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is pleased to announce
the first annual
Sue Brannen Memorial Scholarship

The Board of Directors of the Ohio Association of Pretrial Services Agencies is pleased to announce that a Memorial Scholarship has been established to honor our Past President Sue Brannen. Sue was a guiding light for Pretrial Services on a national,state and county level. She served as a board member of the Pretrial Justice Resource Center, and as president of the New York Association of Pretrial Services Agencies, prior to moving to Ohio where she served two terms as president of OAPSA.

Sue was a firm believer in continuing education for Pretrial Practitioners. She was instrumental in planning our state conferences, and key in helping us make them the professional and enjoyable experiences they are today. She was also committed to expanding opportunities for Pretrial Practitioners to attend the annual conference.

Therefore, in Sue’s memory, a scholarship will offered each year to attend our statewide conference. This year’s conference will be held November 19 and 20 in Columbus. The scholarship awardee will receive free conference registration and a free hotel night for November 19. Awardee will have to provide their own transportation to and from Columbus. Lunch on both days is provided, awardee is responsible for other meals.

To be considered for the Sue Brannen Memorial Scholarship you simply need to submit a short essay on why you want to attend the conference and how you would use what you learned in your day to day practice. Please title your essay Sue Brannen Memorial Scholarship Application, and include your name, job title, agency and contact information. The application may be emailed to OAPSA President Suzanne Ellis at SAEllis@cms.hamilton-co.org. Deadline to submit applications is October 1, 2015.


The Pretrial field lost a true champion on February 19 when Sue Brannen passed away.  Sue had recently retired from Franklin County Pretrial Services, but had planned on being an active member of the OAPSA Board of Directors in her role as past president.

Sue was well known to OAPSA members for her great sense of humor, her mentoring and her probing questions at our conferences.    She served as OAPSA President for two terms, but her involvement in Pretrial was much more than that.  Sue began her pretrial career in Rochester, New York at the Pre-Trial Services Corporation of the Munroe County Bar Association, later leading that agency as its Executive Director.  While in New York, Sue was elected by her peers to the presidency of the New York Association of Pretrial Services Agencies (NYAPSA).  During her time in New York Sue also served as a Board Member of the Pretrial Justice Resource Center (now the Pretrial Justice Institute).

Sue moved to Ohio fourteen years ago and began working in Pretrial in Columbus.   She went on to be elected by her Ohio peers to the presidency of OAPSA as well.  She is the only person to have held the presidency of two state pretrial associations.   In 2007 Sue was honored by the National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies with the Ennis J. Olgiati Award which is NAPSA’s highest honor and recognizes lifetime achievement in the field of pretrial services.

Those of us who worked with Sue will miss her dearly.  Donations in Sue’s honor can be made to the Humane Society of Delaware County (Ohio), 4920 St. Ohio 37, Delaware, OH 43015, or at www.hsdcohio.org.


The ballots are in and we have three new board members.  Congratulations to Rhonda Ruff-Queen of Cuyahoga County,   Sahar Haddad of Hamilton County and Kerri Defibaugh of Summit County.   All were nominated at the Annual Business meeting that was held at the 2014 Conference.

Thank you to outgoing Secretary Melanie Sharp and At Large Board Members Janna Phillips and Lori Bolton-Sell!

 Save the date:  The next OAPSA conference is scheduled for 11/19/15 and 11/20/15 at the Columbus Embassy Suites Worthington. Registration material is available on this website. Continue to check back for more information or visit our Facebook page.