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Published by Orange County Probation, 2018-12-19 20:00:45

Vol. 2 Iss. 3_

Vol. 2 Iss. 3_


Message OC Probation Quarterly Vol. 2 Iss. 2
from the

On behalf of the Executive Management (EM) Team,

our Strategic Support Division / PIO, and our Digital
Communications Specialist, we are pleased to share our
Fall 2018 Probation Quarterly Newsletter. As we enter
the holiday season, I hope everyone is able to spend time
with family and friends, which is important to maintain
work-life balance. Our varied responsibilities within the
department can be very demanding and keeping our
work-life balance is key to our desired successes. The
goal of work-life balance is to remove our stress so that
we focus on prioritizing on those activities that make us
happy. What is your definition of work-life balance?

EM has completed most of the yearly site visits to all of
our regional offices and juvenile facilities. It has been
great seeing staff at the EM visits, sharing department
highlights as well as getting caught up with the many
activities all of you are involved in. We just celebrated
our annual Chief’s Awards and for the first time in many
years, we were able to have a “Probation Family Fun
Day” over the summer.

Once again, we are very proud of all the featured
articles, as well as the many accomplishments our staff
have achieved over this past quarter. In this edition of
the Probation Quarterly Newsletter, you will see stories
highlighting our recent staff promotions, our Juvenile
Correctional Officer graduation, stories of staff in
specific operational areas within the department, our
summer Family Fun Day, and many other Department

As an Executive Team, we continue to move the
Department in the direction of operating as “One
Department”, with one mission and one vision, while
ensuring alignment with our department’s and the
County’s mission. Additionally, operating as “One
Department” assures that we serve the County of
Orange to the best of our abilities, in the most effective
and efficient manner, while achieving the desired
outcomes for the population we serve. The Executive
Team is very proud of all of the staff in the department
who continue to ensure that Orange County is a Safer
Place Through Positive Change!

Thank you everyone for all you do each and every day!

Steve Sentman
Chief Probation Officer

Table ofFalCl 201o7 ntents

4 Promotions

11. JCORE Graduation
12. Service Awards
13. Cary Duran
14. Chief’s Awards
15. Family Fun Day
18. Facility Kitchen Team
20. Fitness Warriors
21. An Amazingly Unique Experience
22. Probation Services Week
24. HR Team
25. After Hours- Yuri Williams

26. Angels of Love

26. Around Probation

27. OCHOT Official Commodation

29. Around Probation

30. After Hours

31. Remembering Todd Thomas

PROMOTIONS OC Probation Quarterly Vol. 2 Iss. 3

Division Director
Michael Redwood

Mike was hired as an extra help Deputy Probation Counselor in
January 1997 and was initially assigned to Los Pinos. After almost
a year “ON THE HILL”, he transferred to the Youth Guidance
Center and was subsequently promoted to Deputy Probation
Officer (DPO) in 1999. As a DPO, Mike was assigned to Juvenile
Supervision at North County, and after two years he transferred
to the Gang Violence Suppression Unit. Mike proceeded to spend
5 ½ years in Special Supervision (High Control) before being
promoted to Supervising Probation Officer (SPO) in Feb 2012.
As a SPO, Mike worked in the Professional Standards Division
(PSD), where he was the department’s safety coordinator and
assistant range master. From there, Mike moved on to supervise
the North Gang Violence Supervision unit. In June 2016, Mike
was promoted to Assistant Division Director and returned to PSD,
this time as the manager over the Background Unit, as well as
the range. While Mike returned to PSD, he has expanded the
assignment by adding staff, working collaboratively with the
Recruitment Team, and streamlining the background process.
Mike continually strives to improve efficiency while maintaining
the department’s mission. Mike was assigned to the Youth
Guidance Center on September 14th.



Assistant Division Director

Gina Dransfeldt Jennifer Pulliam Rachelle Westman

Gina began her career as a Jennifer began her career with the Rachelle has served the
Volunteer in Probation in 1997. She department in May 1993 as a Deputy Probation department since March 2002. She
was then hired as a Deputy Probation Counselor at the Los Pinos Conservation Camp worked as both a Probation Night
Counselor in 1999, and was assigned (LPCC). In December 1997, she entered the Counselor and Deputy Probation
to the Youth Guidance Center. In 2001, Basic Probation Officer Core (BPOC) #67. Counselor until her promotion to Deputy
Gina promoted to Deputy Probation Jennifer was able to gain a variety of experience Probation Officer (DPO) in 2005. As
Officer (DPO) and has worked in a through diverse assignments including Non a DPO, Rachelle worked in the Adult
variety of assignments, including Adult Custody Intake, Juvenile Field Supervision in Supervision Division for seven years,
Assessment, Resident Probation Officer, Santa Ana (Unit 336), Transportation and re- which included time as a Thinking-For-A-
PC 1210, and Adult Supervision. As entry at LPCC, and Adult Investigations. She was Change trainer and a mentor to Volunteer
a DPO in armed assignments, Gina promoted to a Senior Deputy Probation Officer in Internship Academy (VIA) students. When
worked in both Sex Crimes and Post 2005, assigned to backgrounds. A short-time promoted to Supervising Probation Officer
Release Community Supervision later, she was promoted to Supervising Probation (SPO), Rachelle was assigned to Juvenile
(PCS). Gina assisted in developing Officer (SPO). As a SPO, Jennifer has worked in Court Services, as the supervisor of
and establishing the current defensive both juvenile and adult assignments, including the Court Officer unit. It was there she
tactics program and was an instructor Admin Placement Unit, Community Resources, experienced firsthand the importance
for both Defense and Control Techniques Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI), of the collaboration between Probation
and Baton Training. In 2014, Gina was Pre-detention Pre-disposition Program (PPP), and the Courts. In 2014, Rachelle was
promoted to Supervising Probation Custody Intake, and the Domestic Violence transferred to the Professional Standards
Officer and was initially assigned to the Unit. She was a visiting SPO for BPOC #81 and Division (PSD), where she assumed
GPS Monitoring Center and Supervised graduated from the first Supervisor Leadership the position of Custodian of Records.
Electronic Confinement (SEC). In 2016, Academy. As a SPO, she has proven to be Rachelle has become a job knowledge
she was assigned to the Professional innovative with ways to more effectively impact expert in all matters related to the release
Standards Division, where she had offenders and the community. She willingly of records, subpoenas, and laws governing
been an Internal Affairs investigator, accepts additional responsibilities and has a confidentiality of case files. Additionally,
and also been tasked with reporting use knack for identifying antiquated processes and she has volunteered to take on extra tasks,
of force statistics to the Department of recommending more efficient practices. Jennifer such as being on the advisory board of the
Justice. Gina holds a double Bachelor was a double major and has a Bachelor of Arts CQI initiative. Rachelle holds Bachelor
of Arts degree from Chapman University in Political Science and Criminal Justice from Cal degrees in both Criminal Justice and
in Criminal Justice and Sociology; and State Fullerton. Additionally, she has a Master Communications, as well as a Master’s
a Master of Arts degree in Criminal of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Azusa degree in Public Administration. Rachelle
Justice. Gina is assigned to the Youth Pacific. As an extension of her work within our will continue to be assigned to PSD as the
Leadership Academy as the Assistant department, she serves as an instructor at UC Assistant Division Director over Internal
Division Director. Davis for Placement DPO’s across the state. She Affairs and Custodian of Records.
is assigned to the Joplin Youth Center as the
Assistant Division Director. 5.

