Legacy Through Leadership: Creating a Coaching Culture to Develop Future Leaders


Tuesday, February 1, 2022
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Session Type: Workshop

At the HCCSCD, we recognize that one of the most important responsibilities in the growth and development of our staff is to broaden and strengthen the leadership skills of our mid-level managers. In January 2021, we launched a year-long training plan that focused on the vital aspects of strong and effective leadership to include such topics as values, effective communication, learning styles, effective documentation for performance management, and emotional intelligence. The presentation will review key components of these trainings, how surveys have augmented the training plan, as well as future areas of staff development.


Dr. Siji Lizzie John
CAST Director, Harris County CSCD

Siji Lizza John, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist and her experience includes working with clinical and forensic populations. Her previous experience includes work as a forensic examiner-conducting competency and sanity evaluations as well as working with community-based children and adult populations conducting assessments. Dr. John joined Harris County Community Supervision and Corrections Department (HCCSCD) in 2013 as a Clinical Evaluator. Dr. John has led the HCSCD Centralized Assessment and Screening Team (CAST) since 2015. In recent months, she has also taken on the role of the Assessment and Treatment Services Director as she also oversees the Outpatient Counseling and Felony Mental Health Court Programs.

Jolonda Russ
Field Services Manager, Harris County CSCD

Jolonda Russ is the Field Services Manager for Harris County Community Supervision and Corrections Department in Houston, Texas. In her current role, she oversees the daily operations of regional offices and staff. She has 15 years of experience in community supervision. Her previous experience includes working closely with high-risk clients such as gang members, violent offenders and sex offenders. She has worked closely with clients who have significant substance abuse issues for over 6 years. Jolonda also has significant experience in staff development and leadership development. Jolonda is also a member of Texas Probation Association.