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ICCA Pre-Conference Workshop

The Future of Leadership in Community Corrections & Reentry Services

Sunday, September 15 | 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

The International Community Corrections Association (ICCA) is excited to offer a unique and exciting two-part pre-conference workshop focused on the future of leadership in the field of community corrections and reentry services. The first session is devoted specifically to the development of current and emerging leaders while the second is organized around career retrospectives of senior leaders in the field.

Registration is $125 per session or $200 for both sessions. You do not need to register for the Forum to attend these sessions. Workshops require a minimum enrollment of 40 participants. See below for session and registration details.


With growing awareness around the challenges and costs of mass incarceration and supervision, front and back-end reforms continue to be discussed, designed and/or implemented across many jurisdictions in the United States and Canada. However, without strong and able leadership one generation’s reforms can easily translate into the next generation’s problems. This is especially the case at the organizational or agency level where it is the responsibility of leaders to understand future challenges and opportunities in ways that inform and drive strategic investments, evaluate and measure risks, cultivate and grow key stakeholder relations, and identify and achieve the desired outcomes at all levels of organizational and system performance. Toward the goal of enhancing leadership development in the field, this workshop consists of two related but distinct sessions:

Session 1 – 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Leadership Development

The first session is forward looking with a goal of offering current and emerging leaders a framework through which to understand and differentiate technical problems to be solved in their organizations and communities versus the larger adaptive challenges that cannot be solved by individual leaders alone and therefore require a larger rethinking and reimagining of purpose and priorities.

Session 2 – 1:00 PM 3:30 PM

Learning from Leaders

The second session will feature a dynamic and interactive panel of four leaders who have been active in both responding to and shaping the trajectory of the field of community corrections and reentry services over the past three decades or more. The session will spotlight each leader’s career accomplishments, developmental experiences, mistakes and regrets, and thoughts on the current and future state of the field. Specifically, this facilitated session will feature three mini-sessions. The first will highlight each leader individually. The second will feature the leaders in dialogue and discussion with one another while the third will engage participants in a larger conversation with workshop attendees to include a revisiting and application of the leadership frameworks introduce in Session I.

Workshop Facilitators

Cleveland Bell

Cleveland is the President and CEO of Riverside House. For the last 42 years, he has led Riverside House from a small residential program into a large regional reentry faith-based service provider. Incarcerated as a young man, Cleveland has since emerged not only as an influential and credible voice advocating for formerly incarcerated individuals, but also a prominent leader in the field of residential reentry programs. Cleveland is a founding member of the Miami-Dade Homeless Trust and Kairos Prison Ministry International, he has long been active in ICCA activities including influencing the final report of the Chuck Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections.

Brad Bogue, M.A.

Brad serves as the founder and president of Justice Systems Assessment and Training (JSAT), one of North America’s leading providers for the training and implementation of evidence-based practices in the field of criminal justice. With over 45 years in the field, Brad is a well-respected thought leader having published many articles including the widely read Implementing Evidence-Based Practice in Community Corrections: The Principles of Effective Intervention, a joint publication of the U.S. Department of Justice and the Crime & Justice Institute.

John Larivee

Now in his 34th year as Chief Executive Officer of Community Resources for Justice (CRJ), one of the nation’s oldest community service and advocacy organizations, John has a long and influential record of working with local, state and federal government agencies to advance meaningful criminal justice reform and effective community-based programming. In addition to his role as CEO, John is a founding member and past president of Citizens for Juvenile Justice, past president of ICCA (1995-1997) and a winner of the ICCA Margaret Mead Award.

Denise M. Robinson

After becoming CEO of Alvis, one of Ohio’s premier human service organizations, Denise has led the organization through 14 years of growth and expansion such that the agency now serves close to 10,000 people a year. Denise is a founding member of the Correctional Accreditation Association of Ohio and currently serves as the treasurer for the American Correctional Association (ACA). She is also a past president of ICCA (2003-2005). She has received numerous awards, including the ER Cass Award from ACA, the Margaret Mead Award from ICCA and the Jonathan Jasper Wright Award from the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice.

Ray Weis

Ray is President & CEO of Dismas Charities, Inc. in Louisville, Kentucky. With over 50 years in the field of criminal justice, Ray is one of the nation’s preeminent leaders in the field of prison reentry. Under his leadership, Dismas has become the largest provider of residential reentry services to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, now operating across 13 states, and one of the largest non-profit reentry organizations in the United States. He is a widely sought after thought leader in the field. Ray is also a recipient of ICCA’s Margaret Mead Award.

Stephen Woolworth, Ph.D.

Stephen serves the Vice President of Behavioral Health & Transition Services at Pioneer Human Services in Washington State where he oversees the state’s largest network of reentry, behavioral health and stabilization services for justice involved individuals. He is the incoming President of ICCA.