About Our Staff


Madeline Carter has been a Principal with the Center for Effective Public Policy for the past two decades. Ms. Carter has managed numerous national, state and local projects on a variety of topics including implementing evidence-based practices, advancing effective prisoner reentry strategies, developing policy and guidelines to respond to parole and probation violations, establishing and maintaining multi-disciplinary collaborative teams, and working with special populations including women offenders and sex offenders. In 1996, under funding from the U.S. Department of Justice and its collaborating partners, Ms. Carter established the Center for Sex Offender Management (CSOM); she has served as its director ever since. Currently, Ms. Carter serves as the Project Director for the National Institute of Corrections’ Evidence-Based Decision Making in Local Criminal Justice Systems project and is working closely with several state corrections agencies on offender reentry. Ms. Carter is also working with numerous states on a variety of issues related to the management of adult and juvenile sex offenders. She has previously served as the Project Director of a National Institute of Corrections initiative designed to develop a Gender Responsive Management and Assessment Protocol for jails and prisons serving women offenders, and was the Lead Consultant assisting the California Department of Correction and Rehabilitation, Division of Adult Parole Operations, to develop policy and a decision making instrument to guide responses to parole violations. Prior to joining the Center Ms. Carter spent a decade in government working for the Montgomery County (Maryland) Department of Correction and Rehabilitation, serving as Resident Supervisor, Correctional Counselor, and Lead Screener for the Pre-Release Center, and overseeing the establishment and operations of the screening unit of the Pre-Trial Services agency. Ms. Carter holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration from the American University. She has published more than 25 journal articles and practitioner handbooks on critical issues in criminal justice.

Becki Ney is a Principal with the Center. She has directed a number of national training and technical assistance projects that have focused on issues of justice-involved women, domestic violence, sex offender management, criminal justice system assessment, correctional sentencing options, parole and probation supervision and violations, parole decision making, and jail overcrowding. Ms. Ney was a primary architect of the National Jail and Prison Overcrowding Project. Prior to joining the Center, she was the Vice President of the American Institute of Criminal Justice and a Research Associate for the American Foundation. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Sociology from La Salle University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and a Master of Science degree in Criminology from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Ms. Ney is a founding member of the Center.


Program Staff

Kurt Bumby is a Senior Associate with the Center. In this capacity he provides training and technical assistance nationwide to policymakers, administrators, and practitioners across disciplines to support sex offender management, prisoner reentry, and other court-based initiatives. In addition, he authors and coauthors various policy and practice briefs, training curricula, and written resources produced at the Center. Dr. Bumby received his doctoral degree from the Law/Psychology and Clinical Psychology Training Program specialty track at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has had a diverse career in the juvenile justice and adult criminal justice fields, maintaining roles as an administrator, clinician, consultant, and researcher. With a primary specialization in the assessment and treatment of sex offenders, he has worked with adults and juveniles in state and federal correctional institutions, forensic hospitals, juvenile justice facilities, civil commitment programs, and outpatient settings. Among his prior positions, Dr. Bumby was the Assistant Deputy Director and Clinical Director for the Missouri Division of Youth Services, the Director of Juvenile and Sex Offender Services and Assistant Director of Correctional Mental Health Services for a private behavioral health corporation, and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Medical Psychology with the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. He has published multiple journal articles and book chapters on a variety of forensic topics including sex offender management, youth violence, child maltreatment, offender reentry, and alternative sentencing options for adults and juveniles. In 1994, he received the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) Graduate Research Award for Research Excellence in the Field of Sex Offender Treatment, and was co-recipient of the Hugo G. Beigel Research Award from the Society for Scientific Study of Sexuality in 1996. He is a Past President of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers and also serves on the International Advisory Committee for the Safer Society Foundation. Dr. Bumby joined the Center’s staff in 2003.

Leilah Gilligan is a Senior Manager with the Center. In this role, she serves as an author, contributor, and editor of numerous Center publications on topics of sex offender management and collaboration. She also provides technical assistance to jurisdictions working to enhance their management of sex offenders in the community. Her work in the criminal justice field has focused primarily on issues of violence against women, offender supervision, violations decision making, and collaboration. Prior to joining the Center, Ms. Gilligan supervised and provided crisis counseling to offenders in a community corrections setting and worked on an initiative to provide enhanced training to judges on issues of domestic violence and sexual assault. Ms. Gilligan holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Criminology and Criminal Justice and a Master of Arts degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland, College Park. Ms. Gilligan began her career with the Center in 1996.

Richard Stroker is a Senior Manager for the Center for Effective Public Policy and serves as the Director of the three national projects funded by the Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance, including the National Parole Resource Center.  He has provided technical assistance to an extensive number of parole boards and agencies, corrections departments, probation departments, courts, law enforcement agencies and other criminal justice practitioners during his career.  He has over 25 years of experience as a practitioner in the criminal justice field in South Carolina, holding positions such as Chief of Staff and General Counsel with the S.C. Department of Corrections, and Deputy Executive Director, Director of Field Services, and Chief Legal Counsel with the S.C. Dept. of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of South Carolina.  He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and all state and federal courts in South Carolina.

Denise Symdon is a Senior Manager with the Center.  Prior to joining the Center, Ms. Symdon worked in the criminal justice field in Wisconsin for over 30 years in a variety of positions, including:  Administrator, Wisconsin Department of Corrections, Division of Community Corrections; Assistant Administrator, Division of Adult Institutions and Regional Chief and Assistant Regional Chief, Division of Community Corrections. Ms. Symdon also served as Interstate Compact Specialist for Dane County and acted as liaison to the Dane County Jail, Courts, and Alternatives to Incarceration Program.  Ms. Symdon received her Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major—Social Work and Behavioral Science and Law—from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Administrative Staff

Susan Gibel is the Center’s Chief Operating Officer. In this capacity, she serves as a Project Manager on national training and technical assistance initiatives related to domestic violence and offender reentry. Ms. Gibel also serves as the Administrative Manager of the Center and is responsible for overseeing the Center’s administrative, accounting, and meeting planning functions. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Economics, from the University of Arizona and also holds a law degree from the University of Minnesota. She has worked with anti-violence organizations on issues of domestic violence and gay rights and organized and presented trainings on both. Ms. Gibel was formerly part of an effort that successfully lobbied the Minnesota legislators to pass a bill to provide civil remedies for women coerced into prostitution. Ms. Gibel has been a member of the Center’s staff since 1998.

Anke Mann is the Center’s Accounting Manager. In this capacity, she is responsible for oversight of all of the Center’s financial activities, including budgeting, expense tracking, and audit compliance. Ms. Mann holds a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business and Finance from the University of Maryland, College Park and also attended the College of Business and Applied Sciences in Dresden, Germany, where she received an Intermediate Certificate in International Business Studies. Ms. Mann is bilingual in German and English. She has been with the Center since 2000.

Cherrie Smith-Raines is the Center’s Executive Assistant. In this position, she is responsible for providing administrative support to the Center staff and many of the Center’s projects. Ms. Smith–Raines has over 19 years of experience as an Administrative and Legal Assistant. Ms. Smith-Raines joined the Center in 2005.