- CJAD Region II Director Manny Rodriguez was named the division's deputy director in January. Rodriguez has more than 10 years with TDCJ and has held several positions within CJAD during his tenure. He has a decade of experience in Community Supervision and Corrections departments, including those in Travis and Caldwell counties. He also has practical experience with direct supervision, including specialized caseloads of electronic monitoring and sex offenders, as well as extensive knowledge of program and fiscal auditing, contract negotiations, budgets and oversight of specialized programs.
- In December, Correctional Institutions Division Director Rick Thaler announced the selection of Michael Upshaw as the division's Region I director. Upshaw is a 25-year TDCJ veteran, who has served as senior warden at six different facilities during his career. He most recently headed the agency's Correctional Training and Staff Development Department.
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Third Quarter -
Chairman's Fitness Challenge
Attention walkers and runners:
registration is still open for the Seventh Annual
Texas Round-Up 10K-5K Family Mile event. Sign up today and help TDCJ win the
Governor's Cup! If volunteering is more your style, just helping at the event's Fitness
Festival can bring TDCJ closer to winning the coveted cup, and it's fun and rewarding.
Chairman Bell challenges employees to bring the cup home to TDCJ, which will deny TxDOT and DPS another victory. It's not too late for you to help. For more details or to sign up, contact your wellness coordinator or go to www.texasroundup.org.
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SECC donations rise again, exceed expectations
TDCJ employees contributed $886,400 to benefit preferred charities through the State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC) in 2009, an increase of $80,000 from the 2008 campaign. More than 6,900 employees, including Windham School District administrative personnel, participated in the payroll deduction option in addition to thousands of employees who contributed through cash donations. Agency employees have exceeded each year's goal since 1996.
TDCJ's partnership with SECC includes local employee committees which oversee the campaign in their areas. The committees
ensure that all local participating charities meet state guidelines. Through TDCJ support of these committees, employees are assured that their donation is received by the charity of their choice.
SECC provides a secure and affordable way for employees to make a difference in their communities, as well as on a state and national level. A donation of as little as $2 per month through the payroll deduction or support of fundraising efforts assists in meeting the needs of thousands of people and helps improve the lives of others.
"I want to extend my appreciation to all employees who participated in the 2009 charitable campaign,"
said TDCJ Executive Director Brad Livingston. "Once again your generosity and compassion are truly remarkable and a source of inspiration for others."
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