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. Previous award winners include Tom Frederick, George Walker, Bruce C. Embrey, Charles Bud Meeks, Linda Parks, Greg Werich, Eric Zimmermann, Jane Seigel, Neil Hannon, and Susan Rice.
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.
Founder’s Award Recipients