The BSCC Board


The Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) works in partnership with local corrections systems and assists efforts to achieve continued improvement in reducing recidivism through evidence- based decision making.  Composition of the Board (Pursuant to Penal Code 6025)

 

Meet the Board Members

Linda Penner

Linda Penner, Chair of the Board of State and Community Corrections

Composition: The Chair of the Board is a full-time paid position, appointed by the Governor and subject to Senate confirmation.

Linda Penner has served as a member of the Board of State and Community Corrections since 2012 and its predecessor, the Corrections Standards Authority Board, from 2007 until 2012. Governor Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown appointed her chair of the BSCC in 2013.
As Chair, Ms. Penner has led work on some of the agency’s most complex rehabilitative grants, including Proposition 47, the Adult Rehabilitative Grant program and the federal Justice Assistance Grant. She represents the Board at stakeholder meetings across California.
Ms. Penner served as Chief Probation Officer for the County of Fresno from 2005 to 2012. Through her stewardship the department transitioned to Evidenced-Based Practices for recidivism reduction while ensuring community safety. Ms. Penner created a culture of integrity and professionalism through fairness and equity to both the courts and to system-impacted individuals. Ms. Penner recognized that public safety services include rehabilitation services, and through her leadership Fresno County Probation initiated policies, practices and services to reduce crime through assessment-based accountability programs.
As Chief, Ms. Penner led the local effort introducing the concepts of Public Safety Realignment through innovative supervision and service programs designed to reduce recidivism, including a multiagency supervision team and evidence-based services.
Early in her career Ms. Penner held multiple positions at the Fresno County probation department, including probation division director, services manager, probation officer and group counselor. She also has been a member of the State Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention since 2007. Additionally, she chaired the Fresno County Community Corrections Partnership for two years.
In 2011, Ms. Penner served as the president of the California Probation Officers Association of California, working closely with Governor Brown on the design and implementation of the groundbreaking Public Safety Realignment legislation that has influenced justice reform nationwide.

Scott Budnick

Scott Budnick, Founder of Anti-Recidivism Coalition

Composition: A community provider of rehabilitative treatment or services for adult offenders, appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly

Scott Budnick is the founder of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC), an organization of very high-achieving formerly incarcerated young adults who work to support one another, while stopping the flow of men and woman into the criminal justice system.
Mr. Budnick grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and graduated from Emory University in 1999 with degrees in Business and Film. He began his film career working in casting and as an Assistant to director Todd Phillips for DreamWorks. He went to work for TriStar Pictures chairman, Mike Medavoy at Phoenix Pictures, and worked first-hand in the development of over forty films. He later returned to work with Phillips and was chosen as Executive Vice President of Phillips’ Production Company producing projects under the Green Hat Films banner, now based at Warner Bros Studios. He has produced such films as the The Hangover series, Old School, Project X, Starsky and Hutch, School for Scoundrels, and Due Date.
Mr. Budnick is a fierce champion for children in need. For his work with youth in the criminal justice system, Governor Jerry Brown named him California’s Volunteer of the Year for 2012. He also received the Volunteer of the Year award from the Los Angeles County Supervisors and was interviewed by Chelsea Clinton for NBC Nightly News, Making a Difference series. He is a teacher and sits on the advisory board for InsideOUT Writers, is a board member of the Los Angeles Conservation Corps, and is a member of the advisory board for the Loyola Law School, Center for Juvenile Law and Policy.
In addition to the above, Mr. Budnick works closely with the Los Angeles Probation Department, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, in giving incarcerated youth a path to education, success and rehabilitation before their release. He can often be found walking the tiers of California jails and prisons on his nights and weekends, giving hope and words of advice to the many incarcerated youth who have been through his classes.

Cindy Chavez

Cindy Chavez, Santa Clara County Supervisor

Composition: A county supervisor or county administrative officer. This member shall be appointed by the Governor, subject to Senate confirmation

