Committee purpose statement:
This Committee reviews and recommends award categories and nominations to the MCA Board of Directors for approval.
Chair: Sarah Eischens - Past President 2017 DOC Mankato District Office
Steve King, President 2016 - Mower County Probation
Michelle Smith, Past President 2015 - MN DOC - MCF-Oak Park Heights
Monique Drier, Past President 2014 - Brooklyn Center Police Department
Karen Evans, Past President 2013 - Wright County Field Services
Click here for the 2018 Nomination FormMCA will be accepting Award Nominations for 2018 until July 15, 2018
Corrections Person of the Year: This award is given for outstanding contribution in the field of corrections in Minnesota by an individual in any employment. It could be clergy, judge, legislator, group home parent, etc., as well as a correctional professional.
Professional Achievement Awards: This award is given to two correctional staff persons (field services and correctional facilities) who have demonstrated achievement over a period of time, but shall not exclude professionals new to the field who have displayed outstanding achievement.
President’s Award: This award is given to programs, resources or facilities working in the broad field of corrections and criminal justice, which demonstrate creativity, resourcefulness, effectiveness and innovation.
Technology Award: This award is given to individuals, programs, resources or facilities working with technology in the broad field of corrections and criminal justice, which demonstrate creativity, resourcefulness, effectiveness and innovation.
Board of Directors’ Award (chosen and voted by Board of Directors): This award recognizes exemplary service to MCA members through participation in association activities.
Click here for Nomination Form
2017 MCA Award Winners
Corrections Person of the Year: Holly Clark, Youth Support Specialist - Minneapolis YMCA
Professional Achievement-Institution: Gino Anselmo, Warden - MCF-Togo
Professional Achievement-Field Services: Debra Schmitt, Probation Officer - Mower County Corrections
President's Award: Carlton County Restorative Justice Program
Board of Director's Award: Cal Saari, MCA Legislative Liaison
2016 MCA Award Winners
Corrections Person of the Year: Terry Carlson, Deputy Commissioner - MN Dept. of Corrections
Professional Achievement-Institution: Lynette Wold, Corrections Manufacturing Specialist - MCF-Shakopee
Professional Achievement-Field Services: Chad Christofferson, Corrections Agent - MN DOC Grand Rapids Field Services
President's Award: Damascus Way - Rochester
Technology Award: ODocS Team/ Barbara Blackburn, Tracey Gardner, Kristina Politoski - MN Dept. of Corrections
Board of Director's Award: MCA Annual Training Institute Committee
2015 MCA Award Winners
Corrections Person of the Year: Nadarajan Sethuraju, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
College of Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Metropolitan State University
Professional Achievement-Institution: Lori Korts - Minnesota Department of Correction - MCF-Rush City
Professional Achievement-Field Services: Charlene Washa - Le Sueur County
President's Award: Renville County Jail - Ned Wohlman
Technology Award: Alan Baertschi - Minnesota Department of Correction
Board of Director's Award: Karla Henrichs - Blue Earth County Community Corrections