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Mike Thatcher, Chief Executive Officer
Mike has been employed with CCCS since October 1983 working in the
capacities of Assistant Director and Executive Director. He has
extensive experience in community correctional programming and a long
tenure of experience in private sector corrections as well as treatment
programs and delivering training in standards compliance. During
his 27+ years in corrections, he has received extensive training in correction management
and supervisory courses and has a diverse background, having worked in
both the state prison system and community-based correctional systems for
adult offenders. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science degree in
Sociology, with an emphasis in Criminal Justice from Montana State
Director of Community Correctional Programs and Transportation
Steve McArthur is a native and lifelong resident of
Butte. He attended Montana Tech and graduated with a Bachelor of
Science degree in Sociology, with an emphasis in Criminal Justice, from
Montana State University. Steve has been employed with CCCS
since its the inception December 1983. He enjoys the continuing challenge of participating in the ongoing
operations and development of CCCS. Steve is a member of the
Montana Correctional Association, a member of the
Montana Board of Crime Control and a member of the Butte-Silver Bow Fire
Commission. Steve also serves on the Board of
Directors of the Port of Montana.
Colleen O'Leary, Director of Human Resources
Colleen has been the Director of Human Resources with CCCS since January
2002. She was previously the
Community Development Director for Butte-Silver Bow County.
Colleen also worked at Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge,
Montana for nearly ten years where she was employed as the Information Systems
Manager and later the Personnel Officer. She holds a
Bachelor's degree in Organizational Communications from Montana
State University-Billings, formerly known as Eastern Montana College.
She is actively involved in the Butte Central Catholic School System, St. Annís
Parish, and Main Street Uptown Butte where she serves as Secretary for the
Board of Directors.
Director of Chemical Dependency Programs
Dave began his employment with Community, Counseling, and Correctional
Services, Inc. (CCCS) in June 2001. He previously worked as an
officer in Adult Probation and Parole, an Addictions Counselor at the
Montana Chemical Dependency Center, a Unit Manager at Pine Hills and an
Adolescent Counselor at the Rivendell of Butte facility. Dave
holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Society and Technology with
emphasis in Human Values from Montana Tech of the University of Montana
in Butte, Montana. He has also taken all of the necessary
addictions studies from the University of Great Falls to allow his State
Licensure. Dave was born and raised in Butte, and enjoys fixing up his
new house and spending time with his family.
Ryan Lynch, Director of Development and Administration
Ryan came on board September 18, 2006. A Butte native and a graduate of Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington,
Ryan has a myriad of requisite experiences stemming from his previous education and subsequent work at the local, national,
and international levels. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration with a concentration in
International Business and Marketing. He previously worked in Florence,
Italy as a Student Life Program Coordinator and prior to that position, had
worked in an Employee Recruitment position that required him to develop
recruiting resources and engage in numerous networking activities in order to
seek out qualified candidates for professional agencies in the western states.
John Pat Bolton, Director of Corporate Facilities
John Pat (JP) Bolton began his CCCS employment as the Physical
Plant Manager at RYO in November 2003, and then was promoted to the Director
of Corporate Facilities in 2007. Prior to
that, he served as an Inmate Construction Supervisor and as a Maintenance
Service Manager at the Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge, Montana.
JP has received extensive
vocational training in machinery, welding, drafting, and carpentry. He
has over 30 years in construction project supervision, having been a
union carpenter since 1972. JP is involved in Big Brothers and
Sisters, and has been honored as Big Brother of the Year in the past.
Gina Tracy, Director of Nursing
Gina has been with CCCS since November 2003. She was previously
employed as a staff nurse at St. James Healthcare in Butte, Montana. She was
first a Licensed Practical Nurse and then an Associate Registered Nurse.
Gina received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the Montana Tech of the University
of Montana in Butte.
Craig Thomas, Special Projects/Marketing Coordinator
Craig joined CCCS on January 9, 2012 bringing with him 33 years of experience in
the corrections field. He previously
served as the Executive Director for the State Board of Pardons and Parole from 1991 until his
retirement in April 2011. Craig earned his degree in Psychology from the University of Montana - Missoula.
