The TMG Team
Andie Moss is founder and president of The Moss Group. Through her organization, Ms. Moss manages multiple strategies to assist the field, including implementing the Prison Rape Elimination Act, working effectively with woman offenders, providing executive leadership training, assessing and supporting mission change and transition strategies, developing and leading culture change initiatives, delivering investigative trainings, and facilitating strategic planning. In 2003, TMG was awarded a multi-year cooperative agreement with NIC to manage its PREA initiative by providing training and technical assistance to the field, as well as present at professional conferences. Ms. Moss managed this cooperative agreement for seven years, providing technical assistance to nearly all 50 states, developing video toolkits for adult and juvenile corrections, developing an online e-learning training program, and publishing brochures and articles to assist the field with operational and policy issues related to PREA. Additionally, Ms. Moss served as subject matter expert to the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission and the PREA Review Panel. Ms. Moss is published in professional periodicals and authored a chapter in a correctional administrator’s textbook on staff sexual misconduct. She is active in professional organizations, is the former chair for the ACA Women Working in Corrections Committee, and is past president of the Association of Women Executives in Corrections. Additionally, Ms. Moss serves on the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Advisory Committee on Family Residential Centers. She also chaired the NIC Institute initiative on women offenders for five years. Ms. Moss has received numerous honors for her work, including the NIC Executive Director’s Award and the Association of Women Executive’s in Correction’s Susan M. Hunter Award.
Donna Deutsch joined The Moss Group in 2010. As director of business development, Ms. Deutsch is the strategic and operational leader for business development, conferences, marketing, and system processes. She develops, coordinates, and implements plans to increase visibility for TMG in the industry and capture and respond to new business opportunities. As a member of the executive team, Ms. Deutsch leads efforts to amplify TMG’s work and meet organizational growth goals, including those related to regional markets, targeted clients, and new products and services. She also serves on the TMG Volunteer Team. Ms. Deutsch brings more than 20 years of operations, strategic planning, and business development experience to TMG. Her well-rounded base of knowledge and experience in building businesses, evaluating and enhancing systems and operations, and identification of strategic partners provides for the cultivation and expansion of new opportunities and relationships for TMG. Prior to joining The Moss Group, Ms. Deutsch worked in leadership positions within the education, technology consulting, consumer electronics and publishing industries, and has successfully instilled positive, business-building blueprints throughout her career. Her business operations, finance, mergers and acquisition expertise, and analytical skills provide key operational support for TMG’s expanding business. Donna received her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Transylvania University.
Michelle Duhart is the managing director for The Moss Group, Inc. Prior to joining The Moss Group, she served as the associate director supporting the National PREA Resource Center’s Training and Technical Assistance division. Michelle has worked in the training and technical assistance field for over 20 years for several corporations where she managed several Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice, and Delinquency Prevention projects. She also delivered training and technical assistance for 20 years in the areas of community and youth development, strategic planning, organizational development, community policing, and risk-focused prevention as well as other health and human service initiatives. She also has a long history of designing and implementing targeted training requests delivered on-site, via conferences, and web-based forums. Ms. Duhart has a degree in social work and has also worked and consulted in the field of sexual assault, domestic violence, law enforcement, health and human services, juvenile justice, and delinquency prevention at the city, state, and community level.
Judy Wood is the CFO for The Moss Group. In her role, Ms. Wood provides oversight for the firm’s accounting, finance, and tax needs. Since 1982, Ms. Wood has operated her own public accounting firm: 15 years in Atlanta, GA, and since 2002, in Washington, DC. The firm in Atlanta was a full-service public accounting firm with ten employees and over 1,000 clients. In 1997, Ms. Wood sold her practice and moved to Washington, DC, where she now specializes in nonprofit organizations, often acting as a part-time CFO for organizations. In Ms. Wood’s role, she is often called upon to develop accounting systems and procedures, particularly as they relate to tracking grant expenses to comply with federal grant fund audit standards. This experience is invaluable in managing TMG’s federal grants.
Mara Dodson is a project director for The Moss Group’s Atlanta office, overseeing work in the southeastern region for the company. In this capacity, she is responsible for relationship management, project oversight, and expertise on a variety of multi-year initiatives in adult prisons, jails, and juvenile jurisdictions. Projects typically address complex issues related to operational practice, safety, PREA, staff sexual misconduct, female offenders, litigation support, leadership, and culture. Ms. Dodson began working for The Moss Group, Inc. (TMG) in 2008. Initially, she gained considerable knowledge on sexual safety by working on implementation support of the Prison Rape Elimination Act for state agencies and local jails. Notably, Ms. Dodson contributed to the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission Report by conducting a national survey to identify current practice in agency responses to sexual abuse. She managed multi-year PREA grants with state agencies, and led the development team on the National PREA Resource Center’s Employee Training initiative to assist agencies with meeting employee training requirements for PREA compliance. Ms. Dodson also led the development of the PREA Resource Center’s Cross-gender and Transgender Pat Search Training Video and Curriculum. Today, Ms. Dodson continues to enjoy a range of projects. Her passion is to problem solve with jurisdictions and become a trusted partner for positive outcomes, enhanced safety, and sustainable change. Her project portfolio includes litigation support in women’s services, developing online training curricula for PREA implementation, staffing and retention strategies, leadership and supervisory development, restrictive housing policy and practice, and jail training solutions. Mara is a co-author for a correctional management textbook chapter focused on staff sexual abuse in confinement. She is an experienced presenter, trainer, and facilitator. Ms. Dodson graduated cum laude from Tufts University, majoring in Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic. She earned her MBA at American University.
