Commission on Accreditation for Corrections.
Health Services Division
Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Lannette Linthicum, M.D., CCHP-A, FACP, graduated from Smith College in Northampton, Mass., in 1979 with a double major in biochemistry and French literature and language. Following college, Linthicum returned home to Baltimore to attend medical school at the University of Maryland. She graduated in 1983, and by 1986, she completed her internship and residency training in internal medicine. After finishing her residency training, Linthicum went to Texas as a U.S. Public Health Service Physician with the National Health Services Corps. She currently serves as medical director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. She is the first African-American and the first female to hold this position in Texas. Linthicum oversees a health care system that provides services to approximately 153,000 offenders. She is recognized nationally as a leader and expert in correctional medicine and serves on many national correctional health care committees and boards. She has written many articles and publications and has co-authored a chapter in a correctional medicine textbook. She is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, an advanced certified correctional health professional and a fellow of the American College of Physicians.
Lester N. Wright
Deputy Commissioner/Chief Medical Officer
New York State Department of Correctional Services
Lester N. Wright, M.D., MPH, has been chief medical officer in New York since 1995. Prior to that, he served in public health and international health, which brings a public health orientation to his work. He believes correctional health is really public health provided for a population with many risk factors in a place where it is easier to find patients than in the community. He has served ACA in a number of roles, including as a member of the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections from 2000 to 2006; the Standards Committee from 2000 to 2002; the Health Committee, including serving as chair; and the Mental Health Committee. He is currently chair of ACA's Pandemic (Influenza) Task Force. His mantra is: "People who need health care should have the care they need." He feels accreditation is a powerful means to assuring that quality care is available.
At-Large Correctional Health (1 position)
Director of Medical Services
North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Since 1994, Kathleen Bachmeier has worked for the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in the position of director of medical services. She served previously as director of medical services for the North Dakota State Penitentiary and the Missouri River Correctional Center and presently serves in that position for the department's Adult Services Division and Juvenile Services Division. Bachmeier holds a nursing degree from Rapid City Regional School of Nursing in South Dakota, a Bachelor of Science degree from South Dakota State University and a Master of Science in adult health nursing from The University of North Dakota. She is currently a member of the ACA Health Care Committee and the Coalition for Correctional Health Authorities. She has been a contributing health care author for ACA's Corrections Today magazine and participated in an ACA pilot project field testing performance-based health care standards as a health care auditor. Bachmeier is also an ACA adult correctional institutional auditor. She plans to use her experience in adult and juvenile correctional health care, as well as her experience as an ACA health care auditor, to represent and actively participate in the area of health care on the ACA Commission on Accreditation for Corrections.
Scott A. Haas
Kentucky Department of Corrections
Scott A. Haas, M.D., is a 1992 graduate of the University of Louisville School of Medicine and holds clinical appointments at the University of Louisville Department of Psychiatry and the University of Kentucky Department of Family and Community Medicine. As a dual-certified forensic and general psychiatrist, he has worked for the Department of Corrections for more than 14 years. Haas was initially hired as the chief of psychiatric services and then promoted to medical director in 2004. He advocates for the use of creative, cost-containment solutions. Haas has served as a technical assistance consultant for ACA, the Association of State Correctional Administrators, the National Institute of Corrections, the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Criminal Justice Institute. Haas plans to continue promoting the use of innovative technological and organizational approaches as a mechanism to increase the quality and cost-effectiveness of correctional health care.
American Jail Association (1 position)
Robert L. Green
Montgomery County Correctional Facility
Montgomery County Department of Correction and Rehabilitation
Robert L. Green is a native of Maryland, having spent his entire career in local corrections within the state. Green is responsible for the Montgomery County Correctional Facility, a 1,029-bed direct supervision facility in Boyds, Md. The Montgomery County Department of Correction and Rehabilita-' tion is one of the 50 largest county correctional systems in the U.S. The system is recognized as a national model in the areas of institutional programming and offender reentry. Having just completed 23 years in local corrections, Green is committed to the principles of community collaboration and a system that engages the full scope of human need as a successful formula for change and return to the community. Green is a highly regarded instructor and speaker in the areas of leadership development and management. He is a past member of the American Jail Association's board of directors, as well as a consultant for the National Institute of Corrections and ACA.
