2019 VCCJA Election Information

And the Nominees are...

President Elect: 

Amanda Griffith is the Director of New River Community Corrections and Pretrial Services, where she oversees Local Probation and Pretrial Services. Previously she was a Pretrial/Probation Officer for New River Community Corrections & Pretrial Services for four years. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Criminal Justice from Radford University as well as a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Radford University. She currently teaches adjunct part-time for the Criminal Justice Department at Radford University. Her experience in the Criminal Justice fields spans over the last 10 years.

Amanda is the current chair of the Public Relations Committee and is an active member of the Pretrial Justice Advancement Committee and Legislative Committee. She has been a member of VCCJA since 2015.

Vice President:

Shelby Johnson is the Director of Henrico County Community Corrections.  Her career began with local probation in 2000 as a Probation Officer.  She was promoted to Probation Unit Supervisor in 2011 and then to her current position in 2019.  She has served the VCCJA in several capacities including the conference committee, EBP steering committee and as the staff representative of the Executive Committee.  She received the Meritorious Service Award from the VCCJA in 2011.  She most recently completed the Leadership Institute with the America Parole and Probation Association (APPA) where she focused on her staff and self-care.  Ms. Johnson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Strayer University.  She would welcome the opportunity to continue to serve the VCCJA as Vice President.

Tomaudrie Thomas graduated from Mary Washington College in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science.  She obtained her Master of Arts in Business Management and Leadership from Liberty University in 2013.  She received her Certified Public Manager Certificate from The George Washington University in 2018.  Tomaudrie has served over 23 years in the field of Criminal Justice in many capacities such as Pretrial Case Manager, Probation & Parole Officer, Intensive Probation & Parole Officer, Pretrial Program Manager, Community Corrections Manager and she is currently serving as Assistant Director at the Prince William County Office of Criminal Justice Services. 

She has been an active member of the VCCJA and has participated on several committees over the last thirteen years to include the Cultural Awareness Committee, Pretrial Advisory Committee, DCJS Standards Committee, VCCJA/DCJS Training Committee, and the Fundraising Committee.  She also successfully served on the VCCJA Executive Committee as the elected VCCJA Secretary for (2) two years and she was appointed VCCJA Treasurer and has served in that capacity for the past (1) one year.  Tomaudrie is very passionate about serving in a capacity to affect change, by continuing to move local community corrections and pretrial services forward.

Tomaudrie’ s additional professional memberships have included:  American Probation and Parole Association, Virginia Probation and Parole Association, National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies and American Association of Notaries. Her professional certifications and activities include Rappahannock Area Crisis Intervention Team certification, Certified Pretrial Services Professional, Anger Management Facilitator and Restoration of Voting Rights Community Advocate.

During her many years of leadership and committee involvement, Tomaudrie has established a strong rapport and built strong professional relationships with other VCCJA members across the State of Virginia, with her professional partners at the DCJS and she has made connections with various elected officials within the State of Virginia.  Tomaudrie would be honored to serve you in the position of VCCJA Vice President in order to assist with continuing to advance community corrections in Virginia!

Hal Diggs is the Agency Director for Colonial Community Correction since 2012 and President of Diggs Consulting Group since 2005.  Hal has over 25 years of experience in business management, education and law enforcement.  He received a B.S. in Education and an M.S. in Management with a specialization in Human Resources.  He has also served on the VCCJA Executive Committee as Vice President in the past.  Hal is a member of the PJAC committee, Conference committee and the legislative committee.  Hal is active in his community and is a lead usher at his church.  “This is a critical time for both pretrial and probation in our state and the leaders before us have done a great job of advancing our field.  It would be an honor to serve again on the executive board and help VCCJA continue moving in a positive direction for all of our members and stakeholders.”

Jennifer Dennis has been an officer in Henrico and the supervisor in Chesterfield for the last 7 years.  Jennifer has served as the co-chair for the supervisor support committee, a trainer for DCJS with pretrial core skills, served as the Atlantic Region Representative for the National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies (NAPSA) and serves on their education committee. Currently she serves on PJAC and volunteers time with Relay for Life.  She enjoys spending time with her family, friends and her dogs. Whenever possible you will find her traveling to her favorite place, Disney World.

