Speaker announcement: Tina Waldron and Andie Moss


In recent years, conferences and training events have highlighted approaches to working within the realities of an intergenerational workforce. In the breakout session, “Passing the Baton or Holding on For Dear Life? What Boomers and Younger Generations of Women in Corrections Need to Talk About,” Andie Moss, president of The Moss Group, Inc., and Tina Waldron, a project director with The Moss Group, will transcend the classic discussion of generational characteristics to include the perspectives of women who are approaching retirement and women who are aspiring to or are currently leading the future of their organizations. One is hoping to leave a legacy and the other is building a path for success. This workshop will blend presentations of women across the age spectrum and experience level to offer lessons learned and potential challenges in the successful planning of women in leadership roles.

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.

Tina Waldron is a project director with The Moss Group, Inc., where she provides leadership and expertise in evidence-based correctional practices, leadership development, reentry, mental health, agency and facility assessments (sexual safety, gender responsive practice and culture), and strategic planning.

Waldron’s primary responsibilities within The Moss Group include management of assessments, and leadership and strategic planning initiatives. Her work includes, but is not limited to, leading approximately 80 assessments of culture, sexual safety and gender-responsive practices in adult and juvenile systems, providing training and consultation in sexual safety and gender-responsive practices, and primary management of various strategies (leadership, culture, strategic planning, and training) within multi-year projects. Waldron speaks on PREA, sexual safety, and gender responsive practices in a variety of conference venues, and serves as a member of the American Correctional Association Mental Health Committee.

Prior to her current position, Waldron served as the reentry and women’s services manager for the Missouri Department of Corrections (MDOC). In this role, she worked closely with representatives from MDOC, partnering state agencies, and community partners to research, plan, and evaluate the Missouri Reentry Process (MRP). MRP strategies were designed to assist inmates leaving prison and preparing them to successfully reintegrate into the community. She has also served as a program consultant with the Kansas Department of Corrections (KDOC), where she acted in a leadership role to implement evidence-based practices in community corrections, and provided oversight, technical guidance, and training to Community Corrections Act agencies across the state.

Waldron has also served as a research analyst at KDOC. She is an advanced communication and motivational strategies master trainer, has published articles on state-specific risk reduction and reentry, and has taught as an adjunct professor of psychology at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas.

Waldron received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in clinical psychology from Washburn University. Before beginning her career in corrections, Waldron’s research and clinical focus was on traumatic stress reactions with emphases on combat and disasters. She has been trained in organizational development; evidence-based practice implementation, community and systemic collaboration, change management, project management, process facilitation, and building and implementing effective quality-assurance systems.


Speaker Announcement: Tracy Krein

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Communicating effectively is essential in the workplace. Tracy Krein, who speaks throughout the U.S. about a variety of management and leadership issues, will be providing a breakout session to help you not only improve your communications skills, but also help you understand gender differences in communications. In “Buffaloes and Hummingbirds: Celebrating Our Communications Differences,” Krein will help you understand your style of communicating and how you can transcend your professional communications skill set.

Krein has more than 30 years of experience in several diverse areas of public safety and corrections, including EMS, rescue, health services management, job recruitment, retention and human resources for public safety employees.

Krein began her career as a paramedic with the Greenville County EMS in South Carolina where she was promoted through the ranks serving at all levels of supervision. In 2006, she served as health services administrator for the Department of Public Safety. At the Greenville County Detention Center, Krein oversaw all medical, mental health, and alcohol and drug treatment programs, including management of physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses and mental health professionals.

Since retiring, Krein has kept busy working as a facilitator to assist companies throughout the U.S. with teambuilding and group activities to build confidence, communications and goal-oriented approaches among participants.

Krein holds her licensures as a national registered paramedic and is certified through the National Commission on Correctional Health Care as a correctional health professional.

Krein is a member of the Association of Women Executives in Corrections, the American Correctional Health Services Association, the National Commission on Correctional Health Care and the American Correctional Association. She is active on several college advisory boards for internship programs within the correctional environment and mentors young women seeking leadership roles in male-dominated fields.

Krein received her degree in emergency medical care and health services administration from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina. She and her husband live with their dogs on Lake Keowee in South Carolina and enjoy hiking, snow skiing, water sports, and bike riding.

