, he was elected sheriff. Hall served as chair of the Program Planning Committee for ACA's 2005 Congress of Correction and continues as an active member. He is a former member of ACA's Adult Corrections Committee as well as a current member of the National Sheriffs' Association's Accreditation, Detention and Corrections Committee. Hall was one of the first people in the United States to receive the certified jail manager distinction and has a unique perspective of practical work experience in both jails and prisons.
Barbara M. Pierce
Administrative Services Manager I
Scotland Correctional Institution
Since 1990, Barbara M. Pierce has worked for the North Carolina Department of Correction in several positions including one year as an accounting clerk, four years as a probation/parole officer, five years as an administrative officer II, three years as an administrative services coordinator and three years in her current position. She received a bachelor's degree in business management from Fayetteville State University in Fayetteville, N.C. Pierce is president of the North Carolina Correctional Association (NCCA), where she previously served as president in 1998 and 2004. She served as a member of the ACA Host Committee for the 2003 Winter Conference and has been a member of the Delegate Assembly representing NCCA since 1994. Pierce has served as a member of ACA's Resolution and Policy Development Advisory Committee and the Program Planning Committee. In 2004, she was elected to ACA's Delegate Assembly, representing adult corrections. Currently, she serves as program chair for the 136th Congress of Correction and is a member of the Southern States Correctional Association, the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice and the Criminal Justice Advisory Board of Richmond Community College.
Attorney at Law/Correctional Consultant
From February of 1974 until her retirement in January 2005, Evelyn Ridley-Turner was employed by the Indiana Department of Correction. She was appointed commissioner of the department on Feb. 1, 2001, becoming the first female to head the agency, a position she held until her retirement. Prior to her appointment as commissioner, Ridley-Turner was deputy commissioner for the Juvenile Services Division for eight years. She held several other key positions within the department including supervisor of community correctional services, staff counsel and director of the Division of Internal Audits and Investigations. Ridley-Turner is currently working as an attorney and associate professor at Indiana University/Purdue University in Indianapolis and is a correctional consultant as well. She has served on ACA's Standards Committee and is currently ACA treasurer and a member of the Children's Initiative Committee. She is an associate member of the Association of State Correctional Administrators and serves as chair of its Diversity Committee. Ridley-Turner is a past president of the Indiana Correctional Association. She has a bachelor's degree from Indiana University, Indianapolis and a juris
doctorate degree from Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis.
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
Aftercare or Post-Release Supervision -- Juvenile
Former Executive Director
Office of Juvenile Affairs
Richard DeLaughter was executive director of the Office of Juvenile Affairs for five years. He led a staff of 1,100 employees, administered a budget of $114 million, ensured that approximately 4,200 probation and parole clients received appropriate placement, treatment and rehabilitation, and oversaw community reintegration programs in all 77 Oklahoma counties, as well as 45 regular and therapeutic foster homes, 11 specialized community homes, 15 group homes, one regimented juvenile treatment program, 17 detention centers, five adventure programs, one maximum- and three medium-security institutions. He earned his bachelor's degree in sociology and criminology from the University of Central Oklahoma, and completed the FBI's National Academy as well as its National Executive Institute.
David A. Gaspar
Criminal Justice Consultant and Senior Advisor to the Vice President of Student Affairs
Arizona State University
For 25 years, David A. Gaspar has served in executive level positions in both government and private nonprofit sectors prior to expanding into consulting. He has been responsible for the management of large organizations incarcerating both adults and juveniles. He was the chief operating officer for a community-based provider of comprehensive mental health services, managing the day-to-day operations of its programs and services. He was awarded the National Public Service Award from the National Association of Public Administrators. Additionally, the League of United Latin American Citizens awarded him the Far West Community Service Award. Gaspar serves ACA's Board of Governors and chairs ACA's Council on Professional Education. Formerly, he was president of the Council of Juvenile Corrections Administrators. He also served on the Arizona Juvenile Justice Commission and on the Administrative Council of the Arizona Supreme Court's Commission on Minorities-Project on Minority Overrepresentation. He is a former board member of the National Corrections Training Association and bureau administrator for staff development and training within the Arizona Department of Corrections. He is a college level educator with a master's degree in counseling. He is the author of "National Trends and Issues in Secure Care and Reentry," a chapter in Graduated Sanctions for Juvenile Offenders--Volume II: A Program Model and Planning Guide: Dispositional Court Hearing to Case Closure 2005, published by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.
At-Large Citizen -- Not Employed in Corrections
Public Relations Manager
Virginia Employment Commission
Joyce Fogg worked in the field of corrections for more than 35 years. She has worked in adult community corrections, youth services, correctional administration and the governor's office. She served as assistant secretary of public safety for the Commonwealth of Virginia and deputy director for the Department of Juvenile Justice. Fogg served on several task forces in Virginia including Teen Pregnancy Prevention, Detention Crowding and Juvenile Justice Reform. She is past president and past treasurer of the Virginia Correctional Association and served on ACA's Delegate Assembly for four terms. She is also member of the Women Working in Corrections Committee and has been an active member of ACA for more than 15 years. She currently serves as chair of ACA's Workforce Committee and is a member on the staff committee of Virginia's Prisoner Reentry Task Force.
Pat Nolan is the president of Justice Fellowship, the criminal justice reform arm of Chuck Colson's Prison Fellowship Ministries. He served for 15 years in the California State Assembly, four of those as the assembly Republican leader. He was one of the original sponsors of the Victims' Bill of Rights (Proposition 15) and was awarded the Victims Advocate Award by Parents of Murdered Children. Nolan was named Legislator of the Year by many groups including AMVETS for his work on behalf of Vietnam veterans. He was targeted for prosecution for a campaign contribution he accepted, pleaded guilty and served 29 months in federal custody. Nolan is the author of When Prisoners Return, which describes the important role religion can play in helping prisoners get back on their feet after they are released. His opinion pieces have appeared in numerous periodicals and he is a frequent guest on talk shows. He serves on the nine-member U.S. Prison Rape Elimination Commission as well as the National Commission on Safety and Abuse in America's Prisons. Nolan earned his bachelor's degree in political science and his juris doctorate degree at the University of Southern California.
At-Large Ethnic Minority (2 positions)
Ekpe Daniel Ekpe
Riverview Correctional Facility
New York Department of Correctional Services
Since 1984, Ekpe Daniel Ekpe has worked for the New York Department of Correctional Services in several positions, including education counselor, program placement coordinator, deputy superintendent, first deputy superintendent, and since September 2001, as superintendent at Riverview Correctional Facility. He is currently the diversity management chair for the Corrections and Youth Services Association. He is also the past president of the New York State Minorities in Criminal Justice and a current member of the North American Association of Wardens and Superintendents and the Mid-Atlantic States Correctional Association.
Gomez Counseling and Consulting Services
Jeanna Gomez has worked in the field of corrections in various positions including adult probation officer, program manager for a female residential program, assistant facility director/supervisor, program director and mental health director. She received a bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Texas at Austin and a master's degree in social work from the University of Houston. Gomez is a licensed independent clinical social worker, a licensed alcohol and drug abuse counselor, a clinically certified forensic counselor and a certified professional coach. She is currently the president and co-founder of the National Organization of Hispanics in Criminal Justice, which is the first such association for Hispanics. She has also been the past president of the New Mexico Women in Corrections and the New Mexico Corrections Association. Gomez is an active member of ACA and currently serves on the Board of Governors as an at-large ethnic minority representative. She has also been active in the Delegate Assembly and the Affirmative Action, Ethics and Mental Health committees for ACA. She has recently been asked to head the Cultural Diversity Subcommittee for the Affirmative Action Committee. Gomez is currently working with correctional agencies to create linguistic and cultural diversity programs. She has made definite strides in addressing ethnic minority issues.
Roderick Q. Hickman
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Roderick Q. Hickman was sworn in as secretary of the California Youth and Adult Correctional Agency on Nov. 17, 2003. He led the reorganization efforts of the Schwarzenegger Administration, which created the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in July 2005, until March 2006. He was the first California secretary to come up through the correctional ranks. He oversaw an organization that houses more than 170,000 juvenile and adult offenders in 41 facilities, supervises approximately 140,000 parolees and has a budget of more than $7 billion. Hickman served as chief deputy director of field operations, assistant deputy director of operations and programs and the northern regional administrator for the Institutions Division, and warden of Mule Creek State Prison. He began his career in 1979 as a correctional officer at the California Institution for Men. One of the most rewarding times in his career was spent as an instructor and assistant academy commander at the training academy. Hickman and a colleague received the department's Silver Star for negotiating an end to a hostage situation while he was serving as associate warden at the California Medical Facility. He is currently on ACA's Board of Governors.
S. Elwood York Jr., Esq.
Director of Pretrial Services
16th Judicial Circuit
S. Elwood York Jr. is the director of pretrial services for the 16th Judicial Circuit in Monroe County, Fla. Previously, he worked for the District of Columbia Department of Corrections in several positions, including two years as general counsel, five years as external confinement administrator, two years as chief of internal affairs and 10 months as interim director. He has also served as deputy administrator for secure programs for the District of Columbia Youth Services Administration. He received his juris doctorate degree from Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston and his bachelor's degree in zoology from Howard University in Washington, D.C.
Community Programs -- Juvenile
Juvenile Services Administrator
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Alex Escarcega has more than 30 years of experience in juvenile justice. He worked for the Texas Youth Commission (TYC) from 1975 to 1998, when he was selected as the juvenile services administrator for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. During his employment with TYC, Escarcega served as youth supervisor, caseworker, parole officer, volunteer coordinator, western regional director and director of juvenile corrections and aftercare. He has provided technical assistance to state, local and other federal agencies including professional organizations promoting juvenile justice. Escarcega holds a bachelor's degree and master's degree in public administration from the University of Texas at El Paso, where he served as lecturer in juvenile justice from 1988 through 1996. He has a wide range of employment experience including academia, technical assistance and direct supervision of juvenile offenders in the community.
Robert Rosenbloom, J.D.
Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice
Robert Rosenbloom has a bachelor's degree from Kent State University in political science (1973), a juris doctorate degree from John Marshall Law School (1976) and is a certified public manager (Leadership Program, University of Georgia, 1993). His career began in 1976 as a practicing attorney specializing in criminal law, and he became interested in counseling offenders. Rosenbloom has held the positions of probation officer, counselor, diversion center director and assistant regional director for probation services with the Georgia Department of Corrections. He began work with the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice in 1999 as assistant deputy commissioner. He has responsibility for 22 detention centers in Georgia and all services to youths in the community. His professional involvement includes service as president of the Georgia Probation Association and the Georgia Correctional Association and active membership in the Georgia Juvenile Services Association.
Correctional Administration -- Juvenile
Wayne R. Liddell
Berrien County Juvenile Center
Wayne R. Liddell has served as director of the Berrien County Juvenile Center since 1991 and worked in other supervisory capacities since 1982. He has worked in a private residential facility in Michigan and a state juvenile correctional facility in Washington. He also teaches corrections at Lake Michigan College. He received his bachelor's degree in criminal justice from the University of Illinois-Chicago and his master's degree in criminal justice from Michigan State University. He has been active in ACA since 1985, serving on numerous committees and as a consultant/trainer. He served on the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections from 1996 to 1998 and is currently a member of the Board of Governors. He is past president of the National Juvenile Detention Association (1994-1996) and the Michigan Juvenile Detention Association (1992-1994).
Katherine Hannan Pittman
Division of Youth Services
Mississippi Department of Human Services
In January 2004, Katherine Hannan Pittman accepted the position of director of the Division of Youth Services (DYS) under the Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS). She administers the community services and institutional programs for youths who have been adjudicated delinquent in Mississippi youth courts or who are at risk of becoming delinquent. Under her leadership, DYS has begun to meet compliance with recently signed agreements with the Department of Justice, following a lawsuit filed against the State of Mississippi in 2003. With the development of additional community programs, the improvement of institutional programs and services and the creation of a comprehensive staff training program as her priorities, she looks forward to continuing to implement juvenile justice reform in Mississippi. Pittman earned her bachelor's degree and master's degree in special education and psychometry from Mississippi College. Her career has included director of programs for a private intermediate care facility for mentally retarded adults, state service with the Department of Mental Health, MDHS Economic Assistance and DYS Youth Court at the county level. After earning her teaching license, she taught for 10 years in public schools and the DYS Oakley Training School.
Hartzel L. Black
Vice President, Correctional Programs
Management and Training Corp.
Since 1966, Hartzel L. Black has been involved in providing education programs for youths and adults throughout America. Beginning in 1971, he became directly involved in providing correctional education for the offender population. Starting as a classroom teacher, he advanced to vice president of correctional education at Southeastern Illinois College. During that time, he developed programs that were featured on the American Agenda and won the Outstanding Workforce Professional Who's Who Award. Changing lives one life at a time is his motto, and he has continued to do that with Management and Training Corp. Consultant experiences include working with competency-based career education, correctional industries, National Institute of Corrections Offender Placement programs and program evaluations. Black has a bachelor's degree from Murray State University, a master's degree from the University of Kentucky and advanced graduate work from Southern Illinois University. He is past president of the International Correctional Education Association and ACA delegate assembly member.
