Vincent Schiraldi was named Commissioner effective June 1, 2021. He has decades of experience in government, direct services, and public policy. Commissioner Schiraldi most recently served as a Senior Research Scientist at the Columbia School of Social work and co-Director of the Columbia Justice Lab. He was also the founder of the policy think tank, the Justice Policy Institute. In 2014, Mr. Schiraldi served as Senior Advisor in the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, where he was instrumental in implementing Mayor de Blasio’s criminal justice reforms. From 2010-2014, he served as Commissioner of the New York City Department of Probation. From 2005-2010, he served as the Director of Juvenile Corrections in Washington D.C.
Commissioner Schiraldi pioneered efforts at community-based alternatives to incarceration in New York City and Washington DC and has gained a national reputation as a reformer who emphasizes the humane and decent treatment of the men, women, and children under his correctional supervision. A native New Yorker, Commissioner Schiraldi received an MSW from New York University, a Bachelor of Arts from Binghamton University, and is a graduate of Regis High School in New York City.
Dana Wax was appointed Chief of Staff in June 2021. Prior to this appointment, Ms. Wax served as Deputy Chief of Staff from July 2019 – June 2021 and Senior Policy Advisor from September 2018 – July 2019. As Chief of Staff, Ms. Wax directly advises the Commissioner on strategic, operational, and policy efforts and works to improve the quality of life for everyone living and working in DOC’s facilities. Ms. Wax also oversees relationships with oversight and legislative bodies, City Hall, and certain advocacy groups that support vulnerable populations.
Before joining the Department of Correction, Chief of Staff Wax served at the New York City Council in positions of progressive responsibility. She held the position of Chief of Staff for Council Member Vanessa L. Gibson from 2016-2018 and was Ms. Gibson’s Communications and Legislative Director from 2015 – 2016. Previously, she held the position of Legislative and Budget Director for Council Member Mathieu Eugene from 2014- 2015 and was the Legislative Fellow for Council Member Mark Levine in 2014. In 2008, Ms. Wax received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from New York University where she also undertook additional M.A. coursework. Chief of Staff Wax believes in leading with humanitarian compassion and remains proud of this Department, its people, and its future.
Patricia Feeney was appointed Deputy Commissioner of Quality Assurance and Integrity in January 2018. In this role, DC Feeney has continued to ensure that the Department complies with existing city, state, and federal regulations and internal policies. D.C. Feeney assists in the development of policies and procedures, the development of compliance plans, and supervises the peer mentoring program that supports and trains facility staff. D.C. Feeney oversees the units responsible for inspections and audits that support the agency’s compliance program: 1) the Compliance and Safety Center, 2) Compliance Audit Unit, 3) the Emergency Preparedness Unit, 4) the Environmental Health Unit, 5) the Engineering Audit Unit, 6) the Fire Safety Unit, 7) the Office of Policy Compliance, 8) the Policy and Procedures Unit, and 9) the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Unit. Compliance with PREA standards, State Commission of Correction regulations, Board of Correction regulations, Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations, and Health Codes create safe and secure facilities. These compliance programs are essential to supporting the agency’s 14-point violence reduction plan. Prior to her appointment as Deputy Commissioner, Ms. Feeney served as the Assistant Commissioner of Environmental Health. She brings to this new position more than 28 years of NYC Department of Correction experience. D.C. Feeney attended Union College and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She is also a Registered Sanitarian in the State of New York.
Maureen Danko was appointed Chief Information Officer/Deputy Commissioner of Information Technology of the Department of Correction in December 2015. Ms. Danko oversees all areas of Information Technology (IT) and Data Analytics and Research, including strategic planning, application development, data and systems management, and network and infrastructure.
She joined the Department of Correction as the Director of the IT Project Management Office in October 2011. Before joining the Department, Ms. Danko worked in the airline and hospitality industries. Her broad background in IT includes strategy and business development, project management, telecommunications, database and network-systems management, software and data-applications development, IT business solutions, and IT infrastructure management.
Patricia Lyons was appointed Deputy Commissioner overseeing Financial, Facilities and Fleet Administration in December 2019. Her portfolio includes Budget Management and Planning, Central Office of Procurement, Facility Maintenance and Repair Division, Fleet Maintenance and Operations Unit, and the Central Warehouse Operations Division. Ms. Lyons career in the Department began in January 2013 as the Assistant Commissioner for Financial Management and Budget Administration with subsequent promotion to the Associate Commissioner for Budget Management and Planning in December 2015.
Deputy Commissioner Lyons brings to the Department over 20 years of experience in fiscal and operational management in New York City. She began her career at the Mayor’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) as an Assistant Budget Analyst in May 1999. Ms. Lyons moved on from her position as a Senior Budget Analyst at OMB in February 2004 to become the Director of the Management and Budget Analysis Section at the New York City Police Department. In September 2008, she assumed the position of PlaNYC Budget Administrator at the New York City Department of Transportation and was promoted to the Deputy Executive Director of Financial Management and Analysis in April 2011.
Ms. Lyons holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with a minor in Sociology from Queens College of the City University of New York..
Nadene M. Pinnock, Esq. was appointed Deputy Commissioner of Human Resources in May 2016. In this role, Ms. Pinnock is responsible for all agency hiring, payroll, timekeeping, and human resources operations, including the recruitment and processing of the largest recruit classes in the Department’s history.