OC Probation Quarterly Vol. 2 Iss. 3

Supervising Probation Officer

PROMOTIONS Connie Schonert Stella Belmares Julie Cisneros

Connie began her career with the department Stella graduated from Cal State San Julie has a BS in Criminology from University
in 1998, as a Deputy Probation Counselor Bernardino in 1993 with a BA in Sociology. of La Verne and was hired on by the O.C.
assigned to Orange County Juvenile Hall. Within the same year, she worked at a Probation Department in 1996. In 1998, she
She possesses a BA in Criminal Justice Battered Women’s program (Alternatives was promoted to Deputy Probation Officer.
from Cal State Fullerton. In 2001, she was to Domestic Violence) and volunteered Julie has a wealth of experience, which
promoted to Deputy Probation Officer, at Friends Outside, as well as at the San serves her well, including assignments in
working a variety of assignments, which Bernardino County Probation Department. Juvenile Investigations, Placement, YFRC,
include YFRC, DV Assessment, High Control, She began her career with Orange County Adult Investigations, MIOCR (Juveniles),
and Community Resources. She has been Probation in 1994. She was promoted to Gang Reduction and Intervention Program
in her assignment with the DV unit for the Deputy Probation Officer in 1997, and was (GRIP), and Adult Field Supervision. She
past 10 years, establishing herself as a assigned to the Adult Field Supervision often collaborates with the Tustin Police
subject matter expert in understanding the at NCSFO, where she worked closely with Department, who appreciate her hard work
dynamics of both perpetrators and victims Fullerton PD. Additional assignments and skills. Julie is not only a member of the
of domestic violence. She is active with the include Adult Field Monitoring (FM) and department’s Peer Support Team, but she
Orange County Family Violence Council and Custody Intake, where she was involved in also serves as a Peer Support Coordinator.
is often called upon to provide training to presenting the Youth and the Law Class to She is dedicated, a team player and
both probation and other county agencies. youth and parents. Stella returned to Adult
Connie is also a member of the department’s Field Supervision at SCFSO in 2016, where respected by many.
Peer Support Team. In her free time, she is a she established a collaborative working
community volunteer for Girl Scouts and The relationship with the Orange County Sheriff
Joyful Child Foundation. Connie’s passion Department. Stella is extremely reliable, a
and enthusiasm will serve her well in her dedicated officer, and team member.
new position.



Jason Doud Supervising Probation Officer Robert Eitner
Andrea Mahar Rory Smith Ruben Ramirez
Jason started with the Robert, or “Bert,” as he is
Department in 1999. He Andrea began her Rory hired on to Orange Ruben started his career known within the department,
subsequently obtained his career with the County Probation in with Orange County started with Probation in 1997,
BA in Criminal Justice for 1999, as a transfer working as both a Probation
Cal State San Bernardino Probation Department Probation in 1999. He Night Counselor and Deputy
in 2005. He was promoted in 1999. In 2005, from Humboldt County graduated from Riverside Probation Counselor at Orange
to Supervising Juvenile where he previously Community College with County Juvenile Hall. In 2004,
Correctional Officer in July Andrea was promoted served as a Deputy an Associate’s degree. In he was promoted to Supervising
of 2006, developing his to Deputy Probation Probation Officer for 2009, he was promoted Juvenile Correctional Officer,
supervisory foundation. He Officer. As a Deputy 5 years. He has been spending three years in that
was promoted to Deputy to Deputy Probation role. In August of 2007, he was
Probation Officer in 2008, Probation Officer, assigned to Adult Field Officer and worked a deployed as a Deputy Probation
with time spent at both Andrea has worked Supervision, Anaheim variety of assignments Officer, assigned to Juvenile
Adult Investigations and in the PC1210 unit, Gangs, High Control and within Juvenile Field Court as an RPO and followed
Juvenile Supervision. For the “WIT (Whatever made the leap to the AB Supervision. In 2013, that with time in Adult Court
the past 5 years, he has it Takes) Court,” the 109 Field Supervision Ruben transferred as an RPO, for a total of five
been assigned to the Sex Juvenile Accountability Division in 2013. He to the AB109 Field years. Drawing on his previous
Crimes unit. Within this role, Commitment Program Supervision Division. He 8-year enlistment in the Navy,
he has become an expert quickly developed quickly adapted to the
in sex offender registration (ACP), the Young positive working policies, procedures, Bert was assigned to the
Offender Planning relationships with and protocols of his Veterans Treatment Court. He
and has obtained local law enforcement new assignment and assisted those assigned to him
certification in Static- 99 (a Grant DPO, the developed positive in navigating through, not only
mandated sex offender risk Collaborative Courts agencies and working relationships the requirements of probation,
assessment tool); he has representatives from with his co-workers, but in their readjustment to the
also risen to the level of top unit, specifically, the Health Care Agency collaborative agencies, community and their own lives.
scorer in California. Jason Recovery Court and Day Reporting and police partners. For the last couple of years,
also shares his expertise in Mental Health Center. In addition to Throughout his career, Bert was assigned to SEC and,
sex offender supervision, Treatment Program, supervising a caseload, Ruben has demonstrated most recently, was assisting
and, most recently, Rory took on additional SEU as the unit case classifier.
often being contacted by the Prop 63 Firearm a dedicated work Bert’s dedication to detail and
others with questions and Relinquishment unit. responsibilities by ethic, a positive “can strong organizational skills will
providing formal training Andrea is recognized serving as a dispatcher do” attitude, and an be of benefit to him in his new
on the Static-99. His prior as a subject matter eagerness to learn. He
supervisory and training expert in “Evidence- for our Department. has a stellar reputation position.
experience, in addition to Based Practices in Rory’s willingness amongst his peers and
his strong work ethic, will Mental Health Courts” to help others and 7.
contribute to his success in and presented at the promote a teamwork supervisors.
nationally renowned environment has
his new role. National Association earned him respect
of Drug Court
Professionals Annual from his peers.
Training. She studied
psychology at Santa
Ana College and is
currently attending
Trinity Law School.

