Board of Directors
Louie L. Wainwright
President of the Corrections Foundation
Mr. Wainwright received his Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from Nova University, later serving as an adjunct faculty member. He is the acknowledged Dean of American Correctional Administrators and served as Secretary for the Florida Department of Corrections for 25 years.
He received the American Correctional Association’s highest tribute, the E.R. Cass Award for outstanding service. His efforts in support of accreditation in Florida and nationwide earned him the 1986 Accreditation Achievement Award from the Commission of Accreditation for Corrections.
Mr. Wainwright was appointed to the Corrections Foundation Board in 2001 and re-appointed as President for consecutive terms since.
Thomas A. Rush
Vice President of the Corrections Foundation
Mr. Rush attended Louisiana State University, Palm Beach Junior College and Florida State University, majoring in Business Management. He has also been the Chairman for the Leon County Republican Executive Committee, as well as Chairman for the Republican Party of Florida’s 2nd Congressional District. Mr. Rush currently works at the Florida Department of Transportation.
Mr. Rush has served on the Foundation Board since 2000 and has been reappointed subsequently. He has served as Vice President for consecutive terms since 2004.
Treasurer of the Corrections Foundation
Retired – Assistant Warden, Lawtey CI
Mr. Mecusker is retired from the Department of Corrections with more than 36 years with various positions from Tower Officer, Correctional Officer, Business Manager, Chief of Administrative Services, and Chief of Internal Audit. He retired as the Assistant Warden at Lawtey Correctional Institution.
He currently serves as City Manager of Lake Butler, Florida.
Mr. Mecusker obtained his first Bachelor of Science Degree in Education (with a major in Mathematics) from the University of Florida in 1973. His second Bachelor of Business Administration Degree (with a Major in Accounting) was earned from the University of North Florida in 1977. He has worked through Lake City Community College as a GED Instructor at RMC and as an Accounting Instructor at Cross City, Florida. He also operates a small consulting/federal tax preparation office in Lake Butler, Florida.
Mr. Mecusker has been an active member of SSCA, ACA and Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency. He is a past Executive Director and Executive Secretary for FCCD, having previously served in those capacities for seven years. He is a Past President of the Lake Butler Rotary, Union County Athletic Boosters Club, Past President of the Union County 4H Club, Past President of the Union County Historical Society, Past Chairman of the Union County Republican Party and Past State President of the Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency.
Mr. Mecusker was appointed to the Corrections Board of Directors in 2004 and has been reappointed to subsequent terms. Mr. Mecusker was elected as Treasurer also in 2004 and re-elected to subsequent terms.
James L. Williams
Membership Committee Chair
Finance Committee Chair
Co-owner and Chairman of the Board
Allstate Electrical Contractors, Inc.
Mr. Williams has ministered as a volunteer in jails and prisons throughout Florida, the United States and abroad and is currently a Deacon, Sunday School Teacher and Prison Ministry Director at First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida. At Union Correctional Institution he has served as a volunteer with First Baptist Church at the faith-based dorm.
Mr. Williams served on the Governor’s Ex-Offender Task Force for Re-entry in 2006. He has promoted re-entry and its importance to our state legislature helping to reinforce that it is critical for ex-offenders to be connected to positive and productive activities in their community and that re-entry must be seen as a part of our public safety mission.
Mr. Williams received the Department of Corrections Volunteer of the Year Award in both 1997 and 2005. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Corrections Foundation since 1997 helping to increase membership from 500 in 1998 to more than 21,000 today. He believes in supporting our corrections officers and staff and strives to promote correctional officers and probation officers as proud and indispensable law enforcement vital in protecting our public safety and we are very fortunate to have him serve on our board.
Policy & Compliance Coordinator
Department of Economic Opportunity
Rosa McNaughton, formerly, Rosa Carson, was appointed to the Corrections Foundation Board of Directors in May 2006 and reappointed to subsequent terms.
