P&P Show Me Newsletter-November 2019

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P&P Show Me Newsletter-November 2019

Serving our Country


Jason Blanco, PPO at District 11-Rolla, is currently serving active duty where he is known as Maj. Jason Blanco in Afghanistan. Jason has served several tours there over his years as PPO. His current period started in May 2019 for an expected 400 days. DA Ty Scott commented, " On September 25, 2019, we received a package from Jason. Jason sent the District a flag which was flown over Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan on September 11, 2019. I am humbled by Jason thinking of our support for him back here, when it should be us that are thinking of his duty and support of us over there. Please keep him in mind as you go about your lives."

District 27 Scavenger Hunt


In August, 2019, District 27-Jefferson City staff conducted a Scavenger Hunt in order to get out into the community and network with supporting resources and partners. The various scavenger targets included emergency response professionals, treatment providers, transportation resources, and even P&P Central Office officials. The participants were required to go and tell a family related knock-knock joke (on camera) to a court official and to video 30 seconds of the theme to the reality show, “Cops” (Bad Boys, Bad Boys). There was a bonus if they sang it to the P&P Director and the results were hilarious. The winners were PPO II Regina Franklin, PPO II Rick Kucsik, and PPO II Karen Ferguson (far right picture).  

The hunt began at 9:30 AM and concluded at 12:00 PM where a pizza lunch was waiting for the officers. The winners each received bragging rights, a make-shift trophy, and a $25.00 Walmart gift card. DA Vincent Rost commented, "The staff were very engaged in the event and it seemed to energize the office in teamwork and a general feeling of good will towards each other and the community."

Shop with a Cop


The Hickory County Sheriff’s Department asked District 20-Camdenton staff to help them raise money for Shop with a Cop in Hickory County. Last year there were over a 100 kids that participated in the event. PPO Stacy Trusty, PPO Scott Gulley, PPO Lynn Bristow , PPO Kathy Moeckel, US Kimber Berry and DA Tena Riley helped Hickory County sell 50/50 raffle tickets at the Lucas Oil Speedway on September 21, 2019, in Wheatland. District Administrator Tena Riley commented, "We helped sell almost $8000.00 in tickets. It was a huge success and we all really enjoyed helping a great cause. They have asked if we would help shop with the Hickory County kids in December." Great Job District 20!


Success Story


District 37-Dexter PPO Paula Kelley shared the following client success story:

"Chuck, Seth’s father, was in DWI Court at the time that Seth got into trouble and was in jail. Chuck asked if I would go talk to him. I did and at that time Seth had zero interest in Drug Court. On 2/13/14, Seth pled guilty and was placed on regular probation supervision. In December of 2014, Seth received a violation for drinking alcohol and using drugs. It was recommended that he be screened for drug court. He was screened and placed into the program in January of 2015.

Seth did not have a perfect record as he incurred four citations, two of which included drug use (and many times of suspected use), while in Drug Court but he did manage to graduate in August of 2016. With ECC he was set to complete probation in November of 2016 and he already had a plan in motion for when his probation was over. He had a sober friend that was a lineman in a different state. The friend had agreed for Seth to come live with him, attend school, and be roommates; however, those plans came to a screeching halt. In September of 2016, Seth was arrested for DWI. His probation was revoked and he was sent to a 120 day treatment program. He was released back onto probation on 1/24/17. Upon his release, Seth seemed to be at his worst. He looked horrible and his attitude was horrible, compared to his typical behaviors prior to the 120. Unfortunately, he went back to his “old life” and in July of 2017, Walters was arrested for his second DWI. This time, while speaking with him in jail, Walter’s entire demeanor had changed, not that he had a horrible attitude or terribly negative behaviors before, but something was completely different. It’s like a light had been switched on and he was tired of living the way he had been living. He requested to go to a program called John 3:16 in Arkansas. He was given the opportunity to complete this program on 8/1/17. In March of 2018, he graduated from that program. At this time, he chose to go to the program’s “halfway house” in Poplar Bluff. Once his probation was re-instated, his probation was transferred to District 25. He did plead guilty to the 2nd DWI and was placed on private probation. Additionally, he had to serve 10 days in jail. I believe he dubbed it, “his last time in jail.” Seth moved back to Stoddard County in July of 2018. In October 2018, Seth hired an attorney and petitioned the court for a hardship license after completing SATOP. On 11/18/2018, the court granted the hardship license.

