I have been around the criminal justice field since I was born. My father was a city policeman for over twenty years and later went on to work for the Indiana Department of Correction. I was always intrigued with the various criminal justice fields. I knew early on that I wanted to pursue a career in this field. I graduated from Indiana State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. During my college years I had the opportunity to learn firsthand different aspects of the criminal justice system through participating in local internships through Indiana State University.
Upon graduation I got my first real job in the field, as a Release Coordinator with the Indiana Department of Correction. In this position I interacted with courts, law enforcement agencies, parole officers and offenders on mandates governing parole and probation releases.
Two years later I was promoted to a Classification Specialist with the Indiana Department of Correction. I performed initial assessments of offenders through intake interviews, scholastic/aptitude testing, reviewing psychiatric/medical records and court documents.
A year and a half later I took a big step leaving the Indiana Department of Correction and was hired on as a Case Manager at Hamilton County Community Corrections. The agency was just beginning to make a cultural shift in their delivery of services. As a case manager, I provided continuous counseling to participants in various areas such as family, health and education. I also coordinated with other staff in the development of monthly progress reports detailing program participants’ adherence to rules and treatment.
Six years later I was promoted to my current position, Director of Personnel for Hamilton County Community Corrections. I oversee the residential, electronic monitoring, day reporting and pre-trial programs with approximately 300 participants and 40 personnel. I serve as coach and mentor for professional personnel in teaching department procedures and assume Executive Director responsibilities during the Executive Director’s absence.
I am also a member of the American Probation and Parole Association, American Correctional Association, Indiana Correctional Association, National Association of Professional Women, and Indiana Association of Community Corrections Act Counties.