Regional Representatives

Region 1 Representative


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Carol Giacomucci has a M. Ed in elementary education. She has been an educator for over twenty years;working in public education as a classroom teacher, reading specialist, and adjunct college instructor. Her passion is literacy and she is co-president of the Phoenix West Reading Council which provides professional development to teachers. She is also a published author of three books, and is currently working on her fourth. Presently, Carol teaches at Perryville Prison.

C: (623) 308-0383


Region 3 Representative

Eva Dong

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Eva Carrillo Dong has worked at the Pima County Juvenile Court Center for over 19 years. Eva currently is the Superintendent. She supervises the students and staff at both the Pima County Juvenile Detention Center and the Pima County Adult Detention Center. At the Adult Detention Center, she administers the educational programs to students under the age of 18 being tried as adults and in a separate classroom the students ages 18 to 21 that have been classified with Individualized Education Programs. During her service, Eva supervised the development of a twelve-week Life Skill Curriculum and helped lead the detention facility in becoming the first detention facility in the nation to attain accreditation.

Post-Secondary Education:
Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education, University of Arizona
Master’s in Educational Leadership, Northern Arizona University
Superintendent Certification through the University of Phoenix

Arizona Correctional Educators
Arizona Juvenile Detention Education Advisory Council
Arizona Education Association
National Education Association

O: (520) 740-4724
C: (520) 440-4828



Region 4 Representative

Eva Dong

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Olga Ruiz is a native of Arizona and has been an educator since 1984. She was a member of Correctional Educators of AZ. She has been a member of AZ. Correctional Educator’s since the development of the organization. She currently serves on the ACE Board as Regional Representative for Region IV.

She began her professional journey at Florence High School where she taught grades 9-12 for 7 years. She relocated to Indianapolis, IN. to complete 2 years of volunteer ministry work from 1991-1993. She worked for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis during this time frame. She was assigned to teach Physical Education at St. Philip Neri Catholic School, grades K-8. Upon complete of her ministry work, Olga relocated back to AZ. and was soon employed as an Educator at Pinal County Hope School in Florence, AZ.

Currently, Olga has dedicated 22 years of service as a General Education Teacher at Pinal County Hope School located at Pinal County Juvenile Justice Center in Florence. She has a passion for teaching and her students. In addition, she enjoys the nature of the workplace where she currently teaches. She views each student as a special gift that she has been given the privilege to journey with even if for a short season. She views working with her current colleagues as a blessing.

Olga and her colleagues strive to provide their students the best education services possible while believing this is what each student should receive as a student while attending PC Hope School. She remains grateful for the opportunity to continue to work with incarcerated youth. She appreciates what her students bring to her classroom environment via their life’s experiences, collectively.

O: (520) 866-4093
C: (520) 518-0134 



Region 5 Representative

Deborah Thompson

 Deborah "Darlene" Thompson

 Deborah "Darlene" Thompson is currently the special education teacher at  Yavapai County Juvenile Detention Education Program in Prescott, AZ. She  received her Bachelor's degree  in Air Science from Embry-Riddle  Aeronautical University, and her Master's degree in Special Education  from  Grand Canyon University. She has been a teacher for seven years, including  substitute teaching in three school districts. Teaching yout at risk has always  been a passion for her and she has received a couple awards for her  efforts. In 2014 she received an award from the Department of Education  for Outstanding service to students with disabilities in secure care. In 2014  she received an award from the department of education for Outstanding  Correctional Educator of the year for juveniles. In 2016 she received an award from Matforce for creating positive change in the community for at risk youth. Darlene is the newest member on the ACE board and is excited to become a part of an exceptional groupof leader who continue to improve secure care education in Arizona.

O: (928) 777-7611
C: (928) 499-9495