Ms. McNaughton has extensive legal experience in the private and public sectors. A 1980 graduate of Florida State University’s School of Law, Ms. McNaughton has received the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory’s highest attainable rating both in legal ability and ethical standards, the AV Preeminent, based on peer review ratings provided by other Florida attorneys and judges. She is also a member of the Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers.
Ms. McNaughton began her legal career as a staff attorney in the Supreme Court of Florida’s Office of the State Court Administrator in 1980. She moved to the Parole Commission as Assistant General Counsel later in 1980 and to the Department of Corrections in 1981. She served the Department as Assistant General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel through 1991.
In 1991, Ms. McNaughton joined the law firm of Carson and Adkins, PA, representing public sector clients in the areas of labor and employment and administrative law. In 2001, she rejoined the Department of Corrections. During her second tenure with the Department, she served as Assistant General Counsel, Attorney Supervisor, and General Counsel.
In February 2007, Ms. McNaughton joined the Agency for Workforce Innovation as its General Counsel. In October 2011, she became an employee of the Department of Economic Opportunity, serving as its Acting General Counsel, Deputy General Counsel and currently as the Workforce Services Policy & Compliance Officer.
CEO, Lisa Miller & Associates
Lisa served as Deputy Chief Financial Officer and Chief of Staff for the Florida Department of Financial Services, a $500 million agency with over 2800 employees and oversight of 13 divisions including Florida’s $20 billion treasury and 400,000 insurance agents. She also was the leader of the My Safe Florida Home program, a $250 million initiative established by the 2006 legislature, to encourage Floridians to strengthen their homes against hurricanes.
Prior to her work with the Department of Financial Services, Lisa served as Deputy Commissioner and chief lobbyist for the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation during 2004 and 2005. Lisa was also responsible for attracting and retaining major investors for the insurance marketplace and managed industry relationships for Florida’s over 1400 insurance companies. Prior to that, she worked as Director of Corporate Relations for an Ernst & Young municipal bond investor relations affiliate. Additionally, she spent 4 years with the Department of Revenue and in the mid-90’s served as the Executive Director of the American Society of Notaries where she increased that organization’s membership from 12,000 to 20,000-plus and the budget from $200,000 to $1 million in less than five years.
Lisa has served on numerous panels and commissions including the Governor’s Property Insurance Reform Committee, and the Medical Malpractice Professional Claims Liability Reporting System Task Force. She was the Office of Insurance Regulation’s Board liaison to many quasi-governmental entities including Citizens Property Insurance Corporation, The Florida Automobile Joint Underwriting Association, The Medical Malpractice Joint Underwriting Association, the Workers Compensation Insurance Guaranty Association and the Florida Insurance Guaranty Association. She was responsible for leading policy initiatives for the various insurance market sectors and she frequently contributed and presented at trade association meetings, corporate symposiums and insurance industry conferences on the state of the Florida insurance market and legislative and regulatory trends.
A native of Florida, Lisa graduated cum laude from Florida State University (FSU) with a Master of Public Administration and Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. She is also has a Certified Public Manager designation.
Warden, Florida State Prison
Warden John Palmer is a 23 year veteran employee of the Florida Department of Corrections. He started his career in 1990 as a Correctional Officer at Florida State Prison where he progressed through the ranks to Captain. Mr. Palmer was promoted to the rank of Major at the Reception and Medical Center (RMC) in 2003 and returned to FSP as a Major in December of that same year. Mr. Palmer was promoted to Colonel at Union CI in 2004 and later served as a Colonel at Santa Rosa CI. He was promoted to Assistant Warden in 2005 at Union CI and later served as an Assistant Warden at Hendry CI.
In September 2007, Mr. Palmer was promoted to Warden at Liberty CI in and later served as Warden at Apalachee CI and Hamilton CI where his motivational leadership experience left a lasting impact. On July 23, 2012, Warden Palmer returned to Florida State Prison as the Warden where he is currently serving today. Mr. Palmer Pride’s himself in being a servant to the people of Florida and of this great agency. His strong leadership models the way for others by adhering to our department’s mission of the Public, Staff and Inmate Safety through Collaboration, Integrity, and Professionalism.
