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Hazlewood, Bell named division directors, other senior appointments announced

illustration of business men and business womanA ppointments to several senior TDCJ positions have been announced.

In August, Executive Director Brad Livingston announced the appointment of C.F. Hazlewood as director of the Manufacturing and Logistics Division. He replaces Rick Thaler, who was earlier named to succeed retired Correctional Institutions Division (CID) Director Nathaniel Quarterman.

Hazlewood, a 26-year TDCJ veteran, had served as director of the Agribusiness, Land and Minerals Department since April 2005. He joined the agency as a correctional officer at the Eastham Unit near Lovelady in January 1983 and moved to the Agribusiness, Land and Minerals Department the following year, where he helped manage the agency’s livestock and poultry programs until January 2002 when he was selected to oversee the overall livestock program. As director of the Agribusiness, Land and Minerals Department, Hazlewood, a Texas A&M University graduate and former artillery officer with the Second Marine Division, managed one of the largest farming operations in the world.

“He is without question a high energy leader,” Livingston said of Hazlewood. “Every organization needs a number of leaders that lead on the dead run, and C.F. certainly does that. His leadership permeates everything he touches.”

Also, Mike Bell was named the agency’s chief information officer, replacing Robert Bray, who retired.

Bell is a former U.S. naval officer with more than 16 years of experience in the fields of information technology and network consulting. As a senior vice president of Bell Network Services, Inc., Bell provided TDCJ with technical consulting services in both network and security technologies for nearly 11 years. While employed by International Network Services, Inc., Bell worked as a network consultant for several Fortune 500 companies, including MCI and Compaq. He also served as a project manager for Electronic Data Systems and has earned several industry IT certifications.

Most recently, Bell served as deputy director and security officer for the TDCJ Information Technology Division. He earned a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville and is currently working on a master’s degree in information technology at the University of Maryland.

“Mike’s wealth of knowledge and strong leadership skills will serve TDCJ well as he assumes his new role,” Livingston said.
Thaler, meanwhile, announced the appointment of William Stephens, Oscar Mendoza and Thomas Prasifka to deputy director positions within the Correctional Institutions Division.

As deputy director for Prison and Jail Operations, Stephens oversees CID’s six regional offices and manages the Security Systems Department. Stephens has more than 28 years with TDCJ, beginning his career as a correctional officer in Huntsville in June 1981. He was promoted through the security ranks before being named senior warden in June 2000 at the Montford Unit in Lubbock. Stephens, who earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, had served as Region II Director in Tennessee Colony since 2005. He replaces Rodney Cooper, who retired.

In succeeding retired Management Operations Deputy Director David Stacks, Mendoza now manages the Security Threat Group Management Office, the Correctional Training and Development Department and the SAFE Prisons Program. He brings more than 30 years of TDCJ experience to his new position, last serving as Region III Director in Beeville for CID, and holds a master’s degree in criminal justice.

As deputy director for Support Operations, Prasifka oversees the agency’s Classification and Records Office, offender transportation system and the Laundry, Food and Supply Department. He has 25 years with TDCJ, and served for nine years as a senior warden on multiple facilities. He most recently served as an assistant director in the Manufacturing and Logistics Division. Prasifka replaces Pamela Williams, who retired.

Other announcements included the appointment of Pamela Thielke as deputy director of Support Operations for the Parole Division. Thielke earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice before beginning her TDCJ career as a parole caseworker in Houston in 1989. She had served as section director for Specialized Programs since April 2007.

Also, Agribusiness, Land and Minerals Department Deputy Director Matthew Demny was named to replace Hazlewood as director of the department. Demny joined TDCJ as an agricultural supervisor at the Central Unit in 1985 after earning a bachelor’s degree in mechanized agriculture from Texas A&M University. He had served as deputy director of the Agribusiness, Land and Minerals Department the past 2 years.

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