BOARD OF TRUSTEES
John C. Cordell has been a joint member of
American Corrections Association (ACA) and Michigan Corrections
Association (MCA) since 2002. John works for the Michigan Department of
Corrections, (MDOC) currently serving in the Public Information Office.
One of his proudest accomplishments is his commitment to the MDOC
Honor Guard where he holds the position of Commander. John has
many accomplishments in the MDOC including completion of the
Competitive Leadership Academy and consultation as a content
expert on Stress Management in Corrections.
Raymond is a long-serving member on the MCA Board of Trustees. For the past several years,
Raymond served as the treasurer, ensuring that MCA has the
funding necessary to grow into a larger voice for Michigan
corrections. Raymond is a corrections officer with the MDOC, currently working at Parnall
Correctional Facility. Raymond is seeking a greater role in the
organization and is committed to making MCA even better in the
Michelle VanDusen has been a member of ACA and
MCA since 1986. She worked for the MDOC from 1979 until her retirement as a Resident Unit Manager in 2005. She is currently working as a corrections consultant (auditor) for ACA and spends the rest of her time as an interior decorator. Michelle enjoys staying active sitting on several committees, boards, and organizations within the field of corrections and law enforcement.
Kip Smith is a Michigan Department of Corrections Resident Unit Officer at
the Cooper Street Correctional Facility in Jackson, Michigan. Kip started with Corrections in 1986 and he has worked in both
CFA and FOA, working with probationers, prisoners and parolees within the MDOC. Kip is a past finalist for Michigan Corrections Officer of the Year and has been actively involved with the Michigan Corrections Organization – SEIU 526M. Kip has been an ACA/MCA member for
8 years and previously served as a trustee on the MCA board.
Rachel Johnson is Supervisor of the Lifer, Litigation, and Parole Violation Unit at the Charles Egeler Reception and Guidance Center. She has worked for Corrections for 15 years, and has served as a Community Residential Program Agent, Parole/Probation Agent, and Assistant Deputy Warden. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Drug/Alcohol Education and Sociology, has been a college instructor, and has conducted training for the MDOC. She is a member of
ACA and participates on Blackman Township’s Board of Review and Zoning Board of Appeals. She and her husband, Sgt. Robert Johnson, have four boys ranging in age from 1½ to 16 years old.
Joe Bouchard has published over 200 corrections articles in various journals and is the author of three books. He is a Librarian at Baraga Maximum Correctional Facility for
MDOC. Bouchard is the Editor of The Correctional Trainer for the International Association of Corrections Training Personnel. He is also a member of the Board of Experts for The Corrections Professional and a corrections instructor for Gogebic Community College. You can reach him at (906) 353-7070 ext 1321.
Cheryl has been an active member of MCA for more than 25 years. She has held various positions on the Board of Directors and was instrumental in getting Detroit approved to host the ACA convention in 1997. Cheryl
previously held the position of Recording Secretary for MCA.
She is employed at the Southern Michigan Correctional Facility as an Inspector and during her 29 years of employment with
MDOC has held numerous positions in the Jackson area.
Cheryl is very active in the community and has a deep appreciation for the development of professionalism through training and networks established between MCA and all corrections staff.
Dr. Frank Crowe
Dr. Crowe has an extensive background in higher education and corrections. He earned his doctorate from Western Michigan University in Educational Leadership with emphasis in Criminal Justice. He also earned a Specialist degree from WMU in Specialty Programming in Alcohol and Drug Abuse and a Masters degree in Public Administration. Recent professional learning experiences include the Management Development Program at Harvard University and the Institute for Educational Leadership (Educational Policy Fellows Program) in Lansing, Michigan. He is presently the Director of the School of Criminal Justice (SCJ) at Ferris State University where he is responsible for the overall administration of the program and assuring high quality education for all graduate and undergraduate students. The SCJ has over 1,000 students attending at seven different sites around the State of Michigan.
Dr. Crowe has published articles dealing with correctional leadership, conflict resolution, and preparing students for a career in corrections. He also has given many presentations at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and the American Society of Criminology. He is a member of numerous college criminal justice advisory boards around the state as well as a member of the Mecosta County Community Corrections Advisory Board. A long time member of the American Correctional Association and the Michigan Corrections Association, he has been a long time advocate of molding theory with practice.
Jai is employed with the MDOC in the Office of New Employee Training
and Professional Development as the liaison to the Michigan
Corrections Officers’ Training Council. He has over 23 years of
experience with the MDOC in a variety of jobs and has been a member of The Michigan
Corrections Association and the American Correctional Association
since 1989. He is also helping with keeping the web site updated.
Lt. Herbert Holmes
Lt. Holmes is currently employed with the
Oakland County Sheriff’s Department, working in the main jail. He
has a Bachelor Degree in Political Science and a Masters Degree in
Education from Wayne State University. Herbert has over 30 years
of law enforcement experience including significant experience in
jail operations. He has served as a police officer with the City
of Detroit, and as a deputy sheriff, sergeant and Lieutenant with
the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department.
Herbert has been a member of many
professional organizations including the American Jail
Association, the Society of African-American Police Officers, The
Command Officers Association of Michigan and the Michigan
Corrections Association. He has been commended for professional
excellence, meritorious service, and participation with
coordination of “Operation Nighthawk,” a joint law operation
involving law enforcement and correctional agencies in the Metro
Dr. James Houston
Dr. Houston is currently Professor of
Criminal Justice at Grand Valley State University. He held
previous teaching positions at Appalachian State University, and
St. Ambrose University. Prior to entering academe, Dr. Houston
worked in corrections for nearly twenty years, serving in a
variety of positions. He worked as a juvenile probation officer
and some 17 years later as the Administrator of a Juvenile Court.
For 10 years he worked for the Federal Bureau of Prisons as case
manager and Director of Drug Treatment at the Federal Penitentiary
at Terre Haute and at Terminal Island, California.
He was also the founder and President of The Anysis Corporation
which was a private corrections firm with work release centers in
Inglewood and West Covina California and North Las Vegas. Dr.
Houston has been teaching at the university level for twenty
years. During that time he has written and published four books
and two manuals. In addition he has published numerous articles
in professional journals and presented numerous papers at
professional conferences. He has also consulted extensively in
the United States and Abroad.
Tony Owen worked in the MDOC as an officer at the Michigan Reformatory, then moved up through the ranks to Resident Unit Manager at the Ionia Maximum Correctional Facility. He recently retired and took a position teaching corrections at the University of Phoenix. To keep out of the wife's hair at home, Tony finally took a position in management at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. He currently serves as the chairperson of the MCA's Membership Committee. Tony has a wonderful wife, three children and two grandchildren.