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  • Executive Committee Elections
    (President & Treasurer)

    Voting is Closed!

    The election will take place prior to the Annual Business Meeting in Nashville, TN on April 7, 2020. Voting will open at 12:01 am Eastern, April 2, 2020 and will close at 5:30 pm Central on April 6, 2020. Election Results will be given during the Annual Business Meeting on April 7, 2020.

    The APAI Constitution, states that elected officers shall serve two-year terms and may not serve for more than two elected consecutive terms in the same office. The office of Treasurer and President shall become vacant on even numbered years (2020).

    President Candidate

    David Blumberg

    David BlumbergDegree(s) and Years Degree(s) Awarded:
    Bachelor of Arts, Political Science – Loyola College 1978
    Masters of Library Science – University of Maryland 1984
    Current Title: Chairman
    Name and State/Province and Country of Parole Board/Releasing Authority:
    Maryland Parole Commission
    Years Served on Current Parole Board/Releasing Authority as of January 1, 2020:
    17 years
    Previous Experience:
    • Served as Baltimore City Jail Librarian 1983-2003; Parole Commissioner 2003-2004.
    • Appointed Chair 2004; reappointed 2010 and 2016.
    • Attended new member training 2003 and new chair training 2004.
    • Acted as a Chair Mentor in 2016 and 2018.
    • Received the APAI Ben Baer Award in 2015.
    Other Relevant Biographical Information:
    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 and actively participating on the Membership Committee. In 2018, elected as President of APAI. Currently serve on over half a dozen Civic and Charitable boards.

    What three issues do you believe are most important to the field of parole/early release?
    • Coordinating with reentry partners,
    • Better educating the public about what parole means and our decision-making process, and
    • Collaborating internationally to get a more diverse perspective on how other regions deal with similar issues and concerns
    How do you propose to promote APAI’s vision, to be the recognized voice for the highest professional standards of responsible parole/releasing practices?
    • Develop and maintain a higher profile among our global correctional and community partners,
    • Encourage membership to actively promote, goals, missions, and objectives of the organization, not only to fellow practitioners, but also to assorted stakeholders who our work touches and influences directly or indirectly.
    Why do you believe you are the best candidate for this position?
    I take great pride in leading such a respected group of professionals and have been humbled by the support I have received in the last two years of presidency. In my long tenure with the organization, I have held three of the four offices, been involved in the training and mentorship of not only new members, but also chairs, and was involved in the creation of the Executive Directors training, as well as the Chairs annual training.

    Treasurer Candidate

    Kecia Rongen

    Kecia RongenDegree(s) and Years Degree(s) Awarded:
    BA Psychology 1995, MA Counseling 1999
    Current Title: Chair
    Name and State/Province and Country of Parole Board/Releasing Authority:
    Indeterminate Sentence Review Board-Washington State
    Years Served on Current Parole Board/Releasing Authority as of January 1, 2020: 7.5 years
    Previous Experience:
    16 years in juvenile rehabilitation administration
    Previous Service to APAI or Other Professional Organizations:
    Board Member Washington Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (WATSA)
    Board Member Capital Volleyball Club
    Chair of the Public Relations Committee, APAI

    What three issues do you believe are most important to the field of parole/early release?
    • The use of research related to making the most informed decisions for the release of individuals.
    • Integrity in decision-making.
    • Transparency in decision-making.
    How do you propose to promote APAI’s vision, to be the recognized voice for the highest professional standards of responsible parole/releasing practices?
    Continue to utilize social media to expand our voice, as well as create a marketing campaign on what parole is, to possibly include videos on the website. In addition, promote the latest research related to the risk and rehabilitative factors of individuals.
    Why do you believe you are the best candidate for this position?
    I’m committed to working with the other Executive Committee Members of APAI, as well as members of the association. I’m aware of the best practices in working with parole boards and will continue to promote that awareness.