Through a cooperative agreement between BJA and Impact Justice

List of Certified Auditors

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.  

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. If you are interested in forwarding a PREA audit request for proposal (RFP) to all certified auditors, the PRC will distribute the document to all certified auditors. To utilize this service, please submit a Contact Us form here.

Please note, the PRC will only distribute material related to requests for bids to conduct audits. We will not contact all auditors or groups of auditors for any other reason.

Certified Auditors

Faye
Yelardy
East Elmhurst, NY
Date Certified
Certification
Adult Facilities

Faye is currently the PREA coordinator for the New York City Department of Correction, and has been with the agency for nine years. Prior to working with the Department of Correction, she was an agency attorney for the New York City Police Department and an assistant district attorney for the District Attorney's Office, Bronx County.

Wendy
Yoder
Shoemakersville, PA
Date Certified
Certification
Adult Facilities

Wendy is currently the PREA director for the Vermont Department of Corrections and has been with the department for five years. Prior to her career with corrections, she held executive positions in the manufacturing sector. 

Date Recertified
Rebecca
Young
Troy, VA
Date Certified
Certification
Adult Facilities

Rebecca is an Operations/Accreditation Manager with the Virginia Department of Corrections. She has 19 years Correctional Experience and is a Certified Corrections Manager with the American Corrections Association. She is a certified Coach in Evidence Based Practices in Corrections, A certified subject matter specialist in Effective Communication skills, Motivational Interviewing and Dialogue Practices. She has been a Certified PREA Auditor since 2014 and assisted in implementing the PREA Standards throughout the Virginia Department of Corrections.

Date Recertified
Noemi
Zamacona
Los Angeles, CA
Date Certified
Certification
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.

Debora
Zauhar
Cloquet, MN
Date Certified
Certification
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.

Date Recertified
Sheryl
Zenzen
Romulus, NY
Date Certified
Certification
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
Date Certified
Certification
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.

Date Recertified