AK DOC Today

News, Events, and Activities in the Alaska Department of Corrections

PCC Bakes World Flavors Cakes

Palmer Correctional Center getting their bake on as inmates cooked six cakes for the World Flavors Potluck at the Mat-Su Career and Tech High School in Wasilla recently.

This was a family event and participants included Governor Bill Walker, First Lady Donna Walker, Wasilla Mayor Bert Cottle, Palmer Mayor DeLena Johnson, Houston Mayor Virgie Thompson, Mat-Su Borough Mayor Vern Halter, and many others.

These cakes were put together by inmates Michael Ponte and Harley Woods, with the help of our kitchen staff, Dave Cobb and Nancy Henrionnet. The cakes provided 300 servings for the event.

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DOC Torch Runs For Special Olympics

On May 21st more than 1000 participants, including hundred’s of Alaska Law Enforcement personnel ran simultaneous 5K’s in 13 Alaskan Communities.

Alaska Department of Corrections staff from Juneau, Palmer and Ketchikan were part of the amazing group of Alaska Law Enforcement who is trying to raise both awareness and funds for Special Olympics Alaska athletes. It is one of the largest simultaneous multi-community running events held in Alaska.

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LCCC Employee Wellness Event

Lemon Creek Correctional Center held their inaugural, Employee Wellness Committee Silent Auction and BBQ on May 4th and 5th.

Guests had the opportunity to bid on various goods and services including:

  • Photographic prints by Bruce Massey and Brian Weed
  • Ocean Fishing trips donated by Sgt. Tricen Headings & Sgt. Jeremy Finlayson, Ron Shriver and newly retired Sgt. Ken Patten.
  • Personal work out training with Officer Mike Moniak
  • Pies by CO Shari Mullen
  • GoPro donated by Lt. Ken Hoff
  • Whale watching tour with PO Regan Tweedy
  • Biking tour with CO Rick Slater
  • Mechanic services by CO Rob Corcoran
  • House Painting by CO Andrew Scalf
  • Yard Work by Counselor Malcolm Nichols
  • Snagging Fundamentals with pro salmon snagger Sgt. Tony Malacas
  • TONS of food donated by the Staff of LCCC

The entire event was orchestrated by the tireless efforts of:
President – Lydia O’Leary
Vice Looper – Lauren Looper
Treasurer – Regan Tweedy

The food was awesome, with friendly company and a family atmosphere. The LCCC employee wellness committee raised over $1400.00 to be used as seed money in their goal of hosting many more of these type of events to ultimately enhance the morale and well-being of LCCC employees.


Nurses Week Spotlight: Nurse Josh Bearden

As we continue to celebrate Nurses Week and our outstanding Nurses across the state, today we highlight Nurse Joshua Bearden from Goose Creek Correctional Center.

Nurse Bearden started with the Department in June 2014 as a Nurse I at HMCC. There he was known for his great organizational skills and proficient approach to patient care. He advanced to Nurse II and quickly proved to be a lead nurse in the HMCC Clinic. As a primary dayshift nurse he not only was responsible for maintaining the daily activities of the clinic, but also assisted in orienting numerous new nurses to DOC.

In October 2015, Nurse Bearden transferred to Goose Creek Correctional Center where he quickly became part of a much larger team. Early 2016, the Nursing Supervisor for the GCCC Clinic, Shawn Strong, was in a serious vehicle accident and was subsequently out on an extended FMLA leave. Nurse Bearden stepped up to the plate and agreed to work temporarily as Acting Nurse III until Shawn could return. It was during that time that Nurse Bearden truly showed his leadership potential. His easy going demeanor enabled him to approach the day to day issues calmly and professionally. His insight and ability to solve problems was greatly appreciated during his short, yet effective time as Acting Nurse III. Once Shawn was ready to return to work, Nurse Bearden graciously stepped back down, and returned to his role as staff nurse in the clinic. This truly exemplified professionalism. Nurse Bearden is truly a great nurse and a great asset to the GCCC medical team. We look forward to following his accomplishments through his nursing career.

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Nurses Week Spotlight: Nurse Barbara Polk-Grubb

As we continue to celebrate Nurses Week and our outstanding Nurses across the state, today we highlight Nurse Barbara Polk-Grubb from Anvil Mountain Correctional Center.

Nurse Polk-Grubb is from Collinsville, MS. She graduated from West Lauderdale High school. She waited a few years raising a family before following in her mother’s footsteps as a nurse. She graduated from nursing school in 1995 from the University of West Alabama. She worked in oncology and orthopedics for a few years. In 2002, she went to work for East Mississippi Correctional Facility where she fell in love with corrections.

In November 2011, Nurse Polk-Grubb moved to Alaska with her spouse and began her career at AMCC. If you ask her, she absolutely loves it! Nurse Polk-Grubb is an asset to AMCC and department. She performs well under pressure and has effectively handled unforeseen work conditions of a remote community (water shortages, inmate evacuations, several instances in which an inmate’s medical condition required a medivac to Anchorage, etc.). Nurse Polk-Grubb is a pleasure to work with and she works well with staff, the public and the inmate population.

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