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November/December 2015
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Dealing with holiday stress?
Call Employee Assistance for help

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The Employee Assistance Program is a TDCJ work benefit which can help employees and their families deal with any negative emotions and stress during the holiday season.

The EAP contracts with qualified counselors who provide professional assistance to agency employees and their families. Program counselors are available 24 hours a day, every day of the week, and are not TDCJ employees. The program is administered by a private, nonprofit agency, and all communications with EAP are completely confidential.

Agency employees or their family members may call EAP at 866-832-5927 and discuss any problem, free of charge. If you need more extensive treatment, EAP will help you find support services, many of which are covered by medical insurance.

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TDCJ employees give back

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Many TDCJ employees throughout the agency participated in clothing, gift and food drives during the holiday season. Click here to see a video highlighting a few of the events that were held at various units and offices across the state.

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Training Sergeant Battles named
CTSD Trainer of the Year


TDCJ's deputy director of CID Correctional Training and Staff Development Tracy Bailey

Sergeant Charles Battles

Sergeant Charles Battles of the Correctional Institutions Division's Minnie R. Houston Training Academy was recognized as Correctional Training and Staff Development's 2015 Trainer of the Year at the November CID meeting in Huntsville.

Sergeant Battles, a 29-year TDCJ veteran, is a munitions and defensive tactics instructor and field training officer coordinator for CID Region I. Battles regularly demonstrates both professional commitment and personal integrity while working to develop innovative and effective training techniques for recently hired CID staff.

Minnie R. Houston Training Academy Major Jeremy Bryant commended Battles' work, saying, "Sergeant Battles epitomizes the corrections professional and his experience, work ethic and demeanor inspire everyone to do their best. He is a fine example of the agency's core values as they should apply in the workplace. Battles' work with the agency's On-the-Job-Training Program is exceptional and his knowledge serves as a valuable training resource."

CTSD's Trainer of the Year is selected from a group of six Regional Trainers of the Year. The five other nominees for this year's award were:

 

Region II: Sergeant Angela Davis

 

Region III: Sergeant Honora Tenorio

 

Region IV: Sergeant Gerald Moreno

 

Region V: Sergeant Ryan Brundage

 

Region VI: Sergeant William Lyon

 

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TDCJ’s HR Division recognizes 2015 Employee of the Year

In November, the TDCJ Human Resources Division honored Human Resources Specialist II Nolan Spencer at its 15th annual Employee of the Year luncheon held at the Prison Museum in Huntsville.

Spencer is a correctional recruiter working in HR Headquarters and has more than 30 years' TDCJ experience, including six years as an agency recruiter. In addition to training new agency staff, he has helped make positive changes in recruiting procedures and performs his job duties with the highest degree of professionalism.

The 12 HR Employees of the Month for fiscal year 2015 also attended the luncheon and were presented with awards recognizing them for their outstanding work performance.

Director of Human Resources Patty Garcia complimented the honored HR staff members, saying, "TDCJ is well served by the exemplary performance of these HR employees. They are to be commended for the professionalism and care exhibited on a daily basis."


Human Resources Division Employees of the Month: Front row: Ramona Denson, Kathy Chandonnet, HR Employee of the Year Nolan Spencer and Maria Zepeda. Back row: Sherri Jackson, Brenda Fields, Amy Foreman, Shelly Sperry, Cynthia Hatt, Joan Wickersham and Cassandra Freeman.

Human Resources Division Employees of the Month - Front row: Ramona Denson, Kathy Chandonnet, HR Employee of the Year Nolan Spencer and Maria Zepeda. Back row: Sherri Jackson, Brenda Fields, Amy Foreman, Shelly Sperry, Cynthia Hatt, Joan Wickersham and Cassandra Freeman.

 

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Name From To
Keith Gentry Senior Warden,
Jim Rudd Transfer Facility
Senior Warden,
Nathaniel J. Neal Unit
Joel Guana Assistant Warden,
Preston E. Smith Unit
Senior Warden,
Jim Rudd
Transfer Facility
Robert Lopez Major of Correctional Officers,
Joe Ney State Jail
Assistant Warden,
Preston E. Smith Unit

 

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Service Awards

 

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Retirees

 

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Dealing with holiday stress?
Call Employee Assistance for help

TDCJ employees give back

Training Sergeant Battles named CTSD Trainer of the Year

TDCJ’s HR Division recognizes 2015 Employee of the Year

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