DOC Welcomes Two New Food Service Directors

We are pleased to announce that Kevin Zona has been hired as the Food Service Director at MCI Concord.

Kevin is an excellent communicator with superb interpersonal and organizational skills.  Prior to accepting this position, Kevin served as the owner and operator of two successful catering services and restructured a bar / eatery into a full service Italian restaurant. He developed the largest outside dining area on Shrewsbury Street in Worcester, MA.  Kevin brings experience and a proven track record of success in the area of overseeing all aspects of food service including effectively staying within budget, managing inventory and zonapurchasing, which will be invaluable in meeting the goals and objectives here at the DOC.  Kevin has also lectured students at the Bridge of Central Massachusetts relative to proper food preparation.  We are confident that Kevin is an excellent match for this position and a strong asset to the DOC.

Kevin graduated from Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island with a degree in Culinary Arts.

 

We are also  pleased to welcome Matthew Strauss as our Food Director for the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center.

Matt comes to the DOC with over 15 years of experience in the tourism, convention and visitor industry with a primary focus on sales, marketing, financial and operational objectives within large organizations.  He has interfaced with both public and private institutions consisting of heavy interaction with both state and local officials as wstraussell as governmental agencies such as the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority and the Massachusetts Port Authority.

Matt received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Food Service Management from Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island.

 

An Interview with Ellie Clodius

By Carol Thomas

On December 12, 1982, the Sentry Armored Car Company in New York City was robbed of $11.4 million from its headquarters. It was the biggest cash theft in U.S. history.  On a positive note, also on this date Elena “Ellie” Clodius came to work for the Department of Correction as a Senior Clerk and Typist and now, just over three decades later, she has stepped into the position of Acting Deputy Superintendent at the Pondville Correctional Center.

Ellie is a first generation Italian, born in the U.S. and comes from a tight-knit family who still practices the Italian tradition La Viglia di Natale.  On Christmas Eve, Italian families all over the world gather together for La Viglia di Natale – the Christmas vigil – where fish is on the menu instead of meat. Also called The Feast of the Seven Fishes, the ritual of La Viglia has been handed down from generation to generation over the centuries.

After spending some time with Ellie discussing various topics, it quickly became apparent to me that she has a story to tell therefore, it is my extreme pleasure to present to some and introduce to others…An Interview with Ellie Clodius.

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CT: Who has influenced you the most?

ELLIE: My grandfather who was very positive. Although I had a short time with him he told me that I could do anything I put my mind to – he encouraged me to work hard and be responsible. The other person who influenced me the most was Lisa Mitchell who was the Deputy Superintendent at Southeastern Correctional Center at the time. I was the Records Manager and Lisa said she was impressed with how I kept the staff’s morale up. She encouraged me to seek promotional opportunities because she said I had so much more to offer the DOC.

 

CT: Why did you choose to do what you do for the DOC?

ELLIE: I came from the private sector and I was interested in doing something new and finding out what the DOC was all about.

CT: In my opinion you are a success, what dreams and goals inspired you to succeed?

ELLIE: I came to the DOC at a time when it was difficult for women so I wanted to make a difference and be a leader for other women. I took on challenges that were outside of my comfort zone. For example, I was known as one of the few Date Computation Specialists and was called upon numerous times to go to other facilities to provide a foundation for their processes and conduct agency-wide training at the intermediate and advanced levels.

CT: What characteristics or skills do you think you have that set you apart from some of your peers and enabled you to be so successful?

ELLIE: I was willing to help others and travel to other sites. I always gave 110% and took pride in my work to ensure that I turned out the best product possible. I also took on extra positions when needed.

CT: What do you see as upcoming trends in corrections?

ELLIE: I see us being more proactive with greater involvement in re-entry, seeking alternate ways to handle parole violators, more education-oriented, dealing creatively with the mentally-ill population without the use of restraints and establishing a specialized facility for our aging population.

CT: Any final words?

ELLIE: I really enjoy working for the DOC and I encourage all females to seek career advancements because you can do it.

This article is dedicated to the individuals who dream of making a positive impact at the DOC but still don’t think that they are good enough or smart enough. Ellie is an example of an ordinary person whose great dreams have been fulfilled due to her courage, commitment and willingness to pursue the dream. It is my hope that, from this personal story, we will all look for ways to make an indelible impression as we embark on this journey into the future together.

317th Industrial Instructor Recruit Training Class Graduates

On Thursday, May 19th, 2016, the 317th Recruit Training Class graduated.  There were 9 Industrial Instructors who graduated; Steven Comeau – MCI Shirley, Alan Consolmagno – MCI Shirley, Stephen Ford – MCI Norfolk, Aaron Inacio – MCI Norfolk, Dana Johnson – Milford, Robert Leurini – MCI Norfok, Patrick Reid – MCI Shirley, Daniel Weber – NCCI Gardner, Mark Wile – MCI Shirley.  The Commissioner’s Award for Highest Academic Average was awarded to Daniel Weber.  The class banner was presented to Director James Karr of MassCor.  These Industrial Instructors were certainly a welcome addition to the correctional industries workforce.  Welcome to team DOC, we expect great things.