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EOM Shirley Williams
EOM Shirley Williams

September 2020

Employee of the Month

 

 

OSA Shirley Williams

OSA Shirley Williams was nominated by Mailroom Supervisor Tracey Medlock, who writes:  “Shirley Williams is a true team player!  Shirley assists the mailroom on a daily basis and this is not her regular job duties to do this.  Whenever one of us from the mailroom is off, she jumps right in and does anything asked of her.  Shirley will also assist with housing unit duties whenever the need arises.

In October of 2018, Shirley moved to the admin building and became the receptionist.  She is very reliable, she shows up to work every day early and ready for whatever the day has in store for her.  She is also helpful to anyone who calls from the outside, makes sure their calls get to the right destination.  Shirley has been with the Department of Corrections for many years.  She began her career in October, 1999 at ACC.  She then transferred to SECC in August of 2001.  Shirley has worked in all of the housing units here at SECC and I’m sure other areas I am forgetting, but if you ask Shirley, she will tell you, I’m sure! 

New Team Members

RJ watermelons
RJ watermelons

COI Natasha Carson

COI Troy McNeely

COI Matthew Hood

COI Marion King

COI Jonathon Powell

COI Alicen Sander

Promotions

Crystal Vines to Deputy Warden OSA

Greg Hancock to Deputy Warden

Beekeeping team
Beekeeping team

Retirements

COI Leary Armstrong

SKI Dennis Gross

Success Story

SECC Restorative Justice has grown and harvested 5,060 lbs. (2.5 tons) of watermelons and distributed to the Semo Food Bank.  (Photo attached).

Southeast Correctional Center's new bee colony is thriving under the care of Recreation Officers Matt Raymond and Joseph Enderle, along with Assistant Warden Latonia Young and the offender beekeeping team. (photo attached)

SECC held a blood drive on August 11, 2020.  38 staff members donated, with 2 being first time donors.  A total of 32 units were collected.

 


 

EOM Jacob Reeves
EOM Jacob Reeves

August 2020

Employee of the Month

The August, 2020 EOM is CO II Jacob Reeves. CO II Reeves was nominated by CO III Michael Vinson, who writes: “CO II Jacob Reeves is a full time employee for the Missouri Department of Corrections at Southeast Correctional Center.  CO II Reeves began his career with the Department on March 19, 2018 as a Correctional Officer I.  As a correctional officer I, Mr. Reeves worked numerous posts and became an immediate asset to his shift and to the department.  Mr. Reeves is an extraordinarily hard worker.  Mr. Reeves strives to do his best regardless of position and consistently seeks to learn and improve himself as an officer. On September 9, 2019, Mr. Reeves was promoted to the rank of CO II (Sergeant).  Since his promotion, CO II Reeves works tirelessly to support his staff, shift, and the department.  CO II Reeves is constant and persistent in seeking knowledge from his supervisors.  CO II Reeves is dedicated to training his staff and sets the standard for being a mentor and role model for his staff.  In September of 2019, Mr. Reeves volunteered and was accepted as a member of the CERT team, where Mr. Reeves continues to learn and serve SECC. 

In recent months, CO II Reeves has begun living here at SECC in an effort to keep his family safe due to the present and ongoing pandemic.  CO II Reeves has been working all three shifts to assist with the ever changing staffing needs for SECC.  I have, on numerous occasions, witnessed CO II Reeves work double shifts and then try to volunteer to assist further when he becomes aware of additional staffing needs.  CO II Reeves has a great working relationship with his staff and is respected by his supervisors.  CO II Reeves, on a regular basis, goes above and beyond his supervisor responsibilities to assist his staff, consistently providing transportation to and from work to ensure staff remain in good attendance.  I respectfully request consideration for Employee of the Month for CO II Jacob Reeves.”

McIntyre Mansfield Apprenticeship Certificate
McIntyre Mansfield Apprenticeship Certificate

New Team Members

 

 

COI Samantha Brodribb

COI Troy McNeely

COI Terrance Johnson

Promotions

Chance Krech to COII

Donald Brown to COII

Linkastar Clark to COII

Allen Mansfield to COII

Seth Stephenson to COII

Dwayne Fidler to COII

Corrections Way Ambassadors
Corrections Way Ambassadors

Steven Smith to COII

Retirements

Stationary Engineer Les Cantrell

Supply Manager Anthony Simmons

COI Robert Strickland

Laundry Manager Ben Heil

Success Story

Beekeeping
Beekeeping

COII Cheryl McIntyre and COI Allen Mansfield received corrections officer apprenticeship.

