2018 Board of Directors

Robert RiccardellaRobert Riccardella, President

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. 


Jim HemmJames A. Hemm, Ed.M. President Emeritus


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 possesses a Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Justice with a minor in Psychology from The College of New Jersey.  Mr. Wolfsgruber began his 31-year career with the State Parole Board in the Parole Revocation Hearing Unit where he ultimately achieved appointment to the position of Unit Chief prior to his assignment within the Community Programs Division.  Mr. Wolfsgruber is a Certified Public Manager in the State of New Jersey and is currently the First Vice President of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Correctional Association


Eugene Caldwell

Eugene J. Caldwell II, Second Vice-President

Eugene J. Caldwell II was appointed Warden of the Gloucester County Department of Corrections on July 1, 2013.  He is a career public servant in the Gloucester County Department of Corrections.  He is responsible for the oversight and management of the Gloucester County Department of Corrections, which employs more than 65 staff and confines over 370 inmates under the county’s jurisdiction in six facilities throughout the State. 

Warden Caldwell began his career as a Correctional Officer in 1988 with the Gloucester County Sheriff’s Department.  The correctional facility transitioned to the Board of Chosen Freeholders’ control in 2003, and is now known as the Gloucester County Department of Corrections.  He was subsequently selected for positions of increasing responsibility including Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Deputy Warden.  In 2004, he formed the Gloucester County Corrections Sergeants Association where he served as President, and was instrumental in petitioning and earning the right to organize through the New Jersey Public Employee Relations Commission. 

Warden Caldwell has been a member of the New Jersey County Jail Wardens Association since 2010, served as Treasurer, Vice President, and currently serves as President.  He is a member of the Gloucester County Human Relations Commission.  Past memberships include the United States Deputy Wardens Association and Fraternal Order of Police where he was a member and served as President for two different lodges. 

Warden Caldwell is a lifelong resident of Franklinville, New Jersey. 


 Sherry SandlerSherry A. Sandler, Corresponding Secretary


Sherry Sandler currently serves as the Community Outreach and Training Coordinator for the Community Programs Division of the New Jersey State Parole Board.  She began her career with the New Jersey State Parole Board in 1998, and prior to her current assignment, she was a Manager in the Community Programs Division.  She previously served as the Program Placement Coordinator for the Community Programs Division, oversaw administrative operations and staff in the Revocation Unit, and assisted in processing parole release hearings in the Division of Release.  In 2012, she served on the Governor’s Task Force for Recidivism Reduction. Ms. Sandler joined the New Jersey Chapter of the American Correctional Association in 1999, and has served on the Executive Board since 2006.  Ms. Sandler is a Motivational Interviewing Trainer, an Offender Workforce Development Specialist and a former Girl Scout Leader.  She attended Stockton University, and is the recipient of the 2015 MASCA Sal Russoniello Service Award, the 2014 State Parole Board Outstanding Performance Award, and the 2004 State Parole Board Chairman’s Award for Supervisory Excellence.


 Donald WeinbaumDonald Weinbaum, MBA, LCADC, CCJP, Treasurer

Donald Weinbaum has been involved with community corrections and criminal justice programs for more than 20 years and with health and behavioral health services for more than 35 years. He served as Executive Director of The Council on Compulsive Gambling of NJ, Inc. from 2008 to 2015, in which role he oversaw the statewide prevention, advocacy, and treatment network for persons with gambling problems, including those involved with the correctional system.  Currently, Mr. Weinbaum serves as a consultant to community corrections, behavioral health, housing, and non-profit agencies.

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 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.  He has served as a Board member and Treasurer for NJACA since 2009.


Dr. Kim Bost

Dr. Kim Bost is a seasoned mental health professional with a dynamic personality who has worked in the mental health field since 1996. She began her work in corrections as a student trainee at Cook County Jail in Chicago and was invited to remain as a staff person after her training year. Her clinical work in corrections includes employment at various sites, affording her the opportunity to provide individual and group therapy, sex offender treatment with juveniles and adults, and evaluation and treatment of adults found Incompetent to Proceed and Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity. Dr. Bost also provides training to law enforcement officers in working with the mentally ill while also addressing their own personal mental health to avoid the crisis of suicide, which is an increasing threat within this population.

In addition to her work with correctional populations, Dr. Bost has worked in outpatient settings providing individual, group, and family therapy to at-risk youth and their families. She has worked in liaison with juvenile judges and parole officers towards investigating and reducing the rate of incarceration for youth of color and serves as Clinical Director for ARCH Service Agency, LLC, a service agency that provides professional development, project management, event planning, programming, evaluation, and consultation.

Not wanting to limit herself to clinical practice, Dr. Bost serves as an Adjunct Professor at Berkely College and Middlesex County College providing instruction in Liberal Arts with a focus on Psychology and Sociology.


William T. Curry

William Curry is 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 30 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 also served as 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.


