Like everyone else, Ohio Pretrial agencies and practitioners have been greatly impacted by COVID-19. In the best of times being a Pretrial practitioner or administrator can be a difficult job, and the coronavirus pandemic has increased this difficulty exponentially. Of course our association has also been impacted and although planning for a conference had begun, the OAPSA Board has decided that we will not hold a statewide conference this year. Even though we will not be meeting in person the Board is always available to you for any assistance you may need, and we want to hear from you. Hopefully we will see each other in person in 2021!
Memorial Scholarship established to honor
Past President Sue Brannen.
The Pretrial field lost a true champion on February 19, 2015 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 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.
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.