VCCJA Officer Voting

The following individuals have been nominated for the office with the VCCJA that are up for re-election in 2021. Use the tabs below to view a biography for each nominee for these offices. Below the biographies, you’ll find the ballot to cast your vote.

Vice President

JoAnn McLaurin-Carpenter has been employed with Chesterfield/Colonial Heights Community Corrections (CCS) for 17 years.  She began working for CCS in March 2004 as a Pretrial/Probation Officer for the Dual Treatment Track program which serves clients with serious mental illness and substance use disorders. In February 2016, she was promoted to the Local Probation Supervisor for the General District/Circuit Court Unit. In September 2017, she was promoted to Assistant Director. She is a member of the VCCJA Legislative Committee, recently joined the Training Advisory Group and serves as the co-chair of the Probation Advancement Committee (PAC). JoAnn also participates in numerous CCS committees as well as (Chesterfield) county-wide committees. JoAnn graduated from Howard University with a Political Science/History Degree in 1995 and Virginia State University with a Master’s Degree in Public Leadership in 2014.  JoAnn is very active in her church where she serves as a Sunday School teacher and administrator.  She also loves to travel to anyplace where there is blue water and white sand!

Shelby P. Johnson serves as director for the Henrico County Community Corrections Program.  She has been employed with Henrico County for 23 years and has actively served as a member of the VCCJA, most notable being the chair and co-chair of the Conference Committee. She has also served as the VCCJA staff representative.  She has a passion for the association and all its endeavors. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a master’s degree in Public Administration.

Denise Waff – After receiving her Bachelor of Science degree from James Madison University in 2000, Denise Waff began her career in Henrico County, working first as a Classification Officer with the Sheriff’s Department and then as a Victim Advocate in the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.  In 2005, Denise entered the community corrections field as a Local Probation Officer in Chesterfield County.  Over the next 10 years, Denise supervised a specialized caseload of domestic and sexual abuse offenses.  During that time, she served on various internal committees such as Performance Council, Drug Testing Committee, and Core Skills for Peer Learning, and in 2010, she was named the department’s Employee of the Year.  In 2015, Denise was promoted to a supervisor position in the Colonial Heights’ satellite office, where she led a team of probation, pretrial, and administrative staff for 5 years.  In 2021, Denise was named Director of Riverside Criminal Justice Agency, which serves the localities of Prince George, Hopewell, and Surry.  Throughout her career, Denise has been a member of the Domestic Violence Task Force, both in Chesterfield and in Colonial Heights, as well as Registrar and Co-Chair of the VCCJA Conference Committee.   Denise graduated from the Chesterfield Employee Leadership Institute in 2007 and the NIC Orientation for Probation and Parole Chief Executives in 2017.  Denise served as the Central Region Representative to the VCCJA Executive Committee between 2019-2020 and recently joined the VCCJA Pretrial Justice Advancement Committee.

President Elect

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 25 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 Deputy 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 fifteen 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; she was appointed by the VCCJA President to serve as VCCJA Treasurer and served in that capacity for (1) one year.  Tomaudrie is currently the elected VCCJA President and has served in that role for the last 1 ½ years. 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 and with her professional partners at DCJS.  Tomaudrie would be honored to serve you in the position of VCCJA President-Elect to assist with continuing to advance community corrections in Virginia!


Maureen Anderson is a Probation/Pretrial Manager at Criminal Justice Services (CJS) in Prince William County.  She began working for 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 a 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 became a member of 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 joined the Executive Committee when she was elected as the Northern Region Representative.  Currently, Maureen is the Treasurer and has enjoyed serving in this position for the last 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.

Anna Hefferon is currently a Pretrial/Probation Supervisor for the Chesterfield/Colonial Heights Community Corrections, Colonial Heights office.  She has worked at Chesterfield CCS since 2011, in their Dual Treatment Track program, until recently when she was promoted to a Supervisor.  Prior to CCS, Anna worked at Offender Aid and Restoration of Richmond, at the Richmond City Jail.  While in Graduate School at VCU, Anna worked with Dr. Faye Taxman as a research assistant – mostly around Evidence Based Practices.  Anna has a Master’s in Criminal Justice and has a passion for promoting and educating our community about Mental Health Awareness.  Anna is currently on the VCCJA Conference committee and recently joined JPAC.  She is excited to be more involved with VCCJA!

