NJACA New Jersey Chapter American Correctional Association
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Board List 2013

Jim HemmJames A. Hemm, Ed.M. President
Jim has worked for the New Jersey Association on Corrections since 1969.  The Association is a private non-profit agency assisting those involved with the criminal justice system through direct service programs and advocacy work.  In January 1984, he assumed the position of Executive Director.  Jim graduated from Rutgers University with a BA in Sociology in 1970.  He also holds an Ed.M. from Rutgers University.  Jim has served on the Board of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Correctional Association for the past nine years.  In addition, his other board activities include the NJ Community Action Association (President), volunteers of America/Delaware Valley, Hyacinth Aids Foundation (Assistant Treasurer), and coalition of Community corrections Providers, New Jersey (Vice President & founding member).
David M. Wolfsgruber David M. Wolfsgruber, CPM, First Vice President
Dave Wolfsgruber currently holds the position of Assistant Director of the Community Programs Division of the New Jersey State Parole Board. Mr. Wolfsgruber began his career with the New Jersey State Parole Board in 1985 and served in a variety of administrative support positions while attending the College of New Jersey, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Law and Justice with a minor in Psychology. Mr. Wolfsgruber began his professional career as an Administrative Assistant with the Revocation Unit and was named Deputy Chief and then Chief of the Revocation Unit in 2000 prior to being assigned to the Community Programs Division in 2005. In 2003, Mr. Wolfsgruber achieved the designation of Certified Public Manager in the State of New Jersey. With respect to NJACA’s Annual Conference, Mr. Wolfsgruber has served as Conference Co-Chair of the Exhibits Committee for ten years and served on the Conference Planning Committee for five years. Mr. Wolfsgruber has been a member of the NJACA Board of Directors since 2003.



Cindy McGovernSherry A. Sandler, Corresponding Secretary
Sherry Sandler currently serves on the Evaluation, Monitoring and Review Team of the Community Programs Division of the NJ State Parole Board, working with treatment providers to ensure contract compliance. Since coming to the Parole Board in 1998, she has served as the Program Placement Coordinator for the Community Programs Division, as the Senior Management Assistant in the Revocation Unit overseeing clerical operations and staff, and has worked with the Parole Release Unit, securing documentation from outside agencies to resolve cases. Previously, she managed a private health care practice and served as a Marketing Coordinator for a network of refractive surgeons. She joined the American Correctional Association in 1999 and is a long serving member of the conference planning committee. Ms. Sandler attended Stockton State College. She earned a certificate in Mediation from the Community Justice Institute in Atlantic County. She is the recipient of the 2004 State Parole Board Chairman’s Award for Supervisory Excellence.

Donald Weinbaum, MBA, LCADC, CCJP, Treasurer

Donald Weinbaum has been involved with community corrections and criminal justice programs for more than 10 years and with health and behavioral health services for 30 years. He is currently Executive Director of The Council on Compulsive Gambling of NJ, Inc., which operates a statewide prevention, advocacy, and treatment network for persons with gambling problems, including those involved with the correctional system.

Mr. Weinbaum retired from NJ State government in 2008, following a 27 year career. He served as Chief of Fiscal and Administrative Services for the NJ State Parole Board from 2005-2008 and held a number of progressive leadership positions within the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), Division of Addiction Services, starting in 1980. In the mid 1990's, he served as Acting Director of Treatment & Rehabilitation and then helped establish and became the Coordinator of the Office of Criminal Justice and Block Grant Planning. In this position, he had oversight responsibility for DHSS residential and reentry initiatives for juvenile offenders, adult inmates and parolees, court-referred individuals, and other specialized populations. He also played a lead role in establishing the statewide Drug Court treatment network, working closely with the Judiciary and Department of Law & Public Safety. Mr. Weinbaum received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Cornell University and an MBA in Health Care Administration from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He is a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor and is certified as a Criminal Justice Counselor.



