Vice Presidents

Vice Presidents

At CCA, leadership is a way of being, rooted in the values that define our company. Guided by professionalism, respect, integrity, duty and excellence, within our organization there is an immense level of pride in being given the responsibility to lead. Our leaders enact CCA's companywide strategy, guiding their respective areas with the spirit of innovation, continuous improvement and distinction.


John Baxter, Ed.D., Vice President, Health Services

John Baxter joined CCA in 2008 as director, Mental Health Services. In June 2013, he was named vice president, Health Services. Baxter has more than 30 years of experience in correctional health. Before joining CCA, he spent 24 years with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, where he held a variety of roles, including psychology services administrator.

He holds a master's degree from Harding Graduate School of Religion and a doctoral degree in Human Development Counseling from Vanderbilt University.

David Churchill

David Churchill, Ed.D., Vice President, Human Resources

David Churchill joined CCA in August 2012 as Sr. Director, Organization Development. Churchill has over 25 years of human resources, talent management, and organization development experience serving in various senior-level roles, including Sr. Vice President, Human Resources & Development at Bank of America and Vice President, Talent Management at Tractor Supply Company. Churchill holds a bachelor's degree in business management from Eastern Illinois University, an M.B.A. from Aurora University, and a doctorate in Organizational Behavior from The George Washington University.


Steven Conry, Vice President, Facility Operations, Business Unit 2

Steven Conry joined CCA in March 2006 as Vice President, Facility Operations for Business Unit 3, which is comprised of Divisions V and VI, and Correctional Alternatives, Inc. Conry previously served 23 years with the New York City Department of Correction, most recently acting as Chief of Facility Operations for the agency for the last four years. He joined the New York City Department of Correction in 1983 as a correctional officer and served in many leadership roles prior to his current appointment, including warden, assistant divisional chief, chief of management and planning, and chief of security for the agency.

Conry graduated with a bachelor's degree in public management from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where he later received a master's degree in public administration. In 2009, Conry earned the Certified Correctional Executive (CCE) certification from the American Correctional Association.

William Dalius, Vice President, Facility Operations, Business Unit 1

Bill Dalius joined CoreCivic in 2016 as managing director, Purchasing. In that role, he provided crucial oversight and leadership on purchasing issues amidst the company's rebranding. In June 2017, Dalius was promoted to his current role as vice president of Operations (Business Unit I). Dalius has 30 years of corrections experience with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, where he retired as Administration Division Assistant Director & Chief Financial Officer. He also served as associate warden and warden at multiple BOP facilities. His responsibilities outside the agency included testimony before the Department of Justice, Office of Management and Budget, Congress, House and Senate Subcommittees on agency budget matters. 

Dalius holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Bloomsburg State College. Additionally, he has completed training courses with Aspen Institute (Justice and Society), the National Institute of Corrections’ Executive Excellence Program, BOP’s Leadership Enhancement and Development Program, and FEMA Emergency Management Institute.

Ben Elrod, Vice President, Compensation, Benefits, Compliance and Diversity Management

Ben Elrod joined CoreCivic in 2003 as a Compensation Analyst.  Since then, he worked with several areas of the human resources team including compensation, employee and retirement benefits, staffing, and compliance.  He served in roles of increasing responsibility including as the Managing Director, Human Resources beginning in 2008.  In June 2017, Elrod was promoted to his current role.  Before joining CoreCivic, Elrod worked in human resources at Caterpillar Financial Services and at Aspect Communications as a workforce management consultant.

Elrod holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Vanderbilt University and a master's degree in business administration from Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management.  He also completed the Advanced Human Resources Executive Program at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business.

Brian K. Ferrell, Vice President, Proposal Development

Brian K. Ferrell joined CCA in 2002 as vice president, Government Relations and he later served as vice president, State Customer Relations; senior advisor for state governmental relations; and managing director, Partnership Relations. Before joining CCA, Ferrell served in the Office of the Governor and the Department of Finance & Administration of the State of Tennessee. He started as legislative and policy assistant and later became the governor's chief legislative liaison and top advisor on corrections. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and a doctor of jurisprudence from the UT College of Law.


Brian Hammonds, Vice President, Finance

Brian Hammonds was named Vice President, Finance in April 2014, having joined the company as Director, Financial Planning and Analysis in 2003. He was promoted to Director, Financial Reporting in the Accounting department in 2004 and again was promoted to Assistant Controller in 2005. Hammonds later became Vice President, Treasury in 2013. Prior to his career with CCA, Hammonds was with two Nashville accounting firms, serving as an Audit Senior with Arthur Andersen and an Audit Manager at Ernst & Young where he worked primarily on healthcare companies and publicly traded REITs.

Hammonds earned both his undergraduate and master's degree in accountancy at the University of Tennessee and is a Certified Public Accountant.


Natasha Metcalf, J.D., Vice President, Partnership Development

Natasha Metcalf joined CCA in January 2003 as Vice President of Local Partnership Relations. She most recently served as Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Contract Management before being named Vice President, Partner Contracts in August 2008. Prior to joining CCA, Metcalf served, since December 1998, as the Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Human Services. As head of this agency with a $1.4 billion budget, Metcalf was responsible for more than 130 office locations and 4,000 employees statewide. Metcalf served from 1997 until 1998 as General Counsel for the Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration. In 1996, she was Deputy Legal Counsel to Tennessee Governor Don Sundquist. She began her career as an Associate with the law firm of Kennerly, Montgomery and Finley in Knoxville.

