Nebraska Division of Parole Supervision (DPS) staff recently gathered at Platte River State Park on November 3 and 4, 2022, for the annual All Staff Meeting. On Day One staff were welcomed with an introduction by Director Julie Micek and an introduction exercise to allow staff from the entire state to meet and learn about one another.
The initial meet and greet was followed by guest speaker, our very own Mr. Mark Langan, member of the Nebraska Board of Parole, who provided a training session on Active Shooters. Mr. Langan provided the framework for staff to look at individual situations and prepare themselves to maintain safety in a variety of settings. It was an extremely engaging session!
The second training session of the day was “Refuel, Reset, & Replenish: Tools for Resiliency” presented by Kay Glidden and Beth Reynolds Lewis. The training gave staff skills to use during meditation, mindfulness, and other tools to provide self-care in stressful situations to maintain health and balance.
Day Two began with breakfast together followed by a State of the State address by Director Micek. Director Micek answered questions and provided information to staff about upcoming issues.
The Awards & Recognition Committee (ARC) completed a short awards ceremony to congratulate staff for longevity awards. Staff then broke up into several groups and completed a series of team building exercises. A great time was had by all.
That evening the annual Holiday Party was held at Backswing Brewery in Lincoln in which staff and their guests came together for dinner and entertainment. Director Micek thanked the All Staff Planning Committee and ARC for their assistance in planning and coordinating both events. Assistant Director Ken Quinn also offered some comments. The evening culminated with music bingo and prizes.