Dr. Charley B. FlintCharley B. Flint, Ph.D.
An activist and scholar, Charley is a Professor of Sociology at William Paterson University where she is also coordinator of the Criminal Justice Program. She is an active scholar in her field, having published in scholarly journals, given papers at professional meetings and other conference, been interviewed on various television and radio programs as well as by several newspapers, and is involved in many professional and community organizations. She is currently president of the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Association on Corrections and past treasurer of the New Jersey Association of Criminal Justice Educators.


 

Oscar Aviles

Oscar Aviles, C.P.M., C.J.M., C.C.E.

Oscar Aviles has served in the Hudson County Department of Corrections since 1989, where he began his career as a Corrections Officer, served as Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, Deputy Warden, Deputy Director, and was appointed to Director in 2004. As head of the Hudson County Department of Corrections and its 700 sworn officers and professional staff, he is responsible for a $64,000,000.00 budget. Director Aviles is responsible for the 2340 bed correctional adult facility, in addition to the 132 bed Hudson County Juvenile Detention Center. 

Director Aviles has earned the designations of Certified Public Manager from the State of New Jersey Human Resource Development Institute, Certified Jail Manager from the American Jail Association, and Certified Corrections Executive from the American Corrections Association.      

      

He began serving on the executive board of the New Jersey County Jail Wardens Association in 2007 and is now serving as president, and its representative as commissioner on the New Jersey Police Training Commission. His professional memberships also include the American Jail Association, American Correctional Association, and U.S. Department of Justice National Institute of Corrections Large Jail Network.


William T. Curry

William Curry is an active member of the New Jersey Chapter of the ACA.  He is the retired Deputy Executive Director for the New Jersey State Parole Board.  While serving as an active member of the executive team, Bill was involved in operational, administrative and policy-making activities, to provide effective supervision and services for 15,000 parolees. His career in the field of criminal justice spans 25 years, starting first as an educator working with juveniles offenders in secure institutional settings. Bill's experience in both the public and private sectors includes adult and juvenile offenders, parole management, community-based residential and day treatment facilities, as well as various levels of secure institutions, faith-based groups, law enforcement agencies, schools, local municipalities, judiciary, and union representatives. 

Bill is currently the Executive Director of the Reentry Coalition of New Jersey- a multi-agency organization that contracts with the NJ Department of Corrections, the NJ State Parole Board, and the NJ Juvenile Justice Commission to identify and provide community corrections programs and services that meet the standards for best practice. These include providing assessment centers, residential work release programs, substance abuse treatment and counseling services as well as day reporting/resource centers to New Jersey’s active parolee populations.  Bill is married and lives in Chesterfield, New Jersey.


Ralph Fretz, Ph.D.Ralph Fretz, Ph.D.
Ralph Fretz is a Licensed Psychologist who is employed as the Corporate Director of Assessment and Research for Community Education Centers. Dr. Fretz earned a Ph.D. from Seton Hall School of Professional Psychology.

Dr. Fretz's professional experience includes State Hospitals, Mental Health Clinics, Child Study Teams, and Correctional Treatment Services. Dr. Fretz is a national and international presenter. His publications include outcome research articles with the most recent publication listed in the March/April 2008 edition of Corrections Compendium. Dr. Fretz has attained the level of Master trainer for the Level of Service Inventory-Revised (LSI-R) and the LS/CMI.


 

Gary J. hiltonGary J. Hilton
Gary J. Hilton's distinguished career in Corrections has spanned over 37 years. He is a proven leader, with strong operations and executive management skills. Mr. Hilton has served as an expert witness, trainer, lecturer and consultant to a wide range of public, judicial and private entities, both nationally and abroad. He has also provided technical consultation and training services on behalf of the National Institute of Corrections.

In April of 1998, Mr. Hilton concluded a 33-year career with the New Jersey Department of Corrections, having served as Warden of the State's maximum-security prison, Superintendent of the adult prison for women, and for over 17 years as Assistant Commissioner for Operations, Chief of Staff and Acting Commissioner.

