More than 800 people attended a job fair for ex-offenders sponsored by the SC Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services Friday.
The job fair was held at the Columbia Reentry Center, which provides employment and life skills training and information on access to governmental and non-profit services.
In this photo, PPP Director Kela Thomas (second from right) and Columbia Center Director Thomas Scott (far right) meet with radio station WFMV executives to discuss employment opportunities.
New Agents for PPP
SCDPPPS graduated several new Agents from the June 20 class at the Criminal Justice Academy. (From left to right): Forrest Lindman-Greenville,
Nathan Barnes-Lancaster, Jared Shedd-Greenville, Trevor Whitfield-Greenville, Joseph James-Colleton, Wilson Bennett-Florence, Jacob Freeman-Horry
Supervisory Leadership Academy Graduation
PPP graduated its first ever class from its Supervisory Leadership Academy in June. A total of 27 employees in supervisory positions completed the six-month course. They heard from a panel, that included Lexington Sen. Katrina Shealy and Richland Sheriff Leon Lott discussing the importance of leadership in the successful functioning of an organization. Graduates were: Curtis Baker ? Charleston; Lisa Boltin ? Colleton; Marie Boulton ? Aiken; Susan Brace ? Berkeley; Kimberly Brantley ? Orangeburg; Yolanda Burison ? Charleston; Ron Carter ? Charleston; Susan Crocker ? Spartanburg; Keith Crossland ? Bamberg; Brandi Dhers ? Spartanburg; Amanda Donald ? Pickens; Rhonda Elliott ? Horry; Charles Finch ? Aiken; Todd Graham ? Barnwell ; Jerry Hamberis ? Chesterfield; Jeffery Harmon ? Spartanburg; Kescia Holmes ? Charleston; Leigh-Michelle Jones ? Dorchester; Jeremy Kittrell ? Orangeburg; Willie Lemon ? Allendale; Lynn Oliver ? Lancaster; Betty Pinckney ? Hampton; Mitchell Ray-Charleston; Angie Salley ? Saluda; Micky Talley ? Dorchester; Tara Tyler ? Charleston; Jacob Wilson - Williamsburg
PPP Agent Honored by SCCA
Camilla Cheeseboro received the Agent of the Year award from the SC Correctional Association at a luncheon on Wednesday. Cheeseboro, was the 2013 PPP Agent of the Year while assigned to Sumter County. She is now an Agent in Richland County.
May 23 Agent Basic Class Graduates
Attorney General Alan Wilson was the guest speaker at the May 23 Agent Basic Training Graduation. Graduates (in alphabetical order) and the counties they are assigned to were: Christian Aulbach - Charleston; Reginald Bowens - Charleston; Elyse Fields - Dorchester; Austin Fowler - Berkeley; Aleece Generette-Coker - Dorchester; Darryl Green - Berkeley; Kiunta Holmes - Greenville; Melissa Jenkins - Greenville; Matthew Johnson - Dorchester; Burton Marlow - Horry; James Martin - Greenville; Terrence Matthews-Greenwood; Mariah Maye - Berkeley; Donald Miller - Beaufort; David Parker-Cherokee; Samuel Sarratt-Laurens.
PPP Agent Basic Graduates Honored
Lawrence "Drew" Creed (right) became a new Agent, assigned to Aiken County, on May 9 in ceremonies at the CJA. On the left is PPP Deputy Director Scott Norton.
PPP Agent Basic Graduates Honored
Two new Agents participated in graduation ceremonies April 19, India Fludd (far right), assigned to Dorchester County and William Thrasher, Lexington County. In the center is PPP Director Kela Thomas.
CJA Class Includes 30 from PPP
(Above) Nearly half of those participating in the March 7 Criminal Justice Academy Class were from PPP. Rep. Mike Pitts from Greenwood-Laurens presented badges to the future Agents in badging ceremonies held after the CJA graduation exercises. The participants and the counties they are assigned to: Ross Alford, York; Vincent Cannarella, Charleston; Brian Cauble, Lancaster; Jonathan Duncan, Aiken; Tehran Jones , Colleton; Kevin Kennedy, Spartanburg; Alexander King, Greenwood (Distinguished Graduate); Jessica Macon, Lancaster; Sherida McLeod, Orangeburg; Kendall Millhouse, Anderson; Alyssa Muskovin, York; Christopher Orsi, Charleston; Eloisa Paredes, Anderson; Hanna Price, Spartanburg; Brittany Scruggs, Spartanburg; Eboney Shuler, Barnwell; Jenna Sisco, Spartanburg (JP Strom Winner); Aaron Smith, Pickens; Anthony Smith, Horry; Kristin Smokes, Aiken; Nicholas Stafford, Dorchester; Rachael Stanforth, Richland; Cornelius Sterling, Greenville; Melvin Suber, Newberry; Samuel Thompson, Greenville; Janella Tolbert, Charleston; Kayla Underwood, Oconee; Mary Varin, Greenville; Tyra White, Florence; Matthew Woolbright, Edgefield.