OC Probation Quarterly Vol. 2 Iss. 3

sUPERVISING Probation Officer

Pamela Holmes Arturo Lopez Monabel Negron

PROMOTIONS Pamela started her career with the Art began his career with the Orange Mona began her career with the
Orange County Probation Department in County Probation Department in 1991 as Probation Department in 2002, as
October 1976 as a Group Counselor I. At a Deputy Probation Counselor. His initial a Probation Night Counselor. She
the time, the Probation Department ran assignment was at the Youth Guidance promoted to Deputy Probation Counselor
both Juvenile Hall as well as the Albert Center where he spent two years before and worked assignments at Juvenile Hall
Sitton Home and Group Counselors transferring to Juvenile Hall (JH). While at and the Youth Leadership Academy. She
would rotate between both facilities. JH, he primarily worked in the Intake and completed her AA Degree in Sociology
When the Social Services Agency (SSA) Release Center and the other receiving from Fullerton College and earned her BA
took over the responsibility of the Albert units. In 1995, Art was selected to take Degree in Human Services from Cal State
Sitton Home, Pam elected to stay with part in a newly developing program to serve Fullerton. Mona promoted to Deputy
SSA. In 1979, she accepted a position as an alternative to confinement, called Probation Officer in October of 2008. As
with the Child Support Unit of the OPTIONS which was very influential in the a DPO, Mona became well known within
District Attorney’s Office. In 1991, she creation of the Youth and Family Reporting the courts. Her attention to detail and
returned to the Probation Department as Centers (YFRC). In 1999, Art was promoted analytical thinking has benefitted her
a Collection Officer and later promoted to Deputy Probation Officer and assigned and her peers in her assignments in both
to a Supervising Collection Officer. Her to the North Youth and Family Reporting the juvenile and adult systems. Mona has
next promotion was to Deputy Probation Center (YFRC). He remained at the YFRC worked at juvenile court serving as an
Officer in 2001. Her initial assignment until 2002 when he was reassigned to Adult RPO and as the Judicial Hearing Officer.
was the newly created Truancy Response Field Supervision. In 2005, Art was selected More recently, Monawas assigned as
Program and she went on to assignments to be part of the Gang Violence Suppression an adult RPO and worked in several
in Juvenile Supervision and Domestic (GVS) Unit and was assigned the city of of the Courts. Mona enjoys working
Violence. For the past 12 years, she has Tustin. Art’s responsibilities and demands with people. She has enjoyed using
been a mainstay in the Domestic Violence from his GVS assignment have led to a her communication skills to support
Unit where she has established herself number of recognized accomplishments her peers as an initial member of the
as a subject matter expert. Between from both the Tustin Police Department Peer Support Team. These experiences
July 2017 and June 2018 she served as and the Probation Department. Some of along with a strong work ethic and
the Acting Supervising Probation Officer the awards from Tustin PD include: Award moral integrity will assist Mona, and
for the Domestic Violence Unit. Pamela of Recognition from the Chief, Employee benefit those she oversees, in her new
has an extensive understanding of both of the Month, Award for Dedication and assignment as a SPO. Mona is assigned
the juvenile and adult systems. Yet, she Professionalism, Life Saving and Case of to the Custodian of Records assignment
has not lost her compassion for people the Year Awards. He has also received in the Professional Standards Division.
and their circumstances. Pam graduated a Chief’s Award and numerous other
from Cal State Fullerton with a Bachelor commendations. Throughout his career, Art
of Science Degree in Human Services has demonstrated a dedicated work ethic,
and a minor in Criminal Justice. Pam outstanding professionalism and positive
was assigned to the Secured Electronic attitude. Art is assigned to the Juvenile
Confinement Unit effective 11-9-2018. Supervision Unit in Santa Ana.



