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Management and Operations
GEO Continuum of Care
U.S. Corrections and Detention
George C. Zoley
Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and Founder
George C. Zoley is the Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of The GEO Group, Inc. (GEO). Mr. Zoley founded GEO in 1984 and continues to be a major factor in GEO's development of new business opportunities in the areas of correctional and detention management, community reentry, electronic monitoring, offender rehabilitation, and other diversified government services. Mr. Zoley served as GEO's Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from January 1997 to May 2002. Mr. Zoley has served as GEO's Chief Executive Officer since the company went public in 1994. Prior to 1994, Mr. Zoley served as GEO’s President and Director. Mr. Zoley also serves as a director of several business subsidiaries through which GEO conducts its operations worldwide.
Mr. Zoley earned bachelor's and master's degrees in Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and a Doctorate Degree in Public Administration from Nova Southeastern University (NSU). For seven years, Mr. Zoley was a member of the FAU Board of Trustees in Boca Raton, Florida and served as the Board’s Chairman. Mr. Zoley also previously served as a member of the FAU Foundation Board of Directors. Mr. Zoley was born in Florina, Greece and is a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
As GEO’s founder, his knowledge, experience, and leadership are invaluable to the operation and development of the company. His more than 30 years with the company make him uniquely qualified to be GEO’s Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer.
Brian R. Evans
Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Brian R. Evans joined The GEO Group in 2000 and has over 20 years of business management experience. Since joining the company, Mr. Evans has served in increasingly senior business management positions including as Vice President of Finance, Chief Accounting Officer, and Controller and was named The GEO Group’s Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in 2009.
As Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Evans is responsible for the overall financial management of The GEO Group and its subsidiaries and the company’s acquisition and growth initiatives. Since joining the company, Mr. Evans has overseen significant financial growth and shareholder value creation.
During his tenure at The GEO Group, Mr. Evans has been instrumental in successfully executing the company's strategy for three secondary public offerings of equity; the execution of multiple financing transactions; and the successful completion of major business transactions including the acquisitions of Correctional Services Corporation in 2005, CentraCore Properties Trust in 2007, Cornell Companies in 2010, BI Incorporated in 2011, LCS Corrections in 2014 and Community Education Centers in 2017. Mr. Evans was also instrumental in The GEO Group’s highly successful conversion to a Real Estate Investment Trust in 2013.
Prior to joining The GEO Group, Mr. Evans worked for Arthur Andersen LLP as a Manager in the Audit and Business Advisory Services Group from 1994 until joining GEO. During his tenure at Arthur Andersen, Mr. Evans supervised the financial statement audits of both public and private companies and city and county governments. From 1990 until 1994, Mr. Evans served as an Officer in the Supply Corps of the United States Navy and was assigned to the USS Monterey in Jacksonville, Florida.
Mr. Evans graduated in 1990 from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. Mr. Evans is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He lives in South Florida with his wife Tara and their four children.
J. David Donahue
Senior Vice President and President, U.S. Corrections and Detention, & International Operations
J. David Donahue joined The GEO Group as the Eastern Region Vice President in 2009 after a distinguished career in corrections with the States of Indiana and Kentucky as well as the Federal Bureau of Prisons. In his previous role as the Eastern Regional Vice President, he was responsible for the operational oversight of over 24 correctional facilities encompassing over 31,000 beds. Mr. Donahue was promoted to Senior Vice President and President, GEO Corrections and Detention in January 2016.
Prior to joining GEO, Mr. Donahue served as Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Correction. As Commissioner, he led a workforce of over 9,000 employees, supervising nearly 39,000 offenders in addition to 3,000 Juvenile Offenders and those individuals placed on community supervision. During his tenure with Indiana, Mr. Donahue worked diligently to instill best correctional practices. He employed his leadership skills to provide better protection to the public through an improved sex-offender registry system, enhanced facility security with the addition of state-of-the-art equipment and protocols, consolidated services to increase departmental efficiency and effectiveness, and prepared offenders for reentry using model case management practices.
Prior to leading the Indiana Department of Correction, Mr. Donahue served as Deputy Commissioner for the Kentucky Department of Corrections. In this position he provided administrative policy direction to all departmental divisions. He was responsible for the planning and supervision of duties for the Directors of the Division of Administrative Services, the Division of the Corrections Training, the Division of Correctional Industries, and the Branch Managers of Offender Information and Information and Technology.
