Damon T. Hininger, President and Chief Executive Officer
With more than 20 years of corrections experience, Damon Hininger was named President and Chief Executive Officer of CoreCivic in August 2009, having previously been appointed as President and Chief Operating Officer in July 2008. Hininger served as Senior Vice President of Federal and Local Customer Relations since September 2007 after having served as Vice President of Federal and Local Customer Relations since June 2002. Hininger previously served CoreCivic as Vice President, Business Analysis since December 2000. He has also served the company as Director, Strategic Planning and Director Proposal Development. Hininger joined the company in 1992 as a correctional officer at Leavenworth Detention Center in Leavenworth, Kansas, and was promoted to Training Manager at Central Arizona Detention Center in 1994. That same year, Hininger was also selected as both Central Arizona Detention Center's and CoreCivic's companywide Employee of the Year. He joined the corporate office in 1995, serving as Manager, Facility Start Up for three years.
Hininger is active in the community, currently serving as a member of the United Way of Metropolitan Nashville Board of Trustees, the Nashville Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, a member of the Board of Trustees for Belmont University, and a member of the Board of Directors for Middle Tennessee Boy Scouts. He also serves on the Kansas State Foundation Board of Trustees and the Board of Advisors for the Massey School of Business at Belmont University. In 2011, Hininger was named by Forbes as one of the "Top 20 Most Powerful CEOs 40 and Under."
Hininger earned a bachelor's degree from Kansas State University and a master's of business administration from the Jack Massey Graduate School of Business at Belmont University. He was honored in 2010 as the Massey Graduate School Alumni of the Year.
Cole Carter, Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Cole Carter was named Senior Vice President and General Counsel in July 2018. In his role, he is responsible for the legal affairs of the company and he serves as the principle legal advisor to CoreCivic's executive leadership team and Board of Directors. Most recently, Carter served as Associate General Counsel. He joined CoreCivic in 1992 as an academic instructor at Metro-Davidson County Detention Facility. He was promoted to manager of Educational Services at the Facility Support Center, where he has also served as director of Educational Services. Carter joined the Legal Department in 2006 as Assistant General Counsel. Since 2016, he has served as president of the CoreCivic Cares Fund, which provides short-term assistance to CoreCivic employees who are undergoing financial hardship.
Carter holds a bachelor's degree from Tennessee State University, a master's degree from Middle Tennessee State University, and a Juris Doctor from Nashville School of Law.
David Churchill, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
David Churchill was named Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer in May 2019, after having served as Vice President of Human Resources for five years. Churchill joined CoreCivic in August 2012 as senior director of Organizational Development. He has over 30 years of experience in human resources, talent management, and organizational development, since having served before in various senior-level roles at Bank of America, Ingersoll Rand, and Tractor Supply Company.
Churchill holds a bachelor's degree in business management from Eastern Illinois University, a master's of business administration from Aurora University, and a doctorate in organizational behavior from The George Washington University.
David Garfinkle, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
David Garfinkle became Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in May 2014. Garfinkle joined CoreCivic in 2001 as vice president, Finance. Prior to joining CoreCivic, he was vice president and controller for Bradley Real Estate, Inc., a publicly-traded, $1 billion real estate investment trust in Chicago. He also worked as a senior manager in the Audit practice at KPMG Peat Marwick.
Garfinkle is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and he holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from St. Bonaventure University. He has served on the board of the Nashville Sports Council since 2006.
Tony Grande, Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer
Tony Grande assumed the role of Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer in July 2008 after serving as Senior Vice President of State Customer Relations since September 2007. Grande joined CoreCivic in 2003 in the newly created role of Vice President of State Customer Relations. Whether it’s overcrowded facilities, skyrocketing taxpayer costs or inmates struggling to break the cycle of crime, Grande’s team helps federal, state and local systems across the country meet these challenges with a wide range of solutions from traditional corrections and reentry programming to alternatives to corrections. He also leads the company's efforts to forge new government partnerships.
Grande previously served as Tennessee's Commissioner of Economic and Community Development (ECD). In that role, he led the recruitment and expansion of business to the State, managing an $85 million budget and 200 employees. Having worked in Tennessee government since 1998, Grande served as Assistant Commissioner and later as Deputy Commissioner of ECD. He previously led a publishing and database marketing company and served as a political speechwriter in Washington, DC.
Grande earned his Masters of Education at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee and his Bachelor of Arts from the American University in Washington, D.C.
Lucibeth Mayberry, J.D., Executive Vice President, Real Estate
Lucibeth Mayberry was named Executive Vice President, Real Estate. In her role, she is responsible for land purchases and development; design and construction of criminal justice properties; and maintenance, capital projects and energy management of CoreCivic Properties. She previously served in leadership roles as Senior Vice President, Real Estate, Vice President & Deputy Chief Development Officer, and Vice President, Research, Contract and Proposals. She joined CoreCivic in May 2003 as Senior Director, State Partnership Relations, and was promoted to Managing Director, State Partnership Relations, in 2004. Before joining CoreCivic, Mayberry served as a Senior Associate of the Taxation and Estate Planning Practice Group at the Nashville-based law firm Stokes, Bartholomew, Evans and Petree.
Mayberry holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Tennessee, a juris doctor from Vanderbilt University, and a Master of Laws in Taxation from the University of Florida.
Patrick Swindle, Executive Vice President and Chief Corrections Officer
Patrick Swindle was named Executive Vice President, Operations in January 2018, having served as Senior Vice President of Operations since October 2016. Swindle joined CoreCivic in 2007 as Managing Director, Treasury, and he was promoted to Vice President & Treasurer in July 2009. He became Vice President, Strategic Development in August 2013 when CoreCivic created the Strategic Development department focused on the broad-based identification, analysis and execution of complementary corporate growth opportunities. Swindle was named Vice President, Treasury and Strategic Development in April 2014. Prior to joining CoreCivic, he spent 10 years as a research analyst in the equity capital markets divisions of SunTrust Equitable Securities, Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. and Avondale Partners, LLC. During his time as an equity analyst, Swindle conducted company research across multiple industries, including partnership corrections.
Swindle holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Western Kentucky University.