Seth has three half-siblings that are teenagers. On 12/12/2018 a warrant was issued for the children’s father and he was charged with felony child abuse. Seth petitioned the court for guardianship and guardianship was granted to Seth on 01/03/2019. Seth is raising his siblings without any support from either parent. On 03/20/2019, Seth obtained employment at WW Wood. Seth is currently attending church at Assembly of God in Bloomfield.

When discussing Seth's past criminal history recently, he stated that he felt bad for the way he tried to manipulate things while he was being supervised by PPO Smothers. He said he was sorry for his past actions and bad behaviors. Seth currently has an Earned Discharge date of 4/3/2020 with an Optimal Discharge date of 1/1/2020. He has come a long way as can be ascertained by all of the aforementioned."

District Administrator Rich Ruch commented, " I want to take a moment to recognize all of the officers who supervised Seth, as I personally observed some of their efforts. The impact of the hard work put forth by good officers cannot be underestimated as it relates to client success and ultimately the sheer number of additional people impacted by the success of one client. The agency computer system reveals that since 2/14/2014, Seth was supervised at some point by the following officers (Seth is currently supervised by District #37 Officer Paula Kelly)."

  • Cindy McGhee
  • Kelly Smothers
  • Brenda Moore (Recently promoted to Unit Supervisor)
  • Paula Kelly

Director Kempker -ICAOS Chair of the South Region Committee


The 2019 ICAOS Annual Business Meeting (ABM) was held in San Diego, California on October 8-9,2019, with Julie Kempker, Rick Kuttenkuler, and Ryan Halbert in attendance. The ABM allows Commissioners, Administrators, and guests to meet and discuss issues affecting the Interstate Compact, as well as vote on changes to the ICAOS Rules. During this meeting, Julie was voted by her peers to Chair the South Region Committee, consisting of 16 states and the District of Columbia. Julie’s proven leadership will be a tremendous benefit to not only states within the South Region, but to all states involved in the Compact. Congratulations, Julie!

Opioid Community Forum

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Recently, District 8 South-St. Louis began a partnership with the St. Louis County/Affton Police Department in an effort to combat the heroin problem in St. Louis County. An Opioid Community Forum was held on September 19, 2019 at Lindbergh High School. The entire community was invited, including the area high school students. The meeting was presented in collaboration with the St. Louis County Police Department-Affton Precinct, Missouri Division of Probation and Parole, St. Louis CRUSH, Step Up of St. Louis and the St. Louis County Police Department Bureau of Drug Enforcement. District 8S sent out over 400 letters to clients and their significant others to invite them to participate. PPO II Richard Bland participated on an open panel discussion fielding questions from the community members on the role that Probation and Parole Staff play in the fight against this debilitating disease. Several staff from the Eastern Region volunteered their time to make the meeting a success!

Offenders Offering Alternatives Program


On October 2, 2019,  the Offenders Offering Alternatives Program at SCCC celebrated two years with staff sponsors presenting facilitators one and two year certificates. In that time 90 clients have gone through the program learning why supervision and communication with Probation and Parole is a better alternative to institutions.

Staff Left to Right:  Aaron Jarrett, US SCCC; Becky Ayres US District 13; Heath Cantrell  FUM SCCC; Nicole Anthony  PPO II District 10N (Lebanon); Jennifer Coonrod PPO II District 10N (Lebanon); Lisa Nelson  PPO II SCCC; and Joey Moore PPO II District 13.

Project Homeless Connect


Project Homeless Connect is a yearly event in Cape Girardeau where volunteers are the vital link between concerned community members and the homeless in the community. The goal of the event is to create a welcoming environment that will help the homeless connect with services that will bring them one step closer to becoming stable and securing adequate housing. On October 4, 2019, District 22-Cape Girardeau staff participated at this event. District 22 assisted with providing employment opportunity information, verifying client photos so the individual could obtain their birth certificate, assisting an individual in locating his SATOP completion certificate, and making referrals to other providers in the area. District 22 staff were also on hand assisting their clients by ushering them to the different providers. 

Great Job District 22!

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Kimberly Weatherford-Williams was promoted to the position of Unit Supervisor at P&P Office at the Northeast Correctional Center. Congratulations Kim!

Denise Dawson was promoted to SOSA at District 10R-Springfield. Congratulations Denise!



