Louisiana 

Lisa Hawkins

Sara Carmena

Kristen Thomas​​

Meagan began her state career with the Louisiana Department of Public Safety & Corrections as an Administrative Assistant for then Deputy Warden Steve Rader.  She later promoted to Administrative Program Specialist and to Administrative Program Manager.  Currently she is the Executive Management Officer at DCI.

Maria Pollage-Toups

Sara Carmena has over ten years of service with the Louisiana Department of Public Safety & Corrections.  She began her career at Headquarters as a Human Resources Analyst and once completing her Master’s Degree transitioned into the position of Adult Education Instructor at the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women (LCIW).  During her tenure at LCIW, the adult education program helped more students to earn a high school equivalency diploma than other years historically recorded. Sara was later chosen to serve the department as the HiSet Examiner, serving north Louisiana parishes. Currently, she continues to serve the northern parishes as ARDC Specialist and HiSET Examiner.
Taking an active role in professional organizations has always been a priority as not only a member of the Louisiana Correctional Association (LCA), but also serving many years as Evaluation/Monitor Chair along with serving on other conference committees. She has also served as State Secretary for the Louisiana Association for Public, Community & Adult Educators (LAPCAE) and chaired numerous conference committees, including the state hosted national conference for the Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE).  Other professional associations include: Southern States Correctional Association, American Correctional Association, North American Association for Wardens & Superintendents, and Louisiana Personnel Council.

Assistant Warden Kristen Thomas has over 10 years of service with the DPS&C. She has worked her way through various behavioral health positions to become the Assistant Warden of Healthcare Services at EHCC overseeing the following departments: Medical Services; EMS Services; Medical/Mental Health Records; Mental Health Services; Pharmacy Operations; and Dental Services. She is also the PREA Compliance Manager for the facility and also assists in this regard on a departmental and national level.

Angela Arabie

Vice President

Darryl Campbell

Assistant Director Maria Pollage-Toups has over 28 years of service with Probation & Parole. She worked her way through various positions in Probation & Parole to become Assistant Director.  She has been and is currently responsible for the following: Division ACA Coordinator, Headquarters and Division Safety Coordinator, P.O.S.T. Academy Director, and Division Training Coordinator.  She currently sits on the Implementation Steering Team for the Louisiana Prisoner Reentry Initiative; the TIGER implementation committee, and the Department of Corrections Recruitment Committee.  Assistant Director Toups also served as the Vice President of the Louisiana P.O.S.T Academy Directors Association where she has been a member for 11 years.  

After graduating from Tulane University, Carol Gilcrease, LCSW, joined the mental health team at Louisiana State Penitentiary to gather some experience to obtain her social work license and return home. During her 26-year career with the LA-Department of Corrections, she has had the opportunity to be active with Southern States Correctional Association, Southern Law Enforcement Foundation, Louisiana Association of Crisis Negotiators, Crisis Intervention Team International, as well as, LCA. Currently, she serves as the 2017-2018 President of Southern States Correctional Association. In the past year, she was invited to speak to law enforcement and mental health
professionals in Chicago and San Jose, CA on the impact of criminal thinking and mental health issues in treatment and in crisis situations.

Correctional

Association

Mr. Campbell has been employed with the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections (DPS&C) for the past 28 years. Beginning his career at Elayn Hunt Correctional Center (EHCC) in the Reception and Diagnostic Center as a Classification Officer. He has worked as a Classification Supervisor as well as the Executive Management Officer for EHCC where he was responsible for Policy and Procedures, Offender Posted Policy and he served as the facilities Accreditation Manager for the American Correctional Association’s (ACA) standards compliance. In February 2011, Mr. Campbell was promoted to the Secretary’s Office at the Department’s Headquarters location to serve as the Administrator for the Sex Offender Assessment Panel (SOAP). In August 2016, he returned to EHCC as the Assistant Warden for Administration. He also volunteers as a facilitator with the  Department’s Victim Offender Dialogue program. Mr. Campbell has maintained professional certification by the American Correctional Association since 2008, which requires re-certification every three years. He is member of the American Correctional Association, the Louisiana Correctional Association, the Louisiana Association of Wardens, the Southern States Correctional Association, and the North American Association of Warden’s and Superintendents. He is also an advisory board member for Keep Louisiana Beautiful, a Keep America Beautiful affiliate.

I am from St. Francisville, La.  You could say I married into a "correction's" family.  I've been married for over 20 years to Bill Hawkins, who grew up on Angola and is currently a registered nurse at Dixon Correctional Institute.  We have 2 children, Max & Gage, both students at LSU.  I have over 20 years with the La DPS&C.  I  Began my correction's career in 1992 as a student worker for Prison Enterprises at Louisiana State Penitentiary.  In 1995, I accepted a position in the Purchasing Department for LSP.  Most of my career was in the business services section at LSP.  In 2012, I promoted to a position at Headquarters in what use to be the PROCRD section.  In July of 2015, I accepted a position at DCI as the Administrative Director over Business Services and later promoted to Assistant Warden of Administrative Services. 

Member at Large

Angela began working in the correctional field in 1991 as a Unit Secretary with the Federal Bureau of Prisons at FMC, Carville, Louisiana.  After serving on the facility’s deactivation team in 1994 and leaving corrections, she found herself drawn back into corrections at Elayn Hunt Correctional Center in 1996 where she accepted a support position in the facility’s accreditation office.  She ultimately promoted to the Executive Management Officer/Accreditation Manager position, where she served for seven years.  Since 2009, Angela has worked at DPS&C Headquarters in the Secretary’s Office where she currently serves as the Executive Management Advisor.  Angela has served as Secretary and is currently the Vice-President of the Louisiana Correctional Association (LCA) and she has served as the appointed Delegate Assembly representative to ACA for LCA for the past two years.  Angela also serves on the ACA Executive Committee as the Board of Delegates representative to the Executive Committee.

Megan Wintz

Angela Whittaker

Angela started her career with the Office of Juvenile Justice in 1995 as a probation officer. From 1998- 2002 she specialized in aftercare/parole. In 2002 she transferred to central office as a contract monitor for residential, tracker/mentor and day treatment programs. In 2008 she was promoted to Program Manager to oversee the reaccreditation of probation and parole and accreditation of central office and secure facilities. Angela is responsible for quality assurance of eleven regional probation and parole offices statewide. She is also the Performance-based Standards Agency Coordinator.  At the 2009 CAMA Conference in New York, Angela took the ACA certification exam and achieved Certified Corrections Manager/Juvenile. She has been an ACA auditor of juvenile programs since 2012.  Angela has been a member of ACA and LCA since 2001, a member of Correctional Accreditation Managers’ Association (CAMA) since 2002 and a member of Southern States Correctional Association since 2017. She served as the CAMA Treasurer from 2004 – 2010.

Carol Gilcrease