Her career with the Department began in January 2006 as an Agency Attorney. In October 2009, Ms. Pinnock was appointed Deputy General Counsel where she interpreted laws and judicial decisions and led the implementation of minimum standards of the Department’s oversight bodies including the Board of Correction and the State Commission of Correction.
Before joining the Department, Ms. Pinnock was an Associate at two law firms, Connors & Connors, P.C. and Goldberg & Associates where she was responsible for management and defense of commercial and insurance matters.
Ms. Pinnock is a SHRM Certified Professional. She received her Juris Doctor from George Washington University Law School and her Bachelor’s degree from Binghamton University.
Francis Torres was appointed Deputy Commissioner of the Division of Programs and Community Partnerships in September 2021. Prior to this appointment, Ms. Torres served as Assistant Commissioner of Education and Youth Advocacy Services since November 2015. As Deputy Commissioner, Ms. Torres directly supports the First Deputy Commissioner of Programming and Operations while developing, managing, and enhancing program opportunities for individuals in custody, while fostering strong partnerships with community providers and volunteers.
Before joining the Department of Correction in October 2002, Ms. Torres worked for the City University of New York in various capacities all while providing educational, vocational, and rehabilitation opportunities to individuals in custody, at-risk populations and various community centers. Throughout her work at the Department, she has advocated for and supported uniformed and non-uniformed staff alike. She has over 29 years of professional experience in the field of social services. Ms. Torres earned her Master of Arts Degree in Spanish Literature from the City University of New York.
Sarena Townsend was appointed Deputy Commissioner of the Intelligence, Investigation & Trials Division in July 2021. In this role, Ms. Townsend will oversee and manage all facets of the Correction Intelligence Bureau (CIB) while also overseeing the Investigation Division (ID), and the Trials and Litigation Division. Oversight of all three divisions under Ms. Townsend will ensure the integrity, quality, and fairness of all investigations and prosecutions.
Prior to this appointment, Ms. Townsend served as the head of the Trials and Litigation Division.
In this role, she oversees both the investigation and prosecution of staff misconduct. Ms. Townsend has 14 years of professional experience in the fields of investigation and criminal prosecution.
She also served as Deputy Bureau Chief at the Kings County District Attorney’s Office, where she supervised trials and successfully prosecuted violent felony cases, with a specialization in sex crimes prosecutions.
In 2006, Ms. Townsend received her Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law. She graduated cum laude from New York University in 2003.
Ada Pressley is currently serving as Bureau Chief of Facility Operations since August 2021. She was previously promoted as Assistant Chief of the Criminal Justice Bureau and Transportation in April 2021. In June 2016, she was promoted to the rank of Warden and was assigned to the Robert N. Davoren Center (RNDC). Then in 2018, she was assigned to work at the Horizon Juvenile Center (HOJC). At HOJC, Chief Pressley worked closely with ACS and lead the effort to successfully implement the Raise the Age Initiative. Chief Pressley began her career in city government in 1992 at the NYPD and then transferred to HRA. In 1997, she started her career with the Department of Correction and was assigned to the George R. Vierno Center and later transferred to RNDC. In 2005, she was promoted to the rank of Captain and reassigned to the Rose M. Singer Center. In 2010, she was chosen as the recipient of the “Captain of the Year” award from COBA. In 2013, she was promoted Assistant Deputy Warden and then Deputy Warden in 2015. In November 2015, she was promoted to Deputy Warden in Command.
Sherrie Rembert was appointed Assistant Chief of Administration in April 2021. She previously served in this capacity as Acting Assistant Chief since the spring of 2020. Prior to joining DOC, Chief Rembert was a member of the Armed Forces Reserve, having served in Operations Iraqi Freedom. She began her career with the Department as a correction officer in 1997. Her first assigned command was the James A. Thomas Center (JATC). In October 2005, she was promoted to the rank of captain and transferred to the George Motchan Detention Center (GMDC). Chief Rembert exhibited an exceptional aptitude for administration and was subsequently transferred to the Chief of Department’s office as an executive officer from 2016-2017. She was recognized for her work ethic and was subsequently promoted to the rank of deputy warden in 2017, where she was assigned to the Otis Bantum Correctional Center (OBCC). During her tenure at the OBCC, she implemented the Sustainability, Expectation, Accountability, Tour, Train, Teach (S.E.A.T.) initiative that was implemented for the purpose of boosting morale and reducing violence. In July 2019, Sherrie Rembert held the title of Acting Warden of the Criminal Justice Bureau, where she was responsible for all court commands and the Transportation Division. In February 2020, Sherrie Rembert was promoted to Warden of the Criminal Justice Bureau. She possesses a Bachelor of Science in Correction Administration from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and an Associate of Applied Science in Human Service from the New York City Technical College.
Justin Von Bujdoss was appointed to the position of Executive Director of Chaplaincy and Staff Wellness in March 2018.
In this capacity, he is responsible for the oversight of all Staff Wellness Initiatives, Staff Chaplains, C.A.R.E. Unit, Ministerial Services, and reports directly to the Office of the Commissioner.
Chaplain Von Bujdoss previously served, since September 2016, as Staff Chaplain. Von Bujdoss is an accomplished multi-faith leader, with extensive experience as a Hospice and Hospital Chaplain, and an emerging leader in the field of Correctional Wellness.
He is a graduate of Antioch College and has completed clinical pastoral education training from the New York Zen center for contemplative care.
Von Bujdoss is an ordained Buddhist priest, and has over 25 years of training within the United States as well as various monasteries throughout India.