Shifting Your Lens to Career Pathway Employment

Jerry Butler, Arthur Bishop, Dr. Harry Alston Jr., & David Gianfrancesco

Safer Foundation has 43 years of community corrections experience. Community-based correctional facilities offer highly structured, program rich systems of reentry services. By focusing on a comprehensive approach to employment, Safer Foundation has enjoyed success in training and placing the residents of our Adult Transition Centers into career pathways within our Safer’s Demand Skills Collaborative (SDSC). SDSC is a community-based, employer-driven approach that is built upon best practices in reentry + workforce development. We address the holistic needs of a client to move them through a sequence of education, job readiness and demand skills training that results in attainment of industry recognized credentials and living wage employment.

Jerry Butler

Jerry Butler joined Safer Foundation as the Vice President, Community Corrections in 2001, bringing with him a vast knowledge of and extensive management experience in the Illinois correctional system. He is responsible for the management of Safer Foundation’s two Adult Transition Centers operated under contract with the Illinois Department of Corrections. Jerry Butler worked for the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) for 31 years, holding a variety of administrative/leadership positions before retiring in 2000. He has served as the President, Illinois Correctional Association (ICA). In 2006, Jerry was selected to serve on the Governors Transition Team for Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice. Mr. Butler has an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice and advanced courses from George Williams College in Administration and Organizational Behavior.

Harry Alston

Dr. Alston has over 25 years of experience in developing and implementing programs that increase business capacity, develop organizational infrastructures and strengthen human resource capability. His career spans several industries including manufacturing. Areas of expertise include strategic planning, project management, consulting, marketing and process improvement. Harry has an undergraduate degree in Industrial Administration from Kettering University, a Master of Business Administration from Indiana University, and a Doctor of Philosophy from Antioch University.

Arthur Bishop

Arthur joined Safer in 2014 and has served as Vice President of Workforce Development & Client Services since 2016. He earned a Masters in Human Services Administration and has extensive management and leadership experience which culminated in his appointment to the positions of Director of the Illinois Juvenile Justice System and the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services. He is also a past winner of the MacArthur Foundation Champion of Change award.

David Gianfrancesco

David Gianfrancesco became Director of Workforce Development at Safer Foundation, a Chicago Illinois based organization, in 2008. In this role he oversaw employment services and job placement of individuals with criminal records. In 2014 he was named Associate Vice President of Model Development at Safer, where he is responsible for research, design and management through implementation phase, of new model programs such as Safer’s Demand Skills Collaborativesm, which aims to train individuals for high-demand employment.

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