Corcoran staffers shave heads to raise $3,000 for charity

By Lt. Lupe Cartagena
PIO / SATF Corcoran

California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison (CATF/SP) at Corcoran recently participated in the ninth annual “Shave the Brave” fund-raiser hosted by the Wish Upon A Star Foundation.

Staff participating from CSATF/SP included Associate Warden Tommy Wan, Supervising Cook Kenneth McClain, Correctional Officer Greg Castellanos and Correctional Lieutenant Cory Alvarez.

More than $3,000 was raised by these participants for this worthy event.

The participants in the “Shave the Brave” Event shaved their heads as an act of solidarity and empathy the charity’s children.

The shaving of heads is symbolic, a visual act of solidarity with children who have lost their hair to chemotherapy. The message it sends to the children is clear: “We respect your courage and we’ve come to help.”

Acting Warden Diaz said staff members were excited to do their part to fulfill the dreams of children afflicted with these life-threatening diseases. Wish Upon A Star Foundation has granted more than 1,900 wishes in 30 years of service.

Comings & Goings

Victor Almager, 54, Camarillo has been appointed superintendent of the Ventura Youth Correctional Facility, where he has served since 2011.

Almager has served in multiple positions at CDCR since 1997, including warden at Centinela State Prison, correctional administrator and captain at Deuel Vocational Institution and senior specialist agent in the Office of Investigative Services. His latest position does not require Senate confirmation.

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Ronald Rackley, 46, of Elk Grove has been appointed warden of the Deuel Vocational Institution, where he has served as chief deputy administrator since 2009.

Rackley has served in multiple positions at the Deuel Vocational Institution since 1987, including chief deputy administrator, correctional administrator, facility captain, correctional captain and correctional lieutenant. This position does not require Senate confirmation.