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EOM Rhonda Gulley
EOM Rhonda Gulley

July 2022

Employee of the Month

CO I Rhonda Gulley
CO I Rhonda Gulley was
named the CCC Employee of the Month for July 2022. Rhonda was nominated for this award by CO II Nicholas Koenig, who recognized her constant professionalism and ability to handle difficult situations.

It was indicated that recently when an offender who had a history of assaultive behavior towards staff was escorted to Housing Unit #1 for placement on TASC status, the offender had ignored multiple directives given by staff.  It was noted that the offender is hearing impaired which made it challenging for staff to ensure their verbal directives were being understood and a CIT member had unsuccessfully attempted to deescalate the situation due to the communication barrier.  CO I Gulley entered the area and was able to build trust with the offender, working patiently to effectively communicate with her, which resulted in the offender complying with directives.  CO II Koenig stated in the nomination, “CO I Gulley’s ability to remain calm, cool and collected during potential volatile situations gives her the ability to then build a rapport which aids to deescalate offenders who have lost their ability to make rational decisions.  CO I Gulley’s quick thinking and professional interaction with this offender prevented force being utilized.  Her professionalism and ability to quickly build a rapport with an offender in crisis has contributed to Chillicothe Correctional Center becoming a safer community.”

Rhonda’s actions greatly contribute to the smooth operations of the institution and her professionalism does not go unnoticed. Ms. Gulley is a huge asset to this facility and her actions consistently demonstrate that she is a professional and a team player.

Warden McBee has conducted a presentation for Ms. Gulley and recognized her efforts. Please take time to extend your congratulations to her.

Awards & Recognition

Massage Give-away  

The CCC Wellness Committee celebrated Everyone Deserves a Massage Week by giving away 5 30 minute massages to local masseurs in Chillicothe.  The winners were:  Lori Parkey, FUM-Monday

                                Daniel Riegerix, COI – Tuesday

                                Matthew Troxel, COI – Wednesday

                                Alexas Nefferdorf, COII – Thursday

                                Ricky Dorsey, COI – Friday

Deep Heart: A Show of Music, Magic & Comedy

Deep Heart stopped at CCC for an afternoon of music, magic and comedy Wednesday, July 27.  This presentation was put together after years of

Lewis Pie in the face after
Lewis pie face after
Lewis Pie in the face before
Lewis pie face before

traveling to many countries around the world. The show consists of dance choreographies, high-end music, magic & comedy, with influence from S. Korea, Ireland, Brazil, France, Spain, New York & Las Vegas.

Pie in the Face

CO III Tyler Lewis was "presented" with a pie in the face by his mom, RN Tammie Christopher, on July 11, 2022. Staff made donations to the PBC awarding this honor to Lieutenant Lewis.  

Honor Guard

The Western Region Honor Guard, along with CCC CERT members, were honored to lead the Home of Sliced Bread Parade in Chillicothe on July 9, 2022.  

Honor Guard Home of Sliced Bread Parade
Honor Guard Home of Sliced Bread Parade

Congratulations to Intel Analyst Ricardo Monroy for receiving the Department of Corrections Lifesaver Award on July 19, 2022. He was presented this award due to an incident he responded to on September 22, 2021 when he was assigned as a CO I. While conducting his regularly assigned duties, Mr. Monroy observed an offender that had just attempted suicide. He instantly sprang into action by entering the cell and taking actions which undoubtedly preserved the life of the offender, in addition to following the proper procedures to ensure the safety of the area. Mr. Monroy utilized quick thinking skills in responding to this incident and ensured the safety of all those around him.  

Congratulations to CO I Aaron Sanders for receiving the Department of Corrections Distinguished Service Award on July 19, 2022. On Saturday, January 1, 2022, CO I Sanders and his wife were heading home from Kansas City during a snowstorm when he saw a white minivan that had slid off the slick road and was partially in the median. He noticed the vehicle was a state van and he saw a fellow officer getting out of the vehicle, so he turned around to assist. He was able to get the state van back up on the road, so the officer could safely return to the institution without further incident. CO I Sanders' actions were professional and helpful to both his fellow officer and the institution. His actions placed himself in danger due to the road conditions, but possibly prevented any further damage to the state vehicle or injury to the staff member.  

New Team Members

Melissa Chavarria, RN, Centurion – 7/7/22

April Gramenz, COI -  7/11/22

Jeffrey Gulley, COI -  7/11/22

Samantha Luke, COI – 7/11/22

Robert Scott, COI – 7/11/22

Mayanna Weed, CKII – 7/11/22

Iris Yee, CkII – 7/11/22

Natalie Culshaw, COI – 7/18/22

Troy Robertson, COI – 7/18/22

Travis Smith, COI – 7/18/22

Jennifer Ellis, Gateway Substance Abuse Counselor – 7/25/22

Cristina Oertwig, Gateway Substance Abuse Counselor – 7/25/22

Promotions

Beth Rains, Records Officer I to Policy and Procedure Coordinator – 7/17/22

Rhonda Gulley, COI to Employment Transition Specialist – 7/31/22

Retirements

Teresa Lark, ROII – 7/31/22   See Photo: Lark retirement: pictured (L to R): Kimberly Herring, DWO, Warden Chris McBee, Teresa Lark, ROII, Major David Savage, Darrell Sandy, ROIII, Amy Parkhurst, AW.

Mary Enyeart, OSA – 7/31/22  See photo: pictured Front row: (L to R):  Amy Parkhurst, AW, Jennifer Horton, Acct. Clerk, Warden Chris McBee, Mary Enyeart, OSA, Chelsey Rhoades, Business Office Manager, Kimberly Herring, DWO, Lindy Smith, Acct., Clerk.  Back Row: Major David Savage

Town Hall Report

June Town Hall meetings were held on July 28, 2022 at 6:00am, 10:00am and 3:00pm.  There were 14 staff members present.

Important Dates

August 1 – The Corrections Way (TCW) dress down day - $2

August 3 – Morale Committee dress down day - $2

August 4 – PBC dress down day - $2

August 9 – Special Olympics dress down day - $2

August 15 – TCW dress down day - $2

August 15 – Pay day

August 17 – Morale Committee dress down day – FREE

August 18 – Special Olympics dress down day - $2

August 23 – PBC dress down day - $2

August 25 – Special Olympics dress down day - $2

August 30 – TCW dress down day - $2

August 31 – Pay day

 


Torch Run
Special Olympics Torch Run

June 2022

Big News

Torch Run

The Special Olympics Torch run was held at Simpson Park on May 11, 2022.  Runners started at Simpson Park and ran to the Fire Department.  Walkers walked around the park.

Dog the Bounty Hunter

Dog the Bounty Hunter, his wife, Francie and Katie Souza with Prison Power Ministries brought their program to CCC June 10-11.

Employee of the Month

Dog the Bounty Hunter
Dog the Bounty Hunter visit

SK I Patricia Gladbach
Storekeeper I Patricia Gladbach was named the CCC Employee of the Month for June 2022. Patricia was nominated for this award by Food Service Manager Sherry Oldham, who recognized her constant professionalism and willingness to assist others.

It was indicated that while Patricia was assigned as the Office Support Assistant in Food Service, they were experiencing a staff shortage and she was always willing to help out.  She always jumped in and helped wherever she was needed, in addition to accomplishing her regularly assigned duties.  It was stated that she was assigned to Food Service for a long time, starting as a Cook II, promoting to a Cook III, then accepting the position of Office Support Assistant.  During this time, she understood what it was like to work short-handed, so she was always willing to go above and beyond her duties to help out.  She likes to stay busy, so she is always ready to learn new things to enable her to help in any area.  Ms. Oldham stated in the nomination, “Patricia is a great and valued employee in Food Service and is a perfect example of a team player.”

EOM Patricia Gladbach
EOM Patricia Gladbach

Patricia’s actions greatly contribute to the smooth operations of the institution and her professionalism does not go unnoticed. Ms. Gladbach is a huge asset to this facility and her actions consistently demonstrate that she is a professional and a team player.

New Team Members

Chris Condron, COI – 6/6/22

Kathy Nelson, CKII – 6/6/22

Marshall Owen, ROI – 6/6/22

Hunter Passig, COI – 6/6/22

Michael Womack, ROI – 6/6/22

Melissa Wray, CKII – 6/6/22

Emily Gladbach, OSA Probation  & Parole – 6/6/22

Payton Harris, COI – 6/13/22

Madison Bushery, COI – 6/27/22

Paul Hebert, COI – 6/27/22

Connor Passig, COI – 6/27/22

Arianna Showalter, COI – 6/27/22

Mary Rounkles, Centurion, Dental Assistant – 6/27/22

Autumn Geddings, Centurion, LPN – 6/30/22

Felicia Burrough, Centurion, LPN – 6/30/22

Promotions

Ricardo Monroy, COI to Investigator I – 6/6/22

Retirements

Debra Fortner, COI – 6/30/22

Rick Winkowski, MWII – 6/30/22

Roxann Miller, CKIII – 6/30/22

Town Hall Report

June Town Hall meetings were held on June 29, 2022 at 6:00am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm.  There were 10 staff members present.

Important Dates

July 1 – PBC Dress Down Day $2 – Bomb Pop Day

July 4 – Holiday-Independence Day

July 4 – Special Olympics Dress Down Day – $2

July 5 – Morale Committee Dress Down Day - $2

July 7 – The Corrections Way Dress Down Day - $2

July 11 – Special Olympics Dress Down Day - $2

July 13 – The Corrections Way Dress Down Day - $2

July 14 – Morale Committee FREE Dress Down Day

July 15 – Pay day

July 18 – Special Olympics Dress Down Day - $2

July 20 – PBC Dress Down Day - $2

July 25 – Special Olympics Dress Down Day - $2

July 27 – Morale Committee Dress Down Day - $2

July 29 – Pay day

 


May 2022

EOM Chuck Ness
EOM Chuck Ness

Employee of the Month

Institutional Investigator Chuck Ness

Institutional Investigator Chuck Ness was named the CCC Employee of the Month for May 2022. Chuck was nominated for this award by Warden McBee, who recognized his constant professionalism and commitment to the safety and security of the institution. On March 4, 2022, Chuck assisted with a drug interdiction in the CCC Visiting Room. He worked closely with the CCC Intelligence Analyst, custody staff and local police department to properly prepare for the possible interdiction. He provided timely updates to the local police department and the administrative staff leading up to and during the interdiction. The efforts made by Mr. Ness resulted in the prevention of a visitor introducing a significant amount of illegal contraband into the institution. The visitor in this case was taken into custody by the Chillicothe Police Department and is currently pending felony charges. This recovery prevented offenders from receiving and using an illegal substance. Chuck’s efforts contributed to the safe environment we all strive for every day here at Chillicothe Center.

Rhodes coin of Excellence
Rhodes coin of excellence

Awards & Recognition

Warden’s Coin of Excellence

Janet Rhodes, CROIII, was awarded the FRDC Warden’s Coin of Excellence, a recognition reserved for staff who demand a high level of achievement from themselves, continually going the extra mile to assist others, role model the Department’s code of conduct, and support the mission, vision, and strategic plan of the Missouri Department of Corrections. 

Janet was recognized by the Administrative Team at the Fulton Reception and Diagnostic Center for the continued “above and beyond” work ethic and willingness to assist the FRDC Records Department both remotely and onsite at FRDC during an unprecedented staff shortage in the office. The sacrifice of her time and attention from her team to assist theirs during a very stressful time was greatly appreciated.  Her knowledge, experience, and support helped them stay operating and successful.  It was stated that Janet is a supervisor others should mimic and model themselves after.

CCC CERT recognition
CCC CERT recognition

CERT

During a CERT training sessions, Warden Chris McBee recognized the CCC CERT team for their professionalism and dedication to ensuring a safe environment for CCC as well as other institutions and outside organizations when needed.  The CCC CERT team participated in a total of 27 callouts during the 2021 calendar year.  The most recent callout was as part of a large scale search operation which occurred at the Jackson County Detention Center where they collaborated with the FBI, Jackson County Detention Center, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and nearly 150 CERT members from eleven different institutions.  Their assistance helped identify and remove contraband from the detention center. 

Each member of CERT was presented with a CCC Warden’s Challenge Coin and a novelty CCC license plate.  Warden McBee also recognized and presented these items to the other members of the CCC Administrative Team (Deputy Warden Ryan Coffman, Deputy Warden Kimberly Herring, Assistant Warden Amy Parkhurst, and Major David Savage), in addition to, Business Manager Chelsey Rhoades for their continued support and dedication to ensuring the CCC CERT Team has the resources needed to perform their mission.

Nurses day
Nurses day

Staff Barbecue

The CCC Wellness Committee with assistance from the Personnel Benefits Club and the Morale Committee hosted an all staff barbecue Wednesday, May 18.  All staff and Emergency Exercise Drill guests were served a hamburger, hot dog, bag of chips, cookie and drink of choice.  The hamburgers and hot dogs were cooked on the CCC grill by on shift staff members and they did an excellent job!  The meal received many positive reviews.

Nurse’s Day

The Administration staff recognized CCC’s Employee Health Nurse, Angela Albertson with gift cards to local merchants in Chillicothe on Nurse’s Day, May 12.

New Team Members

Mario Espinoza, COI, transfer from WMCC – 5/1/22

Dakota Akers, COI – 5/2/22

Jennifer Fitzpatrick, COI – 5/2/22

Kelsey Ward, COI – 5/2/22

Jessica Warren, COI – 5/2/22

Bethany Ireland, Substance Abuse Counselor – 5/2/22

Adria Forck, Substance Abuse Counselor – 5/9/22

Maranda Shipley-Fair, Substance Abuse Counselor – 5/9/22

Lela Benavidez, Cook II – 5/16/22

Gayle Saul, Cook II – 5/16/22

Jerry Shafer, COI, Part time – 5/10/22

Carla Heckenmueller, COI, Transfer from MCC – 5/22/22

Anna Englert, COI – 5/23/22

Cheyenne Moore, COI – 5/23/22

Promotions

Raechel Kelley, COI to COII – 5/8/22

Mari Meservey, COI to COII – 5/8/22

Dustin Lybarger, COI to CCM – 5/22/22

Lori Porter, AOSA to CCM – 5/22/22

Retirements

Walter McCoy, COI – 5/31/22

Town Hall Report

May Town Hall meetings were held on May 27, 2022 at 6:00am, 9:00am and 3:00pm.  There were 3 staff members present.

Important Dates

June 3 – PBC Dress Down Day $2

June 7 – Special Olympics Dress Down Day $2

June 8 – Special Olympics Dress Down Day $2

June 9 – Morale Committee Dress Down Day $2

June 12 – PBC Dress Down Day FREE

June 13 – PBC Dress Down Day FREE (Tye Dye)

June 14 – PBC Dress Down Day FREE (Flag Day)

June 15 – PBC Dress Down Day FREE (Disney)

June 15 – Pay day

June 16 – PBC Dress Down Day FREE (Hawaiian)

June 17 – PBC Dress Down Day FREE (Sports)

June 18 – PBC Dress Down Day FREE

June 20 – Juneteenth holiday

June 21 – Morale Committee Dress Down Day FREE

June 23 – Special Olympics Dress Down Day $2

June 28 – Special Olympics Dress Down Day $2

June 30 – Morale Committee Dress Down Day $2

June 30 – Pay day

 


EOM Cody Spease
EOM Cody Spease

April 2022

Employee of the Month

CO II Cody Spease

Corrections Officer II Cody Spease was named the CCC Employee of the Month for April 2022. Cody was nominated for this award by CO II Chad Gardner, who recognized his constant professionalism and willingness to assist others.