Supervising Juvenile Correctional Officer

Afa-Jack (Afi) Thompson Kimberly (Kim) Myers Victoria Brown

Afi was hired fourteen years ago as a Kim began her career with the Probation Victoria is originally from New York and
Probation Night Counselor for the Orange Department 18 years ago as a Deputy moved to California when she was 10
County Probation Department, and was Juvenile Correctional Officer. She has years old. She received her Bachelor’s
assigned to the Youth Guidance Center. A primarily spent her years devoted to the Degree from University of California,
year later, he began working the day shift youth at the Youth Guidance Center. During Irvine, and her Master’s Degree from
in the Breakthrough recovery program. this time, Kim distinguished herself by California State University, Long Beach.
Afi helped convert Breakthrough into the developing a Peer Mediation Program, Victoria began her career with the
ASERT program, and was involved in a teaching Aggression Replacement Training, Probation Department in 2005 as a
men’s recovery group with the Department and doing excellent work in the STEP Deputy Juvenile Correctional Officer,
of Education. Afi served as the lead staff at program. She is also described as playing an assigned to Juvenile Hall. Over the last
YGC for facility safety and security. He also integral role in developing staff by sharing 13 years, she has worked throughout
provided yearly departmental training on her wealth of knowledge and experience the institution, gaining experience with
Blood Borne Pathogens. He worked closely to enhance them professionally. Kim has every assignment. In her free time,
with the many collaborative partners at consistently demonstrated a high degree Victoria enjoys spending time with her
the facility and coordinated activities, of integrity, loyalty, and honesty - traits that husband, her two children, and her
assemblies and guest speakers. Afi’s have served her well in her career. While extended family. Victoria is assigned to
free time is spent as a Krav-Maga trainer. Kim has been a teacher and trainer, she Unit Bravo at Juvenile Hall.
Afi is assigned to the Youth Leadership admits learning important lessons while
Academy working with the female youth, including 9.
patience, perseverance and survival. Kim
is proud she has been able to balance her
work and home life as a single mother to two
sons. She is excited for this new adventure
and looks forward to continuing to grow,
with the same hard work and dedication
that defined her time at YGC. Kim is also an
amazing dancer, and was featured in the
department’s Lip Sync Challenge video. Kim
is assigned to Juvenile Hall.

OC Probation Quarterly Vol. 2 Iss. 3


Micheal Rick Vincent “Pat” Hernandez

Mike graduated from Cal Poly Pomona in 2001, Pat joined the AB 109 Field Supervision
and accepted a position as a Deputy Probation Division in 2014, and currently supervises a
Counselor at Youth Guidance Center (YGC) in 2002. Domestic Violence caseload. He is an expert
In 2011, he was promoted to Deputy Probation in breaking down denial, investigating new
Officer and has been assigned to West County crimes and violations, as well as linking his
Field Service Office (WCFSO) Juvenile Supervision, clients to much needed treatment programs.
AB109, Domestic Violence Unit, and, most His pragmatic approach and calm demeanor
recently, the Westminster T.A.R.G.E.T detail. In this allows him to deal with all unexpected
assignment, he has worked very closely with his changes, positively and professionally. He will
police partners for the past three years. In addition continue to excel and serve the department
to this demanding assignment, Mike has served as well in his role as a Senior Deputy Probation
a Basic Probation Officer Core (BPOC) Instructor in Officer.
the Defense and Control Techniques (DCT), Physical
Fitness, and Chemical Agents Components. He was
instrumental in developing and teaching the DCT
curriculum for both armed and unarmed officers,
as well as teaching the Collapsible Baton course.
His experience teaching and training makes his
promotion to Senior DPO a good fit and is well




JacQueline McGowan, Israel Correa, Hyeon Lee, Fabian Ramirez, Kenneth Strickland, Moctezuma Enriquez, Mike O’Brien,
Jovanna Vega, Melissa Mollinedo, Natalie Talamantes, Melissa Gamez, Azita Jahanbani, Kari Willardson,
Maria Ortiz, Stephanie Gomez Banuelos, Sara Guibert, Lucero Chavez, Evelyn Valencia

Our new recruits came from all walks of life. They were
mothers and fathers, recent college graduates, former
employees of other law enforcement agencies, and
Volunteers in Probation. They began JCOCC on August 16,
2018. They completed 169 hours of BSCC required hours, 40
hours of 832PC powers of arrest and an additional 40 hours
of department specific training. On October 5, 2018 the
newly sworn Deputy Juvenile Correctional Officers began
working within the facilities. They have displayed a positive
work ethic, an excitement to begin their new careers and
a resilience to work through adversity. We look forward
to their future success with the Orange County Probation



OC Probation Quarterly Vol. 2 Iss. 3

Service Awards

5 20 25

Years of Service Years of Service Years of Service

Years of Service KRISTYN FUSSELL Years of Service

THUYCO PHAM Years of Service


Carey DuranOC2P0r1ob8ation Quarterly Vol. 2 Iss. 2
Job Title: Deputy Probation Officer
Years with County: 34 years
Department: OC Probation
Best Part of Your Job: Getting to know clients and
understanding their situations

A movie she saw in college set Carey Duran down a

career path that would lead to helping many minors turn
their lives around after falling afoul with the law. The
name of the movie escapes her, but she has held onto the
inspiration the character of the probation officer gave her.

After graduating from UC Santa Barbara, she come to work
for the County as a Deputy Probation Counselor in Juvenile
Hall. Four years later, she became a Deputy Probation
Officer, a role she has held ever since. Her entire career
with the County has focused on helping juveniles. “I came
to work with the kids,” Carey says.

Her day-to-day involves supervising the cases of juveniles
who committed a felony offense and entered into the
Deferred Entry of Judgment program. If a client meets all
the program’s requirements for one year, the arrest for the
offense will be considered to never have occurred, with
court, probation, and law enforcement records sealed. The
requirements vary based on each minor’s case, but can
include community service, school attendance, counseling,
obeying curfew, reporting to her office, and attending anger
management classes.

Carey says many of the children grasp that this program is
an opportunity to better their lives. “Last week, a young man
brought in his diploma to say, ‘You encouraged me,’” she
says. For each client who returns with a diploma, she makes
a copy, ensuring their personal identifiable information is
blacked out, then puts it on a wall in her office. She’s proud
that the kids in her program have the opportunity to move
on into adulthood without a record. “They made, a mistake
but it’s not forever,” she says.
While most Probation Officers handle cases from

a specific city, Carey and fellow Deputy Probation
Officer Julia Millan cover the entire county, working
with clients from different socioeconomic levels.
They do home and school visits.
“They’re nice kids and fun to interact with,”
Carey says. “Going to their home and
engaging them in their environment lets
me learn a lot about them. I can better
understand their struggles and the
difficulties they face.”
At school, Carey picks up their grades and
attendance records, and sometimes checks
in on her clients.
When her friends ask why she hasn’t
retired yet, she says, “I’m still working
because I still like it. Yeah, there are
some stressful days, like any job, but
overall my work is super rewarding.”


