Board of Governors.
Raul S. Banasco
Orange County Corrections Department
Maj. Raul S. Banasco, CPM, MPA, obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Iona College, a Masters of Arts degree in public administration from Florida Atlantic University and is a certified public manager. In addition, he is a certified national auditor for ACA. Banasco began his public service career in the juvenile justice/corrections field in 1986 with the New York State Juvenile Justice Department. In 1988, he joined the Florida State Department of Corrections (FDOC) as a correctional officer. During his 19 years with FDOC, Banasco served as a probation officer, probation supervisor, classification supervisor, assistant warden of operations and programs, warden, and director of staff development for the entire agency. On Oct. 1, 2006, he was appointed to the position of major at the Orange County Jail. Banasco served as the state president of the Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency during the 2003-2004 term and is currently serving as president of the National Organization of Hispanics in Criminal Justice for the 2006-2008 term. He is also an active member of ACA, 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. Banasco is vice chair of ACA's Professional Education Council, a committee member of ACA's Affirmative Actions Committee and served on the Program Planning Committee from 2006 to 2008.
Artis (Ray) Hobbs
Chief Deputy Director of Institutions
Arkansas Department of Correction
Ray Hobbs began his career in corrections as a correctional officer I at the Tucker Unit (Arkansas) in January 1975. He worked in the treatment area of corrections from March 1976 to August 1978. In August 1978, he was promoted to assistant warden of the Benton Unit (Arkansas) and then warden of the same unit in March 1979. IN December 1981, Hobbs left Arkansas and was employed as a warden in the Arizona Department of Correction. In August 1984, he returned to his home state, continuing in corrections as a building major of the Maximum-Security Unit. Hobbs was promoted to assistant warden of the Wrightsville Unit in April 1986 and to warden in December 1989. He served in this position until April 1994 when he was promoted to assistant director of institutions. Hobbs continues in this position, which has been renamed chief deputy director of institutions. Hobbs is affiliated with ACA and serves on its Board of Governors and as a certified ACA auditor. He is a member of the Southern States Correctional Association and the Arkansas Criminal Justice Association. He is also a part-time criminal justice teacher/lecturer at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Community Programs (1 position)
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 the Franklin Pre-Release Center; participation on the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction's Office of Victim Services councils; and consultation on domestic violence related matters. She received a bachelor's degree in sociology/criminology from The 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 where she supervised the LEAA-funded Lifestyle Development Program and conducted assessments on admissions to the institution. She joined the Ohio Correctional and Court Services Association (OCCSA) in 1979 and has served in all elected officer positions and as ACA liaison. She is currently a member of OCCSA's Adult Community Based Cabinet. As the current crime victim organization representative to ACA's Delegate Assembly, she represents the corrections-related interests of crime victim organizations and continues as an active member of ACA's Victims/Restorative Justice Committee, having served for several years as chair. She is also a member of ACA's Ethics Committee.
John J. Larivee
Chief Executive Officer
Community Resources for Justice
John J. Larivee joined Community Resources for Justice (CRJ) in 1974, serving as CEO since 1985. CRJ operates halfway houses for adult offenders, group homes for youths and services for intellectually disabled individuals. It also helps correctional agencies implement evidence-based programming. During Larivee's career, CRJ designed and implemented the first day reporting center and worked with agencies across the country to establish similar centers. For ACA, Larivee chairs the Community Corrections Committee, serves on the Constitution and By-Laws Committee and the Corrections Compendium Editorial Advisory Board, and previously served on the Standards Committee. He is chair of the Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers, a past president and founding member of Citizens for Juvenile Justice, and a past president of the International Community Corrections Association. Larivee holds a master's degree in criminal justice from the University of New York at Albany, a Master of Business Administration from Suffolk University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College.
