Alisha Shoates James
Tennessee Department of Corrections
Alisha Shoates James began her law enforcement career with the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department in January 2005. Presently, James serves as probation administrator for the Tennessee Department of Corrections (TDOC). Currently, she supervises a staff of more than 500 personnel who supervise more than 45,000 offenders in the community. She is responsible for driving regional initiatives, regional COMPSTAT and leading succession planning. She acts as a representative for TDOC in performing important public contact and liaison work with other law enforcement agencies, court representatives, legislators, community leaders and the general public. Collaboratively with other subject matter experts, Alisha worked to draft the use of force, lethal force and firearms policies for the entire agency. She serves as an adept subject-matter point of contact for any firearms or defensive tactics related issues for community supervision statewide.
Director, Reentry and Integration Division
Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Since 1998, April Zamora has worked for the state of Texas and has held several positions in the criminal justice field, including parole officer, Parole Unit supervisor, program specialist for substance abuse services, internal audit, and training, as well as director of the Texas Correctional Office for Offenders with Medical or Mental Impairments. Zamora received her Master of Education in guidance and counseling from the University of Texas--Pan American. She is also a proud recipient of the Texas Corrections Association (TCA) Star Award and TCA Presidents Gavel. She currently serves as vice president of TCA and has previously served as secretary and treasurer. Zamora plans to continue to use her experience working with justice-involved juveniles and adults to engage in the development and growth of programs and policies for ACA.
Probation or Post-Release Supervision--Juvenile (2 positions)
Senior Juvenile Parole Officer
Ohio Department of Youth Services
Jill Ames has worked for the Ohio Department of Youth Services since 1988. It was at this time she began her career in the department's Indian River Juvenile Correctional Facility, until she transferred to the Akron Region as a juvenile parole officer for the department's Bureau of Parole in 1998. In 2010, Ames was promoted to senior parole officer, where she serves as the region's accreditation manager. Ames is an active member of the department's ACA committee, is a current member of the Criminal-justice Accreditation Association of Ohio (CAAO) and a current board member of the Ohio Correctional and Court Services Association. Ames currently sits on ACA's Delegate Assembly and is an active member on the Probation & Parole Committee. In September 2013, Ames played an integral part in the Bureau of Parole's successful file audit, achieving 100 percent compliance. In October 2013, CAAO recognized Ames by awarding her the Geno Natalucci-Persicheitti Award for Juvenile Accreditation. Ames received a Bachelor of Arts in criminology from The Ohio State University in 1986.
Community Program Manager
City of Richmond Department of Justice Services
Since 1995, Greg Hopkins has worked in the juvenile justice field, to include 10 years with the corrections/community-based programs at the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice. Hopkins held the position of juvenile drug court program coordinator for five years in Richmond, and is currently the community programs manager for the Richmond Department of Justice Services, overseeing juvenile detention alternatives to include the juvenile drug court, the evening reporting center, and various programs on monitoring and community service. Hopkins received his bachelor's degree in sociology from Virginia State University and his master's degree in criminal justice from Tiffin University. He previously served as president of the Virginia Drug Court Association (VDCA), and currently is vice president. He has served on numerous committees within VDCA, including the legislative, sustainability and funding formula work groups; was an executive team member of the Statewide Advisory Committee on Drug Courts; and, in addition to his service with VDCA, served as the chair of the Virginia Juvenile Justice Association's Capital District chapter. Hopkins is highly committed to assist with policy development for ACA as a member of the Delegate Assembly.
Regional Director, Northern Region
Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice
Carolyn Lewis serves as the regional director for the Northern Region of the Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice. She started her career as a probation officer and came up through the ranks, having served as a probation and parole supervisor, regional manager and deputy assistant secretary, overseeing all community-based services in the state. She is now regional director, overseeing multiple probation and parole offices and two male secure facilities. Lewis, holding a bachelor's degree in criminal justice, has more than 25 years of experience in the field of juvenile justice. She has been a member of ACA for more than 17 years, an ACA auditor for 12 years, has served as a member of the Delegate Assembly, and currently serves on the Community Corrections Committee and chairs the Probation and Parole Committee. She is also a member of the Association of Women Executives in Corrections.
Parole Officer Supervisor
Ohio Department of Youth Services
David Tobin began his career in 2002 as an intensive juvenile probation officer. In 2006, he was hired as a juvenile parole officer for the Ohio Department of Youth Services, promoted to senior parole officer in 2012, and in 2015, he was promoted again to his current position as parole officer supervisor. Tobin has a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from Bowling Green State University. He is a current board member of the Criminal-justice Accreditation Association of Ohio, representing probation and parole field services, and has also served on the department's Ohio Standards and Prison Rape Elimination Act internal auditing teams. In 2013, Tobin was selected to be a member of Ohio's committee for the development of Probation Officer Training Standards. Tobin has been influential in the development of the bureau's electronic ACA process, and has presented at ACA on the current Ohio process. Tobin is an ACA delegate.
Crime Victim Organizations (2 positions)
Victim Service Coordinator
Delaware Department of Corrections
Erin Connelly is currently employed as the victim service coordinator at the Delaware Department of Correction (DOC). Prior to assuming this position in the spring of 2016, Connelly worked as a lethality assessment advocate at DC SAFE in the District of Columbia. In this position, Connelly educated domestic violence survivors about available resources, worked with agencies to produce safety plans, and helped victims obtain Civil Protection Orders. She was nominated the "Advocate of the Month" in September 2015. Additionally, Connelly was employed as a community support specialist and mental health court liaison at Community Connections in the District. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia, and her Master of Science in administration of justice with a concentration in criminal behavior from Wilmington University in Wilmington, Delaware.
Deputy Director, Victim Services Division
Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Mark Odom has been in the criminal justice field for over 25 years. He received a bachelor's degree in political science from Southwest Texas State University. He began his career in 1987 as parole officer and hearing officer for the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles. In 1998, Mark began working for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Victim Services Division and since 2004 has served there as deputy director. He has been instrumental in the development of the Texas Victim Offender Mediation/Dialogue Program and is a nationally recognized speaker and trainer in restorative justice. In 2015 he received the Ellen Halbert Crime Victims' Advocacy Award from the Texas Corrections Association. He has previously served as vice chair of the National Association of Victim Assistance in Corrections and currently serves as chair of the American Correctional Association's Restorative Justice and Victims Committee.
Peyton Tuthill Foundation
Following the brutal murder of her young daughter, Peyton, in 1999, Pat Tuthill left her career as director of human resources with a medical center to become a legislative activist, public speaker, and advocate for victims issues and public safety. Currently serving as the ex-officio victims' representative to the National Commission for the Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision (ICAOS), Tuthill was appointed the victim representative to the Florida State ICAOS Council, as well as the victim representative to the Juvenile Interstate Compact. Tuthill has served, and continues to serve, on numerous national work groups and forums, and was recently was selected as "one of 25 Women You Should Know." In 2005, she founded the Peyton Tuthill Foundation's "Hearts of Hope Scholarships," which award academic scholarships to children who have been left behind by homicide. Her past and present affiliations include the American Parole and Probation Association, the National Re-Entry Policy Council, the National Organization for Victim Assistance, and more.
Correctional Education Services (2 positions)
Audrey R. Armistad