Board Members 




Appointed in August, 2010, Mr. Monreal received his Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice in 1990 from Loyola University of Chicago and a Doctorate in Jurisprudence in 1994 from Northern Illinois University College of Law in 1994.  He began his legal career as an Assistant State's Attorney for Cook County.  Later he became the Assistant to the Mayor for Public Safety of the City of Chicago, where he was the liaison from the Mayor's Office to all City of Chicago Departments in regards to public safety related matters.  After leaving the Mayor's Office, Mr. Monreal practiced law in the area of Trusts and Estates and Real Estate.  In February, 2010, he became the supervisor of the Workers' Compensation Fraud Unit for the Illinois Department of Insurance.


Mrs. Blackman-Donovan was appointed in August 2010.  Mrs. Blackman-Donovan has practiced law since 1977, in criminal prosecution and defense, juvenile court prosecution, defense and in civil litigation.  She resides in Belleville, St. Clair County, Illinois, with her husband of 30 years and their three sons.


Mr. Bowers was appointed in March, 2006. Mr. Bowers brings a long history of public service to the Prisoner Review Board. His career began in 1966 where he served the Peoria Police Department as a detective and polygraph examiner. While serving in this capacity, Mr. Bowers was able to earn his Bachelor's Degree from Bradley University in 1971. Offering a brief conclusion to his career with the Peoria Police Department, Mr. Bowers entered private practice in 1976. Within this period, Mr. Bowers remained a strong supporter of the correctional system where he would conduct both commercial and criminal polygraph examinations. In 1988 he accepted a position at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria, where he retired in 2006 as Director of Facilities, Security and Planning. Mr. Bowers continued to administer polygraph examinations for law enforcement and defense attorneys until 2006.


Ms. Crigler was appointed in October 2011.  She has been employed in variety of human service positions in Chicago for over 40 years.  She holds a BA in Political Science and a Para Legal Certificate from Roosevelt University and a MA Degree in Administration and Social Policy from the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration.  She is a nationally certified Balance and Restorative Justice Trainer, and was an Adjunct Professor in the Criminal Justice Department at Chicago State University.  She is also a social work field instructor at the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration and Chicago State University Social Work Department.

Ms. Crigler was one of the first advocates in Chicago's Domestic Violence court and has a long history of working on behalf of victims of domestic violence and other individuals who have been marginalized.  Her special interest is and has been in the area of rights and protection of women and children.  She has designed and conducted workshops for human service and law enforcement professionals focused on the myriad of issues germane to poverty.  She has served as a para legal and policy specialist for Metropolitan Chicago and the rest of the State of Illinois.  She has a strong expertise in translating bureaucratic language into user friendly language for advocates.

Ms. Crigler was the first and only Director of the African American Caucus for the Family Resource Coalition of America (FRCA).  At FRCA, she coordinated, supervised and directed all projects focused on African American family issues, which included publications, policy analysis, consulting and training.

Ms. Crigler was appointed in 2010 by the Governor to the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission and served as a commissioner.


Mr. Diaz was appointed in July, 2005. Mr. Diaz has a community based panorama of experiences. A retired Chicago Police officer, Mr. Diaz also has experience as a Cook County Juvenile Probation Officer, IDCFS Child Abuse Investigator, IDCFS Social Worker, IDCFS Child Welfare Worker, City Colleges of Chicago Criminal Justice Instructor, Chicago Police Academy and Cook County Police Academy, and Recruit Training Instructor. His education history includes a Master's Degree in Counseling and is active on several community boards serving the public.


Mr. Findley was appointed in February, 2001. Mr. Findley was Chairman of the Board from January, 2003 to May, 2004. A writer and businessman, Mr. Findley owned and published three Illinois weekly newspapers and served as President of Craig Findley Associates, a consulting firm. He served as Deputy Director of the Illinois Department of Transportation, as an elected member of the Illinois House of Representatives and was a senior aide to Congressman Bob Michel. He has long been active e in organizations that advocate adoption and promote the best interests of children. Mr. Findley is a member and twice Chairman of the Lincoln Land Community College Board of Trustees, and member of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. He has served as President of the Jacksonville Public Library and as Chairman of the Jacksonville Area Chamber of Commerce. He is a graduate of Knox College.


Mr. Gregg was appointed in April 2013.  He has served as the Mayor of Harrisburg, Illinois.  He has an extensive career in public service serving as a Saline County Commissioner, 12 years as a member and two years as the Chairman.  He also served on the Coleman Tri-County Mental Health Agency Board of Directors for eight years, Saline County Housing Authority for four years, and has been part of the Saline County Tourism Board for the past several years.  From 1985-2000, Mr. Gregg worked for the Illinois Department of Corrections in both the adult and juvenile divisions as the volunteer services coordinator and as a correctional counselor.  While in the juvenile division, he was certified as an educator in conflict resolution.  He was also the A.F.S.C.M.E. union president at IYC Harrisburg facility.  Mr. Gregg also worked for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity in the coal and market development divisions.  He has served as the high school boys and girls soccer coach.  Mr. Gregg graduated from Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor's Degree in Communication and a minor in Political Science.  He was recognized by the American Corrections Association for excellence in state and community service and was designated with the Leaders Among Us Award in 2012 by the Southern Illinoisan Newspaper.


