Jonathan has been a member of the Prisoner Review Board for Kansas Department of Corrections (KDOC) since their inception July 1, 2011, and promoted to the Chair position as of January 3, 2016. He has been a member of the Kansas Sentencing Commission since 2016. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Friends University in Organizational Management and Leadership, and a Master of Arts from Webster University in Management. Jonathan has served as a trainer for the National Institute of Correction (NIC) for Parole Board Chairs, Parole Board Member’s Orientation, and Executive Director Training in collaboration with APAI. He also received training in the Structured Decision-Making Framework (SDMF) in 2013, and began training other states in the adoption, after Dr. Ralph Serin updated the training in 2015. He has worked with Kentucky, South Dakota, California, Utah and Washington. Jonathan also recently participated on a National Advisory Council for the PEW and Arnold Foundations to help develop Community Supervision Policy Framework. This framework works to continue to improve the effectiveness of community supervision systems across the nation. Jonathan currently serves as the President for the Association of Paroling Authorities International.
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.
Ashley Koonce began her work with the Association of Paroling Authorities International (APAI) in 2015, while serving as the Secretariat. In this role, she provided administrative support to the Executive Director, Executive Committee, and other association committees. Ashley was appointed as Executive Director of the association in December of 2018. Ashley has a diverse background in the field of criminal justice. Her first role in corrections saw her coordinate agency efforts to assist with the rehabilitation of incarcerated individuals. In this position, she managed special projects and implemented and executed legislative efforts throughout the agency. Ashley also worked with agency officials, outside agencies, and government officials to review and put into operation incoming evidence-based rehabilitation programs to ensure they met strict standards. After this, she assumed a new role, where she coordinated multiple state, national, and international correctional training programs. In this role she also served as the Executive Director of multiple correctional professional associations. Ashley currently works in the field of correctional education, with a focus on post-secondary education opportunities for incarcerated individuals.
Ashley received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 2009, Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Management in 2018, and Master of Science in Criminal Justice in 2020, all from Sam Houston State University.