When Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast


Tuesday, February 7, 2023
9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Session Type: Workshop

Building on the work that began more than a decade ago, the 2nd Judicial District of Iowa has been committed to shifting their organizational culture to support engagement, communication, and collaboration by creating a collective vision for the future, identifying high impact strategies, and working to infuse their core values consistently and with purpose across all facets of their organization. In the midst of a grueling era of change, staff across the organization came together to better manage their attention and focus on what matters most to them: the wellbeing and quality of relationships between their staff and clients. Join us in this session where we talk about the journey that the 2nd District has been on, the difficult and sometimes unforgiving work of the Core Team, and all of the successes that have been actualized along the way. This presentation will focus on the real world work of shifting culture, over time, and what it looks like to commit to being better tomorrow in practice. Staff from the 2nd District will share their honest perspectives on the good, bad, and the ugly of true organizational culture change in the 21st century.


Mr. Marc Robert Borgman
Area Supervisor,

Marc Borgman has been with the Second Judicial District since 2001 and is currently the Probation/Parole Supervisor for nine counties in north central. Marc has also worked extensively as a Polygraph Examiner and Probation/Parole Officer. Marc is a member of the Department’s Core Team focusing on organizational culture.

Cam Turner
Probation/Parole Officer III, 6th Judicial District Department of Corrections

Cam Turner started her professional career in 2007 and has a Master’s Degree in Social Work. Cam is currently employed with the 2nd Judicial District, State of Iowa where she serves as an Intensive Probation/Parole Officer. She has worked in corrections for five years and is a member of the Department’s Core Team focusing on organizational culture.

Mr. Jim (James) David Varland, LMFT
Treatment Unit Supervisor, 6th Judicial District Department of Corrections

Jim Varland is an Iowa Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist, as well as a Sex Offender Treatment Provider, Level II. He has extensive training in EMDR and Solutions Focused Therapy. He has earned his Master of Arts degree in counseling psychology and Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. Jim has been working in the Iowa corrections system since 2001 serving in both institutional and community based corrections. Jim has also worked in hospitals, private practices, family service agencies, and has been an adjunct instructor for three different colleges. He has been the Treatment Supervisor for the 2nd Judicial District since 2015 and has been the lead on implementation of the Tech2Connect Reentry Program in 2 nd District. He currently supervisors a team that consists of treatment staff and high risk Probation/Parole Officers.

Dr. Alexandra Walker
Director of Community Relations and Strategy, The Alliance for Community & Justice Innovation

Dr. Alexandra Walker has over 20 years of experience in reentry and behavioral health. She offers a diverse background in evidence-based practices, training, program development, implementation science, and treatment. Dr. Walker has managed implementation efforts in both community based and institutional corrections. As the Director of Community Relations and Strategy, Dr. Walker develops organizations, supports research and evaluation on implementation efforts, and coaches leaders.