Before his employment at Desert Waters, Justin was employed for 17 years by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). During this time he worked at the Division of Juvenile Justice and the Division of Adult Institutions, in both high-security and medium/low-security prisons, promoting to Lieutenant, at which position he served for 11 years.
During his career at CDCR, he had the opportunity to train staff for 15 years, six of which were as the In-Service Training Manager. He has held certifications in Use of Force, Alarm Response, Communication/De-escalation, and Master Training 4 Trainers. Additionally, he spent years assisting in the development of leadership and supervision courses. His passion to train has always been to keep staff safer and healthier in the correctional environment. This is why he taught Desert Waters’ course “From Corrections Fatigue to Fulfillment™” for two years as a certified instructor while at CDCR. In addition to training, Justin served on his local peer support team for six years.
Justin and his wife Vanessa are blessed with four children and live on a family farm in Tennessee.