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List of Certified Auditors

Audit Requests for Proposals (RFPs)

If you are interested in forwarding a PREA RFP to all DOJ-certified auditors, the National PREA Resource Center (PRC) will do so on your behalf. To utilize this service, please submit a Contact Us form here. Please note, the PRC will only distribute material related to RFPs to conduct audits. The PRC will not contact all auditors or groups of auditors for any other reason.


PREA Auditor Search

Below is a list of all currently certified, previously certified, decertified, and suspended auditors. Auditor searches can be customized by location and certification status. Each PREA audit must have one lead DOJ-certified PREA auditor who is responsible for the conduct of the audit and all work products. A lead auditor can employ other DOJ-certified PREA auditors to function as secondary auditors or support staff who are not DOJ-certified auditors. However, it is important to know that auditors who have been decertified or who are on suspension may not participate in PREA audits, including as an agent of a PREA auditor. See 34 U.S.C. § 30307(e)(8)(B)(i). 

Agencies and facilities, as well as DOJ-certified PREA auditors seeking audit support staff, are strongly encouraged to check the list for the names of auditors who have been decertified and auditors who are suspended to ensure that the selected auditor and any support staff employed by the auditor are eligible to conduct a PREA audit.

Note that auditors who voluntarily surrendered their certification or were not recertified when their 3-year certification expired are still eligible to participate in an audit as an agent of a DOJ-certified PREA auditor.

Questions about eligibility to conduct an audit or serve as support staff should be directed to the PRC by submitting a Contact Us form here.

Certified Auditors

If your facility or agency is seeking a DOJ-certified PREA auditor to conduct an audit, you may browse the list below to find an auditor to contact by selecting “certified” from the search menu. Additional names will be listed as pending certifications are finalized.

Auditors submitted the bio information found below. The PRC posted only those bios from certified auditors who consented and made only minor spelling, punctuation, and grammar changes.

Auditors who are Suspended

Suspended auditors include any individual whose DOJ-issued PREA auditor certification is currently suspended. The duration of a suspension is determined by DOJ’s PREA Management Office and may be extended for cause. During the period of suspension, auditors may not conduct any audits or audit-related activity, including as an agent of a PREA auditor. See 34 U.S.C. § 30307(e)(8)(B)(i). Agencies and facilities, as well as DOJ-certified PREA auditors seeking audit support staff, are strongly encouraged to use this list to ensure that the selected auditor and any support staff employed by the auditor are eligible to conduct a PREA audit. Additional information about DOJ auditor certification requirements and the suspension process can be found in the PREA Auditor Handbook here.

To see the list of auditors who are currently suspended, select “Suspended” from the search menu. 

Formerly Certified Auditors

Formerly certified auditors include any individual who was formerly certified by DOJ as a PREA auditor. Reasons for no longer holding this certification include voluntary surrender of certification, not seeking recertification when the 3-year certification expires, failure to meet recertification requirements when the 3-year certification expires, failure to receive full certification status following the probationary certification period, and decertification. To comply with the requirements under 34 U.S.C. § 30307(e)(8)(B)(i), the PREA Management Office must publish the names of auditors who have been decertified, and the reason for decertification. Therefore, auditors who have been decertified by DOJ can be searched for separately from all other formerly certified auditors. See below for additional information on the two categories of formerly certified auditors.

Categories of Formerly Certified Auditors

  • No Longer Certified: Auditors who voluntarily surrendered their certification, were not recertified when their 3-year certification expired, or were denied full certification status following their probationary period are still eligible to participate in an audit as an agent of a DOJ-certified PREA auditor. To see the list of auditors who are no longer certified due to voluntarily surrendering their certification, not seeking recertification when the 3-year certification expires, failing to meet recertification requirements when the 3-year certification expires, or failing to receive full certification status following the probationary certification period, select “No Longer Certified” from the search menu. 

