Check out the 2018 WWICJJ program!

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This 40-page document chronicles the 2018 conference schedule, keynote speakers, breakout speakers and reveals the Hyatt Regency floor plan.

You can also learn about the 2018 WWICJJ Planning Committee, read special welcome letters, view special acknowledgements, learn about the WWICJJ sponsors and much much more!

 

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WWICJJ breakout sessions will provide STC and POST credits

Did you know the Board of State and Community Corrections approved WWICJJ conference attendees to receive Standards and Training for Corrections credits?

Each participant is eligible to receive up to 14 hours of STC credits.

The California Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission also approved the 2018 WWICJJ conference. Attendees can receive up to 12 hours of POST credits.

For California state employees, nine breakout sessions can be used can be used toward meeting leadership training requirements mandated by the Government Code. Each of the nine sessions will be credited 1.5 hours.

More information will be provided at each breakout session.

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Breakout Session Schedule

Monday, October 15, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Ora Starks Team Building in the Workplace

 

Carmel Room A/B
Eureka Daye Shattering the Glass Ceiling through Mentoring: Women Leaders Mentoring Other Women Up the Ladder

 

Tahoe Room
Sue Kenfield Skillfully Mastering Conflict Big Sur Room A/B

 

Marissa Castilone and Monica Montanez

 

The Evolution of Female Offenders Ventura Room
Keith Bushey Leadership Through Challenging Times

 

Golden State Room
Jasinda Muhammad, Paul Edwards, Heather Shirley, Lt. Nelson Resendes, Jane Robinson. Moderated by Jennifer Shaw and Liz Gransee Sexual Harassment Prevention in a Correctional Environment

 

Regency Ballroom
Brandielee Baker Breaking Through the Burnout Barrier

 

Capitol View Room

Monday, October 15, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Jim Martin and Tracey Titus Working Together: Health Services and Custody Fostering Better Relations

 

Carmel Room A/B
Jodi Cerney, Jessica Schumacher and Clair Hunter

 

Ethical Dilemmas of Early Career Professionals in Corrections

 

Tahoe Room
Mindi Russel The Human Side of a Traumatic Incident

 

Big Sur Room A/B
Debra Máres Pushed Out and Applying to Prison

 

Ventura Room
Keith Bushey The Dangers and Impact of Toxic Leadership

 

Golden State Room
Kathy Allison, Terri McDonald, Shirley Moore Smeal, Yulanda Mynhier

 

Transition from Operational Expert to Executive Leadership

 

Regency Ballroom
Brandielee Baker The Disempowered Voice

 

Capitol View Room

Tuesday, October 16, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Jim Martin and Tracey Titus Going Around the Table: Administrative Meetings…More than Just Talk

 

Carmel Room A/B
Janelle Cronk Resiliency 101: Four Pillars of a Healthy Mind

 

Capitol View Room
Sue Kenfield Achieving Excellence in Leadership

 

Big Sur Room A/B
John Carli Transcending Traditional Roles Between Law Enforcement and Probation: The pathway to achieve lower recidivism and improve community safety

 

Ventura Room
Caterina Spinaris From Corrections Fatigue to Fulfillment: An Introduction

 

Tahoe Room
Kathy Allison, Jill Brown, Joanne Gordon, Cheryl Pliler

 

 

“Her” story: The history of women in California corrections in their own words

 

Regency Ballroom
Andie Moss, Tina Waldron Passing the Baton or Holding on For Dear Life? What Boomers and Younger Generations of Women in Corrections Need to Talk About

 

Golden State Room

Tuesday, October 16, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Amy Miller Gender-Specific Reasons Why Women are Successful Working in Corrections

 

Carmel Room A/B
Tracy Krein Buffaloes and Hummingbirds: Celebrating Our Communications Differences

 

Capitol View Room
Steve Gregory When Should Leadership Become the Face and Voice of a Crisis? An exploration of optics and media relations within the corrections system

 

Big Sur Room A/B
Heather Bowlds The importance of self-care in a trauma-informed world

 

Ventura Room
Beth Waitkus, Jennifer Leahy, Amanda Berger Women in Corrections: Leading Change with Communication, Collaboration and Purpose

 

Tahoe Room
Michelle Freeman Why Work-Life Balance is Really Just Life Balance

 

Regency Ballroom
Andie Moss, Connie Gipson, Shirley Moore Smeal The Leadership Culture in Your Organization: Gender-Neutral, Gender-Biased or Depends?