Chris D'Alessandro

Chris D'Alessandro

Chris began his career with the New Jersey State Parole Board in 1997 as a Parole Officer with the Division of Parole.   He was promoted to Assistant District Parole Supervisor (Sergeant) in 2003 and to District Parole Supervisor (Lieutenant) in 2007. His last assignment at Parole was to the Camden County Crime Collaborative, a multi-agency task force based in Camden. 

Chris retired from the New Jersey State Parole Board in 2015 and currently works for the Camden County Police Department, coordinating community corrections / police cooperation. 

Chris holds an Ed.S from Seton Hall University in Educational Leadership, an MA from Seton Hall University in Human Resources, Training and Development and a BS in Law Enforcement from New Jersey City University.  Chris is a 2011 graduate of the FBI National Academy (Class 247).  He is also a graduate of the State of New Jersey Certified Public Manager course.  Chris is in his third year at Rutgers School of Law, as a part-time / night student.

Chris serves as logistics officer in the New Jersey Army National Guard and is a veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. 

Chris is a member of the American Probation and Parole Association, American Correctional Association, FBI National Academy Associates, Police Executive Research Forum, International Association of Chiefs of Police and Police Futurists International. 

Chris resides in Burlington County, New Jersey with his wife Patricia McKernan and their two children.


Mark Farsi

Warden Farsi was appointed as Warden to Sussex County, New Jersey - Keogh-Dwyer Correctional Facility by Sheriff Michael F. Strada in July 2015. 

Warden Farsi began his professional career in New York City as a correction officer. In 1989, he was promoted to the rank of captain. Between 1996 and 2004, he served the New York City Department of Correction in the positions of Assistant Deputy Warden, Deputy Warden, Deputy Warden in Command and Warden. He then moved on to the Sheriff’s Office in Norfolk, Virginia where he spent more than four years as Chief -- the second-highest position in a department that employs a staff of more than 500 in a jail, three courts and three division departments.

Warden Mark Farsi was named Deputy Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Corrections (NJDOC) in May 2010 by Commissioner Gary M. Lanigan.  Warden Farsi was responsible for the daily management of a department that includes nearly 10,000 employees, 13 correctional institutions and 25,000 state-sentenced offenders housed in prisons, county jails and community halfway houses.

Warden Farsi remains an active member of the American Jail Association, the New Jersey County Jail Warden’s Association, the American Correctional Association and the NIJ/DOC has asked Warden Farsi to sit on multiple panels to discuss various fundamental concepts in the criminal justice system.


Anthony Gangi

Anthony Gangi

Anthony Gangi began his career with the New Jersey Department of Corrections in 2003 as a correction officer, and rose through the ranks to become the Assistant Superintendent of Northern State Prison.  His current responsibilities include overseeing the day to day operations; facilitating communication among multiple departments; serving as Chairperson on various committees including classification, force medication, etc.; and serving as hearing officer to staff disciplinary hearings.

Mr. Gangi is also a columnist for CorrectionsOne, and the host of a radio podcast called Tier Talk, the only show dedicated to Corrections. He has made television appearances on several networks promoting the field of corrections and weighing in on correctional news topics.

Mr. Gangi received a BA in Psychology from Thomas Edison State College, and has had additional training in Gang Recognition, Inmate Manipulation Tactics, Identifying Deceptive Behavior (Interview and Interrogation/Body Language), and CISM (Critical Incident Stress Management).


Roy HendricksRoy L. Hendricks

Mr. Hendricks retired as Warden of the Essex County Correctional Facility, where he was responsible for the overall management and administration of the facility, which houses maximum, medium and minimum classifications. 

Previously, he served as Deputy Warden at Mercer County Correction Center in Trenton.  While there for two years, he was responsible for ensuring inmates were classified correctly; oversaw inmate's work, study and recreation programs; and conducted daily inspections of the buildings and grounds.

Before retiring from the State Department of Corrections in March 2005, Mr. Hendricks served as Administrator at Riverfront State Prison in Camden.  He began his career as a Corrections Officer in 1975 at New State Prison and rose through the ranks to become Administrator at the facility from 1998 to 2004.  Mr. Hendricks has a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Eastern University, a Bachelor's Degree in Organizational Management from Eastern University and earned an Associate's Degree in Criminology and Psychology from Trenton State College, Burlington County College and Ocean County College.  He was the past President of the New Jersey County Jail Warden's Association and is currently serving on the executive board.  He is a resident of Willingboro, NJ.   


Michael Hickman Jr.Michael Hickman Jr.

Sergeant Mike Hickman is an 12 veteran of the Gloucester County Department of Corrections. Prior to coming to corrections, Mike served as police dispatcher for the Monroe Township Police Department, and as a police records clerk. Part of Mike's accomplishments during his time as a records clerk was to use his technical skills to bring a nine month deficit current within four months, as well as automating some of the Department’s handwritten forms.

