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Texas Corrections Association is dedicated to providing a forum for promoting quality correctional practices through professional growth, leadership, mentorship and education. TCA is organized to anticipate and respond to the needs of our members, clients and the general public.
2017 - 2018 PresidentApril Zamora
Texas Department of Criminal Justice
It is my pleasure and honor to serve as president of the Texas Corrections Association. I began working for the State of Texas in 1998 and since that time, have had the pleasure to serve in several positions, to include Case Manager at Texas Youth Commission, Parole Officer, Parole Unit Supervisor, Program Specialist – Substance Abuse Services, Internal Review & Training, Director of the Texas Correctional Office for Offenders with Medical or Mental Impairments, and now as the Director of the Reentry and Integration Division at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
As a criminal justice professional who is a licensed chemical dependency counselor, I have dedicated my work to the world of reentry and continuity of care for special needs clients. It is important me to that TCA continue to addresses different aspects of the criminal justice system for all members. TCA has afforded me these opportunities by connecting me with individuals from every level of service and expanded my reach, which ultimately benefits those we serve.
Echoing former president Chip Seigman, it is my hope that as criminal justice professionals we continue to diversify TCA. Our membership includes individuals that serve adults and juveniles in the areas of custody/care of offenders, reentry, probation/parole, offender treatment/programming, pre-trial services, etc. It also includes a wide variety of vendors that offer correctional goods and services.
We are a multi-faceted association that encourages growth, and together we can continue to spread the message of TCA to gain new membership. Additionally, we should continue to deepen our relationships with current members and seek new ways to leverage our resources within schools and universities in order to promote membership of individuals who are working toward careers in the field of corrections.
In developing our conference trainings, I want to continue to pursue our goal in growing membership. I would like to engage the future of corrections and challenge the students to join and become a greater part of the organization. I believe that our leaders for tomorrow can add a wealth of insight to our workgroups. I would also like to expand our treatment provider base by continuing to offer collaborative training with continuing education hours. I believe there is no better time than now to be part of this historical time in the corrections continuum in Texas. Each day you make a significant contribution to public safety, diversion, victim assistance, continuity of care, rehabilitation, and reentry. Together we are the agents of change. Together we do make a difference. Together we are a complete system of professionals. Thank you for making Texas a safer place and for being part of the Texas Corrections Association.