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May/June 2016
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SHSU/CMIT scholarship winners announced

Sam Houston State University's College of Criminal Justice, in partnership with the Correctional Management Institute of Texas, has awarded scholarships to TDCJ employees Misty Dowdell, an operational review sergeant at the Holliday Unit in Huntsville, and Adrienne Bailey, a legal assistant support supervisor with the State Counsel for Offenders.

Bailey and Dowdell have been admitted to the Master of Science in Leadership and Management Weekend Program, an intensive degree program that teaches critical management skills to criminal justice professionals so they can advance in the field of criminal corrections. Misty Dowdell wants to become a TDCJ warden or departmental director, while Adrienne Bailey hopes to improve her leadership skills and promote at the State Counsel for Offenders. Both will begin the program this fall and plan to advance their TDCJ careers using the knowledge acquired through their scholarships.


Photo of Sam Houston State University scholarship recipients and TDCJ employees Misty Dowdell and Adrienne Bailey.

Sam Houston State University's College of Criminal Justice scholarship recipients Operational Review Sergeant Misty Dowdell (left) and Legal Assistant Support Supervisor Adrienne Bailey.

"I am very proud to represent my agency and to do the best I can to make the agency proud," said Dowdell. Bailey hopes the degree will help open up new avenues for her career at TDCJ. "I enjoy the different departments and how they work together," said Bailey.

Dowdell has been with TDCJ for more than 14 years, starting her career at the Polunsky Unit in Livingston, and eventually moving on to the Plane and Henley units. The mother of four advanced through the ranks to lieutenant before moving to the Parole Division for three years. She returned to security in November as an operational review sergeant at the Holliday Unit, where she helps perform operational audits to ensure the unit is in compliance with agency policies and procedures.

Dowdell holds a Bachelor of General Studies degree from the Texas Woman's University, strongly supports the Special Olympics and is active during TDCJ fundraisers. She has also represented the agency in the annual Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run.

Bailey, a graduate of Sam Houston State University with a bachelor's degree in Psychology, held a variety of jobs in the Huntsville area before joining TDCJ. After joining the agency, she worked in the Classification and Records Division handling open records requests, and served in the Offender Time Management Section, which monitors time served by offenders. She joined the State Counsel's Office in August 2014 as a legal assistant and has risen through the ranks to become a supervisor in the Legal Services section, overseeing nine legal assistants who help offenders deal with a number of legal issues including child support, divorce, lawsuits, time calculation-related issues, biennial reviews for civil commitment and immigration matters.

"I am a (SHSU) Bearkat, and I loved the Huntsville area so much, I stayed," said Bailey. "I’m hoping to improve my leadership skills in my office, and I would love to learn different areas of TDCJ. I really enjoy investigating time issues."

The SHSU/CMIT scholarship provides tuition costs each year for selected employees accepted into the Masters of Criminal Justice Leadership and Management Weekend Program. Applicants for the scholarships must first be accepted into the Master of Science in Leadership and Management Program and be active professionals in the criminal justice field with a minimum of five years' experience. Continued financial support of selected students is contingent upon their maintaining at least a 3.3 grade point average and making satisfactory progress toward completing the degree program in two years.

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Name From To
Norvel Arnold Senior Warden,
Dalhart Unit
Senior Warden,
Preston E. Smith Unit
Leroy Bailey Assistant Warden,
John Montford Psychiatric Unit
Assistant Warden,
Skyview Unit/
Jerry H. Hodge Unit
Debra Booker Ombudsman IV,
Administrative Review
and Risk Management
Assistant Warden,
Reverend C.A. Holliday
Transfer Facility
Roger Bowers Assistant Warden,
Reverend C.A. Holliday
Transfer Facility
Senior Warden,
Walker Sayle SAFPF
Stuart Calhoun Senior Warden,
Walker Sayle SAFPF
Senior Warden,
Travis County State Jail
Dennis Crowley Assistant Warden,
Offender Transportation
Senior Warden,
Offender Transportation
Kelli Forrester Senior Warden,
Travis County State Jail
Senior Warden,
Christina Melton
Crain Unit
Michael Franks Assistant Regional Director,
Region VI
Assistant Warden,
Offender Transportation
Joel Gauna Senior Warden,
Jim Rudd Transfer Facility
Senior Warden,
Dalhart Unit
Ronald Givens Senior Warden,
Ernestine Glossbrenner SAFPF
Senior Warden,
Manuel A. Segovia Unit/
Reynaldo Lopez State Jail
Charles Horsley Assistant Warden,
James V. Allred Unit
Senior Warden,
Jim Rudd
Transfer Facility
Michael House Major of Correctional Officers,
John Montford Psychiatric Unit
Assistant Warden,
Daniel Webster Wallace Unit/
Dick Ware Transfer Facility
Charles Hufford Assistant Warden,
Dalhart Unit
Assistant Warden,
Linda Woodman State Jail
Greg Jeter Major of Correctional Officers,
Preston E. Smith Unit
Assistant Warden,
Dalhart Unit
Virgil McMullen Assistant Warden,
Mark W. Stiles Unit
Senior Warden,
Ernestine Glossbrenner SAFPF
Michael Miller Major of Correctional Officers,
French Robertson Unit
Assistant Warden,
John Montford Psychiatric Unit
Cynthia Moore Assistant Warden,
Linda Woodman State Jail
Assistant Warden,
Christina Melton Crain Unit
Mohamed Sarhani Major of Correctional Officers,
Eastham Unit
Assistant Warden,
James V. Allred Unit
Philip Sifuentes Senior Warden,
Manuel A. Segovia Unit/
Reynaldo Lopez State Jail
Senior Warden,
Ruben M. Torres Unit/
Joe Ney State Jail
Sadie Vincent Major of Correctional Officers,
Larry Gist State Jail
Assistant Warden,
Mark W. Stiles Unit

 

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