Management Team

Debra Shannon
Chief of Staff

Ms. Shannon is Chief of Staff at Community Education Centers. With more than fifteen years of legal experience, including high-level corporate transactions, Ms. Shannon provides legal counsel to the Chairman 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.

Robert Mann
Assistant to the Chairman Site Development/Construction

Mr. Mann is Assistant to the Chairman for Site Development/Construction at Community Education Centers. Since 1996, Mr. Mann has spearheaded all of CEC's construction, additions and rehabilitation projects, while coordinating the efforts of construction managers, civil engineers, architects and general contractors. Most recently, he oversaw seven construction and renovation projects in three states with a total added capacity of over 2,200 residential reentry beds. In 2004, he oversaw the new construction of two residential reentry facilities in Colorado and Wyoming as well as over 4,000 expansion beds nationwide. Prior to his work with CEC, Mr. Mann was co-owner and operator of R&R Construction, Inc.

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