Ray has worked in the field of community corrections for 45 years. He has served as the Director of Utah Adult Probation and Parole and the Utah Juvenile Court Administrator, who oversees the operation of juvenile probation. He has delivered consulting services in several states and internationally. He retired from the Utah Courts in July 2019 after serving twenty years and most recently as Deputy State Court Administrator for the last eight years. He has been a lifelong member of the American Probation and Parole Association and served as President from 1999 to 2001. He received the APPA Walter Dunbar Memorial Award in 2008 and the National Association of Probation Executives Executive of the Year in 2011. He has served on various committees and been a consultant for the National Institute of Corrections, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and the National Center for State Courts. He is one of the principles of JustUs Consulting.
Susan Burke is the Executive Director for Carey Group, Consulting and Publishing, a practitioner-led justice consulting firm dedicated to advancing research-informed practices and tools to improve system outcomes and community well-being. Susan is also a subject matter expert on justice system reform and practices and an executive coach for justice system leaders.
Susan has over 30 years of experience working in the justice field, implementing and leading change efforts as a probation executive, head of a state juvenile corrections agency, and public policy specialist. In these positions, Susan was instrumental in influencing community mobilization and leading public policy changes. While working for the Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice, she authored a gang prevention community mobilization guide, produced two gang prevention videos in partnership with the Utah Attorney General’s Office, and managed juvenile justice policies and programs. While Director of the Utah Substance Abuse and Anti-Violence Coordinating Council, she received the Governor’s Award for her leadership in the passage of the Drug Offender Reform Act, which provided treatment rather than incarceration for people convicted of drug-related offenses.
As a probation executive, she instituted annual certification standards for probation officers to reflect evidence-based practices and managed system innovation projects. As director of a statewide youth correctional system, she was responsible for operating and managing a full continuum of services, including early intervention and shelter care services, detention centers, long-term secure facilities, case management, and parole. During her tenure, she successfully increased home and community-based services for youth in the justice system, effectively shrinking bed capacity and improving outcomes. In 2015 the Council of Juvenile Justice Administrators awarded her Outstanding Administrator. In 2018 she was named the Youth Advocate of Year by the Utah Board of Juvenile Justice for her juvenile justice reform efforts.
Upon Susan’s retirement from public service, she joined the Steering Committee of the Youth Correctional Leaders for Justice, an organization that supports closing archaic youth prisons and replacing them with in-home services and community-based programs and facilities that are youth-centered and developmentally appropriate.
Susan received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Utah. She is also a graduate of the 2009 inaugural class of the Leadership Institute, sponsored by the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA), National Association of Probation Executives (NAPE), National Institute of Corrections, and the Correctional Management Institute of Sam Houston State University. She was elected APPA president in 2015 and received the prestigious Walter Dunbar Memorial Award in 2020. In 2022, she was elected president of the National Association of Probation Executives, a national association committed to enhancing the professionalism and effectiveness of executives and bringing positive change in the field.