Walter A. McFarlane
Virginia Department of Correctional Education
Walter A. McFarlane became superintendent of the Virginia Department of Correctional Education in 1994. Prior to that position, he served as director of policy and chief legal counsel to former Gov. Douglas Wilder. He assumed that post after serving as deputy attorney general of Virginia. In 2001, ACA named McFarlane one of corrections' "best in the business," citing Virginia's improvements in correctional education during his term. He also received the Virginia Correctional Association's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004. He has published a number of scholarly works on topics ranging from the clemency process to the prosecution of fraud and abuse in government. He has received a number of national awards in the field of law and is on the adjunct faculty at the University of Richmond, School of Continuing Studies, where he teaches litigation and legal writing. He was the A.L. Philpott Distinguished Professor at the University of Richmond School of Law in 2003. McFarlane is currently an elected member of the Delegate Assembly.
Robert D. Jones, M.D.
Area Medical Director
Robert D. Jones is currently the vice chair of ACA's Health Care Committee and also is a member of the Mental Health Committee. He has more than 24 years of experience in jails, prisons and community mental health. He has served as the medical and mental health director of three states, most recently as deputy director for health services for the Arizona Department of Corrections. Jones has toured and surveyed facilities from Vermont to California. He served as an expert witness in two of the longest running 1983 civil rights actions for Puerto Rico and Texas. He has served as the president of the American Correctional Health Services Association, an affiliate of ACA. Jones is a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve and has just returned from serving in Operation Enduring Freedom. He has served in Germany, Kuwait and Qatar. He understands the importance of standards and the accreditation process in improving the quality of health care for those incarcerated at the same time finding ways to contain and cut costs for correctional systems. Jones has extensive experience in primary care, occupational medicine, public health, biodefense preparedness, electronic medical records and administrative health care.
David L. Thomas, M.D., J.D.
Commission on Accreditation for Corrections
For the last six years, David L. Thomas has served on the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections, and for two of those years, he was chairman. For nine years, he was with the Florida Department of Corrections. He began as an institutional physician and, for the last seven of those years, served as the director of clinical services and the director of health services. Thomas is currently professor and chairman of the Department of Surgery and of the Division of Correctional Medicine at Nova Southeastern University's College of Medicine. He is a doctor of medicine and an attorney at law and has had personal experience in dealing with inmates as well as the administrative experience of overseeing health care delivery to the fourth largest correctional system in the country. He went to the University of Miami for undergraduate and medical school and Stetson University for Law School. Thomas wrote two novels on drug smuggling in Florida published by Norton press. From 1984 until 1994, while in medical private practice, he was elected to the Florida House of Representatives. Thomas is a Vietnam veteran and was awarded the Bronze Star.
Parole or Post-Release Supervision -- Adult
Daniel R. Craig
Iowa Department of Corrections
Daniel R. Craig began his career in community corrections in 1985. In September 2000, he was appointed as assistant deputy director for the Eastern Region. In June 2002, the First Judicial District board of directors appointed him as director of community corrections. In January 2004, ACA recognized and presented its 2004 Exemplary Offender Program Award to the First District for its outstanding achievement in developing a dual diagnosis treatment program. Craig is currently the deputy director for the Iowa Department of Corrections Western Region, which includes four institutions and four community corrections districts. He has an associate degree and a bachelor's degree in public administration. He is a member of the Iowa Corrections Association (past president, 1999-2000), ACA, the American Probation Parole Association, and board member of the National Association of Probation Executives.
Mary L. Livers, Ph.D.
Deputy Secretary for Operations
Maryland Department Public Safety and Correctional Services
Mary L. Livers has more than 28 years of experience in the field of corrections, ranging from operations to parole services. She began her career with the Arkansas Department of Corrections, before joining the Oklahoma Department of Correction, where she held various positions including associate director. Livers served as a member of the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board, where she determined whether inmates were suitable for release under certain conditions and supervision and considered clemency recommendations to the governor. Currently, Livers oversees the management of corrections, community supervision (parole and probation services), pretrial and detention functions, professional development, training, victim services and community reintegration in Maryland. She has a bachelor's degree and a master's degree from Louisiana State University, and a doctorate degree in adult and higher education from the University of Oklahoma. Livers has served on the Executive Committee and Board of Governors and is currently chair of the Policy and Resolutions Development Advisory Committee.
Probation -- Juvenile
Ana T. Aguirre
Texas Juvenile Probation Commission
Ana T. Aguirre has been with the Texas Juvenile Probation Commission (TJPC) since 1992. Prior to that, she was assistant chief juvenile probation officer with Andrews County for nine years. She also serves as the primary contact for TJPC regarding juvenile sex offender services and as a resource on victim services. She currently serves on the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) Risk Assessment Review Committee (Sex Offender), and the Council on Sex Offender Treatment Interagency Committee. In addition, Aguirre is a consultant on the National Advisory Committee for the National Center on Sexual Behavior of Youth/Center on Child Abuse and Neglect out of the University of Oklahoma. She currently serves on ACA's Delegate Assembly as an at-large ethnic minority representative and is vice chair of the Affirmative Action Committee. She is an auditor for ACA as well as a trainer. Aguirre is the secretary for the National Association of Hispanics in Criminal Justice and a board member of the Texas Corrections Association. Aguirre is also a member of the Correctional Accreditation Managers Association, the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice and the Texas Juvenile Detention Association. She is past president of the Texas Council of Child Welfare Boards. She has a master's degree in criminal justice management from Sam Houston State University.
Patrick J. Curran III, CJM
Davidson County Juvenile Detention Center
Patrick J. Curran is employed by Group 4 Securicor in Richmond, Va. He is currently the superintendent of the Davidson County Juvenile Detention Center in Nashville, Tenn., a position he has held since December 1999. He received his bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Belmont University in Nashville. His career in corrections began in 1973 with the Davidson County Sheriff's Office. He worked as a counselor in the correctional rehabilitation division and later in pretrial release. During his career with the sheriff's office, Curran was the work release coordinator, work release director and director of compliance. He has been an active member of ACA since 1982 and is an auditor. He is also a member of the American Jail Association and a certified jail manager as well as a member of the National Partnership for Juvenile Services.
COMMISSION ON ACCREDITATION FOR CORRECTIONS
Division Manager, Adult Field Services
Hennepin County Community Corrections
Since 1980, Dennis Avery has worked with the Hennepin County Community Corrections Department and presently manages court correctional services and adult probation and parole supervision. He received a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Minnesota. He has been active in ACA since the early 1980s and has chaired several of its standing committees. Avery has served on the Board of Governors and as vice president and is a current member of the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections. In 1998, he received the Edward R. Cass Correctional Achievement Award.
Patricia L. Caruso
Michigan Department of Corrections
Patricia Caruso joined the Michigan Department of Corrections in 1988 and has served in several capacities, which include three years as business manager, nine years as warden, two years as regional prison administrator and 10 months as deputy director. In July 2003, she was appointed director of the department. She received a bachelor's degree in political science and sociology from Lake Superior State University and a master's degree in comprehensive occupational education from the University of Michigan. While serving as warden of the Chippewa Correctional Facility and the Straits Correctional Facility, both facilities received initial accreditation in 1992 and have maintained their accreditation status. Caruso has been a member of the ACA Standards Committee since July 2003. She is also a past member of the ACA Program Planning Committee and past president of the North American Association of Wardens and Superintendents.
Citizen At Large -- Not in Corrections
Chair and Associate Professor
Department of Administration and of Justice, University of Southern Mississippi
Don Cabana has worked in corrections since 1969, when he began his career as a correctional officer with the Massachusetts Department of Corrections. He has worked in a myriad of positions during his career, including deputy warden, warden and superintendent of institutions in Florida, Missouri and Mississippi. He also served as interim commissioner of corrections for the state of Mississippi. He received a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Northeastern University and a master's degree and a doctorate degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. Cabana is author of Death at Midnight: Confessions of an Executioner and co-author of Human Relations and Corrections. In December 2004, he became superintendent of the Mississippi State Penitentiary. He is an active member of several professional organizations in addition to ACA.
Jerrauld C. Jones
Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court
Jerrauld C. Jones is currently serving a judgeship with the Juvenile and Domestic Circuit Court in Norfolk, Va. He is a former director of the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice where he was responsible for approximately 2,500 employees and a budget of approximately $186 million. Previously, he served for 15 years in the Virginia General Assembly and chaired the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus for more than eight years. He earned his bachelor's degree from Princeton University in 1976 and a juris doctorate degree from Washington and Lee University School of Law. His affiliations include the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators, Virginia Executive Institute, Who's Who in American Politics and Who's Who in America. Jones currently represents Virginia on the Democratic National Committee. Former President Clinton appointed him as a delegate to the White House Conference on Youth, Drug Use, and Violence. In 1997, he was awarded the National Conference of Christians and Jews Humanitarian Award for community service. In 1998, the Virginia PTA named him as their Child Advocate of the Year. In 1999, Old Dominion University presented him with its award for outstanding service named in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. In 2000, he received the United Negro College Fund's "Flamebearer for Education" award. In 2002, Dominion Virginia Power designated him one of the Strong Men and Women of Excellence in Leadership. In 2003, the Coalition of 100 Black Men selected him to be its Role Model of the Year.
Juvenile Probation -- Aftercare
John D. Roberson
Director of Juvenile Justice Programs
Center for Human Development
John D. Roberson has been employed with the Center for Human Development in various supervisory and administrative positions since 1986. He was appointed director of juvenile justice programs in 1998, where he manages programs for juvenile offenders committed to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Youth Services. Prior to this position, Roberson worked for the Hampden County Sheriff's Department in Ludlow, Mass., where he supervised counseling staff at the department's Pre-Release Center. He received the prestigious Hampden County Sheriff's Department's Distinguished Service Award in 1997 for his efforts in helping inmates successfully transition from incarceration into the community. He has served on Springfield's Violence Prevention Task Force, Hampden County Restorative Justice Collaborative and the Correctional Association of Massachusetts. Roberson is currently a board member for the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center and a member of the National Juvenile Detention Association. He is also a member of ACA and operates a facility that has been accredited by ACA since 1994. Roberson is completing his master's degree in management at Cambridge College in Massachusetts.
Thomas J. Stickrath
Ohio Department of Youth Services
Thomas Stickrath has dedicated the past 27 years to a career in corrections. He has served in many roles including warden, deputy director and assistant director for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction and currently serves as director of the Ohio Department of Youth Services. His commitment to community corrections has been recognized through his position on the Ohio Alternative Education Advisory Board and as the recipient of the President's Award from the Ohio Community Corrections Association. Stickrath has also served as a consultant to the National Institute of Corrections, and in 1996, he was appointed to serve a four-year term on ACA's Standards Committee, where he was a part of a select group that developed ACA's first set of performance-based standards. Stickrath received a degree in business administration from Ohio State University in 1976 and graduated from Ohio State's College of Law in 1979.
At-Large Medical Personnel (2 positions)
Regional Director, Health Services
Corrections Corporation of America
Gingy Grider, MSN, ARNP, joined Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) in June 2004 as a regional director for health services. She oversees the medical departments in nine CCA facilities. Prior to joining CCA, she worked in the Kentucky Department of Corrections as a nurse practitioner providing health care to inmates at Roederer Correctional Complex and the Kentucky State Reformatory. Licensed as a nursing home administrator, she managed the nursing facility housed inside the Kentucky State Reformatory and was involved in the department's hepatitis C management program. With a bachelor's degree in criminology and corrections from Murray State University, Grider began her career in corrections in juvenile probation. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing from the University of Louisville. Memberships include Sigma Theta Tau, the Kentucky Coalition of Nurse Practitioners, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, ACA, the Academy of Correctional Health Professionals and the Kentucky Council on Crime and Delinquency.
Pam Hearn, M.D.
David Wade Correctional Center, Louisiana
Pam Hearn, M.D., received her bachelor's degree in zoology from Louisiana Tech University and her doctor of medicine degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine. She has served as chief of staff at Tri Ward Hospital and as a hospitalist for an in-patient rehabilitation hospital. She has worked in correctional medicine since 1987 and has experience working with local correctional facilities, juvenile offenders and female and male adult inmates. She serves as medical director for the David Wade Correctional Center and as the chairperson for the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. She has also served as a panel member for the Bureau of Justice Statistics' Prison Rape Elimination Act project. Hearn endeavors to add her experience with the multiple disciplines of corrections as well as a thorough understanding of medically appropriate and fiscally responsible health care.
Lisa Landry, Ph.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Consultant
Lisa Landry began her career in corrections upon completion of her internship from the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita in 1998. She started at the New Mexico Women's Correctional Facility in Grants as a consultant and left as the clinical director of the Mental Health Department. Landry continued consulting for various facilities in New Mexico until joining the Federal Bureau of Prisons in 2001, where she worked for two and half years. She has a doctorate degree in clinical psychology from the University of North Texas and has been involved with ACA since 2000. She has presented at ACA conferences, is currently a member of the Delegate Assembly and has participated in ACA's Mental Health Committee meetings.
