I have been a member of the Wisconsin Correctional Association for over 20 years. I have worked in various positions for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections for 26 years in the Division of Adult Institutions as well as for the Division of Community Corrections.
I started my career in DOC working as a Social Worker at Jackson Correctional Institution in 1997 where I worked in a restricted housing unit and general population unit. This proved to be an invaluable experience where I formed some lifelong friendships. Ready for a position change, I had the opportunity to transfer to the Division of Community Corrections where I began working as a Probation and Parole Agent in Whitehall, Wisconsin. This position as well was filled with new experiences and learning opportunities! I continued to work as an agent for approximately nine years until I promoted to a Corrections Field Supervisor in Monroe County. As a CFS, I continued to develop my skills as a leader and support staff for another nine years. Recently, I changed course with yet another opportunity in DCC, and took a position as an Implementation and Fidelity Coach. This position has allowed me to work with a vast number of people in DCC as one of three coaches in the state who assist staff in developing their skills in applying risk reduction strategies in their work with clients. This has been another amazing learning experience!
Throughout my career in the Department of Corrections, I have met exceptionally dedicated, hard-working, innovative, and motivating people. I welcome the opportunity to answer questions and provide information about the Department of Corrections, the Division of Community Corrections, and the various positions I have held as well as the Wisconsin Correctional Association.
I would enjoy continuing my role as Recording Secretary on the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Correctional Association for another two-year term. I believe my years of experience in WCA and DOC will allow me to serve this position well and assist in continuing WCA’s efforts to grow and offer opportunities for those working in the criminal justice system.
I have worked with County, State, Private, and community organizations. By having these other perspectives, the WCA can bring other training opportunities to the members. By being active on the board, and hopefully as your President – Elect, I hope to not only impart some of the knowledge I have gained throughout my corrections career and other jobs I hold, but to also continue to learn from those around me. If you have any questions of me, please reach out to me and I will gladly talk to you. I look forward to your support in voting me into the position of President – Elect and I hope to see you all at conference soon. Thank you!