Correctional Administration--Adult (1 position)
Glenn S. Goord
New York State Department of Correctional Services
Glenn S. Goord retired on Aug. 30, 2006, after 32 years with the New York State Department of Correctional Services. He began his career in 1973 as a drug abuse rehabilitation counselor and worked his way to the position of deputy commissioner for operations. In April 1996, then-Gov. George Pataki named him acting commissioner, and the state Senate unanimously confirmed his nomination in December 1996. He is the first department employee to rise through the ranks to the position of commissioner. Goord has received numerous national awards, including ACA's 2005 E.R. Cass Correctional Achievement Award; the Association of State Correctional Administrators' Michael Francke Award for outstanding leadership; the ACA Golden Eagle Award recognizing New York for having all its facilities accredited; and the American Society for Public Administration's Alfred E. Smith Award, its highest honor, for outstanding individual service. Goord is a long-standing member of both ACA and the New York Corrections and Youth Services Association.
George M. Little
Tennessee Department of Correction
George M. Little has been commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Correction (TDC) since 2005. As commissioner, he is responsible for more than 19,000 inmates in 16 adult correctional institutions--three of which are privately managed. He also oversees an operating budget of approximately $672 million, which employs 5,422 workers. Before becoming commissioner, Little served as director of the Shelby County Division of Corrections in Memphis. In this position, he managed all administrative functions of the department; oversaw departmental operating and capital budgets; and formulated and approved policies and procedures for the day-to-day operation of the division. Little also previously served as assistant to the executive director of the Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole, regional director of TDC, warden at DeBerry Correctional Institute, and assistant commissioner of adult institutions for TDC. In 1980, Little began his career in public service as the assistant to Gov. Lamar Alexander in the Office of State Planning in Nashville. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economic and business administration from Morehouse College in Atlanta and took graduate courses in economics and urban/regional development at the University of Texas in Austin.
Detention--Adult (1 position)
James E. Coleman
Shelby County Sheriff's Office
James E. Coleman began his career in 1972 with the Davidson County Sheriff's Office (DCSO) in Nashville, Tenn. His career has been blessed with great mentors and the opportunity to work with some of the best local, state and federal corrections professionals. During the past six years, he has been honored to work with the men and women of the Shelby County Sheriff's Office in Memphis. Together they have embarked upon a journey many in the field thought unthinkable--accreditation from ACA. Today they are proud to display their certificates of accreditation in both their male and female institutions. Coleman's career development has been additionally enriched through employment as director of training with the Tennessee Corrections Institute and the Tennessee Board of Paroles; director of the Union County, N.J Division of Corrections; and an Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) appointment with NIC's Academy Division. He has given presentations at several professional conferences, including ACA's. Coleman holds a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from Tennessee State University.
David M. Parrish
Department of Detention Services
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office
Col. David M. Parrish has been with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office for more than 33 years. He became a division commander in 1978 and has held his current position in the county jail system since 1981. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from The Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Arts degree in criminology and corrections from Sam Houston State University in Texas. In addition, Parrish graduated from the 119th Session of the FBI National Academy and, in 1999, received an honorary doctorate degree in humanities from Central Methodist College in Missouri. A long-time member of ACA, Parrish has served as treasurer and on the Delegate Assembly, the Board of Governors and numerous committees. In 1997, Parrish received ACA's E.R. Cass Correctional Achievement Award. Most recently, he was appointed by former Attorney General John Ashcroft to serve as a member of the National Institute of Corrections Advisory Board.
Detention--Juvenile (1 position)
Wayne County Juvenile Detention Facility
Department of Children and Family Services
Leonard Dixon is executive director for the Wayne County Juvenile Detention Facility, Department of Children and Family Services in Detroit; the past president of the National Juvenile Detention Association (NJDA); and a consultant for the U.S. Department of Justice and NJDA. Dixon holds a master's degree in program administration from Nova University in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology/psychology from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo. Dixon was a member of the ACA Standards Committee from 2002 to 2006. He has received numerous awards and honors and has given speeches around the country on juvenile justice issues. Dixon has more than 27 years of juvenile justice experience in residential and nonresidential, commitment, case management, and detention, as well as experience in facility planning and development and negotiating federal consent decrees. Dixon also worked for the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice in Miami Dade County for 16 years. In addition, Dixon served as director for Michigan's Bureau of Juvenile Justice from 2004 to 2007. In February 2006, Dixon was featured in Ebony magazine as NJDA's first African-American president.