Corrections Medical Center, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction
Kay Northrup has worked for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction since 1989, serving as staff nurse, health care administrator, deputy warden, warden of Oakwood Correctional Facility, deputy director for health care, and now warden of the Corrections Medical Center. She earned a bachelor's degree in nursing from Capital University. A 15-year ACA member, Northrup is serving her second term as elected health care representative to the Delegate Assembly and is a member of the Health Care, Mental Health, and Women in Corrections committees. An ACA auditor for seven years, she was involved in field testing and reviewing the health care performance-based standards and in revising the American Nurses Association Corrections Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice. She is president-elect of the Ohio Correctional and Court Services Association, having served on its executive board for 10 years.
Lawrence E. Hicks
Oklahoma County Juvenile Bureau, Oklahoma
Lawrence E. Hicks brings 33 years of experience in adult and juvenile justice settings to this position. After obtaining his graduate degree in guidance and counseling from Emporia State University, he began his career in Kansas with adult corrections. He received numerous promotions, beginning as a state parole officer and culminating in the position of classification director for the Kansas State Penitentiary. He later moved to New Mexico to serve as deputy warden. He became involved in juvenile justice after returning to Kansas to start a private juvenile detention center. He subsequently moved to Oklahoma as the facility administrator for the Oklahoma County Juvenile Detention Facility. He was recently promoted to director of the Oklahoma County Juvenile Bureau. Additionally, Hicks is an ACA auditor, adjunct professor at the University of Central Oklahoma and a highly decorated Vietnam veteran.
Director of Corrections
Arlington County Sheriff's Office
Maj. Mike Pinson is the director of corrections for the Arlington County Sheriff's Office. He directs the operations of a 570-bed direct supervision facility, which features decentralized management and special units for the substance abuse, mental health and medical needs of inmates. He began his career in 1983 as a correctional officer. He has also worked in the classification and alternative program sections. He is active in state and national corrections. He serves on several ACA committees and is routinely involved in training as a speaker at national conferences. He is a graduate of Shepherd College, and he holds the designation of certified jail manager. In 1998, he was presented the Howard B. Gill Correctional Administrator of the Year award from the American Jail Association. He is a member of the Leadership Arlington Class of 2002, active in his church, and lives in Dominion Hills with his wife and three children.
At-Large Correctional Health Care
Kathy Briscoe, RN, MSN
Clinical Programs Manager
Correctional Medical Services
Since 1989, Kathy Briscoe has been employed by Correctional Medical Services in a clinical support position providing consultation, training and support to jail and prison sites throughout the organization. This support includes contract transition, monitoring and quality improvement and on-site management. She has made presentations at National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) conferences and for corporate audiences on topics including preparation for Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspection of health care, the basics of quality improvement in corrections and nursing implications for hepatitis C patients. In 2003, Briscoe was a member of the task for revision of the NCCHC jail and prison standards. From 2001 to 2004, she was a member of the board of directors of the Academy of Correctional Health Professionals. She has a bachelor's degree in nursing from Lindenwood University and a master's degree in nursing from St. Louis University.
Janice B. Hill
Health Services Administrator
Pinellas County Sheriff's Office
Janice B. Hill began her career with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office in 1978 as a nurse assigned to develop the intake screening process at the Pinellas County Jail. She is a graduate of St. Petersburg College with a degree in nursing and a master's degree in public health from the University of South Florida. In 1982, Hill was promoted to health services administrator. During her many years in that position, she had a lead role in the planning and construction of a new jail and is now actively involved in the planning of a 400-bed health care facility scheduled to open next year. She has been past chair and currently serves on the board of the Resource Center for Women (RCW), a nonprofit organization that provides guidance and support to women entering the workplace. She was instrumental in bringing the RCW program to the Pinellas County Jail. She is a graduate of Leadership Pinellas and currently serves on the Florida Nurses Association Corrections Council. She is a member of ACA's Correctional Health Care Committee, she has served on the Health Care Certification Task Force, and she is chair of the health care subcommittee for developing the committee's section of the ACA Web site. She is a longtime ACA member.
Administrator of Health Services
Washington State Department of Corrections
Since 1994, Beth Anderson has been the administrator of health services for the Washington State Department of Corrections. She received her master's and doctorate degrees from the University of California. Her experience with performance-based standards began at the community health care system where she previously worked. Since Washington began seeking ACA accreditation for its facilities, her office has coordinated changes needed in the agency's health services policies and processes to meet ACA standards. In addition, Anderson assists individual facilities to prepare for accreditation surveys. She is working with Washington jails and the statewide sheriffs' association on a project to develop a statewide shared corrections electronic health record. She is a member of the American Correctional Health Services Association and currently serves on ACA's Health Care Committee and Commission on Accreditation for Corrections.
Rob Hofacre, MCRP, RN
Ohio Department of Youth Services
Rob Hofacre is the nursing director for the Ohio Department of Youth Services and is currently serving his fifth year as a commissioner on the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections. He has 20 years of experience as a nursing administrator in a variety of hospital and health care settings, and has a broad knowledge in both adult and juvenile correctional health care. In his current role as the nursing director, he works closely with other medical, mental health, dietary, security and educational professionals in developing a comprehensive approach to meeting the needs of Ohio's adjudicated youths. He is a longtime member of ACA and has been instrumental in the development and field-testing of its juvenile performance-based health care standards. He has conducted several ACA audits of both adult and juvenile correctional facilities throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. He currently serves on the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections, as chair of ACA's Health Care Committee and as a member of its Correctional Health Care Certification Program Committee. Additionally, Hofacre was selected by the American Nurses Association to serve on a committee to establish a scope and standards of practice for correctional nursing. He received a bachelor's degree in nursing from Michigan State University, a master's degree in city and regional health planning from Ohio State University, and studied "England's National Health Services" at the Royal College of Nursing in the United Kingdom.
Vice President, Federal Customer Relations
Corrections Corporation of America
Damon Hininger was named vice president of federal customer relations for Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) in June 2002. Vice president of business analysis since December 2000, he previously served as director of strategic planning. He has also served the company as director of proposal development. He joined the company in 1992 as a correctional officer at Leavenworth Detention Center in Leavenworth, Kan., and was promoted to training manager at Central Arizona Detention Center in 1994. That same year, he was also selected as both Central Arizona Detention Center's and CCA's company-wide Employee of the Year. He joined the corporate office in 1995, serving as manager of facility start up for three years. He earned a bachelor's degree from Kansas State University in 1991 and a master's degree in business administration from the Jack Massey Graduate School of Business at Belmont University in Nashville in 2000.
Robert J. Kennedy
New York State Department of Correctional Services
Robert Kennedy started his career with the New York State Department of Correctional Services as a correctional officer in 1981 and worked at several maximum-security correctional facilities. He was assigned to the department's training academy as a counselor for new officers and an instructor for firearms, chemical agents, defensive tactics and fire/safety. He was also a member of the CERT team. From 1990 to 1994, he held the position of supervisor of facilities' security at the New York State Division for Youth, currently known as the Office of Children and Family Services. His duties there included monitoring the operational needs of the facilities relating to security and fire safety. He was also involved in its accreditation program. Since 1994, Kennedy has served as fire/safety coordinator for the Department of Correctional Services. He is responsible for overseeing fire safety, Occupational Safety and Health Administration guidelines and environmental health programs within the department. He is involved in all aspects of the department's accreditation program. He is also an ACA auditor.
American Institute of Architects
Ron Budzinski, AIA
Executive Vice President
Since 1971, Ron Budzinski has specialized in the design of correctional facilities. He has completed more than 50 projects in 22 states and Canada. He was the 2004 American Institute of Architects chairman of the Committee on Architecture for Justice; the 2003 chairman of the AIA Justice Facilities Review; past member of the ACA Best Practices Committee; and presenter at the University of Wisconsin and numerous AIA, ACA and American Jail Association conferences. He has multiple state architectural registrations and maintains a National Council of Architectural Registration Boards certification. On Sept. 11, 2005, Budzinski was selected by FEMA to develop a justice technical services team in Louisiana to assess and bring back into operation the justice facilities impacted by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Having established the justice team, he now leads the technical resources group that supports the justice team.
Len Witke, AIA
Manager, Public Architecture Department
Mead and Hunt Inc.
Holding a bachelor's degree in architectural design from the University of Illinois, Len Witke has more than 26 years of architectural experience with prisons, juvenile detention, jails, courts, police and municipal clients. Before 1999, as director of facilities management for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, he was responsible for the capital budget and represented the department before the State Building Commission for all projects requested related to conditions of confinement, the Americans with Disabilities Act, code and security issues. For more than 20 years, he directed the construction of more than 6,000 beds and the ongoing facility management of 27 institutions. As a speaker at the University of Wisconsin-Extension, Witke presents on numerous subjects regarding correctional facilities. He actively participates on ACA's Facility Design and Technology Committees and in 1999, edited and co-authored Planning and Design Guide for Secure Adult and Juvenile Facilities.
Association of State Correctional Administrators
Kathleen M. Dennehy
Massachusetts Department of Correction
Since being named commissioner in 2004, Kathleen M. Dennehy has led the Massachusetts Department of Correction, an agency employing 5,500 staff, operating 18 prisons, with an annualized budget of more than $430,000 million and an inmate census of 10,300. She began her career in 1976 and has worked in a variety of positions including records manager, director of staff development, superintendent, associate commissioner and deputy commissioner. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wheaton College, she also received a master's degree in public administration from Suffolk University. Dennehy has been on the board of directors for the Correctional Association of Massachusetts since 1998 and was the 2002 recipient of its annual Jim Justice Award. She is a founding member of the Association of Women Executives in Corrections and sits on the board of directors. In 2004, she was appointed to the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections to serve the balance of an elected incumbent's term.
West Virginia Division of Corrections
Jim Rubenstein has more than two decades of experience in the corrections profession, including the positions of correctional officer, recreation supervisor, counselor, case manager, unit manager, superintendent, deputy warden and deputy commissioner. He was originally appointed as the commissioner of the West Virginia Division of Corrections in February 2001 and reappointed in February 2005. He received a bachelor's degree in psychology from Fairmont State College and is currently enrolled in the Leadership Studies graduate program at Marshall University. He is a member of the Association of State Correctional Administrators, vice chairman of ACA's certification board, secretary of the Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority Board, member and past president of the West Virginia Association of Correctional Employees and long-time member of the Southern States Correctional Association.
Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators
Michael D. Branham
Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections
Michael Branham is an experienced public safety officer who was appointed director of the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections (ADJC) on March 11, 2004, after serving for five months as its interim director. His distinguished career in law enforcement and government began in 1974. He has held key positions such as assistant city manager and chief of staff for the city of Surprise and chief of police and public safety director for Youngtown. Prior to joining ADJC, he served as executive director of the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission and as a member of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and Peoria Police Department in Arizona. Branham holds a bachelor's degree in management, a master's degree in organizational development and is a graduate of the 125th Session of the FBI National Academy. He currently serves as the chairman of the National Public Safety Medal of Valor Review Board.
Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice
Albert Murray has been the commissioner of the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice since Jan. 23, 2004. The majority of his 34 years of service to youths was spent in the state of Tennessee. For 16 years, he served as assistant commissioner for both the Tennessee State Department of Children Services and Department of Youth Development. Prior to this, he served as superintendent of the Tennessee Youth Center, assistant superintendent of the Tennessee Youth Center and counselor at the Spencer Youth Center. He successfully worked his way up through the ranks of youth services in Tennessee and was eventually tapped to start up the Kansas Juvenile Justice Authority, serving as its first commissioner. During his tenure from 1997 to 2003, Murray led a broad-based state and local partnership among private and public entities in strengthening the state's comprehensive juvenile justice system. Since 2003, he most recently served as the deputy commissioner of programs for the Alabama Department of Corrections. He has served as an auditor for ACA and member of the Board of Governors. He is currently on the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections. Murray graduated cum laude with a master's degree in education, specializing in guidance and counseling from Middle Tennessee State University and a bachelor's degree in English from Tennessee State University.
Correctional Administration -- Adult
Offender Services Deputy Director
Iowa Department of Corrections
Jeanette Bucklew is a 23-year employee of the Iowa corrections system who has worked in community-based corrections and served as a deputy director for community corrections, institution operations and offender services for the past 21 years. As offender services deputy director, she is responsible for offender programs, including central classification and offender records, interstate compact movement of offenders, education, substance abuse treatment, domestic violence, religion and reentry across all nine of Iowa's institutions, and oversight of community-based corrections intervention programs. Bucklew has been involved with the Executive Leadership Training for Women in Corrections since 1994 and is a charter member of the Association of Women Executives in Corrections (AWEC). She served as AWEC membership chair for the first three years of the association's existence. She has been an active member of the Iowa Corrections Association for the past 23 years and a member of ACA for 20 years.
