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APAI Staff Biographies

APAI President

David Blumberg

Active member of APAI since 2004. From 2004 through 2018, served on the APAI Conference Planning Committee. From 2006 through 2018 served on the Chairs’ Planning Committee. Was a member of the Conference Program Committee in 2013 and 2017 and a member of the Professional Development Committee from 2010 through 2016. Regularly attends APAI’s Chairs’ Meetings and Annual Training Conferences. In 2011, appointed as the Treasurer on the Executive Committee (EC) and served in this position until being appointed as the Vice-President in July of 2016. Active participation as an EC member by attending monthly EC meetings, actively participating on the Membership Committee. In 2018, elected as President of APAI. Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland and is a life-long resident of Baltimore City. He has been married for 30 years and has two cats and multiple race horses.

APAI Past President

Cynthia Mauser

Active member of APAI since 2006. From 2009 through 2012, served as the APAI representative on the American Correctional Association’s (ACA) Commission on Accreditation for Corrections, and chaired a subcommittee tasked with revising the standards relative to releasing authorities. Through the Association, participated in various stages of NIC’s Parole Board Member/Chair training curriculum development. Regularly attends APAI’s annual Chairs’ meetings and Training Conferences, and has presented at workshops on Ohio’s experiences with implementing the 13 suggested supervision and release practice strategies, reducing the number of conditions, and participating in the structured decision-making research project. In July 2011, appointed as the Central Region Vice President on the Executive Committee (EC). Active participation as an EC member by attending monthly EC meetings, participating in the development and implementation of APAI’s business plan, participating in the Membership Committee and chairing the Standards Committee. The Standards Committee produced the current Essential Elements that were adopted by the EC and is working with Carleton University on recruiting participants for its project on the development of a Quality Assurance Index for releasing authorities. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and is a current resident of Columbus, Ohio. She is the proud mother of a 12 year old son.

Executive Director

Ashley Koonce

Ashley Koonce joined the Correctional Management Institute of Texas (CMIT) in March of 2015, and was named the Secretariat for the Association of Paroling Authorities International (APAI). In this role, she provided administrative support to the Executive Director and Executive Committee. Her duties included conference planning support, membership management, assisting with financial matters, along with other duties as needed. Ashley was appointed as Executive Director of the association in December of 2018.

Prior to working for CMIT, Ashley worked for the Rehabilitation Programs Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for six years, where she coordinated volunteer efforts to assist with the rehabilitation of offenders. In this position, she managed multiple special projects and helped to implement and execute legislative efforts throughout the agency. Ashley worked with facilities, agencies, and government officials to review and put into operation incoming offender rehabilitation programs to ensure they were evidence-based programs, and that legal and ethical standards were met. She also worked with the Capital Improvements Review Committee to partner with volunteer and non-profit agencies to provide unit chapels and facility improvements across the state.

Ashley received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 2009, and Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Management in 2018, from Sam Houston State University. Currently, Ashley works as Project Coordinator at CMIT and in this role she facilitates the Wardens Peer Interaction Program in coordination with the North American Association of Wardens and Superintendents (NAAWS) and the CMIT Annual Gangs Conference. She also serves as the Executive Director of the Texas Corrections Association (TCA).

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