Leadership at DOC

Vincent Schiraldi - Commissioner

Vincent Schiraldi - Commissioner

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.

 

Kenneth Stukes - Chief of Department

Kenneth Stukes - Chief of Department
Kenneth Stukes was appointed Chief of Department in July 2021. Prior to this role, he served as Bureau Chief of Security since May 2019. Chief Stukes began his career with the Department in 1987, when he was first assigned to the George Motchan Detention Center (GMDC) as a Correction Officer. Chief Stukes was promoted to the rank of Captain in 1999 and was first assigned to North Infirmary Command (NIC) and later to the Otis Bantum Correctional Center/CPSU Unit (OBCC), where he received numerous awards and unit citations. In 2007, he was promoted to the rank of Assistant Deputy Warden and assigned to the George R. Vierno Center (GRVC).
 
In 2012, Chief Stukes was promoted to Deputy Warden and was assigned to GRVC, the Eric M. Taylor Center (EMTC) and OBCC. In 2013, he was promoted to the rank of Deputy Warden In Command (DWIC) of the Mental Health Center and was promoted to the rank of Warden in 2014 and assigned to OBCC. Chief Stukes was promoted to Assistant Chief of Security in October 2015 and named Assistant Chief, Division III in February 2016.

 

Stanley Richards - First Deputy Commissioner of Programs and Operations

Stanley Richards - First Deputy Commissioner of Programs and Operations

Stanley Richards was appointed First Deputy Commissioner of Programs and Operations in July 2021. Prior to his appointment, Stanley Richards was a long-time Executive Vice-President of the Fortune Society and Vice-Chair of the New York City Board of Correction. FDC Richards began working in the reentry and social services sector at the Fortune Society in 1991, helping other people reenter society and furthering the mission of the organization, which supports the successful reentry of formerly incarcerated individuals. Between 1997 and 2001, Richards was the Deputy Director of Client Interventions at the Hunter College Center on AIDS, Drugs, and Community Health.

Mr. Richards is the first formerly incarcerated person to be appointed by the City Council Speaker to the NYC Board of Correction, which sets minimum standards for care and provides oversight to DOC.  FDC Richards brings to the department over twenty years of executive management, policy development, budgeting, and program development experience. As the FDC of Programs and Operations, Richards supervises Programs for incarcerated persons, the Training and Development division, the Borough Based Jails initiative, the Correction Assistance Response for Employees (C.A.R.E.) unit, and Health Affairs. His role will be integral in developing and implementing actions to enhance jail safety, improve conditions of confinement, increase staff wellness, reduce jail population, and engage people incarcerated in intensive programming. FDC Richards is a graduate of Medaille College. Mr. Richards was also a Robert Wood Johnson Fellow in their Developing Leadership Program to Reduce Substance Abuse. Mr. Richards also completed Columbia University's Institute for Non-Profit Management, School of Business Management, Executive Management Program.

 

Jean-Claude LeBec - Senior Deputy Commissioner

Jean-Claude LeBec - Senior Deputy Commissioner

Jean-Claude LeBec was appointed Senior Deputy Commissioner in June 2021. In this role, Jean-Claude oversees Strategic Initiatives, Financial, Facility, and Fleet Administration, Information Technology and Data Analytics, and the Nunez Compliance Unit. Before his appointment, Jean-Claude oversaw the Department’s Division of Strategic Initiatives, which included the Project Management Office and Office of Constituent and Grievance Services.

Jean-Claude was awarded a unit citation for his work in leading the Department’s efforts to move all adolescents off of Rikers Island in 2018. Prior to joining DOC, Jean-Claude served as the Chief Operating Officer at the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice and held management positions at the NYC Office of Management and Budget. Jean-Claude is from Brooklyn, NY. He received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and has a Master of Science in Urban Policy Analysis and Management from the New School.

 

Heidi Grossman - Deputy Commissioner for Legal Matters/General Counsel

Heidi Grossman - Deputy Commissioner for Legal  Matters/General Counsel

Heidi Grossman was appointed Deputy Commissioner of Legal Matters/General Counsel in 2014. As the Deputy Commissioner and General Counsel, Ms. Grossman is the Chief Legal Officer of the Department of Correction and provides legal advice and counsel to the Commissioner, agency officials, and staff. Before joining the Department, Deputy Commissioner Grossman worked at the New York City Law Department, where she served as Deputy Chief of the Special Federal Litigation Division.
 
She began her career with the Law Department in 1989, serving in various divisions as an Assistant Corporation Counsel and in various supervisory roles litigating federal and state institutional reform, class-actions, and monetary damage suits. In 2003, Ms. Grossman also became the coordinator for the Law Department's public service program, which sought volunteer legal services from large law firms in order to lessen the burden of the city's caseload. Ms. Grossman received her J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and her B.A. in Political Science from Syracuse University. She is licensed to practice law in the State of New York, and the U.S. District Courts for the Sothern and Eastern Districts of the Second Circuit.

 

Peter Thorne - Deputy Commissioner of Public Information

Peter Thorne - Deputy Commissioner of Public Information

Peter Thorne was named Deputy Commissioner of Public Information in September 2014. Before joining the Department, he was Director of Communications for the Office of the New York City Comptroller.

Prior to that, Thorne served as an anchor and reporter for 10 years with WPIX-TV in New York City.

He is the recipient of three Emmy Awards – for best government reporting, best hard-news reporting, and journalistic enterprise, as well as many other press honors from the Associated Press and the New York State Broadcasters Association.

Before WPIX, he was a news anchor and reporter at KCOP-TV in Los Angeles.

He is a graduate of Yale University, with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science

Patricia Feeney - Deputy Commissioner of Quality Assurance and Integrity

Patricia Feeney - Deputy Commissioner of Quality Assurance and Integrity

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 - Chief Information Officer/ Deputy Commissioner of Information Technology and Data Analytics and Research

Maureen Danko - Chief Information Officer/ Deputy Commissioner of Information Technology

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 - Deputy Commissioner of Financial, Facilities and Fleet Administration

Patricia Lyons - Deputy Commissioner of Financial, Facilities and Fleet Administration

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. – Deputy Commissioner of Human Resources

Nadene M. Pinnock, Esq. –  Deputy Commissioner of Human Resources

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.

Sarena Townsend - Deputy Commissioner of the Intelligence, Investigation & Trials Division

Sarena Townsend - Deputy Commissioner of the Intelligence, Investigation & Trials Division

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.

Lawrence P. Dail - Deputy Commissioner of Training & Development

Lawrence Dail - Deputy Commissioner of Training & Development

Lawrence P. Dail was appointed Deputy Commissioner of Training & Development in September 2018.
In this capacity, Mr. Dail oversees and supports all recruit, in-service, leadership development, and promotional training for the Department’s uniformed and non-uniformed workforce. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Dail served in continuing education roles in higher education institutions where his focus was on the development of work-related skills and competencies to help adults prepare for their next promotion or prepare unemployed men and women to reconnect with the workforce in a meaningful way.

Prior to joining the department, he served as Director of Workplace Learning at the City University of New York, School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS) where he helped a range of city agencies devise learning strategies to satisfy compliance mandates or deliver impactful professional development sessions and change the culture. He is a Certified Professional in Learning Performance and is presently working on a Doctorate in Adult Learning, & Leadership at Columbia University’s Teachers College where his concentration is on performance management, feedback, and neuroscience. He has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor’s degree in History from McDaniel College.

Justin Von Bujdoss – Executive Director of Chaplaincy

Staff Chaplain

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.