Daniel F. Martuscello III, Acting Commissioner
Darryl C. Towns, Board of Parole Chair
Darren Ayotte, Deputy Commissioner for Administrative Services
Deputy Commissioner Darren Ayotte joined the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision in March 1997 as a Correction Officer Trainee.
In June 2003, Mr. Ayotte was promoted to an Administrative Assistant Traineeship, and held various administrative titles including Director of Personnel and Assistant Commissioner for Administrative Services.
Mr. Ayotte was appointed to his current position of Acting Deputy Commissioner for Administrative Services in October of 2022.
Deputy Commissioner Ayotte received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with a concentration in criminology from the State University of New York at Cortland.
Melissa Coolidge, Associate Commissioner/Chief of Staff to the Commissioner
Melissa Coolidge was named the Associate Commissioner/Chief of Staff to the Commissioner, effective December 2021. Prior to that she served as the Deputy Superintendent for statewide Accreditation.
Among the duties as Associate Commissioner/Chief of Staff, she is the Department liaison with the DOCCS Clemency Bureau to the Governor’s Office and sits as the Commissioner’s representative on many standing committees within DOCCS and has oversight of the Department’s Office of Victim Assistance.
She joined the Department in 1989 as a Keyboard Specialist and worked 25 years in a correctional facility.
She is a member of the American Correctional Association, New York Corrections and Youth Services Association, and the Correctional Peace Officers Foundation.
James Donahue, Associate Commissioner of Mental Health
Associate Commissioner Donahue started his career as a Correction Officer, later becoming a Correction Counselor. As he moved up in his career he became the Regional Mental Health Program Specialist II, where he acted as a liaison between DOCCS and the Office of Mental Health.
Throughout his service to DOCCS he served as Assistant Deputy Superintendent for Mental Health Programs at Attica Correctional Facility, Deputy Superintendent for Mental Health at Marcy Correctional Facility then First Deputy Superintendent at Auburn Correctional Facility.
James Donahue was named the Associate Commissioner of Mental Health, effective May 2023. Prior to that he served as the Superintendent for Elmira Correctional Facility.
Jason D. Effman, Associate Commissioner and PREA Coordinator
Jason D. Effman was appointed to the position of Associate Commissioner with the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision in 2013. He is responsible for developing and implementing policy to combat sexual victimization in New York’s prisons, and for overseeing DOCCS’ compliance with the National Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards.
As a member of DOCCS’ Executive Team, he established and now oversees the Sexual Abuse Prevention & Education Office. In July 2015, he was certified as a Department of Justice PREA Auditor. He began his career with DOCCS in 1999 as an Assistant Counsel, where he worked on a wide variety of legal matters on behalf of the Department. He began working on litigation concerning sexual abuse in early 2003, which grew into his work around the prevention of sexual victimization.
Starting in 2005, Mr. Effman began representing the Department in national activities related to the implementation of PREA, including serving in an advisory capacity on the U.S. Department of Justice and PREA Resource Center project to develop the PREA audit instrument.
Mr. Effman is one of the original members of the National PREA Coordinator’s Working Group, an organization that was formed in early 2019 to facilitate collaboration amongst the agency wide PREA Coordinators on important policy and practice matters. He was named as Vice-Chair of the working group in March 2022.
Thomas Mailey, Director of Public Information
Thomas Mailey is the Director of Public Information, overseeing all media inquiries, the Department’s website and social media, as well as coordinating movie, documentary and TV production's requests to film in and around the state’s correctional facilities.
Mr. Mailey joined the Department in 2013 after a decades-long career in radio and TV news, and as a Communications Director for a private-sector company.
Anne Marie McGrath, Deputy Commissioner of Strategic Planning and Population Management
Anne Marie McGrath was named the Deputy Commissioner of Strategic Planning and Population Management, effective September 2018. She joined the DOCCS Executive Team in October 2013. Prior to that she served as the Director of Information Technology Services.
Among the duties as Deputy Commissioner, she has oversight of the Offices of Classification and Movement, Program Planning, Research, and Evaluation, and Incarcerated Grievance and is the Department liaison with the Office of Information Technology Services. She joined the Department in 1984 and has worked in various titles during her 35+ years.
Osbourne A. McKay, Deputy Commissioner for Correctional Industries, Compliance Standards & Diversity
Deputy Commissioner Osbourne A. McKay is responsible for Correctional Industries, Compliance Standards & Diversity for the NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. DC McKay also oversees the Department’s continuous improvement initiatives as the organization’s LEAN Champion. He has served in this capacity since August 2008, where he oversees the Department’s incarcerated employment program (Corcraft), the Accreditation Program, Bureau of Internal Controls, and the Office of Diversity Management.
A native of Jamaica, West Indies; DC McKay, his parents and six siblings immigrated to Albany, New York in 1974.
DC McKay began his state service in 1987 as an Intern with the Department of Transportation (DOT) in Albany.
