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Diane was President and CEO of the Safer Foundation for almost 20 years. Annually, Diane and her team assisted 8000+ people with criminal records in their efforts to reconnect with family, community and work. Under her leadership Safer built strong partnerships with correctional agencies throughout the United States. Safer remains the only NGO to manage work release centers in Illinois. Diane also served on the Board of Safer for 10 years prior to joining the staff.
Diane has served and is serving on other boards of criminal justice organizations including, the National Institute of Corrections a U.S. Department of Justice agency providing training, development and technical assistance to state, county, and municipal Corrections and Pre-trial agencies throughout the United States, The Hire Network – a division of the Legal Center which assists public and not for profit organizations in developing and implementing polices supportive of justice-involved individuals securing employment, the International Association of Correctional and Forensic Psychology which is an association committed to “helping the helper” in correctional settings, the Illinois Facilities Fund which provides funding for community and program development targeting under resourced communities, and others. In conjunction with other professionals Diane has reviewed community corrections functions in multiple U.S. States and in other countries.
Prior to working at Safer Diane worked in the telecommunications industry in marketing and training. She served as Director of Marketing for the small and mid-sized businesses in the Great Lakes Region for AT&T. The skills she acquired in that setting will serve her in building partnerships, negotiating agreements, managing budgets to meet Association goals, and supporting accountability in finance.
Diane has an undergraduate degree in Secondary Education – English and Masters in Business Administration. Diane received the Champion of Change Award from President Barack Obama, an ICPA Offender Management and Treatment Award (granted prior to being elected to the board), and numerous other acknowledgements for her hard work in community corrections/re-entry work.