With a father in the U.S. Marine Corps, Brown moved around a lot, but thinks of North Carolina as home. She attended Rocky Mount Senior High School and holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and international business from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master’s degree in business administration from Meredith College. In addition, she is a graduate of the Department’s Correctional Leadership Development Program.
Brown’s husband, Richard “Mac” Brown, is a computing consultant in the Controller’s Office. He is also a major in the 130th Military History Detachment of the National Guard and is serving his country as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. When she’s not working, Brown’s two sons keep her busy at her sons’ school, where she is an officer and active volunteer in the PTA. She also enjoys reading, traveling and relaxing on the Pamlico River.
Brown replaces Jim Godwin who retired June 30.
DOC receives visitor from Italy
RALEIGH – Francesco Cavallucci, a counselor with the Italian Senate, visited the Department of Correction during a two-week, whirlwind study of criminal justice systems in the United States. Cavallucci serves on a justice committee working to improve Italy’s penal system.
Cavallucci learned about the history of Community Corrections, the caseload supervision process, electronic monitoring, supervision ratios and the intricacies of community corrections programs. He was impressed that offenders must pay restitution and be employed, in school or in a specific program determined by offender needs. Cavallucci also toured Orange Correctional Center, where he learned about educational and vocational programs, efforts to reduce recidivism and transition assistance provided to offenders.
Columbus passes the torch
BRUNSWICK–Columbus Correctional Institution participated in the North Carolina Special Olympics Torch Relay run May 23. More than 36 runners from DOC, Community Corrections, the Sheriff’s Department and local businesses helped carry the torch 17.4 miles to the Bladen County line. At the county line, runners from Bladen Correctional Center joined the caravan. The runners paired in teams and ran the relay in three hours under extremely windy conditions. Chris Wilcox, a member of the University of Maryland’s 2002 NCAA national championship basketball team helped lead the run, along with Columbus County Sheriff Jimmy Ferguson and Bob Lewis, director of support services for the Department.
Cabarrus raises money to fight cancer
NORWOOD – On May 6, Cabarrus Correctional Institution sponsored its first annual golf tournament at Piney Point. Approximately 70 people participated, raising over $2,000 for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. Organizers of the event are shown in the photo at left. Standing, left to right: Sgt. Ronnie Yon, Officer William Hatley and Sgt. Henry Thompson. Seated, left to right: Officers David Odell