Shirley Moore Smeal is a project director with The Moss Group, Inc. In this role, she lends her expertise in the correctional field in the areas of adult corrections, gender responsiveness, PREA, operational practices, administrative segregation initiatives, and women’s leadership.
Ms. Moore Smeal is a dedicated and passionate corrections professional who brings more than 30 years of experience working in the field. She previously served as the first female executive deputy secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections and was administratively responsible for the day-to-day operations of a 50,000 inmate system and more than 16,000 staff members. Ms. Moore Smeal began her career in corrections in 1987 as a clerk typist at SCI Huntingdon and moved progressively up the correctional ranks, serving in increasingly responsible positions of deputy superintendent, superintendent of SCI Muncy, regional deputy secretary, executive deputy secretary, and acting secretary of corrections.
An advocate for doing the right thing because it is the right thing to do, Ms. Moore Smeal was influential in implementing a leadership training program designed to recognize and appreciate diversity, provide opportunities for growth and development, and allow for networking. Ms. Moore Smeal is a member of the American Correctional Association (ACA), ACA Corrections Healthy Culture Committee, Advisory Council to the Safe Alternatives to Segregation Initiative with Vera Institute of Justice, Pennsylvania Prison Warden’s Association (PPWA), and is past president for the Association of Women Executives in Corrections. She has served as chairperson for many leadership conferences and participated in several corrections-related webinars and workshops. She is the recipient of National Organization of Black Women in Law Enforcement’s 2012 Trailblazer Award for becoming the highest-ranking female in the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. She is the receiver of the Lifetime Achievement Award from PPWA and Distinguished Alumnae Award.
Ms. Moore Smeal holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Edinboro University.
Jessica Stroop serves as a project director for The Moss Group, where she lends her expertise from her recent position as a senior statistician working on judicial and immigration statistics in the Department of Justice. Her work has focused primarily on the Prison Rape Elimination Act and the measurement of rape and sexual victimization in correctional facilities.
Ms. Stroop has 15 years of experience in the federal government, including the Department of Justice, the Department of Defense, and the United States Sentencing Commission. She is a veteran of designing and implementing national self-report surveys used to measure climate, safety, efficacy, and organizational indicators and victimization in special populations and has conducted this work with university students, in militarized conflict zones, refugee camps, and with incarcerated youth and adult individuals.
Ms. Stroop has both a Master’s degree in Criminology and an MBA from the University of Maryland. She remains a licensed sexual assault-rape crisis Victim’s Advocate for the Department of Defense and continues to advise the Department of Navy on best practices in victim response.
Tina Waldron joined The Moss Group in 2012. In her role as a project director, Ms. Waldron provides leadership and expertise in areas such as evidence-based correctional practice, leadership development, gender-responsive practice, reentry, mental health, agency and facility assessments, and strategic planning. Prior to her work with TMG, Ms. Waldron served as the reentry and women’s services manager for the Missouri Department of Corrections (MDOC). In this role, she worked closely with representatives from MDOC, partnering state agencies, and community partners to research, plan, and evaluate Missouri’s Reentry Process (MRP). MRP strategies were designed to advance the ability of the system to assist offenders leaving prison in preparing to reenter and successfully re-integrate into the community with the ultimate goal of enhancing public safety throughout the state. She has also served as a program consultant with the Kansas Department of Corrections (KDOC) where she acted in a leadership role in implementing evidence-based practice in community corrections and provided oversight, technical guidance, and training to Community Corrections Act agencies across the state. Ms. Waldron has served as a research analyst at KDOC, is an advanced communication and motivational strategies master trainer, has published articles on state specific risk reduction and reentry, and has taught as an adjunct professor of psychology at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Washburn University.
Wendy Leach joined The Moss Group in 2014 as a senior consultant. She provides expertise in inmate and resident physical and sexual safety, conditions of confinement, operational practices, and the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA). Ms. Leach works in numerous jurisdictions providing training and assistance in PREA compliance, performing mock audits, assessing facility operations and completing system-wide policy reviews. She has assessed prisons, juvenile facilities and jails around the country, has been a faculty member at the national PREA Auditor Training and PREA Academy, has spoken at various summits and conferences, has published articles on inmate sexual safety and facility operations, and has led multi-member teams in prison and jail safety assessments. Prior to joining TMG, Ms. Leach was a prosecutor in Baltimore, MD focused largely on handgun related offenses. She then went on to manage a federal settlement agreement regarding conditions of confinement at three Maryland detention facilities; all three facilities reached full compliance and exited federal oversight on time over a four-year period, earning her a Governor’s Citation. Afterwards she served as the statewide director of quality improvement. Ms. Leach is a certified PREA auditor and was the first to audit the first PREA compliant juvenile facility in the United States. She is a graduate of Albany Law School in Albany, NY.