Central Booking Bureau
Detention Services Division
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
Marilyn Rogan works for the Clark County Detention Center, which has a population of 3,400 inmates and is accredited by ACA and the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC). Rogan began her 25-year career as an officer, and she is presently a captain, managing the booking of 74,000 inmates and releases annually. Previous assignments include oversight of a direct inmate supervision facility; negotiating and monitoring a $13 million medical contract to maintain NCCHC accreditation; and monitoring lawsuits and food, psychological, religious and laundry services. She initiated a diversion program for the mentally ill, a crisis intervention unit and an "Angel Tree" program. She serves on the Sheriff's Task Force for the Mentally III the American Jail Association (AJA) Conference Planning Committee, the AJA Awards Committee and has been on AJA's board of directors since 1999. She is also a member of the Nevada Competency Court Committee and the Regional Justice Committee. Rogan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Bridgewater State College, Bridgewater, Mass.
Association of Paroling Authorities International (1 position)
L. Gale Buckner
Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles
Gale Buckner was appointed to Georgia's Board of Pardons and Paroles in 2005, serving as vice chair since 2006. She has prior service experience as executive director of the Governor's Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (2000--2005) and in a sworn capacity with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI). She has been instrumental in the accreditation and certification process for the parole board and the GBI. Buckner received a master's degree in public administration from Brenau University and a Bachelor of Science degree in urban life from Georgia State University. She is a graduate of the 169th Session of the FBI National Academy; was a 2003 delegate to Israel for the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange program; and is a past president of the International Association of Women Police. She currently serves as chair of the Association of Paroling Authorities International (APAI) Standards Committee. Buckner will use her accreditaion experience to further the continued collaboration between ACA and APAI.
Parole Board Chair
Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction
Cynthia Mausser was appointed as chair of the Ohio Parole Board in April 2006. She began her career with the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction in 1994 as a parole board hearing officer. She has also served as chief hearing officer and a parole board member. As chair of the Ohio parole Board, which has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections since 1994, Mausser oversees all parole board operations, including compliance with ACA standards for adult parole authorities. She is also an active member of the Association of Paroling Authorities International (APAI) and holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and a juris doctorate degree. Mausser plans to use her familiarity with ACA standards and her legal background to contribute and actively participate as the APAI representative.
American Probation and Parole Association (1 position)
6th Judicial District Department of Correctional Services
Gary Hinzman has more than 38 years experience in criminal justice in lowa. He is the current president of the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) and a member of ACA and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He has served as a police helicopter pilot, director of a Regional Law Enforcement Academy and police chief in Cedar Rapids, lowa. He has several degrees in criminal justice and business administration and a master's degree in public administration from lowa State University. In 2002, he chaired a statewide Commission on Corrections Mental Health Issues. He has served on several statewide task forces appointed by lowa's governors and attorneys general, including chairing lowa's Community and Restorative Justice Task Force. In 1992, Hinzman was instrumental in founding the Community Corrections Improvement Association, a nonprofit foundation to further the efforts of community corrections practices. He also serves on the board of directors for APPA and is a past vice. President of the National Association of Probation Executives (NAPE). Hinzman has authored and co-authored critical monographs on best practices. In 2004, Hinzman was named Probation Executive of the Year by NAPE and Sam Houston State University. In 2005, he was recognized by APPA for "Outstanding Contributions to Scholarship in Community Corrections." During July 2007, he sponsored a visit by a Polish delegation to the probation departments in New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago and Cedar Rapids. He is currently working with Polish probation officials to set the agenda for an international conference in Poland in May 2008.
