Minnesota Community
Corrections Association  

MCCA Awards

2012 Board of Directors Award

Each year, MCCA presents its Board of Directors Award to a person who has shown outstanding service and continuing support to the organization. This year’s recipient is Kelley Heifort. 

Kelley served on the MCCA board for 10 years in various capacities. She always brought energy and her perpetually good sense of humor, along with her passion for effectively serving women who are involved in the corrections system.


Since 1992, Kelley has been shaking up the world of corrections in Minnesota, first as a corrections officer, program coordinator and program support staff at MCF-Shakopee; then at RS Eden; then as DOC Facilities Reentry Program Coordinator at Central Office; and then as a case management services supervisor at Shakopee. Recently, Kelley became Facilities Reentry Manager at DOC Central Office, where she directs agency-wide facility reentry programming, reentry service contracts and integration with case management services and community corrections. For those of us who work in DOC’s partner agencies, Kelley’s leadership within the department has already made a noticeable impact on case management services in the prisons.


Over the years, she has always been loved and admired by her colleagues. From Tim Lanz at DOC: “Kelley consistently does great work as an ambassador for reentry services. She is respected and well liked across the agency and in the community. She works hard and with an excellent sense of humor when she routinely navigates through the Alice in Wonderland intersection of state, federal, county, and non-profit bureaucracies. And she always looks good doing it.”


Kelley’s passion and hard work have been noticed by many outside of corrections as well. Last year she received the Minnesota and Wisconsin Girl Scout Council “Heart and Hands Award” for her years of volunteer work with Girl Scouts. And last but not least, she and her kids dressed up and participated in the Holidazzle parade in Minneapolis this winterundefinedan honor that most of us haven’t had. Here is the proof:




2012 Robbie Robinson Service Award

Sharen Southard received the MCCA Robert H. Robinson Award, an annual award given to a line staff worker who has demonstrated excellence, creativity, and commitment to community corrections.  Please join me in congratulating her. Below outlines her nomination and recognition:


Sharen Southard has been an employee of the Department Of Corrections for 29 years. During that time she has exemplified total professionalism and dedication to the field and with the clients that she has served. Sharen has demonstrated the ability to adapt to changes in the profession throughout the years, while maintaining the ability to deliver the highest quality of service to clients, colleagues and community members. Sharen has shown a genuine desire to participate in the growth of the department, as evidenced by her willingness to take on special projects, such as MCORP as well as her involvement in the county's mentoring program. Sharen has done extensive work with offenders prior to release from the institutions, specifically MCF-Shakopee as well as other prisons. Sharen has been recognized for her work with female offenders as well as within community agencies. Sharen will be retiring on March 30, 2012, and i believe that the department will have a void to fill in terms of the quality of service as well as the day to day hands on professionalism that she has brought throughout the years.




Sharen Southard receiving the Robbie Robinson award in 2012.


Minnesota Community Corrections Association
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