It is my pleasure to be a part of the Chicano Correctional Workers Association (CCWA) as your newly elected Association President. I truly accept this position with pride and humility. I recognize the importance and the tremendous responsibility which comes with this position. It is my hope to work closely with each CCWA Chapter President and our members to quantify this organization into one that excels in all aspects of our mission.
I began my career with the California Department of Corrections in October of 1988, as a Correctional Officer at California State Prison at Corcoran. In 1995, I promoted to Correctional Sergeant at Valley State Prison for Women and in 1999 promoted to Correctional Lieutenant. In 2012, Valley State Prison for Women converted to an all-male institution now known as Valley State Prison. Currently, my assignment at Valley State Prison is as the In-Service Training Manager.
As your newly elected Associate President, I would be remiss in not acknowledging the efforts of our past Association Board. At this time, I would like to thank each past and present board member for their dedication and service to our organization. As we move forward to a new term, it will be incumbent upon each board member to work together in order to bring our organization to a level that will bring incessant success for our membership.
A myriad of goals I have set forth for myself and the newly elected executive board is to increase our membership, acknowledge long time members and those members retiring; activate chapters which are dormant; provide relevant training which will assist our membership in attaining their goals within the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation; establish and promote a working partnership with administration at the local level as well as with the leaders of the department.
This coming year, we will be planning our organization’s 45th Anniversary. In addition, plans will be underway for a training conference which will encompass one’s professional growth. I encourage each of you to take advantage of the training offered.
I look forward to the challenges that lay ahead. I am confident together we can accomplish those goals and make CCWA an organization well represented in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation as well as in our communities.
Thank you for the trust you have placed in me.