Founded in 1981, the National Association of Probation Executives (NAPE) is a professional organization representing the chief executive officers of local, county, state, and federal probation agencies.

NAPE's Mission

NAPE is dedicated to enhancing the professionalism and effectiveness in the field of probation by creating a national network for probation executives, bringing about positive change in the field, and making available a pool of experts in probation management, program development, training, and research.

In fulfilling its mission, NAPE strives to accomplish the following:

Conduct training sessions, conferences, and workshops on timely subjects unique to the needs of probation executives.
Provide technical assistance to national, state, and local governments, as well as private institutions, that are committed to improving probation practices.
Analyze relevant research relating to probation programs nationally and publish position papers.
Assist in the development of standards, training, and accreditation procedures for probation agencies.
Educate the general public on problems in the field of probation and their possible solutions.

2024-2026 Officers & Directors


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Sarah Douthit

Sarah Douthit is the Chief Probation Officer of Coconino County Adult Probation in Flagstaff, Arizona.


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Cobi Tittle

Cobi Tittle is the Director of the Tarrant County Community Supervision and Corrections Department in Fort Worth, Texas.


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Tamika Nelson

Tamika Nelson is the Chief Probation Officer of the San Diego County Probation Department in San Diego, California.


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Karla Kutch

Karla Kutch is the Deputy Director of the Brazoria County Community Supervision and Corrections Department in Angleton, Texas.

Past President

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Susan Burke

Susan Burke is Executive Director of The Carey Group from South Jordan, Utah.

New England Region

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Brian Mirasolo

Brian Mirasolo is Field Services Administrator for the Massachusetts Probation Service in Boston, Massachusetts. He represents the states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Mid-Atlantic Region

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Charles Robinson

Charles Robinson is Deputy Chief of the Administrative Office of US Courts, Probation and Pretrial Services Office in Washington, DC. He represents the states of Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.

Central Region

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Linda Brady

Linda Brady is Chief Probation Officer of the Monroe Circuit Court Probation Department in Bloomington, Indiana. She represents the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Southern Region

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Joe Winkler

Joe Winkler is the Assistant Secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections in Tallahassee, Florida. He represents the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Western Region

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Kyla Armstrong Romero, Ph.D.

Kyla Armstrong Romero, Ph.D. is the Juvenile Division Directory of Multnomah County Department of Community Justice in Portland, Oregon. She represents the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.


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Carmen Gomez

Carmen Gomez is Chief Probation Officer for the Chelsea District Court in Chelsea, Massachusetts.


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Brian Ford

Brian Ford is Chief Probation Officer of the Alameda County Probation Department in Oakland, California.

Interim Executive Director

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Ray Wahl

Ray Wahl is located in Bountiful, Utah.


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Vanessa Farmer

Vanessa Farmer is Project Coordinator at the Correctional Management Institute of Texas, located in Huntsville, Texas.


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Current NAPE Membership Roster (Updated July 2024)

REGULAR: Regular members must be employed full-time in an executive capacity by a probation agency or association. They must have at least two levels of professional staff under their supervision or be defined as executives by the director or chief probation officer of the agency.

ORGANIZATIONAL: Organizational memberships are for probation and community corrections agencies. Any member organization may designate up to five administrative employees to receive the benefits of membership.

CORPORATE: Corporate memberships are for corporations doing business with probation and community corrections agencies or for individual sponsors.

HONORARY: Honorary memberships are conferred by a two-thirds vote of the NAPE Board of Directors in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the field of probation or for special or long-term meritorious service to NAPE.

RETIRED: Retired memberships are for individuals who have retired in good standing from a full-time professional executive capacity in a probation, parole, or community corrections agency or association.

Contact NAPE

Vanessa Farmer, Secretariat
NAPE - Correctional Management Institute
George J. Beto Criminal Justice Center
Sam Houston State University
Huntsville, Texas 77341-2296
(936) 294-1706 | (936) 294-1671

NAPE Constitution & Bylaws


NAPE Constitution

Current NAPE Constitution (Updated August 2023)

NAPE Bylaws

NAPE By-Laws (Revised November 2023)

The Impact of Staff Shortages on Community Corrections Agencies


Community corrections leaders must now be skilled in adapting to an everchanging landscape of challenges that have been exacerbated by external factors – a pandemic, inflation, underfunding, and negative public perceptions of justice system workers. Now, more than ever, leaders need proven processes for prioritizing workloads with the intent of reducing or eliminating outdated practices; operating underfunded programs; expanding their ability to identify, hire, and retain staff; and fostering a work environment that promotes professional growth within a healthy, culturally sensitive workplace. Addressing these challenges can be overwhelming, especially as many departments are experiencing major staff shortages. An important question for many community corrections leaders is: How are agencies creatively meeting operational needs and prioritizing performance expectations even though they are experiencing workforce labor challenges.

