About Us

Leadership Team

The Idaho Department of Correction's executive leadership team is comprised of the following people:

Josh Tewalt, Director

Josh Tewalt, Director
Josh Tewalt re-joined the Idaho Department of Correction on December 1, 2018, after two years as the director of operations for the Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA). In that role, he travelled the country promoting the profession of corrections, supporting ASCA members in the implementation of evidence-based practices, and influenced national policies and practices affecting public safety.

Josh says through his work with ASCA, he gained an even deeper appreciation for Idaho's correctional professionals, who he says are among the nation's best.

Prior to joining ASCA, Josh served for four years as deputy chief of the Division of Prisons, and two years as administrator of Budget and Policy. In those roles, he helped secure funding for a pay-progression plan for uniformed corrections staff. He was also responsible for strategic initiatives, including shaping a department reorganization to better position the agency to meet future demands.

As director, Josh oversees the entirety of IDOC's operations including its nine prisons, five community reentry centers and seven probation and parole districts. The department has an annual budget of $313 million (FY22) and employs nearly 2,000 correctional professionals. They are responsible for the incarceration and community supervision of 25,000 people convicted of felonies.

Josh is an Idaho native, a rancher, and a former executive vice president of the Idaho Cattle Association. He served on the staff of two Idaho governors and a U.S. congressman.

Josh and his wife, Chanel, own and operate a small livestock operation in Meridian, Idaho. They have two children. 

Bree Derrick, Deputy Director

Bree Derrick, Deputy Director
As deputy director of the Idaho Department of Correction, Bree takes a purpose-driven approach to the implementation of operational reforms that improve public safety outcomes for Idahoans. She currently oversees the divisions of Probation & Parole and Prisons.

Bree joined IDOC in April of 2019 from the Council of State Governments Justice Center. While with the Justice Center, she helped more than a dozen state correctional agencies plan and implement large-scale criminal justice reforms. Bree has more than 20 years of experience working in corrections and behavioral health systems. She began her career with the Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals. She later worked at a private psychiatric hospital and at the Rhode Island Department of Corrections. During her 10 years with RIDOC, Bree worked as a researcher and mental health clinician.

Bree is a licensed mental health counselor. She has a master’s degree in counseling and a certificate of advanced graduated study in mental health counseling.

In her spare time, Bree enjoys hiking and biking the Boise foothills.

Christine Starr, Chief of Staff

Christine Starr
Chief of Staff
Interim Chief, Management Services

 

Chad Paige, Chief, Division of Prisons

Chad Page, Chief, Division of Prisons
Chad Page has served as chief of prisons for the Idaho Department of Correction since 2019, where he oversees operations for nine state-run prison facilities, including public safety initiatives, security protocols and practices, mental health care and treatment, education services and reentry programs.

Chad began his career with the department in 2008, as a correctional officer at the South Idaho Correctional Institution (SICI). He served as an officer, corporal and sergeant before promoting to a lieutenant at the Idaho Maximum Security Institution in 2013.

Chad has additionally served as the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator at Central Office and captain at IMSI. Chad was promoted to warden at the SICI in 2016. Chad began his state employment in 2000 with the Idaho Fish and Game, spending eight years working as a lead utility craftsman where he gained experience training and supervising employees while completing projects all over the State of Idaho.

Chad's hobbies are spending time with his family, photography, and shining shoes.

Brian Underwood, Chief, Division of Probation & Parole

Brian Underwood, Chief, Division of Probation & Parole
Brian T. Underwood rejoined IDOC in 2019 as the chief of the Probation & Parole Division. He was born and raised in Pocatello, Idaho. Brian earned an Associate’s and Bachelor of Science degree from Idaho State University. He also achieved Idaho’s Advanced Peace Officer Certification and graduated from the Idaho Certified Public Manager course.

Brian began his law enforcement career in 1988 as a police officer for the City of Pocatello. He joined the Idaho Department of Correction in 1992 as a probation/parole officer, rising through the ranks to serve as district manager of the Sixth Judicial District Probation/Parole Office. From 2002 to 2010, he served as warden of the Pocatello Women’s Correctional Center. On May 20, 2010, Brian took the Oath of Office as the United States Marshal for the District of Idaho, having been nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the United States senate.

Brian loves to spend his free time with his family. He loves to eat desert first, and believes chocolate is the cure to everything. Brian and his wife Kim have five children.

 

Mike Evans, Manager, Human Resources

Mike Evans
Manager, Human Resources