Prior to his retirement from public service in July 2002, Mr. Hilton was Director of Corrections and Youth Services for Monmouth County, New Jersey. During his tenure, he spearheaded the successful national accreditation of the central facility. Mr. Hilton is a charter member of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Correctional Association and currently serves as the organization's First Vice President. He has overseen more than $850 million in facility construction and renovations. He has also been the recipient of numerous awards and commendations from various professional and governmental organizations. Currently, Mr. Hilton is founder and president of Paige Plus LLC, a comprehensive correctional service and consulting company.


Roger Lichtman, AIA
Roger Lichtman, a registered architect, is no stranger to the criminal justice design process. Prior to establishing The Lichtman Associates, P.C. in Princeton, New Jersey in 1992, Mr. Lichtman was associated with three nationally known design firms. His professional experience, in over twenty-five years of dedication to the criminal justice design field, encompasses all aspects of correctional facility planning and design, on both new construction and renovation/rehabilitation projects.

Mr. Lichtman has presented over thirty lectures and has authored numerous articles on secure design and construction. In addition to working throughout the country, most recently, Mr. Lichtman directed a team that worked on Saipan, CNMI to assist in the development of a criminal justice system. This included the planning, design and construction of a jail, prison, juvenile facility and immigration facility as well as police holding facilities on several outlying islands.

In addition to being a registered architect in numerous states, Mr. Lichtman is also NCARB Certified and has served as chairman of the American Institute of Architects, Committee on Architecture for Justice. He has also served on the Board of NJACA and is a member of the American Jail Association.

Patti Loukides, MSW, LCSW
Patti Loukides is beginning her second year as a NJACA Board Member. Mrs. Loukides was recently appointed to the National ACA’s Women Working in Corrections Committee. She has worked in both Adult and Juvenile Corrections. A native Virginian, Mrs. Loukides began a Social Work career in 1974 after graduating from Lynchburg College. She was employed as a Psychiatric Social Worker in a secure Unit in one of the East Coast’s largest Psychiatric Hospitals located in Lynchburg, Virginia. She received a Master’s in Social Work Degree in 1993 from Virginia Commonwealth University. Mrs. Loukides worked as a Mental Health Therapist and Substance Abuse Counselor and coordinated treatment and counseling services in two adult corrections facilities in Northern Virginia for ten years prior to moving to New Jersey.

Mrs. Loukides was employed as a Social Worker at the NJ Department of Corrections’ Community Programs Division in January 1998 and in 2001 accepted a promotional opportunity and became the Principal Community Programs Specialist at the NJ Juvenile Justice Commission. She accepted a promotional opportunity in 2007 to Chief, Contract Administration with the NJ State Parole Board’s Community Programs Division. In August 2008, Governor Corzine appointed Mrs. Loukides to her first of 2 terms as Temporary State Parole Board Panel Member. Since ending her second term earlier this year Mrs. Loukides has coordinated the implementation of a pilot program that introduces the nationally recognized Structured Assessment of Violent Risk in Youth (SAVRY) to assist the Juvenile Panel members during parole reviews. Mrs. Loukides provides assistance in grant writing, contract management and is currently coordinating the staff development training series for Board Members and other civilian staff. Mrs. Loukides is an instructor at the Officer’s Training Academy and teaches part time in the Masters of Administrative Science Program at Fairleigh Dickinson University. She has a private practice in Trenton. She is married and has five adult children. In her free time she is a marathon coach with the Leukemia Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training.