Managing Director, Facility Operations
Corrections Corporation of America
Melody Turner has more than 25 years of correctional experience, which includes federal, state, local and private corrections. She is a managing director for Corrections Corporation of America, and her duties include the oversight of numerous prisons and jail facilities totaling 7,385 beds. Her background includes leadership roles in adult (male and female) and juvenile systems. Turner's career began with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and she served as one of the first female wardens of a male close-maximum facility in Ohio. She currently serves on ACA's Delegate Assembly and has chaired ACA's Membership Committee. She is the past president of the North American Association of Wardens and Superintendents and is a lifetime board member. She is also past president of the Ohio Wardens Association, on the Association of Women Executives in Corrections' board and is active in Zonta International and in her church. She holds a bachelor's degree from Miami University and a master's degree from Wright State.
Correctional Administration -- Juvenile
Dianne L. Gadow
Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections
Dianne L. Gadow has served as the deputy director for the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections since April 2004. Using her solid leadership skills, Gadow oversees the agency's operations division, which consists of behavioral and medical health, community corrections, education, secure school facilities and quality assurance. She has been instrumental in establishing work force culture change, as well as the implementation of treatment, rehabilitation and educational programs within the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections. She was the superintendent of Ferris School in Wilmington, Del., for 12 years and worked for the Colorado Department of Juvenile Services for 15 years, eight of which she served as the assistant director of Lookout Mountain School. She received her bachelor's degree from Concordia College in Illinois and her master's degree from the University of Oregon. In addition, Gadow has presented workshops on education in correctional facilities, work force culture and organizational structure and transformations at national conferences and consults on organizational structure, staff development and facility design. She currently serves as chair for ACA's Juvenile Corrections Committee.
Shannon D. Teague
Ohio Department of Youth Services
Shannon D. Teague has worked for the Ohio Department of Youth Services for 10 years. Currently, she serves as the administrator of faith-based and community programs. She has worked in the fields of juvenile and adult corrections, mental health and substance abuse services. Prior to her current position, Teague served as the superintendent at three juvenile corrections institutions, assistant administrator in the Office of Substance Abuse, unit manager and social worker. Her corrections career began in 1997 with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction as a social worker at Ross Correctional Institution. She received her bachelor's degree in criminology and a master's degree in counselor education/rehabilitation, both from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. She maintains a license in social work and is a licensed independent chemical dependency counselor. Teague's professional affiliations include Delegate Assembly representative for correctional administration (juvenile) with ACA, membership with the North American Association of Wardens and Superintendents, secretary of the Ohio Wardens and Superintendents Association and member of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice.
Probation -- Adult
Raul S. Banasco
Tomoka Correctional Institution and Work Camp
Florida Department of Corrections
Raul S. Banasco joined the Department of Corrections in 1988 and has held positions including classification supervisor, correctional probation senior supervisor, assistant warden, warden, and director of staff development. He became a correctional probation officer in 1989 and was promoted to a correctional probation senior officer, correctional probation supervisor and senior correctional probation supervisor. Banasco is well versed in the areas of probation and parole services. He received a bachelor's degree in psychology/criminal justice from Iona College. He also received his executive certificate in public management and master's degree in public administration from Florida Atlantic University. Since 1989, he has been an active member of the Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency and currently serves as an executive board officer. Banasco is also active in ACA and other organizations including the National Organization of Hispanics in Criminal Justice, the Southern States Correctional Association, the North American Association of Wardens and Superintendents, the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice and the International Association of Correctional Training Personnel.
John D. Rees
Kentucky Department of Corrections
John D. Rees began his career in Kentucky in 1969 at the Kentucky State Reformatory and worked in several positions including caseworker and director of the division of special institutions. In 1976, he left the state to work for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections and then returned to Kentucky in 1980 as warden at the Kentucky State Reformatory. From 1986 to 1998, he worked for Corrections Corporation of America where he managed institutions in several states before becoming vice president of business development. Rees has also worked as a private consultant providing services for corrections and criminal justice administration. He received his bachelor's degree in sociology and political science from the University of Kentucky and his master's degree in criminology and correctional administration from Florida State University. He has maintained professional memberships with state and national correctional associations, and in 2003, was named a certified corrections executive by ACA. He currently chairs ACA's Adult Corrections Committee.
Probation -- Juvenile
Frank A. Busbee
Chief Probation Officer
Florida Department of Juvenile Justice
Frank Busbee has been employed by the State of Florida since 1979 in several positions related to working with youths. He began as a juvenile probation officer, and his experience includes services in prevention, residential programs and juvenile detention. In 2001, he was appointed chief juvenile probation officer for the 20th Judicial Circuit. He oversees community corrections operations in a five-county area. Program responsibility includes oversight of state probation staff, diversion programs, aftercare programs and day treatment programs. Busbee has a bachelor's degree in liberal arts from the University of South Florida. He attended training at the National Academy of Corrections and completed the Correctional Leadership Development course in 1992. He is a certified quality assurance reviewer for the Department of Juvenile Justice and has participated in the ACA accreditation process. He is the past chairperson of the Criminal Justice Advisory Board at Florida Gulf Coast University and has served as a court divorce mediator. Busbee is a member of the Guardian Ad Litem Advisory Board, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency, Coalition for a Drug-Free Southwest Florida, Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team and Florida Network of Victim Services. He serves on the Lee County Juvenile Assessment Center Advisory Board, Collier County Juvenile Justice Assessment Board, Florida Gulf Coast University Advisory Board for the Institute of Youth and Justice Studies, and the 20th Circuit Juvenile Justice Board.
Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice
Since 1984, Tim Howard has served in various capacities in the provision of juvenile justice services. He began his career in Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court in Cleveland. He worked for the Court of Common Pleas for 13 years and served as deputy director of probation and community programs. He continued his career working for the Ohio Department of Youth Services as regional manager of parole services and as assistant deputy of parole and community services. In his current capacity as deputy director of the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice, Howard is responsible for the management and operation of statewide probation, intake and parole services in 32 court service units, the management of community-based subsidy funding to localities, contract services, the oversight of the interstate compact and the oversight of detention operations for the state of Virginia. He received his undergraduate degree from Cleveland State University and his master's degree in rehabilitation administration from DePaul University in Chicago. He is a co-author of the Desk Top Guide to Good Juvenile Probation and has authored an article for Federal Probation on the implementation of the balanced approach in juvenile justice. He currently represents Virginia on ACA's Delegate Assembly and is a member of its Probation and Parole Committee. He has presented nationally on strategic planning in the juvenile justice setting and the implementation of an integrated approach to juvenile justice.
Probation-Line Level -- Adult
Probation Officer III
Franklin County Municipal Court
Cyndi Fowler began her career in criminal justice in 1993 as a case manager at Traynor Halfway House. In 1994, she was hired as a probation officer at Franklin County Municipal Court. In 1996, she was promoted into the intensive domestic violence unit, where she remains as a probation officer III, the senior line officer in the unit. Fowler received bachelor's degrees in criminology and in psychology in 1993 from Ohio State University. She currently serves on the board of the Ohio Correctional and Court Services Association, where she is the vice president of the Adult Community Based Cabinet. She is serving her second elected term on ACA's Delegate Assembly, representing line-level probation. She is also a member of ACA's Probation and Parole Committee.
Community Treatment Coordinator
8th Judicial District, Iowa Department of Correctional Services
Russ Fry has worked with adult offenders in the Iowa Department of Corrections for more than 31 years. He has been a probation officer, a residential counselor and for the last 12 years has worked as a community treatment coordinator specializing in cognitive-behavioral interventions. He has been active in the Iowa Corrections Association and is a member of ACA. He has had articles published in Corrections Today and Community Corrections Report. Fry has a bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Iowa and a master's degree in liberal studies from Excelsior College in Albany, N.Y. He has taught at the University of Iowa and Southeastern Community College. If elected, Fry would like the opportunity to help ACA promote evidence-based practices among its members.
Probation-Line Level -- Juvenile
Dianne D. Haley
Probation Officer/Family Counselor
15th District Court Service Unit
Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice
Dianne D. Haley's tenure with the Department of Juvenile Justice has spanned 24 years. Initially hired as a family counselor, her responsibilities have expanded to those of training coordinator and volunteer coordinator. She also conducts orientation with new staff and volunteers, composes unit policy and procedure, serves on the on-call intake rotation and is part of her unit's management team, among other administrative support functions. Haley's professional activities have included ACA, the Rappahannock Juvenile Justice Workgroup, the Virginia Juvenile Justice Association, the National Association of Social Workers, the Criminal Justice Conference Planning Committee and the Rappahannock Council for Child Abuse Prevention. Her volunteer activities have included the Rappahannock Health Advisory Council, the Gifted and Talented Advisory Committee and the Pro-Active Discipline Committee.
Probation Officer II
Davidson County Juvenile Court
Since 1992, Wendy Thurston has been employed with Metropolitan Government in Nashville, Tenn. She has a bachelor's degree in social work from Olivet University in Illinois. From 1992 to 1995, she was an individual and family counselor for a group home for teens in state custody, transitioning them back to the community. From 1995 to the present, Thurston has been employed as a probation officer with the Davidson County Juvenile Court. She supervises a caseload of juveniles on probation, as well as a truancy reduction program and staff in the community. She has been trained in result-based business plans and budgeting. She also serves on The Salvation Army Advisory Board.
Parole or Post-Release Supervision -- Adult
G. David Guntharp
Arkansas Department of Community Corrections
Since 1999, David Guntharp has served as director of the Department of Community Corrections. From 1970 to 1999, he worked for the Arkansas Department of Corrections in various positions including juvenile probation officer, supervisor with probation and parole, supervisor of community services, administrator of probation and parole, assistant director of special services, warden, assistant director of field services and chief deputy director of institutions. He is on the supervisory board of the Arkansas Crime Information Center, a board member of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and chairman of the Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision. Guntharp is also a member of the Southern States Correctional Association, ACA, the American Probation and Parole Association, and the Arkansas Adult Probation and Parole Association. He holds a master's degree in criminal justice from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Karen E. Herkelman
First Judicial District
Iowa Department of Correctional Services
Karen E. Herkelman has worked in community corrections for the past 26 years, holding a variety of positions including residential officer, probation/parole officer, residential counselor, residential treatment supervisor, probation/parole supervisor and assistant district director. In September of 2004, she was appointed as district director. She is active in the Iowa Corrections Association, having served on conference committees and the board of directors, and was awarded the Outstanding Corrections Worker Award in 1996. Herkelman is also a member of the National Association of Probation Executives and has been a member of ACA since 1983. She has an associate degree in corrections from the Hawkeye Institute of Technology and bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Northern Iowa.
Aftercare or Post-Release Supervision -- Juvenile
Andrew J. DeAngelo
Deputy Chief Probation Officer
Department of Juvenile ProbationLehigh County
Since 1976, Andrew J. DeAngelo has worked as a detention child-care counselor, juvenile probation and aftercare officer, supervisor and deputy chief. He has been involved in the development of local and statewide juvenile probation and aftercare services including community counseling programs such as multi-systemic therapy to support post-release reintegration, and the implementation and supervision of the first school-based probation program. He has presented at national conferences and served five years as secretary for the Middle Atlantic States Correctional Association. DeAngelo is a member of the American Probation and Parole Association's Victims Committee and ACA's Youthful Offender Reentry Committee and serves on many state and community boards. He is a member of ACA's Delegate Assembly. He is the recipient of several awards and has authored numerous articles. He also edits the special edition of the Pennsylvania Juvenile Justice Newsletter and is the executive producer of the video Achieving Balanced and Restorative Justice in Pennsylvania's Juvenile Justice System.
Michael J. Youngken
Johnson County Department of Corrections
Michael J. Youngken has been with the Johnson County Department of Corrections since 1988 and its director since 1992. He has been in community-based corrections, both public and private, for the past 36 years and holds a bachelor's degree in sociology. He is the past commissioner and panel chairperson for adult probation/parole on the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections, former member of the Standards Committee, former departmental accreditation manager and auditor for ACA. Youngken administers a continuum of services in both the adult and juvenile areas including adult residential, adult and juvenile house arrest, adult and juvenile intensive supervision, therapeutic community, juvenile detention and juvenile case management. All eligible programs are accredited by ACA. He also serves on many local and state boards and associations.
Parole or Post-Release Supervision-Line Level -- Adult
Probation/Parole Officer II
Iowa Department of Corrections
Since 2001, Tenette Carlson has worked for the 2nd Judicial District, Department of Correctional Services in the adult probation/parole office. Prior to this, she was employed at the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility (FDCF) in Fort Dodge, Iowa. She initially started as a correctional counselor at the institution and was promoted to lieutenant/assistant manager of the Youthful Offender Program. While employed at FDCF, she developed the curriculum for the RIVERS Program, which is an inclusive, intensive treatment unit dealing with young offenders. Currently, Carlson supervises offenders in two rural Iowa counties and carries a caseload of approximately 150 offenders. She began her career in corrections as a pretrial interviewer in Ames, Iowa. Carlson is certified in Train the Trainers for CALM (a cognitive behavioral anger management curriculum). In the past, she has facilitated batterer's education programming in rural counties and institutions. She is a member of ACA and has served as co-chair on the Iowa Corrections Association Multi-Cultural Issues Committee for the past three years. Prior to entering the corrections field, she worked with the local mental health provider for more than nine years. She received her bachelor's degree in family services from Iowa State University.