Lawrence E. Hicks
Oklahoma County Juvenile Bureau
Lawrence E. Hicks began his career in corrections in 1973 after graduating with a business degree and a master's degree in guidance and counseling. Initially, he was a state of Kansas parole officer. During the next 15 years, he served as a parole supervisor, institution unit manager, training coordinator, community corrections consultant and director of classification for the Kansas State Penitentiary. From 1987 to 1992, Hicks was deputy warden in Santa Fe, N.M. For more than eight years, he served as the facility administrator fro the Oklahoma County Juvenile Detention Facility. In July 2005, he was promoted to juvenile bureau director. For five years, he taught as an adjunct professor in the Criminal Justice Department of the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. Hicks is a Vietnam veteran and has been awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. He is an ACA auditor and has served on the Human Resources Committee. Hicks has a wealth of experience and commitment to the profession of corrections.
Institutions--Adult (1 position)
Deputy Superintendent of Programs
New York State Department of Correctional Services
Karen LaPolt has worked for the New York State Department of Correctional Services in adult institutions for more than 20 years. Beginning as a teacher, LaPolt later worked as a volunteer services coordinator, a corrections counselor and an education supervisor. She has been deputy superintendent of programs since 2005. LaPolt received a master's degree in business education from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany, studied educational administration at SUNY Plattsburgh, and is certified in school administration and supervision. An active member of the New York Corrections and Youth Services Association (CAYSA) since 1988, LaPolt served as conference chair and executive board member for 10 years. In 2002, she became president-elect. Since then, LaPolt has also served as a CAYSA representative to the ACA Delegate Assembly. LaPolt's expertise in the field, experience as an accreditation manager, commitment to the profession, and active participation in statewide and national organizations make her an ideal adult institutions candidate for the ACA Board of Governors.
Mark H. Saunders
Southeastern Correctional Institution
Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction
Mark H. Saunders began his corrections career in 1977 as a military police officer on military stockade duty at Fort Bliss in Texas. He joined the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction as a classification specialist, advancing to unit manager, administrative assistant and deputy warden before being named warden in February 2000. Saunders has served in Iraq as a prison adviser to the Iraqi Correctional Service. He has held office in numerous organizations, including the Ohio Corrections and Court Services Association, the North American Association of Wardens and Superintendents, the Correctional Education Association--Ohio, and the Ohio Chapter of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice. In addition, he was a charter member of the National Organization of Hispanics in Criminal Justice. An ACA Delegate Assembly member since 1996, Saunders is serving his second term on ACA's Board of Governors. He has also served on the Membership, Congress Program Planning, Staff Safety and International Relations committees. Saunders has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from the University of Texas at El Paso.
Institutions--Juvenile (1 position)
Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice
Michelle Staples-Horne, M.D., has been the medical director of the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice (GADJJ) since 1994 and is responsible for the provision of medical services to more than 2,600 youths each day in 30 facilities served by GADJJ. She has been a member of ACA's Health Care Committee since 1998 and currently serves on the Delegate Assembly representing correctional health. Staples-Horne has provided correctional health care consultation and training in several states as well as for the National Institute of Corrections and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She also serves on the Juvenile Health Committee of the National Commission on Correctional Health Care and is president of the Society of Correctional Physicians. Staples-Horne is the author of several articles and book chapters relating to correctional health care, including articles in ACA's Corrections Today magazine.
Shannon D. Teague
Reentry, Faith and Community Initiatives
Ohio Department of Youth Services
Shannon D. Teague has worked for the Ohio Department of Youth Services for 12 years. Currently, she serves as the administrator of reentry, faith and community initiatives. 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 superintendent of three juvenile correctional institutions, assistant administrator in the Office of Substance Abuse Services, unit manager and social worker. Her corrections career began in 1996 as a social worker for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. She holds a bachelor's degree in criminology (1992) and a master's degree in counselor education/rehabilitation (1994) from Ohio University in Athens. She maintains a license in social work (LSW) and is a licensed independent chemical dependency counselor (LICDC). Teague's professional affiliations include serving as an ACA Delegate Assembly representative for correctional administration (juvenile) and a board member of the Ohio Community Service Council. She is also a member of the North American Association of Wardens and Superintendents, the Ohio Wardens and Superintendents Association, and the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice.