When Mike began his tenure with the Gloucester County Department of Corrections in 2005, he noticed that there was a similar issue with handwritten reports.  Mike was able to get 90% of the documents transitioned over to a database that he maintains to this day.  During the regionalization of the DOC in 2013, Mike was part of the transition team that helped the administration with policy changes, and he oversaw the automation of the daily operations of the transportation department.

In August of 2016, Mike was given the opportunity to advance from the position of transportation supervisor to classification, where he now works within the Salem County Department of Corrections, processing inmate paperwork from admit to discharge, as well as managing transports for court, public defender visits and medical appointments.

Mike resides in Monroe Township, Gloucester County, with his wife Marge and daughter, while his son serves in the US Navy.


Patti LoukidesPatti 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.


Mark O'SullivanMark 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 PlantierWilliam 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).


Joe Rizzo

Joe Rizzo is currently the full time Criminal Justice Coordinator and Instructor at Rowan College at Burlington County, teaching classes in Corrections, Community Corrections, Introduction to Criminal Justice, and Theories of Crime.  He is a certified American Correctional Association auditor. Previous to this, he worked in Community Corrections with the Kintock Group and Urban Renewal Corp. Mr. Rizzo is retired from the New Jersey Department of Corrections having achieved the title of Administrator-Prison Complex.

Mr. Rizzo has served as the President of the New Jersey Association of Criminal Justice Educators and is an expert in the field of Corrections. He has spent over 35 years working, consulting and teaching in the public and private sector.


Dennis H. Sandrock, PhD

Dr. Sandrock is a licensed psychologist who has worked full time in correctional settings since 1996. He has provided direct clinical care and supervision in both jails and prisons, and has worked full time with CFG Health Systems since 2000.  He has managed and supervised inpatient and outpatient treatment in a variety of correctional settings and has experience in working and operating under a consent decree.  Dr. Sandrock has specific experience in treating mentally ill offenders in many settings including restrictive housing; and he has performed risk assessments on inmates to predict the risk of future violence and sexual re-offense. He is a certified police trainer under the NJ Police Training Commission and has also been involved in pre-employment assessments for law enforcement personnel, as well as providing training to law enforcement staff in suicide prevention and the management of mentally ill offenders.


Mildred Scholtz

Mildred Scholtz became the first female Warden for the Burlington County Department of Corrections on January 1, 2015.  Warden Scholtz began her career as a Correction Officer in 1992.  She worked her way up through the ranks, with promotions to sergeant, lieutenant and captain.  

Warden Scholtz is a dedicated public servant in Burlington County with over 24 years of experience.  Her responsibilities include managing the operations of the Burlington County Department of Corrections which employs more than 200 staff and confines over 470 inmates in addition to the 24 bed Burlington County Juvenile Detention Center.

During her career, Warden Scholtz has been a member of ECGIA (East Coast Gang Investigator's Association), Burlington County Gang Task Force Unit, Jail Diversion Task Force, and Burlington County Internal Affairs Association.  In 2011, Warden Scholtz received the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Offices’ Prosecutor’s Recognition of Public Servants award, known as PROCOPS. She’s an active member of the New Jersey County Jail Warden’s Association currently serving on the Executive Board as a Member at Large. Warden Scholtz has strong community ties and is a volunteer with (CERT) Community Emergency Response Team.

Warden Scholtz is a lifelong resident of Burlington County, New Jersey.


Donna Sweeney

Donna Sweeney has worked for the State of New Jersey since 1983, beginning with the New Jersey State Parole Board, and transferring to the Department of Corrections in 1989.  She has held several different positions, mostly dealing with inmate classification, and is currently a supervising administrative analyst, overseeing the operations of the Office of Interstate Services, Parole Monitoring, and Immigration Services.  She is responsible for the proper administration of the Interstate Agreement on Detainers, Corrections Compact, and the International Treaty Transfer Program.  Donna frequently participates in training law enforcement on the Interstate Agreement on Detainers, as well as other Departmental issues/concerns. 


Helena TomeHelena Tomé

Helena Tomé currently serves as the Director, Reentry Services for the New Jersey Association on Correction, where she has been employed since 1999 in various capacities. Ms. Tomé is the primary program evaluator and contract compliance monitor for the agency ensuring compliance with all American Correctional Association, Commission for Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities and Prison Rape Elimination Act standards. She has several years of experience writing, planning and recommending policies, procedures and training which further the objectives of the agency and mission of helping people with a past build a future.

Ms. Tomé has been a Board of Trustees member for the Middle Atlantic States Correctional Association (MASCA) since 2009, was the MASCA conference chairperson in 2010 and 2015 and currently holds the position of Secretary on the Board. She has been a member of the American Correctional Association (ACA) since 2005 and is a former ACA auditor. Additionally, she is the Board Treasurer for the Re-Entry Coalition of NJ; a certified Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Advocate in Burlington and Camden Counties and a graduate of the Governing Institute of New Jersey’s winter leadership class in 2006. Ms. Tomé is a graduate of Rutgers University, possessing a Bachelor of Science degree in Administration of Justice and is a Certified Public Manager.


 
 
 

 

 

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