It was indicated that CO II Spease is a very important asset to First Shift and goes above and beyond his job duties and regularly communicates with other sergeants to ensure that all areas are covered and that the shift runs as smoothly as possible.  It was noted that he volunteered to work his RDO on Christmas for a fellow sergeant to be able to have the holiday off to spend at home with his kids.  It is stated in the nomination, “Sergeant Spease leads by example.  He regularly helps staff with all job duties, such as wing tours, property inventories, and counts.  He never complains about being asked to perform extra duties or being assigned to posts outside of his regular job duties.  Sergeant Spease deserves to be recognized for all the hard work that he does for the Department.”

Cody’s actions greatly contribute to the smooth operations of the institution and his professionalism does not go unnoticed. Mr. Spease is a huge asset to this facility and his actions consistently demonstrate that he is a professional and a team player.

New Team Members

Clayton Bloomfield, COI – 4/4/22

Bashaun Hall, COI – 4/4/22

Logan Liebendorfer, COI – 4/4/22

Bryan Venneman, COI – 4/4/22

Courtney White, COI – 4/4/22

Joshua Bundy, Substance Abuse Counselor – 4/11/22

Jared Leeper, COI – 4/18/22

Marco Caruso, COI – 4/18/22

Rhonda Henry, Centurion, LPN – 4/18/22

Samtama DeVpre. Centurion, RN – 4-20-22

Rosalind Gonzalez, COI – 4/25/22

Doug Anders retirement
Doug Anders retirement

Isaiah Greathouse, COI – 4/25/22

Bryce Passig, COI – 4/25/22

Keli Summers, Personnel OSA – 4/25/22

Promotions

Patricia Gladbach, OSA to Storekeeper I – 4/3/22

Retirements

James Richards, COI – April 30, 2022

Photos from Doug Anders, COII and Dan Shively, CSI retirement ceremonies in March 2022.

Town Hall Report

Dan Shively retirement
Dan Shively retirement

April Town Hall meetings were held on April 25, 2022 at 6:00am, 9:00am and 3:00pm.  There were 11 staff members present.

Important Dates

May 4 – PBC dress down day - $2.00

May 5 – Morale Committee dress down day - $2.00

May 9 – HOLIDAY – Truman’s birthday

May 10 – Special Olympics dress down day - $2.00

May 16 – Pay day

May 17 – Morale Committee dress down day – FREE

May 18 – PBC dress down day – FREE

May 24 – PBC dress down day - $2.00

May 25 – Special Olympics dress down day - $2.00

May 30 – HOLIDAY – Memorial Day

May 31 – Pay day

May 31 – Morale Committee dress down day - $2.00

 


March 2022

EOM Ashton Christopher
EOM Ashton Christopher

Big News

Blood Drive

The Wellness Committee hosted a blood drive for Red Cross on Wednesday, March 16, 2022.There were 29 presenters and 24 units were collected.  Hannah Chavarria, COI won the beef meat bundle donated by the Wellness Committee.

Employee of the Month

FUM Ashton Christopher

Functional Unit Manager Ashton Christopher was named the CCC Employee of the Month for March 2022. Ashton was nominated for this award by CO I David Baker, who recognized his constant professionalism and willingness to assist others. On September 8, 2021 while conducting his normal duties in Housing Unit #1, a situation arose near the end of the work day in the unit which required additional staff assistance as several staff were gone or already assisting with a separate situation in another location. Upon receiving notification of the situation, Mr. Christopher halted his normal duties and responded. Once he arrived and was apprised of the incident, he then assisted an already short-staffed housing unit with room moves and conducting interviews.  He stayed until the issue was resolved and all necessary actions were dealt with.  It is stated in the nomination, “FUM Ashton Christopher’s willingness to assist his housing unit in emergency situations displays exemplary leadership skills and teamwork.  As FUM Christopher is fairly new to the position of Functional Unit Manager, he should be commended on a job well done.”

Ashton’s actions greatly contributed to the smooth operations of the institution and his professionalism does not go unnoticed. Mr. Christopher is a huge asset to this facility and his actions consistently demonstrate that he is a professional and a team player.

New Team Members

Julie Veach, RN, Centurion – 3/7/22

Kelsey Smith, RN, Centurion – 3/7/22

Paul Beckham, COI, transferred from WMCC – 3/6/22

Andrew Strzyzewski, COI, transferred from WMCC – 3/6/22

Betty Eastin, Cook II – 3/7/22

Jeston Alterauge, COI – 3/7/22

Crystal Heaney, Med Tech, Centurion – 3/11/22

Bethany Cashatt, Substance Abuse Counselor – 3/14/22

Jennifer Leach, Gateway, Administrative Assistant – 3/14/22

Robert Lemke, COI – 3/14/22

Promotions

Tyler Lewis, COII to COIII – 3/6/22

Kyle Gramenz, COI to COII – 3/13/22

Richard Jettelson, COI to COII – 3/13/22

Sandy Willis, COI to COII – 3/13/22

Penney Clevenger, SOSA-Mailroom Supervisor to Corrections Case Manager – 3/13/22

Daniel Masuch, COI to Corrections Case Manager – 3/13/22

Carla Meyers, STK I to Corrections Case Manager – 3/13/22

Erick Passig, COI to Corrections Case Manager – 3/13/22

Tina Sturgeon, COI to Corrections Case Manager – 3/13/22

Grace Davis, OSA to SOSA-Mailroom Supervisor – 3/27/22

Retirements

Douglas Anders, COII – March 31, 2022

Daniel Shively, CSI – March 31, 2022

Important Dates

April 5 – PBC Dress Down Day $2 National Wildlife Day (Animal theme)

April 6 – Morale Committee Dress Down Day $2

April 10 – 16 PBC FREE Dress Down Week (color themed days)

  • Sunday – Yellow
  • Monday – Pink
  • Tuesday – Blue
  • Wednesday – Purple
  • Thursday – Green
  • Friday – Easter Theme
  • Saturday - Orange

April 15 – Pay day

April 18 – Morale Committee FREE Dress Down Day

April 28 – Morale Committee Dress Down Day $2

April 29 – Pay day

 


EOM Paiten Sackrey
EOM Paiten Sackrey

February 2022

Employee of the Month

OSA Paiten Sackrey

Office Support Assistant Paiten Sackrey was named the CCC Employee of the Month for February 2022. Paiten was nominated for this award by all of the 2nd Shift Captains and Lieutenants, who recognized her constant professionalism and willingness to assist others. It was indicated that recently when the OSA assigned to the Shift Commander’s Office retired, Paiten generously volunteered to assume these duties to assist in helping the office run smoothly, in addition to her many responsibilities as the Office Support Assistant for the Chief of Custody. It is stated in the nomination, “Paiten’s generosity is very much appreciated by all 2nd Shift Captains and Lieutenants. Paiten’s positive attitude and eagerness to help is an asset to Chillicothe Correctional Center and the Missouri Department of Corrections. Paiten has gone above and beyond to voluntarily add to her own duties in order to assist her fellow staff. We believe that Paiten Sackrey has proven to be an excellent example of teamwork and integrity and for that she deserves to be the Employee of the Month.”

Paiten’s actions greatly contributed to the smooth operations of the institution and her professionalism does not go unnoticed. Ms. Sackrey is a huge asset to this facility and her actions consistently demonstrate that she is a professional and a team player.

New Team Members

Darrell Kraus, Stationary Engineer – 2/14/22

Genevieve Blair, Substance Abuse Counselor – 2/14/22

Gia Ide, RN-Centurion – 2/28/22

Stephanie Kelso, LPN-Centurion – 2/28/22

Promotions

Michelle Minnis, RN to HSA – 2/1/22

Cory Ray, Cook II to Cook III – 2/20/22

Town Hall Report

February Town Hall meetings were held on Friday, February 25, 2022 at 6:00am, 9:00am, and 3:00pm.  There were 8 staff members present.

Important Dates

March 4 – PBC FREE Dress Down Day  - National Staff Appreciation Day

March 7 - Morale Committee $2 Dress Down Day

March 15 – Pay day

March 16 – Red Cross blood drive 9:00am – 3:00 pm

March 17 – PBC $2 Dress Down Day – St. Patrick’s Day theme

March 22 – Morale Committee $2 Dress Down Day

March 31 – PBC $2 Dress Down Day

March 31 – Pay day

 


January 2022

Big News

The Wellness Committee hosted a blood drive with Community Blood Center Wednesday, January 12, 2022.  We had 46 staff member present, 43 units were collected and we had 12 first time donors.  The winner of the pork bundle given away by the Wellness Committee was COI Ronald Wilson.  Congratulations COI Wilson and thank you to everyone who helped make the blood drive a success!

EOM January 2022 Horton-Shafer
Pictured (from left):  Penney Clevenger,
SOSA-Mailroom, Linda Shafer, Jennifer Horton,
Kimberly Herring, DWO, Chris McBee, Warden,
Amy Parkhurst, AW.

Employees of the Month

Please join Warden McBee and the Employee of the Month Committee in congratulating the following employees on being named the CCC Employees of the Month for January 2022.  The award is being presented to two employees this month who are being recognized for similar actions.  

Accounting Clerk Jennifer Horton

Jennifer was nominated for this award by Mailroom Supervisor, SOSA Penney Clevenger, who recognized her constant professionalism and commitment to ensuring a safe environment for staff and offenders. It was indicated that on June 21, 2021 while assigned as an Office Support Assistant in the CCC Mailroom, Ms. Horton discovered a suspicious greeting card while processing incoming mail.  Upon further inspection, it was found that dangerous contraband was concealed in the card.  Her keen searching skills and attention to detail contributed towards this substance being found, therefore, preventing contraband from entering the institution and getting into an offender’s possession.  Jennifer’s actions greatly contributed to the safe and smooth operations of the institution and her professionalism does not go unnoticed.  Ms. Horton is a huge asset to this facility and her actions consistently demonstrate that she is a professional and a team player.

OSA Linda Shafer

Linda was nominated for this award by Mailroom Supervisor, SOSA Penney Clevenger, who recognized her constant professionalism and commitment to ensuring a safe environment for staff and offenders. It was indicated that on October 7, 2021 while assisting the CCC Mailroom with processing mail, Ms. Shafer discovered a suspicious greeting card while processing incoming mail.  Upon further inspection, it was found that dangerous contraband was concealed in the card.  Her keen searching skills and attention to detail contributed towards this substance being found, therefore, preventing contraband from entering the institution and getting into an offender’s possession.  SOSA Clevenger indicated in the nomination, “Not only did Ms. Shafer discover the contraband, she and others went above and beyond their normal duties on that day due to both the Mailroom Supervisor and the OSA being gone.  She has consistently gone above and beyond by helping the mailroom with anything that is needed since the mailroom has been short-staffed.”  Linda’s actions greatly contributed to the safe and smooth operations of the institution and her professionalism does not go unnoticed.  Ms. Shafer is a huge asset to this facility and her actions consistently demonstrate that she is a professional and a team player.

2021 Employee of Year semi-finalists
2021 Employee of Year semi-finalists

Awards & Recognition

An Awards Ceremony was held Wednesday, January 5, 2022 in the Visiting Room.  The Employee of the Year was announced and staff members were awarded their years of service pins.

Employees in the running for Employee of the Year were Linda Shafer, Carla Meyers, J.D. Shafer, Vicki Price, Kylee Ireland, Emily Asher, Holly Stevens (Baker), Katrina Humphrey, Shawn Walker, Raechel Kelley, April Wolf, and David Gilgour.   Pictured (L to R)  Linda Shafer, Carla Meyers, Kylee Ireland, Emily Asher, April Wolf, JD Shafer, David Gilgour.

Congratulations to Carla Meyers, Storekeeper I, on being named the 2021 CCC Employee of the Year!

Carla was selected as the February 2021 Employee of the Month after being nominated for this award by her former supervisor, FUM Lori Parkey, who recognized her constant professionalism and willingness to assist others, as well as her outstanding work ethic.

2021 Employee of the Year Carla Meyers
2021 Employee of the Year Carla Meyers

 

It was indicated that when Chillicothe Correctional Center began facing the challenges presented by COVID-19, Carla was assigned as an Office Support Assistant to Housing Unit #8, which was the designated area for isolation and quarantined offenders.  She went above and beyond her assigned duties, assisting both classification and custody staff with any task needing to be accomplished, to include serving meals, getting ice, and handing out canteen to offenders on isolation/quarantine status.  She also searched property, swept, mopped, and disinfected numerous areas of the housing unit while still keeping her normal duties completed.  It was noted that when she was newly assigned to the receiving and orientation housing unit, along with her new responsibilities, she trained two new Office Support Assistants and provided manuals to assist them learn their duties.  The nomination stated, “Carla does all this with a positive attitude and calming demeanor.  She shows great teamwork and professionalism on a daily basis.”

5 year service awards
5 year service awards

Ms. Meyers is an invaluable resource to Chillicothe Correctional Center and the Missouri Department of Corrections.  Her actions greatly contribute to the smooth operations of the institution and her professionalism does not go unnoticed. 

SERVICE AWARDS:

Pictured are staff members who were present during the awards presentation.

5-YEAR                                

Anderson, Emily

Anderson, Hannah

10 year service awards
10 year service awards

Bethards, Kyle

Corf, Carl

Fondren, Jessie

Frisbie, Laurie

Head, Lonnie           

Hughes, Brittany

Lewis, Tyler

Lovett, Joseph

Masuch, Bethany

15 year service awards
15 year service awards

McGraw, Joshua

Murphy, Paula

Page, Mary

Ridgway, Mark

Riegerix, Daniel

Seavey, Martha

Smith, Steven

Wheeler, Blake

Wolf, Jarod

20 year service awards
20 year service awards

Wynne, Adam

10-YEAR

Bendure, Zach

Cochenour, Floyd

Ireland, Edgar

Jefferson, Tony

Kitchin, Clinton

Lawrence, Rodney

Lollar, Richard

Oldham, Sherry

25 year service awards
25 year service awards

Silver, Jericks

Sutton, Benjamin

Waltz, Joshua

Wolf, Vincent

Womack, Trudy

Woody, James

15-YEAR

Asher, Shanna

Bearden, Maria

Beers, Dora

Bowen, Lori

Bower, Philip

Burns, Tina

Christopher, Ashton

Hollon, John

Maberry, Robin

Miller, Kathryn

Murphy, Gregory

Parkhurst, Amy

Richards, Bradley

Saale, Michael

Wright, Randal

20-YEAR

Boley, Janet

Corbin, Todd

Ellis, Charles

Fast. Cameron

Ireland, Daniel

Jackson, Scott

Leach, Stephen        

McGinley, Kielly

Smith, Lindy

25-YEAR

Barnett, Jessica

Parkey, Lori

Sandy, Darrell

Sturgeon, Tina

Tolle, Dale

New Team Members

Alpha Purvis, COI – 1/3/22

Michelle Sutton, OSA, Maintenance – 1/3/22

Kristin Baugher, CKII – 1/3/22

Shawn Oliver, CKII – 1/24/22

Promotions

Abigail Reed, OSA Personnel to SOSA Timekeeper – 1/23/22

Elonda Sharp, COIII to WMCC Training Officer – 1/30/22

Town Hall Report

January Town Hall meetings were held on Friday, January 28, 2022 at 6:00am, 8:00am, and 3:00pm.  There were 11 staff members present.