Speaker announcement: Marissa Castilone and Monica Montanez


A course for correctional staff, patrol officers, detectives and other law enforcement staff to bring awareness of the female criminal element will be offered at the 2018 conference. Marissa Castilone, an intelligence/gang analyst and Monica Montanez, a parole services associate, both with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, will present the breakout session, “The Evolution of Female Offenders.” Castilone and Montanez will cover the history and trends over time of female incarceration and criminality, drawing on their work in law enforcement that includes security threat group management, gang intelligence, and locating and apprehending dangerous criminals. Their years of experience providing tactical and strategic support to numerous law enforcement agencies will help you transcend your knowledge base and you’ll gain a new awareness of this underestimated population.

Marissa Castilone began her law enforcement career in 2001 with the California Department of Justice. She also worked for the Modesto Police Department and was assigned as an analyst to the Central Valley Gang Intelligence Task Force, a Federal Bureau of Investigations Safe Street Task Force, where she focused mainly on local street gangs.

Castilone is currently working for CDCR’s Office of Correctional Safety’s Special Service Unit. Her focus is on security threat groups within California’s state prison system, gang management policies and procedures, and emerging security threat group trends. She has knowledge and experience as it relates to the Mexican Mafia and how women are utilized by the organization. In the last 17 years, Castilone has provided tactical and strategic support to numerous law enforcement agencies throughout the United States and in numerous small- and large-scale investigations and operations.

Monica Montanez currently works for CDCR’s Division of Adult Parole Operations and is attached to the Correctional Intelligence Task Force. She provides operational and actionable intelligence to assist CDCR parole agents and other law enforcement personnel with locating and apprehending parolees-at-large.

Montanez specializes in parolees-at-large with ties to security threat groups. She also has knowledge of and experience as it relates to Mexican drug trafficking organizations, the Mexican Mafia, and the role women play in these criminal organizations. Montanez’s career spans more than 20 years of providing tactical and strategic support to various law enforcement agencies in many small- and large-scale operations and investigations.

Speaker announcement: Brandielee Baker/The Code 9 Project

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Working in the corrections, juvenile justice and law enforcement professions can take an emotional toll on employees and leaders. The Code 9 Project, in recognition of this reality, supports public safety personnel by providing them tools to manage and reduce stress and help them transcend to a place of emotional wellness. Brandielee Baker, co-founder of the national non-profit Code 9 Project, will provide two breakout sessions. In “Breaking Through the Burnout Barrier,” you’ll learn the subtle and not-so-subtle signs of emotional fatigue that sabotage your ability to maintain your motivation for your own personal health and wellness. The session will have interactive discussions and a lab portion to guide you through practical exercises you can use to increase motivation, release anxiety and enhance focus. The breakout session, “The Disempowered Voice,” will help you identify the areas in your life where you do not feel “heard” or that your influence is undermined or disregarded. Discussion will focus on gender dynamics in the workplace, leadership, parent/child dynamics, and what it truly means to be heard. The session will include a communications lab that will provide tools for handling uncomfortable, contentious or potentially disempowering situations. The Code 9 Project’s workshops have also been presented in CDCR institutions.

Lee, who is also the founder of Positive Constructs, is a professional coach/strategist specializing in conflict resolution and negotiation, performance optimization and wellness. She is also the creator of Code 9’s S.H.A.R.E. programs. With more than 20 years of experience in the health and wellness industry, Lee is a licensed master practitioner of NLP, a certified social and emotional intelligence coach, certified motivational coach, certified life coach, certified master weight loss coach, and a certified yoga and wellness instructor. Through The Code 9 Project, Lee provides education and training for first responders and their families for the prevention of post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide in the first responder population.

Speaker announcement: Allison, McDonald and Smeal


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 28 percent of the nation’s correctional officers are women and nearly a third of first-line supervisors of correctional officers are women. What is needed to help more women promote into executive leadership positions? In the panel, “Transition from Operational Expert to Executive Leadership,” you will hear from Kathleen Allison, Terri McDonald and Shirley Moore Smeal, three national leaders in adult, juvenile and community corrections. They will talk about how to transcend from a line-level employee to executive leadership. Their unique approaches to their jobs will help you hone your leadership style as you work your way into the executive ranks.

Kathleen Allison is the director of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations’ Division of Adult Institutions, 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.

