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.