Oklahoma Department of Corrections
Justin Jones has 30 years of criminal justice experience. He has served in numerous leadership capacities since beginning his career with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections in September 1977, including district supervisor of probation and parole; deputy director of probation and parole state services; warden; regional director of institutions; deputy director of community sentencing; and deputy director of the Division of Community Corrections. He was appointed director by the Oklahoma Board of Corrections on Oct. 27, 2005. Jones serves as chair of the ACA Probation and Parole Committee and the Reentry and Community Corrections Committee of the Association of State Correctional Administrators. He also serves on several local governor- and legislative-appointed boards and task forces. Jones holds degrees in sociology and communications.
Association of State Correctional Administrators (1 position)
J. David Donahue
Indiana Department of Correction
David Donahue started in corrections 27 years ago as a correctional officer with the Federal Bureau I of Prisons and has held a variety of positions in corrections, including warden and deputy commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Corrections. As commissioner in Indiana, Donahue leads a work force of 9,000 employees who supervise nearly 39,000 offenders. He has made significant improvements in the areas of public safety, facility security, staff professionalism, operational efficiency, offender reentry, stockholder partnerships and offender programming. Donahue graduated from Eastern Kenlucky University with a degree in police administration. He has served as an auditor for ACA since 1990 and has successfully completed ACA's Correctional Certification Program to become a certified corrections executive. He is an active member of both ACA and the Indiana Correctional Association and serves on the boards of directors for the National Major Gang Task Force and the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute. At the request of the U.S. Army, Donahue recently helped train military leaders on fundamental correctional practices and toured and inspected detainee operations in Iraq.
Robert P. Houston
Nebraska Department of Correctional Services
Robert P. Houston started his career as a county corrections officer before becoming a counselor at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in 1974. In the years that followed, his assignments included unit manager, unit administrator, associate and deputy warden, warden at three institutions, deputy director, and two years as director of the Douglas County (Omaha) Department of Corrections. Houston is an ACA auditor; a consultant for the National Institute of Corrections; president of the University of Nebraska Criminal Justice Education Fund; and past president of both the Deputy Warden's Association and the Nebraska Correctional Association. He serves on the Nebraska Jail Standards Board, the Nebraska Crime Commission, the Community Corrections Council and the Interstate Compact. He has taught criminal justice for 20 years at the University of Nebraska, where he earned a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in criminal justice.
International Community Corrections Association (1 position)
Cristi M. Payne
Adult Community-Based Marketing
Cornell Companies Inc.
Since 1996, Cristi M. Payne has worked within the criminal justice industry, serving six years as the lead substance abuse program supervisor at Illinois Youth Center-Murphysboro; three years as director of Southwestern Illinois Correctional Center in East St. Louis; two years as director of Corporate Development in Houston; and most recently as director of Adult Community-Based Marketing for Cornell. Payne received a Bachelor of Arts in social work from the University of Illinois. She is recognized as a certified alcohol and drug counselor, a mental health substance abuse professional, and a criminal justice addictions professional. Payne is currently serving as regional vice president-Region 6 for the International Community Corrections Association (ICCA). She is highly recognized for her contributions as an advocate in the addictions and criminal justice fields. Payne plans to use her aforementioned experience to represent ICCA.
