Douglas K. Lawson
James (Jim) Terrones
Dr. Patricia Dahl
Geri Reece – President
Geri Reece is a Compact Officer for the Johnson County Department of Corrections. She has been with Corrections since 1990. Geri is a graduate of Wichita State University, having earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Administration of Criminal Justice. Prior to coming to Corrections, Geri worked as a Child Care Worker I and as a Civil Litigation Paralegal. She currently serves as a Work Place Safety Coordinator for Johnson County and is trained as a Community Emergency Response Team member, as well. Geri serves as a Safety Trainer for her department and is the President to the Kansas Correctional Association. Geri looks forward to serving the membership of the Kansas Correctional Association.
Douglas K. Lawson – Vice President
Doug Lawson has been in the field of corrections since 1992. Beginning as a Corrections Officer Trainee at Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility, he has served in various uniformed and non-uniformed positions throughout the years. Doug has been fortunate to work with both male and female offenders as well as both adult and juvenile populations. He currently serves as the Deputy Warden at Ellsworth Correctional Facility after having spent from 2014-2017 as Deputy Superintendent at Larned Juvenile Correctional Facility.
Doug is a graduate of Barton Community College and Fort Hays State University with a Bachelors in Justice Studies degree. He is a DOJ certified PREA auditor and, as a member of the Corrections Care Coalition (a group of Kansas corrections professionals concerned with the overall welfare of fellow corrections staff), he is a trainer for the Corrections Fatigue to Fulfillment course designed by Dr. Caterina Spinaris of Desert Waters Correctional Outreach. Doug proudly served with the Kansas Army National Guard during two deployments to the Middle East, earning a Bronze Star during his service in Operation New Dawn.
Thomas J. Schmitt – Past President
Tom Schmitt is a Certified Correctional Executive (CCE), Certified Correctional Health Professional (CCHP), and is a Certified Auditor for the American Correctional Association. Mr. Schmitt retired from the Medical Service Corps, US Army as a Lieutenant Colonel, after 28 years of military service. After retiring from the Army, he served as the Superintendent, Juvenile Detention Facility, Jackson County, Missouri for over one year, before returning to the Army as a civil service employee. He currently is the Deputy Commandant of the United States Disciplinary Barracks (USDB), Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
This facility is a maximum security facility housing approximately 460 inmates. Mr. Schmitt has over 16 years of experience in military corrections as a social worker and health care administrator. He served as the Director of Treatment Programs at the US Disciplinary Barracks and as a consultant for Detainee Operations in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and deployed to Iraq to support the detainee operations. He developed the initial mental health mission for detainees in Iraq and coordinated training in the field of corrections for deploying health care professionals. Mr. Schmitt is very interested in supporting the profession of corrections through working with the Kansas Correctional Association.
Kimberley Mancuso – Secretary
Kimberley Holm has been employed by the Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office as the Programs Director for the Adult Detention Center since 2004. Prior to her tenure with the Unified Government of Wyandotte/County Kansas City, KS, Ms. Holm honorably served in the United States Marine Corps. She has a Master’s Degree in Legal Analysis, is a Certified Paralegal, as well as a Certified Corrections Manager (CCM) and Auditor through the American Correctional Association and am a Certified Jail Manager (CJM) through the American Jail Association. She also serves on the boards of various organizations to include Kiwanis, United Way and the Kansas Board of Cosmetology.
Catherine Linaweaver – Member-at-Large
On May 31, 2014, Catherine Linaweaver retired as the Warden of the Metropolitan Correctional Center, New York, after 24 ½ years of service in the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Prior to her assignment in New York, she also served as Warden of the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago, Illinois. Ms. Linaweaver began her career with the Bureau of Prisons in March 1990, as a teacher at USP Leavenworth. In January 1996, she was promoted to the position of Supervisor of Education at the Federal Correctional Institution in Greenville, Illinois where she served until September 1999, when she was selected as Education Administrator for the North Central Region. In August 2004, she was again promoted to a position of increased responsibility as Associate Warden at the United States Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Missouri. She also served as Associate Warden at the United States Penitentiary in Big Sandy, Kentucky.