PPP JP Strom Award Recipient
(Left) Jenna M. Sisco is the recipient of the J.P. Strom Award for the March 7, 2014 Criminal Justice Academy class . This award is named after the longtime Chief of
the State Law Enforcement Division. This award is given to the student who obtains the highest overall academic average, with a minimum of 96% academic average, including the successful completion of all
PPP Agent Basic Graduates Honored
A new crop of PPP employees completed three weeks of Agent job specific training on Friday, Feb. 28. Most of them are going on to the Criminal Justice Academy for 12 weeks of standardized law-enforcement training to become C-1 Certified law enforcement officers. The students completing the class (in alphabetical order) and county or office they are assigned to are: Kenneth Addis, Pickens; Tammy Bantan, Richland; Nathan Barnes***, Lancaster; Rome Bennett, Florence; Matthew Buchanan, Central; Lauren Chambers, Cherokee; Stephen Donohue, Greenville; Melanie Dunham, Charleston; Brad Freeman, Horry; Tempestt Hough, Beaufort; Dannon James, Colleton; Clifford King, Anderson; Forrest Lindman, Greenville; Kristin Massetti, Greenville; Lisa McGill, Central; Marie Moore*, Greenville; Karen Raymond, Spartanburg; Jared Shedd, Greenville; Craig Smith**, Georgetown; Trevor Whitfield, Greenville; Travis Youngblood***, Horry. *** Honor Graduates; * Class Leader; ** Assistant Class Leader
Governor Haley visits Richland County
Above pictured is Gov. Nikki Haley on her recent visit with our Richland County office. We were honored with her interaction with the staff and touring the office. She is also featured with the Executive Management Team (right).
December CJA Class
Two new SCDPPPS employees were part of the final SC Criminal Justice Academy class of 2013 (Session 609) Dec. 20. They are (from left): SCDPPPS Director, Kela Thomas; Katlyn M. Blease; Katelyn D. Duncan; SCDPPPS Deputy Director for Field Operations Scott Norton. Both Blease and Duncan are assigned to Greenville County.
PPP Agent Basic Graduates Honored
A total of 23 graduates of the PPP Agent Basic course received their certificates November 22, after encouraging words from the guest speaker The Honorable Elise Partin, Mayor of the City of Cayce. The graduates (in alphabetical order): Ross Alford - York; Brian Cauble - Lancaster; Katrina Charles - Central; India Fludd - Dorchester; Khoury Hammond - Richland; Jessica Macon - Lancaster; Kendall Millhouse - Anderson; Christian Mitchell - Charleston; Sherida McLeod - Orangeburg; Eloisa Paredes - Anderson; Debbie Parker - Central; Steven Riester - Lexington; Aaron Smith - Pickens; Anthony Smith - Horry; **Rachael Stanforth - Richland; Melvin Suber - Newberry; Samuel Thompson - Greenville; Will Thrasher - Lexington; Kayla Underwood - Oconee; Maddy Varin - Greenville; Tyra White - Florence; *Tracy Wilson - Aiken; Blake Woolbright - Edgefield.
** Honor Graduate * Class Leader
Alston Wilkes Agent of the Year
Sumter Agent Camilla Cheeseboro received the Mark Hart Probation & Parole Agent of the Year Award during a luncheon hosted by the Alston Wilkes Society recently. The eight-year PPP veteran received the award for her exemplary work with offenders over the years. In her remarks at the luncheon, PPP Director Kela Thomas said of Cheesboro, "She is committed to the Department and knows what is expected of her and is always preparing offenders toward becoming productive citizens, providing assistance to the courts and to build and protect public trust. She has a positive attitude and is always willing to assist her coworkers."
The award is named for the Spartanburg Agent Mark Hart, who died of cancer. The Alston Wilkes Society assists homeless veterans, former offenders and at-risk youth in rebuilding their lives.
New Agent Headed to Richland
New Criminal Justice Academy graduate Hunter Shaw (center) received his badge recently and is headed to the Richland County office. With him are (left) Assistant AIC Stacy Bartkovich and Deputy Director for Field Operations Scott Norton.
Agent Basic Class 133 Graduates
Twenty-three new employees completed the PPP Basic Course. Congratulations to Deanna Avignone (Horry County), Adam Bryson (Greenwood County), Joseph Cannarella (Charleston County), Kendrick Clark (Orangeburg County), Drew Creed (Aiken County), Jonathan Duncan (Aiken County), Edwardiea Jenkins-Lambert (Orangeburg County), Tehran Jones (Colleton County), Kevin Kennedy (Spartanburg County), Alexander King (Greenwood County), Harrison Moore (Charleston County), Alyssa Muskovin (York County), Christopher Orsi (Charleston County), Hanna Price (Spartanburg County), Timothy Riley (Greenville County), Brittany Scruggs (Spartanburg County), Eboney Shuler (Barnwell County), Jenna Sisco (Spartanburg County), Kristin Smokes (Aiken County), Trent Stafford (Dorchester County), Cornelius Sterling (Greenville County), Blake Stone (Greenwood County), and Janella Tolbert (Charleston County). Special congratulations are extended to Honor Graduate Muskovin, who scored a 99 on the final exam.