Mississippi Department of Corrections
Priscilla Tenner is currently employed with the Mississippi Department of Corrections in Hinds County as a pre-trial intervention supervisor. She began her tenure in 2002 as a probation/parole officer. She received a master's degree in sociology with an emphasis in criminal justice from Jackson State University. She is an active and dedicated member of the following organizations: The Exchange Club of Vicksburg-Child Abuse Prevention Inc., Mississippi Association of Professionals in Corrections, Mississippi Association of Drug Court Professionals, and Professionals in Pre-Trial Intervention. Tenner's experience as a probation/parole officer and a member of the Delegate Assembly will provide an opportunity to collaborate in the development of programs for ACA. Her desire is to collaborate with law enforcement in reducing recidivism of offenders by educating and mentoring them to reenter society as productive citizens in the community.
Aftercare or Post-Release Supervision-Line Level -- Juvenile
Terry Kennedy Mancini
Release Authority Board Member
Ohio Department of Youth Services
Terry Kennedy Mancini has been in the justice field for more than 30 years in Kentucky and Ohio. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees in social work from the University of Kentucky. In 1998, she was appointed as one of the first juvenile parole board members for the Ohio Department of Youth Services (ODYS), currently serving a second term. She formulates policy and works with the Office of Victim Services and makes all release and discharge decisions for youths committed to ODYS. Prior experience includes juvenile probation, managing a state juvenile grant program, research, legislative work, director of a law enforcement training and state juvenile training program, developing juvenile classification systems and supervising parole offices. She has been a member of ACA and the Ohio Correctional and Court Services Association for more than 12 years. She previously served on the National Juvenile Service Training Institute's Planning Committee, the Juvenile Justice Trainers Association's board of directors and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention/National Institute of Corrections Training Advisory Committee.
Melba B. Oubre
Program Manager 2
Office of Youth Development, Louisiana Office of Youth Services
Since 1991, Melba B. Oubre has worked for the Louisiana Office of Youth Services in several positions, including nine years as a probation officer, two years as a program specialist and three years as a program manager 2. She received a bachelor's degree in business management from Southern University. Oubre has served as an auditor for the Child and Family Service Review that was conducted in Louisiana in September 2003. Oubre also conducts pre-audits of residential and non-residential facilities in the state as they prepare for their ACA accreditation or reaccreditation.
Crime Victim Organization
Administrator of Victim and Restorative Justice Programs
Iowa Department of Corrections
Betty Brown began working with victims and offenders in 1980 mediating for the county attorney's office. She has been facilitating victim/offender sessions of severe violence in prisons since 1993. From 1990 to 1998, she worked at Polk County Victim Services advocating for and counseling violent crime victims and coordinating the Intra-family Sexual Abuse Program. In 1998, she was asked by the Iowa Department of Corrections to develop victim and restorative justice based programs. Brown received a bachelor's degree in liberal studies from University of Iowa and is a licensed social worker. She values and is energized by listening to the needs of victims and offenders and assists both in getting involved with programming based on restorative justice principles. She is committed to finding various forums for victims' voices and needs and to holding offenders accountable in recognizing and repairing harm caused by their criminal behavior.
Gail M. Heller
CHOICES-Eliminating Domestic Violence
Since 1987, Gail M. Heller has been executive director of CHOICES, a comprehensive domestic violence program. Her work includes the development of a curriculum used at the Ohio Reformatory for Women and Franklin Pre-Release Center, participation on Office of Victim Services councils, and consultation on domestic-violence related matters. She received a bachelor's degree in sociology/criminology from Ohio State University in 1976 and a master's degree in social work in 1984. Heller's early experience was at an Ohio Youth Commission/Department of Youth Services facility for female offenders were she supervised the LEAA-funded Lifestyle Development Program and conducted assessments on all admissions. She joined the Ohio Correctional and Court Services Association in 1979 and has served in all elected officer positions and as ACA liaison. She currently is treasurer. As the current crime victim organization representative to the Delegate Assembly, she represents the corrections-related interests of crime victims and continues as an active member of ACA's Victims Committee, having served for several years as chairperson.
At-Large Ethnic Minority (3 positions)
Maria L. DiBernardo
Deputy Circuit Administrator
Miami-Dade County Probation and Parole
Maria L. DiBernardo is the deputy circuit administrator for Circuit 11, Miami-Dade County Probation and Parole. She attended Immaculata College in Philadelphia and graduated with a bachelor's degree in sociology from Florida International University in 1978. She began her career with the Department of Corrections in 1979 as a correctional counselor at the Miami Women's Adjustment Center, a work release center for female offenders. In 1985, she was promoted to sergeant at Miami North Community Correctional Center and that same year accepted a position with National Corrections Management as the assistant chief overseeing Beckham Hall Community Correctional Center and the Miami Probation and Restitution Center. In 1990, she returned to the DOC as a probation officer. In 1995, she was promoted to supervisor and in 2001, she was appointed deputy circuit administrator. She currently assists the circuit administrator and deputy administrator with directing and overseeing the community corrections operation within the enormous judicial Circuit 11, which is responsible for the operation of 10 probation offices. DiBernardo is a certified instructor. She is a member of ACA, the National Organization of Hispanics in Criminal Justice, the American Probation and Parole Association, the Department of Juvenile Justice Board and past state president of the Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency. She is the ACA liaison for the Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency and has served on the Delegate Assembly for the past two years.
David Kaleolani Haasenritter
Assistant Deputy (Corrections Oversight)
Army Review Board Agency
David Kaleolani Haasenritter has served as assistant deputy (corrections oversight) since its creation in 2004. He retired from military service in 2003, having served in numerous corrections positions including operations officer, deputy warden, director of Army Corrections and parole board member. He earned a master's degree in criminal justice from the University of South Carolina. He is currently the mid-Atlantic regional director for the Correctional Accreditation Managers Association, the ACA audit chair and is often requested to speak at Asian Pacific islander functions. Haasenritter has served on numerous ACA committees as well as the Delegate Assembly. He has published articles in Corrections Today and presented at corrections and victim witness conferences. He is the 2000 Military Affairs Committee Austin MacCormick Award and 2004 ACA Walter Dunbar Award winner.
Recruiter and Corrections Consultant
Ron Hicks began his career in corrections in 1977 with the Kansas Department of Corrections (KDOC) at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility. He retired from his position as a corrections counselor II (assistant unit manager) in June 2004 after approximately 27 years of service with the KDOC. Since his retirement, Hicks has served briefly overseas (Kosovo) as a corrections advisor on a U.N. peace-keeping mission, and is currently employed as a recruiter and corrections consultant for DynCorp International, International Police Programs. He became a member of ACA in 1986 and has been a member of its Resolutions and Policy Development Advisory Committee since 2002. He is a two-time president of the Kansas Correctional Association and is its current past president. He is also involved in juvenile corrections as a member of the Reno County Juvenile Corrections Advisory Board.
John M. Manuel
Compliance and Accreditation Administrator
District of Columbia Department of Corrections
John M. Manuel began his career in corrections in 1974, having earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati and a master's degree in corrections from Xavier University in Cincinnati. He has more than 20 years of high-level management experience in the corrections field. He has been an auditor for ACA since 1993, and is a former trainer for the National Institute of Corrections (NIC). He is the compliance and accreditation administrator for the District of Columbia Department of Corrections. Previously, he served as a deputy administrator for the District of Columbia Youth Services Administration. Manuel has experience in the delivery of training to employees and has taught several sociology and criminal justice courses as a full-time instructor at the University of Cincinnati. He has delivered training at national conferences and workshops for organizations such as ACA and the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice. He is actively involved in the District of Columbia Criminal Justice Association and is a board member.
Lupe Martinez Marshall
Deputy Warden, Level II
Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility
Lupe Martinez Marshall has worked for the New Mexico Department of Corrections for the past 20 years. During this time, she has held the following positions: classification officer, director of classification, associate warden, deputy warden and warden. She has worked in all security levels at both male and female facilities. Currently, she is responsible for the operation of the Level II facility in Las Cruces, New Mexico. She received bachelor's degrees in social work and criminal justice from New Mexico State University. She is a founding member of the New Mexico Women in Corrections and the National Organization of Hispanics in Criminal Justice. Currently, she is president of the New Mexico Women in Corrections and the treasurer for the National Organization of Hispanics in Criminal Justice. She is very active in ACA and serves on several committees, including the Affirmative Action and Membership committees. She is also the chair of the Female Offender Task Force and is an ACA auditor.
Iowa Correctional Institution for Women
Diann Wilder-Tomlinson graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1983 with a juris doctorate degree. She began working for the Iowa Department of Corrections in 1996 as an administrative law judge. She was promoted in 1998 to the position of assistant director of the Iowa Department of Corrections. In 1999, the governor appointed her executive director of the Iowa Civil Rights Commission. She held that position until she was appointed warden of the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women in October of 1999. As warden, Wilder-Tomlinson also co-chaired the governor's Task Force on African Americans in Prison until February of 2001. She is a member of the Iowa Correctional Association, the Association on Programs for Female Offenders, the Iowa Bar Association, the National Bar Association and the American Legion.
Correctional Education Services -- Adult (2 positions)
Consultant for the Hard of Hearing
Eileen Baker has taught in the field of deaf education from preschool through college, including the position of adjunct professor in special education at Southern Connecticut State University. She received a master's degree in education of the deaf from Smith College. She is proficient in Spanish, which provides the opportunity to reach a broad-based population. Her experiences include working directly with deaf and hard-of-hearing inmates in addition to consulting with departments of correction across the United States. Baker has presented several workshops entitled Legal Implications for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Offenders in Corrections: Risks and Opportunities for ACA, most recently at the 2005 Congress of Correction in Baltimore. Other presentations on related topics were made nationally and internationally. She is an active member of ACA and serves on the Legal Issues, Health Care and Academic/Vocational Education and Training committees.
Judi J. Benestante, Ph.D.
Windham School District
Judi J. Benestante is beginning her eighth year with the Windham School District, the schools in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. During 1999 to 2001, she served as an instructional specialist for the Division of Instruction-Federal Programs and Grants. In 2001, a promotion to the regional superintendent provided an opportunity to lead 24 schools in the Gulf Coast Region of Texas. In 2005, she was promoted to division director for operational school improvement, and in September 2005, she was named interim superintendent for the district. Benestante currently serves as the vice president of the Texas chapter of the Correctional Education Association (CEA) and served as CEA Region V Conference co-chair in 2005. She holds a doctorate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and trained as an ACA auditor in January.
Linda F. Rubenstein
Associate Warden of Operations
Pruntytown Correctional Center
Linda F. Rubenstein began her corrections career in April 1989 as a business office clerk at the West Virginia Division of Correction's (WVDOC) adult coed facility, Pruntytown Correctional Center in Grafton. She has served WVDOC for 17 years having worked in several positions in the fiscal office and as business manager prior to her promotion to associate warden of operations in 2002. She received a bachelor's degree from Fairmont State University in 2001 and continues studies there. She serves on the Domestic Violence Committee as well as WVDOC's training advisory board. She is a chief examiner for GED testing through the West Virginia Department of Education and holds a teaching degree in adult education. Rubenstein has been an active member of the Southern States Correctional Association since 1989 and is a past president of the West Virginia State Association. She is also a member of the Correctional Peace Officers Association, ACA, and the Pruntytown Association of Correctional Employees. She serves on the board of directors of the Grafton Rotary Club, the Taylor County School Improvement Council and Taylor County Schools Strategic Planning Committee. In addition, she is a member of the Grafton City Hospital Auxiliary and a lifetime member of the VFW Auxiliary 3081.
Ohio Department of Education
Ange Siemer has worked in the Ohio adult correctional system in various teaching positions as a school administrator for six years and a principal for three years. Presently, she is the academic correctional liaison to the Ohio Department of Education. She earned her bachelor's degree from the Ohio Dominican University and her master's degree in education administration and principal's certification from the University of Dayton. She has served as president of the Ohio Correctional Education Association and is the assistant director of Region III. She is a board member of the Ohio Correctional and Court Services Association and the National Association for Adults with Learning Needs.
Correctional Education Services -- Juvenile (2 positions)
Rhode Island Training School
Since 1989, Arlene Chorney has been employed by the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) in the education department of the Rhode Island Training School. Beginning as a reading specialist, she became an assistant principal, and then the principal in 1995. During her tenure, she was a member of the Upsilon Class of Leadership Rhode Island and served on the DCYF Executive Committee. Her facility has achieved national recognition as a Title I model juvenile correctional school and has received full approval from the Rhode Island Department of Education and accreditation from the Correctional Education Association (CEA). Currently, she is on the Expert Panel of NDTAC, the immediate past president of the Council of State Directors for CEA and an auditor for its educational standards process. Past awards have included the Edward Reilly Memorial Board Award for leadership and service to CEA (2001) and the Outstanding Leadership as an Administrator Award from the Rhode Island Parent Information Network (1999). She is a certified reading specialist, principal and superintendent. In 1991, she earned a doctorate degree in higher professional administration from the University of Connecticut.
