Multifaceted Program Director Eyes Volunteering, Education and Employment

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Multifaceted Program Director Eyes Volunteering, Education and Employment


Hudnall, Chad, Corrections Today


Kansas City's Wyandotte County Sheriff's Office is lucky to have a talented programs director. But dozens of accolades from current and former corrections colleagues, individuals she has mentored and coached through tough times, and members of religious and charitable organizations paint Kimberley Holm's role in her community as much more than director of programs for a correctional facility.

It's not hard to see why. Holm served in the U.S. Marine Corps for six years, is a Sunday school teacher at her local church and a Girl Scout troop leader. She holds a master's degree in legal analysis from Webster University in Kansas City, a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Washburn University in Topeka and is a certified paralegal. Since joining the sheriff's department, she has become a certified corrections manager and auditor through the American Correctional Association--both at her own expense.

Her current duties include (but are not limited to): maintaining up-to-date inmate law and recreational libraries; performing basic notary and other legal services; coordinating volunteers to provide religious and educational programs; supervising and scheduling full-time program, classification and mail room staff; and conducting all disciplinary hearings for the adult detention center.

Holm's program section processes more than 22,000 inmate requests every year, which are electronically archived. Her charge involves processing hundreds of hours of inmate law library time as well. Her religious, employment and alcohol/drug rehab programming duties run six days per week. For religious programming, Holm organizes Bible study classes held by volunteer chaplains.

Holm also assists in discharge planning and reentry--assisting in finding transitional housing, transportation, child care and access to community resources for inmates preparing for reentry to society. That means one of the most important roles Holm fills is ensuring inmate employment skills. "Basic job preparation and employment classes are available for the inmates. I assist with preparing resumes for inmates seeking employment and [help them] connect with the local workforce development center for additional opportunities," she said.

"I feel honored to be recognized by ACA as one of the Best in the Business for overall excellence and dedication. …

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