Important Dates

February 3 – PBC Favorite football team dress down day $2.00

February 4 – Wellness Committee Wear RED FREE dress down day

February 11 – HOLIDAY Lincoln’s Birthday

February 14 – PBC Dress Down Day $2.00

February 15 – Pay day

February 21 – HOLIDAY Washington’s Birthday

February 28 – Pay day

 


December 2021

Big News

Corrections Way

The Corrections Way ambassadors had four dress down days.  $598.83 was collected for those dress down days.  A $100 Walmart gift card was purchased and Tamara Marriott was the lucky winner!  The rest of the money was used to COMPLETELY FILL the Salvation Army Food Bank box at Walmart which was empty when the shopper elves (Emily Anderson and Candice Bell) arrived at Walmart.

PBC Christmas Week Activities

The CCC PBC put on an awesome Christmas Week!  Monday candy bars were handed out to all staff, Tuesday all staff could pick up a bag of popcorn and a soda of their choice, Wednesday was $10 day for all staff, and Thursday was Ugly Sweater Day.  The PBC also had fundraisers throughout the year and used the money earned to buy gifts.  Staff members were drawn at random for these gifts.  Leftover soda was also given away to some lucky staff members.  Winners of the Ugly Sweater contest are as follows:  1st shift – Carmelia Bannan, 2nd Shift – Angela Hightower, and 3rd shift – Michael McCurley

Employee of the Month

EOM David Gilgour
EOM David Gilgour 

CO I David Gilgour

Please join Warden McBee and the Employee of the Month Committee in congratulating David Gilgour, Corrections Officer I, on being named the CCC Employee of the Month for December 2021.

David was nominated for this award by CO II Bradley Richards who recognized his constant professionalism and commitment to ensuring a safe environment for staff and offenders.

It was indicated that on November 3, 2021, in the course of his regular duties, CO I David Gilgour located a suspicious item in the offender forms folder located on the wall in the Housing Unit #5 rotunda.  He secured the item which appeared to be wrapped in toilet tissue and took it into the housing unit module for further examination.  Upon opening the tissue, he observed two small squares of tan colored paper later identified as suboxone.  He took these items to the shift commander’s office, reviewed camera footage, and was able to make a positive identification of the offender responsible.   CO II Richards indicated in the nomination, “CO I Gilgour’s persistent and vigilant efforts to monitor the offenders and the housing unit allowed him to successfully locate and remove this contraband from the offender population.  His efforts and actions to maintain a safe, healthy and secure environment for offenders and staff are to be commended.”

David’s actions greatly contributed to the smooth operations of the institution and his professionalism does not go unnoticed.  Mr. Gilgour is a huge asset to this facility and his actions consistently demonstrate that he is a professional and a team player.

Awards & Recognition

 

 

An Awards Ceremony was held on Friday, December 17, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. in the CCC Roll Call Room to recognize staff indicated below.

LIFESAVER AWARDS

Grant, Kayler

Gulley, Jeffrey

Gulley, Rhonda

Howe, Amy

McDaniel, Jeffery

Waldrep, Marlin

Walker, Nancy M.

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARDS

Baker, David

Crist, Elizabeth

Gilgour, David

New Team Members

 

Samantha Fizpatrick, Cook II – 12/6/21

James Fleming, Centurion Psychiatrist – 12/7/21

Chris Britt, COI – 12/13/21

Courtney Chatter, COI – 12/13/21

Richard Redford, COI – 12/13/21

Stacey Soper, Cook II – 12/13/21

Promotions

 

 

Karen Gatton, CCM to FUM (transfer to WMCC) – 12/20/21

Stacey Soper, Cook II to Cook III – 12/19/21

Retirements

Russell Heldenbrand, COI – 12/31/21

Vicki Price, SOSA – 12/31/21

Paula Helm, Vocational Education OSA – 12/31/21

Tammy Schweder, STKII – 12/31/21

Nancy Shafer, COI – 12/31/21

Susan Riggins, CKII – 12/31/21

Town Hall Report

December Town Hall meetings were held on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at 6:00am, 10:00am, and 3:00pm.  There were 8 staff members present.

Important Dates

 

 

January 13 – PBC Dress Down Day $2.00

January 14 – Pay day

January 16 – 22 – FREE Dress Down Days

January 17 – Martin Luther King Day

January 27 – PBC Dress Down Day $2.00

January 31 – Pay day

 


November 2021

Big News

The CCC Wellness Committee hosted a pre-paid baked potato bar Thursday, November 4 for all shifts.  A variety of toppings were selected by staff to put on their potato.  The Wellness Committee served over 100 potatoes and appreciate the staff participation in the endeavor. 

Employee of the Month

EOM April Wolf
EOM April Wolf

CO I April Wolf

Please join Warden McBee and the Employee of the Month Committee in congratulating Correctional Officer I April Wolf, on being named the CCC Employee of the Month for November 2021.

April was nominated for this award by Supply Manager Tammy Stith who recognized her constant professionalism and willingness to accept others.

The nomination stated, "It was indicated that in addition to monitoring delivery traffic at both the institutional warehouse and food service warehouse docks, you step up to assist by checking supply carts prior to them leaving the warehouse to ensure the supplies match against the supply requests which helps ensure the accuracy of warehouse inventories and that you also assist staff and offenders coming into the warehouse to return depleted stock.  It was indicated that you also recently played a huge role in helping warehouse staff to establish and maintain a tracking system for mattresses and that in addition to assisting with inspecting the mattresses, you also assist in tracking both mattress issue and return.   Supply Manager Stith indicated in the nomination, “Ms. Wolf’s actions are above and beyond her primary function of maintaining safety and security, which she does very well.  Her contributions not only demonstrate teamwork and professionalism, she has helped the warehouse function more efficiently and effectively.”

April’s actions greatly contributed to the smooth operations of the institution and her professionalism does not go unnoticed. Ms. Wolf is a huge asset to this facility and her actions consistently demonstrate that she is a professional and a team player.

New Team Members

Sheldon Boyles, COI – 11/1/21

Michael Hughes, COI – 11/1/21

Brian Kolodziejski, Stationary Engineer – 11/1/21

Darren Lowe-Jermeland, COI – 11/1/21

Carla McDaniel, COI (transfer from WMCC) – effective 10/31/21, reporting 11/1/21

Stoney Paustian, COI – 11/1/21

Brett Smith, COI – 11/1/21

Katie Warren, CKII – 11/1/21

Michelle Minnis, RN Corizon – 11/1/21

Natalie Gittings, CKII – 11/8/21

Ruth Munsterman, OSA-Captain’s Office -011/15/21

Vivian Chaverra, COI (transfer from WMCC) – effective 11/14/21, reporting 11/15/21

Isaiah Barron, COI – 11/22/21

Nickolas Lane, COI – 11/22/21

Zachary Locke – 11/22/21

Jerrid Fox, COI – 11/29/21

Nickolas Lane, COI – 11/29/21

Amber Painter, COI – 11/29/21

Wendee McKenzie, CKII – 11/29/21

Promotions

Angela Maberry, COI to IAC – effective 10/31/21, reporting 11/1/21

Carla Meyers, OSA to STK I – effective 11/21/21

Jacquelyn Hooks, OSA to CCM – effective 11/28/21

Important Dates

December 2 – PBC Dress Down Day $2.00

December 7 – PBC (for The Corrections Way) Dress Down Day $2.00

December 8 – Morale Committee Dress Down Day $2.00

December 9 – PBC (for The Corrections Way) Dress Down Day $2.00

December 15 – Pay day

December 16 – PBC Dress Down Day $2.00

December 19-25 – FREE Dress Down Days (Christmas Week)

December 24 – Christmas Holiday

December 29 – Free Morale Committee Dress Down Day

December 30 – Pay day

December 31 – New Year’s Eve Holiday

 


EOM Raechel Kelley
EOM Raechel Kelley

October 2021

Big News

CBC Blood Drive       

The CCC Wellness Committee held a Community Blood Center blood drive on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 from 10:00am – 3:00pm.  There were 30 registered donors, 4 first time donors and 29 units were collected.  We greatly appreciate staff generosity and the Wellness Committee for hosting the blood drive.

Employee of the Month

Storekeeper I Raechel Kelley

Raechel Kelley, Storekeeper I, was named the CCC Employee of the Month for October 2021.

Raechel was nominated for this award by her supervisor, Supply Manager Tammy Stith, who recognized her constant professionalism and initiative in utilizing the institution’s resources wisely.

It was indicated that Ms. Kelley recently received notification that an offender was in need of a third state-issue pillow per Medical. Her knowledge that often requests such as this are needed due to an offender’s need for knee or leg elevation, which can quickly deplete a state-issue pillow, led her to design and create a sturdier, firmer pillow out of depleted mattresses that had been set aside for surplus. She presented the pillow for approval and was able to quickly have a pillow sewn to be issued to the offender. Supply Manager Stith indicated in the nomination, “Ms. Kelley’s actions and initiative not only answered a need for offenders with specific medical needs, but also conserved Clothing Issue’s budget and inventory by reducing the number of state-issue pillows needed to address those needs.”

Raechel’s actions greatly contributed to the smooth operations of the institution and her professionalism does not go unnoticed. Ms. Kelley is a huge asset to this facility and her actions consistently demonstrate that she is a professional and a team player.

Warden McBee has conducted a presentation for Ms. Kelley and recognized her efforts. Please take time to extend your congratulations to her.

New Team Members

Erin Sumner, OSA Records – 10/4/21

Christopher Burchett, COI – 10/4/21

Haliey Anderson, COI – 10/12/21

Candice Barclay, OSA Mailroom – 10/12/21

Jeffory Bell, MH Counselor – 10/11/21

Margaret Hooper, RN – 10/18/21

Hailey Bartley, COI – 10/25/21

Stephen Bell, COI – 10/25/21

Chandler Asher, OSA P&P – 10/25/21

Ashley Paalhar, Corizon clerk – 10/27/21

Cheyenne Vire, COI – 10/25/21

Carla McDaniel, COI transfer from WMCC – 10/31/21

Promotions

David Doss, Labor Supervisor promoted to Maintenance Worker II on 10/10/21

Kelly Stover, CK to COI – 10/10/21

Shelly Gladbach, CCA to CCM – 10/10/21

Rodney Harkins, CCM to Stationary Engineer – 10/10/21

Balfour, Shafer retirement
Balfour, Shafer retirement

Rachael Kelley, STKI to COI – 10/31/21

Retirements

Bonnie Balfour, COII – 10/31/21

Jerry Shafer, CSI – 10/31/21

Training

Front line staff have been participating in The Corrections Way training.  This training has been well received by all staff.

Town Hall Report

October Town Halls were held October 29, 2021 from 6:00-7:00am, 8:00-9:00am and 3:00-4:00pm.  4 staff members attended the meetings.

Important Dates

October 31-November 6 - $1 Dress Down Day (to assist staff member who lost home in tornado)

November 7 – Morale Committee Dress Down Day $2

November 8 – PBC Dress Down Day $2

November 11 – Veteran’s Day Holiday

November 15 – Pay day

November 17 – Morale Committee Dress Down Day –FREE

November 18 – PBC Dress Down Day $2

November 23 – PBC Dress Down Day $2 (for The Corrections Way)

November 25 & 26 – Thanksgiving Holiday

November 30 – Pay day

November 30 – PBC Dress Down Day $2 (for The Corrections Way)

 


EOM Shawn Walker
EOM Shawn Walker

September 2021

Employee of the Month

CO I Shawn Walker

Corrections Officer I Shawn Walker was named the CCC Employee of the Month for September 2021.

Shawn was nominated for this award by supervisor, CO II Robert Landwehr, who recognized his constant professionalism and commitment to ensuring a safe environment for staff and offenders.

It was indicated that CO I Walker recently responded to assist with an offender creating a disturbance and initiated professional intervention as he recognized this as a volatile situation.  Utilizing his experience and training regarding conflict resolution, it was noted that he immediately began establishing control of the area.  He was able to establish a degree of cooperation from the offender to bring her into compliance without use of force during this event.  CO II Landwehr indicated in the nomination, “CO I Walker maintained an awareness of the housing unit, and intervened in a potentially dangerous series of rapidly escalating events.  His offender management techniques regained control of the disruptive behavior being compelled upon by the population, and his understanding of the variety of special needs he may encounter enabled him to gain cooperation of the disruptive offender.”

Award of Valor COI Rodney Buttz
Award of Valor COI Rodney Buttz

Shawn’s actions greatly contributed to the smooth operations of the institution and his professionalism does not go unnoticed. Mr. Walker is a huge asset to this facility and his actions consistently demonstrate that he is a professional and a team player.

Awards & Recognition

Award of Valor

DOC Director Anne Precycthe and DAI Director Jeff Norman arrived at CCC on September 2, 2021 to award COI Rodney Buttz the Award of Valor.  Congratulations to Award of Valor recipient Correctional Officer I Rodney Buttz. Buttz was assigned to hospital duty last fall, guarding an offender receiving medical treatment. While in the hospital room, the offender attacked Buttz. Although seriously injured, Buttz was able to secure the offender with the help of hospital security who arrived on the scene. He was then treated for his head injury, which required 10 staples. His act of bravery helped protect the safety of hospital patients and staff as well as the surrounding community.

Security Audit

CCC’s Security Audit was held September 8-9, 2021. Each of the auditors were very complimentary about how professional and helpful the staff here at CCC were during the audit. They also said that this is the cleanest and most well-kept institution they have seen.

Correction’s Week

Staff at CCC celebrated Corrections Week September 20-24, 2021.  Monday there was free candy available in the lobby.  Tuesday we got a choice of chocolate chunk, monster or sugar cookies.  Wednesday’s lunch was a sub sandwich, chips and drink.  Thursday was Bingo day.  Friday all staff received a flashlight pen.  PBC did an outstanding job!

New Team Members

Teresa DeSpain, FUM (Transfer from WRDCC) – 9/1/21

Lori Bowen, COI, (Transfer from WMCC) – 9/7/21

Bill Fountain, Vocational Education Supervisor, (Transfer from MCC) – 9/7/21

Kaitleyn McMullen, Administrative Assistant, Gateway – 9/7/21

Grayson Webb, Counselor I, Gateway – 9/7/21

Gabriel Jenkins, COI – 9/13/21

Kelly J Stover, Cook II – 9/13/21

Mason Francis, COI – 9/20/21

Dana Ingels, Cook II – 9/20/21

Promotions

Steve Perry, MWII to MSI – 9/5/21

Amanda Vance, Cook II to Cook III – 9/19/21

Retirements

Cheryl Lineberry. COI – 9/30/21

Charles Henton, COI – 9/30/21

Town Hall Report

September Town Halls were held September 26, 2021 from 6:00-7:00am, 2:00-3:00pm and 3:00-4:00pm.  6 staff members attended the meetings.

