U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs

Panel Members

Anne Seymour has been a national crime victim advocate for 27 years, specializing in corrections-based victim services. She has authored or contributed to many texts and curricula that address improving victims' rights and services throughout the criminal and juvenile justice processes, including the 2008 Victim Issues Related to Prison Rape and Sexual Assault curriculum sponsored by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice. She has received numerous honors for her work to benefit crime victims and the field of corrections, including the 1992 Outstanding Service to Victims of Crime award from President Bush, and the 2007 U.S. Congressional Victim's Rights Caucus Ed Stout Memorial Award for Outstanding Victim Advocacy.

Dr. Gary Christensen has worked within the correctional field for the past 33 years. He has researched extensively the premise of evidence-based or outcome-driven practice within a correctional milieu and initiated several innovative correctional programs, including the Dutchess County Jail Transition Program (DCJTP), which has been recognized nationally for significant recidivism reduction and the enhancement of general public safety. In addition to his responsibilities as jail administrator, Dr. Christensen also served in an advisory capacity to the Executive and Legislative branches of County Government as chair of the Dutchess County Criminal Justice Council (CJC) and authored legislation to counter the effects of police racial profiling and coordinated criminal justice system master planning and the implementation of system-wide, evidence-based criminal justice practice. For his many contributions to the field of corrections, Dr. Christensen has received recognition from numerous local and state entities and, in 2007, received national acclaim by being named the Jail Administrator of the Year by the American Jail Association. Since his retirement from public service, as president of Corrections Partners, Inc., Dr. Christensen continues to work with leaders throughout the field of criminal justice to enhance the implementation of evidence based practice throughout their systems of criminal justice. He has developed the Applied Correctional Transition Strategy (ACTS), a comprehensive software suite designed to enhance all aspects of daily jail transition as well as provide policy-makers with essential information to ensure that allocated resources lead to the most productive and cost efficient outcomes. Dr. Christensen continues to serve on several national advisory boards investigating innovative responses to pressing issues within corrections and author publications for the field at large, inclusive of the Transition from Jail to the Community Implementation Toolkit. Dr. Christensen is a Professor of Management, Leadership, and Organizational Psychology at the University of Phoenix, School of Advanced Studies, an Adjunct Professor at Marist College, and qualified as a Master Police/Peace Instructor by the State of New York.

Dr. Reginald A. Wilkinson is currently the President & CEO of the Ohio College Access Network. He is formerly the Executive Director of the Business Alliance on Higher Education and the Economy. Previously, he was employed by the State of Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) since September 1973. Dr. Wilkinson is past President of the nation's oldest and largest corrections organization: American Correctional Association (ACA). Dr. Wilkinson has authored numerous articles on a variety of correctional topics. Dr. Wilkinson has received awards from such organizations as the National Governors' Association, the ACA, the Association of State Correctional Administrators, the International Community Corrections Association, the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice, the Volunteers of America, the Ohio Community Corrections Organization and the Ohio Correctional and Court Services Association. Dr. Wilkinson's academic background includes a Bachelor's degree in political science and a Master's degree in higher education administration, both from The Ohio State University. He was also awarded a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Cincinnati.

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