I began my career in Community Corrections in August 1993, when I was hired as a Probation and Parole Agent with the State of South Carolina. Prior to being hired by the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole, and Pardon Services, I graduated from the University of South Carolina- Upstate Campus in May 1993, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science/Government and a Cognate in Business/Economics. During the Spring Semester of my Senior year in College, I completed an Internship through the University of South Carolina Upstate Leadership Program with State Probation and Parole in South Carolina. After the completion of the internship, I was hired. From August 1993 until February 1998, I served as a Supervision Officer, Presentence Investigator, and Court Utility Officer in the Spartanburg, South Carolina Office. In February 1998, I was promoted to Coordinator of Supervision for the Spartanburg Office of the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole, and Pardon Services. Additionally, I continued my education and earned a Master of Liberal Arts Degree in Politics from Converse College, Spartanburg, South Carolina, in July 1999.
From February 1998 until November 2004, I served in the position of Coordinator of Supervision, which was eventually reclassified to Assistant Agent-In-Charge of the Spartanburg Office. Additionally, I served in the role of a part-time substance abuse counselor with the Spartanburg Drug Court Program for two (2) years. In November 2004, I was promoted to the Agent-In-Charge of the Spartanburg Office of the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole, and Pardon Services. I remained in that position until September 2006, when I made the transition to the United States Probation Office as a Presentence Writer. Currently, I serve as a Supervision Officer with United States Probation in the Greenville, South Carolina office.
Additionally, since August 2003, I have been employed as an adjunct professor with the University of South Carolina Upstate, teaching in the Division of Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Women’s Studies. I have been an active member of the South Carolina Probation and Parole Association having served as the President of the Association from 2009-2010, and currently serve as the immediate past president.
Words of Wisdom/Advice: Many officers go years trying to find their place in the Criminal Justice field. I encourage all practitioners to find the area that makes them the happiest and to grow in that area. I am very fortunate in that I identified this area at a very young age. The field of community corrections gives me the opportunity to assist offenders to change, but to also protect the community.