OC Probation Quarterly Vol. 2 Iss. 3

2018 Chief’s Awards


DPO Lani Gervaise, DPO Michael Lesko, DPO Kelly McCleary, DPO Juan Gonzalez, DPO Alex Fernandez, DPO Cindy Lopez, DPO Jacqueline Ortega
DPO Enrico DeRamos, DPO Lupe Enriquez , DPO Oscar Gonzalez , DPO Jason Gomez , DPO Damon Riddle , DPO Tracy Duran , OCSD Sgt. Josh Dietrich

OCSD Sgt. Mike Rupley, OCSD Sgt. Shannon Parker, OCSD Lt. Pat Rich, OCSD Captain Jeffrey Puckett , OCSD Commander David Sawyer

Proposition 63 Team ACSD Management

SPO Andy Hamer, Sr. IT AD Enrique Braganza, Sr. IT AD Navin Jolly, AD II Doug Miller, Amerasan Thiruvenkadam, Lashmi Arunachalam, Harshad Randuthengullathil
DBA II Sulochanarani Ravilla, DET Ionut Paraschiv, IPT Priscilla Flores, IPT Lirio Sanchez, OS Ramona (Mona) Burgess, SA Izabel Rivera, OS Annette Stephens
DPO Matthew Gray, SPO Andrea Mahar, DPO Marianne Guerra, SOS Sherrie Coleman, OSC Jan Sprik, SSO Sarah Guidi, OM Sally Aguilar, OS Elia Madrigal,

OS Jessica Guevara Lesher, IPT Christian Abueg, DET Debbie Ahlo, IPT Tram Le, DET Joe Gallegos, DET Patricia Hernandez,
DET John Mendez, DET Anthony Perez, DET Sandy Pham, DPO Christopher Castro

Youth and Law Class

14.SPO Christina Kampczyk, SPO Andy Hamer, SPO Andy Parker, SPO Rory Smith, SPO Ruben Ramirez, DPO Roxanne Ramirez-Lopez
DPO Remmy Chang, DPO Cristina Lopez, DPO Alisha Jackson, DPO Lisa Angell, DPO Denise Dilts, DPO Dieu Nguyen
DPO Andrea Cavallo, DPO Desiree Larson, DPO Donna Marie Rufrano, DPO Christina Sakamoto, DPO Tammy Martinez
DPO Monique Miller, VIP Jacklyn Garcia, VIP Vanessa Tinejero, VIP Julisa Gamboa, VIP Benazaire Ayubi, Rosario Silva
Marta Patarrayo, Zuleima Garcia, Corina Estevane

Chief’s Medal of Honor 2018

Above and Beyond Award Winner

SPO Connie D. Schonert Sr. Juvenile Correctional Officer Larry Baril OS Stephanie “Sam” DeLong

DPO Neal Heidenreich DPO Roberta Eitner DPO Norma Jaime

DPO Janna Shim DPO Sharon Kelly DPO Robert De La Torre DJCOII Richard Nelson

Safe Schools Gang Intervention Program Functional Fitness

Justin Gorup, Max Mormont, Nada Nasserdeen, Veronica Gaxiola, Corina Lockhart, Kristin Jarman
Rosie Alatorre, Danny Carrillo, Nathan Roa, Santos Chavez,

Maggie Steele

Sheriff Huchens and OCSD Deputies 15.

OC ProbatioOnCQPuarorbteartliyonVoQlu. a2rItessrl.y2Vol. 2 Iss. 3

Family Fun Day!!

O n July 21, 2018, Schultz, worked

at the end of Probation together to make this
Services Week, the Probation one of a kind event
Department had its Family happen. The team
Fun Day event at Irvine Park. knew it was charting
The purpose of the event was new territory and did
to celebrate the contribution not shy away from the
that all employees make to goal of providing an
the department’s mission, the opportunity to bring
safety of Orange County, as everyone together and
well as provide an opportunity build community. The
for staff to get together and team built a positive
have a good time. The day and challenging
was fun, filled with games and environment and
activities for both adults and supported each other
children. Over 350 employees throughout the process
and family members came of creating Family
out to enjoy the celebration. Fun Day. Each team
Attendees were served tacos member contributed to
and burritos for lunch and the event, and stepped
snow cones for a refreshing up to help in true team
dessert in the warm spirit. When faced
afternoon. There was a softball with challenges, the
tournament and a beautiful team brainstormed
trophy was awarded to the to find solutions and
winning softball team. Over shifted course. Family
30 donated gift baskets were Fun Day was a success
raffled off to lucky winners. and enjoyed by all
The Employee Engagement that attended and all
Team and the Family Fun Day that participated in its
Committee, headed by ADD making.
Joycelyn Durk and DD Dana


2018 2018


OC ProbOaCtioPnroQbuatairotnerQlyuVarotle.r2lyIVsso.l2. 2 Iss. 3
Mik e Gom ez

After serving in the Coast Guard for eight years, Mike
was hired by the Probation Department in April 2012 as an
Institutional Cook and was quickly promoted to the position
of Senior Institutional Cook. He subsequently transferred to
the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Men’s Central Jail
in Santa Ana in 2013. He was responsible for supervising
inmate work details in preparing breakfast and lunch for
2,000 inmates.

In 2014, Mike left the Sheriff’s to accept a job with
the Union Pacific Railroad, as a federally licensed freight
conductor. Mike admits it was, “an amazing job, but with
a grueling schedule.” In 2017, he was expecting a baby
girl and wanted a more traditional schedule so he left the
railroad and was re-hired by Probation to be the Chief Cook
at Juvenile Hall. In March of 2018, he was promoted to
Food Service Manager. He is currently responsible for three
kitchens, two warehouses, laundry services, and a staff of 43.
Mike is constantly looking to improve the quality and variety
of food and still stay within budget.

When not working, he enjoys spending time with his
daughter, cooking, attending flea markets, watching
football, and riding his motorcycles.