Important Dates

October 6 – Morale Committee FREE dress down day

October 7 – PBC $2 dress down day

October 12 – Community Blood Center blood drive 10:00 – 3:00

October 10-16 – FREE dress down week-300 likes on CCC facebook page

October 15 – Pay day

October 18 – Charitable Campaign $2 dress down day

October 19 – Charitable Campaign $2 dress down day

October 20 – Morale Committee $2 dress down day

October 21 – PBC $2 dress down day

October 26 – Charitable Campaign $2 dress down day

October 27 – Wellness Committee $2 dress down day

October 28 – Charitable Campaign dress down day

October 29 – Pay day

 


EOM Katrina Humphrey
EOM Katrina Humphrey

August 2021

Employee of the Month

CO I Katrina Humphrey
Katrina Humphrey was named the August 2021 Employee of the Month. Katrina was nominated for this award by her supervisor, COII Tommy Pittman, who recognized her constant professionalism and commitment to ensuring a safe environment for staff and offenders.

It was indicated that CO I Humphrey is assigned to the administrative segregation unit and consistently goes above and beyond her assigned duties on a daily basis to ensure the unit is running smoothly.  On June 11, 2021, she had just returned from a CERT callout and several lock-ups came into the unit at once.  She assisted in preparing paperwork, conducting room moves and performing intake checks, then she took the lead in processing early releases to general population to create space.  She performed these duties, as well as her regular duties, flawlessly in a difficult and stressful environment.  CO II Pittman indicated in the nomination, “CO I Humphrey ensures the unit is running smoothly by keeping up with getting the offenders to where they need to go in a timely manner.  She takes pride in her job and is always willing to help when needed.”

Katrina’s actions greatly contribute to the smooth operations of the institution and her professionalism does not go unnoticed.  Ms. Humphrey is a huge asset to this facility and her actions consistently demonstrate she is a professional and a team player.

New Team Members

Zachary Bendure, COI, transfer from WMCC – 8/1/21

Jessica Holt, RN, Corizon – 8/3/21

Joshua Bedingfield, COI – 8/9/21

Kelsie Grant, Clerk – 8/9/21

Dalton Boyd, COI – 8/23/21

Amy Garner-Untiedt, COI – 8/23/21

Blake Saling, COI – 8/23/21

Mark Weiny, COI – 8/23/21

Michael Burchett, COI, transfer from WMCC – 8/29/21

Ronald Wilson, COI, transfer from WMCC – 8/29/21

Owen Bell, COI – 8/30/21

Ameelya Houseworth, COI 8/30/21

Promotions

Jacey Vestal, RN to DON – July 28, 2021     

Kyle Meek, COI to COII – August 15, 2021

Stephanie Nickell, IPO to Unit Supervisor – 8/29/21

Town Hall Report

August Town Halls were held August 26, 2021 from 6:00-7:00am, 8:00-9:00am and 3:00-4:00pm.  12 staff members attended the meetings.

 


EOM Holly Stevens
EOM Holly Stevens

July 2021

Employee of the Month

Holly Stevens, Office Support Assistant-Mailroom, was named the July 2021 Employee of the Month. Holly was nominated for this award by Mailroom Supervisor, SOSA Penney Clevenger who recognized her constant professionalism and commitment to ensuring a safe environment for staff and offenders.

It was indicated that on March 26, 2021 while processing mail, Holly found a suspicious envelope and forwarded it to Investigator Chuck Ness.  Upon further search of the orange envelope, it was found to contain dangerous contraband.  This finding led to mailroom staff pulling all similar envelopes of the same color from incoming mail and resulted in the discovery of several other envelopes found to also be concealing dangerous contraband. It is noted that although Holly has only worked in the mailroom a short time, her diligence and previous custody experience have contributed greatly to her being very adept at conducting thorough searches on mail. Her keen searching skills and attention to detail contributed towards these items being found, therefore, preventing contraband from entering the institution and getting into an offender’s possession.

Lifesaver Lisa Clark
Lifesaver Lisa Clark

Holly’s actions greatly contribute to the smooth operations of the institution and her professionalism does not go unnoticed. Ms. Stevens is a huge asset to this facility and her actions consistently demonstrate she is a professional and a team player.

Awards & Recognition

On July 15, 2021 an awards ceremony for several staff members received the Distinguished or Lifesaver awards was held. 

On December 2, 2020, 3rd shift at approximately 7:00pm I, COII John Morris, was working control center when I became very ill having a very sharp pain on my right side.  I left control center and spoke to Lisa Clark and requested her help and for one of the nurses to come.  Lisa Clark immediately contacted our nurses.  When it was known I needed emergency medical attention, I requested an ambulance.  Lisa Clark then instructed control center to call an ambulance.  When I was assessed after reaching the hospital, it was found that I had a blood clot in my lungs.  CSI Clark’s experience as a shift supervisor and her ability to see what needs to be done in an emergency was greatly appreciated by this sergeant.  It is with pride that I nominate her for this award and a very big thank you as your

LaFollette Lifesaver
LaFollette Lifesaver

quick actions very possibly saved my life.  

On November 11, 2020, at approximately 7:08 pm, staff realized Cook II Lydah LaFolette was unaccounted for.  The door to the staff restroom was secured but radio traffic could be heard through the door.  No response was forthcoming to staff members knocking on the door.  Nicole Grady, COI, called a Code 16-staff.  After the door was unlocked, staff found Cook LaFollette on the floor, unresponsive.  Sean Collins, COI and Elijah Mosier, COII lifted Ms. LaFolette and carried her from the restroom and placed her on the floor.  Cook III Samantha Rhinehart administered chest rubs.  CPR was initiated by COII Mosier and Gary Hacker, COI, with COIII Stephen Leach, LPN Brenna Broyles, and RN Kristen Barron assisting.  RN Jason Asher utilized the AMBU bag to give rescue breaths.  All staff maintained the resuscitation efforts until the Paramedics arrived and took over all life-saving measures.  Nicole Grady accompanied Cook LaFolette in the ambulance to the hospital. 

Nelson Lifesaver
Nelson Lifesaver

On March 29, 2021, around 8:00 pm, COI Russell Heldenbrand noticed something going on with an offender that

had been placed on suicide status in TCU.  After responding to the cell, he was unable to see the offender or what she was doing.  He quickly notified RN Melissa Chavarria that the offender was out of sight and warranted a visual check.  RN Chavarria was able to make visual contact with the offender and noticed the appearance of blood.  At this point Sgt. Chelsea Scott and fellow LPN Ashley Venable were called to open the cell to allow the nurse and herself access to check on the offender’s wellbeing.  It was then confirmed that the offender had harmed herself and RN Chavarria applied immediate first aid and lifesaving techniques.  LPN Venable and RN Chavarria were able to place the offender on the floor in a safe position while RN Chavarria continued the aid placed on the offender.  LPN Venable and RN Chavarria were assisted in procuring a backboard and getting the offender safely placed on it while still continuing to render first aid.  An ambulance was called to the institution and once MES arrived, RN Chavarria continued the aid, all the way to the ambulance and the rest of the way to the Emergency Room at Hedrick Medical Center before she was relieved of aid. The lifesaving heroic acts by these two officers and two nurses provided immediate and necessary safety and aid to an offender that could have quickly turned into a critical situation.  

Lifesaver Stone
Lifesaver-Stone

Thursday, November 12, 2020, Officers Shawn Walker and Walter Anthony were operating Housing Unit 7 with Officer Dennis Stone.  Approximately 9:02 pm, Officer Walker notified his housing unit sergeant that he and Officer Anthony had observed Officer Stone experiencing a sudden outbreak of sweating and labored breathing.  This was immediately relayed to additional supervisory staff.  Officer Stone was then brought on a yard cart to the shift supervisor’s office.

After a brief discussion with Officer Stone, medical staff Jason Asher was notified.  After he arrived, a medical evaluation indicated a need for emergency transport to a more advanced medical facility.  Officer Stone was then transported by ambulance.

Officers Walker and Anthony were observant of their fellow staff and their actions were paramount to the timely intervention of Officer Stone’s developing medical condition. 

Lifesaver Award Walsh
Lifesaver Award Walsh

On 5/9/21, at approximately 5:30 pm, a code 16 was called in the West dining hall.  Upon arrival, I learned that an offender was found to be choking and COI Sherry Walsh applied the Heimlich Maneuver to dislodge the blocked airway.

I believe COI Walsh should be recognized for her dedication to the safety and security of the institution with her quick thinking preventing what could have been a much worse situation for the offender.

TCW AMBASSADORS 

Three staff members have received their Certificate of Achievement as The Corrections Way Ambassadors.  These three staff members are Candice Bell, CCM, Stephanie Eckert, CCM and Nelda Kroll, COII.  

TCW
TCW

JULY DISPLAY

The Corrections Way Ambassadors work hard to encourage DOC staff and to keep their spirits up!  The most recent evidence of this was the “Let Your Value Sparkle) display that was in the main lobby. (See TCW July Display)

New Team Members

Lisa Ripley , Academics Teacher III – July 12, 2021

Jonathon Rosburg, COI – July 12, 2021

Candice Frans, COI (transfer from MCC) – July 11, 2021

James Lawson, COI – July 19, 2021

Kaitlee Lovell, COI – July 26, 2021

Promotions

Kristina Sims, COI to IPO – July 4, 2021

Lindy Smith, OSA to Account Clerk – July 1. 2021

Jennifer Horton, OSA to Account Clerk – July 1, 2021

Anna Fountain, CKII to COI – July 11, 2021

Retirements

Dennis Robbins, COI – July 31, 2021 

Elnora Sprofera, OSA – July 31, 2021 

Sharon Grant, CTE Supervisor – July 31, 2021

Susan Anderson, CTE OSA – July 31, 2021

Staff Moves

Shona Simpson, IAC promoted to CCM at WMCC – July 25, 2021

Town Hall Report

July Town Halls were held July 23, 2021 from 6:00-7:00am, 10:00-11:00am and 3:00-4:00pm.  Eight staff members attended the meetings.

Important Dates

August 3 – Morale Committee $1 Dress Down Day

August 12 – PBC $2.00 Dress Down Day

August 16 – Pay day

August 25 – Morale Committee FREE Dress Down Day

August 26 – PBC $2.00 Dress Down Day

August 31 – Pay day

August 31 – Wellness Committee $1 Dress Down Day

 

 


SOMO Torch run participants from CCC
SOMO Torch run participants from CCC

June 2021

Big News

Staff Luncheon

The Morale Committee in conjunction with the Personnel Benefits Committee and the Wellness Committee served a BBQ hamburger lunch to all staff on Tuesday, June 22.  Included in the meal were chips, Hy-Vee cookies and a drink.  The Morale Committee worked hard getting donations for a silent auction.  They used some of their donations to select staff members for a free giveaway.  All staff members received a coupon for a FREE Route 44 drink from Sonic.  The staff expressed their appreciation to all committees.

SOMO Torch Run

Special Olympics Poker Run
Special Olympics Poker Run

The Special Olympics Torch Run for 2021 was held May 26, 2021.  Volunteers from Probation and Parole, Chillicothe Police Department and Chillicothe Correctional Center participated in the Torch Run.   Pictured in the large group photo is employees from Probation & Parole, Chillicothe Correctional Center and the Chillicothe Police Department.  Pictured in the additional photo-volunteers running down Main Street in Chillicothe.

Special Olympics Poker Run

On 06/12/2021, CCC held its 10th annual Poker Run for Special Olympics.  We had approximately 40 bikes and raised $1,597.

Employee of the Month

IPO Emily Asher

Emily Asher, Institutional Probation and Parole Officer, was named the June 2021 Employee of the Month.  Emily was nominated for this award by Housing Unit #2 2nd shift staff who recognized her constant professionalism and commitment to ensuring a safe environment for staff and offenders.

EOM Emily Asher
EOM Emily Asher

It was indicated that during the week of December 18, 2020, there was an offender who was getting released after short notice and with a lot of changes with the home plan.  IPO Asher did a wonderful job working with all areas to make the necessary arrangements.  IPO Asher completed this task, which should have taken months to figure out, in a matter of days.  Housing Unit #2 staff wanted to acknowledge you for once again going above and beyond.

Emily’s actions greatly contribute to the smooth operations of the institution and her professionalism does not go unnoticed.  Ms. Asher is a huge asset to this facility and her actions consistently demonstrate she is a professional and a team player.

New Team Members

Codey Sackrey, COI – June 1, 2021

MacKenzie Slater, COI  – June 1, 2021

Billy Stroud, COI -  June 14, 2021

Elizabeth Tredway, COI – June 14, 2021

Dustin King, COI – June 14, 2021

Anna Fountain, Cook II – June 14, 2021

Rachel Loethen, Nurse Practioner – June 23, 2021

Zachary Scott, Stationary Engineer – June 28, 2021

Cameron Fast, FUM (transferred from WMCC) – June 27, 2021

Promotions

Burke Retirement
Burke Retirement

Sterling Ream, DON to HSA – May 30, 2021

Marlin Waldrep, COI to COII – June 1, 2021

Nicole Grady, COI to COII – June 1, 2021

Daniel Fraley, COI to COII – June 1, 2021

Chelsey Rhoades, Account Clerk to Business Executive – June 7, 2021

Ashton Christopher, CCM to FUM – June 27, 2021

Retirements

Robert Heselton, COI – June 30, 2021

Rose Burke, COI – June 30, 2021

Heselton Retirement
Heselton Retirement

Town Hall Report

June Town Halls were held June 30, 2021 from 6:00-7:00am, 8:00-9:00am and 3:00-4:00pm.  Ten staff members attended the meetings.

Important Dates

July 5 – Holiday

July 7 – PBC Dress Down Day

July 15 – Wellness Committee Dress Down Day

July 15 – Pay day

July 23 – PBC Dress Down Day

July 26 – Morale Committee Dress Down Day

July 30 – Pay day

 


Women's shelter receiving donation
Women's shelter receiving donation

May 2021

Big News

CRIME VICTIM’S WEEK

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week was held April 18-24, 2021.  The offenders at CCC placed pinwheels in the flower garden to commemorate Crime Victim’s Week.  A video was created by the offender workers in the new CCC Media Center and has been saved in a file on our “I” drive for staff to view at their convenience.  In honor of CVRW, CCC offenders and staff donated hygiene items to the Green Hills Women's Shelters in Cameron and Trenton MO.  Treatment Offenders were able to make monetary donations to both shelters which totaled $818. 17.     

RJO donations of hygiene items
RJO donations of hygiene items

HOT DOG LUNCH

The CCC Wellness Committee sold BBQ hot dog lunches to staff members on all three shifts for $5.00.  Hot dogs were barbecued on the staff grill May 14, 2021.  Chips, cookies and soda or water were included with the meal.  Several staff members expressed their appreciation to the Wellness Committee for the meal.  The Wellness Committee would like to thank everyone who participated either by cooking the hot dogs or purchasing a meal.

Employee of the Month

OSA Kylee Ireland

Kylee Ireland, Office Support Assistant-Mailroom was named the May 2021 Employee of the Month.  Kylee was nominated for this award her supervisor, Penney Clevenger, SOSA who recognized her constant professionalism and commitment to ensuring a safe environment for staff and offenders.