Mr. Donahue began his corrections career as a Correctional Officer. During his correctional career he moved up the ranks serving in various positions including Case Worker, Unit Manager, Executive Assistant and Warden of several facilities in the country. Mr. Donahue now serves as Vice President of the American Correctional Association (ACA) and is an ACA-Certified Corrections Executive. In addition, he is an active member of the ACA and serves on the Restrictive Housing Sub-Committee. Mr. Donahue is also a member of the Association of State Correctional Administrators. He attended Eastern Kentucky University, where he earned his Bachelors of Science in Police Administration. He later attended Spalding University, where he completed coursework in the Masters of Arts in Teaching Graduate Program.
Ann M. Schlarb, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President and President,GEO Care
Dr. Schlarb began her Criminal Justice career in 1986 working as a detention and probation officer, and later as Assistant Director of Operations and Treatment for a Probation Violators facility in San Antonio, Texas. She earned her Master’s degree in Organizational Management and holds several criminal justice certifications. Dr. Schlarb joined BI Incorporated in 1995 and was involved in the development, implementation, and operations of two different national programs, one providing supervision and treatment services to offenders in the Criminal Justice System, and the other overseeing field operations for the immigration services division of BI.
Dr. Schlarb left BI briefly to complete her doctoral degree in 2009 in Organizational Psychology, during which she remained a consultant. Dr. Schlarb was named Divisional Vice President in May 2012 and managed the BI location monitoring and immigration services division within GEO Care. Promoted to Senior Vice President and President of GEO Care in July 2014, Dr. Schlarb is now responsible for the GEO Care division of The GEO Group, which encompasses the 'GEO Continuum of Care' organization, intensive residential and non-residential programming, youth services, electronic monitoring equipment and services, and community-based immigration services.
John J. Bulfin
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
As The GEO Group’s General Counsel and Secretary since 2000, Mr. Bulfin has oversight responsibility for all GEO, corporate governance, litigation, investigations, and professional responsibility.
Mr. Bulfin is a member of the Florida Bar and the American Bar Associations. He has been a trial lawyer since 1978 and is a Florida Bar Board Certified Civil trial lawyer. He has served on the Grievance Committee for the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit of Florida and has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Palm Beach.
Prior to joining GEO in 2000, Mr. Bulfin was a founding partner of the law firm Wiederhold, Moses, Bulfin & Rubin, in West Palm Beach, Florida. Mr. Bulfin attended the University of Florida, received his bachelor’s degree cum laude from Regis College in Denver, Colorado and his juris doctor from Loyola University School of Law in Chicago, Illinois.
Thomas M. Wierdsma
Senior Vice President, Project Development
Mr. Wierdsma has an extensive background in facility development. With over 35 years of experience in the areas of design, construction, and real estate development; Mr. Wierdsma is uniquely qualified to lead GEO's efforts in the development new and innovative correctional, detention, and community reentry facilities. As Senior Vice President of Project Development, Mr. Wierdsma is responsible for the national and international private and public/private partnership real estate development, design and construction activities of The GEO Group, Inc. and GEO Care, Inc. Projects, which are consist of large, private and public/private correctional detention, and community reentry facilities.
Mr. Wierdsma received his bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering at Valparaiso University and is a Registered Professional Engineer and a designated Design Build Professional.
David J. Venturella
Senior Vice President, Business Development
David Venturella has more than 26 years experience in federal law enforcement operations and business development. His expertise includes strategic planning, organizational management, project development and program execution.
Mr. Venturella joined The GEO Group, Inc. (GEO), in 2012 as Executive Vice President, Corporate Development. In 2014, he was promoted to Senior Vice President, Business Development. Mr. Venturella is responsible for leading GEO’s business and proposal development efforts.
Prior to joining GEO, Mr. Venturella served in various leadership positions including as the Director for the Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
In addition to his 22-year career with ICE, Mr. Venturella has worked in the private sector in business development and strategic planning. He served as Vice President of the Homeland Security Business Unit for USIS in Falls Church, Virginia, where he was credited with increasing annual revenues by an average of 15 percent during his tenure. He also served as Director of Business Development for USIS in the company’s Professional Services Division and served as Director of Business Development for the Global Security and Engineering Services Unit with L-3 Communications in Chantilly, Virginia.
Mr. Venturella has a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. He has also completed the Harvard/MIT Executive Leadership Course at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.