The IJIS Institute is excited to announce and welcome the addition of four new members to the Corrections Advisory Committee. Joe Russo, Kimberly Ramm, Ana Bermudez and Lisa Burlingame have all joined the committee, bringing with them a wealth of diverse knowledge attained from their impactful careers. These professionals help us by providing unique perspectives on the advancement of information sharing standards and assisting the committee as subject matter experts to identify ways to overcome obstacles for other leaders and IT professionals in the corrections communities.
Joe Russo currently serves as a researcher with the University of Denver. He has supported a variety of National Institute of Justice funded programs focused on the identification of high priority technology needs of corrections professionals. He has also assisted in the management of projects to provide corrections professionals with better information and tools to perform their important mission. Additionally, Joe serves as the Chair of the American Probation and Parole Association and is also a member of both the American Correctional Association and the American Jail Association’s technology committees.
Kimberly Ramm recently joined the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office as the Applications Manager. This role was created to assist the Information Technology Branch Chief in upgrading and implementing critical systems to support the Sheriff’s vital mission. Ms. Ramm firmly believes in the importance of automating business practices if it supports and streamlines the business needs, as well as to improve efficiencies and accuracies.
Ana Bermudez joins the Corrections Committee as the acting Commissioner of New York City’s Department of Probation (DOP). Commissioner Bermudez joined the DOP in 2014 as the city’s first openly gay person, first Latina and second woman to be appointed Commissioner. Throughout her invaluable career, she has prioritized the application of restorative and youth development practices for children and teenagers in the justice system. Since her appointment, she has continued to lead the DOP in their mission to enhance public safety through appropriate and individualized and community-based interventions in the lives of people on probation to enable them to permanently exit the justice system.
Lisa Burlingame has over 29 years of experience with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, currently serving as the Administrator of Systems Quality Management and Director of Technology and Logistics Operations. During her time with the Oklahoma DOC she has worked in a multitude of different positions, bringing a diverse perspective to the committee.
IJIS Corrections Advisory Committee Chair, Fred Roesel, is ecstatic about the future of the Committee and welcomes the expertise of these new team members. When asked about what this means for the direction of the committee, Roesel said “with the addition of these four outstanding individuals to the Corrections Committee, they bring even more value to the committee through their unique insight and experience from the state, county, city and research perspectives in support of the IJIS Mission. I offer my sincere appreciation for their willingness to serve and congratulations upon their appointment!”
The committee will be hosting the 4th occurrence of the IJIS Institute Corrections Technology Leadership Forum, Monday, Dec. 9th through Wednesday, Dec. 11th, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Tysons Corner Center, 7901 Tysons One Place, Tysons Corner, VA. Interested sponsors and professionals who wish to attend may contact Kathy Gattin at IJIS via email at Kathy.Gattin@ijis.org.