Corrections Way Ambassadors at SECC:  Gaylon Reynolds, Jody Ruminer, Shelli Feinburg, Stephan Clark, Matt Raymond.

SECC team members Matt Raymond and David Achter captured a bee swarm and transported to SECC where they have become part of the pollinator partnership formed earlier this year with the Mo. Dept. of Conservation. SECC plans to train offenders in beekeeping skills as part of a reentry path.  Honey harvested from the beekeeping operation will be donated to local food banks.

 

 

 


July 2020

June EOM Education Supervisor Feinburg
June EOM Education Supervisor Feinburg

June Employee of the Month

Education Supervisor Shelli Feinburg

The June, 2020 Employee of the Month was Education Supervisor Shelli Feinburg.  Ms. Feinburg was nominated by CTO Allen Hughes, who wrote,  “I would like to nominate Ms. Shelli Feinburg for SECC’s Employee of the Month, for the month of June.  Ms. Feinburg is the SECC Education Department’s supervisor and has a huge workload on a normal basis.  However, since the onset of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, a situation which unfortunately has all educational classes on “hold” for the time being, Ms. Feinburg’s normal duties have lessened.  Ms. Feinburg could easily take this time off to be with her family and/or be enjoying some time off of the job.  Not Ms. Feinburg, she instead stepped to the plate and volunteered to stand a custody post on the entrance road to the facility where she stops each vehicle entering the facility to ask each person a series of questions in reference to their current health as it pertains to the pandemic.  Based on the responses she receives from each person, she has the authority to refuse their entrance to the facility, a huge responsibility.   She chose to hold this post every day of the week, Monday through Friday.  She has been out there on that post through all types of weather, rain or shine, hot or cold.

July EOM Shirley Jones
July EOM Shirley Jones

Each day when I arrive at SECC, I am greeted with a smiling face and a warm welcome to my workplace, and this gets my day started off much better than it may have started.  Some days, as it is with anyone, there are many other places I’d rather be than arriving at work.  However, when I am greeted by Ms. Feinburg’s smiling face and cheerful attitude, it just makes my job so much easier and puts a smile on my face!  This is the kind of attitude we need much more of in this environment and I applaud Ms. Feinburg for voluntarily stepping outside her proverbial box and taking on this responsibility, which freed up a custody supervisor to work inside the facility where they are needed during this difficult time in our history.  For this reason, I am happy to nominate Ms. Shelli Feinburg as our SECC Employee of the Month for the month of June, 2020!”

July Employee of the Month

RO I Shirley Jones

The July, 2020 Employee of the Month was ROI Shirley Jones.  Ms. Jones was nominated by RO III Matt Raymond, who writes:  “I would like to nominate Recreation Officer I Shirley Jones as employee of the month.  During this pandemic event, Supply Manager Anthony Simmons took medical leave and would miss work for several months, leaving the warehouse severely shorthanded.  This shortage has been magnified, not only because of staff absence, but also because offender workers were eliminated in the warehouse due to our viral containment efforts.  This left only SKI Dennis Gross to operate the warehouse.  We all depend on the warehouse operations to supply us with the supplies and equipment that we need to work every day.  The burden placed on  Mr. Gross was enormous.  ROI Shirley Jones agreed to step outside of her normal duties and schedule to be temporarily assigned to work full-time in the warehouse.  Shirley has had to learn new duties and processes very quickly, she has worked every day and has never complained about the change in assignment or schedule.  I have spoken to Dennis on several occasions and every time, without fail, he tells me how much he appreciates Shirley being there and how much of a difference her help has made.  Without Shirley stepping up and going above and beyond, the warehouse operations would have been severely hindered.  We rarely notice when things go smoothly, we just take for granted that is how things should go.  It is when things go poorly we realize how important those simple things are to our daily success.  During this time, the warehouse has continued to operate at a successful level and most of us would not even know they are working shorthanded.  This would not have been the case had Shirley not stepped up and accepted this challenge.  Because she did, she and Dennis have been able to maintain warehouse operations at a level that makes all of our jobs easier.

CO I Moore retirement
CO I Moore retirement
Staff barbecue
Staff barbecue

When we talk about what makes someone’s contributions worthy of EOM recognition, I think it is important that we realize there is more to see than just someone performing their duties at a high level, and that stepping outside of your normal duties and contributing is vital to that recognition.  Shirley has done that, she has done it for over a month, and will continue to act in that role for possibly another 6 weeks.  Her contribution is worthy of consideration and recognition.”

