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January/February 2017
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Austin hosts annual Statewide
Reentry Conference

In January, the 7th Annual Statewide Reentry Conference was held at the Texas Capitol in Austin. The conference serves as a venue for administrators, service providers and policy makers from a variety of organizations throughout the state to discuss current reentry initiatives. Among the panelists participating in the conference were several Texas Department of Criminal Justice representatives.

Topics covered at the conference include teaching job skills to offenders and preparing them for the workplace after release. TDCJ representatives discussed the agency's comprehensive reentry plan, which begins when offenders first arrive in the system and continues throughout incarceration until their release, or beyond release in cases where offenders are under parole supervision.


Photo of Rehabilitation Programs Division Director Madeline Ortiz, Manufacturing, Agribusiness and Logistics Division Director Bobby Lumpkin, Reentry and Integration Division Director April Zamora and Parole Division Director Pamela Thielke.

TDCJ senior staff discuss in detail how different agency divisions work together to improve the efficiency and success rate of the reentry process. From left to right: Rehabilitation Programs Division Director Madeline Ortiz; Manufacturing, Agribusiness and Logistics Division Director Bobby Lumpkin; Reentry and Integration Division Director April Zamora and Parole Division Director Pamela Thielke.

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Maresh named deputy director of
TDCJ Human Resources Division


New TDCJ HR division deputy director Charlene Maresh

Charlene Maresh

Charlene Maresh has been selected as deputy director for TDCJ’s Human Resources Division, effective January 1. The Human Resources Division oversees agency staff recruitment and employment, compensation and benefits, HR policy training, as well as employee relations and assistance.

Maresh has 17 years of experience with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, beginning as an entry level accountant and advancing to a Manager IV position as director of Accounting and Business Services. Patty Garcia, director of TDCJ's HR division, commended the selection, saying "Charlene has a solid background from the business and finance arena, an operational focus on employee development and engagement, and strong analytical expertise. She brings great experience and proven leadership to her new role and will serve our agency well."

Maresh holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Sam Houston State University.

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McCaffity named deputy director of Victim Services Division

New TDCJ Victim Services Division Deputy Director Mary McCaffity
 
Mary McCaffity
 

Mary McCaffity has been selected as deputy director for TDCJ's Victim Services Division, effective February 1. The mission of the Victim Services Division is to provide a central mechanism for crime victims to participate in the criminal justice system.

McCaffity has worked more than nine years in government service, to include time spent with the City of Cedar Park, the Texas Department of State Health Services, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and the Office of the Governor of Texas. During this time she has developed professional expertise in the areas of grant administration, public policy, strategic planning, training and technical assistance, and victim services. Victim Services Division Director Angie McCown commended the selection, saying "Mary brings great experience, innovative ideas, proven leadership and enthusiasm to her new position, and I am confident that she will serve our division well."

McCaffity holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Arts in Political Science and Legal Studies.

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Cogbill named director of Interstate Compact Office for Parole Division


New TDCJ Interstate Compact Office for Parole Divisin Director Sherri Cogbill

Sherri Cogbill

Sherri Cogbill has been selected as director of the Parole Division's Interstate Compact Office for Probation and Parole Supervision. The Interstate Compact Office coordinates the transfer of offender supervision to states outside the state of conviction.

After working in bank operations and management for more than six years, Cogbill began her criminal justice career in 2006 as a TDCJ parole officer and later promoted to internal reviewer for the Parole Division. She also served as an auditor with the Community Justice Assistance Division and most recently as a Program Supervisor V with the Reentry and Integration Division. Parole Division Director Pamela Thielke commended the selection, saying "Sherri's extensive and diverse background will serve the agency well as she assumes her new responsibilities."

Cogbill received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Houston Baptist University, with a double major in Psychology and Studio Art.

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Lisa Hedgecock named HR
Employee of the Year

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice Human Resources Division held its 16th annual Employee of the Year Luncheon last October at the Texas Prison Museum in Huntsville, where HR staff members who had been named Employee of the Month for fiscal year 2016 were presented with awards for outstanding performance. Lisa Hedgecock, Human Resources Specialist III from the Telford Unit, received special recognition as the HR Division Employee of the Year.

Hedgecock began her career with TDCJ in July of 1995 and has served as a Human Resources supervisor since July of 2012. With her exceptional communication skills, she has built strong, positive relationships with departments throughout the unit. After the tragic loss of Officer Timothy Davison at the Telford Unit in 2015, Hedgecock went above and beyond her normal duties by helping organize several meals for Officer Davison's family and working to ensure that no detail was overlooked during preparations for the memorial service.

TDCJ Human Resources Division Director Patty Garcia praised Hedgecock’s achievements, saying "Her commitment to the employees of the Telford Unit and her professionalism to this agency are outstanding." Garcia also recognized all the division's employees of the month, noting that "These outstanding HR employees are to be commended for the professionalism they exhibit on a daily basis. They commit to higher standards of work performance and support for their colleagues."

 


Photo of Captain Jacob Harrison with his 2016 Young Criminal Justice Professional of the Year award.

HR Division Employees of the Month for FY 2016: (left to right) Kristy Jeter, Shawnna Wolf, Anita Moore, Patrick Johnson, Kelley DiSilvestro, Lisa Hedgecock (Employee of the Year), Martha Aldape, Lisa Douglas, Anna Leon, Trista Flowers, and Krista Perkins
(Dee Dee Husley not pictured).

 

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Retirees

 

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Austin hosts annual Statewide Reentry Conference

Maresh named deputy director of TDCJ Human Resources Division

McCaffity named deputy director of Victim Services Division

Cogbill named director of Interstate Compact Office for Parole Division

Lisa Hedgecock named HR Employee of the Year