The “Founder’s Award” is a way of recognizing individuals who have significantly contributed to the field of probation in general and specifically to the POPAI organization. The recipient need not be a Probation Officer or POPAI member. The selected person however, shall be characterized by his/her commitment of influence and promotion of professionalism to Indiana probation.
This year’s recipient is not a probation officer; however, she and her colleagues have significantly contributed to the success of our association over the past 20+ years. This person is an experienced lobbyist that monitors legislation affecting probation and the criminal justice system in the State of Indiana. She keeps the POPAI organization informed about legislative bills and issues that affect our profession.
The 2017 Founder’s Award winner is Glenna Shelby from the SDS Group.
Glenna and the SDS Group has assisted POPAI in becoming a well-respected and professional group in the eyes of Indiana lawmakers. If you had asked a state representative or state senator about POPAI 20 years ago it is doubtful they would have known who you were talking about. 20 years later, we find our organization is often invited to participate in various study committees and our name is known.
Glenna has been able to advise POPAI’s Executive Board on when to speak up and when to stay quiet about legislation. She has also ensured that when we do speak that we say the right things. Being involved with the legislature and learning how to present ourselves as a group of professionals with a common vision has benefited all of us. Glenna, and the SDS Group, has been crucial in guiding us in this process. She has challenged us to present ourselves as a cohesive and professional organization dedicated to the advancement of our profession within the state of Indiana.
On behalf of the POPAI Board, please join me in congratulating Glenna Shelby, from the SDS Group, as this year’s Founder’s Award winner.