Retirements

COI Henrietta Moore-Hubrins

Success Story

A staff barbeque was held on June 12, 2020.  Staff were treated to hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and a drink provided by personnel club. 

 


June 2020

March EOM Margaret Meyer
March EOM Margaret Meyer

March Employee of the Month 

CO I Margaret Meyer

CO I Meyer was nominated by Lt. Michael Vinson, who wrote, “On October 14, 2008, Mrs. Meyer began her career with the Department of Corrections as a CO I at ERDCC. Mrs. Meyer retired from ERDCC on March 31, 2011 but then returned to ERDCC on June 18, 2012.

Margaret transferred to SECC on December 8, 2013.  What makes Margaret unique is she reports for duty early every day to prepare for her shift. Margaret ’s attitude, work ethic, and professionalism is beyond reproach.  She is extremely skilled and accomplished, she helps her fellow staff as well as the supervisory staff. She is the first to volunteer to assist any and all staff.  Her work ethic is without comparison.  Her attendance is astounding.  She has had four years of service without any unscheduled leave. She also goes about her job duties in assisting other staff members by providing them transportation to and from work when they are down on their luck and without their own transportation. Meyer remains calm in all situations and is always friendly to her peers and all supervisory staff. She is a very dedicated employee for the Department of Corrections and she is a great role model for all staff.”

April EOM Mark Roberts
April EOM Mark Roberts

April Employee of the Month 

PPSI Mark Roberts

PPSI Roberts was nominated by AOSA Gina Patterson, who wrotes,  “PPSI Roberts takes his job of keeping the institution warm or cool very seriously.  He is always cooperative when you let him know that it is either too cold or too warm and does everything he can to remedy the situation. While I am sure this is not an easy job to do, he seems to take it in stride and is always courteous, polite, and helpful. 

PPSI Roberts is very good at his job and is genuinely concerned with keeping us all as comfortable as possible given the guidelines he has to follow.  Any time I have called him to ‘complain’ about the temperature in my office, it is usually taken care of sooner rather than later.  He calls to follow-up to make sure it is getting better and will call a few days later to be sure it is still good.  I am sure they receive plenty of these types of calls, but I feel like PPSI Roberts goes above and beyond his job duties to try to make everyone’s work area as pleasant as he can and deserves this recognition.  Thank you PPSI Roberts!”

 

May Employee of the Month 

Business Manager Sarah Heppe

May EOM Sarah Heppe
May EOM Sarah Heppe

Business Manager Heppe was nominated by Mailroom Supervisor Tracey Vinson, who writes: “Sarah Heppe is a true team player, she goes well above her job duties as Business Manager for SECC.  Sarah began her career with SECC in April, 2001 as Account Clerk II, from ordering paper clips, toilet paper to chairs for the prison out of the Brown Shoe building before moving into our current admin building.  What some may have forgotten, but I never will, is the fact that Sarah and I both worked for the construction company that built the prison and let me tell ya, we have some stories we could tell you from those fun days!! (Ask Sarah about the trash can.)

Sarah has come so far over the past two years in giving out directive to staff that need guidance, showing them how to do their job, or simply lending an ear to someone in need.  Sarah has proven to be an amazing business manager in these past two years and will continue to do so.  Just the other day, I looked up from my desk and asked her where she’s going, only to find out she’s on her way to work in the warehouse because Dennis needed help with mixing chemicals and her other areas were already short staffed.  I bet not many business managers across the state can say they have done this.  Sarah takes on more than most would ever consider doing and that speaks volumes of true leadership.  Sarah is not afraid to get out of her comfort zone, pitch in and help assist other areas when needed.  Sarah should be recognized as Employee of the Month for going well above and beyond her regular job duties.”

CO I Powell
CO I Powell

Employee of the Year 2019

The 2019 Employee of the Year was COI MARTHA POWELL.  COI Powell was SECC Employee of the Month in December, 2019 and was named Employee of the Year for 2019.

New Team Members

COI Cortney Bailey

COI Kimberly Clayton

COI Rodney Jennings, Jr.

COI Shawn Riggs

COI Billie Sindorf

 

 


PCC delivers pizza to SECC staff
PCC delivers pizza to SECC staff

May 2020

Big News

PCC sent pizza to SECC staff on Friday, April 24.