Tom O'Rourke, Ed.D.
Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice
Tom O'Rourke previously served as a classroom teacher, principal and associate superintendent in Dekalb County, Ga. He graduated from Morehead State University in Kentucky and holds graduate degrees from Xavier University in Ohio, the University of Georgia and Atlanta University. He has served in a leadership capacity at both the state and national levels for the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and currently serves on the Executive Committee for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. He has guided the education program to a point of full compliance with the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) Memorandum of Agreement. In its document of release, DOJ described the Department of Juvenile Justice School District as an "exceptional educational system for detained juveniles in Georgia." All schools within the system are now accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
John C. Stewart, Ed.D.
Special School District
Alabama Department of Youth Services
John C. Stewart is currently employed as the superintendent of the Alabama Department of Youth Services Special School District. He holds teacher certification in the areas of administration, special education, political science and history. He has previously served as the special education coordinator for the Ozark City School System. He has been a member of ACA and the Correctional Education Association (CEA) since 1984, and during 1987 and 1988, he served as the CEA director for correctional education, Region VIII. In addition, he has served as an ACA Delegate Assembly member, an accreditation auditor for ACA, CEA and several education organizations. Stewart is currently the chair of the ACA Academic/Vocational Education and Training Committee and a member of the panel of experts for the National Evaluation and Technical Assistance Center for the education of youths who are neglected, delinquent or at risk. In addition, he has served as a member of the special education verification team for juvenile justice programs in California.
Jane Young, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools
North Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Jane Young has been the superintendent of schools for the Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention since 2000. Prior to her appointment, she was the director of education for the division of prisons in the North Carolina Department of Correction. During the past five years, she has focused on improving services to students by providing teachers with extensive training, recruiting talented new teachers and expanding the accountability of juvenile justice education programs to the public. Other components of her vision for improved educational services include a focus on students with special learning needs and students who do not speak English as their first language. She has been successful in obtaining several grants that strengthen the connection between students and their local schools so that motivated students can return to public schools upon release and successfully complete their education in their communities.
Detention -- Adult (2 positions)
Chief of Staff
Westchester County Department of Correction
Anthony Czarnecki is a criminal justice leader with a long-standing commitment to the work of professional organizations. He is a past president of the New York State Probation Officers Association and the Middle Atlantic States Correctional Association, a regional affiliate of ACA. During his career, he has specialized in correction officer recruitment, selection and training. His agency holds 1,500 pre-trial and sentenced prisoners and employs 900 sworn and civilian staff. A graduate of Iona College, Czarnecki earned a master's degree from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a master's degree in public administration from Pace University. Certified as a trainer by the Municipal Police Training Council of New York State, he teaches in both correctional academy and academic settings. He is currently chair of ACA's Professional Ethics Committee.
William J. Smith, CCE
Maryland Division of Pretrial Detention and Services
Since May 2003, William J. Smith has served as commissioner for the Maryland Division of Pretrial Detention and Services. He has more than 37 years of experience in law enforcement and represents grassroots corrections, as he rose through every rank of correctional officer prior to assuming his current position. From December 1966 through December 1996, he served as correctional officer I, II, III, IV, V and VI for Patuxent Institution. He thereafter served as security chief for the Maryland House of Correction and was appointed assistant warden of the Maryland House of Correction Annex in February 1999. He was appointed as warden of Patuxent Institution in October 2000. He is a certified corrections executive and has specialized training in several areas including prison security, prison riots and control, gangs and security risks, chemical agents, hostage negotiations, prison audits and correctional rehabilitation.
Davidson County Sheriff's Office
Marsha Travis began her career with the Davidson County Sheriff's Office (DCSO) in 1988 and currently serves as assistant administrator for DCSO's female facility. She has extensive experience in program management and facilitation of support functions in the Davidson County jails. Additionally, she assists as an adjunct instructor for the local correctional training academy. With much work completed toward a master's degree in criminal justice, she has also furthered her education through leadership and management courses offered by the National Institute of Corrections. She is recognized by the American Jail Association as a certified jail manager and also holds ACA's designation of certified corrections manager. Travis serves as an ACA auditor and is a member of the Correctional Accreditation Managers Association.
Dallas County Sheriff's Department
Lupe Valdez was elected sheriff of Dallas County on Nov. 2, 2004. She is one of eight children of migrant farm worker parents and worked up to two jobs at a time while earning a bachelor's degree in business administration. While working in law enforcement, she earned a master's degree in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Texas at Arlington. Since taking office on Jan. 1, 2005, Valdez has received the Women's Leadership Exchange 2005 Compass Award, the Dallas Morning News Distinguished Women Lecture Series, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Award for Political Awareness and Involvement (Dallas Alumnae Chapter), Hagar Clothing Co. Award for Women in Diversity, Citigroup Women Changing America Award and numerous others. She is a member of Women in Federal Law Enforcement, the Texas Narcotics Officer's Association and the Hispanic Women's Network of Texas.
Detention -- Juvenile (2 positions)
Samaritan Shelters Inc.
Since 1979, Claudia Engelhardt has held the position of executive director of Samaritan Shelters, a regional nonsecure detention program admitting status offenders and juvenile delinquents. She received a bachelor's degree in sociology and a master's degree in political science from the College of St. Rose. She is currently serving as the legislative chair of the Juvenile Detention Association of New York State and has also served as vice president and president of that association. She is an active member of the Corrections and Youth Services Association (CAYSA) and has served on the Region III planning group since 1997. Engelhardt is a member of the North American Association of Wardens and Superintendents and the Northeast Juvenile Detention Coalition. She is a recipient of the Anthony J. Cuccurullo Memorial Award for excellence in juvenile justice and was named Outstanding Non-secure Detention Worker of the Year by the Juvenile Detention Association of New York State.
William E. Ford
Baldwin County Regional Juvenile Detention Center (JDC)
Since 1996, William E. Ford has worked as director of juvenile justice programs. He served in education for 12 years as administrator and three years in mental health as a director. He received his clinical training and master's degree in psychology from Jacksonville State University. He is a member of ACA, the National Association of Forensic Counselors and the Baldwin County Children's Policy Council. He has certifications as clinical criminal justice specialist, cognitive behavioral therapist, clinical psychopathologist and master addictions counselor. Ford has written and implemented policy and procedures that comply with ACA standards resulting in acquiring and maintaining licensure for four programs. These programs were used by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the Department of Youth Services as models and training sites. JDC ranks as one of the highest among detention centers regarding innovative interventions in Alabama. As a key member of the Children's Policy Council, he has aided the juvenile judge in acquiring 501c3 status.
Chief of Detained Services
District of Columbia Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services
Jeffrey McInnis is employed as chief of detained services for the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services in the District of Columbia. Previously, he worked as court alternatives director in Guilford County, N.C. He implemented an award-winning intermediate sanction program for adult offenders and an award-winning juvenile structured day program, and he administered the Juvenile Detention Center. He earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from North Carolina Central University. He is a member of various National Juvenile Detention Association committees including Disproportionate Minority Contact, Treatment Alternatives to Street Crimes and Child Fatality. McInnis received the Razor Walker Distinguished Service Award for "vision, tenacity, courage and sacrifice in service to the youth of North Carolina" and an award for "Excellence in Juvenile Justice Intervention."
Ohio Department of Youth Services
Andrea Morbitzer received a bachelor's degree in public administration from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania. From 1992 until 2001, she worked at the Ohio Department of Youth Services (ODYS). She served in several capacities, beginning as assistant chief inspector and ending as superintendent of a correctional facility. During this time, she served on a variety of committees, including one tasked with the activation of a residential treatment facility. Additionally, she was an originating member of the Gender Specific Workgroup with the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services. In May 2001, she was appointed superintendent at the Franklin County Juvenile Detention Facility. As a newly formed team, it achieved ACA accreditation in 2002. The facility was reaccredited by ACA in May 2005. In July 2005, she returned to ODYS as deputy director of institutions. Experience in both training schools and detention services gives her a unique perspective in developing programs and policies for ACA as a member of the Delegate Assembly.
Institutions -- Adult (2 positions)
Kathleen S. Green
Eastern Correctional Institution
Since 1974, Kathleen S. Green has worked for the Maryland Division of Correction in several positions including classification counselor, case management supervisor, facility administrator, assistant warden, DOC headquarters special liaison. She is currently warden of Eastern Correctional Institution, Maryland's largest correctional facility, which comprises medium, minimum and prerelease custody levels. She received a bachelor's degree in criminology from the University of Maryland. Her professional training, from the University of Maryland, the National Institute of Corrections, the University of Baltimore, the Maryland Police and Training Commission and Washington College, respectively, includes civil liability, administrator's training, hostage negotiations, managing for results, team building, cognitive restructuring, leadership development, leadership challenge, addictions and managing difficult employees. She is a member of ACA, the Maryland Criminal Justice Association and the Association of Women Executives in Corrections.
Stephen J. Huffman
Deputy Director, Office of Prisons
Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction
Stephen J. Huffman has more than 24 years with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. Positions he has held include south regional security administrator, deputy warden of administration and operations, and warden. He was deputy director of the division of construction, activation and maintenance, and the north regional director. He presently is the south regional director of prisons. Huffman has been a member of ACA since 1985 and has served on the Adult Corrections and the Boot Camp committees. He currently serves on the Delegate Assembly representing adult institutions. He is a member of the Correctional Accreditation Association of Ohio and the North American Association of Wardens and Superintendents. He is also the president of the Ohio Wardens and Superintendents Association. He has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Ohio University.
Administrative Specialist III
Kentucky State Penitentiary
Since 1982, Byron Jasis has worked for the Kentucky Department of Corrections (KDOC) where he served eight years as a correctional officer, five years at the rank of sergeant and five years at the rank of lieutenant. While assigned in security, he served 13 years on Kentucky State Penitentiary's corrections emergency response team and is still an active member of the hostage negotiator team. He currently serves as the procedures officer/accreditation manager. While employed with KDOC, he received an associate's degree in law enforcement from the University of Kentucky and also is an ACA certified corrections manager. In addition, he served five years on the board of directors for the Kentucky Council on Crime and Delinquency and was elected state president for 2001-2002.
Emmitt L. Sparkman
Deputy Commissioner of Institutions
Mississippi Department of Corrections
Emmitt L. Sparkman is a native of Alto, Texas. He received a bachelor's degree from Sam Houston State University and a master's degree from Eastern Kentucky University. He began his career as a correctional officer with the Texas Department of Corrections. During his 30-year career, he has worked in both the public and private sector of community and institution corrections and held positions in Texas, Kentucky and Mississippi. His employment experience includes positions as a correctional officer, education director, adult probation officer, juvenile intake supervisor/detention superintendent, director of security, warden and superintendent. Prior to his appointment as deputy commissioner for institutions, he was the superintendent of the Mississippi State Penitentiary. Sparkman has been involved in the ACA accreditation process since 1992 and has served as an accreditation auditor for ACA since 1995.
Institutions -- Juvenile (2 positions)
Charles R. Chervanik
Assistant Secretary for Residential Services
Florida Department of Juvenile Justice
Charles R. Chervanik has worked for the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice since August 2000, managing one of the nations largest residential service continuums. He began his career in Pennsylvania as a child-care worker in detention and later worked as a probation officer, chief juvenile probation officer and county human services director. He joined the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare in 1994 as executive director of the Loysville Complex, and later served as the director of the Bureau of State Children and Youth Programs, responsible for 13 residential facilities for serious juvenile offenders. Chervanik holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Lycoming College and a master's degree in administration of justice from Shippensburg University. He has served as a member of ACA's Restorative Justice Committee and the Facility Size Task Force.
Glen E. McKenzie Jr.
Accreditation Coordinator (Ret.)
Texas Youth Commission
Glen E. McKenzie Jr. retired as ACA accreditation coordinator for the Texas Youth Commission (TYC). He was presented the Outstanding Suggestor Team Award by the Texas State Employee Incentive Program in 1995, was a founding board member of the Texas Violent Gang Task Force, and was a recipient of Gov. Bush's Productivity Suggestion Award in 1996. He retired with more than 25 years of Texas state service. He served in varying capacities with the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, the director of quality assurance and standards compliance for the Waco Center for Youth, serving as a program administrator with the Texas Adult Probation Commission, and he was a treatment supervisor at a residential center for emotionally disturbed juvenile males. Presently, he serves as a juvenile correctional consultant to Alternative Residential Management Services, an accreditation consultant with the McCrossan Boys Ranch, and is vice president of Juvenile Corrections Accreditation Associates. McKenzie has a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in health professions. He has additional graduate hours in criminal justice. He has been an active member with ACA since 1992. He serves on ACA's Standards Committee, is vice chair of ACA's Juvenile Corrections Committee and is an elected member of the Delegate Assembly.
Institution Superintendent Sr.
Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice
Since 1978, Linda McWilliams has worked for the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice in several positions, including corrections officer, case worker, case work supervisor and program manager. During the past seven years, she has held the position of institution superintendent, responsible for the management of a 220-bed facility. She received a bachelor's degree in psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. McWilliams has extensive experience serving on certification audit teams, program and policy and procedure development teams, and construction planning committees. She has experience working with male and female, mentally retarded, sex offender and substance abuse populations. She also has experience as a policy and procedures consultant.
Oakview Juvenile Residential Center
Chad Sokolowski has worked in Ohio's corrections sector for the last 15 years. He is in his ninth year as director of the Oakview Juvenile Residential Center in St. Clairsville, Ohio. Prior to assuming the post at Oakview, he was employed by the Ohio Department of Youth Services as a unit administrator and by Athens County Juvenile Court as chief probation officer and director of court programs. He is an auditor for ACA and a certified corrections executive (CCE). He is the first person in the nation to attain the CCE/Juvenile honorific and the seventh person to achieve a dual designation. Sokolowski is the vice president of the Correctional Accreditation Association of Ohio, the treasurer for Ohio's Association of Community Corrections Directors, and serves as an executive board member for the Ohio Correctional and Court Services Association and the Belmont-Harrison Juvenile District. He is also a sociology and criminal justice instructor at Ohio University Eastern and Belmont Technical College. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in sociology and criminology from Ohio University.
Institutional Line Operating Personnel -- Adult (2 positions)
Correctional Officer I
Iowa Department of Corrections
Tony Fountain has worked for the Iowa Department of Corrections since 1994. He started out at the maximum-security unit before coming on board with the relatively new clinical care unit that deals with adult offenders with special needs. He has attended numerous in-service classes on topics including security threat group management, weapons safety and range qualifications, dealing with the mentally ill, effects of medications, and anti-social behavior personalities. He has a role in the implementation of a new program for training field training officers. This program places new employees with more specifically trained employees. It also refreshes experienced employees with other aspects of their jobs not done on a daily basis. He has served as a member of the Iowa Department of Corrections Employee Recognition Committee and is serving his second term on the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees local executive board. He is a member of the Iowa Correctional Association and ACA.
Todd Francis Rabideau
Academy and In-Service Training Instructor
New York State Department of Correctional Services
Todd Francis Rabideau has spent 23 years in corrections and is currently working in the training department, as well as serving on the Corrections and Youth Services Association Executive Board as the media coordinator. He teaches defensive driving, first aid and NRA courses for the general public, and is also an associate instructor with Emmaus Bible College. He has been attending the ACA Delegate Assembly meetings as an observer for years, and has expressed a desire to be a participatory member of that body. If elected to this two year term, he plans to actively work with his fellow members of the Delegate Assembly from every state and institution across the country involved in ACA.
Division Commander, Detention Department
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office
Maj. Elaine White is the division commander of Jail Division III of the detention department of the Hills-borough County Sheriff's Office in Tampa, Fla. She is a graduate of the Florida State University and is a member of the Florida State University Alumni Association, ACA, the American Jail Association, the Florida Sheriff's Association, Leadership Tampa, the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay Inc. and the National Speakers' Association. She has served on ACA's Delegate Assembly. In 2003, White received the Champion of Public Education Individual Award from the Hillsborough Education Foundation. The following year, she was presented the Greater Tampa 2004 Leadership Tampa Alumni Parke Wright III Award for Excellence. That same year, she received the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Distinguished Service Award for her community involvement. White has been with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office for 23 years. She was hired as a detention deputy and was promoted through the ranks, achieving the rank of major in 1996.
John Scott Wilson
Western Regional Correctional Training Academy
John Wilson began his correctional career in 1996 at Roxburry Correctional Institution in Hagerstown, Md., as a correctional officer. He has served as a recreational supervisor, academy instructor and sergeant, working in the training and professional development capacity. He has been instrumental in the development and implementation of numerous ground-breaking training initiatives. In January 2005, he was promoted to lieutenant and appointed director of the Western Regional Correctional Training Academy in Cumberland, Md. He is an active member of ACA and was distinguished with honors as a certified correctional officer in August 2001. He serves on ACA's Human Resources Committee and represents prison line staff as an elected member of ACA's Delegate Assembly. He served on the board of directors of the Maryland Criminal Justice Association and has served on numerous discussion panels and participated in workshops and presentations on various topics across the country. Wilson graduated from Potomac State College of West Virginia University with an associate degree in social work and is continuing his education.
Institutional Line Operating Personnel -- Juvenile (2 positions)
Roger Chute, M.Ed.
Wilder Youth Development Center
Roger Chute has been employed in the juvenile justice system since 1977. He has provided direct services to juveniles as a counselor 1, counselor 2, counselor 3 and classification coordinator. Currently, he serves as team coordinator, a line operating position in a juvenile institution. He has experience in indirect service positions in the institutional setting including assistant principal, training coordinator and accreditation manager. In his 28 years of service, he has actively participated in numerous departmental policy development projects. Chute has a bachelor's degree in social science and a master's degree in education with a concentration in guidance and personnel services, as well as additional graduate hours in criminal justice. He is an active member in ACA, serving as an auditor for the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections. He also serves on ACA's Resolutions and Policy Development and Juvenile Corrections committees. He has previously served as an elected member of the Delegate Assembly.
Angela S. Hilgenkamp
Juvenile House Arrest Officer
Johnson County Department of Corrections
Angela S. Hilgenkamp has worked for the Department of Corrections in Johnson County since April of 2001 as a juvenile corrections officer, a temporary case manager and a juvenile house arrest officer. She earned her bachelor's degree in criminal justice at Missouri Western State University. Johnson County Department of Corrections named her Employee of the Quarter and Employee of the Year in 2004. She serves on several DOC committees. She plans to use her experience gained from her previous term as a member of the Delegate Assembly and her knowledge of the juvenile justice system.
Division of Rehabilitative Services
New York State Office of Children and Family Services
James Potter began his career in 1982 as a youth division aid at Highland Residential Center. In 1989, he was assigned to implement a program to train newly hired personnel in basic operating practices and supervision procedures. In 1992, he was selected to be on the facility's accreditation committee to bring the facility into compliance with ACA standards in the areas of security, control and special management. In 1997, he attended the New York State municipal police training counsel academy and graduated as a peace officer. In 1999, he joined ACA and the New York Corrections and Youth Services Association (Region IV) and was appointed that region's membership and sponsor coordinator. In 2003, he was elected second vice president for that region, and in 2005 he was elected first vice president for that region.
Norma J. Wynn
Assistant Facility Administrator
Avon Park Youth Academy
Since 2000, Norma J. Wynn has worked for Group 4 Securicor at Avon Park Youth Academy in several positions, including operations manager, quality assurance manager, and currently assistant facility administrator of internal affairs. She previously worked for the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice as a certified juvenile correctional officer and a corrections sergeant. She is currently working on her bachelor's degree in criminal justice at Florida Metropolitan University. She serves as a peer reviewer for the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Bureau of Quality Assurance and received special recognition for being nominated as exemplary staff of the year. While serving as the quality assurance manager, Avon Park Youth Academy received "deemed status," the highest available award and score for programs in Florida. She uses her experience in juvenile services to serve the community in programs that provide prevention services for youths at risk.
Institutions of Higher Learning (4 positions)
Bluefield State College
Since 1994, Shelia Hallman-Warner has been employed as assistant professor of criminal justice/corrections specialization at Bluefield State College in Bluefield, W.V. Prior to this, she worked for 15 years in the field of corrections in the state of Georgia. Shelia began her career in 1978 and has worked with juveniles and adults in both community-based and institutional settings. She has a master's degree in criminal justice from Armstrong State College in Savannah, Ga., and approximately 36 hours post-graduate work. Shelia has served as a member of ACA's Professional Education Council since 1998 and was a member of the Delegate Assembly during the 2002-2004 term. She has represented higher education on the board of directors of the International Association of Correctional Training Personnel, serves as a member of the Advisory Board for the West Virginia Division of Juvenile Services, and is an active member of the American Jail Association.
Michigan State University
Carol Rapp-Zimmermann is a distinguished fellowship recipient in the final phase of completing her doctorate degree in criminal justice at Michigan State University. She has accepted a post as an assistant professor at MSU for fall 2006. Policy implementation, risk and juvenile issues top her research agenda. She has been awarded the Excellence in Teaching Citation from the university. She formerly served as the assistant director of the Ohio Department of Youth Services for more than a decade before pursing her doctorate degree. Rapp-Zimmerman is the architect of RECLAIM Ohio, honored for innovation in state government by the Kennedy School at Harvard. She has a master's degree from the Ohio State University and undergraduate degree from University of Michigan. ACA and the Delegate Assembly provide her with an opportunity to enhance the level of communication and respect between professionals and academics in addressing the critical issues facing corrections in the 21st century.
Frances P. Reddington
Professor of Criminal Justice
Central Missouri State University
Frances P. Reddington was employed as a juvenile probation officer from 1980 through 1986. In 1992, she received her doctorate degree in criminal justice from Sam Houston State University and was employed in the Criminal Justice Department at Central Missouri State University. She has been a member of ACA since 1995 and has been the faculty advisor to the first student chapter of ACA since 1996. She is currently on the board of directors for the Missouri Correctional Association and has served as the chairperson for ACA's Student Affairs Committee since 2002.
Dorothy A. Stanfill
Chair, Corrections Department
Associate Professor of Law Enforcement
Dorothy A. Stanfill has 11 years of higher education and 24 years of employment in various criminal justice sectors. From 1985 to 1990, she worked at the Indiana Department of Corrections as a correctional officer, counselor and release coordinator. She currently is chairwoman of the corrections department and has been an associate professor for 13 years at Vincennes University. Having served in numerous offices and chairmanships in different organizations, she was elected president of Indiana Correctional Association (ICA) in 1998 and of the Indiana Business and Professional Women in 1985. She has made contacts with leaders throughout the country. Stanfill chairs the committee for ICA that focuses primarily on promoting the benefits of ACA/ICA involvement to university students and professionals, and encourages ICA attendance at its annual conferences and ACA events.
Jeanne B. Stinchcomb, Ph.D.
Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Florida Atlantic University
A member of Florida Atlantic University's faculty since 1996, Jeanne B. Stinchcomb's career embraces previous academic appointments, as well as more than two decades of administrative experience with federal, state and local criminal justice agencies, including the FBI and the Miami-Dade Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. She is a consultant for agencies such as the National Institute of Corrections and teaches in the National Sheriffs' Institute, as well as other executive leadership development programs. She was the inaugural chair of ACA's Certification Commission (1999-2005) and serves on the Research and Professional Education councils. Stinchcomb is on the editorial advisory board of Corrections Compendium and has published numerous articles on topics ranging from evaluation research to organizational culture, occupational stress and correctional professionalism. Her most recent book is Corrections: Past, Present, and Future. Her doctorate degree in social policy is from Virginia Commonwealth University, and she is the 2002 recipient of ACA's Peter P. Lejins Research Award. She has also been selected for inclusion in Who's Who in America (2006 edition).
Melvina T. Sumter, Ph.D.
Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice
Old Dominion University
Melvina T. Sumter received her bachelor's degree in political science and her master's degree in criminal justice from the University of South Carolina and her doctorate degree from Florida State University in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Her current research focus involves studies of religion and crime, examining strategies to make field experience pedagogically successful in criminal justice, and examining key issues relevant to the role of women and minority workers in the field of corrections. She also has a diverse background of correctional operations and administration experience. Sumter is a former correctional programs administrator, assistant program director, classification supervisor and caseworker, and correctional officer. A member of ACA since 1989, she currently serves on the Research Council and plans to use her practical, academic, and research experience to assist in the development of programs and policies for ACA as a member of the Delegate Assembly.
Professor of Justice Administration
University of Louisville
Richard Tewksbury currently serves as professor of justice administration at the University of Louisville where he is actively engaged in teaching and research concerning correctional culture, staff job satisfaction, evaluations of programming and policy modifications and implementation of the Prison Rape Elimination Act. He has previously worked for both the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction and the Kentucky Department of Corrections, as well as serving as a research and program consultant to more than a dozen state and local corrections systems. Tewksbury is a member and former chair of the Professional Education Council, a member of the Research Council and a frequent workshop presenter at ACA congresses and conferences. He is the author/editor of 11 books, 128 scholarly journal articles and is the 2006 recipient of the ACA Peter P. Lejins Research Award.
Barbara H. Zaitzow
Professor of Criminal Justice
Appalachian State University
Barbara H. Zaitzow, professor of criminal justice at Appalachian State University, conducts a variety of research projects in men's and women's prisons and has been involved in state and national advocacy work for prisoners and organizations seeking alternatives to imprisonment. She has served on various editorial boards for nationally recognized journals and has published a co-edited book, articles, and book chapters on a variety of prison-related topics including HIV/AIDS and other treatment needs of women prisoners and the impact of prison culture on the "doing time" experiences of the imprisoned. A member of ACA since 1985, she has provided her expertise as a guest speaker for the Correctional Accreditation Manager's Association, North Carolina Unit Management Training and ACA. Zaitzow currently serves as an elected Delegate Assembly member in the area of institutions of higher learning, vice chairperson of the Student Affairs Committee, member of the Professional Education Council and advisor for the student chapter of ACA at her university.
