St. Croix County
Hello, my name is Kristen (Kris) Anderson. I have been in the field of Corrections for over 20 years with the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office and I am dual certified for Jail and Patrol. During that time I have been an FTO, adjunct instructor at CVTC, CIT trained, Sergeant, Lieutenant and currently Program Director/Volunteer Coordinator. I have an A.S. in Protective Service, B.S. in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology, and a Master’s degree in Leadership and Management in Law Enforcement. I am also a graduate of the National Jail Leadership Command Academy. As you can see I believe in life-long learning and look forward to being a part of an organization that brings training and professionalism to the field of Corrections.
Kelly Devine has been employed by the Barron County Sheriff’s Office since 2004. In 2012 she was promoted to a Jail Sergeant. At the Barron County Jail she is the FTO Program Supervisor, Classification Supervisor, Huber Transfer Coordinator, An Intox operator and Notary. She has been on the Wisconsin Jail Association Board of Directors since 2012. Currently she is the Treasurer of the organization.
Dept. of Corrections
Probation and Parole
Jill Grieser has been employed as a corrections officer, and lead classification officer for the Shawano County Jail for 20 years. She has earned an Associate Degree in Corrections Science from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice Management from Concordia University. She currently holds the position of Secretary for the Wisconsin Jail Association.
Tyler Edwards has been a Jail Officer with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department since 1999. He has held the position of Jail Sergeant for the past 12 years.
Edwards has been a member of the Wisconsin Jail Association since 2006. He has held numerous positions in the association to include interim Secretary, Vice President, President, Past President, and currently is a Board Member overseeing vendor relations.
Edwards earned his BS/BA degree from the University of Phoenix in 2005 and served in the United States Navy as a Machinist from 1994 to 1997.
Dept. of Justice
After almost 12 years as a police officer, Shelly came to the Training and Standards Bureau to work with instructor certifications. After four years, she moved into the position that she currently holds as an Educational Consultant working with the Jail and Secure Juvenile Detention preparatory training Curricula. Shelly is proud to be an advisory board member to the WJA and is a liaison from WJA to the Training and Standards Bureau.
In addition to being responsible for the curriculum, Shelly co-organizes the Jail Administrators Conference that is held in the fall.
Shelly holds a BA degree in Criminal Justice from UW-Platteville and a Masters in Organizational Management from University of Phoenix.
Dept. of Corrections
Office of Detention Facilities
Nancy Thelen has worked in the field of Law Enforcement and Corrections for over 20 years. She has held the positions of Patrol Officer, Jail Sergeant, Jail Administrator, 911 Emergency Dispatch Center Coordinator, Department of Corrections Captain and is currently a Detention Facilities Specialist for the Office of Detention Facilities with the Department of Corrections.
Nancy enjoys working with the counties and municipalities providing technical assistance to enhance operations and promote good correctional practice.
Being on the board for the Wisconsin Jail Association is an honor and working with the committee members is a privilege. The committee has made great strides in an effort to facilitate excellent training opportunities at the Annual WJA Conference and at the additional training dates that have been provided.
William Mann, a Corrections Sergeant with the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office has been taking strides
to educate since shortly after his journey began in Corrections in 2003. Throughout his career he has
been involved in training/instructing in one way or another. He has held the position of Correctional
Officer, Correctional Training Officer (CTO), Electronic Monitoring Officer, In-service Instructor, and
currently Instructs at two Wisconsin Technical Colleges as Lead Adjunct Instructor. Although Will is
certified to instruct all Jail General Topics, his favorites are Professional Communication Skills (PCS) and
Principals Of Subject Control (P.O.S.C), of which he is a Master Instructor Trainer (M.I.T).
Will believes that real life training and instructing in Corrections helps keep officers safe, builds
confidence, and improves job satisfaction. Will enjoys connecting with those he trains and seeing their
transformation to competent officers. He is excited to part of the WJA board, and to continue assisting
in the education of officers from across the State.
Will graduated from Colorado Technical University with honors with an Associates of Science Business
Administration and is currently working on his Bachelors of Science Business Administration with an
emphasize in Public Administration.
Though Will enjoys training and education, his real passion is spending quality time with his Wife and 4
children. Will and his wife are volunteers with National Ski Patrol as Outdoor Emergency Care
Technicians at a local ski resort in all of their spare time.
Milwaukee County House of Correction