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POPAI on 05/23/2023
The 2023 Donald “Charley” Knepple Scholarship winner is Sandra Bryan, Deputy Chief Probation Officer for Marion County Superior Court.
Sandra has a been a probation officer for 27 years and a member of POPAI for most of those years. She is a current member of POPAI, APPA, NAPE, ACA and serves on the Marion County Community Corrections Advisory Board. She is pursuing a Master of Science in Human Resource Management from Indiana Wesleyan University and currently maintaining a 4.0 GPA.
Melanie Pitstick from Marion Superior Court stated this about Sandra, “She believes in treating everyone with dignity and respect while experiencing an often-times difficult situation. Her leadership was evident through the Covid pandemic by working tirelessly to adjust and navigate challenging situations while managing staff who supervise 8,000 people on probation. As her colleague, I am confident that she will continue to utilize her degree through creative and innovative concepts in probation for the largest county in Indiana.”
Christine Kerl, Marion County Chief Probation Officer, stated this “I have personally witnessed her commitment and dedication to the profession. Sandra continually seeks ways to improve operations and has made an impact in all that she does. Her drive to develop others to be their best and to lead others was paramount in her decision to advance her education.”
Sandra stated, “Earning my master’s degree in HRM has already assisted me in my career. I have been able to apply the knowledge and skills I am gaining to effectively contribute to strategic decision-making in my organization. I have already been a part of developing our new employee appraisal process to implement growth and development plans, along with revising our hiring and training practices to improve retention.
Sandra becomes the 4th Officer from Marion Superior Court to earn the Donald “Charley” Knepple Scholarship.