University of Southern Indiana

Alumni Spotlight

Criminal Justice Alumni Spotlight


Whether it is law enforcement, corrections, or social work, many of our graduates go on to find meaningful careers in the private and public sector. Are you a USI Criminal Justice Alumni? Please send a head shot and a brief paragraph to explaining your current position and how you feel the Criminal Justice program helped you as a criminal justice practitioner.


Ashley Abbott (Oglesby)
Class of 2015

Current Position: Lead Clinician
Current Employer: Adult & Child Health

"Adult & Child Health is a Community Mental Health Center that provides holistic care to clients and under served community members residing in the Central Indiana area. My current position as the Lead Clinician for my community's local school system has allowed me to further practice and develop the skills and education that I obtained from my time at USI. In a typical day, I work one-on-one with children and adolescents who have or are experiencing trauma, depression, anxiety, and PTSD, among other mental health ailments. I work one-on-one with the youth and their families to develop coping, problem solving, communication, and other life skills needed to overcome the challenges they face as well as to provide case management services connecting these youth and their families to much needed resources that can further promote a positive livelihood and positive outcomes for them. My education at USI is seen daily in my work. I am able to identify barriers that these families often face to receiving needed care due to their status economically, legally, or socially and am able to negotiate and obtain resources for them to achieve their goals from the skills and education obtained in my degree. My time spent at USI has instilled a sense of confidence in my education and skills, as well as a sense of value to my work. My Criminal Justice degree will forever play a meaningful part in my ability to adapt to the changes in the community for those I serve, as well as allow me to meet my clients where they are in their journey for success."


Anna Baumgartner
Class of 2012

"Ireland Home Based Services is a social services agency in southern Indiana that offers Home Based Services to families referred from the Department of Child Services and/or Juvenile Probation. In my 6 years of employment at Ireland I have held the position of a Home Based Caseworker, Field Staff Trainer, Training Specialist Supervisor, Quality Assurance Officer, and Referral Coordinator.  My current position involves processing referrals for services which have been deemed appropriate for families involved.  On a regular basis I communicate with our local state DCS employees, probation officers and law enforcement to obtain information about how these families became involved and what services would best fit the family’s needs. Often times, these individuals have a criminal background that has put a dent in their goals of reunification. I started my current career the week after graduation and quickly learned that my Criminal Justice degree afforded me an ideal skill set to work in the Social Services field.  During my first year of employment I maintained a caseload of 10-15 cases; working with those involved on reunification with their children. Those involved were riddled with felony convictions, substance use struggles, previous evictions, etc. With my degree, I was able to objectively identify that these families had odds against them but that there were opportunities to make the change. The families involved also needed someone confident, resourceful, and determined to provide them with the tools they needed to succeed. The Criminal Justice Program at USI provided me with the tools to excel on these exact characteristics. The lectures, journaling, presentations, and group projects were all completed with supportive guidance from professors and fellow colleges. I am grateful for the opportunities that have been afforded to me in my career and look forward to those that may come up in my future."

Current Position: Referral Coordinator
Current Employer: Ireland Home Based Services

Jerry Boyd
Class of 2017

Current Position: Special Deputy in Corrections Division
Current Employer: Boone County Sheriff's Office

"Earning a Criminal Justice degree from the University of Southern Indiana was incredibly helpful when applying to the Sheriff’s Office because it showed how versatile I can be as a resource to the department. While at the department, my degree has been useful for engaging my critical thinking skills in an ever-changing environment."


Ryan C. Eagleson
Class of 2016

"Earning a Criminal Justice degree at USI provided me with specific insight and knowledge of our country’s legal system. I was able to explore and learn about several subdisciplines within criminal justice, challenging me to find my true passion. The program helped me develop the skills necessary to learn and think critically in any situation, which is absolutely required in the profession of policing. The faculty within the Criminal Justice program went out of their way to ensure students fully understood course material to ensure student success. The faculty also helped students pursue internships all over the Criminal Justice field, providing many students with a smooth transition between the degree program to the professional work force. Without USI, I can safely say I would not be where I am today. I would encourage any person desiring to enter any Criminal Justice profession to challenge themselves with the USI Criminal Justice program."

Current Position: Motor Patrol Officer
Current Employer: Evansville Police Department

Josh Kemp
Class of 2011

Current Position: Senior Officer
Current Employer: Federal Bureau of Prisons

"Receiving an education and a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Studies at USI has been one of the most rewarding and humbling experiences in my life. Having a college education can give you a competitive advantage on both entering the law enforcement profession as well as potential promotions. Criminal Justice Studies can open the door to several jobs and career paths in law enforcement. More specifically, this program taught me how to effectively speak in large groups, report writing, and maintaining professionalism at all times."


 Erica Richardson
Class of 2018

"Getting my degree in criminal justice from the University of Southern Indiana was very important and useful.  Getting a college education was crucial not only for bettering myself, but for pursuing a career. It gave me the wisdom and knowledge that I needed in order to achieve my goals and be successful in my everyday life. Getting my CJ degree at USI was helpful in obtaining my position as a youth worker with the Department of Juvenile Justice because I had the skills that were required for the job. I took classes and learned about criminal behavior so being able to put my knowledge to use was a main goal in pursuing a career. I eventually want to become a juvenile probation officer, so working in a detention center with juveniles on a daily basis is a good way to get my foot in the door for future endeavors. My degree has provided insight because I understand as to why some of the youth commit crime and reoffend. Some of the material that I learned at USI focused on recidivism and rehabilitation. It is very useful when seeing these things in action and happening on a day to day basis.  Throughout college, I gained lifelong friends, and built close-knit relationships with professors. My experience at USI was unforgettable and - as far as college goes - 10/10, recommend."

Current Position: Youth Worker
Current Employer: Warren Regional Juvenile Detention

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