EOM Kylee Ireland
Kylee Ireland

It was indicated that on February 24, 2021 while processing mail, Ms. Ireland found a white substance inside a greeting card, which was identified as methamphetamine.  Her supervisor noted that although she has only worked in the mailroom a few months, she has become very adept at conducting thorough searches on mail, to include, searching between the layers of cards.  Her keen searching skills and attention to detail contributed towards this substance being found, therefore, preventing drugs from entering the institution and getting into an offender’s possession.

Kylee’s actions greatly contribute to the smooth operations of the institution and her professionalism does not go unnoticed.  Ms. Ireland is a huge asset to this facility and her actions consistently demonstrate she is a professional and a team player

New Team Members

Brandy Baker, COI – May 3, 2021

Kendra Gutshall, COI – May 3, 2021

Michaelle Lowery, Corizon, WSRU Coordinator – May 3, 2021

Darrell Burns, COI – May 10, 2021

Cory Ray, Cook II – May 10, 2021

Michael Green, COI – May 17, 2021

Promotions

Mark Warren, COI to CCM – May 17, 2021

Billie Richards, COI to CCM -  May 17, 2021

Blake Wheeler, COI to CCM – May 17, 2021

Paula Murphy, OSA to MVE Supervisor II – May 24, 2021

Christopher Carpenter, COI to Electronics Technician – May 24, 2021

Retirements

 

Tammy Dysart, Business Executive II – May 31, 2021

Town Hall Report

 

May Town Halls were held May 25, 2021 from 6:00-7:00am, 8:00-9:00am and 3:00-4:00pm.  Eight staff members attended the meetings.

Important Dates

 

 

June 3 – Morale Committee $1 Dress Down Day

June 8 – PBC Dress Down Day

June 15 – Pay day

June 16 – Wellness Committee $1 Dress Down Day

June 21 – Morale Committee FREE Dress Down Day

June 25 – PBC Dress Down Day

June 30 – Pay day

 

 


April 2021

EOM Vicki Price
EOM Vicki Price

Employee of the Month

SOSA Vicki Price

Vicki Price, Senior Office Support Assistant was named the April 2021 Employee of the Month.  Vicki was nominated for this award by Karen Gatton, CCM, who recognized her constant professionalism and willingness to assist her fellow staff members.

It was indicated that when Karen was recently off on extended medical leave, she was faced with the overwhelming burden of completing an excessive amount of documentation related to her illness.  She indicated that Vicki was always willing to offer her assistance and answer her questions.  She was diligent in her duties going above and beyond to assist in whatever way she could and she continues to do so.  Her willingness to help assisted this employee through a very difficult and stressful time. The nomination states, “We are very lucky to have someone with the care and compassion that Vicki shows while doing her job.  I cannot thank her enough for everything she does

Vicki’s actions greatly contribute to the smooth operations of the institution and her professionalism does not go unnoticed.  Ms. Price is a huge asset to this facility and her actions consistently demonstrate she is a professional and a team player.

Awards & Recognition

OSA LUNCHEON
Kimberly Klever, AOSA and Angela Hightower, OSA-Switchboard honored all clerical who work on the switchboard relief rotation schedule with a pizza luncheon on Friday, April 23 in conjunction with Administrative Professionals Day.  Domino’s pizza, cupcakes made by Kim Klever and chocolate covered strawberries were served.  Varied packages of M&M’s with thank you notes attached were made available for clerical to take back to their desks

New Team Members

Dr. Ellen Sheridan, Dentist – April 12, 2021

Rodney Buttz, COI, transfer from KCRC – April 18, 2021

Jayla Cashatt, COI – April 19, 2021

Allen Eakins, COI – April 19, 2021

Nicholas Kelsey, COI – April 19, 2021

Savannah King, COI – April 19, 2021

Quentin Mammen, COI – April 19, 2021

Preston Ishmael, COI – April 26, 2021

Promotions

Shawn Pettigrew, CCM to AW (transfer to WMCC) – April 19, 2021

Amy Parkhurst, CCM to AW – April 19, 2021

Retirements

Joyce Perry, 19 Hour OSA – April 30. 2021

Important Dates

May 3 – Morale Committee Dress Down Day

May 6 – Wellness Committee Dress Down Day

May 7 – HOLIDAY – Truman’s birthday

May 10 – PBC Dress Down Day

May 14 – Pay day

May 20 – Morale Committee FREE Dress Down Day

May 26 – PBC Dress Down Day

May 28 – Pay day

May 31 – HOLIDAY – Memorial Day.

 


Polar plunge

March 2021

Big News

Polar Plunge

Chillicothe hosted their first Polar Plunge at Simpson in Chillicothe MO on February 22, 2021. We had 22 plunges, 5 of the plunges were Pee Wee plunges. Total raised $8,714. The Chillicothe High School raised over $2,000 for the school.

Employee of the Month

EOM JD Shafer
EOM JD Shafer

MS II JD Shafer 

MS II JD Shafer was named the March 2021 Employee of the Month.  JD was nominated for this award by Kimberly Herring, DWO, who recognized his constant professionalism and willingness to assist his fellow staff members.

It was indicated that JD consistently goes above and beyond to assist in whatever way he can.  He assumes the responsibilities of the Locksmith and the Fire and Safety Manager when these staff members are away from the facility.  During the COVID-19 pandemic, he has worked very hard to help the Fire and Safety Manager ensure all staff have the necessary PPE.  He has done all of this with a positive attitude, while also completing his own duties and responsibilities.  The nomination states, “JD leads by example and his staff respect and admire him for that.  He models what a true leader and team play look like and is a very encouraging and positive influence on all those around him.  JD is a great example of what professionalism and teamwork should look like and role models the mission, vision and values of this Department.  Chillicothe Correctional Center is very fortunate to have JD on our team.”

Lifesaver award recipients
Lifesaver award recipients

JD’s actions greatly contribute to the smooth operations of the institution and her professionalism does not go unnoticed.  He is a huge asset to this facility and her actions consistently demonstrate he is a professional and a team player

Awards & Recognition

Lifesaver Awards

On June 26, 2020, an offender in the Transitional Care Unit was in duress at which time her breathing stopped and life preserving measures had to be taken.  LT. Stephanie Eckert, RN Jason Asher, and LPN Elizabeth Crist began CPR and worked diligently in efforts to preserve the offender’s life.  All three continued the life saving measures until the offender was off site with LT. Eckert staying with the offender in the ambulance and assisting the paramedics by conducting chest compressions until she was relieved by the Hedrick Medical Center staff. 

Distinguished service awards
Distinguished service awards

These three staff members lead by example and showed extraordinary dedication to their job and the citizens of this great state by going above and beyond their duties in a unified effort to preserve the life of another human.

Distinguished Service

On July 7, 2020, while traveling home from work, Major David Savage and COI Erick Passig each came upon the same car accident on US Highway 36 in Linn County.  Savage and others provided comfort and care to the victims of the accident until the first responders arrived.  Savage and Passig also assisted in removing fencing in order to allow the first responders to safely remove the victims from the scene and transport them to a nearby hospital.

Their willingness to assist others during a time of need is a testament to the care and concern they have for others. 

On Friday, September 4, 2020, CCM Mandy Corbin, COI Brittany Hughes, CCM John Huber, COII Kurt Reith, COI Mari Meservey, ROI Nicholas Searcy, COI Kelsie Wynne, COI Lindsay Brown, COII Jessie Fondren, COI Adam Wynne, COII Holly Stevens, COI David Baker, and PPOII Emily Asher were at the NRO Campground near Lebanon, MO, when an underage minor was spotted wandering the area.  CCC staff members interviewed the minor and were told the child was assaulted and then abandoned at the campground and was trying to get back home to KC.  Safe haven, food, clothing and a cell phone were provided to the minor.  After discovering the mother was unable to pick up the child, another member of the group was to take the child to Kansas City.  The child then contacted the father who was able to get to the child at the campground.  The child stayed in the care of CCC staff until the father arrived.

New Team Members

Matthew LaFerney, COI – March 15, 2021

Luis Sanchez, COI – March 15, 2021

Jericks Silver, COI – March 15, 2021

Rebekah Chavarria, COI – March 22, 2021

Karissa Trentham, MH Clerk – March 23, 2021

Jordan Chavarria, COI – March 29, 2021

Promotions

Marla Felton, AW to DWO (transferred to WMCC) – March 12, 2021

Derek Rardon, CCMII to Functional Unit Manager – March 21, 2021

Kyle Bagley, COI to COII – March 28, 2021

Chelsea Scott, COI to COII – March 28, 2021

Shenea Gardner, COI to COII – March 28, 2021

Laura Major, CKII to CKIII – March 28, 2021

Retirements

Tim Goebel, Recruiter – March 31, 2021

Edwin Hill, COI – March 31, 2021

Important Dates

April 1 – Morale Committee Free Dress Down day

April 13 – PBC Dress Down day

April 15 – Payday

April 15 Wellness Committee Dress Down day

April 21 – Morale Committee Dress Down day

April 29 – PBC Dress Down Day

April 30 – Payday

 


EOM Carla Meyers
EOM Carla Meyers

February 2021

Employee of the Month

OSA Carla Meyers

Carla Meyers, OSA was named the February 2021 Employee of the Month.  Carla was nominated for this award by her former supervisor, Lori Parkey, FUM who recognized her constant professionalism and willingness to assist her fellow staff members.

It was indicated that when Chillicothe Correctional Center began facing challenges presented by COVID-19 this past year, Carla was assigned to Housing Unit #8 which was the designated area for isolation and quarantined offenders.  She went above and beyond her assigned duties, assisting both classification and custody staff with any task needing attention including serving meals, getting ice, and handing out canteen to offenders on isolation/quarantine status.  She searched property, swept, mopped, and disinfected numerous areas of the housing unit while keeping her normal duties completed.  It was noted she was recently assigned to the receiving and orientation housing unit, and along with her new responsibilities, trained two new Office Support Assistants and provided manuals to assist them learn their duties.  The nomination states, “Carla does all this with a positive attitude and calming demeanor.  She shows great teamwork and professionalism on a daily basis.”

Employee of the Year-Sims
Employee of the Year-Sims

Carla’s actions greatly contribute to the smooth operations of the institution and her professionalism does not go unnoticed.  She is a huge asset to this facility and her actions consistently demonstrate she is a professional and a team player.

Awards & Recognition

On February 5, 2021 in the Recreation Gym, service pin awards, Employee of the Year, and special awards were given out.  Awards given out were as follows:

Employee of the Year

The Employee of the Year for 2020 was Kristina Sims, COI.  Ms. Sims was the Employee of the Month for October.  She was nominated by Jennifer Horton, SOSA-P&P and Joy Main, OSA for her willingness to go above and beyond her normal duties by ensuring the Administration building was cleaned while offenders were not allowed in the Administration building during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Her initiative to maintain cleanliness and good order did not go unnoticed or unappreciated.

Pictured are 4 of the 2020 Employees of the Month (l to r) Leanna Anderson COI, Kristina Sims COI, Amber Adams POII, and Kathryn Robinson COI.

Pictured is the 2020 Employee of the Year – Kristina Sims, COI.

Award of Valor

Shafer Award of Valor
Shafer Award of Valor

On March 19, 2019 as Captain Jerry Shafer was driving home from work on westbound US Highway 36, he observed a vehicle in the ditch.  He observed a man running around the vehicle and appeared to be chasing a partially clothed female.  Captain Shafer immediately called *55 to notify Law Enforcement.  He then stepped between the two individuals to ensure the man could not further assault the woman and informed them law enforcement had been notified and was enroute.  The man fled the scene on foot with Captain Shafer staying with the woman to ensure her safety until troopers arrived. 

The MSHP stated there had been several 911 calls regarding the vehicle, but Captain Shafer was the only caller who stopped to assist.  The trooper on scene reported the woman had two black eyes and her nose and lip were bleeding from the assault.  The woman informed them the man had threatened to kill her and she grabbed the steering wheel to force it off the road so she could escape

Photo:  Jerry Shafer, CSI being pinned by DWO Kimberly Herring.  Also pictured is DAI Division Director Ryan Crews.

Distinguished Service Awards

Distinguished service-group
Distinguished service-group

On Friday, September 4, 2020, CCM Mandy Corbin, COI Brittany Hughes, CCM John Huber, COII Kurt Reith, COI Mari Meservey, ROI Nicholas Searcy, COI Kelsie Wynne, COI Lindsay Brown, COII Jessie Fondren, COI Adam Wynne, COII Holly Stevens, COI David Baker, and PPOII Emily Asher were at the NRO Campground near Lebanon, MO, when an underage minor was spotted wandering the area.  CCC staff members interviewed the minor and were told the child was assaulted and then abandoned at the campground and was trying to get back home to KC.  Safe haven, food, clothing and a cell phone were provided to the minor.  After discovering the mother was unable to pick up the child, another member of the group was to take the child to Kansas City.  The child then contacted the father who was able to get to the child at the campground.  The child stayed in the care of CCC staff until the father arrived.

Pictured front row (l to r) Emily Asher POII, Holly Stevens OSA (formerly COII), and Mandy Corbin CCMII.  2nd row (l to r) Adam Wynne COI, Jessie Fondren COII, Lindsay Brown COI, David Baker COI, Kelsie Wynne COI, Nicholas Searcy, ROI.

Distinguished Service-Kamp
Distinguished Service-Kamp

On July 13, 2020, a memorandum was received from Doris E. Falkenrath, Warden of FRDC, expressing her appreciation for CROIII Jennifer Kamp’s assistance in the Records Department at FRDC during a time of quarantine immediately following their sentinel testing on June 2, 2020.  It was stated that CROIII Kamp’s knowledge and expertise proved to be successful in completing the daily tasks necessary to process incoming offenders from various counties throughout Missouri.

Ms. Kamp is very dependable and goes above and beyond her normal job duties.  She has a “strive for excellence” attitude that is greatly appreciated.

Pictured (l to r) Chris McBee, Warden, Kimberly Herring, DWO, Jennifer Kamp, Records Coordinator, Ryan Coffman, DWOM, and Marla Felton, AW.

Distinguished service-Savage
Distinguished service-Savage

On July 7, 2020, while traveling home from work, Major David Savage and COI Erick Passig each came upon the same car accident on US Highway 36 in Linn County.  Savage and others provided comfort and care to the victims of the accident until the first responders arrived.  Savage and Passig also assisted in removing fencing in order to allow the first responders to safely remove the victims from the scene and transport them to a nearby hospital.

Their willingness to assist others during a time of need is a testament to the care and concern they have for others.

Pictured is Major David Savage accepting his award from DWOM Ryan Coffman and Warden Chris McBee.

Housing Unit 8 was designated as the original Isolation/Quarantine are in our containment plan.  It was quickly filled with positive and symptomatic offenders.  The housing unit staff’s willingness to go the extra mile and make snap decisions ensured everyone’s safety and security.  It has also provided a model for other housing units that have since had to adopt Isolation/Quarantine wings.  Lori Parkey, FUM of Housing Unit 8 was an invaluable leader throughout this unprecedented time.  From the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, she has risen to the challenge and remained positive.  Her willingness to assist her subordinates and other staff throughout our institution has created a cohesive team that has overcome challenges and completed tasks that may not have been accomplished without her.  From the beginning, Ms. Parkey has been forthcoming and patient.   She listens to questions and concerns with sincerity and has followed up when given answers. 

