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January 2020

RPD takes LEAD with new management training program

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s Rehabilitation Programs Division (RPD) has established a new leadership development training course for divisional staff, the Leadership Enhancement and Development (LEAD) program.

The LEAD program, which graduated its first class of ten in December, covers several critical subject areas including public speaking, the interview board process, book studies and investigations. During the six-month course, class members learn about other TDCJ operations and facilities through site visits and meet with experienced agency staff to discuss professional leadership skills in criminal corrections. LEAD graduates also serve as mentors for the next group to enter the program.

LEAD participants come from a variety of RPD departments, to include Chaplaincy, volunteer services, Field Ministry, Facility Programs, Quality Assurance, and Administration.

The LEAD program is overseen by the RPD Leadership Team, which includes Division Director Rene Hinojosa, Deputy Division Director Christopher Carter, and the departmental Deputy Directors Steven Gaddis, Pam Carey, Jacquelyn Shair, Michael Rutledge and Timothy Jones.

Leadership Enhancement and Development (LEAD) program graduates
December 2019

The first graduates of the Rehabilitation Programs Division’s Leadership Enhancement and Development (LEAD) Program join RPD staff for a class photo. Front row, left to right: Ashley Ginn, Hilaria Leon, Lisa Langley, Loren Shayne Roberts, Sonya McCray. Back row, left to right: Michael Rutledge, RPD Director Rene Hinojosa, Shonda Burrell, Thomas Brouwer, Myron Waddle, Byron Ellisor, Chelsea Johnson, Christopher Carter, Jacquelyn Shair, Timothy Jones.