Behavioral Health Committee

The Mental Health and Substance Abuse Committee was established to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and current initiatives regarding substance abuse and mental health treatment and services. Substance abuse is the leading cause of increasing prison populations and specifically, female prison populations. Mental health issues are also a major contributor to increases in incarceration. The Committee focuses on prevention, alternatives, institutional care, case management, release planning, continuation of care and best practices with limited resources. Specific goals include: Identification of good, evidence-based best practices, Collaboration with Federal partners such as NIC, SAMHSA, and BJA, Collaboration with organizational partners such as CSG, NASADAD and NASMHPD, Advocacy for both preventative and community-based alternatives; and Collaboration with state and local partners such as state mental health directors and state substance abuse directors.

Behavioral Health Committee Members
Committee Chair: Cynthia Brann (NYC) Members: Jimmy LeBlanc (LA)   Mike Haddon (UT) Helen Hanks (NH) Timothy Ward (GA) Paul Schnell (MN) Josh Tewalt (ID) Wynnie Testamark (VI) Bruce Chase (LAC) Alisha Tafoya Lucero (NM) David Shinn (AZ) Charles Daniels (NV)

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee, composed of our three CLA officers, four regional representatives, and a past President, directs the Association’s functions and activities and is the decision making body for the Association.  

Executive Committee Members
CLA President: Anne Precythe (MO)  Vice President: Marcus Hicks (NJ) Treasurer: Scott Frakes (NE) Southern Region Chair: Jeff Dunn (AL) Western Region Chair: Dean Williams (CO) Northeast Region Chair:  OPEN Midwest Region Chair:  Heidi Washington (MI) Past President:  John Wetzel (PA) 

Francke Award Committee

The Francke Award Committee: James Michael Francke was an exceptional man and an avant-garde leader in the corrections field in the 1980s. His work as secretary and director of corrections in the states of New Mexico and Oregon helped to reshape and rebuild penal systems stuck in the status quo. He was a progressive leader whose legacy will influence future generations of correctional administrators striving to make a difference. After serving for two years as Director of the Oregon Department of Corrections, his career was tragically cut short on the night of January 17, 1989, when he was stabbed to death on the doorsteps of the Oregon Department of Corrections in Salem, the state’s capital. In honor of his legacy, each year CLA presents the Michael Francke Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Association, to recognize the outstanding CLA member who personifies dedication to the corrections profession and demonstrates outstanding career achievements.

Francke Award Committee Members
Committee Chair: Jeff Beard (Associate PA and CA) Members: Patricia Caruso, Harold Clarke, Glenn Goord, Brad Livingston, Reginald Wilkinson

Managing Complex Populations

This committee will focus on developing correctional best practices surrounding the management of complex populations.

Managing Complex Populations Members
Committee Chair: Heidi Washington (MI)  Members: Colette Peters (OR)  Reginald Michael (MT)  Carol Mici (MA) Timothy Ward (GA) James LeBlanc (LA) Bob Lampert (WY) Mike Leidholt (SD)  Mike Haddon (UT) Annette Chambers-Smith (OH) Scott Crow (OK) David Shinn (AZ) Kathy Kenney (KY)

Past Presidents Committee

The Past Presidents' Committee oversees the Susan M. Hunter and the Wainwright Awards. The Susan M. Hunter Correctional Scholarship is named in honor of Susan Hunter, former Chief of the Prisons Division at the National Institute of Corrections, as a lasting tribute to her commitment to the field of corrections. Susan was 58 when she passed away March 14, 2004. The Scholarship provides the opportunity for former presidents of CLA to contribute their experience and knowledge for the betterment of the Association, to formally acknowledge the contributions of former members, and to encourage higher education to the children of correctional employees through the awarding of the Susan M. Hunter Scholarships. The Wainwright Award honors Louie L. Wainwright, Secretary of Corrections in Florida during many years during the 60s, 70s and 80s. He holds the record for longest serving correctional agency head in a single state. He has for years been the acknowledged Dean of American Correctional Administrators based on his twenty-five years of continuous service as Secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections. He presided as President of ACA and along with Ellis MacDougall, founded the Association of State Correctional Administrators (now known as CLA). He established many facilities and implemented countless innovations in Florida during his tenure. His facilities were best known by ACA auditors as the cleanest and most orderly in the nation. He was an ACA Standard bearer; and during his tenure, all of his facilities were accredited. This award is bestowed on the Associate member of CLA who has contributed greatly to corrections since having left his/her post as director of a corrections agency.

Past Presidents Committee Members
Committee Chair: Ron Angelone (Associate, VA). Members:  Leann Bertsch (ND) Harold Clarke (VA) Associates: Reginald Wilkenson (OH) Glenn Goord (NYC) Theodis Beck (NC) Pat Caruso (MI) Louie Wainwright (FL) Richard Stalder (LA) A.T. Wall (RI) Morris Thigpen (AL) Larry Norris (AR) Elaine Little (ND) John Wetzel (PA) 

Program and Training Committee

The Program and Training Committee designs and develops training and programs that are relevant to the membership’s current needs for specific information, enriched by the research and study of experts and the experiential wisdom of fellow members who are dealing successfully with challenging issues and tailored for new and experienced members.