His favorite holiday recipe is his Holiday Rum Cake.

Holiday Rum Cake Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease and flour a 10 inch Bundt

1 cup chopped walnuts, 1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix, 1 (3.4 ounce) pan. Sprinkle chopped nuts evenly over the bottom of the pan.
package instant vanilla pudding mix, 4 eggs, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup vegetable oil, In a large bowl, combine cake mix and pudding mix. Mix in the eggs, 1/2 cup
1/2 cup dark rum. water, oil and 1/2 cup rum. Blend well. Pour batter over chopped nuts in the pan.
Glaze, 1/2 cup butter, 1/4 cup water, 1 cup white sugar, 1/2 cup dark rum Bake in the preheated oven for 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the
cake comes out clean. Let sit for 10 minutes in the pan, then turn out onto serving
Daniel Paez
plate. Brush glaze over top and sides. Allow cake to absorb glaze and repeat until

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worked at BJ’s Brew House, Wood Ranch BBQ, Grill at the Grove of

Hollywood, and the Foundation Room at the new House of Blues

in Anaheim.

Daniel always wanted to be cook, especially growing up in a

Latino household where there was always good food, especially

at holidays and celebrations. He was always at his grandmother’s

and mother’s side asking if he could help in any way. From doing

this, he got the idea of making something on his own and giving

it his own spin. His grandmother always let him use her house as

his test kitchen.

On his days off, Daniel enjoys trying out new recipes on

his smoker, playing a round of golf, listening to live music and

visiting Disneyland. He states that the music of Eddie Vedder and

Chris Cornell have “shaped the way I view the world, and I must say

it is definitely for the better.”

One of his special recipes is his Prime Rib Roast.

Prime Rib Roast

6 lbs. Rib eye Roast (bone-in), 6 sprigs of rosemary,
6 cloves garlic (minced), 2 tbsp Apple wood rub
5 tbsp Montreal steak seasoning, 3 tbsp salt, Olive oil (to coat roast)

First start by preheating your smoker to 225 degrees Fahrenheit. The proceed to In-between the bones and meat insert the rosemary sprigs and minced garlic
slice the meat away from rib bones, but do not cut off completely. Now, rub the and then close to hold the rosemary in place. Once your smoker is at the correct
entire roast with Olive oil (bones too). Once it is oiled start rubbing on the spices temperature place the Roast in (bone down) and let smoke for approximately
on (Apple wood, steak seasoning, and salt), make sure it is well coated(add 4-5 hours or until internal temperature hit 145 (medium rare).
spices if desired).


L eonika Recites 2018 2018
Leonika has been a Senior Institutional Cook at Juvenile Hall for the last two years. Prior to joining the

Probation Department, she was a Line Cook for 2 years at the Pacific Wharf at Disney’s California Adventure

Park in Anaheim. She also worked as a Food Service Assistant I for the Anaheim Union High School District

for 3 years.

Leonika is currently working on finishing her degree at Cypress College. A graduate of University of

Baguio High School in the Philippines, she also took vocational courses in Commercial Cooking and Baking

and Pastry production at the Baguio City school of Arts and Trades.

Leonika wanted to be a cook because of, “The tangible joy of creating a dish full of flavor and textures of

the individual ingredients as they create something that satisfies the cook’s craft. That is a thing of beauty.”

She also believes that each individual dish made carries the” invisible signature” of the person who made

it and she finds doing this incredibly rewarding.

When not cooking she enjoys baking and travelling with family and friends. Leonika just came back from

a 2-month vacation to the Philippines.

One of her favorite recipes for the holidays, or any time, is a Carmalized Banana Upside-Down Cake.

Caramelized Banana Upside-down Cake
1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed, 3 extra-large ripe bananas sliced in half horizontally and then

sliced in vertically, 1 cup all-purpose flour, 3/4 cup granulated sugar, teaspoons baking powder, inch salt, optional and to taste

1 large egg, 1/2 cup plain yogurt, 1/3 cup sour cream , 3 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

salted caramel sauce for drizzling, optional

Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 9-inch springform cake pan with cooking spray; set aside. In a small, microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter, about 1 minute on high. Pour the butter into
the cake pan, ensure it’s well-greased. Evenly sprinkle the brown sugar over the butter. Fan banana slices (cut side down) out from center of pan like the spokes of a wheel covering the
entire pan with banana slices. Use short pieces to fill in gaps. Add 8 to 10 short banana pieces around sides of pan (cut side down), spaced uniformly; set pan aside. In a large bowl, whisk
together flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, optional salt; set aside. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the next 5 wet ingredients (through vanilla). Add the wet mixture to
the dry until just combined, don’t overmix. Gently turn batter out into prepared pan, being careful to not disturb the banana slices on the bottom or sides of pan. Fill pan to about 3/4-
full. Place pan on a cookie sheet as insurance to catch anything that may leak from springform pan and bake for about 38 to 40 minutes, or until center is set, not jiggly, lightly golden
browned, and springy to the touch. A toothpick inserted in the center should come out clean or with a few moist crumbs, but no batter. Only go down about 1-inch with the toothpick,
not all the way to the bottom where you’ll hit gooey caramelized bananas. Place pan on a wire rack and allow cake to cool for at least 1 hour before inverting, slicing, and serving.
Optionally before serving, drizzle with salted caramel sauce. Cake will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 5 days.

Waleed Althaqeb
Waleed is one of the newer employees, having joined the Probation Department two months ago. He is proud to say

that he ,“is happy at his career” having a, “strong team to back me up and an awesome working environment.” Waleed

works as a Senior Institutional Cook at Joplin.

He started his career as a baker in 1992 working with some great pastry chefs. After the birth of his son in 2009,

he decided it was time for a new challenge so he, “started (my) culinary adventure. “ He has worked in restaurants,

hospitality and cooking for senior citizens. Prior to joining the Probation Department, he was the Sous-Chef at the

Fountain Valley Regional Hospital for eight years. He continues to work there on his days off as a consulting chef.

