Town Hall Panelists

Guest Panelists + Subject Matter Experts

During this moderated session, the following guest panelists and subject matter experts below will discuss the agency's ongoing work in violation response and revocation reform, share the proposed policy changes related to this strategic priority and answer questions from the audience.


GUEST PANELISTS​:

Kevin A. Carr /  SECRETARY, WISCONSIN 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.​​

Lance Wiersma /  ADMINISTRATOR, DIVISION OF COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS

​Lance Wiersma is the Administrator for the Division of Community Corrections. The Division of Community Corrections (DCC) is charged with supervising more than 66,000 individuals placed by the courts on probation, parole or extended supervision in the community. The mission of the Division of Community Corrections is to enhance public safety through the management and reduction of risk by providing supervision and collaboration with community partners to assist clients to change their behavior and repair the harm they have done. During his 27 year career, Lance has served in a variety of positions within the Department of Corrections. He was originally hired as a Probation and Parole Agent in 1993. Since 2001, Lance has served as a Corrections Field Supervisor, Assistant Regional Chief in Region 4, Director of Sex Offender Programs, Regional Chief in Region 1, and prior to his appointment to Administrator, he served as the DCC Assistant Administrator. Lance received a Bachelor of Science - Social Work in 1993 from the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh.​​

Autumn Lacy /  ASSISTANT ADMINISTRATOR, DIVISION OF COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS

Autumn Lacy is the Assistant Administrator for the Division of Community Corrections. In collaboration with Administrator Wiersma, Autumn helps to lead state wide initiatives in the Division of Community Corrections. Autumn began her career in 1996 working as a Psychiatric Care Technician at the Wisconsin Resource Center. Autumn has had several different positions within the Department of Corrections to include Classification Specialist, Psychological Associate, Program Supervisor and the Director of Program Services in DAI. Autumn has a Master’s degree in counseling and a PhD in Behavior Science, Counseling Studies. Autumn is licensed as a Professional Counselor with a specialty in substance abuse and Intermediate Clinical Supervisor. Autumn is very committed to the fidelity of evidence based practices and has helped to lead many evidence based program initiatives within the Department of Corrections.


SUBJECT MATTER EXPERTS​:

Bobbi Christopherson /  ASSISTANT REGIONAL CHIEF, DIVISON OF COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS

Bobbi Christopherson is the Assistant Regional Chief for the Division of Community Corrections in Region 4, which includes the counties of Brown, Outagamie, Winnebago, Door, Kewaunee and Calumet. Bobbi began her career in 1997 as a Corrections Officer at the Oconto County Jail before becoming a Probation and Parole Agent for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections in 2002. In 2007, she transitioned within the Department to a Corrections Field Supervisor position for Marinette and Oconto Counties, where she remained until the appointment to her current position in 2017. Bobbi has led numerous efforts to incorporate Evidence Based Practices within the Division of Community Corrections and has been a trainer for many of its initiatives. Bobbi has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Change and Development with an emphasis in Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay.

Gena Jarr /  REGIONAL CHIEF, DIVISION OF COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS

Gena Jarr is currently a Regional Chief for the Division of Community Corrections in Region 5, which includes 16 counties in the northwestern part of the state. Gena earned her Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology from UW-Eau Claire and began her career working with the Department of Corrections in 1992 as a Youth Counselor at Ethan Allen School. Shortly thereafter, she transitioned to the Division of Community Corrections as a Probation and Parole Agent. Over the last 28 years, Gena has also worked as a Corrections Field Supervisor, Assistant Regional Chief and Adjunct Professor at Mount Scenario College. She has been involved in numerous initiatives including Treatment Courts, Restorative Justice, Drug Endangered Children, and Evidence Based Practices. Gena was awarded the Governor's Virginia Hart Award in 2006 for her work in these areas. She has facilitated intervention groups for clients in Cognitive Interventions and Victim Empathy, and has also specialized in the areas of Sex Offender Supervision strategies and Domestic Violence. Gena has been actively involved in the implementation of various strategies related to EBP including Evidence Based Response to Violations and Coaching.​​

Lisa Yeates /  REGIONAL CHIEF, DIVISION OF COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS

Ms. Yeates is the Regional Chief in the Division of Community Corrections (DCC) overseeing operations in Kenosha, Racine and Walworth counties. She has served in this role since 2006. Her prior roles in the Department of Corrections include Assistant Regional Chief, Corrections Field Supervisor and Probation and Parole Agent. Prior to joining the DOC, Lisa worked in the private sector in half way house settings in the Madison area. Lisa is one of three co-chairs for the Violations and Revocation Workgroup in the Division of Community Corrections (DCC). She has worked for the State of Wisconsin for 28 years.​​


MODERATOR​:

Zack Osell /  COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST, OFFICE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Zack Osell is a Communications Specialist for the Department of Corrections in the Office of Public Affairs. In this role, he works primarily on internal and external stakeholder engagement for the agency. He was previously employed as a staff writer for a sports-based website and was part of the marketing staff at the University of Wisconsin-Press before transitioning to government service. Zack worked as a Communications Specialist for the Department of Workforce Development within the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation prior to joining the Department of Corrections. Zack has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications Arts and English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. ​


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SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIO​NS:

Participants are encouraged to submit their questions using this form no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 13. 
Questions will be reviewed in advance for common themes to assist the leadership panel in addressing each topic.​​

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