He currently serves as Chairman of the Butte-Solver Bow Law Enforcement Commission. In his spare time, he
enjoys playing golf and is a self-described "golf fanatic."
Molina Puccinelli, Executive Assistant
Until her September 2008 promotion to Executive Assistant, Molina Puccinelli has
worked as an Administrative Assistant in both the men's and women's Pre-release
Centers since March 1998. Prior to that, Molina worked as a Psychiatric Aid in both
State Hospitals (at Galen and Warm Springs) and then with the State of Montana
as an Admissions Tech at Montana State Prison. Molina has had special
training as a Nurse/Psychiatric Aide, as well as fire department training to
become a member of the Warm Springs Volunteer Fire Department.
Additionally, she has had extensive training in various computer software
programs. Molina was born and raised in Anaconda, Montana.
Perry Hawbaker, Chief Financial Officer
Before his October 2009 promotion to the position of CFO,
Perry served as the CCCS Controller from January 2003. He held
various accounting positions in private industry for 19 years and prior
to that was with a public accounting firm for two and a half years.
Perry earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration
with an Accounting major from Montana State University-Billings,
formerly known as Eastern Montana College. Perry is a Certified
Public Accountant and is a board member of the Butte Community Health
Diana has been employed with CCCS since May 2004.
She is a Certified Public Accountant with experience in public, not-for-profit
and governmental accounting. Diana holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business
from Montana State University - Bozeman.
Brandie Villa, General Ledger Accountant
Brandie joined CCCS on March 1, 2008. She previously worked as an
auditor and as a customer service representative. Brandie holds a
Bachelor's in Business and a Master's in Accounting from Montana State
University - Bozeman. She is a Certified Public Accountant.
Kim Hanson, Payroll and Benefits Coordinator
Kim began her employment with CCCS in May 2001 as a Resident Assistant. She was
then promoted to an Administrative Assistant until WATCh opened in January 2002, when she was
promoted to Accounting Technician at WATCh. Kim
has earned her Associateís through Western International University and
a Bachelorís in Accounting through the University of
Phoenix. She was previously employed as a Payroll Technician at the Montana
State Prison for 4 years.
Jeff Petritz, Payroll and Benefits Coordinator
Jeff began his employment with CCCS in September 2003 and worked
as a RYO Juvenile Correctional Officer for seven months.
Prior to coming on board, he worked for Touch America
in the Accounting Department for nine years. Jeff earned a
Bachelor's degree in Business/Accounting from the University of
Montana - Missoula. He has had special juvenile training in
dealing with youthful offenders at the RYO facility.
Heather McLaughlin, Accounting Technician
Heather was hired on December 1, 2005. Prior to coming on board for the
START program, she worked for the State of Montana as a legal
secretary/hearings assistant with the Department of Natural Resources and
Conservation Water Rights Bureau. Heather earned a Bachelor of Science
in Management and Information Technology from Montana Tech of the University
of Montana, where she also taught Microsoft Excel and Access.
Vicki Sandford, Accounting Technician
Vicki joined CCCS in January 2009. She previously worked at the Montana Tech Foundation as an
Accounting Associate for the last 10 years. Vicki earned a Bachelor of Science degree in
Business Administration/Management from the University of Montana - Missoula.
Scott Mansanti, Transportation Supervisor
Scott began his employment with CCCS in August 2005 as a RYO Juvenile
Correctional Officer and then, in December 2005, joined the CCCS Transportation Team. He was promoted on
September 17, 2007, to his current position
as the Transportation Supervisor based out of the Vehicle Maintenance
Building. He is responsible for the direct oversight and overall
direction of the CCCS Transportation Officers. Scott
holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the
Montana Tech of the University of Montana in Butte, Montana.
Pat Prendergast, Human Resources Specialist
Prior to his promotion to Human Resources Specialist, Pat was originally hired on August 24, 2007 as
a Case Manager at the WATCh Program in Warm Springs . He has a Master
of Arts in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies with an Emphasis in
Secondary Administration from the University of Northern Colorado. He
has a Master of Science degree in Health and Physical Education with
an Emphasis in Sports Science from the University of Montana. Pat also earned a
Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Carroll College in Helena. He is a member of the Butte Cares Board.
