Staff Newsletter | March 2019

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Employee Newsletter   |   March 2019

The Missouri Way

200 Leaders Take Part in The Missouri Way Training

The Missouri Department of Corrections is now even better prepared to lead positive change.

Missouri Way Group

In February, administrators from the state’s adult institutions, probation and parole districts, and central office completed an intensive three-day session of The Missouri Way advanced management training program. 

Missouri Way Parson

Gov. Mike Parson kicked off the training by voicing appreciation for the hard work corrections employees do and the vital role we play in improving government. “It’s our time to be leaders,” Gov. Parson told the group. “It’s our time to set the example for other people.”

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In the special session, corrections professionals learned how to understand their leadership styles, work collaboratively, improve communication among teams and encourage staff engagement in problem-solving.

Watch video highlights from The Missouri Way »

The Missouri Way


The State of Missouri and the Missouri Department of Corrections want your input. State government staff are fueling decisions, transforming the workforce and driving innovation. Please take time to tell us what you think, what you need and how we can do better together. Here are some ways to get started:

Join the Show-Me Challenge

Team Ag Stop

State government leaders know staff have great ideas. That's why they created the Show-Me Challenge, a competition in which teams of government workers propose ways for government to save time and money.

How It Works:

  • Teams develop short pitches for their solutions.
  • A selection committee reviews the pitches and narrows the pool to about 10 finalist teams.
  • The finalist teams develop their proposed solutions more fully and deliver in-person pitches to the senior leadership selection committee.
  • Winners are chosen based upon the quality of their solutions and their final presentation.

Team Ag Stop won the Cycle 1 challenge with an agriculture web portal and smart phone application. Among the finalists was the Show Me You Care team, featuring corrections employees Kim Mills, Lori Burk, Randi McMenemy and Zach Wicker.

Cycle 2 pitches are due April 17, 2019. Enter your pitch »

Take the Pulse Survey

pulse survey

In December 2018, more than 23,000 Missouri state government employees completed the Pulse survey, a short survey evaluating progress on major initiatives, how state agencies are working together and how we can improve. See the survey results here »

The next pulse survey opens this month. Your participation helps inform major decisions.

Nominate an Influencer

State government leaders want you to help identify staff who can play a role in developing initiatives for improving government. Nominate a coworker whose advice you trust and respect. All suggestions are anonymous. Submit a nomination »

Celebrating MODOC Women

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Corrections women are making history. More women than ever before hold leadership roles in the Missouri Department of Corrections.

Director Anne Precythe is one of nine women in the governor's 16-member executive cabinet. All four of the department's division directors (Julie Kempker, Alana Boyles, Joan Reinkemeyer and Cari Colins) are women, and two — Directors Boyles and Kempker — are the first women to hold those positions in the department's history.

MODOC boasts eight women among its 21 wardens and three women serving as P&P regional administrators, one of whom, Donna King, is the first black woman to hold her position.


 During March, Women's History Month, we're proud to celebrate the accomplishments of these impressive women.

Check Facebook and Twitter all month to learn more about awesome women in the department. Are you a woman working in corrections? Tell us what you love about your job. 



The department is making major improvements for women offenders. Last month, the freshly remodeled Fulton Community Supervision Center became the first all-women's supervision center in the state's history, serving the needs of women on probation and parole.

Staff are being trained in the newly adopted Ohio Risk Assessment System as well as gender-responsive and trauma-informed approaches to programming, all of which help address the specific needs of women in the offender population. 


Meanwhile, the new ASPIRE MO entrepreneurship program helps women in Women's Eastern Reception, Diagnostic & Correctional center develop the skills they need to start their own businesses after release.

In women's facilities, we're looking to address basic needs, such as the availability of diverse feminine hygiene products. And we're continuing programs that help incarcerated women to become better moms.

February 2019 MODOC Employee of the Month

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February Employee of the Month David Rosinski knows how to get great workers in the door and keep them on staff. In the midst of a statewide staffing shortage Rosinski, a Corrections Officer III at Cremer Therapeutic Correctional Center, has made it his mission to recruit new officers and guide them through the application and onboarding process, developing a rapport with new members of the corrections family to make sure they feel welcome and supported.

MODOC Staff Raise $10,000 for Special Olympics

Polar Plunge

Staff at Western Missouri, Chillicothe & Crossroads correctional centers, placed first, second and third in Polar Plunge fundraising in the law enforcement category. Collectively, MODOC teams raised more than $10,000 for Special Olympics Missouri!

Ag Week Drive Supports Food Bank & Ronald McDonald House

Food Drive

State agencies are helping to feed more kids! During National Agriculture Week, March 10-16, the Missouri Department of Agriculture and Missouri Farmers Care are leading an effort to collect donations for the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri and Ronald McDonald House. All 16 executive agencies have been invited to participate.

How to Participate

Choose the organization you’d like to support:

Decide how you’d like to participate from the options below:

  • The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri
    • Bring in canned food or peanut butter.
    • Donate funds through Feeding Missouri’s website. (Using your work email ensures that the funds count toward our total.)
  • The Ronald McDonald House of Mid-Missouri
    • Bring in soda can tabs.
    • Donate funds through the Ronald McDonald House’s website.

Missouri Department of Corrections in the News

Your great work is making headlines! Check out news media coverage of reentry superheroes, education and job-training programs, probation transformation, and staff who brave cold waters to give back to a great organization.



Improving Lives for Safer Communities


Excellence in Corrections for a Safer Missouri


We value safe work environments, a capable workforce and reduced risk and recidivism.
We value integrity and respect.
We value supportive leadership.
We value employee participation and teamwork.

Help Your Teammates Know Their Value

Corrections Way: Appreciate  

We're working hard to retain staff and to make the Missouri Department of Corrections a great place to work. Awards are a wonderful way to make employees feel valued, but there's more we can do every day to show how important each person is in what we do.


  • Give appreciative feedback.
  • Recognize individual strengths.
  • Remember the vital role you play in supporting the department's mission.