Distinguished Service-Parkey
Distinguished Service-Parkey

On 7/17/20, Ms. Parkey stayed well beyond her scheduled work day to assist with offender moves due to the sudden increase in the positive COVID cases.  Whenever there is something new asked of her staff, she is right there in the trenches with them to help accomplish great feats.

Pictured front row (l to r) Warden Chris McBee, CCMII Aimee Dorrell, FUM Lori Parkey, and DWO Kimberly Herring.  Back row (l to r) COI Jeff Parkey, DWOM Ryan Coffman, and AW Marla Felton.

On Wednesday, September 16, 2020, a corrections officer succumbed to a medical condition in Control Center that without a proper timely response could have turned into a medical emergency.  COII John Morris, COI Michael Wohlgemuth, and COI Shirley Boothe responded immediately to the staff member’s cry for help.  The ailing staff member was assisted to a nearby restroom and Ms. Boothe stayed with the individual until medical staff could arrive.  The quick actions of these three staff members thwarted a potential medical emergency and provided critical timely assistance to a staff member in need.

Lifesaver award-Eckert
Lifesaver award-Eckert

Pictured:  COII John Morris receiving his award from DWOM Ryan Coffman.  DWO Kimberly Herring is in the background.

Lifesaver Awards

On June 26, 2020, an offender in the Transitional Care Unit was in duress at which time her breathing stopped and life preserving measures had to be taken.  LT. Stephanie Eckert, RN Jason Asher, and LPN Elizabeth Crist began CPR and worked diligently in efforts to preserve the offender’s life.  All three continued the life saving measures until the offender was off site with LT. Eckert staying with the offender in the ambulance and assisting the paramedics by conducting chest compressions until she was relieved by the Hedrick Medical Center staff. 

These three staff members lead by example and showed extraordinary dedication to their job and the citizens of this great state by going above and beyond their duties in a unified effort to preserve the life of another human.

Pictured:  CCMII (formerly COIII) Stephanie Eckert receiving her award from DWOM Ryan Coffman.

 

YEARS OF SERVICE AWARDS

5-YEAR

Anderson, Austin

Bagley, Kyle

Cahill, Kimberly

Carpenter, Christopher

Creason, Catherine

Eastman, Cody

Foster, Mercedes

Fulk, Jeremy

Gardner, chad

Gardner, Timothy

George, Rita

Gramenz, Kyle

Gray, Rosie

Havard, Leigh

Heins, Judith

Humphrey, Katrina

Larson, Brock

Masuch, Daniel

Miller, Brian

Rice, Christopher

Russell, Jeanette

Sackrey, Paiten

Tate, Robert

Teel, Kendra

Troxel, Kimberly

Wingate, Sherry

Yuille, David

10-YEAR

Cook, Carol

Harrison, Bradford

Heselton, Robert

Miller, Roxann

Yarbrough, William

15-YEAR

Akins, Stephen

Anderson, Sara

Anderson, Susan

Baker, David

Emmons, Cynthia

Helm, Paula

Jenkins, Jerry

Peters, Gary

Rhoades, Tammy

Thomas, Margie

20-YEAR

Bannan, Carmelia

Cannon, Connie

Cordray, Larry

Craft, Pamela

Henton, Charles

Hulett, Randy

Moore, Terri

Morris, John

Parr, Niki

Phillips, James

Pittman, Tommy

Sackrey, Brad

Stith, Leslie

York, Aaron

25-YEAR

Richards, James

Savage. David

Shively, Shelly

Staton, Shelley

New Team Members

Concheast Ray, COI – February 8, 2021

Harley Ryan, COI – February 8, 2021

Teena West, COI – February 8, 2021

Promotions

Tyrone Midgyett from COII to COIII – February 7, 2021

Laura Andal from COI to COII – February 14, 2021

Alexas Cortez from COI to COII – February 14, 2021

Tayluer Dunks from COI to COII – February 14, 2021

Staff Moves

Chuck Ness, COII to Institutional Investigator (class lateral) – February 21, 2021

Town Hall Report

Town Halls for February will be held in the Yellow Conference Room on Friday, February 26, 2021 at the following times:  6:00-7:00 am, 8:00-9:00 am, and Thursday, February 25 from 3:00-4:00 pm.

Important Dates

March 2 – PBC Dress Down Day

March 4 – 1st round of in house COVID immunizations for staff

March 11 – Morale Committee Dress Down Day

March 15 – Payday

March 17 – PBC Dress Down Day

March 25 – Morale Committee Free Dress Down Day

March 31 – PBC Dress Down Day

March 31 - Payday

 


Offender Polar Plunge
Offender Polar Plunge

January 2021

Big News

CCC offenders held their first ever Polar Plunge to help raise money for Special Olympics, Saturday January 16, 2021.  21 offenders participated in the Polar Plunge raising $413.00 for Special Olympics. 

The Livingston County Health Department and CCC have been collaborating to bring the COVID-19 vaccine to CCC staff.  On Friday, January 22, approximately 80 staff members made their way to the Health Department to receive their first round of vaccine.  On Monday and Tuesday, February 1 and 2, an additional 85-90 staff will be receiving their first round of vaccine.  Staff were all smiles after receiving their shot.  We would like to express our sincere appreciation to the Livingston County Health Department for all they do! 

COVID selfie
CCC staff receive COVID vaccine
Mark Warren COVID shot
Mark Warren COVID shot

Employee of the Month

OSA Linda Shafer

OSA Linda Shafer was named the January 2021 Employee of the Month.  Linda was nominated for this award by Joy Main, OSA who recognized her constant professionalism and willingness to assist her fellow staff members.

It was indicated that Linda plays an integral role in the office of Deputy Warden of Offender Management, with one of her primary responsibilities being the assistance with PREA files and paperwork.  She also assists with coordinating offender legal calls, inputting phase ups for treatment offenders, entering administrative correspondence on a spreadsheet and routing them appropriately, conducting background checks for visitors, vendors and truck drivers, assisting the Mailroom when needed and answering phones for various offices when needed.  When limited visiting was opened up, she took on the responsibility of making appointments for family to see their loved ones.  She assisted with keeping the Administration work area clean when the porters weren’t coming up due to COVID-19. 

Linda’s actions greatly contribute to the smooth operations of the institution and her professionalism does not go unnoticed.  She is a huge asset to this facility and her actions consistently demonstrate she is a professional and a team player.

EOM Linda Shafer
EOM Linda Shafer

New Team Members

Kerry Lowrey, COI – January 4, 2021

Linda Maupin, P&P Office Support Assistant – January 4, 2021

Terry Collins, Stationary Engineer -  January 11, 2021

Kyler Ireland, COI – January 11, 2021

Michelle Eads, COI (transfer from WMCC)  -  January 17, 2021

Retirements

Lynda Brewer, OSA-Food Service -  January 31, 2021

Training

Some of our in-class training has been starting back up.  January had 72 staff members attend Defensive Tactics training in our Training Building.  The CERT team conducted PR24 baton training with all 19 members present.

Town Hall Report

Town Halls were held January 8 in the Visiting Room so that staff could maintain social distancing.  The times of these meetings were 6:00-7:00am, 8:00-9:00am and 3:00-4:00pm.    15 staff members attended the town hall meetings.

Important Dates

February 11 - Payday

February 12 – Holiday-Lincoln’s Birthday

February 15 – Holiday-Washington’s Birthday

February 26 - Payday

 


EOM Leanna Anderson
EOM Leanna Anderson

December 2020

Employee of the Month

CO I Leanna Anderson

CO I Leanna Anderson was named the Employee of the Month for December. Anderson was nominated for this award by several fellow staff members who recognized her professionalism and her constant attentiveness to security issues.

It was indicated that while conducting a cell search in a housing unit,  Anderson discovered a large amount of dangerous contraband. Utilizing her training and excellent searching skills, she found and recovered the items, reducing the presence of contraband in the institution. The nomination states “Officer Anderson is a pleasure to work with and a positive influence to all who have the pleasure of working with her. Her actions greatly contribute to the safety and security of the institution and her professionalism does not go unnoticed. Anderson is a huge asset to this facility and her actions consistently demonstrate that she is a professional and a team player.

New Team Members

Sarah French, COI – December 7, 2020

Kayler Grant, COI – December 14, 2020

Elysha Hampton, COI – December 14,  2020

Brennen Carter, COI – December 21, 2020

Shenea Gardner, COI – December 21, 2020

Karrisa Huffman, OSA Records – December 21, 2020

Kylee Ireland, OSA Mailroom – December 21, 2020

Tyler McCurley, COI – December 21, 2020

Matthew Nefferdorf, COI, (transfer from WMCC) – December 20, 2020

Paige Truitt, OSA Maintenance – December 21, 2020

Brandi Bowen, COI (transfer from WMCC) – December 27, 2020

Terri Dulaney, CIO (transfer from WMCC) – December 27, 2020

Eric Moore, COI (transfer from WMCC) – December 27, 2020

Laura Major, Cook II – December 28, 2020

Promotions

Aaron York, from AIO to CCM – December 13, 2020

Candice Bell, from COI to CCM – December 13, 2020

Retirements

Stephen Jobe, COI – December 31, 2020

Important Dates

January 1 – New Year’s Day holiday

January 15 – Pay day

January 18 – Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday holiday

January 29 – Pay day

 


November 2020

New Team Members

Stacy Yarbrough, COI  (transfer from WMCC) – November 8, 2020

Rhonda Gulley, COI – November 9, 2020

Austin Cordray, COI – November 9, 2020

Daniel Fraley, COI – November 9, 2020

Kyle Joyner, COI – November 9, 2020

Shandie Searcy, COI – November 9, 2020

John Stelplugh, COI – November 23, 2020

Janet Rhoades, Records Officer III (transfer from WMCC) – November 29, 2020

Promotions

Samantha Rhinehart, CKII to CKIII – November 1, 2020

Edgar Ireland, COII to COIII – November 1, 2020

Tyler Lewis, COI to COII – November 22, 2020

Retirements

Jennifer Hall, OSA – November 30, 2020

Beverly Kissick, Administrative Support Professional – November 30, 2020

Important Dates

December 15 – Pay day

December 24 – Holiday – Christmas Eve

December 25 – Christmas

December 31 – Pay day

 


October 2020

CCC Kindness Tree

Big News

On September 15, 2020, an email was sent from Functional Unit Manager Lori Parkey explaining a bare paper tree that was attached to the wall in the Lobby.  The CCC Corrections Way Ambassadors were selling fall leaves with positive, uplifting, and motivational words on them.  These leaves could be purchased for $1.00/each and the money raised was to be given to the Kindness Revolution.  The Kindness Revolution assists local schools, businesses, and organizations with fundraising for great causes.  This particular fundraiser was going to the purchase of Scholastic Books for local elementary students.  A goal was set to raise $400.00 by October 15.  A list of Ambassadors by shift was included in the email. These staff members were FUM Lori Parkey, COIII Elonda Sharp, FUM Cheryl Richey, COII Michael Horn, and COII Nelda Kroll.   By October 2, CCC staff had contributed $200.00 to the Kindness Revolution.  In an email from Ms. Parkey on October 19, staff was notified they had contributed $506.00 to the Kindness Revolution!

Employee of the Month

CO I Kristina Sims

CO I Kristina Sims was chosen as the Employee of the Month for the month of October.  She was nominated by SOSA-P&P Jennifer Horton and OSA Joy Main in recognition of her positive attitude and willingness to assist others, as well as her outstanding work ethic.

EOM Kristina Sims
Jennifer Horton, EOM CO I Kristina Sims,
Joy Main, and Warden Chris McBee

It was indicated that during the COVID-19 outbreak at our facility when offender porters were not available to work, Ms. Sims, whose normal post is the Visiting Room with its myriad duties, stepped up to complete various cleaning duties within the Administration Building along with some other staff.  When she observed anything needing to be done to maintain cleanliness and good order in the building, she took the initiative to accomplish these tasks.  The nominations stated, “We all get busy in our work day and these duties can get pushed to the back burner.  With Ms.Sims taking the initiative to do these extra duties, we can go throughout our day knowing we can continue to have a clean work environment to come to every day.  She always did this with a smile on her face.”

Her actions greatly contribute to the smooth operations of her department and this facility and her professionalism does not go unnoticed.  She is a huge asset to this facility and her actions consistently demonstrate she is a professional and a team player.

New Team Members

Emily Jones, COI – October 5, 2020

Corbin Valdez, COI – October 5, 2020

Daniel Stith, PRN, LPN, Corizon  – October 5, 2020

Natalie Hutchinson, Counselor II, Gateway – October 14, 2020

Caley Riddle, PRN Dental Assistant, Corizon – October 15, 2020

Colton Cottrell, COI – October 19, 2020

Hannah Chavarria, COI – October 19, 2020

Nancy M. Walker, COI – October 19, 2020

Susan Cooksey, Cook II – October 19, 2020

Mary Saale, Cook II – October 19, 2020

Angela York, Cook II – October 26, 2020

Dawn Milburn, QMHP, Corizon Mental Health – October 26, 2020

Promotions

Sherry Walsh, CKII to COI – October 4, 2020

Retirements

Mark Jackson, COI – October 31, 2020

Important Dates

November 11 – Veterans Day

November 16 – Payday

November 26 – Thanksgiving

November 30 - Payday

 


September 2020

EOM Dusty Lybarger

Employee of the Month

CO I Dusty Lybarger 

CO I Dusty Lybarger was chosen as the Employee of the Month for the month of September.  He was nominated by CO II John Morris and CO III Stephanie Eckert. In their nomination it was stated, "Dusty was observed putting in the effort to ensure that any unexpected Housing Unit moves got done in an orderly manner with little to no notification during the quarantine and/or isolation of offenders that needed to be placed on other housing units to help ensure the health and safety of the institution.  Even during the busiest of times, Lybarger always kept his cool and was very professional and pleasant to deal with. Even though his duties are behind the scene, it requires a great deal of knowledge and expertise. Dusty would also volunteer on his RDO’s due to staff shortages. He is an asset to Chillicothe."

New Team Members

Mary Tredway, Personnel Clerk, (transfer from WMCC) – September 6, 2020

Lydah Lafolette, Cook II – September 8, 2020

Jennifer Llanes, Cook II – September 14, 2020

Michael Moore, Optometrist, Corizon – September 21, 2020

Important Dates

October 12 – Columbus Day Holiday

October 13 – PBC Dress Down Day

October 14-15 – Charitable Campaign Dress Down Days

October 15 – Payday

October 21-22 – Charitable Campaign Dress Down Days

October 29 – PBC Dress Down Day

October 30 – Payday

October 31 – Halloween

 


EOM Amber Adams
EOM Adams M Amber

August 2020

Employee of the Month

IPO Amber Adams

Amber was nominated by IPO Tamira Marriott recognizing her positive attitude, her outstanding work ethic, and willingness to assist others.

Due to staff absences related to COVID-19 virus containment at CCC, Amber remains kind, upbeat and is always willing to help others without being asked.  When her co-workers are out of the office, she goes above and beyond, checking their mailboxes for important paperwork, release papers, and home plans, ensuring no necessary duties are neglected.  Because she is a team player, good listener and has an amazing work ethic, not only do co-workers look up to her, but other staff members, and offenders as well.  Amber is the definition of “team player”.

