May 16, 2017 Fourth Annual Tom Clements Award presented to Rhonda Hesslink FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Crowley, CO: On Thursday May 11, 2017 during National Corrections Officer and Employee Appreciation week, the Colorado Department of Corrections executive team attended an awards ceremony at the Arkansas Valley Correctional Facility. During the ceremony, the Tom Clements Memorial Award was presented to Sergeant, Rhonda Hesslink. This award embodies the vision of recovery and reintegration in which Mr. Clements so strongly believed. This award is presented to a staff member who demonstrates leadership, integrity, teamwork and effective communication skills with offenders. The recipient strives to continuously embrace values, compassion and dedication. This year several nominations for this award came from numerous facilities and divisions within CDOC. The fourth annual recipient, Rhonda Hesslink is a 28 year veteran of the department and supervises the laundry department at AVCF. Ms. Hesslink continually demonstrates her unique dedication and passionate leadership through her involvement in activities, programs, and projects that support paths for offender success within the CDOC. She has the innate ability to communicate effectively with all staff and offender personalities, while possessing the instinctive talent of deescalating issues that arise. Rhonda is a certified 7 Habits on the Inside program facilitator and has been responsible for teaching the program to offenders at AVCF since June of 2015. She is a firm believer in the 7 habits program and takes immense pride in her work. Many of the classes are held outside her normal work schedule and she graciously and diligently makes herself available to teach these classes. Rhonda recently organized and was the master of ceremonies for the 7 habits graduation that was held on February 22, 2017. Rhonda demonstrated outstanding professionalism and enthusiasm during the event, including giving a motivational speech. Over the past year Rhonda has assisted the facility and Victim Services Unit by sponsoring the annual Victims Impact Fundraising. She is currently facilitating the Voices for Victims charity events at AVCF. Snacks and refreshments are purchased by the offenders with proceeds going towards the Voices for Victims as part of the National Victims Impact Project. Last year, Rhonda helped raise more than 4,000 dollars for this charity. Department of Corrections Executive Director Rick Raemisch said during the ceremony “Ms. Hesslink has a passion for working with offenders to provide encouragement for future success. Her dedication and motivation towards promoting offender success speaks for itself and embodies the visions and goals of the great individual to whom this award was dedicated”.