 

Golden State Room

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Speaker announcement: “Her Story” panel

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Women have been involved in correctional work in the United States since the 18th century. Their early efforts were focused on system reform and engaging in charitable activities. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, women could only work in female institutions. That changed in 1964 when the Civil Rights Act outlawed discrimination in the workplace based on a number of things including sex. In 1972, the prohibition of sex discrimination in employment was expanded to cover state and local governments. As a result, the 1970s saw increasing numbers of women entering the corrections workforce. In the breakout session, “Her” story: The history of women in California corrections in their own words,” California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s Acting Undersecretary of Operations Kathleen Allison will moderate a panel discussion with three retired women who started working in California corrections in the 1970s: Jill Brown, Joanne Gordon and Cheryl Pliler. In their own words, Brown Gordon and Pliler will share the challenges they faced, how they transcended barriers during a time when few women were working in corrections, how they mentored other women, and what we can learn from their experiences.

Kathleen Allison, director of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations’ Division of Adult Institutions, is serving as the acting undersecretary of operations for CDCR, overseeing the state’s adult, juvenile, parole and rehabilitation systems. As director, Allison was responsible for facility support and operation of California’s 35 prisons and contract facilities which house nearly 130,000 inmates. Her career with CDCR spanning 31 years includes serving as a deputy director, associate director, warden, chief deputy warden, associate warden, community resources manager, senior medical technical assistant and technical assistant. Allison uses the knowledge gained from this broad spectrum of experience to apply a hands-on, focused, and strategic approach to executive management and overcome operational challenges in the correctional arena. She has an associate of science degree in registered nursing from Pacific Union College.

Jill Brown began her state career in 1975 working at the Department of Mental Health. She transferred to what was then called the California Department of Corrections in 1977 in the Parole and Community Services Division as a personnel assistant. She promoted over the next few years working in personnel and labor relations and participating in labor negotiations, conducting related research, and interpreting policy. She also investigated grievances and prepared responses and other personnel actions. In 1983, Brown promoted to correctional sergeant at San Quentin State Prison. She served as a business manager responsible for developing and implementing systems for monitoring overtime use by custody and non-custody staff. She transferred to California Medical Facility in 1985 where she planned, organized and directed accounting, personnel, food services, procurement and fire protection operations. She also directed efforts to ensure that purchasing and staffing requirements were met for the activation of a new 2,500-bed facility and had oversight of fiscal operations.

Brown worked at the Department of Education from 1988 to 1995 and for a time left state service to work as an early intervention consultant with Mayfield and Associates. In 1995, she worked as an employee relations officer at Correctional Training Facility, responsible for labor relations matters. She promoted to associate warden at CTF in 1997, chief deputy warden at CTF in 2000, chief deputy warden at Deuel Vocational Institution in 2004, and warden at San Quentin State Prison in 2004.

Brown received an associate of arts degree from Santa Ana College in 1971 and a bachelor of arts degree in business administration from California State University, San Francisco, in 1995.

Joanne Gordon began her career with the California Department of Corrections as a correctional officer in 1974. In 1976, she completed a training assignment as a parole agent and then transferred to California Institution for Men in 1977 as a correctional program supervisor. Between 1979 and 1983, Gordon promoted in the correctional counselor ranks at CIM and California Institution for Women. In 1984, she was promoted to program administrator at CIM and correctional captain. She served as a program administrator at California Rehabilitation Center in 1985, associate warden at CIW in 1987, and associate warden at CRC in 1991. She served as a parole administrator in 1992 and a regional administrator in 1993 where she provided direction to wardens related to all phases of prison operations. Gordon became warden of CRC in 1997.

During her career, Gordon also served on the Human Relations Council at CRC, the Women’s Liaison Council in the parole division, and was an equal opportunity counselor at CRC.

