Professional and Community Activities

Massachusetts Governments Appointments Project (MassGAP), 2006- present, Boston, MA

Boston Diversion Consortium 2006- 2008, Boston, MA

Massachusetts Association of Women in Law Enforcement (M.A.W.L.E.), 2005-2008, Middleton, MA

Planning Commitee for Annual Empowerment for Women in Law Enforcement  Conference, 2004-2005, Middleton, MA

Reinventing Justice Task Force, 2003-2004,Boston Municipal Court- West Roxbury Division, Boston, MA

Chair of the Forensic Access to Community Services Advisory Board, 2002-2004, Boston, MA

Massachusetts National Association of Social Workers Criminal Justice Committee, 1999-2001, Boston, MA

Volunteer Experience

Big Sister Association of GreaterBoston, 2004- 2008

Community Outreach Big Sister of the Year


"The Role of Clinical Evaluation in the Therapeutic Process", March 1999, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

"Suicide Prevention With the Offender Population", July 2002, West Roxbury District Court Training, Boston, MA

"Sociological Contributors to the Rise in Incarceration Rates of Dually Diagnosed Offenders", July 2002, Boston Re-Entry Initiative Training, Boston Police Headquarters, MA

"Meeting the Needs of Female Offenders",  September 2003, SAMSHA sponsored Working with the Female Offender Conference, Boston, MA

"Applying the Stages of Change to Working with Substance Abusing Females",  September 2003, Addressing Prostitution Effectively Conference, Randolph, MA

Panel member- "Substance Abuse and Corrections;  What Works?", September 2004, Drug Policy Coalition Conference, Worcester, MA

"What We Learned from the Forensic Access to Community Services Program", September 2004, Drug Policy Coalition Conference, Worcester, MA

"The Role of Mental Health Treatment in Correctional Settings", October 2004, Boston University, Boston, MA

"Stages of Change and Motivational Interviewing", May 2006, Social Services Training, Suffolk County Sheriff's Department, Boston, MA

Teaching Experience

University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA

September 2007- present

Teach Undergraduate Sociology/ Criminal Justice classes, including Criminology and Juvenile Delinquency.

Suffolk County Sheriff's Department,  Officer's Academy

Boston, MA


Teach class on working with female offenders and cross-gender supervision.


Seasoned public safety manager with experience in overall operational leadership. Specialize in gender-specific healthcare and program delivery.  Effectively manage over $25 million in service contracts providing multi-disciplinary programs.  Key qualifications include:

  • Multi-disciplinary team building
  • Organizational change management
  • Strategic planning, operating budgeting, and fiscal/cost controls
  • Program assessment, design, implementation and evaluation
  • Grant acquisition and management
  • Community outreach and liaison

Work History

Work History
2008 - Present

Independent Consultant

Provide consulting services to both public and private sector. Specialize in correctional program assessment, implementation, and evaluation, comprehensive medical and mental health care management, gender-specific service delivery, collaborating with NGO's, navigating government systems and reintegration planning. Clients have included the Council of State Governments, American University, Alkermes and Cephalon, Inc.

2005 - Present

Assistant Deputy Superintendent

Suffolk County Sheriff's Department

Responsible for the oversight and management of all programs and services at the Suffolk County House of Correction, Manage seven direct reports and responsible for oversight of 800+ staff, including administrative, program, custody, classification and community reintegration staff, contractors and volunteers.  The Suffolk County House of Correction is a Medium Security urban correctional facility that houses over 1800 local, state and federal male and female detainees and inmates.

  •         Successfully led the Department through the reaccredidation process of the National Commission of Correctional Health Care (NCCHC)  in 2005 and 2008.  Received 100% compliance in 2008 with no corrective action steps needed.       
  •         Developed, coached and facilitated teams who have established nationally recognized model programming for inmates.
  •         Brought in over $1.4 million in grant funding for the Department in order to support education and programming in between FY'07 and FY'10
  •         Facilitated the implementation of the Department's first Electronic Medical Record system.
  •         Coordinate Pandemic Planning Committee and lead advisor to the Emergency Repsonse Committee
2003 - 2005

Executive Director, Women's Resource Center

Suffolk County Sheriff'sDepartment

Responsible for the daily oversight and operations of a Day Reporting Center specifically for female offenders.  Lead team of Adminstrative, Probation, Educational, Clinical and Security staff in collaboration with the MA Office of Community Corrections.  Oversaw gender-specific program assessment, development, and implementation, while ensuring all services were trauma-informed.  Provided outreach to the local Courts, Probation and Parole.

  • Strengthened community -based linkages for dually diagnosed female offenders.
  • Directed the expansion of trauma, domestic violence, mental health, parenting and substance abuse programming.
  • Developed the overall Transitional Plan for the physical relocation of the program and successfully coordinated the new facility startup.
2002 - 2004

Forensic Coordinator, Forensic Access to Community Services

Suffolk County Sheriff's Department

Responsible for the oversight and management of a SAMSHA grant funded program providing integrated substance abuse and mental health services to probationers.  Created partnerships and coordinated liaisons with Probation, The Boston Municiple Court, West Roxbury Division, The Suffolk County Sheriff's Deaprtment and clinical staff from Tuft's New England Medical Center.  Supervised the clinical and case-management staff.  Facilitated program design and implementation.

  • Chair of of the Community Advisory Board
  • Demonstrated a 60% lower recividism rate among participants.
  • The program provided a national case for jail diversion as a viable and effective alternative for incarceration for dually diagnosed offenders.
  • Developed and facilitated the grant sponsored two-day Working with the Female Offender Conference
May 1999 - Apr 2003

Mental Health Clinician, LICSW

Correctional Medical Services: MA Department of Corrections, MCI- Framingham, Essex County Sheriff's Department, Suffolk County Sheriff's Department

Provided mental health treatment to incarcerated male and female federal, state, and county inmates and detainees  Treatment included intake assessments, treatment plans,  discharge planning ,counseling, medication management, group therapy and crisis management.  Worked as part of a comprehensive healthcare team, providing both ambulatory and inpatient levels of services.