Warden Palmer’s professional education and experience includes being a Graduate of the Corrections Academy at Lake City Community College in 1990; Criminal Justice Studies at Lake City Community College; Completed the National Institute of Corrections Executive Leadership Training for New Warden’s in Denver Colorado in 2008.
Additionally, Warden Palmer’s experience includes the completion of over 20 career development courses; moreover, he has maintained an active role in the community serving in previous capacities as Assistant Coach of local youth league baseball and football teams, head coach of the Florida Marlins Babe Ruth Little League Baseball and Vice President of the Pop Warner Football Association in Lake Butler Florida.
Mr. Palmer’s civic memberships include Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency, Corrections Foundation, Correctional Peace Officer’s Foundation, and Kiwanis.
Richard W. Pearce, Jr.
Program Manager, Community Corrections
Dick Pearce was appointed by then-Secretary James McDonough in June 2006 and reappointed to subsequent terms. A graduate of Lakeland High School in 1969 and Florida Southern College in 1973, Mr. Pearce served as a Lieutenant in the US Army’s Police Corps from 1974 through 1976 and earned his Certificate in Police Standards in 1976.
Mr. Pearce joined the Department of Corrections in 1984, rising from the rank of Correctional Probation officer to Program Manager in the Orlando Community Corrections Region Office. Mr. Pearce has been instrumental in planning and executing our Central Florida Officer Benefit Golf Tournaments.
Gail Kelly Reddick
Retired – Circuit 13 Administrator
Ms. Reddick has been employed with the Department of Corrections since 1977 and has worked in various positions in Community Corrections. Ms. Reddick started as a Probation Officer in Hillsborough County and worked her way through the ranks to Deputy Circuit Administrator before being promoted to Circuit Administrator for the 3rd largest circuit in the State of Florida, Circuit 13.
Ms. Reddick was the Circuit Administrator in Circuit 06 (Pinellas and Pasco Counties) for 9 1/2 years before returning to Circuit 13 (Hillsborough County) as the Circuit Administrator in 2004. The circuit covers all of Hillsborough County in southwest Florida with 257 staff and approximately 12,000 offenders under supervision.
Ms. Reddick works with various criminal justice agencies to ensure public safety and the reintegration of offenders back into the community. She has been a committed member of the Criminal Justice Community for well over 34 years and has dedicated herself to making the community a better place to live for all of us.
Ms. Reddick graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree and more recently graduated from Florida State University as a Certified Public Manager.
Ms. Reddick is currently in the Criminal Justice Master’s Program at the University of South Florida. She is on the board of the Hillsborough County Public Safety Council, Hillsborough Ex-Offender Re-Entry Network, Hillsborough County Offender Reentry, ITT Technical Institute, and the Woods & Wanton Chapter of the Buffalo Soldiers. Additionally, she was instrumental in helping to establish a First Step Program for Hillsborough County. This program is designed to have offenders help offenders, providing them with access to food, clothing, shelter, self-help programs and transportation without using taxpayer dollars. She incorporates her leadership skills in everything she does and the community is better for it.
Ms. Reddick was appointed to the Foundation’s Board of Directors in November 2009 and reappointed to subsequent terms.
Retired – Florida Department of Corrections, Office of Institutions
Mark Redd began his career with the Florida Department of Corrections as a Correctional Officer in 1978 and retired in June 2011. During his tenure with FDOC he served in every Correctional Officer class position as well as Assistant Warden, Warden, Regional Director and Assistant Secretary of Institutions. In September of 1999, then Captain Redd was presented with the Secretary’s Unit Citation Award (Now known as the Metal of Honor) for service above and beyond the call of duty.
Since his retirement, Mr. Redd has become involved in the private business world and serves on the Board of Directors for another charitable organization. Most of his time though is spent enjoying his family, especially his grand children. He was appointed to the Corrections Foundation Board of Directors in June 2012 by then-Secretary Ken Tucker.