This webinar aims to examine the causes of this unprecedented challenge of finding workers to fill vacant position and staff retention, discuss strategies to mitigate the negative impact of staff shortages, and provide creative solutions to meeting performance expectations with limited staff.

NAPE's Official Publication — Executive Exchange

NAPE's official publication, Executive Exchange, is a journal edited by Brian Mirasolo. Executive Exchange is a collection of articles, reports, book reviews, commentaries, and news items of interest to community corrections administrators.

All correspondence and questions regarding Executive Exchange should be sent to:

Brian Mirasolo
Editor, Executive Exchange
(617) 909-3102


Published Issues

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2024 Association Events


NAPE Member’s Reception
Sunday, June 30, 2024
Held at the APPA 49th Annual Training Institute
JW Marriott
Indianapolis, Indiana
Griffin Hall, 2nd Floor*

NAPE Board of Director’s Meeting
Sunday, June 30, 2024
Held at the APPA 49th Annual Training Institute
JW Marriott
Indianapolis, Indiana
Room 206*

Rooms are subject to change. Please confirm location with the hotel.

Past Presidents

Since its creation in 1981, the National Association of Probation Executives has been blessed with a number of visionary probation leaders who have served as President.

The following individuals have served as the organization's Presidents:

Year President State
2022-2022 Kathryn Liebers Nebraska
2020-2022 Michael Nail Georgia
2018-2020 Leighton Iles Texas
2016-2018 Marcus Hodges Washington DC
2014-2016 Marcus Hodges Virginia
2012-2014 Robert L. Bingham Indiana
2010-2012 Ellen F. Brokofsky Nebraska
2008-2010 John Tuttle Pennsylvania
2006-2008 Rocco A. Pozzi New York
2004-2006 Cherlyn K. Townsend Nevada
2002-2004 Ronald R. Goethals Texas
2000-2002 Dan Richard Beto Texas
1998-2000 Robert L. Bingham Indiana
1996-1998 David Savage Washington
1994-1996 Ronald P. Corbett, Jr. Massachusetts
1992-1994 Gerald Buck California
1990-1992 Donald Cochran Massachusetts
1988-1990 Donald Cochran Massachusetts
1986-1988 Henry C. Duffie Arizona
1984-1986 Don R. Stiles Texas
1982-1984 Richard E. Longfellow Georgia

NAPE Award Recipients

As part of its mission, the National Association of Probation Executives provides recognition to individuals who have made significant contributions to the community corrections profession.

Executive of the Year | Beto | Keiser | Neu | Faches

Sam Houston State University Probation Executive of the Year Award

Since 1989, the National Association of Probation Executives and the George J. Beto Criminal Justice Center at Sam Houston State University have recognized the Probation Executive of the Year by presenting the recipient the Sam Houston State University Award.

This award, the Association's oldest and highest honor, has been presented to the following probation executives:

Year Recipient State
2023 Troy Hatfield Indiana
2022 Not Given N/A
2021 Gregory Werich Indiana
2020 Marcus Hodges Washington DC
2019 Les Schultz Minnesota
2018 Tracy Lavely Virginia
2017 Michael Fitzpatrick New York
2016 Leighton G. Iles Texas
2015 Phillip L. Messer Kansas
2014 Linda Brady Indiana
2013 Todd Jermstad Texas
2012 Ronald G. Schweer Kansas
2011 Raymond Wahl Utah
2010 Sally Kreamer Iowa
2009 Christopher Hansen Nevada
2008 Ellen F. Brokofsky Nebraska
2007 Tom Plumlee Texas
2006 Joanne Fuller Oregon
2005 James R. Grundel Illinois
2004 Gerald R. Hinzman Iowa
2003 Robert L. Bingham Indiana
2002 E. Robert Czaplicki New York
2001 Cheryln K. Townsend Arizona
2000 Ron R. Goethals Texas
1999 Rocco A. Pozzi New York
1998 Richard E. Wyett Nevada
1997 Ronald P. Corbett, Jr. Massachusetts
1996 Richard A. Kipp Pennsylvania
1995 M. Tamara Holden Oregon
1994 T. Vincent Fallin Georgia
1993 Don Hogner California
1992 Cecil Steppe California
1991 Donald Cochran Massachusetts
1990 Don R. Stiles Texas
1989 Barry Nidorf California

Executive of the Year | Beto | Keiser | Neu | Faches

Dan Richard Beto Award

This discretionary award, presented for the first time in 2005, is presented by the President of the Association in recognition of distinguished and sustained service to the probation profession. It is named after Dan Richard Beto, who served the Association as Secretary, Vice President, President, and Executive Director.

