Minnesota Community
Corrections Association  

2010 MCCA Awards

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 Rebecca Ballard. In her professional experience, Ms. Ballard provides pre and post-release employment services to offenders through her work with the Wilder Foundation under a contract with Minnesota Department of Corrections.  She facilitates employment readiness classes as well as providing individualized job search assistance upon release.

She has an undergraduate degree from Winona State University and is currently pursuing her Master of Sciences degree in Criminology/Criminal Justice through Indiana State University. Since 2005, she has been a member of MCCA, joining the training and education committee in 2008, sharing the chair responsibilities over the past year.

For her assistance to the board, dedication to your organization and membership support, the MCCA Board of Directors are honoring Rebecca Ballard with
the 2010 Board of Director’s Award.


Rebecca Ballard and her mother, Mary.



MCF-Shakopee Transitions Coordinator Sandy Hand 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:


Sandy Hand has worked for her nearly 17 years in the field of corrections. While her experience is situated within a correctional facility, the uniqueness of her position and her passion for this population ties her closely to the community, victim restoration, offender rehabilitation and accountability.


Sandy has worked tirelessly over the past 10 years to continually deliver opportunities for restorative justice at the correctional facility. These includes coordination and oversight of our service dog program, victim restoration opportunities such as VOCARE’, apology letters, victim offender dialogue, fundraisers for victim-related organizations, “Straight Talk” (a program which interfaces trained offender speakers with troubled girls), and more.


Sandy also continues to find meaningful ways to increase community involvement and outreach for the facility. This is demonstrated through her commitment to Offender Workforce Development partnerships, “in-reach” community service programs, resource development. She is dedicated to assuring offenders are knowledgeable about their barriers to release and armed with resources to meet those challenges.


Even as her job roles have evolved, she continues to demonstrate her willingness to go the extra mile in assuring these program elements are available to all offenders.



Sandy Hand(right) with MCCA President Kelly Heifort


Minnesota Community Corrections Association
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