Board

President

Troy Beyer


Shawano County

Vice President

Amy Vaughn


Washington County

Secretary

Jill Grieser


Dept. of Corrections

Probation and Parole
Marinette County
About Jill

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Jill Grieser

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.

Treasurer

Kelly Devine


Barron County

About Kelly

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Kelly Devine

Kelly Devine has been employed by the Barron County Sheriff’s Department for 11 years, four as a Jail Sergeant. At the Barron County Jail she is the FTO Program Supervisor, Huber Transfer Coordinator, Intoximeter Operator, Classification Officer and Notary. She has been on the Wisconsin Jail Association Board of Directors since 2012 and currently is the Assist Treasurer.

Past President

John Behrent


Outagamie County (retired)

About John

John Behrent

John Behrent

I retired 4 years ago after 34 year as a Staff Sergeant working the entire time in
the correctional division with the Outagamie County Sheriff’s Dept. I’ve been with the
Wisconsin Jail Association since 2005. I have been married to the same love of my life
for 35 years, we have 2 wonderful daughters.

Cindy Mickelson

Assistant Treasurer

 

Adams County

Tyler Edwards


Douglas County

About Tyler

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Tyler Edwards

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.

 

Shelly Sandry


Dept. of Justice

About Shelly

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Shelly Sandry

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.

 

Nancy Thelen


Dept. of Corrections

Office of Detention Facilities

About Nancy

Nancy Thelen

Nancy Thelen

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.

 

Alisha Merwin


Crawford County

Spencer Allen


Adams County

About Spencer

Spencer Allen

Spencer started his career in Corrections at the beginning of 2014 at Adams County Sheriff’s Office. He was tasked with forwarding PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act) standards in the county jail setting. Which the Adams County Sheriff’s Office used to adopt better standards for the protection and safety of Staff and Inmates. Spencer will be furthering his education and experience in the field of Corrections. Prior to working in Law Enforcement, he served as a Mental Health Specialist in the United States Army for 6 years. He hopes to bring that experience and his knowledge of corrections to create resources for both officers and inmates in the future.

Lawrence Wise


Milwaukee County

House of Correction

About Lawrence

Lawrence Wise

Lieutenant Lawrence Wise has been employed by Milwaukee County since 2004, which he has
consistently been a leader and pioneer. Lt. Wise is the current Training Director and CERT Commander
for the Milwaukee County House of Correction (HOC) where he heads up the Training Division. He is a
certified Master Instructor Trainer (MIT) for Criminal Justice Instructor Development Course (CJ-IDC),
Principles of Subject Control (POSC), and Lead Instructor in CERT, AFIS, Firearms, NARK II Drug
Identification, Taser, Active Shooter, Pepperball, CPR, General Jail and more. He believes in being a
forerunner and always looks for different ways to improve Corrections as a whole through proactive
thinking. He was chosen as one of the first Correctional Officers employed by the Milwaukee County
Sheriff’s Office to be certified with a firearm. He was part of a team who conducted the initial startup of
GPS bracelets for Milwaukee County Inmates. When the Sheriff’s Office and the House of Correction
split in 2013, He was transferred to the latter and under the blessing of the new Superintendent, he was
tasked with revitalizing a defunct training division and turned it into the mainstay within Corrections
that it is today. Lt. Wise assisted in the creation of the Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC)
corrections certification academy. He and his staff are highly sought after throughout different agencies
in Wisconsin.

 

Kris Anderson


St. Croix County

About Kris

Kris Anderson

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.

Brian Beutin


Jackson County

About Brian

Brian Beutin

My name is Brian Beutin. I started my career in corrections in March of 2001 at the Milwaukee County House of Corrections. During my time there I worked in the units monitoring the inmates, and was also trained to work in master control.

In 2006 I joined the CERT team. I transferred to Jackson County Sheriff`s Department in 2009. Since I started in Jackson County I was trained in the duties of safety security officer, and assist in the EMP program. In 2012 I was promoted to corporal. I continue to enjoy my career in corrections. I`m looking to forward to working with the Wisconsin Jail Association.

 

William Mann


Walworth County

About William

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William Mann

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.

 


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