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The 2012 Community Supervision Line Officer Award winners were recognized at the Judicial Advisory Council meeting during January in Austin. Nominated by their colleagues in recognition of their outstanding contributions to their profession, the five recipients are, from left, Javier Gonzalez of Webb County, Matthew Baldasarri of Comal County, Veronica McClain of McLennan County, Beverly Baker of Angelina County and Kasi Yargo of Brazos County.
Carey Welebob, Texas Department of Criminal Justice Community Justice Assistance Division director, added, “We owe a debt of thanks to both the recipients of this award and all community supervision officers for providing the rehabilitative services which will divert probationers from further negative encounters with the judicial system.”
Correctional Officer V Lisa Brugman was named Crain Unit Employee of the Year in a January presentation ceremony attended by former Texas Board of Criminal Justice chairman and unit namesake Christina Melton Crain. Brugman was one of twelve nominees previously selected as unit Employee of the Month winners.
Current Crain Unit Warden Loretta Carmona cited the reason for the award selection, saying, “Officer Brugman was chosen because of her work ethic and professionalism. She is always willing to lend a hand to fellow officers and is just one example of the many dedicated TDCJ staff members whose job it is to uphold our mission to protect the public on a daily basis.”
Upholding a long tradition of public service, Parole Division employees across the state donated their time and effort to make the 2012 holiday season a happy one for all in their communities.
Temple District Parole Office staff, from left: Cheri Siegelin, Roland Hampton, Darlene Stevenson, Amy Carr, Dale Jackson and Jason Veihl, donated items to their local Toys for Tots Christmas toy drive, and collected food donations for the Gatesville area Thanksgiving Food for Families campaign.
Parole officers Leigh Faissal, left, and Gertrude Brown from the Conroe District Parole Office participate in their 9th Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. More than fifty baskets, containing everything needed for a Thanksgiving meal, were created and donated to members of the community.
Staff members from the Dallas V District Parole Office donated items to provide ten Thanksgiving food baskets. Here, parole officers Archie Wood, at left, and Candace Cherry present one of the food baskets to a parolee.
Leigh Faissal, a 23-year veteran parole officer at the Conroe District Parole Office, hosts several events each Christmas for children in Conroe and surrounding communities. Held annually for the past 12 years, the events include cookie and ornament decorating, lunch, visits with Santa, and presents for each child. In 2012, gifts were distributed to more than 550 children.
All photos submitted by Parole Division staff.
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