2020 PPCA Conference

Navigating Re-Entry in Challenging Times

Chaplains deal regularly with inmates who are preparing for re-entry into the community. This conference seeks to familiarize chaplains with the systems and challenges that inmates face when returning to the community, and seeks to equip them with tools to support inmates as they prepare for re-entry.

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This years conference speakers are listed below.

Elizabeth Hardy, LICSW (“Liz”) has almost 20 years of experience working as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. She currently has her own private practice working with adults and young adults with various mental health issues including but not limited to anxiety, depression, bi-polar, LGBTQ issues as well as PTSD and trauma work. She also does private consulting work for Massachusetts State Department of Probation and Parole working with men and juveniles who have committed sexual offenses and are now living in the community.

Abby Trovinger currently serves as an Assistant Counsel for the Department of Corrections handling inmate litigation, and advises the DOC on sentencing and First Amendment issues in the institutional setting. Abby is a graduate of the University of Delaware and the Widener Commonwealth School of Law. Abby previously served the state as counsel for the Department of Transportation and the Department of Human Services. She was also a Deputy District Attorney at the Dauphin County District Attorney’s Office for 5 years prior to coming to DOC. As a prosecutor, Abby handled all types of adult criminal matters and specialized in child abuse cases.

Maureen Barden is currently one of eight Governor-appointed members of the Pennsylvania Parole Board. She has been serving in that role since her confirmation by the State Senate in February 5, 2018. She has worked within various areas of the criminal justice system for over 40 years, including 21 years as a local and federal prosecutor.

Rev. Heather Hunnicutt serves as pastor of Salem United Church of Christ in Pocono Pines, Pennsylvania. She is a licensed professional counselor and maintains a small private counseling practice. Her areas of clinical expertise include religious/spiritual trauma, intellectual giftedness, and faith integration for persons in LGBTQ+ communities. Heather is passionate about helping persons heal from their traumatic experiences by addressing the whole person. She is a doctoral candidate at Evangelical Seminary, concentrating in restorative theology. Her particular interest is in constructive theology. Heather’s dissertation focuses on posttraumatic spirituality, specifically the ways in which a person may incorporate emotional, physical, and spiritual means to become more fully alive after trauma. She hopes this work will start conversations in clergy and counseling circles around how clergy can contribute to mental health, as well as how clinicians may better help clients of faith.

Mary Friedline is an attorney with the Governor’s Office of General Counsel assigned to the PA Department of Corrections. She came to the Department of Corrections in November of 2018 to establish a new risk mitigation/legal review function, where she coordinates legal reviews of sentinel events and works to identify areas of significant legal risk, including developing recommendations related to mitigation. Prior to joining the Department, Mary headed up the Attorney General’s Civil Litigation Section for the Western Region of Pennsylvania where she defended State agencies and employees in federal civil rights suits. In that role, she frequently defended Corrections officials and employees accused of First Amendment and RLUIPA violations.

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2020 PPCA Conference Videos

Below you will find three videos recorded from the 2020 PPCA conference we've uploaded for you to watch again if you would like. Just select the link below and enjoy.

DOC Memorial Moment

Chaplain of the Year

Thank You to Chaplains