Program and Training Committee Members
Committee Chair: Stephen Sinclair (WA)  Members:  Mike Haddon (UT)  Josh Tewalt (ID) Dean Williams (CO) Timothy Ward (GA) Wynnie Testamark (VI) Claire DeMatteis (DE) Rick Raemisch (CLA Associate)

Racial Disparity Committee

The Racial Disparity Committee examines correctional current policies and practices that generate racial disparities; promotes promising practices for eliminating racial disparity within our systems; and actively advocates to influence policies that produce racial disparities within the correctional system and to suggest solutions that may eliminate these disparities.

Racial Disparity Committee Members
Committee Chair: Harold Clarke (VA). Members:  Timothy Ward (GA) Mike Leidholt (SD) Wynnie Testamark (VI) Scott Crow (OK)

Recruitment and Retention Committee

This committee will work hard at seeking ways to decrease turnover in our correctional ranks and also create innovative ways to attract people to this rewarding profession.

Recruitment and Retention Committee Members
Committee Chair: Bryan Collier (TX)  Members:  Cynthia Brann (NY) Solomon Graves (AR) Helen Hanks (NH) Timothy Ward (GA) Reginald Michael (MT) James Leblanc (LA) Dean Williams (CO)  Mike Leidholt (SD) Wynnie Testamark (VI) Claire DeMatteis (DE) Scott Crow (OK) David Shinn (AZ) Charles Daniels (NV) Todd Ishee (NC)

Reentry and Community Corrections Committee

The Reentry and Community Corrections Committee was formed to identify and promulgate correctional practices that are likely to reduce the number of offenders returning to prison after release. To that end, this committee does the following; Solicits presentations and reports on promising reentry projects, Monitors a number of information sharing projects produced by other committees and entities when they relate to reentry successes, Participates in the Council of State Governments (CSG) National Reentry Resource Center, and Searches and shares with members federal funding for institutional and community reentry programs and services.

Reentry and Community Corrections Committee Members
Committee Chair: Josh Tewalt (ID) Members: Cynthia Brann (NY)  Jimmy LeBlanc (LA)  Mike Haddon (UT)  Harold Clarke (VA)   Patricia Coyne-Fague (RI)  Timothy Ward (GA) Reginald Michael (MT) Dean Williams (CO) Wynnie Testamark (VI) Claire DeMatteis (DE) Bruce Chase (LAC) Alisha Tafoya Lucero (NM) David Shinn (AZ) Charles Daniels (NV) Burl Cain (MS)


Restrictive Housing Committee

The Restrictive Housing Committee was formed in January 2017 in response to an increasing national focus relative to the use of restrictive housing. The primary purpose of the committee is to facilitate member dialogue on the use of restrictive housing. CLA has undertaken a number of initiatives to facilitate dialogue and to identify potential best practices for members to employ in their jurisdictions.

Restrictive Housing Committee Members
Committee Chair: Leann Bertsch (ND). Members: Patricia Coyne-Fague (RI) Harold Clarke (VA) Stephen Sinclair (WA) Mike Haddon (UT) Helen Hanks (NH) Timothy Ward (GA) Annette Chambers-Smith (OH) Scott Crow (OK)

Staff Wellness Committee

The purpose of the staff wellness committee is to promote and improve the health and well-being of our correctional professionals' lives through health education and workplace health promotion activities that will support positive lifestyle changes. "Wellness" can cover many things. This committee will focus on; physical fitness, nutrition, mental health & stress reduction, chronic disease management, financial security, disease & injury prevention, generational workforce issues, family health, and care giver & elderly concerns.

Staff Wellness Committee Members
Committee Chair: Scott Frakes (NE) Members: Jim Dzurenda (NV)  Bryan Collier (TX)  Scott Frakes (NE)  Anne Precythe (MO)  Colette Peters (OR)  Mike Haddon (UT) Wynnie Testamark (VI) Timothy Ward (GA) Blanche Carney (Phila) Alisha Tafoya Lucero (NM)

Tom Clements Award Committee

The Clements Award Committee honors Tom Clements, who was formerly Director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, and who was assassinated in the line of duty in March of 2013. Throughout his thirty-three years as a correctional professional, Tom pursued a progressive vision of a corrections professional that supports the redemption of offenders. An innovator, he was continually on a mission to find new and better ways to improve conditions for staff, provide needed programs and treatment for offenders, and build bridges to community services that would enhance offenders’ chances for success. The Clements Award Committee is charged with developing an award that recognizes members of the Association who exemplify Tom Clements’ virtues of vision and innovation in the corrections profession. The award signifies that the recipient, among all other members of the Association, most closely exemplifies Tom’s virtues of vision and innovation during his work in the corrections profession.

Tom Clements Award Committee Members
Committee Chair: Rick Raemisch (Associate CO) Bernie Warner (Associate WA)  Members: Jeff Dunn (AL)   Heidi Washington (MI)  Marcus Hicks (NJ) Dean Williams (CO)


Contraband Cellphone Task Force

The CLA Task Force on contraband cellphones focuses on new technology, legislation, and best practices to reduce/eliminate this epidemic.

Contraband Cellphone Task Force Members
Committee Chair: Jeff Dunn (AL) Members: Bryan Stirling (SC) Todd Craig (BOP) Rob Carter (IN) Mark Inch (FL) Scott Crow (OK) Tony Parker (TN) Bryan Collier (TX) Ralph Diaz (CA)