Recently appointed by the Governor to the BSCC, Supervisor Cindy Chavez represents more than a half million people in East, Central and South San Jose. She serves as Chair of Bay Area Air Quality Management District and is a member of the CalTrain Board of Directors. As a commissioner she represents Santa Clara County on the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, and she serves on the Valley Transportation Authority Board of Directors.
Supervisor Chavez’s policies have played a vital role in Santa Clara County’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic providing outreach to ensure all county residents have access to vaccines. Ms. Chavez worked to expand and improve services for abused children at the new Children’s Advocacy Center; to provide comprehensive services and resources for Santa Clara County’s foster youth; to make expansive structural changes so school children in disadvantaged areas will have digital and broadband services; and to provide health care for all children. In collaboration with non-profit agencies in the County, Board President Chavez led a movement to get a 400 percent increase in funding for survivors of sexual assault, human trafficking and gender-based violence. The funding provides services including affordable housing, mental health, job training, education and childcare.
In 2016, Ms. Chavez was instrumental in getting a $950-million affordable housing bond passed for Santa Clara County. Additionally the County, working with the City of San Jose and non-profits, launched the Heading Home program to help house the county's homeless families. Soon the Affordable Housing Units for Seniors will open in San Jose. Due to Supervisor Chavez's tireless efforts, many projects are underway to address homelessness and affordable housing.
Inspired by the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote in August 2020, Ms. Chavez worked to mobilize and register voters and underscore the need for an accurate 2020 Census. She organized a pre-pandemic march to mark the anniversary milestone and bring attention to inequities that remain for women and people of color.

Norma Cumpian

Norma Cumpian, Assistant Deputy Director, Women's Department, Anti-Recidivism Coalition

Composition: A public member, appointed by the Governor, subject to Senate confirmation

Norma Cumpian, the Anti-Recidivism Coalition’s (ARC) Women and Non-Binary Services Manager, joined ARC in March 2016 as a Life Coach after nearly five years working in the criminal justice reform and nonprofit sector. As a formerly incarcerated woman, Norma has firsthand experience in the many challenges of reentry, making her a compassionate and effective guide for young people learning to navigate society after coming home from prison.
Norma is a fierce advocate for incarcerated women and girls. She has traveled to the California State Capitol to educate legislators, spoken on panels, and presented in numerous classrooms in order to affect change for incarcerated women, mothers, and girls and to create a fairer justice system for all. In 2019, she co-designed and launched ARC’s first Women and Non-Binary Services department to better serve the needs of 1,300+ formerly incarcerated members, as well as 50+ incarcerated women through inside programming at the California Institution for Women in Corona, CA. In all of her work, Norma seeks to carve out spaces to ensure that everyone’s voices are heard and valued.

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Christina Corpus, Sheriff, San Mateo County

Composition: A county sheriff in charge of a local detention facility which has a BSCC rated capacity of over 200 inmates, appointed by the Governor, subject to Senate confirmation

 

Janet Gaard

Janet Gaard, Retired Judge, Yolo County

Composition: A judge appointed by the Judicial Council of California

Janet Gaard was appointed to the Yolo County Superior Court in 2008. She presided over criminal, juvenile, civil, and family law cases, and she served as the court's Presiding Judge and Assistant Presiding Judge. For many years, she presided over the court's collaborative courts, and, in 2019, she was awarded the Yolo Outstanding Mental Health Community Service Award from the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Gaard began her legal career in 1983 as a staff attorney for the Third District Court of Appeal. In 1984 she joined the California Office of the Attorney General, where she remained until her judicial appointment. She served as a Deputy Attorney General in the Criminal Division; Special Assistant Attorney General and Director of Legislative Affairs; and Chief Assistant Attorney General for the Division of Public Rights.

Kirk Haynes

Kirk Haynes, Chief Probation Officer of Fresno County

Composition: A chief probation officer from a county with a population over 200,000, appointed by the Governor, subject to Senate confirmation

Chief Kirk Haynes, a 27-year veteran of the Fresno County Probation Department, is a graduate of the University of Oregon, and United States Marine Corps Reserve veteran. During his Probation career, Chief Haynes worked multiple assignments in the Adult, Juvenile, and Institutional Divisions. He led the department’s efforts in the design and implementation of the Community Corrections Performance Incentive Act of 2009 (SB 678), and the department’s AB 109 program established by the California Public Safety Realignment Act of 2011.
A primary tenet of this historic legislation was the introduction of Evidence-Based Practices (EBP). He quickly became the department’s leader in EBP and has spent countless hours training staff and representing the department’s goals and strategies to the Courts, and other justice and community-based partners. As Chief, he is committed to deploying innovative interventions with good research support that encourage positive quantifiable outcomes.
Chief Haynes is a strong advocate for developing staff’s ability to provide effective supervision through identifying the individual risks and recognizing cultural inequities impacting those we supervise in the community. He encourages a continual reexamination of the department’s service delivery, which is fundamental to sound culturally sensitive, evidence-based practice development. He continually reinforces how the work of Probation directly correlates to public safety, striking the balance between Probation’s multi-faceted role as law enforcer, protector of victims, and advocate for the clients they serve.

