2016 ACA Election candidates and voting instructions.

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2016 ACA Election

Candidates and Voting Instructions

This year's slate of candidates was selected by ACA's Nominating Committee during its meeting on April 21, 2016. Candidates were chosen for president-elect, vice president and treasurer positions, along with nominees to the Board of Governors, the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections and the Delegate Assembly. Candidates for all the positions are listed on the following pages, along with brief summaries of their backgrounds. Additionally, please note on the attached ballot the bylaws amendment, which has been put forth by leadership and recommended for approval.

You are eligible to vote in this year's election if your ACA membership was paid through Sept. 1, 2016. The following membership categories have one vote:

* Professional I

* Professional II

* Executive Gold

* Life

* Supporting Patron

* Organizational

* Affiliate with Representation

Your ballot is attached to the cover of this magazine, including the postage-paid return envelope. You may also vote online at https://www.esc-vote.com/aca2016. The website opens Sept. 1, 2016. You will need your ACA membership ID number to vote. Your member number can be found above your name on the mailing label of this magazine and/or on your membership card. You can also call 800-222-5646, ext. 0121, to obtain your member number. You must have your member number for the paper ballot and the web ballot.

Paper ballots should be mailed to

American Correctional Association

c/o Election Services Corp.

P.O. Box 9021

Ronkonkoma, NY 11779

The closing date for the election is Oct. 1, 2016. Paper ballots must be postmarked by Oct. 1, 2016. Web voting will close at 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on Oct. 1, 2016.


President-Elect (1 Position)


Mark Foxall


Douglas County Department of Corrections

Mark Foxall, Ph.D., CJM, began his law-enforcement career as a police officer in the city of Omaha, Nebraska. Currently, he is director of the Douglas County Department of Corrections, as well as an adjunct faculty member at the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Foxall has been with the Douglas County Department of Corrections since July 2000, having previously served as deputy director of corrections and community corrections manager. Previous positions held include special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and director of project impact with the U.S. Attorney's Office in the District of Nebraska. Foxall holds a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice, a master's degree in public administration and a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice, all from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Foxall is also a graduate of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce Leadership Omaha class and a certified jail manager through the American Jail Association.


Gary C. Mohr


Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

Gary C. Mohr has more than 40 years of correctional experience and a national reputation for innovative and efficient prison management. Starting in 2002, Mohr served as deputy director and superintendent of the Ohio Department of Youth Services. Previously, he was deputy director for administration at the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, as well as a deputy director in the agency's Office of Prisons, where he supervised, mentored and advised a region of Ohio's wardens. Additionally, Mohr has served as warden at the Ross Correctional Institutional, Chillicothe Correctional Institution and Correction Reception Center. From 1992 to 1994, Mohr served as director of the Governor's Office of Criminal Justice, where he led the investigation into the cause of the 1993 Lucasville riot. He also chaired the Governor's Task Force on Gun Violence. In 2005, Mohr founded Mohr Correctional Insight, where he advised the Corrections Corporation of America in areas of staff leadership and development, and implementing unit management.

Vice President (1 Position)


J. David Donahue

President and Senior Vice President, U.S. Corrections and Detention and International Operations

The GEO Group

J. David Donahue joined The GEO Group as Eastern Region vice president in 2009 after a distinguished career in corrections with the states of Indiana and Kentucky, as well as the Federal Bureau of Prisons. In his previous role as Eastern Region vice president, he was responsible for the operational oversight of more than 24 correctional facilities or 31,000 beds. Donahue was promoted to his I current position in February 2016. He is an active member of the American Correctional Association I and serves on the Restrictive Housing Sub-Committee. In addition, he is an ACA-certified corrections executive. Donahue is also a member of the Association of State Correctional Administrators. He attended Eastern Kentucky University, where he earned his Bachelors of Science in police administration. He later attended Spalding University, where he completed coursework in the Masters of Arts in Teaching Graduate Program.


Michelle Robinette

Deputy Chief

Tulsa County Sheriff's Office

Since 1995, Michelle Robinette has worked for Oklahoma's Tulsa County Sheriff's Office. Advancing through the ranks, in 2008, she promoted to deputy chief and was also appointed as jail administrator. As deputy chief, she assigned oversight to the detention division and new construction for mental health housing. Robinette holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology and has attended many hours of training and executive-level seminars. She has earned the titles of certified corrections executive and certified jail manager, and conducts audits for both ACA and the Prison Rape Elimination Act. She is currently serving on the ACA Standards Committee and has served as an ACA Delegate Assembly member. Robinette would use her expertise in jail operations and detention procedures to assist with bringing jails to a higher standard of participation within the ACA organization.

Treasurer (1 Position)


Christine Blessinger

Executive Director, Division of Youth Services

Indiana Department of Correction

Since 2000, Christine Blessinger has worked for the Indiana Department of Correction Division of Youth Services (DYS). She has held the positions of psychiatric social service specialist III, program director 11 and program director I at the Pendleton Juvenile Correctional Facility. In 2008, she was promoted to program director for DYS, and then served as assistant director for the division. In 2014, Blessinger was promoted to chief operations director for DYS and, in 2015, was promoted to her current position of executive director. She is a certified PREA auditor for juvenile facilities, and received her Bachelor of Science in criminology from Indiana State University. She is currently co-chair for the Use of Separation for Juveniles Committee at ACA and is a member of the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators.


Tony M. Wilkes

Chief of Corrections

Davidson County Sheriff's Office

Tony Wilkes began his career in Tennessee's Davidson County Sheriff's Office (DCSO) in 1987 as a correctional officer. In 1991, he transferred to the Criminal Justice Center (CJC), where he worked as master control operator. Five years later, he was promoted to administrative services officer at CJC, and that same year, he became the center's chief of security. In 2002, Wilkes transferred to the Correctional Work Center, now called the Correctional Development Center, as chief of security and was later appointed administrator of that institution. Four years later, he became DCSO's first-ever site administrator for the Sheriff's Correctional Complex, where he managed multiple standalone facilities. In 2008, Wilkes was named DCSO's first-ever chief of corrections. He attended Nashville State Technical Institute and has an Associate of Arts in business management, as well as Bachelor of Science in business management from the University of Phoenix.

Board of Governors

Juvenile (1 Position)


Teresa Stroud

Senior Director, State Programs and Facilities

Texas Department of Juvenile Justice

Since 1997, Stroud has worked for the Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD) in several positions, including three years as youth rights specialist, two years as a program specialist, six years as assistant superintendent and two years as superintendent. Stroud has also worked for the nonprofit Eckerd as both Texas area director and as national regional director. She received a Bachelor of Arts in behavioral sciences from East Texas Baptist University and obtained a Master of Interdisciplinary Studies from Stephen F. Austin University. Stroud will graduate with a Master of Science in criminal justice and leadership management from Sam Houston State University in May 2017 and is currently serving on the ACA Mental Health Committee. She will use her experience in juvenile services, human services and correctional committees work to represent and actively participate in the development of programs and policies for ACA if elected to the Board of Governors.


Lisa Williams

Special Education Teacher

Alabama Department of Youth Services

Lisa Williams has worked for the Alabama Department of Youth Services since 2000; prior to this, she was employed in adult corrections. Williams taught general population students for seven years before moving to her current position with the Accountability Based Sex Offender Program (ABSOP). She was awarded the Correctional Education Association's (CEA) Austin MacCormick Award for Best Practices in Correctional Education and was recognized as Teacher of the Year for Region VIII. She is an auditor for CEA and has audited juvenile and adult facilities across the country. Williams has served on CEA's Executive Board as Secretary and Director of Region VIII...

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