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Executive Summit of Community Corrections Leaders


The American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) will host its second in-person Executive Summit for Community Corrections Leaders, February 23 - 24, 2024, in Seattle, Washington. The primary target audience: heads of community supervision and corrections departments (pretrial, probation, and parole). A limited number of slots will be made available to parole board members; judges, not-for-profit and federal partners who support the work of criminal justice reform; and legislators.

SPECIAL NOTE: Agency heads who cannot attend may assign a designee (Assistant Chief, Assistant Director, second in command, etc.) to attend.


APPA’s 2024 Executive Summit will provide senior leaders with an opportunity to engage in pertinent, stimulating, and interactive training sessions. We are looking forward to connections among forward thinking leaders and hope you will attend this dynamic event. Attendees will walk away from the Executive Summit with relevant and practical information – related to pressing topics in our field. Presentations will focus on subjects like artificial intelligence and its impact on probation and parole; organizational culture and leadership; ways to address and mitigate staff shortages; diversity, equity, and inclusion; emerging/promising practices in community corrections; and strategies for reducing revocations.


Keynote Speaker

Dr. Nancy La Vigne

Dr. Nancy La Vigne, Ph.D.

U.S. Presidential Appointee

Director, National Institute of Justice - Office of Justice Programs

Nancy La Vigne (Lah Veen) was appointed by President Biden as Director of the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), the research and technology arm of the U.S Department of Justice, on March 28, 2022. A nationally recognized criminal justice policy expert, Dr. La Vigne’s research expertise ranges from policing and corrections reform to reentry from prison, criminal justice technologies and evidence-based criminal justice practices. Prior to joining NIJ, she served as executive director of the Council on Criminal Justice’s Task Force on Policing. Before that, La Vigne served as vice president at the Urban Institute (Urban), a nonprofit social policy research organization based in Washington, D.C., where over the course of a decade, she directed Urban’s Justice Policy Center. Her tenure at Urban included serving as executive director of the congressionally-mandated bipartisan Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections Reform.

Dr. La Vigne is not new to NIJ, having been the founding director of the Institute’s Crime Mapping Research Center several years ago, as well as serving as special assistant to Office of Justice Program’s Acting Assistant Attorney General. She holds a Ph.D. in criminal justice from Rutgers University, a master’s degree in public affairs from the LBJ School at the University of Texas-Austin and a bachelor’s degree in government and economics from Smith College.

Closing Session: Slowing Down the Revolving Door

Growing consensus among practitioners, policymakers, and the public suggests far too many people are under correctional control in the United States. While many large-scale initiatives have targeted the reduction of jail and prison populations, there remains a significant gap in reform related to community supervision. Community supervision is designed as an incarceration alternative, yet revocation rates among people are alarmingly high, with revocations a significant driver of jail and prison admissions.

This session will examine the reduction of revocations from both the practitioner and the judicial perspectives. Judge Karen Friedman (ret.) will share scenarios that will address who needs and does not need to be revoked. Probation chiefs from three agencies that are participating in an Arnold Ventures initiative referred to as “Reducing Revocation Challenge” will discuss specific revocation reduction strategies they have implemented within their jurisdictions to reduce revocations based on technical violations. Judge Pat Sebesta (ret.) will look at the reduction of revocation on a national level.

Learning Objectives:
As a result of attending this session, participants will:
• Recognize the roles practitioners and judge’s play in the revocation process
• Recognize the need to examine their agency’s practices on technical violations that lead to revocations
• Consider internal agency-specific policy modifications that may impact clients being revoked

Closing Session Speakers

Judge Karen Friedman

Judge Karen Friedman (ret)

Karen Friedman joined the Bureau of Justice Assistance as a presidential appointee to the newly created position of Director of Criminal Justice Innovation, Development, and Engagement.

Karen comes to the BJA after serving over 20 years as a member of the Maryland judiciary sitting in Baltimore. In that capacity, she served on every level of trial court and completed her service on the Baltimore City Circuit Court, the highest trial court in the state. She headed Baltimore’s Drug Treatment Court and sat on the judiciary’s Equal Justice Commission’s Sentencing Subcommittee.

Karen is known in Baltimore for her expertise on the intersection of criminal justice with behavioral health as well as for her innovative approach to sentencing and probation. She is looking forward to using the wealth of knowledge gained on the bench in Baltimore to help improve the lives of those affected by the criminal justice system.

