By Lt. Dana Boggs and Christina Acosta-Hoshall, Associate Governmental Program Analyst
Advanced Learning Institute
Photos by Eric Owens, CDCR Staff Photographer
Office of Public and Employee Communications

Training CDCR’s future leaders took priority in May during a revamped Executive Development and Orientation Program (EDOP) at the Richard A. McGee Correctional Training Center (CTC) in Galt.

The redesigned EDOP session provided a divisional overview focusing on the most critical issues/challenges and demonstrated the need for the executives in the making to communicate with their divisions across divisional lines. Lectures, group discussions and networking opportunities provided new insights and gave the up-and-coming executives the opportunity to apply them.

EDOP captured many years of experience within the room with CDCR Secretary Scott Kernan as the keynote speaker to kick off the first day. Immediately after the keynote address, the following executive level experts discussed leadership challenges and the changing landscape of CDCR: Kathleen Allison, Director, Division of Adult Institutions; Guillermo Viera Rosa, Director, Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO); Robert Ambroselli, Regional Administrator, DAPO; Jay Virbel, Director, Division of Rehabilitative Programs (DRP); Brantley Choate, Superintendent, DRP; and Kathleen Webb, Assistant Secretary, Innovation and Accountability, California Government Operations Agency.

During the one week EDOP session, a team of CDCR Executive level experts, including Ken Hurdle of Hurdle Consulting, presented in-depth knowledge in business areas, including leadership, finance, California Correctional Health Care, California Government Operations, Administration and organizational dynamics.

Diana Toche, Undersecretary of Health Care Services, provided closing remarks to the 46 participants representing many key areas of CDCR.

“Do the right thing and everything else will take care of itself,” she told the gathering.

The program participants form a diverse pool of future top leadership of the organization, including Lt. Ben Sherrin, Peace Officer Selection and Employee Development; Capt. Joe Stewart, California State Prison, Sacramento (SAC); and Angela Swarthout, Chief Psychologist (A), SAC, just to name a few.

“I’m excited the department was able to roll out the restructured EDOP training last month. There were executives and managers represented from all areas within CDCR and received invaluable training and networking during the five-day course. Peace Officer Selection and Employee Development (POSED) received a lot of positive feedback from participants as well as ideas on making the training even more interactive for the next session,” said Stacy Lopez, Associate Director of POSED.

Facilitators:
Stacy Lopez, Associate Director, POSED
Dana Boggs, Lieutenant, Advanced Learning Institute
Coordinators:
Christina Acosta-Hoshall, Associate Governmental Program Analyst, Advanced Learning Institute
Pamela Burt, Special Assistant, POSED
Merrie Koshell, SSM I, Retired Annuitant, POSED
Presenters:
Scott Kernan, Secretary, CDCR
Diana Toche, Undersecretary, Health Care Services
Kathleen Allison, Director, Division of Adult Institutions
Guillermo Viera Rosa, Director, Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO)
Robert Ambroselli, Regional Administrator, DAPO
Jay Virbel, Director, Division of Rehabilitative Programs (DRP)
Brantley R. Choate, Superintendent, DRP
Kathleen Webb, Assistant Secretary, Innovation and Accountability, California Government Operations
Anthony Lucero, Deputy Director, Division of Juvenile Justice
Devin Holmes, Deputy Director, Field Operations and Enterprise Information Services
J. Clark Kelso, Receiver, California Correctional Health Care Services
Patrick R. McKinney II, General Counsel, Office of Legal Affairs
Howard Mosely, Chief Deputy General Counsel, Office of Legal Affairs
Sharon Higgs, Assistant Chief Counsel, Office of Legal Affairs
Tricia Ramos, Chief, Office of Internal Affairs
Joseph Galvin, Chief, Field Operations, Office of Internal Affairs
Christine Albertine, Chief Counsel, Office of Legal Affairs
Jeffrey Callison, Assistant Secretary, Office of Public and Employee Communications
Kristoffer Applegate, Assistant Secretary, Legislative Affairs
Ken Hurdle, Consultant, Hurdle Consulting
Karen Moreno, Associate Director, Office of Employee Health and Wellness
Brigid Hanson, Chief (A), Office of Labor Relations
Mary Sue Paul, Chief, Office of Workforce Planning
Xina Bolden, Section Chief, Office of Workforce Planning, Human Resources
Stacie Calderon, Assistant Chief, Office of Workforce Planning, Human Resources
Lori Zamora, Deputy Director, Audits and Court Compliance
Chuck Callahan, Chief Deputy Warden, Chuckawalla Valley State Prison
Ryan Souza, Chief, Field Operations, Budget Management Branch
Ben Sherrin, Lieutenant, Peace Officer Selection and Employee Development
Joe Stewart, Captain, California State Prison, Sacramento
Angela Swarthout, Chief Psychologist (A), California State Prison, Sacramento