To be eligible to be appointed by the Governor for membership on the Board, an individual must have at least six years of professional experience in parole, probation, social work, or related areas, including one year in a supervisory or administrative capacity, and a bachelor’s degree. Board members may not hold any other office or employment, and they are not permitted to take any active part in politics, a prohibition that applies to all Board employees.
LEO L. DUNN, ESQUIRE, Chairman
Mr. Dunn received a J.D. cum laude from Widener University School of Law Harrisburg in 2007 and three Bachelor of Science degrees from Penn State University in 1987. Mr. Dunn had a solo law practice and was an Adjunct Professor of Law at Widener University. Mr. Dunn has served the citizens of the Commonwealth for over 26 years for two state agencies. He was appointed Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs for the Board of Probation and Parole in 2012 after working nine years as an assistant director. Prior to working for the Board, Mr. Dunn spent 15 years with the Department of Agriculture serving in various roles. He was instrumental in the original development of the PA Preferred Program. He has served as a member of the Juvenile Act Advisory Committee, the Homeless Program Coordination Committee, the Mental Health Justice Advisory Committee at the Commission for Crime and Delinquency, and as chair of the GLBT Rights Committee and as a Council Member for the Solo and Small Firm Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Corrections System Committee. Mr. Dunn is a northern Pennsylvania native. He is the first openly gay Board Member. Mr. Dunn was confirmed by the Senate as a Board Member on December 9, 2015. On March 15, 2016, Governor Tom Wolf appointed Mr. Dunn Chairman.
Edward L. Burke
Mr. Burke earned a Bachelor of Science in Administration of Justice from Penn State University in 1981 and an A.A.S in Police Administration from Harrisburg Area Community College. Mr. Burke began his criminal justice career in 1982 as a juvenile probation officer in Dauphin County. In March 1985, he began working for the PA Board of Probation and Parole as a parole agent at the State Correctional Institution Rockview. In conjunction with his work as a parole agent, Mr. Burke was a part-time PA Department of Education ABE/GED Educational Coordinator at SCI-Rockview from 1986 to 1987. In June 2007, Mr. Burke became a parole supervisor at SCI-Rockview. He is actively involved in his community as a youth sports coach in basketball, football and soccer and a youth baseball umpire. He is also a volunteer with the annual Bellefonte Children’s Fair and helps to raise funds for the Bellefonte Little League and Teener leagues. Mr. Burke is a guest lecturer to Penn State University seniors enrolled in the Administration of Justice program. On October 1, 2013, Mr. Burke was confirmed by the Senate.
Everett A. Gillison, Esquire
Mr. Gillison is a native of Philadelphia. He grew up in West Philadelphia, graduating from University City High School, the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Political Science. Gillison has had a very extensive career as a public servant for the citizens of Pennsylvania. Forty years ago, he began his work as a social worker for the Social and Psychiatric Services Division of the Defenders Association of Philadelphia. Six years later, he left and attended the Syracuse College of Law. In 1985, he returned to the Defenders Association of Philadelphia where he worked for the next 23 years, developing into an outstanding trial attorney and advocate. Mr. Gillison was appointed Deputy Mayor for Public Safety on January 7, 2008. In that position, he was responsible for oversight of the Police and Fire Departments, Prisons, Office of Emergency Management, and the Mayor’s Office of Reintegration Services for Ex-Offenders. On October 31, 2011, Mr. Gillison was appointed Chief of Staff. In that role, Mr. Gillison served as a close advisor to the mayor and was responsible for the coordination of policy among the various cabinet officials of the government in addition to his responsibilities as Deputy Mayor for Public Safety. On June 15, Mr. Gillison was confirmed by the Senate.
Leslie M. Grey, esquire
Ms. Grey received a J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law in 1986, a B.S. in Medical Technology from Penn State University and a post-baccalaureate certificate in Industrial Chemistry and Management from Chatham College (now Chatham University). She has practiced law in Pennsylvania for over 27 years. In 1999, Ms. Grey was appointed deputy attorney general with the Office of Attorney General’s Public Protection Division in its Bureau of Consumer Protection in the Erie Regional Office. The Bureau is tasked with monitoring the practices of a wide variety of businesses and enforcing Pennsylvania’s Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law and other laws to ensure honest and fair dealing in the marketplace for consumers. As deputy attorney general, Ms. Grey frequently worked in cooperation with county district attorney’s offices, the Pennsylvania State Police and other law enforcement agencies. In addition, she has an extensive and varied background with matters involving substance abuse recovery, recently completing a three-year term on the Erie County Drug and Alcohol Programs Advisory Board. Prior to her service with the Office of Attorney General, Ms. Grey’s career included criminal defense, civil law, regulatory law and zoning law. Since 2008, Ms. Grey has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Flagship Niagara League, an Erie community non-profit organization which supports the Erie Maritime Museum and which operates the sailing programs aboard the Flagship Niagara, a working replica of the famous War of 1812 warship. Ms. Grey was confirmed by the Senate as a Board Member on October 1, 2013.