Terri McDonald, with more than 36 years of public service in mental health, state and local corrections, is the chief of the Los Angeles County Probation Department, with more than 7,000 employees supervising more than 38,000 adult and 7,000 juvenile probationers on any given day. She began her professional career in 1981, serving as a mental health worker and supervisor in a variety of community-based mental health and drug treatment facilities. In 1988, she began an extensive and broad-based career in law enforcement, beginning with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, serving in various capacities, and ultimately, as the Undersecretary of Operations. In this capacity, she was responsible for providing executive direction and operational oversight of California’s corrections system, including prison, parole and juvenile justice. McDonald has also provided executive oversight of the County of Los Angeles jail system. Each of these systems is the largest of its kind in the nation, and she led them during fundamentally transformative periods.

McDonald possesses a Bachelor of Science Degree in Leadership in Law Enforcement from the University of San Francisco. She is an active member of several criminal justice associations and has served on a variety of non-profit boards.

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: Ora Starks

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“Team building can be used to transcend barriers in the workplace,” said Ora Starks, warden of the Bolivar County Regional Correctional Facility in Cleveland, Mississippi. Starks, a 23-year veteran of corrections, will discuss the importance of creating a more effective work environment and better communications among management and employees at the breakout session, “Team Building in the Workplace.” Starks will share how team building can bring positive change. Her breakout session will include team-building exercises to improve interpersonal skills including communications, negotiations, leadership and motivation. Starks is the first female warden in Bolivar County’s history and a part-time professor at the University of Memphis Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Starks began her career as a correctional officer with the Mississippi Department of Corrections in 1995 and promoted to sergeant, case manager, and also served as an alcohol and drug coordinator and operations management analyst principal. In 2013, she became the first female and first African American female warden of Bolivar County Regional Correctional Facility, a dual facility that consists of a correctional facility and a county jail.

Starks has received numerous awards including the Commissioner’s distinguished service coin; the Delta Legend Recognition Award from the Greenwood-Itta Bena Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; U.S. Congressman Bennie G. Thompson’s congratulatory award and twice received the Extra Effort Award from the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

Starks received her Bachelor of Science degree in 1994 and her Master of Science degree in 1999 in criminal justice from Mississippi Valley State University. She is in the final stage of completing her PhD in human services with a specialization in criminal justice.

Speaker announcement: John Carli

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Community corrections partners have a long history of working together to keep our communities safe. In recent years many changes have dramatically altered the criminal justice landscape.” Community corrections partners need to rethink, regroup, reengage and embrace new ideas that transcend the typical reentry models,” said Vacaville Police Chief John Carli.

In the breakout session, “Transcending Traditional Roles Between Law Enforcement and Probation: The pathway to achieve lower recidivism and improve community safety,” Chief Carli, a 29-year law enforcement veteran, will identify the changing roles of probation and law enforcement and discuss how to align two different missions into a single vision.

In 2016, Chief Carli was invited to the White House and shared the collaborative outreach programs associated with the Community Response Unit in Vacaville. The unit pairs officers and clinical services personnel to collaborate with probation and the courts, transcending the typical problem-solving approach into an inventive partnership that reduced the impacts of quality-of-life crimes.

Carli was appointed Chief of Police in the City of Vacaville in 2014 coming up through the ranks within his own agency. His career started with the Vacaville Police Department in 1989 where he spent his early years as a police officer patrolling the streets with his K9 partner. He eventually served as a field training officer and detective.

While in Investigations, Carlie was assigned to the Northern California Computer Crimes Task Force in Napa, California, investigating computer crimes and identity theft.

Carlie promoted in 2003 and, over the next several years, supervised and managed patrol teams, SWAT, Critical Incident Negotiations, the K9 Unit, firearms instructors, the Mobile Field Force, Police Technology, and the Office of Professional Standards.

Carli was instrumental in implementing body-worn cameras to all officers beginning in 2009. This gained national and statewide attention through the publishing of a department study on the issue of body-worn cameras and organizational trust, which was included in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) report “Implementing a Body-worn Camera Program – Recommendations and Lessons Learned.”

As chief of a full service agency serving a community of approximately 100,000, Carli’s approach to community policing is both progressive and innovative. In 2016, he formed the Community Partnership Division and subsequent Community Response Unit using COPS funding, focusing on quality of life and homeless issues.

Community engagement became a top priority, most notable through the successful use of Facebook and other social media outlets, which has gained Vacaville national attention due to the manner and level of community engagement. Chief Carli chairs the Vacaville Homeless Roundtable and is outspoken in coalescing community groups and faith-based organizations to address social issues placed at the feet of law enforcement.

