Speaker announcement: Sexual Harassment Prevention in a Correctional Environment

Sexual harassment is a hot topic these days, and we receive regular training in this complex area. Rarely do we have the opportunity to discuss sexual harassment in the correctional environment, where staff-to-staff, staff-to-inmate, and inmate-to-staff harassment remain a challenge. Jennifer Brown Shaw, founder of the Shaw Law Group and expert in employment law, will lead the session “Sexual Harassment Prevention in a Correctional Environment.” Co-facilitator Liz Gransee, chief of health care communications for California Correctional Health Care Services, and a panel of experts from investigations, custody, administrative and health care settings, will address topics as retaliation, personal safety and working effectively in a male-dominated environment.

The facilitators:

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Jennifer Brown Shaw is the founder of Shaw Law Group in Sacramento. A well-respected expert in employment law for nearly 25 years, employers rely on Brown Shaw to provide practical advice and counsel on a broad range of employment law issues. Named by Northern California Super Lawyers magazine as one of the top attorneys in California every year since 2009 and the recipient of numerous other awards, Brown Shaw is a frequent speaker on employment law topics. She has received numerous other awards, is a frequent speaker on employment law topics, and has been a guest on CNN and local television and radio. Brown Shaw graduated magna cum laude from the University of San Francisco School of Law.

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Liz Gransee, chief of health care communications for California Correctional Health Care Services, has nearly 15 years of experience in communications and public relations, 11 of those years in state service. Gransee started with CCHCS in 2011 and was appointed chief of health care communications in 2018. Prior to this, she worked as a public information officer for the Department of General Services focusing on multimedia communications. Gransee holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from California State University, and has recently completed the Leadership for the Government Executive program though California State University, Sacramento.

The panel:

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Paul Edwards is currently the acting chief for the California Department of Corrections’ Office of Internal Affairs-Civil Rights Operations. He serves as the department’s Equal Employment Opportunity officer and oversees the Civil Rights Program which includes training of all CDCR EEO coordinators and counselors as well as providing EEO/Sexual Harassment Prevention training to all supervisors, managers and all rank and file staff. His office also ensures appropriate review and analysis of EEO complaints. Edwards has worked for CDCR since 1987 in various roles including senior special agent in charge for the Office of Internal Affairs. He was a key participant in the development of current policies, procedures, and the development of the current EEO manual that is used by all CDCR EEO coordinators and counselors.

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Jasinda Muhammad is the deputy director of Human Resources for California Correctional Health Care Services. Muhammad has more than 23 years of state civil service experience, including 16 years as a human resources manager with a comprehensive and diverse background in a variety of areas. Muhammad has extensive knowledge in human resources, policy, workforce development, classification and pay, recruitment, examinations and transactions.

Resendes, Nelson

Nelson Resendes has served with the Placer County Sheriff’s Office for 18 years. During that time, he has promoted through the ranks to his current rank of lieutenant. Throughout his career, Lt. Resendes has held positions in corrections, patrol and investigations and has supervised several sensitive investigations involving employee matters. Lt. Resendes is currently a Corrections Division Lieutenant assigned to one of Placer County’s two jails, which employ roughly 310 people comprised of sworn and non-sworn employees.

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Jane Robinson is the statewide chief nurse executive for correctional health care in California. She joined California Correctional Health Care Services in 2006 and has more than 30 years of experience in nursing at various levels of health care systems in both community hospitals and state prison settings.

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Heather Shirley is the chief deputy warden at Wasco State Prison. She began her career as a correctional officer in 2000. In 2004 and over the next 14 years, she was directly involved with EEO/ sexual harassment policy by serving as an EEO counselor, serving as the Division of Adult Institutions EEO coordinator and teaching EEO and sexual harassment prevention in off-post training. As a lieutenant, she joined the Peer Support Program team, eventually assuming the role of administrator for the program. In 2015, Shirley transferred to CDCR headquarters and worked as the correctional administrator for the Reception Centers Mission.

This interactive session will transcend the general focus in required training sessions.

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