Treasurer:

Maureen Anderson is a Criminal Justice Services Manager at the Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS) in Prince William County.  She began working for the Office of Criminal Justice Services in 2015, as a Probation/Pretrial Supervision Officer and was promoted to her current position in 2018.  Currently, she works in the Manassas Office and supervises the Probation/Pretrial Officer Team. 

Maureen began her Criminal Justice career in 2005 at the United States Probation Office in Manassas, VA, as a Senior U.S. Probation Clerk.  In 2009, she started working for the Virginia Department of Corrections as Probation and Parole Officer at the District #29 Office in Fairfax, VA, where she was a Certified Gang Specialist for 6 years. 

Maureen has been an active member of VCCJA, since 2015, when she joined the Fundraising Committee.  In 2016, she accepted the position of Fundraising Committee Co-Chair and has enjoyed bringing new ideas to the conference each year to assist in raising funds to support the association.  In 2017, she was elected as the Northern Region Representative and has had the pleasure of serving on the Executive Committee for the past 2 years.   

Maureen graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a minor in Social Rehabilitation and Treatment. 

 Ann Marie Freeman is the Director of the Rockingham-Harrisonburg Court Services Unit. She has held this position for the past 11 years.  She started in the same office over 20 years ago as a Data Entry Clerk.  She then was promoted to the position of local probation/pretrial officer where she supervised hundreds of offenders at the direction of various local courts. Currently, she oversees Local Probation/Pretrial Services, Drug Court, the local Crisis Intervention Team (CIT).  She serves on the VCCJA Awards Committee as well as various committees in her community.  She remains committed to comprehensive service to the judicial system and meaningful supervision of offenders geared toward rehabilitation and recovery. Ann Marie graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science in Police Administration.  A proud native of the Shenandoah Valley, enjoys spending time with her son, Cole and going to his baseball and basketball games.

Staff Representative:

Christopher Jacobs has been employed with Henrico Community Corrections Program as Unit Supervisor for 4.5 years. He was previously employed with the Department of Juvenile Justice for 12 years in several different capacities. Aside from managing probation officers, Mr. Jacobs provides intensive supervision for felony substance abuse cases. He is an active participant in the County’s leadership development program, Henrico Opiate Task Force and a member of VCCJA Central Region Committee.

Chris earned a degree in political science and a minor in criminal justice from East Stroudsburg University, graduating in 1993. 

David Gonier has been with the Rappahannock Regional Jail for 14 years. He first served as a Corrections Officer for 2 years and was then promoted to Corporal and served as a supervisor for 4 years.  While working as a Certified Officer, he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Psychology. He came to Community Based Probation in March of 2012 as a local probation officer. He has been involved with the VCCJA on the Conference Committee for 4 years. David served in the Army as a Military Police Officer from 1996-2000. As a Veteran he is now on the Rappahannock Veteran’s Docket team in Spotsylvania County. He would like to expand his VCCJA service to become a representative for all local probation and pretrial staff as the Staff Representative.     

 Tasha Brown is a Senior Pretrial Officer at Norfolk Criminal Justice Services.  After spending nearly two decades in the criminal justice field, Tasha truly knows the value of collaboration and excellent training.  She has served the community as a jail officer, in-home counselor, and a juvenile detention center specialist.  In her current position, Tasha is obsessed with creating and implementing new ways to work smarter and transforming current processes to make them more efficient. In-house she is an editor, strategist, interviewer, coach, and sometimes therapist.  No matter which hat she’s wearing, her goal is simple — to empower staff and thought leaders to differentiate themselves, be flexible and bring their A-game at every opportunity.  She has spent the last four years working with the Training Advisory Group to help DCJS provide training that will enable members of our field be knowledgeable and successful.

Tasha holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and a Master’s Degree in Applied Sociology from Old Dominion University. 

 Robin Autry has over 25 years’ experience in criminal justice, with a master’s degree in criminal justice and certifications in both substance abuse counseling and workforce development.

She’s an active member of VCCJA participating on the Central Region Committee, the Probation Supervision Focus Group and the ARM Pilot Project Committee. She’s a member of Richmond’s Family Violence Fatality Review Board and was previously a citizen representative for the Chesterfield / Colonial Heights Community Criminal Justice Board.  

