Advisory Board Members

Probation Officers Advisory Board

The Probation Officers Advisory Board consists of Indiana probation officers elected from 17 districts, as well as 6 probation officers appointed by the Chief Justice of Indiana.  The Advisory Board meets quarterly and works on issues relevant to improving probation services.  In particular, the Advisory Board has worked to modernize Indiana’s risk and needs assessment instruments, published a Best Practices Guide, and has worked to integrate evidence-based practices into educational programs.  In addition, the Probation Officers Advisory Board annually awards “The Order of Augustus” to an outstanding Indiana probation officer.

District 1 - Angela McFerrin
Lake County Probation - Adult

District 3 - Jesse Carlton
St. Joseph County Probation - Adult

District 5 - Brandy Tibbs
Huntington County Probation

District 7 - Tony New
Madison County Probation

District 9 - Miranda Polston
Morgan County Probation

District 11 - Andrew Kerr
Marion County Probation

District 13 - Mary Miller
Vigo County Probation

District 15 - Janice Wade
Vanderburgh County Probation

District 17 - Rupert Strawbridge II
Clark County Probation

District 2 - Steve Eyrick
LaPorte County Probation

District 4 - Abby Organ
Allen Superior Court-Family Rel.

District 6 - DeAnna Moell
Tippecanoe County Probation

District 8 - Melonie Coan
Grant County Probation

District 10 - Dianne Kearns
Marion County Probation

District 12 - DeAndra Baldwin
Wayne County Probation

District 14 - Shannon Chambers
Johnson County Probation

District 16 - Jennifer Lampert
Dubois County Probation


At Large Board Members:

Susan Bentley
Hendricks County Probation

Rob Gaskill
Bartholomew County Court Services

CJ Miller, POPAI Liaison
Hamilton County Probation

Sarah Lochner, Chair
Wabash County Probation

Dustin Delong
Howard County Probation


The Order of Augustus

The Order of Augustus is an honorary award presented annually by the Probation Officers Advisory Board of the Judicial Conference of Indiana to those persons in the profession of probation whose commitment and personal dedication have exemplified the ideals and philosophy of John Augustus, the undisputed “Father of Probation.”  The creed of John Augustus was “To raise the fallen, reform the criminal, and so far as my humble abilities would allow, to transform the abode of suffering and misery to the home of happiness.”

1993-Dr. Valorous "Val" B. Clear
Madison County Court Services

1995-Neil Hannon
Porter County Probation

1997-Thomas N. Fredrick
St. Joseph County Juvenile

1999-Leonard Simpson
Marion Superior Court Probation

2001-R. Todd McCormack
Hendricks Superior Court

2004-Linda Brady
Monroe County Probation

2006-Eric Zimmerman
Allen County Adult Probation

2008-Wayne Addison
Hancock County Probation

2010-Donald J. Travis
Howard County Probation

2012-Robert Chamness
Wayne County Probation

2014-Christina Ball
Marion County Probation

2016-Lisa Brueggeman
Marion County Probation

1994-Kenneth E. Watson
Allen County Court Services

1996-Virgil L. Seay
Floyd County Probation

1998-K. Allan Henson
Vanderburgh Circuit Court

2000-Denise Z. Ware
Clark Circuit Probation

2002-Amber Stirrup-Leonard
Lawrence County Probation

2005-Suzanne Miller
Johnson County Juvenile Probation

2007-Susan Allen
Monroe County Probation

2009-Stephen T. Eyrick
LaPorte Superior #4 Probation

2011-Joe S. Hooker
Tippecanoe County Probation

2013-Susan Lightfoot
Henry County Probation

2015-John Thorstad
Starke County Probation

2017- Mary Jane Walsworth
Marshall County Probation