Amber’s actions greatly contribute to the smooth operation of her department and CCC and her professionalism does not go unnoticed.  She is a huge asset and her actions consistently demonstrate her professionalism and abilities as a team player.

Pictured(from left): Kelley Burke, US, Mandy Coffman, DA, Tamira Marriott, IPO, EOM Amber Adams, IPO, and Chris McBee, Warden.

New Team Members

Bradley Mosier, COI – August 3, 2020

Brooke Jettelson, LPN (Corizon) – August 17, 2020

Madison Searcy, LPN (Corizon) – August 17, 2020

Becca Myrick, LPN, PRN (Corizon) – August 17, 2020

David Sanson, COI, (transfer from WMCC) – August 17, 2020

James Williams, Dentist (Corizon) – August 24, 2020

Dora Beers, COIII (transfer from OCC) – August 30, 2020

Jeffrey Gulley, COI – August 31, 2020

Megan Paalher, Licensed Practical Nurse (Corizon) – August 31, 2020

Promotions

Julianne Walton from Cook II to COI – August 9, 2020

Shawn Pettigrew from CCMII to Functional Unit Manager – August 24, 2020

Retirements

Bonieta Southers, COI – August 31, 2020

Training

Firearms training has restarted for Custody effective August 31, 2020

Town Hall Report

No town hall meetings were held in August

Important Dates

September 7 – Labor Day holiday

September 8 – PBC Dress Down Day

September 15 – pay day

September 17 – PBC Dress Down Day

September 14 – 18 - Corrections Week, FREE Dress Down Days all week

September 30 – pay day

 


EOM Kathryn Robinson
EOM Kathryn Robinson

July 2020

Employee of the Month

CO I Kathryn Robinson

Kathryn was nominated for this award by CO I Mark Ridgway who recognized her positive attitude and motivational interviewing skills which contributed greatly to the well being of an offender.

Recently, while interacting with an offender who had refused eight consecutive meals, CO I Ridgway spoke with the offender and found the offender was not refusing due to protest, but simply was not hungry. He discussed the situation with CO I Robinson, which led to her continuing the conversation with the offender. Using her motivational interviewing skills resulted in the offender asking for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. When this request was passed along to the Shift Supervisor, the meal was immediately approved. These actions averted the refusal of a ninth meal, which would have constituted a hunger strike. Kathryn’s actions, as well as the actions of the other staff involved, greatly contributed to the well being of this offender and their professionalism does not go unnoticed. CO I Robinson is a huge asset to this facility and her actions consistently demonstrate that she is a professional and a team player.

New Team Members

Jason Lee, COI – 7/6/2020

Mason Giles, COI – 7/6/2020

Autumn Bethards – 7/28/2020

Promotions

Brandon Johnson promoted from QMHP to Institutional Chief of MH – 7/27/2020

Retirements

Acting ICMH Michael Williams – 7/23/2020

Ritchie Allnutt – 7/31/2020

Important Dates

August 14 – payday

August 31 – payday

 


June 2020

Employee of the Month

CO I Gary Peters

CO I Gary Peters was nominated for this award by CO II Carl Jones who recognized his keen skills which contributed greatly to the safety and security of the institution.

Recently while showers were being conducted in Housing Unit #1, COI Peters recognized that an offender’s personal item had been altered to conceal and transport items to the shower area. Utilizing his training and excellent searching skills, he found and removed the item, reducing the passing of contraband in the Administrative Segregation Unit.

Gary’s actions greatly contributed to the safety and security of the institution and his professionalism does not go unnoticed. CO I Peters is a huge asset to this facility and his actions consistently demonstrate that he is a professional and a team player.

New Team Members

Laura Andal, COI – 6/1/20

Curtis Lanning, RN – 6/16/20

Elizabeth Guth, Dental Asst. – 6/24/20

Candi Smith, X-Ray Tech – 6/24/20

Amanda Vance, Cook II – 6/29/20

Retirements

Anthony Sprofera, COI – 6/30/20

Town Hall Report

Town Hall meetings have been suspended indefinitely due to COVID-19.

Important Dates

July 15 – payday

July 31 – payday

 


EOM Chuck Ness
EOM Chuck Ness

May 2020

Employee of the Month

CO I Chuck Ness

On January 10, 2020, an offender was experiencing a mental health crisis. Chuck reported to the area and took charge of the situation. He was able to redirect the offender and gained compliance by utilizing deescalation tactics. He conducted himself in a professional manner which gained the offender’s trust as well as compliance. Chuck’s professionalism while interacting with this offender was exceptional and is the standard by which every staff member should strive to achieve.

 

New Team Members

Marcey Bell, RN – 5/7/20

Walter Anthony, COI – 5/11/20

Stephanie Jackson, COI – 5/11/20

Julie Ulmer, Corizon Admin Asst – 5/28/20

Promotions

Nancy Shafer, promoted from Cook III to COI – 5/31/20

Retirements

Christinia Spainhour-George, Stk I – 5/31/20

Barry Smith, COIII – 5/31/20

Gail Phillips, FUM – 5/31/20

Roger Nivens, COI – 5/31/20

Patsy Nivens, COI – 5/31/20

Important Dates

June 8-11 – COVID-19 Sentinel Testing

June 15 – payday

June 30 – payday

 


April 2020

Employee of the Month

EOM Faith Abbot
EOM CO I Faith Abbot

CO I Faith Abbott

On December 16, 2019, while separating offender mail for Housing Unit #5, CO I Abbott was instrumental in preventing an item of dangerous contraband from getting into the hands of an offender when she noticed something suspicious involving the return address label of an incoming mail item. Due to her diligence, contraband was confiscated, which ensured the continued safety and security of the Chillicothe Correctional Center.

Walk-By Baby Shower for EHN Angela Albertson

A few CCC staff stopped outside EHN Angela Albertson’s office to celebrate the upcoming birth of her first child with a walk-by baby shower.  Angela is due May 20th but will start maternity leave in early May and will not return until mid-July.  CCC staff will greatly miss her while she is out!

Angela Albertson walk-by baby shower
Angela pictured with a few staff helping her celebrate

New Team Members

Kassey DeYoe, COI (transfer from WMCC) – 4/5/20

Beverly Kroush, COI (transfer from WMCC) – 4/5/20

Marty Arnold, COI – 4/6/20

Sheldon Boyles, COI – 4/6/20

Ricky DeYoe, COI – 4/6/20

Jacob Leverett, COI – 4/6/20

Logan McDaniel, COI – 4/6/20

Clementina Oboh, COI – 4/6/20

Jessica Terry, MH Clerk – 4/14/20

Madison Brown, SACI (transfer from MTC) – 4/22/20

Grayson Samm, RN – 4/22/20

Promotions

Kimberly Cahill, promoted from Cook II to Cook III – 4/26/20

Important Dates

May 8 – Truman Day

May 15 – payday

May 25 – Memorial Day

May 29 – payday

 


March 2020

Employee of the Month

EOM Maria Bearden
EOM Maria Bearden

CO I Maria Bearden

On October 21, 2019, while working in the Medical Unit, CO I Bearden was instrumental in retrieving contraband from an offender when she observed an offender placing something in the back of her state-issued pants. She called for a Sergeant and pulled the offender off to the side in the TCU Unit where a strip search resulted in the discovery of several slivers of Suboxone. Due to the diligence of CO I Bearden, contraband was confiscated which assisted in ensuring the safety and security of the institution.

New Team Members

Rachel Lynch, Substance Abuse Counselor I – 3/2/20

Gayle Colvin, QMHP – 3/5/20

Cristopher Talbert, COI – 3/16/20

Lisa Lanning, Med Records Clk – 3/24/20

Michelle Swickheimer, LPN (transfer from WMCC) – 3/30/20

Richard Melichar, Dentist – 3/31/20

Promotions

Steven Wade retirement
Steven Wade retirement

Christina Slagle, promoted to COI from Cook II – 3/8/20

Retirements

Joseph Regan, COI – 3/31/20

Steven Wade, CO I  2/29/20

Staff Moves

Christopher Ishmael, class transferred to Locksmith from ROI – 3/1/20

Abigail Reed, demoted to OSA from Cook III – 3/15/20

Nicholas Searcy, transferred to COI in-tr for ROI from COI – 3/29/20

Town Hall Report

Town Hall Meetings have been suspended indefinitely due to COVID-19.

There were a total of 11 staff members in attendance at the February town hall meetings.  Topics discussed at these meetings included DAI agenda items, report of broken equipment at the back gate, and offender moves from HU4C.

Important Dates

April 3 – Food Day

April 15 – payday

April 22 – Administrative Professionals Day

April 30 – payday

 

 


EOM Richard Jettelson
EOM Richard Jettelson

February 2020

CO I Richard Jettelson

On November 17, 2019, when CO I Jettelson was assigned to Recreation, he discovered a package containing dangerous contraband.  Also, on December 18, 2019, while performing a quick search in the Housing Unit #5A, Jettelson an article of dangerous contraband. Due to the diligence of CO I Jettelson, these items of contraband were confiscated, which helped ensure the safety and security of the institution.

New Team Members

  • Debra Stiverson, COI (transfer from WMCC) – 2/2/20
  • Sherry Wingate, Cook II – 2/3/20
  • Katherine Bailey, COI – 2/10/20
  • Heather Thomas, LPN – 2/21/20

Town Hall Report

The following town hall meetings were held in February:

February 25 at 6:00 am, 9:00 am, 3:00 pm

Meeting minutes are not yet available.

Important Dates

March 5 – Food Day

March 10-12 – AFLAC visiting

March 16 – payday

March 31 – payday

 


January 2020

EOM Edward McLellan
EOM Edward McLellan

Employee of the Month

CO I Edward McLellan

In June 2019, Visiting Room staff were notified that a tip had been received from an offender that contraband was to enter the institution by a visitor and were placed on alert. After receiving this information, CO I McLellan maintained a constant physical presence on the Visiting Room floor and a persistent visual on the suspected offender and her visitor. No action went unnoticed. As a result of all staff efforts, a significant amount of dangerous contraband was successfully confiscated from this offender during a search. Due to the diligence of McLellan and the other staff members involved, this contraband was prevented from being introduced into the institution, which could have compromised the safety of both staff and offenders.

New Team Members

Anna Newsom, OSA-P&P – 1/6/20

Alicia Shaw, Nurse Pract – 1/9/20

Mary Miller, Activity Ther – 1/14/20

Elizabeth Crist, LPN – 1/17/20

Brenna Broyles, LPN – 1/17/20

Charolette Adams, QMHP – 1/28/20

Amber Rounkles, Med Clerk – 1/29/20

Promotions

Vickie Stimpson, promoted from Cook I to COI (transfer from WMCC) – 1/12/20

Town Hall Report

The following town hall meetings were held in January:

January 14 at 8:00 pm

January 22 at 6:00 am & 8:00 am

Meeting minutes are not yet available.

There were a total of 15 staff members in attendance at the December town hall meetings.  Topics discussed at these meetings included DAI agenda items, TimeClock Plus, offender release dress-outs, new uniforms/IDs, and CCC P4P dogs.

Important Dates

February 5 – Food Day

February 12 – Lincoln’s Birthday

February 14 – payday

February 17 – Presidents Day

February 28 – payday

 


November 2019

EOM Candice Bell
EOM Candice Bell

Employee of the Month

CO I Candice Bell

It was recognized on June 9, 2019, that CO I Bell received a tip from an offender that contraband was to enter the institution by a visitor. She then took the appropriate notifications and Visiting Room staff were alerted of this information. After receiving this information, CO II Jackson noticed that an offender who had exhibited suspicious behavior was trying to conceal an item from her while performing a search. CO II Jackson was successful in confiscating the item which turned out to be dangerous contraband. Due to the diligence of CO I Bell and the other staff members involved, dangerous contraband was prevented from being introduced into the institution, ensuring the safety of both staff and offenders.

Awards & Recognition

[Lifesaver awards, contest winners, etc.]

New Team Members

Craig McIntosh, COI (transfer from WMCC) – 11/3/19

Beth Rains, Records Ofr I (transfer from WMCC) – 11/3/19

Melissa Chavarria, RN – 11/18/19

Anna Cotiangco, RN – 11/18/19

Kelly Tipton, HSA (transfer from WMCC) – 11/24/19

Promotions

Sterling Ream, DON – 11/24/19

Retirements

James Gilgour, COI – 11/30/19

Catherine Jackson, COII – 11/30/19

Staff Moves

Angela Hightower, OSA-Switchboard – 11/10/19

Town Hall Report

The following town hall meetings were held in November:

November 13 at 6:00 am, 11:00 am, & 8:00 pm

Important Dates

December 2 – Food Day

December 5 – Comp Retain form deadline

December 16 – payday

December 25 – Christmas

December 31 – payday

 


Campaign Fundraiser poster

October 2019

Big News

Charitable Campaign Fundraisers a Success 

The CCC Charitable Campaign raised a total of $901.10 through fundraising efforts over a two-week period.  Two events were held including a Water Soaker Contest and a Pie in the Face Contest.  For the Water Soaker event, employees got to shoot a volunteer section head for $1 per soak!  Volunteers included MSII JD Shafer, Inv. II Carrie Pfeifer, ROIII Darrell Sandy, Personnel Clerk Kristen Ford, and Capt. Chris Shaw.  For the Pie in the Face contest, employees voted by monetary donation for the Administration Team Member they wanted to see get the pie in the face.  The winner was announced just before the event and had to get pied twice (for both shift changes)!  Contestants included Warden Chris McBee, DWO Ryan Coffman, DWOM Kimberly Herring, Major David Savage, and IIO Aaron York.  Mr. Coffman was the lucky winner!  Additionally, daily prizes were drawn for employees who returned their donation cards and more prizes were given at the end of the event as well.  All in all, it was a fun and successful campaign!  Special thanks is given to Coordinators Jami Walker and Tanya Allen!

Employee of the Month

EOM Catherine Jackson
EOM Catherine Jackson

CO II Catherine Jackson 

(Pictured left to right: Warden Chris McBee, DWOM Kimberly Herring, COII Jackson, COII Nicholas Koenig, DWO Ryan Coffman, Major David Savage)

COII Catherine Jackson was nominated for this award by CO II Nicholas Koenig and CO I Kristina Sims. On June 9, 2019, while performing a search on an offender who had exhibited suspicious behavior, Jackson noticed that the offender was trying to conceal an item from her. She was successful in confiscating the item which turned out to be dangerous contraband. Due to the diligence of CO II Jackson and the other staff members assigned to the Visiting Room on this date, this contraband was prevented from being introduced into the institution, ensuring the safety of both staff and offenders. CO II Jackson’s hard work and dedication assists in the continued successful operations of the Chillicothe Correctional Center. She truly is an asset to this facility and the Department as a whole.

