Karen Stapleton


Virginia Department of Corrections

6900 Atmore Dr

Richmond, VA 23225

(804) 887-8252


I began my career with the Virginia Department of Corrections in 1985 as a Correctional Officer. I quickly moved through the ranks as Intake Specialist, Grievance Coordinator, Hearings Officer, and Operations Manager. The bulk of my career was spent working with female offenders. In 2013 I was promoted to the position of Offender Discipline Manager for the Department, overseeing the discipline process, training Hearings Officers, and monitoring facilities through site visits, and developing policies/procedures.


I have been an active SSCA member for many years. I am honored and proud to be serving as President Elect of SSCA. I will be sworn in as President in July, and Virginia will be hosting conferences in beautiful Norfolk in 2023.


I have been married to Bill Stapleton, a recent VADOC retiree and longtime SSCA member, for 35 years. We have raised three girls together (Bethany, Allison, Tori), and we are proud grandparents to Emmie (11) and Gavin (7).