In 1990, DC McKay joined the Governor’s Budget Division, and subsequently transitioned to the Workers Compensation Board and also spent 2 years as an Executive in the private sector.
Deputy Commissioner McKay is a member of numerous civic organizations a devoted member of the Macedonia Baptist Church, a Life Member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and a Board Member of the George Biddle Kelley Educational Foundation. DC McKay is the 2020 recipient of the RIT Department of Criminal Justice, Contributions to Justice Award and also the 2020 RIT Distinguished Alumni Award.
Jeff McKoy, Deputy Commissioner for Program Services
Jeff McKoy has held the title of Deputy Commissioner for Program Services since 2012. In this role, Mr. McKoy oversees all of Program Services and is involved in a host of other duties related to the rehabilitation and transformation of incarcerated individuals in preparation of their return to the community.
Mr. McKoy started his career with the Department as a Correction Officer, later becoming a Correction Counselor. As he moved up in the Department, Mr. McKoy oversaw the Pre-release and Transitional Services Program at Central Office, and directed the implementation and development of the Aggression Replacement Training Program, which is now a mandate for every facility and a mandate for incarcerated individuals with a history of violence. Additionally, under his direction while at Central Office, focus was placed on assisting incarcerated individuals with securing their personal documents, bolstering family development and the creation of the first community work development unit.
Throughout his career, Mr. McKoy continued through the ranks to Deputy Superintendent for Programs, Superintendent, Supervising Hub Superintendent, and Assistant Commissioner, before being promoted to his current role.
Darren T. Miller, Deputy Commissioner and Chief
Chief Darren Miller has served as the Deputy Commissioner and Chief of the Department’s Office of Special Investigations (OSI) since February 2020. He first joined OSI in 2015 as the Director of Operations, and he was subsequently promoted to Assistant Commissioner/Assistant Chief. The pursuit of justice and the promotion of integrity within government have been his passion for over 25 years. He is a graduate of Brown University and Albany Law School. He started his legal career as a criminal defense attorney, and then served as an assistant district attorney for seven years in his home community. He later investigated and prosecuted public corruption cases as a Senior Counsel in the New York State Attorney General’s Office. He also investigated the waste, fraud, and abuse of New York State resources as a Deputy Inspector General in the New York State Inspector General’s Office. He further has led investigations and monitoring teams on major construction projects for a private sector inspector general firm in New York City.
Under Chief Miller’s leadership, OSI combines thorough, objective investigations with proactive measures like inspections and monitoring initiatives to uphold the Department’s public safety mission with integrity and fairness.
Chief Miller is a Certified Inspector General by the National Association of Inspectors General and is currently President of the Association of Inspectors General New York/New Jersey Chapter. In 2019, he graduated from the prestigious FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
Chief Miller, along with his wife, raised their children in New York, and both have committed their lives to public service.
Carol Moores, Deputy Commissioner and Chief Medical Officer
Carol Moores, MD, MPH, MSHA, has been employed with NYS DOCCS since 2016. Dr. Moores completed medical residencies in Family Medicine and Public Health and is retired from the U.S. Army. As an Army physician, she provided direct patient care in inpatient and outpatient settings, managed clinics and hospital medical services, and provided Army aviation support as a flight surgeon. Her public health work in the Army included disease outbreak prevention and response, disaster preparedness planning for Army bases, and occupational medicine clinic management. Dr. Moores was also a faculty member for family medicine residencies and a staff physician for a state veteran’s nursing home. Her deployments included missions to Haiti and Bosnia.
She is certified by the American Correctional Association as a certified Health Service Administrator and by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care as a Certified Correctional Health Professional.
Joseph Noeth, Deputy Commissioner for Correctional Facilities
Joseph Noeth has served as Deputy Commissioner for Correctional Facilities for the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision since March of 2021. Deputy Commissioner Noeth began his career with the Department in September of 1992.
Marco Ricci, Deputy Commissioner for Community Supervision
On September 17, 2021, Marco Ricci was appointed to the position of Deputy Commissioner for Community Supervision. His criminal justice career began in 1990 as a Deputy Sheriff with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. Shortly thereafter, he was accepted into the NYS Parole Academy in June, 1992 where he began his 30+ year career with the former Division of Parole and DOCCS. Prior to his current position, Mr. Ricci held Parole/Community Supervision titles as a Facility Parole Officer, Parole Officer, Senior Parole Officer, Bureau Chief, Assistant Regional Director, Regional Director, Assistant Commissioner, and Associate Commissioner.
Cathy Y. Sheehan, Deputy Commissioner and Counsel
Cathy Sheehan was named Deputy Commissioner and Counsel in 2020. She joined the Department in 2016, and in 2017, she was appointed to Deputy Counsel. Prior to joining the Department she held the positions of Special Assistant United States Attorney and New York State Assistant Attorney General. She provides strategic guidance, consultation and support to the Commissioner and executive staff on a wide range of legal and other issues that are necessary to carry out the mission of the Department.