Selena Lee was promoted to SOSA at District EP-St. Louis. Congratulations Selena!

Brandi Huber was promoted to L-OSA in the WRDCC P&P office. Congratulations Brandi!



P&P Employee of the 3rd Quarter-2019


Jamie Liakos, Deputy Director for the Western Zone, delivered the Probation and Parole Divisional Employee of the 3rd Quarter-2019 Award to District 32 Probation and Parole Officer Andy Starner. The nomination was submitted by District 32 Unit Supervisor Misty Anderson, in recognition of the extra effort Andy puts forth in addition to his assigned duties. The nomination stated:

Andy Starner is the epitome of a team player. Andy is always one of the first people to step up and offer help when an issue occurs. He is always willing to take the extra step around the office and be our local "handy man" when the need arises. He is always willing to assist management and his fellow staff. Andy is a dedicated employee and rarely takes time for himself, as he wants to do a good job and it is important to him that he "get his work done". On November 2, 2018,  we learned that we had two female clients being released from the institution the following day that were homeless. Due to a communication error, this supervisor had to go meet with our local sheriff to discuss the situation. Andy volunteered to come with this supervisor without having to ask, and helped this supervisor with the situation throughout the day. When this supervisor made the decision to come into the office on November 3, 2018, which was a Saturday, Andy stepped right in and volunteered to come in and assist as well. Andy came in on the weekend and helped this supervisor throughout the day with trying to get housing placement for the two female clients. Andy did not have to help with any of this, but did it of his own accord, and was extremely helpful to this supervisor. His willingness to provide support and jump in to help was greatly appreciated. Andy should be recognized for his dedication, worth ethic, and his willingness to always lend a helping hand. 

Pictured Left to Right:  Regional Administrator Ed Bestgen, PPO II Andy Starner, District Administrator Monica Lamphier and Western Deputy Director Jamie Liakos. Congratulations Andy!

North Central Employee of the Month-September 2019



The P&P North Central Region Employee of the Month for September 2019, was District 32-Lexington Probation and Parole Officer Laurel Massey. The nomination was submitted by District 32 District Administrator Monica Lamphier, in recognition of the extra effort Laurel puts forth in addition to her assigned duties. The nomination stated:  

"I would like to nominate Laurel Massey as Employee of the Quarter. Since her inception as a Probation and Parole Officer, Laurel has been the Sex Offender/DV officer for Saline and Carroll Counties.  Besides handling this ever changing caseload, Laurel has also attended Job Coaching and is a Job Coach at her work-site. She is a Pathway to Change Facilitator and Intake Coordinator and recently volunteered to be the Liaison to the Offenders Offering Alternatives program at Jefferson City Correctional Center. Most notably, Laurel stepped in to help the district office that was two officers down by taking a primary caseload in Lafayette County as well as keeping her assigned caseload in Saline and Carroll Counties. She has also volunteered to help by taking a few regular cases in Marshall once the new officers in Lafayette County are trained and can take their caseloads. Laurel can be depended upon to step up and volunteer to help in situations that others have backed away from.  She is dependable and an asset to the office."  

Pictured from Left to Right:  Regional Administrator Ed Bestgen, PPO II Laurel Massey, District Administrator Monica Lamphier and Western Deputy Director Jamie Liakos. Congratulations Laurel!




GEM Awards (Going the Extra Mile)

Debbie Gross, PPA I, District 12

Kyle Smith, PPA I, District 12

Dillon Frost, PPA I, District 12




P&P Central Office Employees of the 3rd Quarter-2019


Interstate PPO's Shelby Hunsaker and Trevor Harrison were chosen as the P&P Central Office Employees of the 3rd Quarter, 2019. Director Kempker wrote, " I want to take this opportunity to express our sincere appreciation for the excellent work you have done in the Interstate Compact Unit. On May 22, 2019, a tornado hit Jefferson City causing significant damage to many buildings in town and restricting travel. As a result, Governor Parson closed state offices in Cole County on May 23rd and 24th, which included the Probation and Parole Interstate Compact Unit. After Memorial Day, staff returned to work on May 28th with a significant workload to catch up with due to the remainder of the state and country working two days the office was closed. This was compounded for the Probation and Parole Officers in the Interstate Compact Unit due to other circumstances that had staffing reduced to 50% at the end of May and the first couple weeks of June.

