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2021 APAI Election

Vice-President & Secretary

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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 Secretary and Vice-President shall become vacant on odd numbered years (2021).

Vice-President Candidate

Jonathan Ogletree

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Title
Prisoner Review Board Chair

Parole Board/Releasing Authority and Years Served
Kansas Department of Corrections / 10 years

Degrees
Webster University, Master of Arts in Management (2010)
Friends University,Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Management (2007)

Previous Experience
Correctional Officer, Unit Team Counselor, Team Leader for Crisis Intervention Unit, Unit Team Manager, Director of Re-entry Program, Cognitive Behavioral Coordinator, Prisoner Review Board Member

Previous Service with Professional Organizations
Join APAI in 2012. Member of the Professional Development Committe, worked on the membership committe, Central Region Vice President and currently serving as the Vice President of APAI. Part of training team with National Insitute of Corrections (NIC) for Orientation for Parole Board Member and Parole Board Chairs Training.

Other Relevant Biographic Information
Vincent O'Leary Award
Paul Weber Award (American Correctional Association)
Commandant List , Primary Leadership Development Course (PLDC)
Service Award (US Army)

What three issues do you believe are most important to the field of parole/early release?
Evidence based decision based on research
Education of Stateholders for transparency
Disparity of decisions for certain populations

How do you propose to promote APAI’s vision, to be the recognized voice for the highest professional standards of responsible parole/releasing practices?
Seek out ways to continue to move the profession forward through partnerships with different stakeholders around the world. Build partnerships that will enhance the work that is being done in a meaningful way.

Why do you believe you are the best candidate for this position?
Over the years in this field, I have built a relationship with numerous stakeholders that support our organization. My commitment is to continue to build the organization as a resource worldwide for our fellow release decision makers.

Secretary Candidate

Francis Abbott

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Title
Executive Director

Parole Board/Releasing Authority and Years Served
Louisiana Board of Pardons & Committee on Parole / 2.5 years

Degrees
Associates in Business, Baton Rouge Community College

Previous Experience
Francis started his career with the State of Louisiana working fro Prison Enterprises in 2008. There he worked with men and women to provide job skills training in various correctional facilities. In 2009 he was selected to participate in the National Institute of Corrections’ Offender Workforce Development Specialist (OWDS) Training Program as member of the National Correctional Industries Association (NCIA) CI Team. As an OWDS, Abbott was responsible for conducting trainings with Probation & Parole, Corrections staff and community stakeholders to address the issues of retuning citizens gaining meaningful employment around the state of Louisiana and later nationally through a collaboration between the NIC and NCIA to promote professional development in CI. In 2013 he left PE to work at one of the most notorious prisons in the United States, Louisiana State Penitentiary better known as Angola. There he would manage one of the most innovative program in corrections today the Corrections Reentry Court Workforce Program. This multifaceted program addresses the educational, vocational, social and moral needs of its participants through mentoring provided by offenders with long term sentences and assists participants by connecting them with resource in the communities to which they will return.

Previous Service with Professional Organizations
APAI, Chairman of the Public Relations / Communications Committee

Other Relevant Biographic Information
National Institute of Corrections - Offender Workforce Development Specialist
Wilkinson County Christian Academy Board Secretary since 2013

What three issues do you believe are most important to the field of parole/early release?
Member engagement through creating conversation about topics affecting the discretionary release process.
Grow membership by trying to develop training for ancillary staff.
Educating the public and other stakeholder about our work.

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 grow social media presence and services provided to members. Strategically partner with other professional associations for collaboration.

Why do you believe you are the best candidate for this position?
I am passionate about the work we do and believe that through promotion of our work and education of our members we can positively affect public safety.

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