For the last 7 years, Robin has been a probation supervisor with the City of Richmond. One of Robin’s top goals is to build a staff that is confident, empowered and knowledgeable enough to do the job when no one else is around. During the past year, her team has worked hard leading three new initiatives to include EPICS, Dialogue and the ARM which builds upon DAP’s goals of reducing technical violations and increasing clients ability to problem solve and think about possible consequences before reacting. She conducts monthly probation meetings and learning teams and one-on-one staffing. Robin graduated from Richmond’s Supervisory Leadership Experience in 2013 and received the Rise Achievement Award for Team Merit/Process Improvement in 2015. She’s accomplished none of this alone but has been blessed with a wonderful and supportive team!

Robin has worked as a local probation officer, substance abuse counselor, case management counselor with DOC, classification officer at the Henrico County Jail and a member of the Technical Services Unit at DCJS.

Eastern Region Representative:

Dana Otey began her criminal justice career as a Pretrial Officer with Middle Peninsula Local Probation and Pretrial Services in October 2006 and became a VCCJA member at that time as well.  She became a dual Officer in 2008 supervising both pretrial and probation cases; in 2011 she transitioned to supervising probation cases only.  Dana was a member of the EBP Transition Advisory Committee in 2013.  She is a member of the Mathews County Multidisciplinary Team; this team is made up of several county entities headed by the Mathews Dept. of Social Services to staff cases and ensure safety for children of that community.  She became a certified instructor in 2014 for Thinking for a Change and currently administers this program at the Middle Peninsula Regional Security Center.  In 2018, Dana stepped in and became the supervising Probation Officer for the newly developed Batterer’s Intervention docket with the Mathews, Middlesex and Gloucester JDR Court.  Dana has a 24 year old daughter and a 2 year old granddaughter.  She will become Mrs. Dana Stout on October 19, 2019 as she unites in marriage with James Stout, Jr.  Becoming the Eastern Region Representative will allow Dana to become more involved within VCCJA and help guide the future of our industry.

Northern Region Representative:

Caitlyn Dinger has been working as a Pretrial Officer for the Department of Community Corrections in Loudoun County since 2015.  Before that, she worked as a Magistrate in Loudoun County from 2009 to 2015, and as a Deputy Clerk in the Loudoun General District Court from 2005 to 2009.  Caitlyn serves as the Department’s representative to our local Disability Response Team which is organized by the Arc of Loudoun, an agency that provides services and support for individuals with disabilities.  She is also a member of the VCCJA Legislative Committee.  She is excited by the possibility of representing Northern Virginia and getting to know other agencies and Officers in this region!

Tenisha Carter grew up in South Boston, VA.  She attended Virginia Commonwealth University and moved to the Washington, DC area following graduation. Tenisha has been with Fairfax County Court Services for 19 years. She started her career as a part time Jail Evaluator in 2001. She moved into the Arraignment officer position in 2003 and worked there for 15 years. She currently holds the Pretrial Jail Supervisor position for the past 3 years. She is a current member on the cultural awareness committee as well as a member of the Pretrial Investigation Focus Group.  She also works with homeless families at the Katherine Hanley Family Shelter as a residential coordinator.

Tara Coleman is currently a Probation/Pretrial Supervision Officer at the Prince William County Office of Criminal Justice Services. She has met all requirements and has been certified as a National Pretrial Officer through NAPSA. In this capacity, she carries a specialized caseload, working with the sex offender population.

Ms. Coleman began her Criminal Justice career in 2013 at the Rappahannock Regional Jail as a Pretrial Clerk. Shortly thereafter; she became a Pretrial Officer; which her caseload primarily consisted of transfer cases. After moving on, she began working for the Henrico County Public Schools as a Truancy Officer & Behavioral Specialist. While having free time, she began working Part-time as an officer for the Department of Homeland Security. 

Outside of her normal duties as a Probation/Pretrial Officer, Ms. Coleman is active in her agencies Employee’s Incentives Committee. She also plays an active role as a member of the VCCJA fundraising committee. Ms. Coleman volunteers her spare time to serve on the DCJS Pretrial Investigation Focus Group.

Ms. Coleman has received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology from Virginia Commonwealth University.

 

 

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