Teacher Appreciation Week: Thank you to SECC teachers: Shelli Feinburg, Education Supervisor; Sherri Gholson; Regina Jackson;

April Samples

Nurses Appreciation Week:  Thank you to Corizon nursing staff and Melissa Crumley, EHN

New Team Members

COI Linkastar Clark

COI Jessie Lohnes

COI Chance Stockton-McGown

Promotions

Gabriel Porter to CSI

Donald Stewart to CSI

 


April 2020

New Team Members

MWII David Austin

CO I Michael Ayers

CO I Christina Craft

CO I Jeremiah Clary

CO I Bennie Douglas

CO I Jordan Feliciano

CO I George Frost

CO I Ronald Gaston

CO I James Gilbreath

CO I Kyontai Harvey

CO I Carolyn Halbert

CO I Kelsey Kennard

CO I Shawn Thompson

Stationary Engineer Jerry Webb

Promotions

Latonia Young to Assistant Warden; Robby Throop to Storekeeper II

 


March 2020

February Employee of the Month

CO I Dena Emerson

CO I Emerson was nominated by CCM II Becky Barber who writes: “Attention to detail, enforcing policy, excellent work ethic, supportive, dedicated, and an outstanding addition to the offender services hallway are just a few of the things that COI Emerson deserves to be recognized for. 

Officer Emerson has reminded me there are still people that take pride in their work!  She is always up and about checking the security of her area and the safety of her co-workers.  When she sees an issue, she doesn’t hesitate to address it and then follows through to ensure it is resolved.  If she is unsure about something, she seeks answers and “how to” rather than letting it be someone else’s problem. 

Her ability to communicate with others, staff and offenders, is admirable.  I have never heard her speak maliciously to anyone and if anyone says anything negative about her, it is in reference to her working too hard and making them look bad!  This is a good thing as it promotes others to work harder too.  Emerson has a calm about her that resonates throughout the hallway and helps to keep everyone else calm even through the chaos of mass offender movements, alarms, radio traffic, phones ringing, etc.

During the 10-49 that took place yesterday, Emerson was not on a response team but that did not stop her from assisting with what she could.  She immediately went to the hallway door to make sure the walk was clear.  When she saw offenders, she had them come into the area and kept them secure until the “all clear” was given.  No one asked her to do this and it was not “her job” but she took the initiative and did it anyway.  These are the things we need more of.  People like Emerson are the people we need more of!!  It is with great pride I nominate COI Dena Emerson for Employee of the Month at SECC!!”

New Team Members

COI Vanita Coleman

ROI Alex Elsey

COI John Hammonds

Promotions

Bryan Hoskins to COII; Travis Hasty to MWII; Dennis Wilson to MWII

Success Story

2020 Personnel Club Members are:

Amber Phillips, President; Amanda Stephens, Vice President; Courtney Hoskins, Treasurer; Brittney Kitchen, Secretary

Social Members:  Nichole Hoskins, Amanda Means, Gaylon Reynolds, Jody Enderle, LaTonia Young, Charles Wilson,

Bobby Kuykendall, Armand Hodges, Jeremy Pickett, Travis Hasty, Robert Steger, Yuluanda Farmer

 


Dave Manker retirement
Dave Manker retirement

February 2020

January Employee of the Month

FUM Brandi Merideth

FUM Brandi Merideth, nominated by OSA Courtney Hoskins, who writes:  “I’ll never forget the first time I meet FUM Merideth.  It was my first day on DOC side in housing unit 5 and I was worried about all of the new responsibilities I would have and was also wondering if I would be able to work well with the rest of the housing unit staff.  On my first day working with FUM Merideth, I immediately recognized how I was blessed to work with her.  She always goes above and beyond to assist staff in whatever area of need they are facing.  She is exceptional when it comes to being a supervisor that can be approached without feeling like you are bothering her.  Whenever she is working in house, I notice how she is committed to not only making sure that the staff are taken care of, she is also very dedicated to doing all she does accurately and timely.  Whenever there has been any issues in house, she is always on top of the issue making sure that all of those involved are treated with respect and that the issue is handled at the best possible time.  She doesn’t put off work.  She is committed to doing a job to her full potential.  She has selflessly put the needs of others above her own and always sets a great example to those working under her supervision.  It is obvious that she is committed to improving lives for safer communities and making a difference in the lives of others.  FUM Merideth is someone that I can trust and talk to not just about work, but whatever I have on my mind that I need to get off.  She is truly the best.  This is why I feel she deserves this nomination.”

