At CoreCivic, leadership is a way of being rooted in the values that define our company. Guided by professionalism, respect, integrity, duty and excellence, within our organization there is an immense level of pride in being given the responsibility to lead. Our leaders enact CoreCivic's companywide strategy, guiding their respective areas with the spirit of innovation, continuous improvement and distinction.
Shannon Carst, Vice President, Community Corrections
Shannon Carst was named vice president of Community Corrections in January 2021. Carst began her career in corrections more than 25 years ago as a deputy probation officer at the Boulder County Adult Probation. She later joined a correctional management company in Denver, Colorado, as a case manager, before promoted to director, and then to deputy regional director. She became president at a correctional management company in 2009, where she led the company to implementing specialized treatment programs for residents. Carst joined CoreCivic in 2016 as managing director of Community. She currently serves on committees for the Colorado Community Corrections Coalition, the American Corrections Association, and the Department of Public Safety (Colorado). Carst holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and a master's of business administration from the University of Phoenix.
Ron Charpentier, Vice President, Health Services
Ron Charpentier was named Vice President of Health Services in May 2019. Prior to joining CoreCivic, Charpentier served as Vice President of Optum Advisory Services, a leading provider of health care consulting services. In his nearly 30-year career in health services, Charpentier has served in multiple senior-level roles at The Advisory Board Company, BreatheAmerica, Inc., Center for Diagnostic Imaging, Inc., and PhyCor, Inc. Additionally, he has provided consulting for large health systems and health care delivery companies, including Einstein Healthcare, Ascension Wisconsin, Cigna-HealthSpring and OptumHealth. Charpentier has also consulted for private equity firms, including BlueMountain Capital and FFL Partners. Charpentier holds a bachelor's degree in behavioral science from California State Polytechnic University and a master's of business administration from the University of Maryland.
Steven Conry, Vice President, Operations Administration
Steven Conry was named Vice President, Operations Administration in April 2018. Previously, he served as Vice President, Facility Operations for Business Unit 2, which is comprised of Divisions III and IV. Prior to joining CoreCivic in 2006, Conry spent 23 years with the New York City Department of Correction, where he was Chief of Facility Operations for four years. He joined corrections in 1983 at the New York City Department of Correction, where he started as a correctional officer and held many leadership roles, including warden, assistant divisional chief, chief of management and planning, and chief of security. Conry holds a bachelor's degree in public management from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where he later earned a master's degree in public administration. In 2009, Conry earned the Certified Correctional Executive (CCE) certification from the American Correctional Association.
Scott Craddock, Vice President, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer
Scott Craddock was named Vice President, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer in July 2018, having served as the leader of Ethics and Compliance since 2014. Craddock joined CoreCivic in 2003 as Assistant General Counsel, and was later promoted to Associate General Counsel. As Assistant and Associate General Counsel, he was responsible for corporate and securities law compliance, corporate governance, and the development of CoreCivic's Ethics and Compliance program. Prior to joining CoreCivic, Craddock served as a corporate and securities attorney at Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher LLP in Washington D.C. and H3GM, PC in Nashville, Tennessee. Craddock holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Kentucky and a Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School in New York.
William Dalius, Vice President, Facility Operations, Business Unit 1
Bill Dalius joined CoreCivic in 2016 as managing director, Purchasing. In that role, he provided crucial oversight and leadership on purchasing issues amidst the company's rebranding. In June 2017, Dalius was promoted to his current role as vice president of Operations (Business Unit I). Dalius has 30 years of corrections experience with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, where he retired as Administration Division Assistant Director & Chief Financial Officer. He also served as associate warden and warden at multiple BOP facilities. His responsibilities outside the agency included testimony before the Department of Justice, Office of Management and Budget, Congress, House and Senate Subcommittees on agency budget matters. Dalius holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Bloomsburg State College. Additionally, he has completed training courses with Aspen Institute (Justice and Society), the National Institute of Corrections’ Executive Excellence Program, BOP’s Leadership Enhancement and Development Program, and FEMA Emergency Management Institute.
Ben Elrod, Vice President, Human Resources
Ben Elrod joined CoreCivic in 2003 as a Compensation Analyst. Since then, he has worked with several areas of human resources, including compensation, employee and retirement benefits, staffing, compliance, diversity, and employee relations. He has served in roles of increasing responsibility, including managing director of Human Resources beginning in 2008. In June 2017, Elrod was promoted to his current role. Prior to joining CoreCivic, Elrod worked in human resources at Caterpillar Financial Services and at Aspect Communications as a workforce management consultant. Elrod holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Vanderbilt University and a master's degree in business administration from Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management. He also completed the Advanced Human Resources Executive Program at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business.
