Lemon Creek Correctional Center Inmate Council president, Jack Earl, submitted photographs of completed memorial crosses to be donated to the Killisnoo Island Cemetery. The project, entitled “Remembrance & Honor” is not only an artistic expression, but also a personal representation of honor to so many. A copper plaque on each cross is engraved with the project title and the phrase “into Gods hands but not forgotten.” The intent of the project was to show that even though they are incarcerated, offenders have honor and want to give back to their communities.
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From Lemon Creek Correctional Center’s Superintendent Bruce Busby:
For selfless dedication to the Department of Corrections, this facility, and for outstanding services above and beyond the call of duty, it is my honor to present Sgt. Bobby (Bo) Pierce with this award in recognition of his selection as Lemon Creek Correctional Center’s 2015 Employee of the Year.
Sgt. Pierce was selected for this honor by a diverse group of peers, supervisors, subordinates, and administrative staff. This past year Sgt. Pierce was asked to shoulder an unprecedented level of responsibility, to which he responded with professionalism and a can-do attitude. Sgt. Pierce’s tireless devotion and dedication to duty reflects great credit upon himself, this facility and the Department of Corrections.
Congratulations Sgt. Pierce!
G Scott Wellard is retiring October 31st capping a 20-year career with the Department of Corrections. Most of that time was served at Lemon Creek Correctional Center in Juneau. Wellard was hired as a CO I in October, 1994 and promoted to CO II 14 months later. In August, 1999 Wellard promoted to Sergeant, and in May, 2005 he was named Acting Superintendent. He dropped the “acting” title in October, 2005. Under Wellard’s stewardship, Lemon Creek began the successful Inside and Out Conferences, became the home of the state’s in-patient sex offender treatment program, opened a training facility / gun range, and converted a multi-purpose room to a 26-bed dorm. “I feel good about leaving (LCCC) in better condition than when I first started,” Wellard said.
Approximately 315 pounds of Point Mac potatoes were delivered to the kitchen lead at Lemon Creek Correctional Center, marking the first time the Alaska-grown spuds were taken off the road system. The opportunity arose when staff from the Juneau Central Office flew from Anchorage and added the potatoes as checked baggage on Alaska Airlines.
The sixth annual Success Inside & Out conference was a day-long event sponsored by the Alaska Court System in collaboration with Lemon Creek Correctional Center and local halfway house Gastineau Human Services. The conference featured information, entertainment, and inspiration to help sentenced inmates releasing within two years to make it on the outside after releasing from prison. There were talks, music and singing, and the ever popular fashion show featuring how to dress for a job interview …and now NOT to dress. There was a panel of former inmates (called “How to Stop the Revolving Door,” moderated by head community PO Brett Wilson), and eight panel sessions. The panels focused on: addiction treatment and mental health options; exploring life’s necessities #1: housing, food, and medical services; exploring life’s necessities #2: legal and banking services; personal fitness and strength training; employment and education opportunities in Juneau; reconnecting to one’s spiritual self; healthy relationships and reconnecting to family; and last but not least, success on probation and parole.
— Education Coordinator Paul McCarthy
The 2014 Lemon Creek Correctional Center Employee of the Year is Correctional Officer Zane Nighswonger. Officer Nighswonger was selected by a diverse group of Lemon Creek Correctional peers, from a large group of nominees for this honor. Officer Nighswonger has worked at Lemon Creek Correctional Center for approximately 2 ½ years, and has shown a positive team oriented work ethic. He is always available to assist other staff and get the job done. Officer Nighswonger has over the last year shown through his personnel efforts and example a new meaning of dedication for all of us. His professional demeanor and abilities as a Correctional Officer reflects positively on him, and the Department of Corrections. Correctional Officer Nighswonger’s selection as Lemon Creek Correctional Center’s 2014 employee of the Year is one we can all be proud of. Please join me in congratulating Zane Nighswonger in this honor.
— Superintendent Scott Wellard
Former Lemon Creek Correctional Center inmate Nathan Block reads his “Poetic Memoir” at the University of Alaska Southeast Tidal Echoes Literary & Arts Journal launch in April at the Egan Lecture Hall in Juneau. The 2013 journal has works of poetry, short story, photography, painting, sculpture, ceramics, and essays contributed by 46 different writers and artists from around Southeast Alaska. Three LCCC inmates had work published in the 2013 edition; one of them is now in the Juneau halfway house, so he was invited to read his poem at the Tidal Echoes launch. All their poems were first published in the Lemon Creek Chronicle, a monthly in-house publication featuring original art and poetry by inmates. Announcements and other items of interest to inmates are also published in each issue.
Lemon Creek Correctional Center was the venue for the annual Success Inside and Out Conference Saturday, March 2. Moderator was judge Keith Levy and opening remarks were presented by area legislators Sen. Dennis Egan and Rep. Cathy Munoz. Retired Supreme Court Justice Walter Carpeneti also addressed the group. Probation Officer Brent Wilson moderated a panel of former inmates who shared their personal journeys after release. Concurrent sessions were held mixing inmate conference-goers with community resource agencies. Lunch consisted of pizza, sandwiches and cookies donated by local businesses. A popular segment was Dress for Success, a runway show where inmate volunteers presented fashions ideal for job interviews or for the first day on the job. Sharon Gaiptman was moderator. The conference closed with live music and guest speakers David Katzeek and Wade Bryson.
Correctional Officer Zarak (Tony) C. Malacas has been promoted to Sergeant (CO III) at Lemon Creek Correctional Center. Sgt. Malacas began his career at LCCC in March, 1997. “Tony has gained a reputation as positive, mentoring leader and will be a most welcome addition to the Shift Supervisor team at LCCC,” said Assistant Superintendent Bruce Busby.