2017 Annual Pinnacle Awards
Deangelo Earl, Deputy Warden of the Year
Kenyon Randle, Correctional Supervisor of the Year
Connie Dean, Supervisor of the Year
Abby Rizor, Employee of the Year
Jeremy Cottrell, Employee of the Year
Noah Carraway, for Mike Carraway
Ozell Pace, Director's Citation of Excellence
Judy Taylor, Director's Citation of Excellence
Joe Page III, Superintendent of the Year
The annual Pinnacle Awards was held on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017 at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Pinnacles recognize staff for their outstanding work in the operation of the agency. Recipients have already recieved acknowledegment at the annual awards ceremonies held at each unit. The Pinnacle Awards are the highest recognition of achievement within the ADC.
Employee of the Year, Abby Rizor, Grimes Unit
Employee of the Year, Jeremy Cottrell, North Central Unit
Supervisor of the Year, Connie Dean, Pine Bluff Unit
Correctional Supervisor of the Year, Kenyon Randle, East Arkansas Unit
Correctional Officer of the Year, Latoya Eason, Construction
Deputy Warden of the Year, Deangelo Earl, Grimes Unit
Superintendent of the Year, Joe Page III, Tucker Unit
Director’s Outstanding Service Award, Richard Meeks, Construction
Director’s Outstanding Service Award, Mike Carraway, Admin East
Director’s Citation of Excellence Award, Ozell Pace, Varner Supermax
Hero Award, Lance Hall, Maximum Security Unit
Hero Award, Joel Crook, Ouachita River Unit
Award program held for employees, supervisors
The Employee Awards Program was held on Dec. 14, 2016, 2:00 p.m., at the Administrative Annex East Central Office. A pre-award meal was hosted by Administrative Annex East and Central Office Employee Association. Those who attended were honored being welcomed by the late Mike Carraway, assistant director.
Awards were presented by Deputy Director Dexter Payne, Assistant Director Mike Carraway, Assistant Director Gail Mainard and HR Administrator Stacia Lenderman. There were 30 nominees for Employee and Supervisor of the Year awards.
There were an impressive 69 employees who received Service Awards. Nadine Burkett was the lone recipient of a 40-year award. Six were awarded for 35 years of service, four for 30 years, eight for 25 years, four for 20 years, 10 for 15 years, 20 for 10 years and 16 for five years. For a complete list of those awarded for service go here.
You can see a list of all awarded supervisors and employees, and a list of those who were nominated here.
2016 Supervisor of the Year and Employee of the Year Awards
Thirty were nominated for Supervisor of the Year or Employee of the Year awards at this year's ceremony held at the Administrative Annex East building. Here is a list of the nominees and a list of those awarded.
Sarah Apel Niva Battles Bill Beaumont
Nicholas Bradley David Brewer Chris Brown
Fred Campbell Robert Carter Richard Cooper
Tommy Curry Teresa Funderburg Debra Glover
Gwendola Goins Lance Hall Cathy Hardin
Donna Heflin Sheila Inman Jamie Johnson-Bradden
Shelly Jones Miriam Lester Latosha Mingo
Debra Mosley Robert Parker Linda Sanner
Robert Scott Genia Walker Melanie Walker
Barbara Williams Marcur Workman Carol Yelland
Supervisor of the Year Employee of the Year
Fred Campbell, Administrative Services Robert Scott, IT
Robert Parker, Health/Programs Bill Beaumont, Fusion Center
Richard Cooper, ACI Gwendola Goins, ACI
Barbara Williams, Grievances Jamie Johnson-Bradden, Grievances
Sheila Inman, SOCNA
Chris Brown, Institutions
2016 Service Awards
There were an impressive 69 employees who received Service Awards. There was one recipient of a 40-year award. Six were awarded for 35 years of service, four for 30 years, eight for 25 years, four for 20 years, 10 for 15 years, 20 for 10 years and 16 for five years. They are:
40 years - Nadine Burkett.
35 years - Monica McFalls, Jeanie Scifres, Wanda Reeves, Shari J. Gray, Rebecca Bice-Landreth and Jusine M. Minor.
30 years - Karen Bottoms, Teresa Funderburg, Fred Campbell and Niva Battles.
25 years - Charlotte Thomas, Lucy Cockrell, Judy L. Taylor, Sherry L. Glover, Gregory Munson, Michael L. Shelton and Barbara L. Price.
20 years - Wozell Stanley, Dwana F. Johnson, Carolyn F. Bolden and Doris Johnson.
15 years - Donna Roberts, Lorece Hart, Jessie Jackson, Diane McDaniel, Lois Williams, Kay Shope, Sandra Kennedy, Roger Murray, Andre Martin abnd Nicholas Reed.
10 years - Johara Mayes, Nick Bradley, Scott Dunn, Joyce Channtel, Cathy Hardon, Becky Thomas, Donna Best, Zach Ives, Falandus Graydon, Thomas Weindruch, Joni Whittington, Mark Marshall, Shonita Cherry, Kimberly Haywood Withers, Ayn Freygang, Shannon Washington, Donna Best, John Wesley Morton and James Chambers.
5 years - Garrett Scifres, Timothy Bircher, Amanda Bacus, Cassondra Jones, Katherine Bradley, Ronald Watson, Craig Jones, Shelly Byers, Joacob Higgins, Kenric Williams, Kedeizsha Matthews Tonya Savage, Teresa Jo Stanton, Foest Witherspoon and Lauren Holstead.
ORCU employee Connie Dunkin
ORCU employee Connie Dunkin receives her 10 year service award from Warden Nurzuhal Faust.
Ouachita River Correctional Unit Captain Josh Crosby
Ouachita River Correctional Unit Captain Josh Crosby was recently awarded the Patriotic Employee Award from the Office of Secretary of Defense/Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. Crosby is congratulated by ORCU Deputy Warden Thomas Thurst, left, and ORCU Deputy Warden Gary Musselwhite.
Warden Randy Watson
Warden Randy Watson receives the American Correctional Association (ACA) accreditation certificate for the Varner Unit at the ACA conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, in January 2016. Pictured, from left, are Board of Corrections member Buddy Chadick, ACA Commission Chair Lori Ammons, Deputy Director Rory Griffin, Director Wendy Kelly, Watson, Deputy Director Dexter Payne, Agency ACA Manager Sandra Kennedy, Commissioner Kelly Harrington, and Commissioner Lisa Stapleton.