Jason Johnson

Jason Johnson, Director, Division of Adult Parole Operations (CDCR)

Composition: Ex-Officio Member

Jason Johnson, of Redlands, was appointed as the Director of the Division of Adult Parole Operations at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation by Governor Gavin Newsom in September 2023. Prior to that Director Johnson has been the Chief Deputy Regional Administrator since 2023 and held several positions from 2006 to 2023, including Parole Administrator, Parole Agent Supervisor and Parole Agent. Johnson was a Probation Officer at the San Bernardino County Probation Department from 2001 to 2006. He is a member of the Los Angeles County Police Chiefs’ Association, Orange County Chiefs of Police and Sheriffs Association, and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Career Development Advisory Committee. Johnson earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Redlands and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Fullerton.

Jeffrey Macomber

Jeffrey Macomber, Secretary, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR)

Composition: Ex-Officio Member

Jeff Macomber’s career at CDCR has spanned nearly three decades, beginning as a Correctional Officer at Ironwood State Prison in 1993. He has diverse experience at CDCR, including leadership roles in custody, administration, and health care.

Secretary Macomber served in various roles at CDCR Headquarters from 1994 to 2004, then as Correctional Business Manager at Richard A. McGee Correctional Training Center from 2000 to 2004. He was Chief of the Program Support Unit and Transportation Unit from 2004 to 2007, and then started at California State Prison-Sacramento (SAC) as a Correctional Administrator in 2008. While at SAC, Macomber served as Chief Deputy Warden in 2009, then again from 2010–2013, and as Warden from 2013–2016. Following his tenure at SAC, he became Deputy Director of Facility Support in the Division of Adult Institutions from 2016 to 2018. In 2019, Mr. Macomber served as the Director of Corrections Services for California Correctional Health Care Services before becoming the Undersecretary of Administration. In late 2020, he transitioned to Undersecretary of Operations and in December 2022, was appointed Secretary.

Andrew Mills

Andrew Mills, Chief of Police, City of Palm Springs

Composition: A chief of police, appointed by the Governor, subject to Senate confirmation

Andrew Mills was appointed the Chief of Police for the City of Palm Springs in November 2021. Prior to that he was Chief of Police for the City of Santa Cruz, With nearly four decades of law enforcement experience, he has strived to become a community-centric and effective crime fighter. He compassionately confronts some of society’s most challenging problems openly and transparently.
Mills was the 2000 recipient of the Police Executive Research Forum’s Gary P. Hayes award for his contributions to improving the quality of police service nationally. Mills managed one patrol team that won the Herman Goldstein Award for Excellence in Problem-Oriented Policing and three others that were finalists. His work in the field is documented in several publications by PERF and the COPS Office. Chief Mills has authored and published in several other periodicals.

Brian Richert

Brian Richart, Chief Probation Officer, El Dorado County

Composition: A chief probation officer from a county with a population under 200,000, appointed by the Governor, subject to Senate confirmation

Brian Richart has served as the Chief Probation Officer for the County of El Dorado since 2013. Chief Richart served three years as the Probation Chief of Staff in the county of Alameda and served a thirteen-year career with the County of Shasta, including four years as Chief Probation Officer. Chief Richart is a member of the Chief Probation Officers of California (CPOC) where he was President of the association in 2020 and has served in various roles such as Vice President, Secretary, Sacramento Regional Chair, and committee chair. He is a member of CPOC’s President’s Round Table, Legislative Committee, Juvenile Services Committee, and Executive Steering Committee. Chief Richart was recently re-appointed by the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court to the Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee of the California Judicial Council. Chief Richart is a member of the Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice Practice Network, and a contributing member of the American Probation and Parole Association. He has participated in many state and national initiatives to improve practices and outcomes in the fields of juvenile and criminal justice as well as child welfare. Chief Richart advocates for the safety of all communities through the evolution of health, well-being, and accountability for all those probation serves.

