THANKS for visiting ACA’s website. Our website has proven to be user-friendly and provides you an opportunity to access your membership information (the website contains a members-only section), view ACA leadership and committee membership, register for a conference, review webinars and plenaries, find post-conference coverage, order publications, inquire about certification, check out ACA standards, and many, many more features. A complete list of staff by department is included so it’s easy for you to contact any of us at any time. We invite you to browse our website and ask you to reach out to us if you have questions or if we can assist you in any way. Hopefully, you will find everything you need and are looking for while exploring the site.

Preparations are underway for Orlando, Florida, and the Marriott World Center, the site for ACA’s 2018 Winter Conference, Jan. 4-9. Housing and registration opened Oct. 1, and the deadline for closing is fast approaching, so make your plans now to join us. The Planning Guide is available on this website; however, we are always posting up-to-date information on the conference daily, so please check the website for updates. The preliminary workshop schedule was included in the Planning Guide. Specific details about the workshops are available for viewing on the website, as well. Back by popular demand will be the ACA conference app — the mobile app is available for iPhone and iPad, as well as Android phones and tablets. If you haven’t already, be sure to download the mobile app from iTunes and Google Play Store in time for the conference! Just search for ACA Conferences and begin planning your trip to sunny Orlando!

Also at the conference, we will be honoring several individuals for their outstanding contributions to the field. At the Monday morning General Session, featuring Rod Rosenstein, U.S. Deputy Attorney General, as the keynote speaker, we will present the Innovations in Corrections Award to “The GEO Group Continuum of Care” Program housed at the Graceville Correctional Facility (FL). At the Tuesday luncheon, featuring Christopher Kennedy Lawford as the keynote speaker, the following awards will be presented: Cristian Onassis Diaz (SC) (Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Awardee); Correctional Officer Paul Nielson and Correctional Officer Jesse Shockley (TN) (Medal of Valor Awardees); Sergeant James William Miller (FL) (Award of Merit Awardee); and G. Mark Jones, Ph.D. (TN) (Peter P. Lejins Research Awardee).

Congratulations to ACA staff who celebrated their five-year milestone anniversaries at ACA sometime this year: 30 years — Roberta Gibson, Membership and Publications Manager, Membership & Customer Service Department; and 10 years — Hok Gao, Director, Finance & Human Services Department; Nadine Lee, Administrative Assistant, Standards & Accreditation Department; Kelli McAfee, Director, Conventions Department and Training and Certification Department; and Mary Misisco, Production Associate, Conventions Department.

ACA’s World-Class E-Learning Training Program continues to expand its courses. Quality training starts at ACA and gives you an opportunity to develop your skills and boost your opportunities. We offer a state-of-the-art training platform, a media-rich learning experience, new courses, and it is cost-effective. Give us a chance to build your career with ACA training in security, administration, treatment, leadership and food service. For more information and to view the catalog, please visit our website. If you would like additional assistance, please contact Diane Geiman at 1-800-222-5646 x 0167 or e-mail elearning@aca.org.

The ACAConnect newsletter continues to be sent to members electronically every three to four weeks. Your input for this newsletter is always welcome. If you have information to share or if you aren’t receiving your newsletter, please email Eric Schultz in our Government Affairs Office at legislative@aca.org.

In addition, we are always looking for good articles for Corrections Today magazine. If you are interested in submitting an article for consideration, please check out the publications area of this website or send an email to submissions@aca.org.

Looking ahead to the holiday season . . . the ACA offices will be closed Christmas Day (Dec. 25) and New Year’s Day (Jan. 1). We wish you a most joyous holiday season and a very happy, prosperous New Year!

Thank you again for visiting our website. Your membership is appreciated, and thanks for being part of our family!


James A. Gondles, Jr., CAE
Executive Director