Gordon received an associate of arts degree in criminal justice from Chaffey College in 1976.

Cheryl Pliler began her correctional career in 1974 as a case records analyst at California Medical Facility and promoted to a supervisory position at California Correctional Institution the following year. She returned to CMF to serve as the Women’s Training Coordinator. During the 1970s, Pliler was a member of the department’s Records Officer Realignment Task Force, was responsible for the Archives Unit, completed a special assignment on the Information Practices Task Force, was a case records manager at the Board of Prison Terms and served as the assistant chief of the Sentence Review Unit.

In 1981, Pliler promoted to staff services manager at the Board of Prison Terms and had oversight of labor relations, personnel, management analysis and accounting. She was a parole agent in 1984, a supervisor correctional counselor at Folsom State Prison in 1987. Later that year, Pliler was promoted to correctional administrator at Avenal State Prison responsible for classification and treatment, housing and custody operations, records, appeals, and inmate education, religious, hobby craft, library and vocational programs.

In 1989, Pliler served as a deputy commissioner at the Board of Prison Terms. She promoted to chief deputy warden at North Kern State Prison in 1993, warden at California Correctional Center in 1995, and warden at California State Prison, Sacramento, in 1998. In 2003, Pliler was appointed the deputy director of the Institutions Division.

Speaker announcement: Leadership Culture in Your Organization

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What does it mean to work in a culture of affirmation as a woman leader? Is it even OK to focus on the role of women in your organization? Are barriers explicit for women leaders in your organization or are they implicit? Or do you think there are no barriers? Andie Moss, president of The Moss Group, Inc., Connie Gipson, acting director of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s Division of Adult Institutions, and Shirley Moore Smeal, executive deputy secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, will present the workshop, The Leadership Culture in Your Organization: Gender-Neutral, Gender-Biased or Depends?” This breakout session will explore your views through a guided workshop using audience response technology. Characteristics of healthy organizational cultures that nourish all leaders – and are specifically intentional about supporting women as key decision makers – will be suggested. Strategies to enhance a respectful workplace that recognizes women as critical contributors in all levels of organizational leadership will be presented.

Andie Moss is founder and president of The Moss Group, Inc., a Washington, D.C.-based criminal justice consulting firm established in 2002. The Moss Group provides consulting services to federal, state and local agencies, as well as private organizations, using the expertise of experienced practitioners with a commitment to excellence.

Moss has an extensive history working on sensitive correctional management issues and was a pioneer in the work of assessing and addressing organizational and facility culture. During her tenure at the Georgia Department of Corrections, she oversaw program implementation in more than 30 facilities, managed transitional centers that housed male and female inmates, and was charged with reforming women’s services, which resulted in a national model recognized by the National Institute of Corrections (NIC). In 1995, she joined NIC, where she was involved in seminal work on developing strategies to address staff sexual misconduct.

Moss’s commitment to leadership in the corrections field has led her to managing an Executive Women’s Program for NIC; developing and facilitating events like the Louisiana Leadership Summit; and providing multiple agencies with leadership assessment tools to encourage best practices. She has developed numerous leadership curricula and has led more than 25 executive leadership programs. In 2003, The Moss Group was awarded a multi-year cooperative agreement with NIC to manage its PREA initiative. She also served as a subject matter expert to the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission and the PREA Review Panel. Moss was appointed by the White House to a two-year term on the education subcommittee of ICE’s Advisory Committee on Family Residential Centers administered by the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

Moss is published in professional periodicals, is the immediate past-chair for the American Correctional Association Women Working in Corrections Committee, and is a past president of the Association of Women Executives in Corrections (AWEC). Moss has received numerous honors for her work, including the NIC Executive Director’s Award and AWEC’s Susan M. Hunter Award.

Moss received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Georgia and her Master’s in Education from the University of Idaho.

Connie Gipson has more than 29 years of corrections experience and is currently the acting director of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s Division of Adult Institutions (DAI). Since 2014, she has been serving as the deputy director of facility operations in DAI where she had management oversight of more than 129,000 convicted felons in one of the largest correctional systems in the nation.