Patricia McKernan, MSW, LSW, Recording Secretary

Pat McKernan serves as a Chief Operating Officer for Volunteers of America Delaware Valley.  She came to Volunteers of America as a Facility Director of a residential program for men in 1996.  She was promoted through the agency and her duties currently include the supervision of Re-Entry Services and the Behavioral Health Division, as well as the Administrative Divisions supporting agency operations.  Pat has been a social worker in Camden, NJ since 1990. She has been in a leadership position with the Coalition of Community Corrections Providers of New Jersey for the past 10 years as the President, Vice President and Treasurer. She is a 2006 Leadership New Jersey Graduate. Pat also serves and as a board member of the New Jersey American Correctional Association and the New Jersey Association on Correction.  Pat has promoted the professional development of corrections practitioners through her efforts in coordinating the 2005 ICCA conference in Atlantic City NJ; the International Association of Re-entry’s Second Working Summit in 2007 in Baltimore MD; the Coalition of Community Corrections Providers of NJ’s Re-entry Conference in 2007 and 2008, and the NJ American Correctional Association and NJ Criminal Justice Educators Conference in 2012.  She has been a certified Field Instructor for the Rutgers University School of Social Work since 1998 and a certified trainer for Reasoning and Rehabilitation Cognitive Skills Training Program for Offenders since 1999. Pat is a licensed Social Worker and earned her Bachelor of Arts from Trenton State College in Psychology and Sociology, and her Master's in Social Work from Rutgers University.



Mark A. O'Sullivan, MS, LPC
With over 20 years of experience as a forensic mental health professional, Mark's experience spans the criminal justice (courts, corrections, and parole) and community mental health (children and families) arenas. His focus has been on offender evaluation and treatment; sex offender risk assessment; law enforcement officer evaluation (pre-employment, firearms recertification); staff development and training; program, practice, and policy development and evaluation; RFP development and proposal evaluation; quality control; and contract compliance.

Currently employed by the State Parole Board, prior appointments include the Professional Counselor Examiners Committee (Department of Law and Public Safety); the Governor’s Task Force on Mental Health (Parole Board Liaison); the Mental Health and Corrections Project Advisory Committee (Greater Trenton Behavioral HealthCare); and the Best Practices Committee for Sexually Violent Predators (Department of Human Services).

Mark earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology, and has completed doctoral coursework in Psychology and Organizational Systems. He is licensed as a Professional Counselor in New Jersey and as a Psychologist in Pennsylvania.

 

William F. Plantier

William Plantier began his career as a Social Worker in 1973 at the then Rahway State Prison. After running the Outpatient Department at Menlo Park Diagnostic, he left to take a position at the Adult Diagnostic and Treatment Center when it opened in 1976. He rose through the ranks there, making Assistant Superintendent in 1984 and Administrator in 1990, a position he held for ten years. In 2000, he was appointed Director in the Division of Operations for the N.J. Department of Corrections. Upon retiring from the NJ Department of Corrections in the fall of 2007 he took the position of North East Regional Director for Community Education Centers.  He was responsible for the supervision of two Assessment Centers, three Halfway Houses and one County Jail Annex.  The facilities held DOC inmates, parolees and county jail inmates from four counties.   In 2010 Mr. Plantier became Coordinator of Community Resources for the Criminal Justice Advocacy Program of the ARC of New Jersey.  In that capacity he worked with the Superior Courts and Correctional Agencies to find alternatives to incarceration for individuals with Intellectual/Developmental disabilities.  In 2011 he became Director of Corrections for Bucks County Pennsylvania.  In that capacity he supervises three Correctional Facilities with a population of over 1,200 inmates.  He has also worked in the past as a consultant in correctional and sex offender management.   In addition to his position on the NJACA Board of Directors he is a member of the Middle Atlantic States Correctional Association, the Adult Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) of the Middlesex County Correctional Facility and the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Aggressors (ATSA).


Robert Riccardella

Bob Riccardella is a Member of the New Jersey State Parole Board in his second term, having been nominated by both Governors Christie and Corzine.  Bob currently serves as the Chairman of the Parole Board’s Legislative Committee.  Bob also served on Governor Christie’s Task Force for Recidivism Reduction.  He previously held the position of Chief of Staff to the Bergen County Executive.  His responsibilities included the supervision of 3,000 employees and oversight for a budget of $400,000,000, as well as the supervision of the day to day operations of the different divisions of county government in one of the most diverse and densely populated counties in America.  Bob has also served as Director of the Northern Division for the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, Director of Emergency Medical Services for Bergen County, and as Police Commissioner for the Borough of Wood-Ridge for 12 years. 



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