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October 13 - 14, 2017 at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois

The Illinois Correctional Association is in the process of rebuilding and becoming a foundation of corrections professionals throughout Illinois. With approximately 200 members, we continue to remain dedicated to facilitating professional development, expanding public awareness, supporting individual and agency standards for the corrections industry, and engaging the future of correctional development through student outreach. 

Through redevelopment comes growth and the effort to engage all sectors of the correctional system at every level: local, state, federal, private, non-profit, treatment and program providers, institutional, community corrections including probation, parole, and the courts…but the list goes on and on. In doing this, we feel it is essential to create an atmosphere of learning and networking to re-establish relationships and create new collaborative efforts for the future. Thus, our theme of Corrections: The Key to Unlocking the Door for Collaboration is about creating these collaborations on all levels and from all directions: probation, institutions, parole, treatment & services, and everywhere in between.

The Board of Directors is pleased to bring you the following keynote speakers for the conference. Check back periodically as more details will be posted as conference events are finalized.


Charles "Chuck" Kehoe, Kehoe Consulting, Former President  American Correctional Association

With over 45 years of experience counseling and mentoring in county and state government agencies, as well as providing training to correctional managers and chief executive officers, Charles Kehoe is an expert in correctional leadership development.

Charles Kehoe has held high-level positions in many agencies and organizations, including the City of Richmond, VA; the Commonwealth of Virginia; the States of Maryland and Illinois; Berrien County, Michigan; Hayes, Seay, Mattern & Mattern, Inc. and G4S Youth Services.  He is currently a member of the Adjunct Faculty of Virginia Commonwealth University.  He has served in key offices of many state and national associations and committees, including as President, Vice President, Treasurer and member of the Board of Governors of the American Correctional Association.

Charles Kehoe received his Masters of Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago and graduated from Lewis University with a BA degree in Psychology and Sociology.

Carolyn Gurski, Chief Public Safety Officer, Illinois Department of Corrections

Carolyn Gurski was named chief public safety officer on April 16, 2016. In her new position, she oversees and assists with the director’s initiatives regarding the Crime Reduction Act, statewide recidivism reduction and core curriculum correctional practices for staff. Gurski also provides direction to the Transfer Coordinator’s Office and the Supplemental Sentence Credit. She additionally supervises the agency’s Training Academy as well as the female offender facilities at Logan and Decatur correctional centers and Fox Valley Adult Transition Center. Prior to her most recent position, she served as warden of Jacksonville Correctional Center since June 16, 2015, where she additionally oversaw the operations of the Pittsfield and Greene County work camps.

veteran employee of the Illinois Department of Corrections, Gurski began her career as a correctional officer at Illinois River Correctional Center in May 1989. While at that facility, she promoted through the ranks of sergeant, lieutenant and captain, working in a variety of positions that included institutional trainer, statewide screener, audit liaison, American Correctional Association (ACA) accreditation manager, adjustment committee chairperson and shift commander.

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Andre Norman, Prisoner Turned Philanthropist

Andre’s mission is simple – to motivate others to make a change. Through sharing his life experiences, Andre’s goal is to empower those with a desire to make a change. Engage life with a new sense of purpose and drive, Andre can be your guide to create the steps for putting your life on the path you seek.

Andre had a rough upbringing with an abusive father. The destructive choices he made as an adolescent resulted in his arrest and imprisonment. In solitary confinement, a light turned on for Andre. He made the decision to change his fate. With a new mindset, he served a 14-year sentence, earned parole, and from that moment on Andre has never looked back.

Andre has twice attended the YPO-WPO Global Leadership Conference. Andre has lectured at Harvard University, including the School of Law, the John F. Kennedy School of Government, and the Harvard Divinity School. He has been a featured speaker at MIT’s Department of Urban Studies. Since 2001 Andre has been collaborating with the London Business School Executive Education department to design unique experiential learning labs for some of its top clients including Prudential Insurance, Bovis Lend Lease, Deutsche Bank, British Petroleum, Ericsson, and Danone.

Andre's experience and expertise enable him to speak about and create training programs on; families in crisis, substance abuse and teen drinking, re-entry, ex-offender, gangs, prison reform, and mentoring. Andre travels to schools, churches, and community centers around the world to act as a mentor and friend to youth and community members alike. He has been a main contributor in working with groups at social risk in the countries of Honduras, Bahamas, Sweden, Guatemala, Liberia & Trinidad, Andre is currently considered the Ambassador of Hope, Sharing his gifts and light with the entire world.