Gipson works in all phases of policy, practices and procedures within California’s state prisons to reduce recidivism. A partnership with the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office provides offenders college courses that lead to degrees or certificates resulting in workforce skills or transfer to a four-year university. Gipson serves as CDCR’s liaison with the California District Attorneys Association. And she is a member of the Government Alliance on Race and Equity, a network focused on strategies to normalize conversations about race, operationalize new policies and institutional cultural change, and organized to achieve racial equality.

Gipson started her career as a correctional officer. She has promoted over the years and has served in several positions including chief deputy warden, warden, and associate director.

Shirley Moore Smeal is the executive deputy secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, responsible for the oversight of 16,000 employees and 50,000 offenders. Moore Smeal began her career in corrections in 1987 as a clerk typist. She promoted over the years, moving progressively up the correctional ranks serving in increasingly responsible positions including purchasing agent, unit manager, deputy superintendent, superintendent, regional deputy secretary and acting secretary.

Moore Smeal is a member of the American Correctional Association (ACA), the ACA Corrections Healthy Culture Committee, the Advisory Council to the Safe Alternatives to Segregation Initiative with the Vera Institute of Justice, the Pennsylvania Prison Warden’s Association (PPWA), and is president of the Association of Women Executives in Corrections. She has served as chairperson for many leadership conferences, participated in several corrections-related webinars and workshops. She is the recipient of the National Organization of Black Women in Law Enforcement’s 2012 Trailblazer Award for becoming the highest ranking female in the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. Moore Smeal is also the receiver of the Lifetime Achievement Award from PPWA and Distinguished Alumnae Award. Moore Smeal holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Edinboro University in Pennsylvania.

Speaker announcement: Dr. Heather Bowlds

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An abundance of research has established the critical importance of providing trauma-informed care within the juvenile justice system. Simultaneously, there has been an increased recognition of the stress, trauma and burnout that burdens correctional staff across the country. Although understanding both of these concepts individually is important, the vital and dynamic interplay between the two is sometimes lost when discussed or trained separately. In the breakout session “Learning to Breathe: The importance of self-care in a trauma-informed world,” Dr. Heather Bowlds, a deputy director of California’s Division of Juvenile Justice, will explore the nexus between staff well-being and the creation of a trauma-informed environment. Most importantly, Dr. Bowlds will provide guidance in coping with the personal challenges we face when trying to balance both.

Heather C. Bowlds, PsyD, is the deputy director of operations and programs for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s Division of Juvenile Justice.

Dr. Bowlds has been with DJJ for more than 18 years. For more than 13 years, she has specialized in the treatment of adolescents who have engaged in sexually abusive behavior. She is regarded as a highly effective administrator and was directly involved with the development and implementation of DJJ’s Sexual Behavior Treatment Program curriculum, recognized as a state-of-the-art program for sexually problematic youth. As the Associate Director of Mental Health Services, she oversaw the Mental Health remedial plan until the termination of the Farrell class action lawsuit in 2016. The reforms of California’s juvenile justice system have made DJJ a national model.

Dr. Bowlds graduated with a doctorate degree in forensic psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. In 2014, Dr. Bowlds was presented with the Christine M. West Award, in recognition of appreciation of significant contributions made to the field of forensic mental health, by the Forensic Mental Health Association of California.

Speaker announcement: Debra Máres

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“After spending so many years ashamed of being kicked out of high school, I realized the negative impact harsh student discipline and juvenile justice policies can have on children and their likelihood of entering the criminal justice system,” said Debra Máres, a veteran Riverside County prosecutor and co-founder and executive director of Women Wonder Writers, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and implementing mentoring programs for youth and helping them transcend the cycle of victimization. Máres will share her story and explore alternative restorative justice models in the breakout session, “Pushed Out and Applying to Prison.” Máres works extensively with juvenile court prosecutors, school districts and organizations in the public and private sectors. “Detention, prosecution and incarceration are not the only options. Prevention, intervention and rehabilitation are equally important solutions,” Máres said.

Debra Máres is an attorney, writer, teacher and speaker. She has inspired countless lives and her female empowerment program grows resilience in young women through journaling, cultural arts and restorative justice.