Maggie Black joined The Moss Group in 2014 as a project coordinator, providing logistical assistance and supporting the execution of multiple projects. In 2015, Ms. Black was promoted to associate project manager and in 2017 to project manager, where she continues to manage and coordinate projects with both adult and juvenile agencies focused on PREA standards implementation and compliance, culture enhancement, staff training, audit readiness, gender-responsive strategies, and strategic planning. She also serves on the TMG Volunteer Team. Notably, Ms. Black worked on gender-specific inmate orientation videos, provided support in leadership development trainings, provided on-site support during facility assessments, and assisted in curriculum development in the subjects of LGBTI, PREA, and gender responsiveness. Ms. Black formerly worked at the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors and the National Center for Trauma Informed Care, working on a variety of projects to include mental health awareness and the reduction of seclusion and restraint. Ms. Black has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Manhattanville College.
Brissan Guardado joined The Moss Group in 2019 as a project manager, infusing her extensive project management and graphic design background to support and contribute to the execution of strategic solutions in relation to Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards and implementation, culture enhancement, staff training, gender-responsive strategies, and strategic planning aimed at helping state, local, federal, and private organizations in achieving organizational excellence.
Ms. Guardado has vast experience in community and educational program development and delivery efforts in the healthcare field, particularly in the oncology sphere. Prior to joining TMG, Ms. Guardado coordinated global innovation workshops aimed at leveraging technology, data, and artificial intelligence at AstraZeneca and served as a senior project manager with the Association of Community Cancer Centers, implementing a diverse portfolio of strategic education programs to support the multidisciplinary cancer care team at community cancer centers across the country.
Ms. Guardado graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design and from the Maryland College of Art and Design with an Associate Degree in Visual Communications.
Shannon Murphy joined The Moss Group in 2016 as an onsite project manager for the New York City Department of Correction (NYC DOC). She leads and coordinates TMG’s project support for NYC DOC’s PREA compliance efforts, including coordinating leadership symposiums, implementation workgroups, and training of DOC’s 11,000+ uniformed and civilian staff in the prevention, detection, and response to incidents of sexual abuse and sexual harassment against inmates of the operated facilities. Ms. Murphy brings with her 20 years of experience working in county community correctional environments, developing and implementing assessment protocols, programming, and sentencing initiatives to improve offender outcomes in the community. She led NIC’s Transition from Jail to Community project with the Douglas County (Kansas) Sheriff’s Office and was responsible for resident service development and outcome evaluation as deputy chief of programs with Montgomery County’s Pre-Release and Reentry Services (Maryland). Ms. Murphy holds a Master of Public Administration, with a focus on local sector government, and bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Crime and Delinquency Studies from the University of Kansas.
Callie Murray joined The Moss Group in 2020 as a Project Manager, bringing with her over a decade of experience and expertise in managing federally funded projects, notably in the field of criminal justice.
Ms. Murray has extensive experience in project management and technical assistance development and delivery for federal and state government agencies. Prior to joining TMG, Ms. Murray assisted clients with workforce development strategies and apprenticeship expansion at Maher & Maher. She also managed the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s National Training and Technical Assistance Center at ICF, providing coordination and resources to those working to prevent and respond to juvenile delinquency and victimization.
Ms. Murray graduated from George Mason University with a master’s degree in Public Administration, and a bachelor’s from James Madison University in Public Administration.
Chelsey Turner joined The Moss Group in 2019 as a project coordinator. She is responsible for coordinating and scheduling the various moving parts of projects.
Prior to joining The Moss Group, Ms. Turner worked in Human Resources in the talent acquisition and training departments in the real estate industry. She began her career as an administrative assistant, supporting the director of training and was later promoted to talent strategist. As a talent strategist, Ms. Turner focused on recruiting and providing career coaching to internal team members. She later moved into a support role where she focused on reporting, process and systems improvement, and maintaining human resource information systems.
Ms. Turner holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Jackson State University.
Deepa Shrestha joined The Moss Group in 2017 as a staff accountant. She has an accounting degree and is responsible for the daily processing accounts payable and receivable, payroll review, and for assisting the accounting manager with tasks as they arise. Ms. Shrestha works closely with the CFO, human resources department, and accounting manager to ensure that employees and consultants are paid timely and accurately. Her work contributes to the delivery of budget to actual reports and the production of financial statements. Before joining TMG, Ms. Shrestha worked as the primary accountant for a consulting firm in Virginia. Ms. Shrestha has Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Athens State University, AL.
Molly Volkmann joined The Moss Group in 2017 as an accounting manager. She is a certified public accountant and is responsible for processing accounts payable, receivable, payroll, and for the general oversight of the company financial activities. Ms. Volkmann works closely with the CFO and human resources department to ensure that employees and consultants are paid timely and accurately. Her work contributes to the delivery of budget to actual reports and the production of financial statements. Before joining TMG, Ms. Volkmann worked in the finance department at a hedge fund in Boston, MA. Ms. Volkmann has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from The University of Connecticut.