Committees

NACOLE is in the process of forming the 2021-2022 committees.  If you are a NACOLE member and you wish to join a committe, please click HERE.

NACOLE committees further the mission of NACOLE by pursuing projects and initiatives within their subject matter. They are the operational core of NACOLE. NACOLE members are encouraged to become more involved with the organization by working on a committee and many members currently serve on one or more committees, or have done so in the past. Contact the Committee Chair for more information.

Each committee works to set the goals for the year and holds a monthly telephone conference call meeting which all committee members s are expected to attend. It is expected that Committee Chairs will set goals for their committees each year with the input of committee members who will also work to meet those goals.

The following applies to all committees: 

  • All committees and their members shall conduct committee business in accordance with the Association’s policies, procedures, and Bylaws. 
  • Committee members are recommended by the Board of Directors and appointed by the President for a term of up to one (1) year.
  • A member of the Board of Directors shall chair each committee.
  • The President shall chair the President’s Executive Advisory Committee.
  • The President is an ex-officio member of all committees.

Click HERE to view the full list of the 2020-2021 committee members.


Annual Conference Committee: Members of this committee plan, coordinate, and oversees the development and implementation of a comprehensive, informative, and inclusive Annual Conference program.  In addition, they assist with local, regional, and national planning efforts including marketing, outreach, and fundraising initiatives.  They will help to ensure a diversity of speakers and perspectives are represented in the annual conference program and provide logistical support before, during, and after the annual conference.

Current Co-Chairs: Cathleen Beltz and Janna Lewis

Communications Committee: This committee addresses the communication needs of the organization. Members will look at external and internal communication structures, and, more broadly, how communication with the NACOLE membership and greater oversight community can be looked at, streamlined, and enhanced.  This committee will also work hand-in-hand with the other committees to ensure the work of NACOLE is broadcasted to a wide audience.

Current Chair: Brian Williams

Internal Operations Committee: This committee will focus on current and future operations of the organization though reviews and recommendations concerning NACOLE’s financials, elections, bylaws, and strategic initiatives. Members will review monthly finances, assist in the creation of a draft budget, research and propose any changes to the NACOLE Bylaws, run the annual NACOLE election, research funding mechanisms to aid the organization in expanding capacity, and other means of furthering the organization’s reach.

Current Co-Chairs: Anthony Finnell and Clarence Vaughn

Jail and Prison Oversight Committee: In an effort to assist jail and prison oversight, this committee will work on strategies to increase the number of resources, trainings, and support mechanisms available to those advocating for or practicing civilian oversight of jails and prisons.  Members will work on methods to expand the number of jail and prison oversight entities throughout the country and the necessary support needed to accomplish this goal.

Current Chair:  Nashla Rivas Salas

Member Development and Support Committee: Members of this committee support the association’s current individual and organizational members and work to increase the total number of members. The Committee works with individual and organizational members to develop means for greater involvement and enhanced communication between the board and the membership throughout the year, and to increase the number and diversity of NACOLE members engaged in the work of the organization.  The committee is also tasked with the development and implementation of the NACOLE's Peer Support Program.

Current Co-Chairs: Nicolle Barton and Susan Hutson

President’s Executive Advisory Committee: Includes, but is not limited to, NACOLE Founders, Past Presidents, and civilian oversight executives and leaders in the field.  The Committee supports the President in his or her capacity as the presiding officer of the association, offers guidance on critical issues and sensitive matters affecting the Board of Directors, membership, or the association, and provides general support for the President in implementing their vision and goals.

Current Chair: Gia Irlando

Training, Education, and Standards Committee: This committee focuses on providing training and educational opportunities for NACOLE members and the public regarding civilian oversight of law enforcement and relevant law enforcement topics.  Members plan and facilitate webinars, regional training events, and academic symposiums; oversee the certified practitioner of oversight program; evaluate nominations for NACOLE annual awards; and provide assistance as needed for other training and relevant grant-funded projects.

Current Co-Chair: Florence Finkle

Policy Development Committee: Many oversight entities have been tasked with working alongside city officials and law enforcement to review existing and recommend new policies. Members of the committee are currently working on developing policies specific to use-of-force but will eventually turn their attention to other policies in an effort to develop resources for those seeking to develop policies and procedures in their jurisdictions.

Current Chiar: George Perezvelez