She earned her law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law and a bachelor's degree from Hampton University.


John Pfeiffer, Vice President, Technology and Chief Information Officer

John Pfeiffer joined CCA in the position of Vice President, Technology and Chief Information Officer in August 2002. Before joining CCA, he spent three years as Chief of Operations at Bytes of Knowledge, a Nashville-based IT consulting company. Prior to his work at Bytes of Knowledge, Pfeiffer served as Director of Information Systems and Telecommunications at LifeTrust America. From 1994 to 1998 Pfeiffer served as Administrator, Informatics Center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and from 1990 to 1994, he served in the U.S. Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer. Pfeiffer is the former President of the Handbell Ringers of America and is Board Chair of Easter Seals of Tennessee as well as a member of the National Board of Easter Seals.

Pfeiffer earned a master’s in business administration from Belmont University and a bachelor's degree from Vanderbilt University. He served as Adjunct Instructor of Information Systems Management at the Jack C. Massey School of Business at Belmont University.


Brad Regens, Vice President, Partnership Relations

Brad Regens joined CCA in 2007 as Senior Director and now serves as Vice President, State Partnership Relations. Prior to joining CCA, Regens worked 11 years for the Arizona Legislature, including the last two years as the Director of Fiscal Policy for the Arizona House of Representatives.

Regens earned a master's degree in public policy from Duke University and a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder.


John Robinson, Vice President, Correctional Programs Divisions

John Robinson serves as Vice President of Correctional Programs Divisions. Prior, he served as Vice President of Facility Operations for Business Unit 1 and Vice President of Correctional Services. Robinson began his corrections career in 1972 with the Virginia Department of Corrections. His first assignment was as a teacher at the Beaumont Learning Center, a correctional facility for juveniles, where he later became Principal and Assistant Superintendent. As one of CCA's longest serving employees, Robinson joined CCA in 1984 as the Assistant Facility Administrator at the Houston Processing Center, CCA's first managed corrections facility. In his career with CCA, Robinson has held a number of leadership positions, including Warden, Director of Business Development, Director of Operations, Sr. Divisional Director of Operations, Managing Director of Quality Assurance, Managing Director of Operations Planning and Development and Vice President.

Robinson holds a bachelor's degree from Lenoir-Rhyne University.


Daren Swenson, Vice President, Community Corrections

Swenson joined CCA in August 1992 as a Sergeant at Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton, Minnesota, when the company acquired that facility. He progressed through positions of increasing responsibility, holding such positions as Special Operations Response Team leader, Lieutenant, Captain, Unit Manager, Assistant Chief of Security, Chief of Security, Assistant Warden and Warden. He was promoted to Managing Director, Facility Operations in 2007, providing facility management oversight for Division II, which included all six CCA facilities in Arizona and three of the four CCA facilities in Oklahoma. In June 2010, Swenson was promoted to Vice President, Facility Operations, Business Unit II, overseeing Divisions III and IV, consisting of 22 facilities.In October 2016, Swenson assumed his currrent role as Vice President of Community Corrections in October 2016. He now oversees the operations of the company's residential reentry facilities.

Swenson holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and sociology from North Dakota State University and was named to the Psychology National Honor Society.


Patrick Swindle, Senior Vice President, Operations

Patrick Swindle was named Senior Vice President, Operations in October 2016. Swindle joined CCA in 2007 as Managing Director, Treasury, and he was promoted to Vice President & Treasurer in July 2009. He became Vice President, Strategic Development in August 2013 when CCA created the Strategic Development department focused on the broad-based identification, analysis and execution of complementary corporate growth opportunities. Swindle was named Vice President, Treasury and Strategic Development in April 2014. Prior to joining CCA, he spent 10 years as a research analyst in the equity capital markets divisions of SunTrust Equitable Securities, Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. and Avondale Partners, LLC. During his time as an equity analyst, Swindle conducted company research across multiple industries, including partnership corrections.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Western Kentucky University.

VerHulstBart VerHulst, Vice President, Partnership Relations

Bart VerHulst joined CCA in 2007 and has served in a variety of federal and local partnership relations roles. Prior to joining the company, he spent more than a decade on the staff of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, ultimately serving as Frist's chief of staff. In addition to his partnership relations work, VerHulst coordinates CCA’s annual Chairman’s Charity Golf Tournament, which has supported organizations providing opportunities for former offenders, victims of crime and underprivileged youth for more than 20 years. 

VerHulst holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Hope College.

John Paul Wooden, Vice President, Treasury & Tax

John Paul Wooden joined CCA in 2004 as Manager, Corporate Accounting. He was promoted to Director, Treasury in 2005, and became Senior Director, Accounting & Tax in 2007. Wooden was promoted again to assistant controller in 2013. He assumed his current role in 2016. Prior to joining CCA, Wooden worked at Arthur Andersen and Ernst & Young, where he focused primarily on the healthcare industry.

Wooden is a Certified Public Accountant and earned both his undergraduate and master's degree in accounting from the University of Tennessee.