Ms. Harris was appointed in September 2013. Ms. Harris began her career as a social worker for Gateway Outpatient Health Clinic and a Crisis Hotline Intervention Specialist for Call For Help: providing assessments and interventions for the dually-diagnosed and alcohol and substance abusers.  Ms. Harris later transitioned her career from social work to education targeting displaced families and at-risk youth.  Ms. Harris has served as an Educational Counseling Specialist, Program Coordinator, and a Director: organizing specific programs to delineate the stigma of low-income, first-generation youth and the rate of recidivism amongst juveniles.  She is an active board member for Call for Help, Inc., and a Planning Commissioner for the City of East St. Louis promoting community resources and job opportunities for a poverished community. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work, a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and a Masters in Education Administration from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri.



Mr. Johnson was appointed in March 2013.  After finishing a tour of duty in Vietnam (U.S. Army '66 - '68), he earned his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Michigan and a Doctorate of Law from DePaul University.  He served as an Assistant State's Attorney in DuPage County where he became Chief of the White Collar Crime Division.  He was an instructor at the College of DuPage during this period as well as teaching a course on crime scene investigations.  He was a founding partner in the law firm of Johnson, Westra et. al. where he continued in the private practice of law until taking office as the State Representative for the Illinois 50th District.  He served ten years in the Illinois House where he chaired the House Judiciary Committee and was Chairman and Co-Chairman of the Illinois Prison Reform Committee.  He has a passion for criminal justice reform so that the recidivism rates can be reduced.  He has served on numerous boards, task forces, and community organizations.  Mr. Johson previously served on the Prisoner Review Board from 2004 to 2011, afterwards he took office as an Illinois Senator from 2011 to 2013.


Mr. Madison was appointed in May, 2004. He worked as a Special Assistant to Senate President Emil Jones, Jr. Before that he was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Abraham Lincoln Centre. He retired from the Centre in April, 2001 after 11 years of service. In 1983, He served in the Cabinet of former Chicago Mayor Harold Washington as commissioner of Consumer Services. In 1986, Mayor Washington appointed Mr. Madison as General Superintendent of the Chicago Park District. In the mid-1970's, Mr. Madison served three terms in the Illinois Legislature as a State Representative. He is a native of Memphis, Tennessee where he grew up. He attended Roosevelt University in Chicago where he earned a degree in Business Administration. Mr. Madison also did some graduate work in Finance and Management at Roosevelt.


Mr. Norton was appointed in September 2012.  Mr Norton attended Southeast Missouri State University on a track and cross country scholarship and earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science in 1975.  He attended law school at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and received his Juris Doctorate Degree in 1978.  Mr. Norton served as an Assistant State's Attorney and has engaged in the general practice of law for thirty-five years.  Mr. Norton also served by appointment, as a Circuit Judge for approximately two years.  He is an Eagle Scout and has been a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America for fifty years.  Mr. Norton and his wife, Cathy, have been married for thirty-nine years and reside in Sparta, Illinois.  They have three adult sons and continue to be active and involved in various activities and organizations in their community.


Mrs. Parrack was appointed in August 2011.  Prior to joining the Board, she had a variety of mental health correctional experiences working at Cook County Jail as a Mental Health Specialist and then for four years with the Office of the State Appellate Defender as a Mitigation Specialist in their Post Conviction Unit and then with the Capital Trial Assistance Division.  During this time, she also served as an Adjunct Professor at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.  She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and a Master's Degree in Forensic Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.  She also holds a current State of Illinois license as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor.


Mr. Shelton was appointed in September, 2012.  He retired from the Champaign Police Department after 23 years of service, the last 14 years at the rank of Patrol Sergeant.  Mr. Shelton is credited with starting the agency's Crime Scene Unit.  He taught a Basic Investigative Photography course for many downstate police departments, as well as a digital photography class as an adjunct faculty member of the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy (College of DuPage).  At the Champaign Police Department he held various assignments in the Investigations Division, as a Field Training Officer and on a street crimes unit.


Mr. Simmons was appointed in August, 2010.  After 40 years in Law Enforcement, Mr. Simmons retired from the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office, where he held the position of Chief of Criminal Investigations for ten years.  Prior to his service for the State's Attorney, he worked for the DuPage County Sheriff's Office for 30 years in a variety of positions including, Director, Gang Suppression Unit (GS9); Supervisor, DuPage Metropolitan Enforcement Narcotics Task Force; and, Detective, Violent Crimes Division.  Mr. Simmons attended Texas A & I University and graduated from the Suburban Police Academy.  He was an Instructor at the Suburban Law Enforcement Police Academy at the College of DuPage.  He has served on numerous boards, task forces and community organizations.  Mr. Simmons has earned many awards for his police work over the years.


Ms. Tyler was appointed in May, 2004. She has over 25 years experience in the criminal justice field, including spending the last 13 years with the Cook County Adult Probation Department, where she was employed as a probation officer and Executive Assistant to the Chief Probation Officer. She has served as an Adjunct Professor at several local colleges and universities. She earned a Master's Degree in Corrections/Criminal Justice from Chicago State University in 1992. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and is active in local community affairs.

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