Additional names will be listed as pending certifications are finalized.
Auditors submitted the bio information found below. The National PREA Resource Center posted only those bios from certified auditors who consented and made only minor spelling, punctuation, and grammar changes.
Teresa is the deputy executive director of Administrative and Legal Services and serves as the chief legal counsel for the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Juvenile Detention Center (JTDC). She served as the JTDC acting executive director for 2.5 years. Prior to the JTDC, Teresa was a Cook County assistant state’s attorney in the Criminal and Civil Bureaus of the State’s Attorney's Office. She was appointed to the National Work Group for the National Center for Youth in Custody.
Mary Achilles is the owner of Achilles Consulting Services in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. With over 25 years’ experience within the criminal justice system, including serving as Pennsylvania’s first victim advocate, Mary is a skilled change agent whose expertise extends to communications, media relations, crisis management, policy and procedure development, creation and implementation of strategic training programs, and consultation on effective organizational change. Prior to her gubernatorial appointment as victim advocate, Mary served as the director of victim services for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC), and prior to that, she was director of victim services for the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. More recently, she was a high-level consultant with Cardinal Justin Rigali of the Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia on organizational response to trauma and victimization both internally and externally in response to sexual assault by clergy. Mary’s other clients have included the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, the National Coalition Against the Death Penalty, and the Juvenile Court Judges Commission. Mary is a certified rape crisis counselor in Pennsylvania, a trained community crisis responder, and a training consultant for the US Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime.
Jama Acuff has over 35 years of experience in the field of corrections. She retired from the Federal Bureau of Prisons where she served in positions of increasing responsibility including Chief of Strategic Management, Associate Warden and Regional Administrator, with expertise in auditing, strategic planning, staff training, administration, and inmate programs. After retirement she worked on contract assignments performing performance audits for the U. S. Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security.
Brad is currently an administrative section supervisor for the Kentucky Department of Corrections (DOC). He was a previous quality assurance manager with Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and served in many different roles within CCA and KDOC to include security, programs and administration.
Rene is currently a Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) compliance manager and corrections classification and program manager for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) at the State Correctional Institution in Pittsburgh. She has been with the department for 15 years. Prior to her employment with the Pennsylvania DOC, she was a mental health counselor at an inpatient psychiatric facility.
Tami is a deputy warden with the Arkansas Department of Correction and has worked in law enforcement and corrections for over 23 years. She has held the position of agency PREA coordinator, Security Threat Terrorist Groups (STTG) coordinator, lead trainer, and curriculum developer and works as the lead policy developer for PREA and STTG-related issues. She is actively involved in developing the agency’s approach to implementing a victim services program with community-based resources.
Andrew is currently the chief compliance officer for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections. Within this capacity, Andrew serves as both the agency Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) coordinator and agency American Correctional Association (ACA) accreditation administrator. Andrew’s correctional experience spans across 19 years and includes working in the Federal Bureau of Prisons and for two private correctional operators. Andrew was nationally recognized and awarded the inaugural 2014 ACA Accreditation Manager of the Year.
Mary Ann is currently the administrative services manager for the Colorado Department of Corrections (DOC) and is the facility Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) coordinator. In addition, she supervises the facility American Correctional Association (ACA) process, staff training, the offender disciplinary process, fire/life safety process, and staff in those positions. She has worked for the DOC over 25 years in a variety of positions and is currently an ACA auditor, security auditor, and DOC internal PREA auditor.
James is retired after 21 years in the air force, and he is retired after 17 years with the Michigan Department of Corrections (DOC), where he worked as a corrections officer, classification director, resident unit manager, and personnel director, and he was on executive staff upon retirement in October 2002. Since that time, he has been doing audits for the American Correctional Association (ACA), with a total of 182 audits. Of those audits, he has chaired 114 and was a member on 68. James has audited everything from adult community residential facilities to adult prisons (including everything from minimum to maximum security), as well as training academies and central offices.
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