Eric Taylor

Eric Taylor, Sheriff, San Benito County

Composition: A county sheriff in charge of a local detention facility which has a BSCC rated capacity of 200 or less inmates, appointed by the Governor, subject to Senate confirmation

Eric S. Taylor is the 16th Sheriff-Coroner (Marshal) of San Benito County. He was most recently assigned as a Captain and Commander of the Operations Division prior to his appointment to Sheriff-Coroner in June of 2021 and Election as Sheriff-Coroner in June of 2022. His term began January 3, 2023.
San Benito County has approximately 68,000 residents and spans nearly 1400 square miles. The Office provides patrol and investigative services to the unincorporated county areas. The Sheriff operates the county jail system, provides marshal services to county residents, provides security to the superior court, maintains a search and rescue team, provides coroner services, and contracts law enforcement services to one of two incorporated cities within the county. The Office consists of 34 sworn personnel, 36 non-sworn correctional officers and 10 professional employees. Our annual budget is approximately 16 million dollars.
Eric was born and raised in Watsonville, California. After high school, Eric went on to college at San Diego State University. While there, he entered the “Police Cadet” program at the San Diego Police Department. This experience fueled his passion for entering into policework. Prior to his policing career, Eric was the Stadium Operations Manager for the Oakland Athletics Baseball Co. In 1999, he left the A’s to pursue law enforcement in his hometown of Watsonville. In 2014, Eric left the Watsonville Police Department and became the Operations Captain for the San Benito County Sheriff’s Office. In addition, he is a founding member of the Family Impact Center with First 5 San Benito, a founding member of the Opioid Task Force in San Benito County, a Hollister Rotarian, a Director for the San Benito Saddle Horse Show & Rodeo, a member of LULAC and the LULAC Farm Worker Task Force and was the Co-Chair of the Child Abuse Prevention Council. Sheriff Taylor draws on his experience from the Watsonville Police Department where he was a Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, Corporal, Gang Detective, Task Force Member, Patrol Sergeant, and Detective Sergeant.
Eric and his wife moved to Hollister in 2003 and have raised their children in San Benito County. Eric’s wife was born and raised in Michoacan, Mexico and their two daughters are of dual ethnicity. It is his immersion in the Mexican culture that has fueled Eric’s work with the Migrant Farmworker Task Force, LULAC, the San Benito County Latino Coalition and his launch of a program from Watsonville Police Department called “Agua con la Chota.”
Once he took over as Sheriff-Coroner of San Benito County, Eric has worked internally to bring a new level of structure, accountability, and customer service. He has a deep love and passion for his farming/ranching community and strives to make his office better each and every day.

Angeles D. Zaragoza

Angeles D. Zaragoza, Attorney, Los Angeles County Alternate Public Defender’s Office

Composition: A community provider or advocate with expertise in effective programs, policies, and treatment of at-promise youth and juvenile offenders, appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules

Angeles has been with the Los Angeles County Alternate Public Defender’s Office for nine years and is currently wearing two hats, serving as a Resource Attorney doing special education advocacy, and as the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) Attorney for her office where she represents youth detained within the DJJ facilities. Angeles is a graduate from UCLA Law school and received her B.A. from UC Berkeley. She is a resident of East Los Angeles where she resides with her husband and two boys, ages 5 and 3.

Vacant

Vacant

Composition: A licensed health care provider, appointed by the Governor, subject to Senate confirmation

Vacant

Vacant

Composition: A A licensed mental or behavioral health care provider, appointed by the Governor, subject to Senate confirmation

 

The BSCC Management Team


Kathleen T. Howard

Kathleen T. Howard, Executive Director

Kathleen “Katie” Howard was appointed by Governor Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown as Executive Director of the Board of State and Community Corrections in October 2013. Ms. Howard has served in California state government since 1990. After completing a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley, she began a 21-year career with the Judicial Council of California, where she served primarily in the Office of Governmental Affairs. In 2011, Howard was appointed to the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board. At the BSCC Ms. Howard leads day-to-day operations to ensure that the BSCC successfully fulfills its mission to in partnership with local governments, community based organizations, and other State agencies. Ms. Howard has dedicated her career to focusing on system improvement, and she enjoys meeting the challenges facing the Board in collaboration with BSCC leadership, staff, and the Board’s many stakeholders.

Aaron Maguire

Aaron Maguire, General Counsel, Chief Deputy Director

Aaron R. Maguire serves as Chief Deputy Director and General Counsel for the Board of State and Community Corrections, overseeing the policy and legal divisions of the Board as well as the County Facilities Construction Division. For over 20 years, Mr. Maguire has worked on public safety issues, beginning his career at the California Attorney General's Office serving as deputy attorney general in the Appeals, Writs, and Trials division and as legislative advocate. From 2009 through 2012, Mr. Maguire served as Deputy Legislative Affairs Secretary to Governors Edmund G. (Jerry) Brown, Jr. and Arnold Schwarzenegger, advising both governors on legislative matters involving public safety, including Assembly Bill 109 (Chapter 15, Statutes of 2011), civil law, corrections, firearms, gambling, and the judiciary. Mr. Maguire was appointed to the Board of State and Community Corrections by Governor Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown, Jr. in 2016. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Maguire worked as general counsel to Warner & Pank, LLC and as legislative counsel and representative for the California State Sheriffs' Association. Mr. Maguire received his Juris Doctor from the University of California, Davis School of Law and has a Bachelor of Arts in Literature/Writing from the University of California, San Diego.