Member At Large (1 position)
Mary V. Leftridge Byrd
Washington State Department of Corrections
Mary V. Leftridge Byrd, a corrections professional of 30 years, serves as assistant secretary of the Division of Offender Treatment and Reentry Programs for the Washington State Department of Corrections (WADOC). She is responsible for initiatives providing chemical dependency interventions, family-centered programs, and institution-based academic and vocational opportunities, as well as religious services and sex offender treatment. She also leads the department's reentry initiative. Prior to this position, she led Washington State's Community Corrections Division and was responsible for 1,100 personnel who supervised 27,000 offenders. In this positon, she also directed the operations of work release facilities, community justice centers, "cop shops" and field offices in 132 sites statewide. Before coming to Washington, she served with the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, the Maryland Division of Corrections and the District of Columbia Department of Corrections. Her experiences in these systems include serving as deputy secretary, superintendent and assistant warden in medium-and maximum-security institutions housing male and female populations. Byrd is published in corrections periodicals and has been a guest author in a number of books about the profession. She is frequently invited to deliver keynote addesses around the country, often speaking on leadership, recruitment and retention, collaboration, and community engagement.
Deputy Superintendent for Administrative Services New York State Department of Correctional Services
Gloria Hultz started her career in 1967 with the NYS Narcotic Addiction Control Commission. Three years later, she went to work for the NYS Department of Correctional Services in the finance office as an account clerk. Through promotions, she worked her way to deputy superintendent for administrative services. Hultz became an ACA member in 1979 and was part of the formation of the New York Corrections and Youth Services Association (NY CAYSA) in 1982. She served as treasurer and is a past president of NY CAYSA. She is a member and former chair of the ACA Membership Committee and the Dual Chapters and State and Geographical Affiliates Committee. She is also on ACA's Women Working in Corrections Ad Hoc Committee. Hultz is the executive treasurer for the North American Association of Wardens and Superintendents. She is also a member of the Correctional Accreditation Managers' Association and the National Organization of Hispanics in Criminal Justice. Hultz plans to use her working knowledge from the committees she serves on to represent and actively participate in the development of programs and policies for ACA as a member of the Board of Governors.
Probation--0-Adult (1 position)
Robert Lee Guy
Division of Community Corrections
North Carolina Department of Correction
Robert Lee Guy has a distinguished 30-year career in probation, parole and community corrections. He began as a line probation officer and has risen through the ranks to his present position as director of the North Carolina Division of Community Corrections, a position he has held since 1997. Guy led the division through a decade of change, which included reorganization and the development and implementation of a comprehensive community corrections strategy to support North Carolina's 1994 Structured Sentencing Act. Guy presently serves as North Carolina's commissioner for interstate compact, as chair of the National Interstate Compact for Adult Offenders (ICAOS) "Sex Offender" Committee and as a member of the ICAOS Compliance Committee. He is also a member of the North Carolina Governor's Crime Commission and serves on the Substance Abuse Services Task Force for the North Carolina Institute of Medicine. Guy is as a program associate with the Vera Institute of Justice. He also serves on a Public Safety Performance Project with The Pew Charitable Trust and on the Norval Morris Project, Keystone Group with the National Institute of Corrections. His is a past member of the (NIJ) Corrections State Technology Council and New York's Project Greenlight National Advisory Board. Guy has received numerous honors, including the George W. Randall Award in 1982 as an Outstanding Probation/Parole Officer in North Carolina; the 2004 East Carolina University Outstanding Alumni Award; and the James Moody Award for leadership in gang and community threat group work in 2007.
Louisiana Division of Probation and Parole/Adult
Genic Powers has worked in corrections since 1974, serving for several years as a correctional officer, probation and parole officer, and in other positions in probation and parole. She has served as director of the Louisiana Division of Probation and Parole/Adult since 1999. Powers holds a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from Louisiana State University. She has worked with ACA standards since the division was accredited in 1993 and has served as an ACA auditor and an auditor for local detention facilities in Louisiana (using standards patterned after ACA standards). Powers is also a member of the Southern States Correctional Association and the American Probation and Parole Association. She has served in several positions for the Interstate Commission for Adult Offender Supervision and is currently its vice chair. Powers plan to use her experience in community corrections and the ACA accreditation process to represent probation on the Board of Governors. She is honored to be nominated for this position.