VA Pantry Personnel Club donation
VA Pantry Personnel Club donation

New Team Members

COI Angelica Jennings

CCMI Carolyn Morgan

COI Samuel Stuckey

COI James Sullivan

COI Loretta Warren

COI Kaitlin Young

Retirements

SKII Dave Manker retired with 18+ years of service at SECC

Red Cross

Success Story

SECC Personnel Club voted to donate $1,000 to the Veteran’s Pantry at the VA in Poplar Bluff, Mo.

SECC received appreciation from American Red Cross for blood drive donations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


December EOM CO I Martha Powell
December EOM CO I Martha Powell

January 2020

Employee of the Month

December, 2019 Employee of the Month:   

CO I Martha Powell

Powell has been a correctional officer since 2001. Powell always has a smile on her face. She keeps the custody complex nice and clean, can run the institution from the complex without a blink of an eye. She works on many of her RDOs to assist with overtime coverage and this has assisted all shifts. CO I Powell has also been an active member of SECC Personnel Club for at least 15 years of her 18 years with SECC. This is a huge accomplishment and deserves to be recognized.  Personnel Club is not an easy task, but CO I Powell has done this and given her own time to this club to make it successful for her fellow co-workers. CO I Powell goes above and beyond her daily duties and should be recognized as one of our valuable staff members. We need more “General Powell’s” around here to get the job done!

Veteran's Pantry Poplar Bluff
Veteran's Pantry Poplar Bluff
SECC Shop with a Cop
SECC Shop with a Cop

New Team Members

CO I Ryan Bowerman

CO I Allison Klipfel

CO I John Lancaster

CO I Kenneth McCord

CO I Brandy Minner

CO I Jessie Sites

Promotions

Wellness Committee Toy drive
Wellness Committee Toy drive

Joseph Hudgens to MS I

Travis Bentsen to MS I

Cheryl McIntyre to CO II

Charles Wilson to CCM I

Success Story

SECC staff participated in the Veteran’s Pantry food distribution in Poplar Bluff, Mo.

SECC staff participated in Shop With A Cop 

SECC Wellness Committee collected toys from staff to distribute to the community.

Wellness Committee Bake sale
Wellness Committee Bake sale

SECC Wellness Committee held a bake sale.

SECC Custody Yard Staff celebrated the holidays with a Christmas gift

exchange & dinner. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas gift exchange and dinner
Christmas gift exchange and dinner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


December 2019

VA Food Pantry donation

VA Food Pantry donation

Promotions

 Joseph Hudgens to MS I; Thomas Knoeppel to Factory Manager I; James Harmon to CO III

 

Success Story

SECC staff participated in the Veteran’s Pantry food distribution in Poplar Bluff, Mo.

 

 

 


November 2019

EOM CCM II Susan Price
EOM CCM II Susan Price

Employee of the Month

CCM II Susan Price

New Team Members

Tanner Boening, COI;

Jerod Burch, COI;

Terrance Johnson, COI;

Amy Vines, Cook II

Promotions

CIT graduation
CIT graduation

 April Samples to ATIII. 

April Hudgens to COII. 

William Edleman to COII.

Richard Adams to Deputy Warden

Town Hall Report

A town hall was held on November 6 with Director Anne Precythe.  Ms. Precythe discussed the direction the department is heading and several new programs that are in the works.  A question and answer session was held with staff. 

Success Story

Certified Horticulture Graduation
Certified Horticulture Graduation
Veterans Day
Veterans Day

A CIT class was held at SECC November 4-8.  Graduation was held on November 8. 

Veterans were honored with a cake provided by personnel club on Monday, November 11

A Certified Horticulture Graduation was held on November 12.

 

 

 

 

 

 


October 2019

EOM CCM II Regina Jackson
EOM CCM II Regina Jackson

Employee of the Month

CCCM II Regina Jackson

Awards & Recognition

Three team members selected for 2019 Missouri State Employee Award of Distinction.  Greg Hancock and Jesse May both received the award in the category of Human Relations for their work with Corrections Way.  Allen Hughes received the award in the category of Leadership for his work with the Global Leadership Summit. 

