In January of 1995, I was appointed as a U.S. Probation Officer in the Northern District of New York; promoted to Senior U.S. Probation Officer/Team Leader & Sentencing Guideline Specialist in April of 1999; and promoted to Supervising U.S. Probation Officer in August of 2003. As a supervisor, I have had oversight of a combined presentence and pretrial investigation unit in the Albany office. During my career in Northern New York I have served as assistant firearms instructor and a member of the Critical Incident Stress Management team.
Julie began her career in the field of criminal justice as a sentencing specialist with the Sentencing Services Program for the 3rd and 8th Judicial Districts of North Carolina. As a sentencing specialist, Julie prepared presentence reports for felony offenders in the state system. She was appointed as a U.S. Probation Officer for the Eastern District of North Carolina in July 2002 and was assigned to the Raleigh Office. In a combined district, Julie has worked in pretrial, presentence, and supervision. She assisted in planning the D.C.
Elizabeth "Beth" Thomas was appointed as a Federal Probation Officer in September 1993. She has worked her entire probation career as a presentence writer in the Macon, Georgia office. She is an attorney which has benefited her in the probation field. Beth completed a TDY in the Office of General Counsel at the Administrative Office and teaches a basic Guidelines class at the local law school every year. She clerked at the local U.S. Attorney's Office while in law school and worked as a law clerk for three Superior Court judges after graduation.
I was appointed a United States Probation Officer for the Southern District of Indiana in June 2003. In February 2006, I was promoted to Supervising United States Probation Officer, where I supervise officers with investigation, supervision and pretrial duties. Prior to entering the federal system, I was a probation officer in Montgomery County, Ohio, for nine years. I have been a member of FPPOA since entering the system in 2003.
I was appointed as a United States Probation Officer in the Western District of Texas on April 28, 1997. Originally, I worked in the Del Rio Division of the Western District of Texas for over two years. In 1999, I transferred to the Austin Division where I am a presentence investigation writer. I was also a part of the division’s training team. In 2002, I was appointed by then FPPOA president Isabel Pruneda as the Association’s newsletter editor. I have continued in this capacity for six years, having served two terms under former FPPOA president Jerry L. Evans.
Mike joined Pretrial Services in the District of Oregon (Portland) as a contractor in 1995, after working for a year as a contractor in the Western District of Washington. Mike was hired as an officer assistant in 1996, and promoted to officer in 1998. He has been a lead officer in the supervision unit in the past and most recently, was promoted in 2008 as his district’s Location Monitoring Specialist. He is also the Employee Dispute Resolution Coordinator for his office. Mike has been involved in officer safety projects since 1998, including curriculum planning and instruction.