Town Hall Panelists


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Meet the Panelists

​This virtual town hall will open dialogue between key stakeholders around the unique challenges affecting work release employers during the COVID-19 pandemic. During this moderated session, our panelists will answer your questions, discuss the agency's phased approach to safely resuming work release programs and offer guidance through available resources and current best practices.

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Kevin A.Carr

​Secretary, Wiscon​​sin Department of Corrections 

Kevin A. Carr is the Secretary for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. Kevin previously worked as the U.S. Marshal in the Eastern District of Wisconsin and was appointed to that position by President Barack Obama. Previously, he spent 30 years working in the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office where he held numerous positions including Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, Deputy Inspector, and Inspector. As Inspector, Carr served as the second in charge of daily operations for the agency. He was instrumental in the creation of the Milwaukee County Criminal Justice Council.

Secretary Carr holds a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice Management and an associate's degree in criminal justice from Concordia University. He has received post-graduate certificates from Harvard University, the FBI National Academy, and Northwestern University.​​

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​Quala Champagne

​Warden, Wisconsin Correctional Center System (WCCS), Wiscon​​sin Department of Corrections 

Ms. Champagne has a Bachelor of Science with a major in Psychology received from the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater in 1987.  She received her Masters of Science in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 1990.

​She began her career with the State of Wisconsin in 1990 and began her Department of Corrections career in 1991. She has 26 years of supervisory experience and has worked with male and female populations throughout her career. She was first appointed Warden of Racine Correctional Institution on September 16, 2003. She held the role of Administrator of the Division of Community Corrections for over 4 years and on January 31, 2010 Ms. Champagne returned to the Warden position, joining the Wisconsin Correctional Center System.​​

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Ray Woodruff

​Employment Program Manager, Wiscon​​sin Department of Corrections 

Ray Woodruff has over 15 years of corrections and reentry experience, and he currently manages several local and statewide initiatives aimed at reducing recidivism and improving the employment outcomes of individuals who are returning to the community from incarceration. He has worked with various special populations, and provides technical assistance and training to counties, workforce agencies, and corrections professionals on offender management and program implementation.

Previously, Woodruff provided program interventions and services to incarcerated adults and juveniles in facilities in Wisconsin and Ohio. He received his MS in criminal justice and forensic psychology from Tiffin University, and his BA in psychology from the University of Cincinnati.​

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Missy Hughes

​Secretary & CEO, Wiscon​​sin Economic Development Corporation 

Melissa “Missy” Hughes is secretary and CEO of WEDC, Wisconsin’s lead economic development organization. Before joining WEDC in October 2019, she was general counsel and chief mission officer at Organic Valley. Her previous positions include associate attorney at the firm of Holland & Hart, where she practiced in the areas of natural resources, construction litigation and corporate business transactions.

She served on the boards of the Environmental Working Group and the Organic Trade Association, where she was a three-term board president. The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture appointed Hughes to the USDA Advisory Committee on Agriculture and Biotechnology in the 21st Century.

Hughes received her bachelor of arts in political science from Georgetown University and juris doctor degree from the University of Wyoming College of Law.