DPSCS Announces New Director of Volunteer Programs

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TOWSON, MD (August 30, 2012) – Secretary Gary D. Maynard has named Cynthia J. Weyant as the Director, Volunteer Programs for the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS). The position, newly developed, will play a key role in improving DPSCS reentry efforts.

“Ms. Weyant’s background in non-profit business development and volunteer coordination will be an asset to this position.” Maynard said. “Volunteers help the Department provide valuable services and support to offenders under our supervision. With Ms. Weyant’s help, we hope to improve tracking of current volunteers, expand our volunteer base through new partnerships and enhance training and retention.”

DPSCS has volunteers that provide a variety of services in areas including faith-based, legal assistance, housing, mediation, parenting skills, drug treatment and employment readiness - services that correctional and community supervision staff alone could not possibly extend to the tens of thousands of individuals under supervision in Maryland. Such programs and their volunteers assist offenders from the time they enter the pre-trial system, all the way through to parole or probation, giving them the tools necessary to become law-abiding citizens.

As Director of Volunteer Programs, Weyant will evaluate current volunteer programs, assess the Department’s volunteer needs to identify areas of potential growth, create and manage a volunteer database and develop volunteer training programs.

Prior to working for DPSCS, Weyant worked for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake as the Director of Site Mentoring Programs and also as an independent contractor for the Harford County Department of Community Services. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology/Psychology from Lee University, as well as several certifications in leadership and grant/program management.