As co-founder and executive director of Women Wonder Writers, Máres collaborates with several organizations including the Riverside County Sheriff Department, probation, police, school districts, educators, and attorneys in Riverside County, and other non-profit and faith-based organizations that support youth and their families.

Máres is a deputy district attorney in the Riverside District Attorney’s Office. Her assignments have included Juvenile Court, overseeing a team of juvenile court prosecutors and the Countywide School Attendance Review Board (SARB) prosecutor, overseeing a team of SARB prosecutors, and working with school districts and organizations in the public and private sectors to implement innovative strategies to reduce chronic absenteeism, suspensions, dropout rates, juvenile truancy and delinquency.

She also worked on the Youth Accountability Team where she monitored more than 100 youth in juvenile probation diversion programs. Máres previously represented the district attorney at parole suitability hearings for convicted murderers and over the years, has prosecuted cases involving sexual assault and child abuse, domestic violence, political corruption, group home fraud, gang crimes and homicides. She has participated in Gang Intervention For Teens – GIFT – a law enforcement gang prevention program.

Máres has garnered numerous awards in Riverside County including Community Hero in 2012, Prosecutor of Year in 2006 and 2009 and the Bulldog: Stick it To Em award.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Máres is the author of the The Mamacita Murders, a legal thriller, and It’s This Monkey’s Business, a children’s book that tackles domestic violence and divorce.

Máres sits on the steering committees of the Riverside Police Department Youth Court and the Jurupa Unified School District Student Court. She serves on the board of directors of the California Association of Youth Courts, the Inlandia Institute, and Gateway College & Career Academy.

Máres holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from UCLA and obtained her law degree from Loyola Law School.

Speaker announcement: Sharper Future

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Early career professional face a unique set of ethical risks associated with working in forensic settings with minimal experience. In the breakout session, “Ethical Dilemmas of Early Career Professionals in Corrections,” Jodi Cerney, Jessica Schumacher and Clair Hunter, with Sharper Future, will address major ethical concerns of cadets, newly hired correctional officers, students, trainees and clinicians. Discussion will include boundaries, supervision, training, continuing education, self-care, time management and institutional procedures. Sharper Future is a private-sector mental health service provider based in Sacramento, California, specializing in the assessment and treatment of forensic populations and others with behavioral and mental health issues. SHARPER is an acronym standing for “Social Habilitation And Relapse Prevention- Expert Resources” – a brief way of describing the treatment work the company provides. In this workshop, Cerney, Schumacher and Hunter will help you apply codes of ethical and professional conduct to ensure the provision of comprehensive correctional supervision and clinical treatment.

Jodi Cerney is a doctoral candidate of clinical psychology at Alliant International University. She has forensic training experience in a variety of settings including adolescent residential treatment, the Department of State Hospitals, and sex offender treatment, conducting supervised treatment and assessment for adolescents and adults on probation, parole, or in custody. Cerney also has additional clinical training experience in early education, high school special education, and private practice, conducting supervised treatment and assessment for children and adults identified as being disabled or having behavioral issues. She has presented at local and international conferences as a research assistant on the topic of child and parental attachment. Cerney holds an Associate Practitioner designation from the California Sex Offender Management Board and is a registered psychological assistant with the California Board of Psychology.

Jessica Schumacher is a doctoral candidate of clinical psychology at Alliant International University. She has provided clinical and forensic care in various settings including educational institutions, inpatient units and outpatient clinics. She is certified by the California Sex Offender Management Board as an associate practitioner and is currently training as a forensic clinician practicum intern with Sharper Future, where she conducts regular forensic assessments, facilitates group and individual therapy with adult sex offenders, and closely works with California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation parole agents. Schumacher is currently conducting research on public perceptions of sexual offenders when several variables are manipulated simultaneously, such as gender and age, while controlling for socially desirable responding. Previously, she has presented at local conferences as a research assistant on topics related to resiliency and post-deployment functioning in combat veterans, as well as training and clinical experiences in psychological tele-supervision.