Sumter Office Presents Community Awards
The S.C. Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services Sumter office honored two individuals and three organizations for their partnerships: Judge Amy Land, front center; Jeryl Jacobs, front second from right, a counselor with S.C. Vocational Rehabilitation Services; the Sumter County Sheriff?s Office; the Sumter Police Department; and Sumter Behavioral Health. State director Kela Thomas, right, thanked them for being willing to be servant leaders. Sumter AIC Sharon Holland is far left.
CJA CLASS GRADUATES - October 11, 2013
Graduating from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy on October 11th were Timothy Hurst - Greenville County; Felipa Lawson - Newberry County; (Deputy Director for Field Operations Scott Norton); Amy Ramirez - Charleston County; Amberelle Boyle - York County.
Solicitor's Office Receives Award
Horry AIC Scott Herrington (left) presents 15th Circuit Solicitor Jimmy Richardson with the Law Enforcement Partnership Award for Outstanding Service. The presentation ceremony took place on the front steps of the Old Courthouse. Also participating were PPP Director Kela Thomas (right). In the background are Sen. Greg Hembree and Horry County Sheriff Phillip Thompson.
BEAUFORT AWARDS PRESENTED
Beaufort County AIC Suezanne Foot presented awards to service providers in her county and afterwards posed for a photo with (from left): 14th Circuit Solicitor Duffie Stone; Director Thomas; Beaufort Attorney Cory Fleming; Rep. Shannon Erickson; Rep. Andy Patrick; AIC Foot.
CJA CLASS GRADUATES - August 9, 2013
Two new Agents joined PPP in August after graduating from the Criminal Justice Academy (from left): Jacob Graf, Richland County; (Director Kela Thomas); Jeremy Brunson, Pickens. Welcome aboard!
Giving the Gift of Life
Several PPP employees, community partners and family members gave the "gift of life"
during Probation, Parole and Community Supervision Week this year. Statewide, 36 units were collected. Each unit of whole blood donated can save up to three lives.
Three PPP employees donate two pints of blood each using the Alyx Component Collection System, an automated procedure which offers donors a unique way to donate red cells. The donor gives two units of red cells in one donation, so Paroles and Pardons? Beth Anderson, Executive Assistant Loretta Goodwin and Strategic Development and Information Technology?s Brian Miller can save up to 18 lives.
Thank you to our donors!
Beth Anderson Board Support Services
Paul Angus Human Resources
Michael Arrowood Watertight Systems
Renee Barrett Field Operations
Patrice Boyd Human Resources
Jennifer Brice Field Operations Programs
Jose Bujosa SDIT
Chrisandra Carter Trust Accounting
Stacia Clark Accounting Services
Fain Cravens State Election Commission
Camilla Cheesboro Sumter County
James Davis Procurement
James Donnan Charleston County
Doug Fordham Special Operations
Leon Gass Sharon Hollands Father
Loretta Goodwin Director?s Office
Bill Hamm SDIT
Juliana Harris SC Dept. of Consumer Affairs
Sharon Holland Sumter County
Sheldon Holland Sharon Hollands Husband
Tara Horton TCPD
Bryce Hovermann SC Dept. of Consumer Affairs
Kay Hutson Hearings
Brian Miller SDIT
Lisa McGill Interstate Compact
Pete O'Boyle Public Information
Crystal Owens Field Operations Programs
Randy Raybon Lexington County
Eugene Rodillo Richland County
Jessie Rosier GPS Operations Center
Tiara Suber SC Dept. of Consumer Affairs
Tivona Taylor Richland County
Lloyd Turner Interstate Compact
Deanna Ward Sumter County
Aimee Wieler Research and Evaluation
Carol Woodard Victim Services
CJA CLASS GRADUATES - July 19, 2013
New PPP Agents graduating from the Criminal Justice Academy are: Mitchell Gilfillan - York County; (Director Kela Thomas) and Jonathan Deal - Spartanburg.
PPP BASIC GRADUATES - June 28, 2013
Tonya Ahtonen - Training Compliance and Professional Development (Honor Graduate); Andrew Bard - Horry; Katlyn Blease - Greenville; Amber Boyle - York; Luther Brown - Dorchester; Daune Dawson - Horry; Katelyn Duncan - Greenville; Ryan Gunwall - Newberry; Timothy Hurst - Greenville; Felipa Lawson - Newberry; Amy Ramirez - Charleston; and Hunter Shaw - Richland.
CJA CLASS GRADUATES - June 21, 2013
New PPP Agents graduating in Class 601 from the Criminal Justice Academy are: Quincy A. Adams, Richland; Taylor R. Cox, York; and Adam L. Osborne, Dorchester.