New Team Members

CO I Brandon Allen; CO I Christopher Bacon; CO I Sklar Blake; CO I Jonathon Bradshaw; CO I Mason Buchanan

Corizon staff honor Renissa Bowles

Corizon staff honor Renissa Bowles

CO I Kristin Cade; CO I Dennis Evans; CO I Barry Fondaw; AT III Sherri Gholson; CO I Kylle McCollom; CO I Larry McGregor

CO I Joshua Mobley; CO I Joseph Nelson; CO I Kathy Slaten; CO I Jordan Thompson; CO I Donald Twomey        

Promotions

Shelli Feinburg to Education Supervisor, Regina Jackson to Academic Teacher III

Retirements

CO I Callie Weakley, 17 years of service

Success Story

Corizon honored staff member Renissa Bowles (RB), a breast cancer survivor, by wearing special shirts dedicated to her. 

Weakley retirment
Weakley retirment

SECC donated and helped distribute food to the VA in Poplar Bluff, MO. 

SECC is a sanctuary for the Illinois Chorus Frog.  A name has been chosen for the SECC Frog Mascot.  The frog will be called DOC.  Name suggestion submitted by SKI Dennis Gross who won a lunch with Warden Jason Lewis.  Welcome to SECC DOC!

 

 

VA bags
VA bags

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Global Leadership Conference
Global Leadership Conference

 

September 2019

Big News

Global Leadership Conference held on August 8-9 

RJO Garden food donation to Veteran Food Pantry, Poplar Bluff, MO 

A staff-offender softball game was played on September 18 

Correctional Employee Week:  Personnel Club events held-Subway sandwiches, Ice Cream, Staff BBQ.  Escape Cape set up escape rooms on Tuesday for all shifts to build teamwork and “escape” our stress.  An ID wallet was given to all staff as an appreciation gift.

EOM OSA Nichole Hoskins
EOM OSA Nichole Hoskins

Employee of the Month

OSA Nichole Hoskins

 

 

 

 

 

New Team Members

Staff-offender softball game

COI Anthony Britton, COI Angel Harless, COI Garry Brookman, COI Tamara Brooks, COI Dylan Josett,

COI Cihquilla Kimble, COI Floyd Varela           

Promotions

Jody Ruminer to Factory Manager II, MVE

 

 

 

RJ Donation Veteran Food Pantry
RJ Donation Veteran Food Pantry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Horticulture Graduation
Horticulture Graduation
Hi-Set Graduation
Hi-Set Graduation

August 2019

Horticulture Graduation held August 1, 2019 

Hi-Set Graduation held August 26, 2019.

 

 

 

New Team Members

SOSA Audra Hayden                            COI Troy Hampton                               COI Shara Johnson                               COI Linda Pollard

OSA Amanda Stephens                       COI Brieanna Whitlock                       COI Ryan Griffin                                   COII James Harmon

OSA Tammy Wallace                           COI Jonathon Erickson                        COI Brittney Peet                                 COI Keith Childress

Cook II Kayla Constant                        COI Michael Minner                            COI Ryan Plambeck                             COI Bobby Kuykendall]

Barbara Tyrone Retirement
Barbara Tyrone Retirement

Promotions

Craig Wooldridge to CSI

Retirements

Barbara (Babs) Tyrone, SKI, Maintenance will retire on September 1, 2019.

 

 

 

 

 


Director's Spotlight award
Director's Spotlight award

July 2019

Director's Spotlight Award

On July 10 at the manager's meeting, Director Precythe recognized Southeast Correctional Center for our Excellence over the past year. The excellence displayed by the team at SECC in areas such as safety and security, community involvement, culture, offender programming, and reentry, were highlighted by Director Precythe during her presentation of the award. She further added that when Governor Parsons was here he told her that SECC was the model for all prisons in the State of Missouri.

Employee of the Month

CCM II Matthew Short

CCM II Matthew Short was selected at the Employee of the Month for July at SECC. Matthew has taught over 15 DOC employees the ORAS training, is a triumphant mentor and team player. He has worked in both HU 2 and HU 7, has assisted in training CCM Fluharty, and has demonstrated traits of a leader. He is an exceptional case manager and always goes above and beyond to reach expectations. In her nomination, OSA Amanda Means stated "he helped to train her in her new position as OSA of HU 2 and took the time to answer any questions she had. He has a great attitude, always willing to educate, train and answer questions. He always goes above expectations, never complains, and stays until the job duties are done. He is a great example of teamwork."