Chief Carli is currently an active member of the California Police Chiefs Association and chairs the California Data Sharing Task Force, which focuses on best practice strategies for law enforcement technology and information system sharing.

Chief Carli earned a Master of Science Degree in Strategic Leadership and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice Management. He is a graduate of the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police, and he was awarded the Executive Leadership Certificate by the California Department of Justice Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training.

Chief Carli is an Executive Fellow with the National Police Foundation and also represents the California Police Chiefs Association on the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee. Additionally he is an instructor at the Napa Community College Police Academy focusing on leadership, professionalism and ethics. Carli teaches various law enforcement topics including computer crime investigations and Internet intelligence at conferences and training events nationwide. Chief Carli regularly speaks to law enforcement leaders and national stakeholders regarding best practices in law enforcement. Most relevant is his work regarding the law enforcement response to the national narrative on best practices in policing, crisis management and the media, particularly addressing controversial videos and public trust, as well as the use of social media for community engagement.

Speaker announcement: Insight Garden Program leaders

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Leadership characteristics women possess have proven effective in transcending traditional correctional culture. The Insight Garden Program, a nationally recognized rehabilitative program based in California and led by women, will lead the panel discussion “Women in Corrections: Leading Change with Communication, Collaboration and Purpose” at a breakout session.

Panel members Beth Waitkus, Jennifer Leahy and Amanda Berger will bring their more than 25 years of collective experience working in the criminal justice system. They will discuss:

  • how relational leadership can build trust and break down barriers,
  • collaborative and inclusive multi-stakeholder decision making,
  • the use of metaphors from nature as leadership values,
  • the importance of authentic communication, deep listening and emotional intelligence,
  • the consideration of change from a systems perspective,
  • recognizing and building bridges to effect change.

These leadership qualities and values are the cornerstone of Insight Garden Program’s success and have helped to establish it as a proven, evidence-based and reputable in-prison program. These principles also lie at the heart of their curriculum, their work with incarcerated people and their organization. As an outside organization working on the “inside,” Waitkus, Leahy and Berger have gained valuable insights and experience in effective leadership for women working in corrections.

Insight Garden Program focuses on rehabilitation through connection to nature. The program began in 2002 at San Quentin State Prison and now serves more than 3,000 people in eight California prisons, correctional facilities in Indiana and a reentry program in New York. The program facilitates an innovative curriculum combined with vocational gardening and landscaping training that not only enables participants to reconnect to self, community and the natural world but also improves prison culture, promotes positive interaction between staff and offenders, and helps people leaving prison find jobs. A 2011 study of IGP graduates released into our communities found that fewer than 10 percent returned to prison.

Beth Waitkus is the founding director of the Insight Garden Program. As executive director, Waitkus has overseen the expansion of the program. She has won accolades for her prison work and is featured in the book, Eco Amazons: 20 Women Who are Transforming the World by Dorka Keehn. Waitkus is also a recipient of the Hotchkiss School’s Community Service Award and was featured on ABC World News “Making America Strong” with Diane Sawyer. She is a member of the American Correctional Association’s Sustainability-Oriented and Environmentally Responsible Practices Committee. In 2018, IGP received California’s most prestigious environmental honor in the state – the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award. Waitkus holds a M.S. in Organization Development from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and a B.A. in Political Science from Tufts University.

Jennifer Leahy is a co-facilitator for Insight Garden Program at Avenal State Prison as well as the program director for Project Rebound at California State University Fresno and an adjunct lecturer in the Criminology Department there. She teaches Theory, Juvenile Delinquency; Drugs, Alcohol and Crime; and Administration and Management and works as a research assistant to Dr. Barbara Owen. Owen Research and Evaluation conducts research in the criminal justice field primarily on female offenders for Fresno County, the Thailand Institute of Justice, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and many other agencies. Leahy promotes education within the correctional system at a variety of prisons as a means to reduce recidivism and improve the quality of our communities at every opportunity through Project Rebound. In addition, she participates as a volunteer for Bill Glass Behind the Walls Ministry which conducts Christian outreach inside institutions across the United States. Leahy obtained her Masters in Criminology after her release from Central California Women’s Facility in 2006. Her combination of education and practical experience of incarceration puts her in a unique leadership position to assist those interested in effective programming to reduce recidivism.

