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Board News

The OAPSA Board met on March 1.  Planning for this year’s conference was begun.  We hope to partner with the Supreme Court again in 2019.  If you have any suggestions for topics or speakers, please contact President Tom Sauer (tsauer@cms.hamilton-co.org or at 513-946-6163).   This was also the last Board meeting for current At-Large Director and past Treasurer Melissa Bartlett, who has tendered her resignation from the Board.  Melissa was a valuable Board member and will be missed.   

We will be appointing a replacement for Melissa’s At-Large position, which expires January 2020.  If you might be interested and want to know more about serving on the Board, please contact President Tom Sauer  by phone or at the email above.  

Thank You!

A heartfelt thank you to the Supreme Court of Ohio for again sponsoring a day of training devoted specifically to pretrial issues.   Pretrial Programs in Ohio and OAPSA benefit greatly from the exposure the Supreme Court provides. 

Thanks also to the National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies (NAPSA) for support of the OAPSA training day.   Eric Schmidt, NAPSA Central Region Director, spoke at the business meeting and let us know all what NAPSA is doing to promote pretrial programs and professionals.  

And above all thank you to the Ohio professionals that came to the conference.  By virtue of your registration, you are a member of the Association.


to Jennifer Simes  of Montgomery County, Winner of the 2018 Sue Brannen Memorial Scholarship.

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.