Yvonne Johnson

Safer Foundation - Yvonne Johnson

Yvonne Johnson, Associate Vice President, Training & Skill Development

"I am a firm believer of moving beyond the norm. My mantra is ‘moving forward with a higher purpose,’ and that’s the driving force behind the work I do at Safer."

Yvonne Johnson is a 25-year veteran of the corrections system, beginning her career as a clerk and rising in the ranks to hold several supervisory security positions at the Illinois Department of Corrections. Yvonne’s years of service and success -- and her understanding of community corrections -- brought her to the attention of Safer leaders, who recruited her to join the Safer family in 2002.

Yvonne’s career at Safer began as Chief of Security at Crossroads Adult Transition Center. It was a position for which she was uniquely qualified. Prior to joining the Safer, Yvonne was a shift supervisor for the state-run Fox Valley Work Release Center. She also was already familiar with Safer Foundation and with Crossroads specifically, having previously been on staff as an auditor.

In 2008, Yvonne was promoted to Associate Vice President, in charge of Safer’s North Lawndale Adult Transition Center. Under her leadership, the 209-bed, all male facility, has maintained 100 percent ratings in both mandatory and non-mandatory standard ratings from the American Correctional Association. Yvonne has steered the success of the center’s various education and training programs designed to promote residents’ successful, gradual transition back into the community.

Located in Chicago’s North Lawndale community, the center is committed to being a good neighbor. Yvonne works to develop and foster lasting community relationships, including incorporating community service into center programs. She also strives to motivate her staff of 100 to move beyond current circumstances and the challenges inherent in an impoverished community.

Yvonne is a longtime member of the International Community Corrections Association (ICCA) and the American Correctional Association (ACA). She attended Governor’s State University in University Park, IL.

 
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