Clair Hunter is a doctoral candidate of clinical psychology at Alliant International University. She has diverse clinical and forensic training experience in a variety of institutions, including educational settings and outpatient clinics. In addition to providing intellectual assessments and intervention to juveniles within the Sacramento Unified School District, she is currently working as a practicum intern with Sharper Future. Within this sex offender outpatient clinic, her responsibilities include facilitating group and individual sessions with mental health, non-high-risk and high-risk clients as well as working directly with parole agents to safeguard client and public safety. Hunter is currently conducting research on societal perceptions of mentally ill offenders and how personal demographics and personality traits may impact public views of punishment or rehabilitation for mentally ill criminal offenders. She currently holds an apprentice practitioner designation from the California Sex Offender Management Board.

Speaker announcement: Yulanda Mynhier

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Yulanda Mynhier, director of health care policy and administration for California Correctional Health Care Services, will be joining Kathleen Allison, director of CDCR’s Division of Adult Institutions; Terri McDonald, chief of the Los Angeles County Probation Department; and Shirley Moore Smeal, executive deputy secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, in the breakout session, “Transition from Operational Expert to Executive Leadership.” Mynhier has nearly 33 years of public service with CDCR. In her current position, she supports more than 15,000 health care staff and is responsible for a $2.9 billion budget. We’re confident you will learn much from these four high-level women about what you need to do to transcend into executive leadership positions.

Yulanda Mynhier began working as an office assistant. Her tenure with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and California Correctional Health Care Services includes work experience at several institutions as well as headquarters in various classifications. She also served as a facility captain on a training and development assignment for two years in preparation to transition from administrative services to custody services. Mynhier has served in supervisory and managerial capacities for the last 23 years assuming increasing levels of responsibility, including both administrative and custody functions.

Mynhier holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with Management option from Morehead State University in Morehead Kentucky.

Speaker announcement: Steve Gregory

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As a leader, you may be called upon to deal with the public and the media when a crisis occurs. In the breakout session, “When Should Leadership Become the Face and Voice of a Crisis? An exploration of optics and media relations within the corrections system,” award-winning correspondent Steve Gregory will give you an inside look at the media from the perspective of an investigative reporter. You will learn how to establish your narrative before, during and after a crisis. You’ll also learn how to establish personal and professional boundaries in the world of social media. Gregory will use case studies to illustrate various levels of crisis and how the agencies responded. Leaders, future leaders and those who want to learn how to navigate the media and handle the optics will benefit from this session.

Steve Gregory is a national correspondent for iHeartMEDIA and since 2005 has been with KFI-AM in Los Angeles, America’s most listened to news talk radio station.

Gregory is an adjunct instructor with the Los Angeles Police Department and the University of Southern California’s School of Public Policy. He has also trained officials at the California Highway Patrol, the Los Angeles Fire Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and is the first working journalist to become a California Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST)-certified instructor. In 2018, he became the first journalist to be certified as an instructor with the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST).

Gregory has lectured at the famous Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University; Pepperdine University; California State University, Fullerton; Biola University; and California State University, Northridge. Gregory is in demand as a media relations consultant to police and fire departments around the country. Under his Gregory Group Media banner, Steve has presented at training conferences for the National Information Officers Association, the Utah Governor’s Safety Summit, the California Peace Officers Association, the Utah PIO Association, the California Association of Public Information Officers and the Association of Paroling Authorities International.

Gregory is a six-time winner of the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award. The Associated Press has given him numerous awards for Best Newscast, Best Special Program and Best Series. Gregory has also won international media awards for features on the Phoenix Fire Department, the U.S. Border Patrol, and Arab-American comedians, and more than 20 Golden Mike® Awards for his coverage of breaking news and investigative features including his coverage of the San Bernardino Mass Shooting and the riots in Ferguson, Missouri, where he had to dodge gunfire and was attacked during a live report. He’s also won National Headliner and Communicator Awards.

In 2016, the California State Legislature issued Gregory a proclamation honoring his achievements and contributions to journalism. He also serves on the board of directors of the Radio Television News Association of Southern California where he chairs the media access committee.

Steve also conducts seminars for private companies and non-profit organizations on crisis communications and how to gain publicity for their product, client or service.