Board Members

Marvy McNeese


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Marvy McNeese is currently Principal at the Yavapai County Juvenile Detention Education Program in Prescott, AZ. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from NAU in 2003, Special Education Certification in 2006, and Master of Educational Leadership/Principalship in 2012. Marvy has been in Secure Care Education and a member of ACE since May 2004, Marvy currently serves as the President of the Board for Arizona Correctional Educators. She has also served in the positions of Vice-President of Membership, Co-chair and Secretary for the Arizona Juvenile Detention Advisory Council (AJDEAC).

Paul Johnson

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Paul Johnson is currently the Special Education Administrator for the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC). He has extensive experience in working with secure care youth and adults. Paul began his career teaching in the juvenile justice system, eventually becoming principal of both of the Maricopa County juvenile detention schools. Additionally he went on to work as principal of several alternative schools at the middle and high school levels as well as Pappas Elementary School which served Phoenix’s homeless students. Paul worked at the Arizona Department of Education/Exceptional Student Services as a secure care specialist. This allowed him to travel to all the secure care schools in our state, working with teachers and administrators to improve education services. Prior to ADC, Paul was a Regional Transition Coordinator for Transforming Juveniles Through Successful Transition (TJST) at the Maricopa County Education Service Agency (MCESA). TJST is a collaborative that supports seamless transition back to the community for youth to age 22 that have been detained, incarcerated or otherwise involved with the juvenile justice system to reduce the likelihood of their return to the justice system. 

Paul’s passion is to help alternative education students succeed in life. He is a Georgetown University Fellow for School-Justice Partnerships, which goals are to promote an ongoing engagement in school among youth at risk, re-engage students who have been disconnected, and improve academic outcomes for all. Additionally he a member of the Special Education Administrators of Arizona, the Arizona Community of Practice for Transition (AZCoPT) as well as the Secure Care Committee of Practitioners.

Kellie Burns

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Kellie Burns is the District Executive Officer with the Yavapai Accommodation School District in Prescott, Arizona. Previously, she was the Dean of Students in the same district from July 2014 to February 2016. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Black Hills State University in Spearfish, SD in 2000 and both her ELL Certification in 2005 and Master’s in Administrative Leadership and Supervision in 2009 from the University of Phoenix. Prior to entering the administrative world, she taught for 14 years in various elementary and middle school grades with both the Seligman Unified School District and Holbrook Unified School District.

Brian Lawrence


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Vice President of Membership

Brian Lawrence is The Technology Manager for the CAPE Schools at the Pima Accommodation District in Tucson, AZ and has been so for the last two years. He is currently pursuing his Bachelors of Science degree at Pima Community College and Northern Arizona University and his Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) through New Horizons Computer Learning Centers. He has served as a Juvenile Detention Office and Senior Juvenile Detention officer for 9 years. He has also served in the United States Air Force for 7 years. In addition Brian is an active member in the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and ACE for his second year.


Bridget Carrington


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Vice President of Professional Development

Bridget Carrington is currently the Southern Regional Education Director for Arizona Department of Corrections in Phoenix, AZ. She has extensive experience in education leadership and school improvement as a Principal, Assistant Principal, Dean and Speech Therapist. Bridget began her career after completing her Bachelor’s Degree as a corrections officer with NYC Department of Corrections. After 10 years with NYC Department of Corrections, she then pursued a career with NYC Department of Education as a Speech Therapist. She was adamant about providing the best education for all children which led her to pursue her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Supervision and later become Dean, Assistant Principal and Principal. Bridget is an advocate for children who learn differently and require an alternative setting. As the Principal of Bedford Stuyvesant Preparatory H.S., she successfully led High School students of an alternative school to break all barriers and become college bound with scholarships. Bridget relocated to Arizona in 2006, where she continued her passion in educational leadership working as a Principal with Tempe Union High School District, Imagine Schools and Gila County Regional School District. In addition to her Principalship in Arizona, she served as a School Improvement Specialist with the Arizona Department of Education.

In her current role as Southern Regional Education Director, Bridget continues to aspire for greatness in education within Inmate Programs and Re-entry Division. She supervises six State Prison Complexes that offer a wide array of educational programs such as Functional Literacy, High School Equivalency (GED), Life Learning Academy High School, Success Academy High Schools and College Technical Education Programs.

Janis Shoop


Janis Shoop

With over 28 years of experience as a teacher, school administrator, and special education director, Shoop understands the importance of leadership, strong character, and values. Currently, Ms. Shoop is a Secure Care Specialist at the Arizona Department of Education. Her focus as a Secure Care Specialist is to provide support and technical assistance to the educational programs in correctional facilities across the state. Shoop has a bachelor’s degree in special education and master’s degree in elementary education/school administration. She holds a special education certificate and principal certificate. Shoop is currently completing a doctoral program in organizational leadership with an emphasis in special education at Grand Canyon University.


Dorothy Wodraska


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Past President

Dorothy (Dottie) Wodraska, M.Ed., is currently serving as a Governor-appointed Commissioner on the Arizona Juvenile Justice Commission (AJJC) and consulting nationally in the fields of education, child welfare, juvenile justice and organizational leadership. In December 2015, she retired from her position as the Director of Juvenile Transition for the Maricopa County Education Service Agency (MCESA) in Phoenix, AZ. Dotie has been involved with the Arizona Correctional Educators, Inc. (ACE) since 2001 when the organization was formerly known as the Correctional Education Association of Arizona (CEAA). Dottie was one of the three members that served on the Mediation Team that negotiated with CEAA leading to the establishment of ACE in 2002. She had served on the ACE Board as Vice-President of Membership, Vice-President of Professional Development and Board Liaison to the CEA.