Brian K. Ferrell, Vice President, Proposal Development
Brian K. Ferrell joined CoreCivic in 2002 as vice president, Government Relations and he later served as vice president, State Customer Relations; senior advisor for state governmental relations; and managing director, Partnership Relations. Before joining CoreCivic, Ferrell served in the Office of the Governor and the Department of Finance & Administration of the State of Tennessee. He started as legislative and policy assistant and later became the governor's chief legislative liaison and top advisor on corrections. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and a doctor of jurisprudence from the UT College of Law.
Brian Hammonds, Vice President, Finance and Controller
Brian Hammonds was named Vice President, Finance and Controller in April 2014, having joined the company as Director, Financial Planning and Analysis in 2003. He was promoted to Director, Financial Reporting in the Accounting department in 2004 and again was promoted to Assistant Controller in 2005. Hammonds later became Vice President, Treasury in 2013. Prior to his career with CoreCivic, Hammonds was with two Nashville accounting firms, serving as an Audit Senior with Arthur Andersen and an Audit Manager at Ernst & Young where he worked primarily on healthcare companies and publicly traded REITs. Hammonds earned both his undergraduate and master's degree in accountancy at the University of Tennessee and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Jason Medlin, Vice President, Facility Operations, Business Unit 2
Jason Medlin joined CoreCivic in 1997 as a Correctional Officer at Northeast Ohio Correctional Center in Youngstown, Ohio, where he also served as Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, Assistant Chief of Security and Assistant Warden. Medlin later transferred to other CoreCivic facilities, where he was named Chief of Security, Assistant Warden and Warden. In December 2014, Medlin was promoted to Managing Director of Facility Operations (Division III) at the Facility Support Center, where he oversaw multiple facilities with diverse government partner contracts. In April 2018, he assumed his current role. Medlin holds a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of Phoenix and a master's degree in Administration of Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati. He served in the U.S. Army for five years.
Armin McCrea-Dastur, Vice President of Talent, Organizational Development, and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Armin McCrea-Dastur was named Vice President of Talent, Organizational Development, and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in February 2021. Previously, she served as CoreCivic's Vice President of Talent and Organizational Development. McCrea-Dastur started her professional career in corrections as an addiction services counselor in 1993, before transitioning to the sports-management and -psychology field for 11 years. By 2007, she began working with Kraft foods and Mondelèz International as the Global Head of Talent Management. In 2016, she was named senior director of Talent Acquisition, Talent Management and Performance Management at Danone. Prior to joining CoreCivic, McCrea-Dastur served as Vice President of Talent Management at Essilor of America. Today, she has over 20 years of experience in the leadership development, talent management and acquisition industry. McCrea-Dastur holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Connecticut, a master's degree in sports psychology from the University of North Carolina, and a master's degree in industrial organizational psychology and a doctorate in organizational leadership from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
Natasha Metcalf, J.D., Vice President, Partnership Development
Natasha Metcalf joined CoreCivic in January 2003 as Vice President of Local Partnership Relations. She most recently served as Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Contract Management before being named Vice President, Partner Contracts in August 2008. Prior to joining CoreCivic, Metcalf served, since December 1998, as the Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Human Services. As head of this agency with a $1.4 billion budget, Metcalf was responsible for more than 130 office locations and 4,000 employees statewide. Metcalf served from 1997 until 1998 as General Counsel for the Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration. In 1996, she was Deputy Legal Counsel to Tennessee Governor Don Sundquist. She began her career as an Associate with the law firm of Kennerly, Montgomery and Finley in Knoxville. She earned her law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law and a bachelor's degree from Hampton University.
Don Murray, Vice President, Quality Assurance
Don Murray was named Vice President of Quality Assurance in July 2019. Murray joined CoreCivic in 2004 as director of Addictions Treatment and Behavioral Programs. He was promoted to managing director of Quality Assurance in 2005, when CoreCivic established the Quality Assurance program. In that role, Murray's leadership helped develop and implement companywide internal audit and compliance strategies that reflect numerous audit industry best practices. In addition, he has assisted multiple CoreCivic facilities in attaining accreditation by the American Correctional Association (ACA), a professional organization for all individuals and groups both public and private that share a common goal of improving the justice system. Accreditation by the ACA is an award bestowed upon correctional facilities that have met or exceeded the correctional industry's highest quality operational standards. Prior to joining CoreCivic, Murray served over 22 years with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, where he served in multiple positions of progressively increasing responsibility at the facility, regional and national levels. He received numerous awards for his bureau service, including the prestigious Director's Special Recognition Award. Murray is a member of several professional associations including the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and the ACA, where he has served on numerous industry‑wide committees. He holds a doctorate in psychology from West Virginia University, a master's degree in psychology from Radford College, and a bachelor's degree in psychology, cum laude, from West Virginia Wesleyan College.