Ms. Linaweaver is a 1981 graduate of Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas, where she majored in Communications and received a Bachelor of Science in Education. Since graduation, she has served on the university’s Alumni Board of Directors and as an Alumni Advisory Board member for Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority. She is a member of the American Correctional Association and the Association of Women Executives in Corrections. Warden Linaweaver’s exceptional leadership skills have prompted many others to do their best, maintain a strong commitment to public service, and to achieve organizational results.
Jared Schechter – Member-at-Large
Jared Schechter has been employed by the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office in the Detention Bureau from 1999 until present. During his career, he has risen through the ranks from detention deputy to corporal to sergeant to lieutenant and finally captain. Currently Jared is the Support Division Commander for the Detention Bureau and is in charge of the support services of the 1,158 bed Sedgwick County Adult Local Detention Facility and the general welfare of the entire inmate population of approximately 1,350 inmates, at this time, including work release inmates and inmates housed in other counties. Under his command are two lieutenants, two sergeants, 15 corporals, and 16 deputies who handle all services, contracts, policies, and vendors for the largest Detention Facility in the State of Kansas. In addition to supervising the work release program which can hold up to 157 inmates, the classification/intelligence section, and the population control section which oversees the movement of all out of county inmates.
Jared also works at Wichita Area Technical College (WATC) as an adjunct professor. Currently he instructs introduction to criminal justice, agency administration, corrections, and criminal law. Jared is a graduate of Butler County College with an Associates Degree in Administration of Justice (2003), Southwestern College with a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice and Human Resource Development (2007), and the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Justice Administration (2013).
Professionally he is a member of the American Correctional Association (ACA), Kansas Correctional Association (KCA), Kansas Sheriffs Association (KSA), and the Kansas Peace Officers Association (KPOA). Jared is a certified jail auditor through ACA and has conducted audits. Additionally, he is a Certified Jail Manager (CJM) through AJA and a Certified Correctional Manager (CCM) through ACA. Jared is a graduate of the Large Jail Administrator Program through the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) in Colorado. He is also a graduate of the 125th Administrative Officers Course and Police Executive Leadership Graduate Program through the Southern Police Institute (SPI) in Kentucky.
James (Jim) Terrones – Member-at-Large
I began my Corrections career in May 1979 as a Correctional Officer in Topeka, Kansas. I will never forget my Correctional Officer experience. l wanted more opportunities for advancement therefore, l started working for the Parole and Probation Department as a Parole Officer l located in Great Bend and Garden City, Kansas. I returned to Eastern Kansas as l accepted a position at the Lansing Correctional Facility as a Institutional Parole Officer.
During my remaining tenure with the state, l held a variety of administrative positions within KDOC from Deputy Compact administrator to Parole Director. I left KDOC for Johnson County, Kansas. I accepted the Deputy Director for Programs at the Juvenile Detention Center. Because of reorganizational issues, my title changed to Deputy Director of the Juvenile Services Center. I remained in that position for approximately 20 years. My experience in the juvenile profession taught me a lot because of the huge difference when working with the juvenile population.
I recently retired from Corrections with nearly 38 years in the business. I am past President of KCA and a past Member At Large. I remain very active in the community belonging to a number of boards and committees within the City of Olathe. I am a huge advocate of KCA, l would like to continue to see the association grow and prosper.
Dr. Patricia Dahl – Member-at-Large
Patricia Dahl is an associate professor in the Criminal Justice and Legal Studies Department at Washburn University. Dr. Dahl received her master’s degree in Criminal Justice and her Ph.D. in Public Administration/Criminal Justice from the University of Colorado in Denver. Prior to teaching at the college level, Dr. Dahl worked in the criminal justice field for 20 years at the county, state, and federal level in Colorado. Her research interests include institutional corrections, correctional education/training, conflict management, and elder abuse/justice.
Rachel Steimle – Student Member-at-Large
Rachel (“Bug”) Steimle is double majoring in Criminal Justice/Corrections and Spanish, while minoring in Anthropology. She enjoys volunteering as a Spanish mentor, eating food from around the world, and learning how to make dinosaur origami. Rachel serves as the Vice President of the Kansas Correctional Association Student Chapter at Washburn University.