Waleed’s biggest joy is to spend time with his family. His son and daughter are the “joy and light” of his and his wife’s

life. The greatest pleasure he gets from his work is when someone tries his food and smiles - that always makes his day.

One of Waleed’s favorite holiday recipes is his Pecan Puff Cookies. He has yet to hear somebody say,

“I can only eat one.”

Pecan Puffs Mix soft butter with sugar 1 TBL at a time, add vanilla and continue mixing for 4 min. Combine flour
and baking powder and salt add to butter mixture. Once incorporated add the chopped pecans. Line
1 lb soft butter a cookie tray with parchment paper and scoop out 1oz balls of dough. Cook at 300 degrees for 20 min
2 cup sugar and let cool. Once cooled roll the cookie in the powder sugar.
2 TBL vanilla
10 cups flour

1 TBL 1TSP baking powder

¼ tsp salt

3 cup chopped pecans

3 cups powder sugar

Scotty Lee 19.
Scotty Lee, better known as Scotty is the Senior Institutional Cook at Y.G.C. He has been with the Probation
Department since 1992 and has also worked at Juvenile Hall, Y.L.A. and Los Pinos. Scotty has won Employee of the
Month honors in 2002, 2006, 2008 and 2016. Prior to joining Probation, he worked for 13 years in various restaurants
and delicatessens.

Scotty had a unique reason for becoming a cook. As a teenager he was a wrestler in the lighter weight classes and
due to this, he was constantly watching his weight for his matches. He had a passion for deserts and had to figure out
how to make them and still maintain his weight. Scotty set out to study to be an EMT but switched to Culinary Arts.
Scotty believes that a, “happy cook is a better cook.” It is a good thing, he says, when you serve a meal and the dining
room gets quiet since everyone is enjoying the meal. Since his specialty is deserts, the youth do not ask what’s for
dinner, but what’s for desert.

Keeping it in the family, his wife Gina, also works as a cook at Juvenile Hall. Scotty is the grandfather to two boys 11
and 8 and a devoted Angels and Ducks fan. After all these years, he still has not lost his passion for cooking.

Two of his favorite recipes are for Triple Threat Brownies and White Chocolate Sugar Cookie Bars.

Triple Threat Brownies

Chocolate chip cookie dough , Spread Sugar cookie dough out.
Oreo cookies
Brownie mix
Three items layered to make a really good desert
Spray your pan. Spread Choc. Chip cookie dough out. Layer Oreo Cookies on top. Then spread Brownie mix. Top
with remaining items.
Optional= adding 1 bag Milk choc. Chips on top of that. Bake 25-30 min. at 350

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Fitness Warriors
In January 2016, DPO Steve Barry and Senior momentum with informational articles about
DPO Veronica Gaxiola created a private Facebook page homeopathic and nutritional articles.
dedicated to current and former Probation employees Social media can be very influential and
called “Fitness Warriors.” This page encourages an the Facebook “Fitness Warrior” page is the perfect
open environment for current and past employees to media source to spread positive, motivational fitness
post triumphs, ideas, concerns, questions at every level information. Some members, like DPO Greg Mock,
of health and fitness, recognizing that everyone has have shared their fitness journeys that have completely
different interests. The page invites ideas and creates changed their outlook on life and their health. Mock
a platform for just that, while allowing for humor as shared that after receiving news from his doctor that if
well! he did not change his health, he would face multiple
Today, there are 121 Fitness Warrior members! issues. That day he decided to begin walking and
This page has inspired some to make better choices changed what he was eating. Today he is 40 pounds
with their free time, get physical, and make healthier lighter and does not suffer from the ailments he once
food choices. Since adding two Functional Fitness had.
instructors, Senior DPO Corina Lockhart and DPO These and many other inspiring stories are what keeps
Kristin Jarman, the page has taken on even more this page alive and thriving. If you would like to be
added to the “Fitness Warrior” page, reach out to any
20. fitness instructors to begin your inspirational journey.



long for Ricky to become fully acclimated to
The Cell Dogs program, formerly his new family and new environment.
known as PAW (Puppies and Wards) program Today, the connection is
started at Orange County Probation in inseparable. Ricky knows where he belongs
2009. After a long stint at Youth Leadership and he continues daily to bring happiness to
Academy (YLA), the program relocated in the Horton family. This destined opportunity
August 2018, across the riverbed to the was genuinely an amazingly unique
Youth Guidance Center (YGC). The program experience that Mr. Horton is so grateful
dogs were rescued from a local animal to have been a part of. Thanks to all of the
shelter in Tustin. Four youth were selected as individuals that support opportunities such
the designated trainers caring for the dogs
24/7. The Executive Director Janette Thomas as this one!
and Trainer Janet Rohm assisted the youth in
a 4 week course, then an additional 8 weeks DJCO Aaron Horton
of hands on experience teaching their canine
students how to instruct the dogs in basic 21.
obedience. Upon completion, each dog is
adopted into a loving home.
Here is the story about a Probation
employee DJCO Aaron Horton and how he
adopted Cell Dog “Ricky.”
October 6, 2018, was definitely a joyous
experience for many that day, especially for
a scruffy little Terrier named Ricky. Ricky
was one of the canines involved in the “Cell
Dogs” program at YGC. The other canine was
“Tucker”. Ricky and Tucker participated in
the program for several months while being
trained and housed in unit 500. The two went
through a rigorous method while learning
to become a loving pet for a new family.
Unfortunately, Ricky was having a hard time
convincing interested families that he was as
loving and cuddly as he looked. Ricky was
appearing to be unadoptable and was in
desperate need of a family who understood
his needs. Fortunately for Ricky, Mr. Horton
was able to observe his true genuine nature,
and understood his background enough
to comprehend and appreciate this loving
animal’s needs.
When Mr. Horton learned that Ricky
was in need of a home, he began to inquire
about all of the failed potential adopter visits
and spoke with the unit supervisor about
adopting Ricky. Shortly thereafter, Executive
Director Janette was overjoyed to hear that
Horton had some interest in Ricky. Janette
was very excited, because she knew that
Ricky had issues with his past first impression
experiences with potential adopter because
of his problem meeting new people. This
was a perfect opportunity for Ricky to find a
home, just in time for the pup’s graduation
ceremony. Mr. Horton was able to take him
to a real home and surprise his family that
evening. His wife was super excited and
could not wait to see the look on their six-
year-old daughter’s face. Ricky did awesome,
even on day one. Mr. Horton’s two teenage
boys are very familiar with dogs and knew
exactly what to do with a timid pup. Even one
as cute as Ricky was. It was great to make so
many individuals happy that day, all with one
decision. It did not take

