Delaware’s first lady Carla Markell returned to present the keynote address for the second annual Sisters in Success Conference May 12 at Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution.
Markell, a longtime advocate for volunteerism, added her voice to the team of professional women from the local community who came together to offer a series of workshops designed to provide Delaware’s justice-involved women with the skills necessary to make a successful transition back into the community. Gov. Jack Markell and Robert M. Coupe, commissioner of the Delaware Department of Correction, were also in attendance and addressed the women on the ongoing efforts to enhance the criminal justice system and the state’s response to justice-involved individuals.
The theme for this year’s conference was Find Your Voice. The daylong conference, led by the Hon. Jan R. Jurden of Delaware Superior Court, offered a variety of workshops moderated by Delaware experts that explored issues related to personal growth and health awareness, positive relationships and setting appropriate boundaries, employment skills and the interview process, protecting privacy and concerns raised by social media, parenting issues, and re-entry services.
The event was sponsored by the Delaware Department of Correction, Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution; the Delaware Criminal Justice Council; the Delaware Women in the Law Section, Delaware State Bar Association; and the Delaware Chapter of National Association of Women Judges. Members of the steering committee include Warden Wendi Caple, Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution; Deputy Warden Robert May, Baylor Women's Correctional Institution; the Hon. Jan R. Jurden, Delaware Superior Court; the Hon. Andrea Rocanelli, Delaware Superior Court; the Hon. Barbara Crowell, Delaware Family Court; the Hon. Aida Waserstein, Delaware Family Court; the Hon. Loretta Young, Delaware Family Court; the Hon. Arlene Minus Coppadge, Delaware Family Court; the Hon. Mary McDonough, Delaware Court of Common Pleas; Drewry Nash Fennell, Esq., criminal justice policy advisor to the governor; Amy Herb, Criminal Justice Council; Laina Herbert, Esq., immediate past chair, Women in the Law Section, Delaware State Bar Association; Faith Levy, treatment administrator, Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution; John R. McDonough, re-entry coordinator, Delaware Department of Justice; Tanya Sellers, Esq., Crossland & Associates; Jennifer Hutchinson, community advocate; June Benson, Mental Health Court Peer Mentor Program; and Amy Quinlan, Esq., deputy state court administrator, Administrative Office of the Courts.