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Women's History Month: SCI Rockview

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March 29, 2019 12:00 AM
By: DOC Staff

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​​​In honor of Women's History Month, the Department of Corrections will highlight some of the exceptional women who work for the DOC and the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole. We are grateful for the wonderful women who work in Pennsylvania's criminal justice system.


Jennifer Alexander
Corrections Unit Manager
SCI Rockview

Corrections Unit Manager Jennifer Alexander graduated from Penn State University in May 2001, with a BA in Psychology, she then obtained her Masters of Arts in Secondary Guidance and Counseling from Edinboro University in May 2005. Jennifer began her career with the DOC on July 3, 2009, at SCI Forest as a psychological services specialist and became SCI Forest's mental health coordinator in 2010. In June 2013, Jennifer was promoted to corrections unit manager at SCI Rockview and is still in that capacity today.

Jennifer is currently the unit manager for the Residential Treatment Unit and the Special Needs Unit at Rockview. The combined population of these programs is 160 inmates, all of which have either mental health issues or need special accommodations to live in general population. She has set the pace in these units with her exceptional leadership and her consistent approach with the operation of these difficult units. She has lead her unit team through some of the most significant changes the DOC has ever encountered, and the unit has remained both productive and policy compliant.

In addition to the RTU and the SNU, Jennifer is the back-up unit manager for the Secure Residential Treatment Unit, and for a period of time managed that unit on a full time basis as well. Her attention to detail and commitment to doing the "right thing" all of the time has made her one of the most respected unit managers at SCI Rockview.

Despite a nearly two-hour drive each way to and from work, Jennifer has a positive outlook and a very productive approach in the performance of her job. She has an impeccable attendance record and is willing to work extra hours without complaint. She is a great role model for all to emulate and takes the time to mentor those employees in need.

Jennifer has been shadowing the corrections classification and program manager at Rockview and is definitely an employee that does and will continue to make a difference in the DOC.


Elaine Coffman
Registered Nurse Supervisor
SCI Rockview

For the past 13 years, Elaine Coffman has been a registered nurse supervisor (RNS) at SCI Rockview, striving to make the work environment and her community, a safer, better place to be.

Elaine is a knowledgeable and dedicated team member who is committed to meeting the needs of patients as well as staff. Firm to completing the task at hand in creative ways, yet always mindful of policy compliance, Elaine expresses great compassion to everyone.

Elaine has been in leadership positions with the Rockview Employee Welfare Association (REWA), Critical Incident Stress Management Team, First Aid/CPR instructor and the SCI Safety Committee and Training Advisory Committee. Elaine is well respected by her RNS colleagues throughout the state and often participates in conferences, symposiums and nurse recruiting events.

After earning her nursing degree in New York, Elaine continued her education and graduated from Penn State University. She worked at Centre Community Hospital in State College for 11 years before joining the Department of Corrections in 2000.  In 2005, Elaine was promoted from registered nurse to nurse registered supervisor.

Outside of work, Elaine is proud to be a part of the Agriculture Community of Huntingdon County with her husband, TJ, and daughters, Katerina and Mackenzie.  She is active in numerous county organizations such as Shavers Creek 4-H, Dairy Promotion, Holstein Association, Dairy Scholarship Committee, Shavers Creek Community Volunteer Fire Company and is a member of Faith United Methodist Church. She also participates in many school district activities and serves as a youth mentor.   

She is a lifetime member of the Penn State University Alumni Association and is involved in the Health Policy and Administration Mentoring Program as well as Nursing Mentoring Programs. 


Deborah Bigelow
Administrative Officer 1
SCI Rockview

Deborah Bigelow is the PREA administrative officer at SCI-Rockview and is a tremendous asset to the Department of Corrections. She has a great work ethic and not only does her job, but is always willing to assist others when needed.

Deborah is very conscientious about processing PREA allegations in accordance with policy and following up with others to make sure they address issues in a timely manner. She has developed and maintains several tracking devices to make sure PREA allegations are properly processed.

Additionally, she often helps out as needed to assist the Program Review Committee (PRC) clerk or PRC to complete and update PRC actions. Deborah has shown great dedication to the Department of Corrections, SCI Rockview and to the position of administrative officer. 

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