Rich Skuletich, Human Resources Specialist
Hired in August 2006, Rich brought with him 27-years of experience in the education field as both a teacher and
school administrator. Before his promotion to Human Resources Specialist in December 2009, he
worked as a Case Manager at the WATCh Program in Warm Springs for nearly
four years. He earned Bachelor of Science Degrees in
Elementary Education and Secondary Education from the University of
Montana Western in Dillon, Montana; a Master's Degree in Educational
Leadership at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona; and
Administrative Certification from Northern Arizona University.
Tyler Fries, Community Coordinator
Tyler began his employment with CCCS in 2011 as a Client Technician for the
Connections Corrections Program in Butte. He has served as the Athletics
Projects Manager for Montana Tech of the University of Montana - Butte since
2011. He has also played professional baseball as a relief pitcher in
Corpus Christi, TX and pitched in the United League of Baseball. In
addition, Tyler worked at the Carolina Baseball Center in Charlotte, NC,
as the Scheduling and Media Relations Co-ordinator and a Golf Ranger at
the Wapicada Golf Course in Sauk Rapids, MN for two years. Tyler
earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Management from
Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC, where he served as a member
of the Sports Management Association and volunteered in the community
giving baseball clinics.
Michelle Harrington, Program Coordinator
Michelle came on board on February 14, 2012 to work as the Program
Coordinator of the Anaconda Community Intervention Program mentioned
above. She is responsible for coordinating established project plans in
support of ACI's organization mission and grant-related goals. She
brings with her over 10-years of experience, having previously worked at
Mercury Street Medical as the Certified Clinical Research Coordinator;
prior to that, she was employed at Big Sky Clinical Research as a
Clinical Research Coordinator and at St James Healthcare as a Clinical
Laboratory Assistant; all located in Butte, MT. Michelle earned an
Associates in Biology General Health and a Bachelors of Science in
Biology both from the Montana Tech of the University of Montana - Butte.
She also holds an Associates of Surgical Technology and is currently
pursuing a Maters of Education and Biology, both from the University of
Montana - Missoula.
Chad Snyder, Network Information Administrator
Chad began working full-time on February 27, 2012 as CCCS' Network
Information Administrator. He previously
was employed with Fleeting Gaming as an IT Technician. Chad brings with
him tremendous knowledge having experience as an IT Technician with a
strong background in in Computer Science. He has many years of hard- and soft-ware
experience through both education and employment. Chad attended Montana Tech and has specialized training in management.
Chad has also worked at the Butte School District as an Adult Education
Teacher, providing instruction on software and computer use. He is a Butte native who
enjoys spending his spare time with his wife and son.
Kody West, Network Information Specialist
Kody joined CCCS on February 28, 2012 as a half-time Network Information
Specialist. He previously was employed as a Network Administrator/Technician for
Energy Systems in Dickinson, North Dakota. Kody is also the current Owner/Systems Administrator/Technician for West Tech LLC
and provides IT consulting services for a number of local businesses. He
attended Dickinson State University in Dickinson, North Dakota for
several years while he pursued a Computer Science Degree. Kody brings
with him years of experience working as a free-lance programmer and
developing and repairing software for clients across the U.S., as well
as in several countries.
Selina Pankovich, Information Specialist
Selina joined CCCS in May 2008 and works as a Database Application
Developer and Administrator. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Informatics
with academic honors from the Montana Tech of the University of Montana in Butte, Montana.
Prior to getting her degree, Selina worked in the banking industry for 5 years.
Valori Mourich, Information Specialist/Webmaster
Valori began working as CCCS' Webmaster in December 2004.
She worked for 20 years with a nonprofit organization where she assisted in the design, development
and operation of four different national clearinghouses for federal
agencies. Prior to that, she worked for 6 years as a Consumer
Service Representative for an electric and gas utility. Valori
has been involved for more than two decades delivering oral and written
communications in attractively packaged formats suitable for both Internet
and printed media. She holds a Bachelor's in Communications with
academic honors from the University of Montana - Missoula.
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