Staff Representative

Trenton Paul is currently a Probation Supervisor with Chesterfield/Colonial Heights Community Corrections Services. He graduated from Radford University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. After college, he interned with Colonial Community Corrections and worked as a Probation Officer there for approximately a year. Trenton began working with Chesterfield as a Probation Officer in 2017 and was promoted to supervisor in 2020. Trenton has a strong passion for the work and believes highly in the importance of VCCJA. Within Chesterfield, Trenton has been Drug Testing Chair for their Drug Testing Committee, Peer Facilitator for their Peer Learning Groups, member of the agencies Diversity Committee, and is engaged in numerous other projects within his agency. Externally, Trenton has been a member of the Conference Committee for three years, an active member of the Probation Advancement Committee (PAC) and is part of the implementation team in planning VCCJA’s first annual fundraising event.

If elected, he will be honored to serve as VCCJA Staff Representative and is excited to continue his work within the association.

Robin Poore has been with Piedmont court Services in Mecklenburg County for the past twenty five years as the Pretrial Investigator.  She is a member of the VCCJA and has served on the VCCJA Conference Committee, the Pretrial Advisory Group and the Pretrial Risk Assessment Committee. Prior to her employment in Mecklenburg County, Robin was a Case Manager/Local Probation Officer with the Petersburg CDI Office now Petersburg Community Corrections.  She was employed there for seven years.  She also completed a mini Academy at the Crater Criminal Justice Academy in Petersburg, worked as a Law Enforcement Officer and in Communication with the Petersburg Police Department and was an instructor with the Crater Criminal Justice Academy.   She enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, hiking and of course caring for and spoiling her pets.

Wes Smallwood currently serves as the Pretrial Services/Local Probation Program Manager for the OAR-Jefferson Area Community Corrections office in Orange, VA. Wes has eight years of experience in Community Corrections and Pretrial Services and has served as a Pretrial Officer, Senior Pretrial Officer, Local Probation Officer, and now in his role as the Program Manager serving the central Virginia localities of Orange, Louisa, Madison, Greene and Fluvanna counties. Wes is a Certified Pretrial Services Professional through the National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies (NAPSA), and he is an active member of the Virginia Community Criminal Justice Association (VCCJA), serving as Co-Chair of the Pretrial Justice Advancement Committee (PJAC). In addition, Wes has served as a statewide trainer of Core Competencies for Local Probation and Pretrial Services (CORE) through the Department of Criminal Justice Services since 2017, and he is part of the Effective Communication/Motivational Interviewing and Pretrial Specialized skills training teams. Since joining CORE as a trainer, he has regularly facilitated training to newly hired Local Probation and Pretrial Officers. Within his agency, Wes also serves as a Subject Matter Specialist and coach for Motivational Interviewing techniques and facilitates workshops throughout each year for all OAR staff. In this capacity, he also provides individual coaching and skill-building sessions with staff. Wes is a Martinsville, VA native and a graduate of Averett University in Danville, VA with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice/Sociology and a minor in History. He now resides with his wife, Anna in Troy, VA. When not at work, Wes can most likely be found fishing from his kayak in search of trophy bass in various locations throughout the Commonwealth, enjoying the many beautiful bodies of water found here in Virginia.

Dana Stout 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.  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.  In 2020, Dana became the Eastern Region Representative and has done her best to keep her region updated on most all VCCJA matters.  She served on the Workload Study committee with NCSC & DCJS.  Dana has 4 adult children, 1 granddaughter and a grandson on the way (2022)!!! Becoming the Staff Representative will allow Dana to continue relaying VCCJA matters to its members.

Eastern Representative

Charlene Johnson has been a Local Probation Officer over sixteen years with Hampton- Newport News Criminal Justice Agency –assigned to the Domestic Violence Team.  She is an active member of VCCJA currently serving as the co-chair of the Conference Committee, a member of Training and Cultural Awareness Committee(s).  Charlene served as Eastern Region Representative in 2014-2018, during that time the role and duties of Regional Representatives were not defined. She worked with members of the Executive Committee to establish an outline of responsibilities for Regional Representatives. On the Training Committee, she assisted with securing speakers for Regional Trainings and drafting a proposal for self-care.  Charlene believes “team work” is dream work. As a member of the Cultural Awareness Committee, she has worked with fellow members to host Cultural Forums, where guest panelists addressed mental health, domestic violence and substance abuse from a cultural perspective. If elected Charlene would like to use her term to engage members to become more involved with association; prioritizing self-care initiatives. “We’re an amazing talented group of professionals” together we can continue to grow our association and ensure that our membership is valued and utilized to its full potential.

Northern Representative

Tara Coleman began her Criminal Justice career in 2013; she is currently a Probation/Pretrial Supervision Officer at the Prince William County 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.

Outside of her normal duties as a Probation/Pretrial Supervision Officer, Ms. Coleman is a part of her agencies Employee’s Incentives Committee & Strategic Planning Committee. She is now Chair of the Public Relations committee for VCCJA and plays an active role as a member of the VCCJA fundraising committee.

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


VCCJA Ballot 2021