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    (Vice President & Secretary)

    Voting is Now Closed!

    Voting will Voting will close at 5:30 p.m. PT Monday, April 1, 2019.

    Vice President Candidate

    Danielle LaCost

    Danielle LaCost Photo Degree(s) and Years Degree(s) Awarded:2011- Bachelor of Science in Human Services Leadership
    2019- Anticipated graduation- Master of Science Clinical Mental Health Counseling- Emphasis Substance Abuse and Child & Adolescent Counseling
    Current Title: State of Wisconsin Parole Commissioner
    Parole Board/Releasing Authority: Wisconsin- United States of America
    Years Served on Current Parole Board/Releasing Authority as of January 1, 2019: 12 years- Began August 2006
    Previous Experience: Correctional Officer/Sergeant, Program Supervisor, Litigation Coordinator, Program Provider-Domestic Violence and Cognitive Based Programming
    Previous Service to APAI or Other Professional Organizations: APAI Central Region Vice President
    APAI Secretary
    APAI Chair of Professional Development and Membership Committees
    APAI Mentor Program Manager
    Wisconsin Correctional Association (WCA)- Co Chair of Conference Planning
    WCA Conference Planning Committee Member
    WCA Member
    Bio: I’ve been employed by the State of Wisconsin for the past 24 years; 12 of which were spent working for the Department of Corrections before I started as a Parole Commissioner in 2006. Outside of my duties on the Wisconsin Parole Commission, I’ve attended graduate school and I’m a licensed Substance Abuse Counselor in training. On a weekly basis I facilitate Substance Use Disorder programming for adult males at a residential AODA facility. In my spare time, I coach youth basketball and softball. Throughout my career I’ve been placed in leadership roles and over the years I’ve developed a servant leadership style. I hope to continue serving APAI in the role of Vice President.

    Secretary Candidates

    Lisa Blanchette Chamorro

    Lisa Blanchette Chamorro Photo Degree(s) and Years Degree(s) Awarded: Bachelors of Science May 1999, Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI
    Current Title: Assistant Administrator or Probation and Parole
    Parole Board/Releasing Authority: State of Rhode Island
    Years Served on Current Parole Board/Releasing Authority as of January 1, 2019: Not actually on Parole Board have served as Parole Officer and now in charge of Parole Supervision for 8 years. Have been in the Department of Corrections for over 28 years.
    Previous Experience: I have worked in Adult Probation and Parole in various capacities since 1990.
    Previous Service to APAI or Other Professional Organizations: I have been on the committee for APAI to run 2 conferences in Rhode Island, one in Newport and one in Providence. I am on the Standards and Resolutions Committee, Victims Committee, Vendor Committee and previously served on the nomination committee. I was the President for New England Council on Crime and Delinquency in 2012 – 2013. I was Union President for my organization for over 6 years. I am currently the secretary of the Darlington American Little League.
    Bio: I have worked for the Department of Corrections, Adult Probation and Parole for 28+ years. I started as a secretary and worked my way through the ranks now holding one of the top positions in my department. I have always been a supporter of evidence based practices.

    Sheryl Ranatza

    Sheryl Ranatza Photo Degree(s) and Years Degree(s) Awarded: Baptist Christian College, Shreveport, LA — Bachelor of General Studies, 1994
    Current Title:Chairman, Louisiana Board of Pardons & Parole
    Parole Board/Releasing Authority: Louisiana Board of Pardons & Parole, USA
    Years Served on Current Parole Board/Releasing Authority as of January 1, 2019: 6 years, 11 months (appointed February 2012)
    Previous Experience: Deputy Secretary, LA Dept of Public Safety & Corrections 1/2008-9/2011
    Deputy Warden, LA State Penitentiary, 6/1995-1/2008
    Assistant Warden, Dixon Correctional Institute, 2/1994-6/1995
    Administrative Director, Dixon Correctional Institute, 6/1992-2/1994
    Previous Service to APAI or Other Professional Organizations: APAI, American Correctional Association, Southern States Correctional Association, Historical Association of Corrections, Louisiana Association of Wardens, North American Association of Wardens, Louisiana Justice Reinvestment Implementation Steering Team, Louisiana Reentry Advisory Council
    Relevant Training: Major Legal Concerns for Corrections Professionals
    The Brain-Addiction and Criminality
    Louisiana State University Corrections Executive Program, 2003
    An Overview of Women Offenders, Challenges and Barriers, 2013
    Imposing Conditions Drive by Evidence Based Practices, 2013
    Increasing Positive Outcomes for Women Offenders, 2013
    Victim Sensitivity, 2013
    Motivational Interviewing for Parole Boards, 2013
    Practice Targets for Paroling Authorities, 2013
    International Perspectives on Parole: Defining Excellence in Parole, 2014
    Increasing Public Trust and Confidence in Parole, 2014
    Victims in the Parole Process: Enforcement of Victims’ Rights in Post Sentencing Phases, 2014
    Victim Offender Dialogue, 2015
    LA Prisoner Reentry Initiative, 2015
    The Supreme Court and the Transformation of Juvenile Sentencing, 2017
    Comprehensive Framework for Paroling Authorities In an Era of Evidence Based Practices, 2017

    Kecia Rongen

    Kecia Rongen Photo Degree(s) and Years Degree(s) Awarded: BA Psychology 1995, MA Counseling 1999
    Current Title: Chair
    Parole Board/Releasing Authority: Washington State Indeterminate Sentence Review Board
    Years Served on Current Parole Board/Releasing Authority as of January 1, 2019: 6 years 4 months
    Previous Experience: 16 years in juvenile corrections.
    Previous Service to APAI or Other Professional Organizations: Board Member on the Washington Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers.
    Bio:I have worked within the criminal justice system for 23 years, specializing with the sexual offender population. Just prior to coming to the Board, I served as the Administrator for Sexual Offender Programs within the Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration. In addition, I served on a number of legislative workgroups related to sex offender management. I have served as the Chair of the statewide Sex Offender Policy Board twice, from 2010-2012 and 2014-2016 and also served as a Board Member for the WA Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (WATSA). In 2016, I was awarded the Philip L. Russell Ph.D. Achievement Award for Outstanding Contributor to the Field of Sex Offender and Victim Rehabilitation by WATSA. The Governor appointed me to the Board in 2012, and appointed me as Chair in September of 2015.

    Jennifer Shaffer

    Jennifer Shaffer Photo Degree(s) and Years Degree(s) Awarded: Bachelor of Arts, Economics, University of California, Davis, 1990; Juris Doctor, Lincoln Law School, 1995
    Current Title: Executive Officer
    Parole Board/Releasing Authority: Board of Parole Hearings, California, United States of America
    Years Served on Current Parole Board/Releasing Authority as of January 1, 2019: 8 years
    Previous Experience: Senior Assistant Inspector General, California Office of the Inspector General; Assistant Secretary, Office of Victim and Survivor Services, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation; Staff Counsel and Deputy Executive Officer, California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board; Counsel, California Assembly Committee on Public Safety; Graduate Legal Assistant, Legislative Affairs, California Office of the Attorney General.
    Previous Service to APAI or Other Professional Organizations: APAI Secretary (April 2018 – present); APAI Chair, Professional Development Committee 2017-present; Member, APAI Constitution and By-Laws Revision Committee 2016-17.
    Bio: 25 years of public service in corrections, criminal justice, crime victims’ rights, employment law, and executive leadership; graduate of Leadership for the Government Executive, California State University, Sacramento; APAI training conference attendee since 2014; when not working, I enjoy being active, travelling, and attending youth sport events.