Jana Sanford

Jana Sanford, Director, Communications and External Affairs

Allison Ganter

Allison Ganter, Deputy Director, Facilities Standards and Operations

Allison Ganter joined the Board of Corrections in 2000 as a Field Representative and was selected as the Deputy Director of the Facilities Standards and Operations Division and the Research Division in 2014. The FSO Team is responsible for developing minimum standards for local detention facilities and conducting annual inspections of the facilities. The Research Team is responsible for data collection and analysis and management of grant rating criteria and program evaluations. Allison's recent work focuses on aligning minimum standards for local detention facilities with best practices and increasing transparency in the inspection process. Allison holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice from the University at Albany. She worked at the New York State Commission of Correction and was a legislative staff member in the New York State Assembly prior to joining the Board.

Colleen Curtin

Colleen Curtin, Deputy Director, Corrections Planning and Grant Programs

Colleen Curtin has worked in the community corrections field for 28 years, the past nine with BSCC. As a Field Representative, Colleen played an integral role in the development of the California Violence Intervention and Prevention (CalVIP) and Proposition 47 grant programs, which required complex policy development to establish program priorities in tandem with the Administration, Legislators and stakeholders. Colleen began her career in 1995 as a probation officer with Sacramento County and has served in several capacities at the Attorney General's Crime & Violence Prevention Center, the Governor's Office of Gang and Youth Violence Policy and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Colleen is most proud of her work in facilitating a multi-agency safe passage program around ten of L.A.'s most gang-impacted high schools. She holds a dual bachelor's degree in Government and Spanish from Saint Mary's College of California and a Master of Social Work from CSU, Sacramento.

Kasey Warmuth

Kasey Warmuth, Deputy Director, Standards and Training for Corrections & Research

Kasey Warmuth serves as the Deputy Director of both the Standards and Training for Corrections (STC) Division and the Research Division. She holds a Master’s degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from CSU, Sacramento. Kasey began her career with the BSCC in 2006, where she played a key role in supporting STC’s research projects aimed at developing and updating selection and training standards. In 2014, Kasey transitioned to the Judicial Council of California, serving as the lead staff for special projects. She returned to the BSCC in 2017 to lead the Research Division. Under her leadership, the division significantly enhanced its support for grants, introducing a multi-panel rating process for grant proposals and conducting statewide grant evaluations. In 2024, Kasey was appointed as the Deputy Director of the STC Division. Her extensive experience and research expertise continue to drive the development and maintenance of effective selection and training standards, ensuring the division's initiatives are both innovative and impactful.

Anita Butler

Anita Butler, Director of Administration

Anita Butler joined the BSCC in 2019 as the Chief of Administration and promoted to the Deputy Director of Administration in 2022. Anita provides leadership to BSCC's accounting, budgeting, information technology, personnel, and support services. She has been instrumental in developing administrative policies and procedures, including COVID-19 policies that allowed BSCC to quickly pivot to telework at the start of the pandemic. She leads the administration team through the development of new budget, contracts and procurements, personnel, and IT processes, and oversees increasingly complex BSCC’s administrative services. Anita has served in state government since 1995 in various departments, including the California Department of Justice - Division of Law Enforcement and California Department of Public Health (CDPH) where she worked at the Women, Infants and Children Program and supported local agencies that provided relevant, quality nutritional services and education to participants; and ensured they were good stewards of public resources. While working at the CDPH, she also served as the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant Coordinator and led teams that provided administrative support to chronic disease prevention programs.

Adam Lwin

Adam Lwin, Special Assistant to the Chair and Executive Director

Adam Lwin has served in state government since 2011, and in 2017 joined the BSCC as an Associate Governmental Program Analyst and assistant to the Executive Director. He promoted to Board secretary in 2018, handling correspondences between the Chair and Members, organizing the agenda, and performing the meeting administrative functions. Adam also tracks legislation and oversees the Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act and the Youthful Offender Block Grant programs that provide funding to counties to reduce crime and delinquency among at-risk youth and the Juvenile Reentry Grant . Previously he had worked as a behavioral specialist in state foster care and conducted inspections of childcare homes and day care centers for DSS.

 
 

Board of State and Community Corrections

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