Management Team

James E. Hyman
Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Hyman is Chief Executive Officer at Community Education Centers since January 2015. To this role with CEC, Mr. Hyman brings more than 25 years of experience in business leadership across multiple industries and responsibilities. Relevant for CEC and the clients it serves, Mr. Hyman has had leadership responsibility for reentry, treatment, education and secure corrections programs in his previous role as Chairman, President and CEO of Cornell Companies, until its sale in 2010.

Mr. Hyman has most recently been CEO and President of TestAmerica Laboratories, the nation’s leading environmental testing company. Earlier in his career, Mr. Hyman held executive positions with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, GE Capital Services, McKinsey & Company, and JP Morgan. Mr. Hyman also chairs the Mega-Cities Project, an international not-for-profit focused on urban development issues.

Mr. Hyman has an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School and an AB with honors from The University of Chicago. He is married and has three adult children.

Debra Shannon
Executive Vice President and General Counsel

Ms. Shannon is Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Community Education Centers. With more than fifteen years of legal experience, including high-level corporate transactions, Ms. Shannon provides legal counsel to the CEO and Senior Management at CEC. She negotiates, reviews and drafts contracts, and oversees real estate transactions and government compliance issues. Ms. Shannon also manages risk management and litigation for the company.

Immediately prior to working at CEC, she was a Senior Associate for the firm now known as Genova, Burns, Giantomasi, and Webster, where her clients included the Turnpike Authority and the Township of Woodbridge. Her legal experience includes litigation with an emphasis in employment law and labor law.

Ms. Shannon is a graduate of St. John's University School of Law where she received her Juris Doctorate with honors. Additionally, she is a member of the State Bar of New Jersey and New York, as well as the Federal District Courts in the 2nd and 3rd Circuits.

Michael Hellriegel
Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Hellriegel is the Chief Financial Officer at Community Education Centers. He has over thirty years experience in service industries, fifteen of which he has served as CFO of both public and private international companies. He has extensive experience in strategic planning, SEC reporting, mergers and acquisitions, and financial and operational restructuring.

Prior to joining CEC, Mr. Hellriegel served as the Chief Financial Officer of Kroll, Inc., a global leader in risk consulting, providing investigative, intelligence, financial, security and technology services to organizations in 31 countries. Mr. Hellriegel joined Kroll, Inc. in 2004, after twenty-one years of service to Butler International Inc., an international business services organization providing staffing, outsourcing and consulting services. While at Butler International Inc., he served as Chief Financial Officer and other roles, including Controller, Director of Financial Analysis and Reporting and Manager of Financial Operations. Prior to joining Butler International Inc., Mr. Hellriegel served in various financial reporting and auditing functions with The Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of New York, Inc.

Mr. Hellriegel holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Farleigh Dickinson University and a Master of Science in Strategic Communications from Columbia University. He earned his bachelor's degree in Accounting from St. Peter’s College.

Steve Tomlin
Senior Vice President for Reentry Operations

Mr. Tomlin is Senior Vice President for Reentry Operations at Community Education Centers. He oversees all reentry and in-prison treatment services, research and quality management for the company. With over 20 years of experience in the fields of substance abuse, reentry and criminality. Mr. Tomlin is a national leader in reentry treatment services. An experienced authority on clinical and operational oversight, his current regional responsibilities include over 40 sites with a service capacity of 14,000 individuals. A content expert on facility start-up and program design, he has lead activations and transitions of both acquired and merged entities.

In addition, he serves as governmental liaison, working with local and national leaders shaping public policy on issues confronting the criminal justice system. Mr. Tomlin’s professional affiliations include ACA, CAMA, APPA, MASCA, PAPPC, DASPOP, and National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC). He also served as a charter Board Member of both PAADAAC and CAMA-PA. He is a PA Board Certified Chemical Addiction Counselor and Certified Clinical Supervisor.

Michael L. Caltabiano
Senior Vice President of the Secure Division

Mr. Michael L. Caltabiano is Senior Vice President of the Secure Division at Community Education Centers. He has over 34 years experience, in the corrections industry in both the public and private sectors. Prior to joining CEC, Mike served as Senior Vice President for Adult Corrections at Cornell Companies from 2005 to 2010, and as Director of Marketing, Adult Secure from April 2004 to August 2005 where he was instrumental in leading business development efforts and developing various effective quality assurance programs.

In his role at Cornell Companies he directed two divisions with overall accountability for 41 facilities, 17,500 total beds, and 2,500 staff. He also oversaw daily operations including, medical, quality assurance, security, and maintenance. Prior to joining Cornell in April 2004, Mike served as Director, Detention Management Division for the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement from January 2001 to March 2004. In this role he was selected to lead this $650 million, 21,000-bed operation, including facility construction, medical, operations and a national ground/air transportation system while steering organizational transition from the Department of Justice to the newly created Department of Homeland Security.

Prior to his work at the Department of Homeland Security he served in various capacities with the Federal Bureau of Prisons from 1979 to 2001. At the Bureau of Prisons he was promoted into progressively responsible regional leadership roles at diverse facilities and played a key role in establishing first-ever organization-wide quality assurance program.

Eric Jonas
Vice President of Human Resources

Mr. Jonas is the Vice President of Human Resources at Community Education Centers, Inc. Mr. Jonas has more than 30 years of experience in human resources management to include performance management, succession planning, talent management and leadership development. He is responsible for all operational management of Human Resources including Payroll and Benefits for Community Education Centers. Before joining CEC, Mr. Jonas was the Senior Vice President of Corporate Human Resources at Circuit City. Mr. Jonas joined Circuit City in 1998 as Director of Associate Relations. He was promoted to assistant Vice President of Corporate Human Resources Services in 2000 and was elected Vice President in 2003. Prior to joining Circuit City he was employed by Toys "R" Us from 1985 until 1998. He served as Director of Human Resources for the Babies "R" Us division from 1996 to 1998. Eric has earned his M.B.A. in Operations Management from Columbia University.

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