  • Decertified Auditors: Pursuant to the requirements under 34 U.S.C. § 30307(e)(8)(B)(i), the PREA Management Office must publish the names of auditors who have been decertified, and the reason for decertification. This information can be viewed by selecting “Decertified” from the search menu. For more information about DOJ auditor certification requirements and the decertification process, refer to the PREA Auditor Handbook here

It is important to know that auditors who have been decertified may not participate in PREA audits, including as an agent of a PREA auditor. See 34 U.S.C. § 30307(e)(8)(B)(i). Therefore, agencies and facilities, as well as DOJ-certified PREA auditors seeking audit support staff are strongly encouraged to check this list for the names of decertified auditors, to ensure that the selected auditor and any support staff employed by the auditor are eligible to conduct a PREA audit. 

Questions about eligibility to conduct a PREA audit or serve as support staff should be directed to the PRC by submitting a Contact Us form here.


Auditor Search

Type of Certification
Certification Status
Noemi
Zamacona
Los Angeles, CA
Certification Status
Certified
Date Certified
Certification Type
Adult Facilities
Juvenile Facilities

Noemi Zamacona is a Monitor with the Los Angeles County Office of Inspector General where she monitors the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department's custody operations. Previously, Noemi worked as a Mitigation Specialist with the Riverside County Public Defender’s Office where she exclusively investigated murder cases involving the death penalty. Prior to her investigative career, Ms. Zamacona obtained custodial care experience at the Santa Cruz County juvenile hall facility.

Pamela
Zank
Milwaukee, WI
Certification Status
Decertified
Date Certified
Date Decertified
Reason for Decertification:
Failure to complete and submit the PREA Auditor Certification Agreement by the designated deadline
Debora
Zauhar
Cloquet, MN
Certification Status
Certified
Date Certified
Date Recertified
Certification Type
Adult Facilities
Juvenile Facilities

Debora is the recently retired Jail Administrator from Carlton County in Minnesota, which is located 20 miles southwest of Duluth.  In addition to her leadership role with the Sheriff's Office, she served on various local, regional, and state boards throughout her 30 year correctional career, and was recognized by the Minnesota Sheriff's Association as the Jail Administrator of the Year in 2010. Debora holds a B.A. degree in Sociology/Criminology, minor in Psychology, and was an adjunct professor for the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College for a short time.  She was also a part-time licensed peace officer and has experience in the supervision; care, custody and control of a diverse inmate population.  The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Reservation lies within Carlton and St. Louis Counties.  Debora is passionate about ensuring safe confinement for staff and inmates and is currently a legal assistant for a reputable personal injury law firm.  She looks forward to assisting you with all of your PREA auditing needs.

Garret Peter
Zeegers, Sr.
Tampa, FL
Certification Status
Decertified
Date Certified
Date Decertified
Reason for Decertification:
Failure to comply with the PREA audit methodology requirements
Sheryl
Zenzen
Romulus, NY
Certification Status
Certified
Date Certified
Certification Type
Adult Facilities

Sheryl is currently superintendent at Albion Correctional Facility, a female adult and work release facility in New York State. She has served for 29 years with the department and was appointed superintendent in 2012. She has served in titles through the program ranks. She has worked in maximum and medium security along with a drug treatment facility and community residential.

Patrick
Zirpoli
Milanville, PA
Certification Status
Certified
Date Certified
Date Recertified
Certification Type
Adult Facilities

Patrick is retired from the Pennsylvania State Police. He spent the majority of his career in Criminal Investigation, which included homicide, sexual assault and child abuse. He worked implementing the PREA standards in Pennsylvania from the investigation point of view, using his common sense approach to apply the standards to real life situations.  He is committed to assisting other agencies in the transition to become PREA compliant.

Aaron
Zisser
Oakland, CA
Certification Status
Decertified
Date Certified
Date Decertified
Reason for Decertification:
Failure to complete and submit the PREA Auditor Certification Agreement by the designated deadline
Christopher
Zubowicz
Washington, DC
Certification Status
No Longer Certified
Date Certified
Date No Longer Certified