2004 ACA election--candidates.


This year's slate of candidates was selected by ACA's Nominating Committee during its meeting Oct. 22, 2003. Candidates were chosen for president-elect, vice president and treasurer positions, along with a full slate of nominees to the Board of Governors, Commission on Accreditation for Corrections and Delegate Assembly.

Ballots will be mailed to eligible voting members April 26. The following membership categories have one vote: Professional I, Professional II, Executive Gold, Organizational and Dual Member Chapters and Affiliated Organizations. Only members with paid memberships as of April 1 will be eligible to vote.

The closing date for the election is June 4. Please note that detailed voting instructions will be included in the front of the ballot book. Candidates for all the positions are listed on the following pages, along with brief summaries of their backgrounds.



Gary D. Maynard

Director, Iowa Department of Corrections

Gary D. Maynard has more than 30 years of corrections experience. He has previously served as corrections director in Oklahoma and South Carolina and as director of corrections and public safety programs at the University of Oklahoma. Earlier, he served as assistant commissioner of the Arkansas Department of Corrections and as a psychologist for the Bureau of Prisons. Maynard is currently a member of the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections after being elected in 2002 by the ACA membership, and he has been an auditor for more than 20 years. He is the author of the 14th edition of Correction Officer, published by McMillan Publications. He served for more than 32 years in the Army National Guard, retiring as a brigadier general. Manard has a bachelor's degree in sociology from East Central University in Ada, Okla., and a master's degree in psychology from Oklahoma State University. He has been a member of ACA for 29 years. If elected, Maynard will work to ensure a commitment to quality training, professional standards and practices, fair and consistent policy, and a safe work environment. For more information, visit www.garymaynard.com.


Terry L. Stewart

Principal, Advanced Correctional Management, Arizona

Terry L. Stewart served as director of the Arizona Department of Corrections from December 1995 to November 2002. He earned a bachelor's degree in business and a master's degree in business administration from Arizona State University. He is currently a principal with the consulting firm Advanced Correctional Management. Six years ago, Stewart suggested that both the American Correctional Association and the Association of State Correctional Administrators begin to focus on the issue of staff safety. Subsequently, both organizations have developed staff safety committees to address the needs of personnel working in the corrections environment. Stewart currently chairs the ACA Staff Safety and Emergency Preparedness committees. In addition to assisting the current ACA president, Charles Kehoe, in his administration, he hopes to bring the focus of staff safety to the forefront of the corrections agenda if he is elected to the office of president-elect and during his term as president. For more information, visit www.stew4pres-elect.com.


Vice President

Harold W. Clarke

Director, Nebraska Department of Correctional Services

Harold W. Clarke's career with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services began with an entry-level position in 1974. After holding 11 different positions, he was appointed director by former Gov. Kay Orr in 1990, reappointed by Gov. Benjamin Nelson in 1991, and reappointed again by Gov. Mike Johanns in 1999. He is a past member of ACA's Delegate Assembly and Board of Governors and was vice chair of ACA's Ethics Committee. He served as an auditor for the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections and later as a commissioner. He is currently ACA's treasurer and a member of the Executive Committee. Clarke is a past president of the Association of State Correctional Administrators and received the Michael Francke Award in 1997. His civic involvements are many. He chairs the Foundation for the Lincoln Public Schools and serves on the board of the Girl Scouts and the Lincoln Council on Alcoholism and Drugs, among others.


Donald Evans

Professor of Penology and Policing, Woodworth College, University of Toronto

Donald Evans is president of the board of the Canadian Training Institute and professor of penology and policing at Woodworth College, University of Toronto. He has held senior positions with the Ontario Ministry of Correctional Services and a number of other government positions, including assistant deputy minister of policing services in the Ministry of the Solicitor General in Ontario. He is a past president of the American Probation and Parole Association and the International Community Corrections Association. Since 1978, Evans has been an active member of ACA and has served as Board of Governors' representative to the Executive Committee, a member of the Delegate Assembly and served as chair or member of various ACA committees. Since 1992, he has written the Probation and Parole Forum column in Corrections Today. He has received the E.R. Cass, Margaret Mead (ICCA) and the Walter Dunbar (APPA) awards and is a recipient of the Ontario Lieutenant Governor's Medal for distinction in public administration.



James LeBlanc

Warden, Dixon Correctional Institute, Louisiana

A 30-year veteran of the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections, James LeBlanc has spent his career devising new and successful programs through in-depth analysis, hard work, and active participation in ACA and other organizations. His management style is described as progressive and innovative. A Vietnam veteran, he earned a bachelor's degree in business administration at Southeastern Louisiana University. LeBlanc is vice president of the Department of Corrections Credit Union, secretary of the Louisiana Association of Wardens, chairman of Louisiana's inmate re-entry initiative, coordinator of the governor's litter task force and a board member of the state employee insurance program. He is the former director of prison industries and served as the department's undersecretary and chief of staff, responsible for administrative and financial management. His work ethic and dedication to his employees has garnered praise and awards from both public and private entities. LeBlanc has been a member of ACA since 1981.


Evelyn Ridley-Turner

Commissioner, Indiana Department of Correction

Evelyn Ridley-Turner has worked for the Indiana Department of Correction for 29 years. On Feb. 1, 2001, she was appointed commissioner by the late Gov. Frank O'Bannon, becoming the first female to head the agency. Prior to her appointment, she was deputy commissioner for the Juvenile Services Division for eight years. She has held other key positions within the department, including supervisor of community correctional services, staff counsel and director of the Division of Internal Audits and Investigations. She served on ACA's Standards Committee and is currently a member of ACA's Children's Initiative Committee. Ridley-Turner is a member of the Association of State Correctional Administrators and serves as chair of the Legislative and Legal Issues Committee, vice chair of the Re-entry Committee and member of the Victims Committee of ASCA. She is also a past president of the Indiana Correctional Association. She has a bachelor's degree from Indiana University, Indianapolis, and a law degree from Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis.



At-Large Ethnic Minority

Raul S. Banasco

Warden, Hernando Correctional Institution, Florida

Raul S. Banasco has been in the juvenile and adult corrections field for approximately 18 years. Since 1988, he has worked for the Florida State Department of Corrections in several positions, including correctional officer, correctional probation officer and supervisor, assistant superintendent, assistant warden and warden of a female institution. He received a bachelor's degree in psychology from Iona College and an executive certificate in public management and master's degree in public administration from Florida Atlantic University. Banasco is the state president for the Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency for 2003-2004, vice president of the National Organization of Hispanics in Criminal Justice and has been an active member of many ACA committees for several years.


Artis "Ray" Hobbs

Chief Deputy Director, Arkansas Department of Correction

Artis "Ray" Hobbs began his corrections career as a correctional officer in Arkansas in 1975 and worked his way up to his current position of chief deputy director. He supervises seven units and five programs within the Arkansas Department of Correction. Hobbs is a certified auditor for ACA and was chairman of its Program Committee. He has also served on ACA's Shock/Boot Camp Reintegration Committee and the Affirmative Action Committee. In addition, he is a member of the Southern States Correctional Association and the Arkansas Criminal Justice Association. Hobbs holds a master's degree in criminal justice (1990) and is a part-time lecturer/teacher at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He also coordinates the United Way campaign for the Arkansas Department of Correction.


Community Programs

Pamela Maddess

Correctional Program Manager, Tacoma Pre-release, Steilacoom, Wash.

Pamela Maddess has been involved in the corrections field for more than 25 years with the Washington Department of Corrections. She began her career at the Washington Correction Center for Women as a correctional counselor, moving into field operations after two years. She was promoted into a lead...

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