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Secretary's Message

July 27, 2012

Wansley Walters

Dear DJJ team members:

 

Welcome to my weekly letter. Please allow me to share some recent news and announcements.

 

NEW DETENTION APPOINTMENT: I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Gladys Negron as Detention Services director for the South Region. Dr. Negron has more than two decades of experience in the juvenile justice field serving in direct care, management and executive leadership roles. She has been recognized nationally and internationally for her work in juvenile justice reform. Dr. Negron received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from St. Thomas University and a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology and a Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from Miami Institute of Psychology. Dr. Negron’s clinical expertise and extensive knowledge of government administration specific to juvenile justice will be an asset to DJJ. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Negron on her appointment. I am confident she will contribute greatly to our reform efforts in Florida.

 

CONGRATULATIONS: The following individuals recently completed basic officer training at the Florida Public Safety Institute in Tallahassee. Each received a certificate for completing 240 hours of training to become a juvenile justice detention officer (JDO).

 

 

ABNEY

LARRY

LEON

ALLEN, III

GILBERT

LEON

BECHTEL

SARAH

COLLIER

DACANAY

RACHEL

LEON

FAZZONE

SAMUEL

LEON

GONZALEZ

JENNIFER

SWF-JDC Southwest

JEAN

JULNER

MONROE

JONES

LANESSE

SWF-JDC Southwest

KELLY, Sr.

JAVARI

DUVAL

PARKS

TODD

LEON

SANTAMARIA

ERICA

COLLIER

SHERROD

MARK

DUVAL

SIMMONS

LEANDRA

ST. LUCIE

STABLEY

MICHAEL

SWF-JDC Southwest

WILLIAMS

JUNIOR

VOLUSIA

WILLIAMS

KEISHA

SWF-JDC Southwest

WILLIAMS

SANDRA

BAY

WILSON

EMILY

ST. LUCIE

 

 

CPM GRADUATION: I was delighted to deliver remarks at today’s Certified Public Manager (CPM) graduation ceremony in Tallahassee. Seventeen DJJ team members graduated with two more to receive their certificates in August. They were part of a class totaling 78 state and local government employees who received their CPM designation today. The graduates were nominated by their supervisors for the two-year CPM professional development course beginning in September 2010. CPM course work has been the basis for improvements to public service throughout the nation, including DJJ’s Secretary’s Forum, which was created by members of this graduating class. I commend them for their initiative and leadership.

 

DJJ CPM Graduates

 

Colette Antozzi

Lori Bright

Vicki Cunniff

Beth Davis

Cornelius Faulk (graduates in August)

Terria Flakes

Melvin Foster

Jacqui Hagan

Richard Haire

Rhyna Jefferson

Samadhi Jones

Audrey (Pat) McGhee

Duane Pace

Charles (Chuck) Parkins (graduates in August)

Whit Pilette

Stephanie Sanford

Jeff Wenhold

Cody Wood

Yvonne Woodard

 

MARION BOOSTER: From Superintendent Dixie Fosler: “Marion Regional Juvenile Detention Center was recently honored by a visit from Don Browning with the Kenneth and Mildred S. Gammons Charitable Foundation. The Foundation provides financial and in-kind donations to enhance educational opportunities for at-risk youth. Don and his brother George have supported projects at Marion JDC for more than 12 years. They were instrumental in providing the initial seed money for the facility library, soft room and garden. They have also provided on-going financial support for the Trauma Informed Care Initiative. This week Don visited the facility to present a check for $1,000 for these projects. We are honored to be supported by such great partners!”

 

 

Don Browning with some of the stuffed animals

Don Browning with some of the stuffed animals he also provides to kids at Marion RJDC

 

 

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: The Florida Children and Youth Cabinet Human Trafficking Workgroup seeks to award outstanding advocates, prosecutors, and law enforcement officers who have demonstrated commitment to combatting human trafficking in Florida. The Cabinet will cohost a Human Trafficking Summit on September 24 with FSU’s Center for the Advancement of Human Rights at Florida State University. Three awards will be presented: Advocate of the Year, Prosecutor of the Year, and Law Enforcement Official of the Year. We encourage you to submit nominations for individuals who have worked to prevent the trafficking of Florida’s children. The deadline for nominations is August 13. For more information click here or contact Divida Schissler at 850.414.2495 or Divida.Schissler@djj.state.fl.us.

 

CONTINUING QUALITY IMPROVEMENT: This week the Bureau of Quality Improvement hosted a statewide meeting at the Florida Public Safety Institute. QI staff were joined by Residential and Probation program monitors. Special thanks goes to Chief of Staff Christy Daly, Assistant Secretary of Residential Services Laura Moneyham, Director of Program Accountability Amy Johnson, Office of Health Services staff Rosemary Haynes, Christine Gurk, Dr. Gayla Sumner, Dr. Leslie Swanson, Dr. Gerri Goldman, Heather Linciome and Maggie Gaddie, and Director of Educational Services Joan Wimmer for lending their time by joining the group and providing expertise and guidance. Various sessions were held throughout the week that included Health Services Standards training, Mental Health Services Standards training, Overview of 2012 Day Treatment Contract, Quality Improvement Documentations and Processes Update, Vocational Indicators training and staff recognition.

 

STAKEHOLDER SPOTLIGHT: From Jill Wells, chief probation officer in Circuit 8: “DJJ staff in Circuit 8 would like to recognize the tremendous contributions that Sharon Langford makes to her community. Sharon is the chair of the Gilchrist County Juvenile Justice Council, serves as a truancy officer and is also an elected member of the county commission. DJJ has a great working relationship with Sharon. She has a strong interest in ensuring that our youth attend school on a daily basis and has been known to drive to the youth’s home to ensure they come to school. She works extremely hard to keep youth from entering the Juvenile Justice System. A strong advocate for giving youth a second chance she also believes in holding them accountable. Through the school system, Sharon independently operates several different prevention and diversion programs such as; Teen Court, NAB program, Take Stock in Children, Teen Parenting and 21st Century program. Sharon attends court on a regular basis even when she does not have any cases on the docket for truancy. She deserves to be recognized for her hard work, dedication, and compassion to the youth and families we all serve.”

 

Again let me congratulate our CPM and JDO graduates. Thanks to everyone inside and outside DJJ who are serving the cause of juvenile justice in ways large and small throughout Florida.  

 

Sincerely,

Wansley Walters

Secretary

 

PS: Please send any noteworthy or newsworthy items for consideration in my weekly letter to Communications Director C. J. Drake at cj.drake@djj.state.fl.us or call 850.921.5905. Submissions are considered on a space-available basis and may be edited for clarity and length. Thank you for your cooperation.

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