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8 Roxbury Institution employees get awards

May 09, 2001

8 Roxbury Institution employees get awards

Roxbury honorees


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Pictured from left are Roxbury Correctional Institution service award recipients: Edward J. Testa, James r. Mahone Jr., Fran Kauffman, Denise Gelsinger, Gary Heerd Jr., Bernadette Raimondi, and Vernell Doyle. Not picture is James Sword IV.

The following employees were honored recently as the Roxbury Correctional Institution's Employees of the Year 2001.

James Sword

Currently assigned to the 11 to 7 shift, Capt. Sword was selected for this award for his performance of duties during his assignment as captain on the 7 to 3 shift. He began his career with the Division of Correction on Aug. 23, 1967.

Gary Lee Heerd Jr.

Officer Heerd was honored with this award for motivation, initiative and professionalism evident in his actions and outstanding job performance on the 3 to 11 shift. Heerd began his career with the Division of Correction on Dec. 13, 1995.


He was commended for supplying extremely helpful gang-related information to RCI's Intelligence Office, and on two separate occasions received certificates of recognition for his quick response and assistance of medical staff when an inmate was found unconscious.

His most recent accomplishments include the completion of training and certification by the Training Commission in Microsoft Windows 98 and 97. He also completed Hostage Negotiator Team Training and is a Regional Crisis Team Member.

James Richard Mohone Jr.

Mahone, correctional officer II, 11 to 7 shift, began his career Jan. 1, 1986, at RCI.

His present assignment is night sanitation and perimeter relief. Areas in which he assists above his regular duties include helping when the court bus arrives to transport inmates and in the Control Center during peak times.

Denise Annette Gelsinger

Gelsinger, correctional case management specialist II, works in the Case Management Department at RCI.

She began her career Sept. 4, 1991, at the Maryland House of Correction in the Case Management Department and transferred to Roxbury Correctional Institution on June 23, 1993.

Along with her regular caseload assignments, she also has the following special assignments: as an institutional public information officer, handling part of the MAP/CMP caseload; serving on the Strategic Management Committee for Community Relations; as a member of the Standards Committee; and as a trainer for Criminal History Verification.

Joint Team Award

Vernell Gail Doyle, Frances Jeanne Kauffman, Bernadette Ann Raimondi and Edward J. Testa, a team of GED teachers, received this award for their achievement in having the highest passing percentage rate of any GED program in Maryland.

Since January 1999, RCI's GED program has had an 82 percent passing rate. The average pass rate for all test centers in Maryland is 55 percent.

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