New Team Members

Christopher Lawrence, CO I

Darian Sales, CO I

Thomas Parrish, CO I

Allen Mansfield, CO I

Michael Perkins, CO I

Alfonso Torres, CO I                                                            

Promotions

Sarah Gibson to CCM I

Vivian Thomas to IAC

Important Dates

Facility Appreciation Day: Wednesday, Aug. 21, will be the second annual Facility Appreciation Day. Several activities are planned for all shifts including: SECCs Got Talent, an 8-Ball pool tournament, vehicle smash, karaoke, staff softball game, Mini-Golf, and many others. The “Grand Finale” will be held from 7-10 p.m. in the gym.

 


June 2019

Employee of the Month

CO I Donald Brown

CO I Donald Brown was selected as the June Employee of the Month. He was nominated by CO III Michael Vinson who said of Brown,  "CO I Brown has been instrumental in assisting with medical outcounts by taking extra shifts at the hospital when offenders are on medical outcount. He has volunteered on at least four occasions to stay at the hospital for a double shift with the offender outcount. He is professional when dealing with staff and offenders."  

New Team Members

Lori Collier, CO I

Cody Cullum, CO I

Calvin Esau, Stationary Engineer

Cheryl McIntyre, CO I

Dalton Newell, CO I

Shawn O’Hara, CO I

Audreyana Rutledge, CO I

Steven Sides, CO I

Dana Wigfall, CO I                                

Promotions

Gregory Hancock to CS II

Kelly Scorzafava to CCM I

Gaylon Reynolds to CCM I

Letter of Appreciation
Letter of appreciation

Trey Gardner to RO I

Retirements

CCM II Steven Buhs retired on July 1, 2019

Town Hall Report

Town hall meetings were held on June 27 in staff dining with DW Bill Stange, DW Omer Clark, AW Richard Adams and CS II Greg Hancock. Items discussed: Yard sergeant duties; offenders who assault staff; offender supervision in medical; new custody uniforms; SECC security system; new timekeeping system; lockers in housing units for belts and radios; radio etiquette, radio traffic and radio batteries; Sergeant interviews; training; offender transportation upon release; new security perimeter policy regarding cell phones; recent SECC successes and visitor praise of institution.

Important Dates

Global Leadership Summit will be held at SECC on Aug.8 and 9, 2019. Staff can attend at SECC for free on a first-come, first-serve basis. There is limited seating. Staff and their immediate families can attend at a discounted price of $45.00 at a host site. The closest host site is LaCroix Church in Cape Girardeau.

Veteran's Food bank
Veteran's Food bank

Success Story

A letter of appreciation was received from Mississippi County Coroner Terry Parker. Congratulations to CO I Micah Wyatt, CO I Donald Brown, CO I Callie Weakley, and CS I Todd Vandergriff, Shift Supervisor.

SECC joined forces with the SEMO Food Bank and Veteran Affairs to provide fresh produce grown in the SECC restorative justice gardens to local veterans.

 

 

 

 


May 2019

Budget signing with Director
Budget signing at JCCC

SECC staff members attend Governor Budget signing at JCCC

 

Ten staff members from SECC attended the Governor’s Budget Bill Signing at JCCC on June 10. 

 

Employee of the Month

MS I Tom Chism

MS I Tom Chism, who was nominated by SKI Barbara Tyrone, goes beyond his duties and gets work requests done in a timely manner. He is willing to work and help anyone on any work project they have. He is very knowledgeable in all areas of the job and can fill in for any position or job that needs to be done. Even with a full workload, he always stays positive and is willing to pitch in. He is responsible for many tasks besides the work requests. He checks coolers and other equipment daily to make sure it is running at the proper temperature.

Award of Distinction Brian Dunn
Award of Distinction Brian Dunn

Award of Distinction:

RO I Brian Dunn was awarded the Award of Distinction by Governor Mike Parsons for his efforts in assisting during a car accident. RO I Dunn and his family came upon the scene and did not hesitate to help. The truck was on fire and Dunn, along with another gentlemen who also stopped, broke the windows out of the SUV and got the passengers out. They pulled out a mentally-challenged teen and the mother and brought them safely away from the burning vehicles with no thought of their own safety. They then assisted with directing traffic and getting the teen and his mother to safety. 

New Team Members

CO I Dustin Brown

CO I Africa Simmons                                                               

CO I Timothy Jolly

CO I Kira White                                                                                     

OSA Courtney Hoskins

Promotions

Daniel Smith retirement
Daniel Smith retirement

Richard Adams to Assistant Warden

Retirements

MVE Factory Manager II Daniel Smith retired on May 30, 2019. 