New Team Members

Ellen Kay Kissick, COI (transfer from WMCC) – 10/13/19

Tabitha Fitzpatrick, COI (transfer from WMCC) – 10/13/19

Jericks Silver, COI (transfer from WMCC) – 10/13/19

Raechel Kelley, Storekeeper I (transfer from WMCC) – 10/13/19

Terri Moore, Storekeeper II (transfer from WMCC) – 10/20/19

Kyle Kelly, Optometrist (transfer from WRDCC) – 10/21/19

Ellen Bollinger, RRMAT Caseworker (Gateway) – 10/21/19

Promotions

Chad Gardner, COII – 10/6/19

John O’Malley, COII – 10/6/19

Clifford Smith, COII – 10/6/19

Staff Moves

David Doss, Labor Supervisor – 10/6/19

Town Hall Report

The following town hall meetings were held in October:

October 21 at 6:00 am, 8:30 am, & 3:00 pm

Important Dates

November 1 – Food Day

November 11 – Veterans Day

November 15 – payday

November 28 – Thanksgiving

November 29 – payday

 

 


EOM Kate Hackney

EOM Kate Hackney

September 2019

Employee of the Month

Investigator I Kate Hackney

Investigator Hackney has worked tirelessly on numerous recent successful drug and contraband interdictions. She effectively collaborates with Administrative Staff, as well as outside law enforcement agencies to assist in the coordination and success of these interdictions, some of which have resulted in arrests of perpetrators attempting to introduce contraband into the facility. DWOM Herring and Major Savage state, “Kate is constantly providing information necessary to making these interdictions successful. Ms. Hackney’s contributions have helped to create and enhance a safer environment for staff and offenders at this facility.”

Investigator Hackney’s hard work and dedication assists in the continued successful operations of the Chillicothe Correctional Center. She truly is an asset to this facility and the Department as a whole.

Susan Ball retirement
Susan Ball retirement

New Team Members

Christopher Shaw, Corrections Supervisor I (transfer from WMCC) – 9/1/19

Alex Carroll, Locksmith (transfer from WMCC) – 9/1/19

Margaret Walker, LPN – 9/3/19

Megan Blades, OSA (transfer from WMCC) – 9/29/19

Promotions

Tamira Gray, PO I – 9/29/19

Retirements

Susan Ball, CCMII – 9/30/19

Donald Jahraus, CO I – 8/31/19

Donald Jahraus retirement
Donald Jahraus retirement

Staff Moves

Jacob Hamilton, VES I – 9/8/19

Town Hall Report

The following town hall meetings were held in September:

September 27 at 6:00 am, 8:00 am, & 3:00 pm

Meeting minutes are not yet available.

Attendance from August town hall meetings were as follows:

August 23 at 6:00 am – 1

August 26 at 8:30 am – 12

August 27 at 3:00 pm – 10

Topics brought up by attending staff included appreciation regarding the Fallapalooza silent auction Wellness fundraiser, the importance of communication when passing information during shift transitions, Captain/Lieutenant rotation, protection of staff social security numbers, and reduction in offender population. Information from DAI meeting was also shared.

Important Dates

October 1 – Flu Shot Clinic

October 3 – Food Day

October 4 – Flu Shot Clinic

October 10 – Flu Shot Clinic

October 14 - Holiday

October 15 – payday

October 17 – Blood Drive 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

October 22 – Flu Shot Clinic

October 28 – Flu Shot Clinic

October 31 – payday

 


EOM CO I Nevin Curtis
EOM CO I Nevin Curtis

August 2019

Employee of the Month

CO I Nevin Curtis

CO I Curtis is assigned on Third Shift, where he is one of only two staff designated as PACT members. He is very effective at communicating, listening and providing assistance to staff members in need. PACT members are not always shown much recognition or appreciation because most of the assistance they give is confidential. CO I Lybarger states, “Seeing someone like CO I Nevin Curtis volunteer his time, his ear, and his good faith to help any individual in need, is a blessing to not only this institution, but all of his co-workers. It’s people like him that make this place feel like family, and allows staff members to turn to each other in times of need.”

Awards & Recognition

Lifesaver & Distinguished Service Awards – photos attached

Several staff were recognized at an awards ceremony held on August 13, 2019. The first event involved an offender who attempted suicide. The second event involved a staff member who had a cardiac event at work. The following staff received awards:

LIFESAVER AWARDS

  • Marlene Pfister, Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Tabitha Johnson, Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Mark Ridgway, CO I
  • Angela Albertson, Employee Health Nurse
  • Heather Thomas, Licensed Practical Nurse

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARDS

Photo 1
Photo 1
  • Jerry Shafer, CS I
  • Kimberly Troxel, CO I
  • Shelly Shively, CO I
  • Tina Sturgeon, CO I
  • Naomi Yuille, CO I
  • Tina Burns, CO II
  • Michael Brown, CO III
  • Billie Jo Richards, CO I
  • Dan Ellis, Fire & Safety Specialist
  • Amy Gertz, FUM
  • Sterling Ream, Health Services Administrator
  • Tabitha Johnson, Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Megan Brown, Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Angelia McFie, Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Tammy Christopher, Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Amy Howe, Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Debbie Ritter, Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Jenny Meehan, Registered Nurse
  • Photo 2
    Photo 2

    (Photo 1- Pictured left to right: Warden Chris McBee, COI Mark Ridgway, LPN Marlene Pfister, LPN Tabitha Johnson, AW Marla Felton, DWO Ryan Coffman)

    (Photo 2- Front left to right: COI Naomi Yuille, Warden Chris McBee, Connie Coots, COII Tina Burns, LPN Tabitha Johnson. Second row left to right: CCMII Robert Coots, RN Jenny Meehan, CSI Jerry Shafer. Third row left to right: COI Tina Sturgeon, F&S Spec Dan Ellis, FUM Amy Gertz, AW Marla Felton, LPN Debi Ritter, HSA Sterling Ream, COI Kimberly Troxel. Fourth row left to right: COI Shelly Shively, DWO Ryan Coffman, Major David Savage, COI Billie Jo Richards, EHN Angela Albertson, LPN Angelia McFie)

New Team Members

Robyn LaFountain – Corrections Officer I (transfer from WMCC) – 8/11/19

Tashina Schultz – Medical Records Clerk – 8/20/19

Dr. David Swee – Dentist – 8/21/19

Dr. Todd Richards – Medical Director (transfer from WMCC) – 8/24/19

Dr. Gary Bayer – Psychologist – 8/29/19

Margaret Walker – Licensed Practical Nurse – 8/30/19

Retirements

Donald Jahraus – Corrections Officer I – 8/31/19

Town Hall Report

The following town hall meetings were held in August:

August 23 at 6:00 am

August 26 at 8:30 am

August 27 at 3:00 pm

Important Dates

September 2 – Holiday

September 4 – Food Day

September 16 – payday

September 17 – Deferred Comp visiting

September 30 – payday

 


July 2019

Employee of the Month

CO I Mandy Estes

CO I Mandy Estes has recovered a substantial amount of dangerous contraband while conducting her daily duties. Her keen eye and observations contribute towards ensuring a safe and secure institution for both staff and the offender population. Recently, she immediately stepped up in handling a situation in which an offender assigned to administrative segregation was attempting to harm herself and ensured the proper protocol was followed. Due to her calm demeanor, knowledge and the respect she gains from this population, Mandy was able to gain control of the situation and keep the offender safe.

New Team Members

Dr. Dwain Whitmore – Dentist (transfer from CRCC) – 7/1/19

Amy Botts – Academic Teacher III – 7/8/19

Ashley Keathley – Licensed Practical Nurse – 7/11/19

Kelly Seals – Nurse Practitioner – 7/15/19

Rhonda Enyard – Cook II – 7/23/19

Jessica Pomeroy – Cook II – 7/23/19

Brandon Johnson – Licensed Professional Counselor – 7/24/19

Transfers from CRCC effective 7/12/19 – 7/14/19:

CO I Kody Adams
CO I Leanna Anderson
CO I David Baker
CO I Rose Burke

CO I Sean Collins       
CO I Jonathan Cowell
CO I Pamela Craft
CO I Rachel Crawford
CO I Robert Frock
CO I Cheyenne Harkins

CO I Heather Haynes
CO I Russell Heldenbrand
CO I Charles Henton
CO I Joshua Hess
CO I Mark Hoch

CO I Bobby Holmes
CO I Roy Houk
CO I Scott Jackson
CO I Richard Jettelson
CO I Marvin Knapp

CO I John Knouse
CO I Michael McCluskey
CO I Vicki McKiddy
CO I Ricardo Monroy
CO I Richard Owens

CO I Luis Pacheco
CO I Randall Reams
CO I Donald Rogers
CO I Steven Smith
CO I Velma Smith

CO I James Woods
CO II Jessie Fondren
O II Holly Stevens
CO III Keith Bentz
CO III Emmett O’Connell

CS I Lorri Welling
AOSA Kimberly Klever
CCM II Jerry Klever
CCM II Mark Parkhurst
CCM II Mandy Pettigrew

CCM II Shawn Pettigrew
FUM Amy Parkhurst
FUM Cheryl Richey
OSA Kielly McGinley
OSA Tanya Allen

RO I Joshua Hall
Ck I Samantha Rhinehart
Exec II Beverly Kissick
tkII Ray LaFountain
Stk I Tonya Sloan

Acct Clk Jami Walker
MS I Larry Fuhr
MW II Richard Winkowski                          

Promotions

Janet Boley – Factory Manager I – 7/1/19

Philip Bower – Corrections Training Officer – 7/28/19

Town Hall Report

June 13 at 6:00 a.m. – 4 staff attended

June 13 at 3:00 p.m. – 8 staff attended

June 14 at 8:30 a.m. – 10 staff attended

Items from the section head meeting were shared with present staff.

Town Hall meetings in July were held July 26 at 6:00 am and July 29 at 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.  Meeting minutes have not been made available yet.

Important Dates

August 6 – Food Day

August 15 – Payday

August 30 – Payday

 


EOM Aaron York

June 2019

Employee of the Month

Institutional Investigator Aaron York

Investigator Aaron York has worked tirelessly on numerous issues that arise at CCC. He has been actively involved in removing contraband from the institution. Most recently, Aaron was very instrumental in an interdiction that prevented several items of illegal and dangerous contraband from entering the institution. He has worked on multiple PREA allegations and completes the investigations in a very timely manner, which helps ensure minimal disruption to operations. His quick and efficient actions when investigating issues have proven to enhance the safety of all staff and offenders at CCC.

Investigator York is pictured with: Deputy Warden Kim Herring, RN Lisa York (spouse), and Warden Chris McBee.

New Team Members

Judy Wade – Office Support Assistant (P&P) – transfer from CRCC – 6/2/19

Terry Cowan – Probation & Parole Officer I – 6/24/19

Micky Snyder – Licensed Practical Nurse – 6/24/19

Kelsea Woelfle – Substance Abuse Counselor I – 6/24/19

Promotions

Chance Guffey – Electronics Technician II (MWII in-tr) – 6/23/19

Brandon Doss – Academic Teacher I – 6/30/19

Town Hall Report

May 28 – 14 staff members attended

May 29 – 3 staff members attended

May 30 – 5 staff members attended

Staff questions were presented regarding nicotine lozenges for the offender population, staff training, and medical lay-ins.  Items from the section head meeting were also shared with present staff.

Town Hall meetings in June were held June 13, and June 14. 

Important Dates

July 1 – Food Day

July 4 – HOLIDAY

July 12-14 – CRCC Staff Transfers

July 30 – Deferred Comp Rep David Gibson

 


Sharp Ceremony 2
Sharp Ceremony 2

May 2019

Memorial Ceremony and Balloon Release for CO I Adron Sharp

On Saturday, May 4, 2019, a memorial service was held for former CO I Adron Sharp. In attendance were Sharp’s family, CCC Administration, and several others to show their support. Warden McBee led the memorial service, Chaplain Murphy led the guests in prayer, and some fellow co-workers took time to share stories and say a few words. The memorial service then moved outside for a memorial balloon release. Snacks and refreshments were served afterward. A check was presented to the mother of Mr. Sharp and his children from the money raised by CCC staff to help the family.

Sharp Ceremony 3
Sharp Ceremony 3

Employee of the Month

CO I Theresa Snider

On March 15, 2019, Theresa was conducting a search/wing tour of a housing unit and found an item of dangerous contraband. She removed the item and filled out necessary paperwork and forwarded to the Captains office for disposition. Her discovery ensured the further safety and security of the institution.

New Team Members

John Riead – Academic Teacher II – 5/1/19

Stephanie Breig – Substance Abuse Counselor I – 5/13/19

Stacy Hall – Licensed Practical Nurse – 5/17/19

CCC May EOM CO I Theresa Snider
CCC May EOM CO I Theresa Snider

Retirements

Judith Hawkins – Corrections Officer II – 5/31/19

Kathy Tutt – Corrections Training Officer – 5/31/19

Town Hall Report

No summary due to Town Hall meetings scheduled for last week of May (May 28 at 2 p.m., May 29 at 6 a.m., and May 30 at 3 p.m.)

Important Dates

June 4 – ETA Deadline

June 6 – Comp Payout Deadline for June 14 payday

June 7 – Food Day

June 10-12 – PREA Audit

June 18 – ETA Deadline

June 20 – Comp Payout Deadline for June 28 payday

 


April 2019

CCC Heartland Health fair
Heartland health fair

CCC hosts 2019 Heartland Health Fair

On Thursday, April 25, 2019, CCC hosted a health fair for staff called 'Know Your Numbers.' Staff members were given a personal wellness card upon registration and took their card to receive screenings at various stations including hearing, vision, blood pressure, blood glucose, and vein screening. Guests were also given freebies, such as informational packets, water bottles, pens, fresh fruit, healthy snack bars. Over 100 staff members attended, and prizes were drawn for each individual booth.

Employee of the Month

CO I Donald Jahraus

On February 27, 2019, while moving and searching a storage cabinet in a housing unit day room, CO I Donald Jahraus discovered an item of dangerous contraband. Donald properly disposed of the item by turning it over to the institutional investigator. Donald's keen observation and swift removal of the contraband greatly contributed to the safety and security of the institution.

Distinguished Service Award

CCC Employee of the Month CO I Donald Jahraus
Employee of the Month CO I Jahraus

CO I Todd Mustain

While working in Housing Unit 2, CO I Todd Mustain utilizes his Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) appropriately and continues to be professional when dealing with staff and offenders.Todd remains professional with offenders even in the most difficult situations. An award ceremony was held on Thursday, April 18, 2019, at Chillicothe Correctional Center.

New Team Members

  • CO I Ryan Reeter 
  • CO I Dylan Robinson
  • RN Holly Fraley
  • FUM Gail Phillips
  • CCM II Karen Gatton
  • CCM I Mandy Corbin
Distinguished Service Award CCC Mustain
Distinguished Service Award CO I Todd Mustain

Town Hall Report

April 1 at 3 p.m. – 4 staff attended

April 2 at 6 a.m. – 0 staff attended

April 3 at 9 a.m. – 3 staff attended

Staff questions were presented regarding employees and visitors showing ID at all entry points of the institution, the Reading with the Dogs program, call-out entries in the AS400, and sanctioning for conduct violations. Items from the section head meeting were also shared with present staff.

Important Dates

  • May 2: Food Day, PBC Dress Down Day, ETA Deadline
  • May 6: Comp Payout Deadline for May 15 payday
  • May 8: Holiday (Truman Day)
  • May 20: ETA Deadline
  • May 22: Comp Payout Deadline for May 31 payday
  • May 27: Holiday (Memorial Day)
  • May 28: Town Hall at 2 p.m.
  • May 29: Town Hall at 6 a.m.
  • May 30: Town Hall at 3 p.m.