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Duke Trinh, Nam Tran, Aries Hensley Franco , Hajara Shabbir, Kim Richard, Jessica Garcia, Dianne Martinez, George Menendez

The Human Resource Services (HRS) assessments with different vendors and absence and work restrictions, and facilitating
Satellite Team at the Probation Department agencies, analyzing assessment results and the interactive process to find ways to
is here to assist you! Their functions include determining pass points, coordinating and accommodate employees who have work
Records, Recruitment, Return-to-Work, and facilitating County recruitment awareness restrictions in their own jobs, in transitional
Employee Relations. The staff assignments are meetings with various communities and work assignments, or through leaves of
as follows: organizations, attending job fairs, and other absence.
Jessica Garcia is the Records duties as needed. George has been married for 14 years
Specialist at Probation. Her job duties include Nam is an avid soccer fan. His favorite to his lovely wife, Shawn, and they have three
processing staff records and employment team is Barcelona. He is also a food critic, wonderful boys. They love to spend their free
actions. Examples of records are performance introducing the Satellite Team to new eateries. time camping, fishing, and just enjoying the
evaluations, leaves of absences, catastrophic Hajara is a motorcycle enthusiast who loves outdoors.
leaves, and employment verifications. the outdoors. She loves baking and cooking for Kim Richard’s primary assignment is
Employment actions include promotions, her family and friends. She is s a mom to two Employee Relations. This includes assisting the
temporary promotions, unit transfers, transfers rambunctious cats. Department with performance management,
coming from outside agencies, etc. Jessica Aries Franco is the Referral Specialist. Step 1 Grievances, EEO investigations,
also generates various biweekly and monthly Her main responsibility is to help hiring reallocation requests, and filling in for the HR
reports. Additionally, Jessica conducts all managers find the right candidates to join Manager in her absence.
new employee sign-ups, assisting new hires their teams. Once the Recruiters are finished Kim enjoys activities with her family,
with documentation related to their benefits with recruitments and candidates have been especially “Game Night” and has recently
including health plans, retirement plans, etc. placed onto eligible lists, Aries guides the hiring started roller skating again. She also loves
Jessica spends most of her time outside of work managers in conducting selection interviews, watersports!
at Cal State University, Fullerton where she is reference checks and job offers. Dianne Martinez is the HR
finishing her bachelor’s degree. However, when Aries has an undying passion for Manager who oversees the programs and
she is not at school, she is hanging out with her animals, so much so that her sisters and she staff that comprise the HRS Satellite Team.
family and friends, enjoying the beach, and work with different nonprofit organizations She also works closely with labor unions,
trying new foods. with the hope of starting their own in the future. centralized departments such as HRS and Risk
NamTran and Hajara Shabbir manage She also loves outdoor activities including Management as well as other agencies. She
all recruitments for the Probation Department. tennis and archery! assists the Department to stay in compliance
Their assignment requires working with hiring George Menendez recently with labor laws and County policies.
managers, conducting job analyses, creating transitioned into the Return-to-Work program. Dianne enjoys camping, hiking
job bulletins, researching and scheduling This program includes managing leaves of (including Fitness with Frank), and visiting

24. National Parks with her husband and daughter.



Losing a parent or a loved Yuri related to this, as he always overcome his loss and, “just helping AFTER HOURS
one is always a life-changing event. wanted to purchase a storm trooper others smile is more rewarding than
This occurred to Yuri Williams on outfit from one his favorite movies. winning the lotto!” Yuri believes that
June 2, 2009. Yuri’s mother passed As he learned more about these we all have a superhero inside of us
away after an eight-year battle with men and how they were making a and the trick is finding it.
cancer. He took this very hard-not difference in their communities, he In September, Yuri was
knowing what to do say, or act, began to wonder how he could make recognized by AOCDS and was
experiencing suicidal thoughts, and a difference. He was already feeding presented with a $500 check to
finding out friends whom said they the homeless, going to schools support his “50 State Blessing Tour”
would be there for him, were not. speaking about “NO Bullying”, and which took place in October of this
After 5, years he realized he was making hospital visits dressed as year. Yuri travelled to all fifty states
giving up, dying from the “pain Spiderman/Kylo Ren. to bring love to the underserved in
inside”, feeling left behind and that One day he decided to every state. He was also recognized
he needed to do something to get combine two of his favorite things: as a “KNX Helpful Honda Hero of the
out of what he refers to as the “dark kindness and Spiderman. This was Week.”
tunnel.” how his non-profit @afuturesuperghero You can follow Yuri on
To help him accomplish was born! Yuri would now dress up as Instagram (@afuturesuperhero)
this, he turned to Facebook and Star Wars characters and Spiderman. and on his Go Fund Me page (www.
opened an account. The first person He continued to visit sick children,
that popped up was Officer Tommy feed the homeless and speak at
Norman of North Little Rock, schools. He remembers the first time 25.
Arkansas. Officer Norman, while he dressed up as Spiderman was at
doing his duties also interacted the Miller Hospital Torch Run. He
with the community. He visited kids, met a child by the name of Diego
visited with people, talked to parents who was diagnosed with brain
and teachers and posted videos of cancer. Yuri shared that he will never
his encounters. He started laughing forget that he was able to bring
everyday while watching his videos. him some joy, happiness and make
The second person Yuri added was him smile. Who knew that wearing
Hip-Hop Trooper, an amazing and a costume, being a character could
funny cos-player who cos-plays as make so many people smile? This
a red storm trooper from Star Wars. had become his therapy, helped him

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