Agency Leadership

Agency Leadership

Scott R. Frakes, Director

In 2015, Governor Pete Ricketts appointed Scott R. Frakes director of the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services. Frakes serves as a member of Governor Ricketts’ cabinet and directs an agency of 2,300 staff members and more than 5,000 inmates throughout 10 state prisons.

Tasked with transforming Nebraska corrections, Frakes has made substantive changes to the way NDCS business is conducted. He is leading organizational change and building strong relationships with community partners. He has implemented an automated sentence calculation process, bringing the agency forward and ensuring individuals complete the sentences to which they were ordered; reformed restrictive housing policies and practices, aligning Nebraska's system with national standards; required the use of data to drive decision-making; and increased capacity for clinical programming and evidence-based programs to target criminal thinking and reduce recidivism. 

“We are building a culture that embraces process improvement methods to ensure we get the full value from every dollar Nebraska taxpayers invest in corrections," said Director Frakes. " We are using sound correctional practices, current technology and evidence-based approaches to do our work. We cannot change people, but we can provide safe, effective and meaningful opportunities for change. That is how we keep people safe.”

Frakes is a graduate of The Evergreen State College and former deputy director of prisons for the Washington State Department of Corrections (WADOC). He began his corrections career in 1982, at the Washington State Penitentiary as a correctional officer. Frakes rose through the ranks, becoming superintendent of the Coyote Ridge Corrections Center and the Monroe Correctional Complex in Washington.

He was born and raised in Walla Walla, Washington. He and his wife, Kelly, have been married 39 years and have two adult daughters.

NDCS Executive Team

Diane Sabatka-Rine

Deputy Director for Operations

Phone
402.479.5733

Michael Rothwell

Deputy Director for Programs

Phone
402.479.5721

Robin Spindler, J.D.

Deputy Director for Administrative Services

Phone
402.479.5711

Harbans Deol, D.O.

Deputy Director of Health Services

Phone
402.479.5931

Jeremy Elder

Deputy Director for Industries

Phone
402.471.1255

Jeff Wooten, Ed.D.

Executive Management Officer

Phone
402.479.5799

Dawn-Renee Smith

Communications Director

Phone
402.479.5713

Jeffry Beaty, J.D.

Policy and Research Director

Phone
402.479.5767

Erinn Criner

Human Talent Director

Phone
402.479.5752

Abby Carbaugh, Ph.D.

Research Administrator

Phone
402.479.5760