Unfortunately, there is sad news to report. CCJ suffered an unexpected and tragic loss when we learned that Mark Kubik had passed away on May 17, 2017. Mark worked at CCJ from 2003 to 2015. Most of those twelve years Mark served as our executive director.
Mark led CCJ through some turbulent financial years. His foresight and leadership helped CCJ continue to grow and provide quality services to the community despite these challenges. By the time of his departure CCJ had grown substantially and was on solid financial ground.
Under Mark’s leadership CCJ began implementing evidence based practices. He helped bring actuarial risk assessment to the agency. He also promoted specialized caseloads embracing the correctional concept of responsivity. Interagency communication and networking increased during Mark’s tenure. Perhaps most importantly Mark was a firm believer that people could and would change.
While leadership, guidance, and effective management were the most important skills Mark brought to CCJ those of us that worked with him daily also remember his laugh, talent for pastry wall art, love for eating Chuckles and Ice Cream, misguided interest in Wombats, corny jokes and his passion for the Chicago Cubs.
Mark was a great leader, coworker and boss. Mostly though he was a great friend. All of us at CCJ miss him tremendously.
“Thank you to Pastor Dave Russell for providing unwavering support to CCJ for the past 16 years.” If that sounds familiar it is. CCJ again wishes to recognize Pastor Dave Russell as CCJ volunteer of the year. During his 18 years on the CCJ Board of Directors Pastor Russell has worked on the Public Relations Committee and also served as Board President and Past President. This past year Pastor Russell stepped up to take over as Board Treasurer and he has agreed to remain in that position for the following term.
As chairman of the finance committee Pastor Russell assisted with the development of this year’s budget. He has also researched and helped develop a proposal to allow CCJ to offer health insurance benefits to employees. Pastor Russell also assists with our annual French toast fundraiser every year.
Thank you Pastor Russell and congratulations on being named CCJ volunteer of the year, again!
CCJ is pleased to announce the results of this year’s recidivism study. Of the clients released from supervision between July of 2015 through June of 2016 94% did not re-offend within the following 12 months. CCJ’s recidivism rate was 6% for this time period. This speaks volumes about the quality of the staff and programming we provide as well as the hard work and dedication to change of our clients.
Joseph Schnier has been hired as the new Office Manager at CCJ. Joseph graduated from ISU in May. He completed an internship at CCJ while a student at ISU. Joseph also serves in the Iowa National Guard. Please join us in welcoming Joseph to the CCJ family.