President - Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Spanish and International Studies from Kutztown University. Ms. Lopez has worked in Community Corrections since 1990, and currently serves as Deputy Chief of Chester County Pennsylvania Probation, Parole and Pretrial Services.
Ms. Lopez is skilled in grant writing and program development. She has secured funds to develop innovative programs that benefit justice-involved individuals and lead in the planning and implementation of the County’s Treatment Courts, including two Adult Drug Courts, Mental Health and Veterans Courts; a Risk/Need Assessment Unit; the Criminal Collections Court; the Swift, Certain, and Fair Sanction Program; and the Women’s Reentry, Assessment, and Programming Initiative (WRAP).
In 2017, the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, recognized WRAP as a Top 25 Program in the Innovations in American Government Awards competition. Also in 2017, the WRAP program was recognized with a National Association of Counties Achievement Award.
Ms. Lopez is the President of the Middle Atlantic States Correctional Association and serves on the Mental Health and Justice Advisory Committee and the Criminal Justice Advisory Committee at the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. Ms. Lopez is also a member of the Chester County Women’s Commission.
Ms. Lopez is a certified trainer of SAMHSA’s GAINS Center’s Trauma-Informed curriculum, she is a certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor and a certified trainer of the Ohio Risk Assessment System.
President Elect - Paul Lagana
Appointed in February, 2017, Warden Paul K. Lagana is responsible for the oversight and management of the Bucks County Correctional Facility.
Employing a staff of more than 250, the Facility confines more than 1,000 inmates under the County’s jurisdiction.
Warden Lagana previously served as Facility Director and Chief Administrator of the GEO Group Residential Recovery Center in Newark, NJ. The first New Jersey employee hired by GEO, Warden Lagana oversaw a ground-up operation, taking responsibility for interviewing and assembling the staff while also consulting with construction teams in retro-fit planning and execution. Once opened, Warden Lagana managed a 214-bed unit and implemented the first New Jersey State Parole Board T.C. (Therapeutic Community) Unit, which houses substance-abuse paroled inmates. Warden Lagana’s work with regional and local teams within the GEO Group earned him a reputation as a Facility Security expert, a role he filled at multiple locations throughout the country during his tenure.
Following a decorated 29-year career, Warden Lagana retired from New Jersey State Government in 2014 after serving as the Administrator/Warden at Northern State Prison for the NJ Department of Corrections from 2010-14. He began his career as a Corrections Officer in 1985, earning promotions through the ranks resulting in progressive leadership positions in eight different prisons. A sergeant by the age of 25, Warden Lagana’s experience includes time as an Assistant Superintendent at the Adult Diagnostic Treatment Center and positions as the Associate Administrator at East Jersey State Prison as well as Northern State Prison.
Warden Lagana is a resident of Ortley Beach, New Jersey.
Vice President - Eugene J. Caldwell II
Eugene J. Caldwell II was appointed Warden of the Gloucester County Department of Corrections on July 1, 2013. He is a career public servant in the Gloucester County Department of Corrections. He is responsible for the oversight and management of the Gloucester County Department of Corrections which employs more than 60 staff and confines over 300 inmates under the county’s jurisdiction and six other facilities throughout the State.
Warden Caldwell began his career as a Correctional Officer in 1988 with the Gloucester County Sheriff’s Department. The correctional facility transitioned to the Board of Chosen Freeholders control in 2003, and is now known as the Gloucester County Department of Corrections where he subsequently was selected for positions of increasing responsibility including Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Deputy Warden. In 2004, he formed the Gloucester County Corrections Sergeants Association where he was President and instrumental in petitioning and earning the right to organize through the New Jersey Public Employee Relations Commission.
Warden Caldwell has been a member of the New Jersey County Jail Wardens Association since 2010, served as Treasurer, Vice President and currently serves his second term as President, He is also First Vice President of the NJ American Correctional Association and Vice President of the Mid-Atlantic States Correctional Association. Presently, he is a board member on the Gloucester County Human Relations Commission, Gloucester County Veterans Initiative, Gloucester County Mental Health Board, the South Jersey Community Re-Entry Coalition, and a member of the American Jail Association. Past memberships include the United States Deputy Wardens Association and Fraternal Order of Police where he was a member and served as President for two different lodges.
Warden Caldwell is a lifelong resident of Franklinville, New Jersey.
Treasurer - Brad Halter
Brad has been involved with MASCA since 2015 and was made Treasurer in June of 2016. He has a Bachelor's Degree from Delaware Valley College (University) and a Master's Degree from Desales University and several instructor certifications.
Hired by the Bucks County Adult Probation and Parole Department in 2001, he has held a variety of roles working with both the Intake and Field Units and was the departments first Acting Supervisor. He was promoted to Supervisor in 2013 and since that time has supervised General supervision, County IP, Pretrial, and was most recently placed in the Intake Unit.
In addition, Brad has been working in Law Enforcement training 18 years. He is currently in charges of staff safety and is one of the Supervisors overseeing the Arrest and Search Team for the Department. Brad is also an Adjunct Instructor with Harrisburg Area Community College and is a Master Firearm's Instructor with the Firearms Education and Training Commission for County Probation Officers and teaches officers from all over the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Secretary of the Board - Helena Tomé
Helena Tomé currently serves as the Director, Reentry Services for the New Jersey Association on Correction, where she has been employed since 1999 in various capacities. Ms. Tomé is the primary program evaluator and contract compliance monitor for the agency ensuring compliance with all American Correctional Association, Commission for Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities and Prison Rape Elimination Act standards. She has several years of experience writing, planning and recommending policies, procedures and training which further the objectives of the agency and mission of helping people with a past build a future.
Ms. Tomé has been a Board of Trustees member for the Middle Atlantic States Correctional Association (MASCA) since 2009, was the MASCA conference chairperson in 2010 and 2015 and currently holds the position of Secretary on the Board. She has been a member of the American Correctional Association (ACA) since 2005 and is a former ACA auditor. Additionally, she is the Board Treasurer for the Re-Entry Coalition of NJ; a certified Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Advocate in Burlington and Camden Counties and a graduate of the Governing Institute of New Jersey’s winter leadership class in 2006. Ms. Tomé is a graduate of Rutgers University, possessing a Bachelor of Science degree in Administration of Justice and is a Certified Public Manager.