She currently works to facilitate the Wardens Peer Interaction Program in coordination with the North American Association of Wardens and Superintendents (NAAWS
) and the CMIT Annual Gangs Conference.
Williams is currently a correctional consultant, but will become the executive director for NAAWS later this year.
I hope to apply this experience in the daily operation of the NAAWS and help to build a strong association.
Make a Smile was created through NAAWS and is a group of correctional staff from across the country who volunteer their time to rebuild and restore parks in areas that were affected by natural disasters.
Any warden you talk to works in their community and Make a Smile is a part of NAAWS that wants to help the community.
"Kevin Curran e-mailed me two years ago asking about NAAWS
and how he can learn more.
In the case of the current study, representatives from NAAWS identified the participants in the DACUM as examples of high-performing incumbent workers--wardens who were regarded as leaders.
As such, it is hoped that organizations such as the American Correctional Association, NAAWS and NIC, as well as universities, will use this knowledge to develop specialized educational programs and training for tomorrow's correctional leaders.
When tragedy struck the Gulf Coast in August 2005, Leonardo, on behalf of NAAWS
, spearheaded the Katrina Relief Fund, which raised more than $200,000 for those affected by the hurricane.
NAAWS has a quarterly newsletter (the GRAPEVINE) and a Web site, www.corrections.com/naaws.
Most of NAAWS' members are active prison/corrections administrators.
For more information, contact Art Leonardo, executive director, at (518) 429-1923, e-mail: Elart26@aol.com; mail: NAAWS, P.O.