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For Immediate Release

March 19, 2015

Contact: Jeff Lyons
Public Information Officer
Phone: 603-271-5602

Three Directors Sworn In at NH Department of Corrections Facilities

(Concord N.H.) New Hampshire Department of Corrections Commissioner William L. Wrenn announced that a new Warden and two new Division Directors were sworn in to their positions on March 19, 2015.

Michelle Goings, the former Chief of Security for the New Hampshire State Prison for Women in Goffstown, was appointed Warden of the Northern New Hampshire Correctional Facility in Berlin. Warden Goings began as a Corrections Officer at the women’s prison in 1997. Following several promotions she became Corrections Captain/Chief of Security at the Goffstown facility. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice from Granite State College and is pursuing her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Southern New Hampshire University. As Warden she will be responsible for the supervision of 165 employees who manage nearly 675 male inmates each day.

Commissioner Wrenn said, “Michelle exhibits a high level of intelligence, a good grasp of common sense, and excellent judgment. She demonstrates a sincere desire and true passion for working in a correctional environment. I am confident that she will do an outstanding job and uphold the standards and traditions of this Department”

Paula Mattis was sworn in as Director of the Division of Medical and Forensics Services. Her professional history includes seven years as Administrator of Community Integration at New Hampshire Hospital, four years as Chief Operating Officer, and three years as Acting CEO. Prior to this appointment she was President and CEO of the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire. She received a Bachelor’s of Arts with honors in Psychology (major) and Sociology (minor) from the University of Texas and a Master’s of Social Work, specializing in Community Mental Health, from the University of Illinois.

Commissioner Wrenn said, “Paula will be responsible for leading a team of professional employees and managing the work within the Medical and Forensics services area of the Department’s Health Services and Secure Psychiatric Unit. She has extensive experience in managing large and complex budgets and has a clear understanding of the significant role the Division has in achieving the overall financial goals of the agency.”

Doreen A.D. Wittenberg was sworn in as Director of the Division of Administration. The Division of Administration oversees the Department’s financial operations. Since 2004 she has worked for the Department of Administrative Services as a Business Supervisor. Prior to this she was the Business Administrator in several New Hampshire School Districts. She has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and Organizational Leadership from Southern New Hampshire University. She also received an Associate’s Degree in Accounting from Franklin Pierce College and a Bachelor’s Degree with honors in Business Management – International Business from Franklin Pierce College.

Commissioner Wrenn said, “She is committed to developing a high level of knowledge, skills, and abilities, as evidenced by her history of successful achievements in the work place and an academic record of excellence. She has extensive experience in working with large agencies and helping to manage complex budget.”

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