Steve Owen, Vice President, Communications
Steve Owen was named Vice President of Communications in June 2020. He most recently served as managing director of Communications at CoreCivic. Owen began his career with CoreCivic in 1995 as a principal at Mineral Wells Pre-Parole Transfer Facility in Texas, and was later promoted to program manager at the formerly CoreCivic-operated Bartlett State Jail in Texas. In March 1999, he was promoted to director of Public Affairs at CoreCivic's Facility Support Center, and again in March 2011, to senior director of Public Affairs. Prior to joining CoreCivic, Owen served as a case manager, unit manager and education coordinator at the Mineral Wells facility, which was managed by another correctional service provider at that time. Owen earned a master's of business administration from Lipscomb University and a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Tarleton State University.
John Pfeiffer, Vice President, Technology and Chief Information Officer
John Pfeiffer joined CoreCivic in the position of Vice President, Technology and Chief Information Officer in August 2002. Before joining CoreCivic, he spent three years as Chief of Operations at Bytes of Knowledge, a Nashville-based IT consulting company. Prior to his work at Bytes of Knowledge, Pfeiffer served as Director of Information Systems and Telecommunications at LifeTrust America. From 1994 to 1998 Pfeiffer served as Administrator, Informatics Center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and from 1990 to 1994, he served in the U.S. Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer. Pfeiffer is the former President of the Handbell Ringers of America and is Board Chair of Easter Seals of Tennessee as well as a member of the National Board of Easter Seals. Pfeiffer earned a master’s in business administration from Belmont University and a bachelor's degree from Vanderbilt University. He served as Adjunct Instructor of Information Systems Management at the Jack C. Massey School of Business at Belmont University.
Erik Rasmussen, Vice President, Strategic Development
Erik Rasmussen was named Vice President of Strategic Development in July 2019, after having served as managing director of Strategic Development for five years. Rasmussen joined CoreCivic in 2008 as director of Financial Planning and Analysis. He was promoted to senior director of Continuous Improvement in 2012. Prior to joining CoreCivic, Rasmussen was the associate director of Finance at Millenium Challenge Corporation in Washington D.C. Rasmussen earned a master's of business administration from the Kogod School of Business at American University and a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Wheaton College.
Brad Regens, Vice President, Partnership Relations
Brad Regens joined CoreCivic in 2007 as Senior Director and now serves as Vice President, State Partnership Relations. Prior to joining CoreCivic, Regens worked 11 years for the Arizona Legislature, including the last two years as the Director of Fiscal Policy for the Arizona House of Representatives. Regens earned a master's degree in public policy from Duke University and a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Daren Swenson, Vice President, Reentry Partnerships and Innovation
Daren Swenson was named Vice President, Reentry Partnerships and Innovation in January 2021. Previously, he served as Vice President, Community Corrections since October 2016. Swenson joined CoreCivic in August 1992 as a sergeant at Prairie Correctional Facility in Minnesota, following the company's acquisition of that facility. He continued to hold positions of increasing responsibility, including Special Operations Response Team leader, lieutenant, captain, unit manager, assistant chief of security, chief of security, assistant warden and warden. He was promoted to managing director of Facility Operations in 2007, providing facility management oversight for Division II, which included six CoreCivic facilities in Arizona and three of the four CoreCivic facilities in Oklahoma. In June 2010, Swenson was promoted to Vice President, Facility Operations (Business Unit II) overseeing Divisions III and IV, consisting of 22 facilities. Swenson holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and sociology from North Dakota State University.
Bart VerHulst, Vice President, Partnership Relations
Bart VerHulst joined CoreCivic in 2007 and has served in a variety of federal and local partnership relations roles. Prior to joining the company, he spent more than a decade on the staff of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, ultimately serving as Frist's chief of staff. In addition to his partnership relations work, VerHulst coordinates CoreCivic’s annual Chairman’s Charity Golf Tournament, which has supported organizations providing opportunities for former offenders, victims of crime and underprivileged youth for more than 20 years. VerHulst holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Hope College.
John Paul Wooden, Vice President, Treasury & Tax
John Paul Wooden joined CoreCivic in 2004 as Manager, Corporate Accounting. He was promoted to Director, Treasury in 2005, and became Senior Director, Accounting & Tax in 2007. Wooden was promoted again to assistant controller in 2013. He assumed his current role in 2016. Prior to joining CoreCivic, Wooden worked at Arthur Andersen and Ernst & Young, where he focused primarily on the healthcare industry. Wooden is a Certified Public Accountant and earned both his undergraduate and master's degree in accounting from the University of Tennessee.