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MARCH 2014

CJA Class Includes 30 from PPP New Agent Basic Class Graduating Class

JP Strom Award Recipient Jenna Sisco

(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 performance tests.


PPP Agent Basic Graduates Honored

New Agent Basic Class Graduates

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 Governor Haley with Richland County Staff


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).

  Governor Haley and Executive Management Team


December CJA Class New CJA Graduates with Director Kela Thomas and Scott Norton


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

PPP Agent Basic Graduates Honored November 22, 2013

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 Awards Presented to Beaufort County

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 CJA Graduates with Scott Norton


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 alt=

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 alt=

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 alt=

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 Awards Presented to Horry County


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 Awards Presented to Beaufort County

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

New CJA Graduates with PPP Director Kela Thomas

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!


JULY 2013
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

Chrisandra Carter
Trust Accounting

Stacia Clark
Accounting Services

Fain Cravens
State Election Commission

Camilla Cheesboro
Sumter County

James Davis

James Donnan
Charleston County

Doug Fordham
Special Operations

Leon Gass
Sharon Hollands Father

Loretta Goodwin
Director?s Office

Bill Hamm

Juliana Harris
SC Dept. of Consumer Affairs

Sharon Holland
Sumter County

Sheldon Holland
Sharon Hollands Husband

Tara Horton

Bryce Hovermann
SC Dept. of Consumer Affairs

Kay Hutson

Brian Miller

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

July 19, 2013 graduates from the SC Criminal Justice Academy
New PPP Agents graduating from the Criminal Justice Academy are:
Mitchell Gilfillan - York County; (Director Kela Thomas) and Jonathan Deal - Spartanburg.


JUNE 2013

June 28, 2013 - Agent Basic Class

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.


June 21, 2013 graduates from the SC Criminal Justice AcademyNew 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.


MAY 2013
SCDPPPS Director Kela Thomas at the SC law Enforcement MemorialSCDPPPS Director Kela E. Thomas reads the names of law enforcement officers, active and retired, who died in 2012. The South Carolina Law Enforcement Memorial was held May 2nd at the Criminal Justice Academy. During the ceremony, a resolution signed by Gov. Nikki Haley was read.
APRIL 2013

April 13, 2013 graduates from the SC Criminal Justice AcademyParticipating in the Criminal Justice Academy class of April 19 were (from left): Deputy Director for Field Operations Scott Norton: Daniel Alspach, Dorchester; Kayla Edmonds, Spartanburg; Kalaina Jackson, Greenville; and Jason Nettles, Greenville.

MARCH 2013

New CJA Graduates with PPP Director Kela Thomas

Three new Agents joined the PPP team in March. (From left): Director Kela Thomas; Laura A. Krautler, Richland County; Bruce C. Garrick, Richland; and Jonathan B. Simpson, York.


Kela Thomas Speaks at IID News Conference

PPP Director Kela Thomas spoke recently at a news conference sponsored by Mothers Against Drunk Driving about a bill in the legislature that would expand the use of ignition interlock devices. The devices are intended to prevent drunk drivers from starting their cars.




Members of the PPP Speakers Bureau-March 2013

Sixteen employees of the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services attended the first-time Speakers Bureau Training Pilot to become ambassadors for the agency. The Speakers Bureau is a Department initiative intended to cultivate leadership, develop spokespersons from within, raise confidence levels and encourage job satisfaction. The ambassadors will go into their local communities to "spread the word" and educate citizens about the accomplishments and contributions of the Department.

First Row, from left:  Tiffany Peacock, Charleston; Karen Williams, York; Meredith Wise, Aiken; Loretta Goodwin, Director’s Office; Kay Hutson, Administrative Hearings; Beth Belue, Union; Sherese Wilson, York; Tamara Ratliff, Spartanburg.  Second Row, from Left:  Sean Karr, Pickens; Quintus Young, Richland; Greg Whittaker, Jasper; Steve Holliday, Kershaw; Dwight Burns, York; Heyward Hinton, Administrative Hearings; Condie Johnson, Richland; P. J. Patton, Field Operations.

To schedule a member of the Speakers Bureau to speak at your civic club or community organization’s event, please contact Jodi Gallman at (803) 734-9284.




Loertta Goodwin at Midlands Job Fair

With the growing demands for employment, the Midlands Workforce Development Board coordinated a job fair on Monday, March 25th at the Wellness Gymnasium at Brookland Baptist Church in West Columbia. An estimated 3,000 persons attended the job fair to learn about employment opportunites in a varieity of private industries, local, state, and federal government agencies. PPP Executive Assistant Loretta Goodwin explains the operations of the Department and job requirements to a potential applicant at the job fair.




Graduates of the March 22nd Agent Basic Class

The PPP Agent Basic Graduationon was held on Friday, March 22nd in the Central Office 5th Floor Training Room, honoring ten graduates.  The guest speaker was the Department's very own Deputy Director of Paroles and Pardons Robert Mitchell. Congratulations to: Quincy Adams – Richland, Jeremy Brunson – Pickens, Taylor Cox – York, Jonathan Deal – Spartanburg, Jacob Graf – Richland, Mitchell Gilfillan – York, Eloise Jamison – Columbia Center, Lacey Jeffcoat – FIOS/Central, Adam Osborne – Dorchester, and Brittany Richardson – Dorchester.  We look forward to their many years of productive service.


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