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!
The date and site for the Transitional Board Meeting will be announced soon.