Barbara Gorman is the CJCC Chair.
DCCJCC started in 2008 and was guided by the wisdom and expertise during its first three years by the CJCC’s chairs in 2008-2010; Judge William Stewart and Judge Rod Smeltzer. Their forward thinking established Dunn County’s current structure of CJCC. As the number of CJCC’s in the State of Wisconsin has grown with almost forty counties having CJCC’s, it is gratifying to see the model that exists in Dunn County. Some counties have established their CJCC’s to be small in their membership and using just criminal justice entities’ department directors as members. Some CJCC’s are primarily led by the judge. Each county develops their CJCC based on their system’s demographics. We believe partnership with the community is important and appreciate their membership. We believe criminal justice entities and county entities are collaborative partners and are glad for their representation on, and commitment to, CJCC. One can choose to continue to do the same thing, the same way, but cost-effective and evidence-based practices will not result. Effective justice strategies can result from inclusive collaboration. Thank you to the founding chairs for their vision that established the firm foundation for DCCJCC.
Barb Gorman is starting her second year of being the chair for DCCJCC. She has been a practitioner in the human services field for over thirty-five years. Prior to her almost twenty five years of experience at the Office of the State Public Defender as a social worker and investigator, she has worked as a mental health therapist, did juvenile intake and juvenile supervision, licensed foster homes, and worked for three different county Department of Social Services doing child protection and family services work. For the past fifteen years, Barb has taught a class at several of the area universities on court report writing and courtroom testifying for social workers. This led to working with a former professor at UW-Eau Claire, Dr. Len Gibbs, on creating the Courtroom Interactive Testimony Thinking Test section on a CD-Rom that is part of Dr. Gibb’s book, Evidence-Based Practice for the Helping Professions, published in 2003. Dr. Gibbs was a pioneer in developing curriculum for social workers and evidence-based practices.
Barb keeps several post-it notes near her computer. The first two are, “The current system is perfectly designed for the outcomes you are getting,” and “Insanity- Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Without effective collaboration, outcomes and results are not different. A third post-it is, “Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceed most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed- Herman Melville,” is posted, because . . . well, just because.
Barbara Reid, CJCC Co-Chair, is currently our Jail Administrator for the Dunn County Sheriff’s Department. She has occupied this position since August 2003. Prior to working for Dunn County, she worked for the Washington County Jail in Stillwater, Minnesota for eleven years serving in various positions such as Correctional Officer, Juvenile Detention Officer, Correctional Sergeant, Transport Coordinator and Juvenile Administrator. Before working in Corrections, she was an Emergency Services dispatcher for ten years in Waukesha and St. Croix Counties. She was an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) for 18 years volunteering for several ambulance and rescue agencies.
Barb grew up in the Elmwood, Wisconsin area and attended UW-Stout graduating in 1980 with a BS in Industrial Technology. Throughout her career, she has participated in a wide range of continuing education in corrections, emergency medical services, interpersonal communications and supervision. Barb has been instrumental in developing and implementing the array of services available to inmates in the Dunn County jail. Programs to assist inmates for their release to the community, support inmates’ recovery, connect with their families and change patterns of thinking have been a cornerstone of inmate programming. Helping inmates achieve academic success has been important to Barb as the jail director. The programs offered at the Dunn County jail were recently featured in the November/December issue of the CEA-W (Correctional Education Association-Wisconsin) newsletter.
Carolyn Mnichowicz is the Dunn County Criminal Justice Coordinator and holds the responsibilities of aiding in coordination of the Criminal Justice Collaboration Council and the Dunn County Diversion Court. Currently, Carolyn is working on many projects which include enhancing the Deferred Plea Agreement (DPA) Program using the Compas Assessment. Carolyn has held the responsibilities of Diversion Court Coordinator for four years, the CJCC Coordinator for two years and the DPA programming for one year. Prior to working for Dunn County, Carolyn worked in Juvenile Corrections at the Eau Claire Academy for several years, holding the position of group facilitator, residential treatment worker and medical technician/nurses assistant. Carolyn currently collaborates and works with Attic Correctional Inc. facilitating Thinking for Change cognitive groups and University Wisconsin Stout as an Adjunct Professor.
Carolyn grew up in the Chippewa Valley area and holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Development Family Studies (2003) and a master’s degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling (2007), both from the University Wisconsin Stout. Carolyn is also a Certified Life Coach, has NAMA Certification as an Anger Management Specialist II and is CGIP trained.