Denise M. Robinson
President/CEO Alvis House
Denise M. Robinson is the president and CEO of Alvis House and is also a past president of the International Community Corrections Association (ICCA). Alvis House is a private, nonprofit community corrections agency that annually serves more than 3,000 individuals and families affected by incarceration. All of the agency's residential correctional programs are accredited by ACA. The agency, which operates in Columbus, Chillicothe, Dayton and Toledo, has grown more than 20 percent in the three years that Robinson has served as its president. She has served the past four years as a commissioner on the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections; she serves on the board of the International Association of Reentry; and she also serves as the ICCA representative to ACA's Delegate Assembly. Robinson is a past president of the Ohio Community Corrections Association and a founding member of the Correctional Accreditation Association of Ohio. She has served on the Governor's Task Force for Incarcerated Women, the Parole and Probation Council for Community Justice Initiatives for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, and on numerous other panels and committees. Robinson has received awards for leadership from the Ohio Community Corrections Association and the Ohio Justice Alliance for Community Corrections. She is also a member of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice, the Franklin County Criminal Justice and Community Corrections Planning Board, the Alliance for Women in Community Corrections, the Ohio Court and Correctional Services Association, and the Correctional Accreditation Managers' Association. Robinson holds a bachelor's degree in anthropology from The Ohio State University.
North American Association of Wardens and Superintendents (1 position)
Managing Director of Operations Division V
Corrections Corporation of America
Kevin Myers has served the wardens and superintendents of North America for the past four years, and he hopes to continue to serve them for an additional four years. His 16 years of experience with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections--starting as a correctional officer and working his way through the ranks--and his 17 years of experience in the private sector of corrections, in addition to his formal education, allows him to understand the challenges front line staff face each day. Myers has been engaged in the accreditation process on various levels since the late 1970s and has witnessed the maturation of this process. He hopes to continue to serve wardens and superintendents for the next four years.
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 as a caseworker and as 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 of the Kentucky State Reformatory. From 1986 to 1998, Rees worked for Corrections Corporation of America, managing 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 administrations. He received a bachelor's degree in sociology and political science from the University of Kentucky and a master's degree in criminology and correctional administration from Florida State University. Rees 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. Rees retired from his position as commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Corrections on Jan. 31.
National Association of Juvenile Correctional Agencies (1 position)
Patrick J. Curran III
Davidson County Juvenile Detention Center
Patrick J. Curran III, CJM, 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. Curran received a 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 sherif'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. Curran 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.
Christopher R. Stetzar
William Marion Stevenson Detention Center
Since 1995, Christopher Stetzar has worked for the Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families, Division of Youth Rehabilitative Services, securesecuresecuresecuresecuresecuresecuresecuresecuresecuresecuresecuresecuresecuresecureSecure Care. He has held several positions, including one year as a supervisor, three years as a program manager, three years as an assistant superintendent and five years as a superintendent, all in level 5 secure care facilities for juveniles. Stetzar's prior experience includes 10 years in psychiatric services, both in the community and for inpatient hospitalization. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in health and human services from the University of Scranton. He plans to utilize his education and experience in juvenile services to actively participate in the development of programs and policies for AVAACA, representing the National Association of Juvenile Correctional Agencies
National Juvenile Detention Association (1 position)
Union County Juvenile Detention Facility
A lifelong Professional, Greg Lyons has spent more than 35 years in the field of juvenile detention. He began his career in 1971 as a line worker and, through the years, has worked his way up, becoming superintendent of the Union County facility in 2003. He is the current treasurer of the New Jersey Juvenile Detention Association; chairman of New Jersey's Juvenile Training Conference; an ad hoc representative for the National Juvenile Detention Association; and a founding member of the Northeast Coalition for Juvenile Detention. If appointed, Lyons will use his many years of experience to represent the best interests of the National juvenile Detention Association.
William (Bill) H. Thompson
Harris County Juvenile Probation Texas
Bill H. Thompson ha worked in juvenile services since 1970. His County experience includes two years as a probation officer, 17 years as a supervisor/administrator and 11 years as deputy director. His service also includes four years as assistant chief probation officer for Dallas Country juvenile Probation and Master of Public Administration from Texas Southern University. He is a licensed child care administrator in the state of Texas. Thompson has served as president of the Houston Chapter of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice, as well as on the national board. He is the recipient of the First Humanitarian Award from the TSU Social Work Department and the Medgar Evers Outstanding Service Award from NABCJ. Thompson will use his vast experience in juvenile services and community corrections to actively represent the National Detention Association.