Please join us when Family ReEntry Senior Director Angela Medina & Family ReEntry Director of Reentry Initiatives Randy Braren will be our guests on Criminal Justice Insider with Babz Rawls Ivy & Jeff Grant, live on WNHH 103.5 FM New Haven and live-streaming at newhavenindependent.org. Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, 9 am and rebroadcast at 5 pm. Sponsored by the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven – Now More Than Ever, and Family ReEntry – Serving the Connecticut Justice Community Since 1984.
Angela Medina was recently promoted to Senior Director of Family ReEntry in October 2017. Previously, Ms. Medina served as Director of Contracts and Domestic Violence Intervention Programs for Family ReEntry for four years. She earned her Master’s in Public Administration from Baruch College and her undergraduate degree from Mount Holyoke College. Ms. Medina brings 15 years of nonprofit management experience with expertise in program expansion, budget and contract management,… and public development. Ms. Medina also serves on the Finance Committee for First Congregational Church of Norwalk. Ms. Medina serves as a member of the Congregational Hispanic Caucus Institute scholarship review committee. Ms. Medina was recently honored as The 2017 Fairfield County Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 List of Top Executives and Connecticut’s 2017 First 100 Plus, leaders working to improve the lives of domestic violence victims across the state.
Randy Braren has over 36 years of experience in the field of corrections, including 32 years in the field of community corrections. After having served as a correction officer and parole officer in the early 1980’s, he assumed various leadership roles within the CT Department of Correction and the CT Board of Parole at both the regional and statewide level, including stints as District Supervisor and Assistant to the Chairman.
In 2003, Randy left state service to become Senior Director at The Connection, Inc., a non-profit human service and community development agency. As a member of that agency’s senior management team, he was responsible for the planning, development and overall management of various community based correctional programs, including residential and non-residential Alternative Incarceration Centers, Middlesex County’s Emergency Shelter as well as a regional supportive housing network.
In 2006, Randy returned to state service following his appointment by Correction Commissioner Theresa Lantz as DOC’s Director of Parole and Community Services. As a direct report to the Commissioner, he and his division were responsible for the community supervision of all offenders released from terms of confinement and remaining under the department’s jurisdiction. This included all parole staff as well as the network of community based contracted programs providing residential, non-residential and supportive services to the reentry population. Randy retired from state service in 2009 and currently serves as Director, Reentry Initiatives for Family ReEntry, Inc. In his current capacity, Randy is responsible for program development and oversight of various residential and non-residential reentry and behavioral health programs.
Randy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of New Haven, where he also served as an Adjunct Faculty Member from 1997 to 2005. He is a past Vice President of the Connecticut Probation and Parole Association, and was on the Board of Directors of Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services (CONNSACS) from 1997 to 2003