You have shown exceptional teamwork and dedication during this time to ensure all tasks were completed in a timely manner and Missouri remained compliant with Interstate Compact rules and time frames. While you were given general caseload assignments to cover, you took it upon yourself and decided which of them would complete tasks that were missed and not specifically assigned by the supervisor. You worked overtime to ensure our office was able to get the work in and out as required. Without this level of teamwork, professionalism and dedication, the office would have struggled to keep up. This would not only have impacted Missouri's compliance with the Interstate Compact, but also affected the lives of those offenders whose paperwork would have been submitted late.

Please accept our appreciation for the contributions you have made to this organization. We are proud to have you as a member of the Central Office team and wish you much continued success."

Congratulations Shelby and Trevor and!

North Central Region Employee Recognition Event


The North Central Regional Recognition event was held on September 20,2019, in Columbia, Missouri. Approximately 150 staff attended, with 42 staff being recognized for their years of service. North Central Regional Administrator Ed Bestgen also recognized all of the North Central Region’s Employees of the Month and any recipients of other awards, such as the Departmental Employee of the Month and Life Saver Awards. The group enjoyed a game of Trivia, won by the District 6 Satellite Office and a Lip Sync competition which was won by District 5, with a cameo appearance from Division Director Kempker. Deputy Director for the Western Zone, Jamie Liakos was on hand to hand out recognition awards and congratulate staff for their dedication and hard work. A basket drawing capped off the festivities.

Congratulations to All!

Cognitive Behavioral Interventions-Substance Use

The CBI-Substance Use Pilot Program has started at MECC, SCCC and CCC. The curriculum is designed for individuals that are moderate to high need in the area of substance use and well suited for criminal justice populations. This intervention relies on a cognitive behavioral approach to teach participants strategies for avoiding substance use. There is a heavy emphasis on skill building activities to assist with cognitive, social, emotional and coping skill development.


District 22 Resource Fair


District 22-Cape Girardeau held its first Resource Fair at the Cape Girardeau Probation & Parole Office on September 19, 2019. There were 17 organizations available with resources ranging in services of employment, education, child support, health issues, transportation, and substance use. Officers met their clients at the event, spending time with them and staff from the organizations represented. Hot dogs, snacks and drinks were donated by local businesses. District Administrator Darrin Tipton commented, "The event was well attended and considered a huge success by all."

Making the best of it!


Vincent Rost, District Administrator at District 27-Jefferson City, shared that Moniteau County PPO's Karen Ferguson, Rick Kusick, and Chris Cade meet with their clients in a building across from TCC (Tipton) in Moniteau County. Currently, TCC is  doing some improvements/maintenance on the building. Vince stated, "We have a great working relationship with the prison (DAI) staff who are very good hosts. My officers are wearing these hard hats when the maintenance guys are present doing work.  I love it that these officers use levity to deal with their less-than-perfect environment to deal with the stressful work we do. Their faces show it all. . . they are having fun while they work."

Wellness Carnival

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On October 17, 2019, the Eastern Region Wellness Committee held a Halloween themed carnival to bring the districts together in a fun way to release stress, have fun and utilize their wellness hour. Those who were able to attend had a great time partaking in fun activities such as pumpkin decorating, a candy bar, cookie decorating, a temporary tattoo station, a floating eyeball pond with prizes, hot apple cider and popcorn made fresh on site, a Halloween movie, a picture booth station as well as games to include; Giant Jenga, Cornhole toss, and a bowling game. Flu shots were available on site as well.

The Wellness Committee did a great job and the event was a huge success!

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After 34 years of dedicated service, NECC P&P Unit Supervisor Margie Bontz (on the far right) retired on October 01, 2019. Margie is pictured with IPO Hub Supervisor Vicki Bealmear.

Congratulations Margie!

After 31 years of service to the State of Missouri, Leslie (Siebeneck) Franklin will be retiring on October 31, 2019.  Leslie began her career with Probation & Parole Central Office as a Clerk Typist I on June 25, 1988, processing probation closings. She was promoted to a Clerk Typist II in the Parole Violator Unit on January 6, 1989 and then to a Clerk Typist III on August 11,1989. Her position was reclassified to an Administrative Office Support Assistant on September 1, 2005, where she currently supervises Board Operations. In her retirement, Leslie plans to volunteer at the Eagles Lodge and continue her crafting.  Congratulations Leslie for your dedication and loyalty to both Probation and Parole, and the Missouri Department of Corrections!