As NHTSA’s Probation Fellow, Mark Stodola brings over 30 years of experience working in the field of court management and adult probation in Arizona. Mark worked at the Maricopa County Adult Probation Department for 18 years serving in a number of capacities including field supervisor and division director overseeing drug and alcohol treatment programs, problem solving courts and services for the mentally ill. Mark later became the Court Administrator of the Tempe Municipal Court where he served for eight years managing day-to-day activities including budget, case processing, program development (including the establishment of Arizona’s first municipal mental health court) and managing personnel. Most recently Mark served as Program Services Manager in the Adult Probation Services Division of the Arizona Supreme Court where he had oversight of treatment programs for Arizona’s Adult Probation Departments. Mark has presented training on topics surrounding high-risk drunk drivers at national, regional and state conferences throughout the country.
Mark received his undergraduate degree in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his master’s degree in Education from Northern Arizona University. Afterwards, Mark became a Graduate Fellow through the National Council of State Courts Institute of Court Management.
Paul Hofmann began his career in 1987 as a correctional officer in a community corrections facility. Most recently he has been a contract trainer with focus on offender risk assessments. From 2012-14 he worked with the American Probation and Parole Association as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Probation Fellow. The majority of his career was with the Colorado Judicial Department, Division of Probation Services, where he was a Probation Analyst. His responsibilities included: training and implementation of the juvenile and adult risk assessment tools. He also was instrumental in working with the state’s Highway Safety Office to obtain funding to start the first six DUI courts in Colorado. In addition to working for probation, he has been a case manager in residential community corrections facilities, and the director of a day reporting center. Over the past 28 years, he has trained probation and parole officers, community corrections case managers, alcohol evaluators and substance abuse counselors. Paul grew up on a sheep ranch in western Colorado, is an avid lifelong learner and a strong proponent of Restorative Justice and other community-based solutions.