Organization of ASCA : ASCA Officers

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About Our Officers

ASCA's officers consist of a President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Past President. The President, Vice President, and Treasurer are elected by the membership to serve two-year terms. Every two years, or more frequently if necessary, the Nominating Committee meets and proposes to the membership a slate of officers for their consideration. A ballot is then sent to all members that includes the names of the candidates, along with the option of voting for any other member for any of the offices being filled. In the event the President should leave the office prior to the expiration of his/her term, the Vice President assumes the Presidency and the Nominating Committee preposes a candidate to fill the position of the Vice President and the Treasurer, should the proposed Vice President currently be the Treasurer. The membership then casts their ballots accordingly. The office of the Past President is filled by the member who, among all the members who had been President, was most recently the President. Below are pictures of the officers and their bios.

ASCA Officers

President

Leann Bertsch,
President

Governor John Hoeven appointed Leann K. Bertsch Director of the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in July 2005, after serving as the Commissioner of the North Dakota Department of Labor from September 2004 through June 2005. Prior to entering state government, Leann served as an Assistant State’s Attorney for Burleigh County from August 1996 through August 2004. Leann worked as an attorney for Legal Assistance of North Dakota from 1992 through 1996. Leann served for 21 years in the North Dakota National Guard as an Assistant Judge Advocate until her retirement in 2007. Leann holds a Bachelor of Science degree from North Dakota State University and a Juris Doctor from the University of North Dakota School of Law.

Vice President

John Wetzel,
Vice President

 

Gov. Tom Corbett nominated John E. Wetzel as secretary of the Department of Corrections on December 17, 2010.

Wetzel began his corrections career in 1989 as an officer at the Lebanon County Correctional Facility.  In 1992, he transferred to the Berks County Prison, where he rose through the ranks, serving as treatment counselor, supervisor of treatment services and training academy director.  In 2002, he was named warden of the Franklin County Jail.

He was appointed as the corrections expert to the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons in June 2007, a position he continues to hold.  Since 2006, he has been a corrections consultant in the areas of operational and staffing analysis and vulnerability assessments.

During his 20 years in the field of corrections, Wetzel has presented state wide and nationally on several topics, including:

  • inmate labor issues
  • the mentally ill in corrections
  • working with the family of inmates
  • developing system-wide solutions to jail crowding
  • jail staffing and conducting vulnerability assessments

He also has had several national articles published on inmate labor, jail management and jail staffing. Wetzel is currently the immediate past president of the PA County Corrections Association (formerly PA County Prison Wardens Association).

Additionally, he has been part of several efforts which have reduced jail population.  These include developing a jail industries program through a community wide advisory board to increase the job readiness of offenders; initiating the first, jail-based CareerLink access point in the state of Pennsylvania; developing a day reporting center which reduced the jail population by more than 205; and overseeing the construction of an award-winning new jail facility.  The sum of these efforts, and others such as court case processing, utilizing weekend incarceration, jail diversion for mentally ill offenders and others, led to the impressive fact that the average daily population in Franklin County Prison is lower today than it was 10 years ago.

A previous offensive line coach for Shippensburg University, Wetzel earned a bachelor of arts in psychology from Bloomsburg University and is studying for a master's degree in applied psychology at Penn State University.  He is a member of the American Correctional Association, the American Jail Association, the American College Football Coaches Association and is past president of the Pennsylvania County Corrections Association.

Wetzel served as treasurer of the Letterkenny Industrial Development Authority; is a founding member of St. Seraphim Homeless Shelter; a member of the Pennsylvania Forensics Inter-Agency Task-Force; a core team member of Brother 2 Brother mentoring initiative; part-time instructor of an evening truancy school; and is an ethics panel speaker for Leadership Franklin County.

Treasurer

Colette S. Peters,
Treasurer

Colette S. Peters was appointed to serve as Director of the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) in February 2012. She was named by Governor John Kitzhaber to lead DOC after serving as the Director of the Oregon Youth Authority (OYA) for several years. Prior to her role at OYA, Ms. Peters served as DOC’s Inspector General and Assistant Director of Public Services.
 
As DOC Director, Ms. Peters oversees the operations and policies of a corrections agency responsible for managing approximately 14,000 incarcerated individuals in 14 prisons across the state. She has ultimate responsibility for the management of a department with 4,500 employees and a biennial budget of more than $1.4 billion. Ms. Peters also works closely with Oregon’s state-funded community corrections agencies to coordinate the local supervision of more than 31,500 offenders on probation and parole. 
 
As OYA’s Director, Ms. Peters gained a national reputation as a champion of using research and data to drive decision-making, improve outcomes for youth, and increase agency efficiency and effective­ness. Her achievements included overseeing the development of new, more effective assessment tools to evaluate youth offenders’ risk factors, treatment needs, and likelihood to reoffend. She also enhanced the agency’s ability to quickly move youth into the appropriate treatment settings to ensure they receive the individualized supports they need to become productive, crime-free members of soci­ety.
 
During her previous roles with DOC, she led the way in re-designing the Office of Inspector General, built long-lasting relationships with key stakeholders and policy makers, advanced the principles of the Oregon Accountability Model, and played a key role in helping DOC accomplish its mission. She has always been committed to the success of DOC, and as Director will continue to provide research-informed, innovative leadership.
 
Ms. Peters brings with her a wealth of knowledge that includes experience in adult and juvenile corrections, work on behalf of victims’ rights, and involvement with legislative leaders and law enforcement agencies in Minnesota and Colorado. She has an undergraduate degree in psychology from the College of Saint Benedict in Minnesota and a graduate degree in criminal justice from the Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado.

Past President

A.T. Wall,
Past President

Prior to this appointment Mr. Wall served in the capacity of Assistant Director for a number of years.  In this position he was responsible for the central management of Departmental operations and functioned as the Director’s second-in-command.

Mr. Wall’s career in corrections began in 1976 as a Probation Officer.  After his graduation from Law School, he served as a Prosecutor in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and then joined the Vera Institute of Justice, where he was Director of a sentencing project for chronic offenders convicted by the New York City Courts.  A native of Rhode Island, he returned to his home state in 1985 and worked in the Governor’s Office on policy issues in the areas of corrections and criminal justice.  He was tapped by the Director of Corrections to join the Department in 1987 as Assistant Director.  Mr. Wall was named Interim Director in 1999 and became Director in 2000.

Mr. Wall received a Bachelors of Arts Degree from Yale University in 1975 and his Juris Doctor from Yale Law School in 1980.