The Awards committee identifies and acknowledges those individuals and/or organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the VCCJA and to the fields of community corrections and pretrial services. Co-Chairs are Cynthia Plummer and Rachel Turner


Cultural Awareness

The Cultural Awareness committee improves communication  and address existing barriers between offenders/defendants, community  corrections agencies, and the local courts by developing services to assist  agencies. The committee organizes training, resources,  and facilitates inter-agency communication. Co-Chairs are Stacci Wert  and Jaqueline Bowen  

Fund Raising

The  Funding Committee is charged with assisting VCCJA in raising funds to help  support the association’s activities.   Some of the fundraising activities  that VCCJA has worked on include vendor recruitment for conferences, golf  tournaments, raffles, and merchandising. VCCJA is a qualified 501 (C) (3)  organization. The committee is open to exploring new fundraising ideas. The Co-Chairs are Fred Nunez and Angela Leonard

Probation Advancment

Gary Hughes and Kim Chmura



The Conference Committee is responsible for the planning and implementation of the VCCJA Annual Training Conference. Committee members meet regularly throughout the course of the year to complete tasks associated with the training conference. The committee is also tasked with the responsibility to collaborate with other affiliations in the planning of national conferences occurring in Virginia. Co-Chairs of the committee are Sharon Jones and Tom Pavelko


Although time-intensive and challenging, membership provides an opportunity to learn about the legislative process and have an impact on future legislation. The Co-Chairs are Colin McDonald, Kristina Bryant, Pat Smith


The Membership Committee is responsible for maintaining the current membership of VCCJA, expanding and recruiting new members through an annual membership drive, and promoting the purpose and accomplishments of VCCJA. The committee also works in conjunction with other committees to ensure all members receive mailings.  Please notify a member of the Membership Committee if you have a change of address to guarantee the receipt of all correspondence. The Chairperson isTaylor Villasenor & Jennifer Peters


Public Relations

The VCCJA Public Relations Committee is charged with actively promoting the Association to both its members and the general public. The "P/R" Committee is responsible for producing the Association’s quarterly newsletter. To accomplish this, the newsletter staff consists of three divisions - contributions, layout, and distribution. The P/R Committee has also been actively engaged in the development of the Association’s web site in order to increase accessibility and public information. Other P/R Committee responsibilities include the development and update of a promotional brochure and other promotional materials. The committee is also working on a training presentation to assist programs in better marketing themselves to their localities, legislators, and the public.The Chairs are Andy Warriner and Dargenaba (Dee Dee) Anderson


The primary responsibility of the Training Committee is to maintain Basic Skills for CCCA and PSA staff. In addition, the Training Committee provides statewide regional training and other relevant training opportunities. Basic Skills training is offered by DCJS quarterly to all newly hired Directors, Probation and Pretrial Officers;, attendance is mandatory.Regional Training usually consists of a single training topic offered to all four VCCJA regions, typically in May. The Training committee is responsible for selecting the topics, registration, securing speakers and facilities, and collecting evaluations for this training. The Chairs are Melissa Fanning and Nakelia Ross