Fernando Giraldo

Fernando Giraldo

Fernando Giraldo is the Chief Probation Officer for the Santa Cruz County Probation Department and has been with the Department since 1995. He oversees Adult and Pretrial Services, Juvenile Services, and the Juvenile Institution. Mr. Giraldo has a master’s degree in Social Work from San Jose State University, California and holds a bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies from The University of California, Santa Cruz. Fernando is the son of immigrant parents, who came to U.S. from Colombia, South America.

Throughout his career at Probation, Fernando has led collaborative efforts to bring nearly $30 million dollars in competitive grant funding to the County of Santa Cruz to improve services for the criminal justice involved population. These dollars have helped transform service delivery and led to the development of success centers, expanded collaborative courts, diversion opportunities and supervision and pretrial services.

Fernando currently serves on several local and state Boards. In 2016, Mr. Giraldo was appointed by California State Governor Jerry Brown to the California Sex Offender Management Board and currently serves as the Chair. Fernando also serves on the Board of United Way, Santa Cruz as the Chair.

Troy Hatfield

Troy Hatfield. M.S.

With over 25 years of experience in community supervision, Troy Hatfield currently serves as Deputy Chief Probation Officer for the Monroe Circuit Court Probation Department in Indiana. He oversees adult and juvenile probation, the court alcohol and drug program, and coordinates research activities for the department. Hatfield is the current President of the Probation Officers Professional Association of Indiana and in this capacity serves as a member of Indiana’s Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council. He is also a member of the National Institute of Corrections Pretrial Executive Network and participates as a member of the Pretrial Release Committee for the Judicial Conference of Indiana, where he chairs the Pretrial Data Subcommittee that establishes pretrial performance and outcome measures for the State of Indiana.

Edward Hauck

Edward Hauck

Edward Hauck is the Research and Evaluation Supervisor for Ramsey County Community Corrections. With twenty years of experience in the government and non-profit sectors, he provides expertise in the areas of program evaluation, data collection, quantitative and qualitative analysis, performance and outcome measurement, and data systems. He manages multiple criminal justice related research and evaluation projects both within his department and throughout the county. He holds a master’s degree in political science from Fordham University, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Puget Sound.

David Sanders

David F. Sanders

David F. Sanders is currently the chief probation officer for the Adult Probation Department of the Superior Court in Pima County, Arizona, having been appointed to the position in January 2003. From 1992 - 2003 he served as chief probation officer for the United States District Court, District of Nevada. Mr. Sanders also has two decades of experience as a case-carrying probation officer, and he holds a master’s degree in corrections. He has represented Arizona probation departments as a member of the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission since 2007.

Judge Pat Sebasta

Judge Pat Sebasta (ret)

Pat Sebesta is the retired Judge of the 239th Judicial District Court and the former Judge of County Court at Law No. 2 of Brazoria County, Texas.

Judge Sebesta is the founding member of the Pat Sebesta Law Firm, PLLC. where he continues to make his imprint on the practice of law – both as a highly regarded lawyer, a seasoned counselor, and a credentialed mediator/arbitrator – in the service of clients and the community at large. During his 24 years as a trial judge, he presided over 700 jury trials, hundreds of non-jury matters, and thousands of ancillary matters in Brazoria County — both civil and criminal, that covered all areas of law from simple to complex litigation.

Judge Sebesta entered the practice of law in 1993 as a prosecutor with the Brazoria County District Attorney’s office, and for several years thereafter worked as a trial attorney in private practice in Angleton. In 1999, he was elected as Judge of the County Court at Law No. 2 and Probate of Brazoria County, Texas, a position in which he served for four years. In 2003, he was elected as Judge of the 239th District Court of Brazoria County, Texas. He was re-elected to five successive terms serving 20 years as a District Judge.

Judge Sebesta’s practice is concentrated in complex litigation, litigation management/consulting, commercial litigation, personal injury, toxic tort litigation, and products liability. He is a credentialed mediator, arbitrator, and special master.

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SPECIAL NOTE: Agency heads who cannot attend may assign a designee (Assistant Chief, Assistant Director, second in command, etc.) to attend.

Participation in the summit is limited to individuals in top-ranking positions only:

• Directors and Chiefs in Probation, Parole, and Pretrial Agencies

• Department of Corrections Commissioners and Executive Directors

• Parole Board and Criminal Justice Board Members

• Judges, Legislators, County Commissioners, and Lead Prosecutors and Public Defenders

• Non-Profit and Federal Leaders Targeting Community Corrections and Reentry Efforts

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