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Two DOC Superintendents Receive PPWA Awards

May 13, 2019 12:00 AM
By: DOC Staff

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At the spring conference of the Pennsylvania Prison Wardens Association (PPWA), two DOC superintendents were presented with awards:

DelBalso Recognized with Lifetime Achievement Award

DOC officials stand with Superintendent Theresa DelBalso

Pictured, from left to right, are: Superintendents Jamey Luther, Mary Natoli and Theresa DelBalso, Bureau of Treatment Services Director Tracy Smith, Deputy Superintendent Laura Banta, Superintendent Bernadette Mason and Executive Deputy Secretary Shirley Moore Smeal.

DelBalso began her corrections career in 1994 as a corrections counselor at SCI Mahanoy. While at Mahanoy, she was promoted to corrections counselor 2 in 1995, and in 2000 promoted to unit manager. In 2007, she transferred to SCI Dallas to accept the position of major of unit management. In June 2010, she was promoted to deputy superintendent of centralized services at SCI Mahanoy. DelBalso transitioned to SCI Retreat in August of that year to serve in the same capacity. She was appointed superintendent in 2013. She was named superintendent at SCI Mahanoy in 2016.

In addition to her DOC duties, DelBalso is currently a Lieutenant Colonel in her 25th year in the Army Reserves. As a military police officer, she served two combat tours in Iraq and various short tours on overseas and state-side assignments. She is currently the Commander of the 424th Military Police Detachment in Ashley, Pa.

Prior to starting her DOC career, DelBalso was employed as a police officer for over seven years and was an instructor in the Municipal Police Officers Education and Training Commission Act 120 Program. 

DelBalso is a 1981 graduate of the former Hazleton High School and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Administration of Justice from Penn State University in 1985. In 2001, she earned a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from St. Joseph's University. She is a member of several DOC and military affiliated organizations.

Harry Recognized with Warden of the Year Award

Harry began her corrections career in 1996 as a full-time psychology intern at the Federal Correctional Institution in Morgantown, W. Va. Later that same year, she became a drug/alcohol case management specialist in Washington County. 

In 1999, Harry began her career with the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections as a drug and alcohol treatment specialist at the State Correctional Institution in Waynesburg. Several years later, she was promoted to drug and alcohol treatment specialist supervisor and, for seven months, served as acting unit manager.

She divided her time between SCI Waynesburg, as it was being closed, and SCI Fayette, which recently had opened in Fayette County. In 2004, she was named unit manager at SCIs Greene and Fayette. 

In 2008, Harry was named classification and program manager at SCI Camp Hill, a position she held for 16 months before serving as a staff assistant to the deputy secretary for the central region at the department's Central Office.

For more than a year, Harry served as deputy superintendent for SCI Waynesburg and was responsible for overseeing contract negotiations with property owners as officials were contemplating reopening the facility.

In February 2011, when the decision was made not to reopen SCI Waynesburg, Harry was appointed deputy superintendent for centralized services at SCI Graterford. She was named superintendent of SCI Camp Hill in 2012.

Harry graduated with honors from West Virginia University at Morgantown, with a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in counseling.

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