Christina (Chris) Martin-CJPA President
I am honored to serve as President of the California Jail Programs Association (CJPA). It’s an organization that does amazing things and I hope to represent it well. My deepest appreciation goes out to the previous Board, all of whom have been an enormous support and resource:
Rosa Lazenby, Riverside County (President)
Liana Whisler, Sonoma County (Secretary)
Cecil Argue, Ventura County (Treasurer)
As a member of CJPA since 2014, I have been the recipient of its many benefits. As a new Inmate Services Manager, the ability to network with experts in the field was invaluable and I continue to learn from my colleagues as we address the challenges – and rewards – of providing in-custody rehabilitation, re-entry strategies, and delivering evidence-based practices.
It is my privilege to serve on this Executive Board with an all-inclusive representation of staff serving the community through jail programs in small, medium, and large counties throughout northern and southern California: Vice President Deirdre Smith (Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office), Secretary Sgt. Brian Smith (Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office), Treasurer Alison Ordille (San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Office), and Member-At-Large America Velasco (Marin County Sheriff’s Office). In addition to the new Board’s dedication to carry on the mission of CJPA, and continuing the work of the outgoing Board, we are committed to ensuring the future success of CJPA in its purpose to transform lives and effect change through jail programs.
The Executive Board has identified three primary goals for our term:
- Increase CJPA membership and enhance its value
- Review/Evaluate CJPA Conference format for efficiency and fiscal responsibility
- Strengthen our relationship with the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) and increase collaboration with the California State Sheriff’s Association (CSSA)
Conferences are already scheduled for 2020 in San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Stanislaus counties. We greatly appreciate our hosting counties as well as the new and loyal partners and sponsors for their support.
On behalf of the CJPA Executive Board, I look forward to seeing what great things the membership will accomplish over the next two years.