Amanda Berger is the program director of the Insight Garden Program. She is passionate about working with social justice organizations and has a special interest in criminal justice reform, including efforts to expand quality educational opportunities for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people. As program director, she supports IGP’s program managers at eight California prisons and continues to manage IGP’s flagship program at San Quentin State Prison. She also is helping to develop a “reentry bridge” model and doing outreach to Bay Area and Southern California employers and community organizations to provide ongoing support for IGP’s returning citizens. Berger was a past facilitator in training with the Victim Offender Education Group at a women’s prison in Chowchilla, California. She is an affiliated coach with RoadMap, the Rockwood Leadership Institute, the Haas Flexible Leadership Awards and is on the faculty of Leadership that Works. Berger is also on the board of UnCommon Law, which provides pro-bono representation to people going before the parole board in California.

This year, Berger was inducted into the Justice category of the Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame.

Speaker announcement: Janelle Cronk

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The nature of working in corrections and law enforcement can often lead to constant levels of stress and/or exposure to trauma. To provide resources agencies can use to build resiliency in their employees, the FBI National Academy Associates Officer Safety and Wellness Committee was created. They partnered with Acadia Healthcare to serve agencies whose employees are affected by trauma. “With the ongoing stressors in a demanding environment, the need for preventative and educational awareness is monumental,” said Janelle Cronk with Acadia Healthcare. Cronk will deliver “Resiliency 101: Four Pillars of a Healthy Mind” at a breakout session.

Janelle Cronk is a strategic performance coach who specializes in developing and maintaining strategic accounts and partnerships for Acadia Healthcare. She has served on the Officer Safety and Wellness Committee for the FBI National Academy Associates.

Cronk is a certified “Train the Trainer” for the United States Air Force’s Master Resiliency Program and has trained hundreds of first responders on resiliency, wellness and resolution. “If we cannot train and educate those who lead our organizations on how their employees can transcend the effects of workplace stressors and trauma, we will lose our best employees, “Cronk explained. The program is a preventative approach to addressing the challenges that military members face by focusing on the four pillars of a healthy mind – mental, social, spiritual and physical.

Possessing the unique ability to create fast and critical solutions, Cronk has earned a certificate of honor from the U.S. Capitol for having saved many lives within the first-responder population. Additionally, she partners with Fortune 500 companies to provide them with new perspectives in how to gainfully review employee performance and sustainability.

Cronk is driven by a mission to connect superior behavioral health and substance abuse services to those who serve the community as first responders, while steadfastly keeping the individual needs of each of her clients in mind.

Speaker announcement: Keith Bushey

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“We must never give up on the continued development of a person who is vested with the honor of leading our personnel,” Keith Bushey, a 50-year veteran of the law enforcement profession, said.

Bushey, a senior faculty emeritus with the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association, has written and lectured extensively about leadership and will present at two breakout sessions.

In “Leadership Through Challenging Times,” Bushey will provide solid and beneficial guidance regarding best practices for when a leader is facing particularly challenging times, including when under personal scrutiny and criticism. Bushey will present information that will go far beyond the philosophical and will emphasize actions, mannerisms, demeanor, statements and actions to both exhibit and avoid. The behavior and actions of a person who is “under the gun” is very often a strong indication of a person’s character, level of maturity and potential for increased responsibilities.

In “The Dangers and Impact of Toxic Leadership,” Bushey will discuss the implications, prevention and eradication of toxic leadership. “Toxic leadership is a far more serious problem than is often acknowledged, and very often has serious implications beyond the workplace for not only employees, but their families as well,” Bushey notes. He will place emphasis on the role of those who supervise and command people who exhibit toxic behaviors, and the strategies and degrees of courage and leadership skills necessary to eliminate toxic behaviors. Attendees will take away a very clear understanding of the wide scope of damage done by toxic leaders and a commitment to transcend from and eliminate such behaviors from our workplaces.

Keith Bushey retired from the Los Angeles Police Department as a commander and from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department as a deputy chief. He also served as a deputy with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, as a deputy game warden with the California Department of Fish and Game, as the Marshal of San Bernardino County, and a law enforcement advisor to the District Attorney of Los Angeles County.

Bushey is also a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of 39 years of active and reserve service, and retired at the rank of colonel. He has written and lectured extensively, primarily in the areas of leadership, management, and ethics, and is a senior faculty emeritus with the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association. He holds a Master of Science degree in Public Service and is a graduate of the California POST Command College.