Recipients of this award include:

Year Recipient State
2023 Not Given N/A
2022 Not Given N/A
2021 Jeremiah Stromberg Oregon
2020 Donald G. Evans Ontario
2019 Ray Wahl Utah
2018 Erika L. Preuitt Oregon
2017 Michael Nail Georgia
2016 Carl Wicklund Kentucky
2015 Carmen Rodriguez Illinois
2014 Christopher T. Lowenkamp Ohio
2013 H. Ted Rubin Colorado
2012 William D. Burrell New Jersey
2011 Barabara Broderick Arizona
2010 Robert J Malvestuto Pennsylvania
2009 Thomas N. Costa Pennsylvania
2008 George M. Keiser Maryland
2007 Ronald P. Corbett, Jr. Massachusetts
2006 Christie Davidson Texas
2005 Dan Richard Beto Texas

Executive of the Year | Beto | Keiser | Neu | Faches

George M. Keiser Award for Exceptional Leadership

This award is given in honor of George M. Keiser, the former Chief of the Prisons and Community Corrections Divisions of the National Institute of Corrections and a career corrections professional.

This award, first presented in 2001, has been given to the following corrections professional who has demonstrated leadership qualities:

2023 Wendy Still California
2022 Not Given N/A
2021 Joe Russo Colorado
2020 Deborah A. Minardi Nebraska
2019 Michael Wolfe Texas
2018 Brian Mirasolo Massachusetts
2017 Kathy Waters Arizona
2016 Francine Perretta New York
2015 Lynne E. Rivas Texas
2014 Javed Syed Texas
2013 Yvette Klepin California
2012 Cheryln K. Townsend Texas
2011 Dorothy "Dot" Faust Iowa
2010 Mark D. Atkinson Texas
2009 Robert L. Thornton Washington
2008 Douglas W. Burris Missouri
2007 W. Conway Bushey Pennsylvania
2006 John J. Larivee Massachusetts
2005 Rocco A. Pozzi New York
2004 Donald G. Evans Ontario
2003 Dan Richard Beto Texas
2002 Carey D. Cockerell Texas
2001 George M. Keiser Maryland

Executive of the Year | Beto | Keiser | Neu | Faches

Arthur Neu Award for Exceptional Policy Development

This award is presented jointly by the National Association of Probation Executives and the Community Improvement Association of Iowa. It is given in honor of Arthur Neu, former Lieutenant Governor of Iowa, who was active in the areas of education and corrections.

This award, first presented in 2002, has been given to the following individuals who have influenced public policy:

Year Recipient State
2012 Discontinued N/A
2011 Not Given N/A
2010 Not Given N/A
2009 Not Given N/A
2008 Andrew J. Spano New York
2007 Don Stapley Arizona
2007 Robert E. Dvorsky Iowa
2006 Oscar M. Babauta Northern Mariana Islands
2005 Bradley Smith Texas
2004 Lana McDaniel Texas
2003 Jane Magnus-Stinson Indiana
2002 Arthur Neu Iowa

Executive of the Year | Beto | Keiser | Neu | Faches

William Faches Award for Exceptional Community Service

First presented in 2002, this award is given by the National Association of Probation Executives and the Community Corrections Improvement Association of Iowa in honor of William Faches, the founder of the Sixth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. This award is presented to recognize a volunteer, a member of a board of directors or advisory board, or an individual who has significantly impacted community corrections through community service.

Past recipients include:

Year Recipient State
2012 Discontinued N/A
2011 Not Given N/A
2010 Not Given N/A
2009 Not Given N/A
2008 Mark D. Stoner Indiana
2007 Not Given N/A
2006 Brenda O' Quin Texas
2005 Jason Hutchens Indiana
2004 Patrick Cobb Iowa
2003 David Tierney Arizona
2002 William Faches Iowa
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