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March/April 2010

Longtime Human Resources administrator named division director


  portrait of Jan Thornton
  Jan Thornton

Longtime Human Resources Division administrator Jan Thornton has been named director of the division. She replaces Carol Blair Johnston, who retired.

Thornton is a 25-year TDCJ veteran who has worked in Human Resources the past 23 years. The Michigan State University graduate began her career in 1985 as an administrative assistant at the Huntsville Unit infirmary and moved to the Human Resources Division two years later as a personnel assistant. She then served in various capacities before being named administrator of the division's Selection System in 1997. She served as administrator for Recruiting and as Employment Section director before being promoted to director of the Employment and Support Services section in 2007.

Her accomplishments over the past three years include implementation of correctional officer salary increases and the recruiting bonus program, both of which helped ease the agency's correctional officer shortfall. She also saw salary conversion and classification changes through to completion.

"We are fortunate to have someone with Jan's knowledge and experience ready to assume responsibility for a division that performs many important functions directly impacting agency employees," said TDCJ Executive Director Brad Livingston.


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TDCJ recognized for highest percentage of SECC participation for 2009

group photo for SECC staff members

For the second straight year, TDCJ received the award for the highest percentage of participation in the 2009 State Employee Charitable Campaign. Region V recorded the highest percent of payroll deduction participation, while the Clements Unit in Amarillo raised the highest dollar amount. The San Saba Unit had the highest percent participation and the greatest increase in payroll deduction participation statewide. Receiving the award on behalf of the agency were Executive Support Department Manager Karen Hall, center, SECC Employee Campaign Coordinator Carie Beaty, right, and SECC Local Employee Committee Member Michelle Whitecotton.

Photo by David Nunnelee



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Chairman's Fitness Challenge - Second Quarter

"Maintain No Gain"


Congratulations to the Marshall District Parole Office for having the best overall average between employee participation and completion.

The following departments, units and parole offices deserve honorable mention for achieving a 100 percent completion rate for their employees who participated in the six-week challenge.

Department WIN Coordinator

Community Justice Assistance Division

Denise Gomez

Executive Admin. Services - Austin Tina Rodriguez

Executive Director Admin.

Britteny Skains

Executive Services

Stacey Sallee

Media Services

Jene Robbins

TDCJ Board and Board office

Tina Rodriguez

Correctional Institutions Division WIN Coordinator

Correctional Institutions Admin.

Amy Beightol

Dep. Dir. of Prison & Jail Op. Amy Beightol

Clemens Unit

Jessie Ortega

Coffield Unit

Jamie Dean

Cole Unit

Cindy Moore

Fort Stockton Unit

Melanie Guest

Hobby Unit

Celia Sellers

Holliday Unit

Cynthia Riggs

Huntsville Unit

Dennis Crowley

Jordan/Baten units

Kevin Andis

Lewis Unit

Barbara Gray

Marlin Unit

Jimmie Carey

Middleton Unit

Bonnie Rice

Roach Unit

Amy Jesse

Rudd Unit

Helen Lobstein

Segovia/Lopez units

Abraham Pena

Stevenson Unit

Melissa Gomez

Stringfellow Unit

Julia Humphrey

Parole Division

WIN Coordinator

Bryan DPO

Frances "Kay" Barefield

Longview DPO

Orange DPO

Texarkana DPO

Tyler DPO

Region III Director Admin.

Donna Peyton

Angleton DPO

Webster DPO

Houston I DPO

Houston II DPO

Houston III DPO

Houston VII DPO

Harlingen DPO

Sylvia Farias (Delgado)

San Antonio I DPO

San Antonio III DPO

Temple DPO

Amarillo DPO

B.J. "Jeanette" Schigut


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