Town Hall Report

The town hall meeting was held on May 28, 3rd shift.  Twenty staff members attended this meeting, which was conducted by Deputy Wardens Bill Stange and Omer Clark and Assistant Warden Richard Adams. Items discussed: Grievance numbers, SECC general statistics, new uniforms, shift story boards, annual appreciation day, administrative segregation, radio traffic, staff haircuts.  

 


April 2019

SECC receives "Business of the Year" award from Sikeston Regional Chamber

SECC Business of the year awards
SECC Business of the year awards

SECC has been awarded the 2019 Business of the Year by the Sikeston Regional Chamber. Warden Jason Lewis, in a message to staff members said, "This is an unprecedented accomplishment and one that everyone should take pride in. Our community work with the Sikeston and Charleston Public Schools, along with the reentry work we do with offenders returning to that community, has taken our team to new heights. Thank you for the work you do every day. I hope you join me in celebration of our successes! Come by and see the awards and help me decide where we want to display them."

SECC holds Crime Victims' Rights Ceremony

A Crime Victim’s Rights Ceremony was held at SECC on April 11, 2019. Offender ICVC facilitators, Jeremiah Wilson, Gregory Hudson, and James Bescher spoke about the impact their crimes had on their victims, as well as others, and how the ICVC classes have helped their outlook. Ben Porter, Pastor, Gateway Church in Cape Girardeau gave an inspiring talk regarding his survival and healing of child abuse. He spoke of his childhood filled with domestic violence/child abuse and the affects this had on his life. Pastor Porter stated that man is made up of body, soul, and spirit. In order to change, the spirit has to be renewed. Offender ICVC facilitators, Jeremiah Wilson, Gregory Hudson, and James Bescher spoke about the impact their crimes had on their victims, as well as others, and how the ICVC classes have helped their outlook.

According to americanspcc.org, in 2017 there were 4.1 million child abuse cases and 7.5 million children who were victims of child abuse; five children die every day from child abuse; 74.9 percent of child abuse victims are neglected; in 80.1 percent of cases, parents are the abuser; and there were more than 65,000 cases of sexual abuse cases reported.                                                                                                                        

Employee of the Month

CO II Benjamin Crass

CO II Crass was nominated by FUM Bruce Hanebrink who writes:  “I wholeheartedly nominate Sgt. Benjamin Crass for the next employee of the month for the following reasons:

  • Every day he comes to work in HU #2 with a positive attitude (despite it being a rather negative place).
  • He wants to learn something every day.  He makes it a point to ask questions and looks for the big picture answer.    HU #2 often causes staff to lose sight of the forest for all the individual trees. 
  • He wants to learn and improve and he wants the same for those who report to him.
  • He is an active and participative supervisor who sets the bar and his expectations to high.
  • Leadership isn’t just telling people what to do, it is helping them improve.
  • He mentors and trains his staff daily.  They are becoming a cohesive team centered around his leadership.
  • He is a new supervisor and consequently has had a few missteps but has learned from them and adapted.
  • He models the behavior he expects to see.
  • A CERT member who plays an active role in that capacity.
  • Fair, firm and consistent with offenders.


He came to HU #2 a fairly new supervisor but makes it his mission to run the house to the best of his ability every single day.  His positive attitude is a beacon to others.”

Awards & Recognition

CO I Walls was acknowledged for his work assisting NECC during their staff shortage.

CS I Vandergriff and CO III Dysinger were presented with Lifesaver Awards for their assistance with an offender at NECC. Due to their skills, the offender’s life was saved.

April 18, 2019 Service Pin Ceremony

20-year pin: Charles Reavis, Chris Reese, Tracey Davis, Rena Robinson, Ronald Sams, Matthew Short, Jackie Waters

25-year pin: Robbin Smith, Donna Wigfall, Bill Stange, Chris Stearley, Dennis Wilson, Heather Sterling

35-year pin: Barry Wilkerson, Omer Clark

New Team Members

OSA Amanda Means

CO I Kelly Brown

CO I Shawn DeGonia

CO I Stephan Harper

CO I Jacob Johnson

CO I Nicole Martinez

CO I Darius Miller

CO I Robert Moss

CO I Hector Renteria

Promotions

Lane Gordon 04-07-19 (CO I to CO II)

Jason Wilson 04-28-19 (CO I to CO II)