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APAI Structure

APAI’s operational body consists of an Executive Committee which includes the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, U.S Regional and International Vice Presidents. The President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer are elected; all remaining positions are appointed.

Executive Committee


David Blumberg
Chair, Maryland Parole Commission
Baltimore, Maryland

Vice President

Jonathan Ogletree
Chair, Kansas Prisoner Review Board
Topeka, Kansas


Kecia Rongen
Chair, Washington Indeterminate Sentence Review Board
Olympia, Washington


Francis Abbott
Executive Director, Louisiana Board of Pardons & Committee on Parole
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Immediate Past President

Cynthia Mausser
Managing Director, Court & Community, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction
Columbus, Ohio

Regional Vice PresidentsVPs

Northeastern USA

Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Rhode Island, U.S. Parole Commission and all U.S. Military Parole Boards.

Matt Degnan
Administrator, Rhode Island Parole Board
Cranston, Rhode Island

Central USA

Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin.

Alicia Handwerk
Columbus, Ohio

Southern USA

Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Virgin Islands and West Virginia.

Benita Murphy
Chairperson, West Virginia Parole Board
Charleston, West Virginia

Western USA

Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

Jennifer Shaffer
Executive Officer, Board of Parole Hearings


Sylvie Blanchet
Executive Vice-Chairperson, Parole Board of Canada

Thando Tsetewa
Special Advisor to Minister of Justice & Correctional Services, African Correctional Services
Gauteng, South Africa

Martin Jones
The Parole Board of England and Wales
London, England

Alistair Spierling
Manager, New Zealand Parole Board
New Zealand

APAI Committees

Professional Development

To determine and approve all official APAI education.

Jennifer Shaffer, California, Chair
David Blumberg, Maryland
Alan Brady, Grand Cayman
Jessica Dillard, Texas
Adam Endel, Nevada
Carleton Giles, Connecticut
Alicia Handwerk, Ohio
Fred Hyun, Hawaii
Jonathan Ogletree, Kansas
Alexandra Walker, Colorado

Crime Victims

To elevate the awareness of crime victims issues in the post conviction processes and to ensure that the professional development opportunities offered, facilitated and supported by the Association contain sufficient content relative to victims and survivors of crime and their role in the parole and reentry process. One of the current assignments of the Victims Committee is to develop a Model Protocol for paroling authorities to ensure victim participation in the parole process.

Edie Grunwald, Alaska, Chair
Francis Abbott, Lousiana
Najah Barton, DC
Lorie Brisbin
Lisa Blanchette Chamorro, Rhode Island
Jeralita Costa, Washington
Libby Hamilton , Texas
Martin Jones, Europe
Lydia Newlin, Minnesota
Shalandra Robertson, Georgia
Elizabeth Rothwell, Canada
Thando Tsetsewa, Africa


To promote and encourage a strong, viable and sustainable membership.

Francis Abbott, Louisiana, Chair
Sylvie Blanchet, Canada
Matt Degnan, Rhode Island
Alicia Handwerk, Ohio
Martin Jones, Europe
Benita Murphy, West Virginia
Jennifer Shaffer, California
Alistair Spierling, New Zealand
Thando Tsetsewa, Africa

Public Relations/Communications

Francis Abbott, Louisiana, Chair
Zane Duncan, Tennessee
Steve Hayes, Georgia
Fred Medley, Indiana
Kecia Rongen, Washington State


To Promote the Use of Best Practices in Parole

Mark Keating, Kansas, Chair
Christopher Barnett, Georgia
Dan Fetsco, Wyoming
Mike Keeler, Nevada
Benita Murphy, West Virginia

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