Private Community-Based Correctional Organizations (4 positions)
Rita Kathryn Borzillo, Esq.
Rita Kathryn Borzillo received a bachelor's degree from Roanoke College in 1975 and a juris doctorate degree from Weidner University in 1979. Currently, she is employed part time with VisionQuest National Ltd., a national youth care organization as corporate counsel and a marketer. She is also employed part time at Eastern University in St. David's, Pa., as the coordinator and instructor of the Fast-Track MBA Program for health administration. Her professional career has been dedicated to providing legal services to delinquent and dependent youths. Borzillo has represented parents, alleged delinquent youths, and Chester County in child welfare matters. Borzillo is active in several statewide organizations that advocate for appropriate treatment services and health care for delinquent and dependent youths.
Correctional Services Secretary, Northern Division
The Salvation Army
Since 1985, Dale Hale has been involved in corrections, and three words describe his passion for the field: education, experience and endurance. He has been an active member of ACA since 1986, serving as a member of the Membership, Parole, Restorative Justice and Victims committees. Hale is past president of the American Protestant Correctional Chaplains Association and is current chair of the Special Projects Committee for the American Correctional Chaplains Association. He has been a Salvation Army officer for 35 years. For 10 years, he served as the correctional services secretary for the Wisconsin Division of The Salvation Army. From 2002 to 2005, he was on The Salvation Army's National Planning Corrections Committee, and from 2001 to 2004, he was trustee for the Michigan Corrections Association. Since 2004, he has been a member of the North Dakota State Reentry Committee. He has a bachelor's degree in history and master's degrees in criminology (Indiana State University) and counseling (Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary).
Residential Programs Coordinator
The Salvation Army
John McMahon started his career with The Salvation Army in 1983 as coordinator for youth programs in Miami. From Miami, he came to the Correctional Services Department at The Salvation Army's state headquarters in Tampa. He has held the positions of program review specialist and residential programs coordinator. His responsibilities are to advise program and executive staff and act as liaison with the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the Florida Department of Corrections. He holds a bachelor's degree in secondary education from Asbury College and has studied public administration at the University of South Florida. In addition, he has earned the ACA corrections manager certification. He is involved in the following boards and committees: board member of the Florida Association of Community Corrections (currently the membership chairperson); second term as a member of ACA's Community Corrections Committee; elected member of ACA's Delegate Assembly representing private community corrections; and member of the American Probation and Parole Association's Offender Program Committee.
Rev. John E. Niemela
Brother's Keepers Ministries
John E. Niemela is the executive director of Brother's Keeper Ministries Inc., and has been an ACA member since 1998. He helped with the reorganization of the Michigan Corrections Association and serves on the executive board. He is actively involved at the local, state and national level with correctional issues. He is a member of ACA's Victims and Restorative Justice Committee (co-chair), Legislative Committee, Juvenile Justice Committee, Youthful Offender Task Force and the Dual Chapter and Affiliates Council. He is also a member of the American Protestant Correctional Chaplain's Association (secretary), American Correctional Chaplain's Association (regional secretary), Coalition of Prison Evangelists, North American Association of Wardens and Superintendents (chaplain), Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency, Michigan Collaborative for Juvenile Justice Reform, Michigan Department of Corrections--Prisoner ReEntry Initiative Advisory Council, Michigan Sheriff's Association, the Michigan Committee on Balanced and Restorative Justice and the Public Defense Task Force--"Improving Public Defense Services in Michigan Project." He serves in leadership positions with many of these organizations.
Bernard A. Rochford
Executive Vice President, Administrative Services and Business Relations
Oriana House Inc.
Bernard A. Rochford has been the executive vice president of Oriana House Inc., since 1987. Oriana House Inc. provides chemical dependency treatment and community corrections services. He is responsible for the day-to-day functioning of the entire agency. He acts as the community liaison to outside criminal justice agencies, courts, businesses, and the community by communicating the agency's mission and objectives. He is a licensed attorney in Ohio and is a member of the Akron Bar Association, where he serves on the Criminal Law Committee. Rochford is active in numerous criminal justice organizations and he has served in many different leadership positions. He has an exceptional record of community services. He has served as chair of the board of trustees for the Catholic Youth Organization and Community Services. He is a graduate of Leadership Akron Class XX, a premier group of area leaders that promote community awareness. He is currently the co-chair for the Junior Leadership Akron program. He is the past chair of the Kent State University Rehabilitation Advisory Committee. Recently, Rochford was asked to join the board of Project Learn. He, along with Oriana House Inc., is committed to working with and improving the community in which Oriana House has facilities.
Steven K. Runyon
Chief Operating Officer
Volunteers of America of Indiana Inc.
Since 1987, Steven K. Runyon has worked in the correctional services field and has served in a variety of positions. His career began with the Indiana Department of Correction, where he held several positions, including two years as a correctional officer in work-release facilities, two years as a correctional counselor in a work-release facility, two years as a training officer and two years as the director of the Correctional Training Institute. In 1995, he left the department and joined Volunteers of America of Indiana to be the director of a 180-bed ACA-accredited work-release facility and community-based services center. For the past two years, he has served as the chief operating officer for the organization. In addition, he has been appointed to the Volunteers of America national steering committee for corrections and received the 1999 Volunteers of America national HOPE Award in recognition of contributions to the field of corrections. He received a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and psychology from Ball State University and a master's degree in management from Indiana Wesleyan University. He has been on the board of the Indiana Correctional Association most recently serving as the director at large for community-based programs. He now serves as an accreditation auditor and audit chairperson for ACA and was elected to the ACA Delegate Assembly in 2004.
Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants
Since 1990, Dianne Tramutola-Lawson has been chair of Colorado-CURE (Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants). She also serves as secretary of International-CURE. She received a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in French from the University of Denver. She is president of the Colorado Association of Community Corrections Boards and a citizen member of the Denver Community Corrections Board. Tramutola-Lawson has served as chair of ACA's Volunteer Services Committee and is currently a member of the Delegate Assembly. She is also a member of the Community Corrections, Volunteer Services and Resolutions and Policy Development Advisory committees of ACA.
S. Anne Walker
Alston Wilkes Society
Since 1987, S. Anne Walker has been the executive director of the Alston Wilkes Society. She previously worked for the society from 1972 to 1979. From 1979 to 1981, she was self employed in the speaking/training field, and then went on to work in higher education from 1981 to 1987. She received a bachelor's degree in sociology from Lander University and a master's degree in education from the University of South Carolina. She is an active member of the South Carolina Correctional Association, past president of the South Carolina Probation and Parole Association and past president of the board of directors of the International Community Corrections Association. She is also a past appointed member of the Board of Governors of ACA and has previously served as an elected member of the Delegate Assembly. She is also a member of the Association for Women Executives in Corrections. She served as Chair of ACA's Congress of Correction program, chaired the Credentials Committee from 1998 to 2002, chaired the Community Residential Committee, was a member of the Professional Development Committee and currently serves as a member of the Constitution and Bylaws Committee and as vice chair of the Community Corrections Committee. Walker is a 2006 recipient of ACA's E. R. Cass Correctional Achievement Award.
Correctional Health (2 positions)
Director of Health Services
Emerald Healthcare Systems
Leslee Hunsicker earned a bachelor's degree in nursing from Kent State University. She was the health services administrator for the Ohio Department of Youth Services for eight years. Currently, she is the director of health services for Emerald Healthcare Systems, overseeing the provision of health care for Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Marshall detainees, Louisiana state and Wyoming state inmates, and county inmates housed in facilities in Texas and Louisiana. She is a founding member of the National Organization of Hispanics in Criminal Justice (NOHCJ). She has been a member of ACA since 1998, continuing active participation on the Health Care Committee, as an adult and juvenile accreditation auditor, and representing NOHCJ on the ACA Workforce Committee. She participated in the initial field trial of the juvenile performance-based standards.
Beth N. Kennedy
Regional Vice President
Armor Correctional Healthcare
Since 1989, Beth N. Kennedy has worked with departments of corrections or in detention centers in the capacity of medical management. She began her correctional career at Georgia State Prison as the director of nursing. Her career then shifted to the area of administration, working within the parameters of accreditation, community-based standards and policies and procedures in the development of acceptable programs for medical models. For the last two years, she has served on the Professional Development Committee for ACA, encouraging both detention and medical participation in program discussions, and is a current member of the Delegate Assembly.
Kentrell Liddell, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
Mississippi Department of Corrections
For more than five years, Kentrell Liddell's experience has included hands-on health care services and correctional health care management oversight. A board-certified family medicine physician, she has served on the Mississippi Academy of Family Physicians board of directors and serves as an executive consultant for two county hospitals. She redesigned the Mississippi Department of Corrections' Office of Medical Compliance to improve efficiency. She designed an effective ombudsman program and streamlined the conditional medical release process. She is presently conducting a thorough needs analysis to procure an electronic health records system. A member of the Society of Correctional Physicians (SCP), ACA and the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC), Liddell assists with maintenance of NCCHC and ACA accreditation of Mississippi Department of Corrections facilities. Her innovative solutions have helped to meet budget expectations. Her background in operations and medicine underlies her drive to create operational efficiencies. Liddell's goal is to provide cost-saving services for the field of corrections while providing community-standard health care to inmates.
Richard B. Rosenblatt, J.D.
Assistant Secretary, Treatment Services
Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services
After serving in the Maryland Attorney General's Office for 20 years, Richard B. Rosenblatt assumed the position of director of the Patuxent Institution. In addition to running this 850-bed institution specializing in addressing criminogenic needs, the appointment required that he assume the management of mental health services throughout the state system and the pretrial facility for Baltimore. Rosenblatt was subsequently promoted to assistant secretary for treatment services three years ago, where he now has statewide oversight responsibilities for the delivery of medical services, mental health services and substance abuse treatment services. He has presented at multiple ACA conferences and has been an active participant on the ACA Mental Health Committee. With a blend of institutional management experience, treatment expertise and a legal background, he brings multiple perspectives and experience to the ACA Delegate Assembly.
Mental Health (2 positions)
Deborah L. Bell
Naval Consolidated Brig Miramar
Deborah L. Bell has directed correctional and mental health services for more than 25 years. She has worked in correctional mental health services most of those years as well as in substance abuse, family advocacy/child protective services, general behavioral health services and as senior correctional director in a military correctional facility. A colonel in the Air Force Reserves, she is also a medical inspector on the Air Force Inspection Team to accredit hospitals/clinics. She received a bachelor's degree in social work from Longwood University, a master's degree in social work from Virginia Commonwealth University and completed Air Command and Staff College at the Air War College. She is currently vice chair of ACA's Mental Health Committee and programs chair of the Military Affairs Committee as well as a member of the Delegate Assembly. She served on ACA's Program Committee and Health Care Committee, and has been an ACA auditor for more than 10 years.
James A. Carter, Ph.D.
Public Service Executive IV, Clinical Care Unit
Iowa Department of Corrections
James A. Carter has a doctorate degree in counseling psychology and has been involved in mental health administration/development for 18 years and in the correctional field for six years. Carter has served as a psychologist with the Alabama Department of Mental Health, as the director of Autauga Mental Health Community Services, and as a psychologist and deputy warden of the East Mississippi Correctional Facility in Meridian, Miss. He most recently was appointed as Public Service Executive IV of the Iowa Department of Corrections Clinical Care Unit. He has spoken at numerous national conferences, including ACA's, on the subject of mental health/corrections. He received the International Society of Who's Who in Public Service Award in 2001, the Who's Who in American Businesses Award in 1998 and has many publications to his credit.
Lindsey T. Schutter
Department of the Army
Since 1999, Lindsey T. Schutter has been working in the mental health field gaining experience in community mental health, crisis intervention, inpatient treatment, involuntary detention and corrections. She began working with corrections as a crisis intervention specialist, responding to calls at the county jail. She continued to work in corrections throughout her schooling, completing internships at Western State Hospital, Center for Forensic Services and the Regional Corrections Facility (RCF) in Fort Lewis, Wash., where she is currently working as a social worker. While at the RCF, she successfully prepared the medical and mental health sections for reaccreditation, which included implementing new ACA standards and attending ACA conferences. Schutter received her master's degree in social work from the University of Washington.
Hal Smith, MPS
Corporate Consultant for Clinical Operations
MHM Correctional Mental Health Solutions
Until his retirement in November 2005 after 36 years of service, Hal Smith was the executive director and chief executive officer of the Central New York Forensic Psychiatric Center and the comprehensive network of prison-based correctional mental health services provided for the New York State Department of Correctional Services. During his career in New York, he worked in various clinical and administrative positions in a county jail, a state prison and a maximum-security forensic hospital. He also is the former director of forensic services for the New York State Office of Mental Health. Smith is a corporate consultant for MHM Services Inc., a leading provider of contract correctional mental health services, as well as for the consulting firm, Forensic Mental Health Inc. He is an associate clinical professor at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University, Department of Psychiatry, and is the author of numerous professional journal articles and book chapters.