Theodore W. Johnson
Mr. Johnson is a native of Erie. Most recently, Mr. Johnson served as the Deputy Director at THE PROGRAM for Offenders, Inc., which is a nonprofit organization that specializes in community corrections and offers residential alternatives to incarceration, drug and alcohol treatment, and a wide range of support services to male and female offenders and their families in Allegheny County. In addition to working as Chief Probation Officer for U.S. District Court in Western Pennsylvania, Johnson has worked in Federal Pretrial and Probation services for 21 years. Before that he worked seven years for Allegheny County's Probation services and two years for Erie County's Probation services. During his time with the Court, Johnson trimmed his department's annual budget by $1 million by merging probation and pretrial services and received the Director's Award for Leadership. He also initiated a workforce development program designed to help people on probation find and keep jobs. Johnson received the 2009 Director's Award for Leadership, a national award given to a director or manager of a federal court office. He started a workforce development program with schools and employers to help probationers find and keep jobs. The program is expanding to help them find housing, and to help female probationers with self-esteem issues. Johnson holds a Bachelor’s degree in social work from Edinboro University and a master’s in leadership from Carlow University. On June 15, 2016, Mr. Johnson was confirmed by the Senate.
Mark D. Koch
Mr. Koch has spent more than 30 years working within the criminal justice system. In 1980 he began working as a police officer for the Department of Defense and continued his law enforcement career by working for several municipalities in Pennsylvania, which included the City of Hazleton. While serving as an active officer in Hazleton, Mr. Koch was promoted through the ranks to the position as Lieutenant, which he held until his retirement. Mr. Koch holds many awards, honors, and recognitions for his service to the public and law enforcement. In 1998, he was elected to the board of the Pennsylvania State Fraternal Order of Police as the treasurer where he served three terms. In 2004, he was elected to two terms as State President of the Fraternal Order of Police representing more than 40,000 law enforcement officers. Following his terms as treasurer and president, Mr. Koch was appointed director of legislative affairs for the Pennsylvania Fraternal Order of Police until 2012. In 2012, he was appointed Legislative Specialist for the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole where he researched and reviewed reports on policy issues, best practices regarding probation and parole, functioned as the agency policy coordinator, and worked with members of the General Assembly and their staff on legislation and administrative matters related to probation and parole. In 2015, Mr. Koch was promoted to the position of director of Policy and Legislative Affairs for the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole where he continued his work meeting with legislators on issues related to probation and parole, including long-term agency strategies, establishing agency goals, participating in review of all board policies, and coordinate all legislative activities related to the board. Mr. Koch is a graduate of West Hazleton Senior High School and from the Pennsylvania State Police Northeast Municipal Police Officer Training Academy. He holds an Associate of Science degree in Social Science from Luzerne County Community College, Bachelor of Arts in Social Science from Ashford University, Clinton, Iowa, and a Master of Organizational Management with a specialization in leadership from Ashford University, Clinton, Iowa. On June 15, 2016, he was confirmed by the Senate.
Michael C. Potteiger
Mr. Potteiger began his career as a probation officer in Dauphin County in 1989 following his graduation from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. In 2002, Mr. Potteiger became the Chief Adult Probation Officer of Northumberland County where he implemented Treatment Courts for offenders with behavioral issues, such as drug and alcohol abuse and mental health diagnoses. He was recognized by the Pennsylvania Association of Probation, Parole and Corrections (PAPPC) as its 2006 recipient of the Probation and Parole Professional of the Year Award. In 2008, Mr. Potteiger returned to Dauphin County as the Director of Adult Probation and Parole Services. As director, he focused on developing and utilizing programs with an emphasis on re-entry that engaged family members in the process. These efforts included a Truancy Initiative, an Offender Mentoring Program conducted by successful ex-offenders and Family Group Conferencing. Mr. Potteiger was instrumental in bringing specialized courts to Dauphin County with the implementation of Drug and Mental Health Courts. He also was involved with the development of a Veterans Court, which was implemented shortly after he was appointed to the Board. Mr. Potteiger was elected as the President of the Pennsylvania County Chief Adult Probation and Parole Officers Association of Pennsylvania in 2008 and held that position until being confirmed by the Senate as a member of the Board on December 13, 2011. Mr. Potteiger was appointed Chairman by Governor Tom Corbett on January 30, 2012, a position he held until September 16, 2014.
Linda Pastroff Rosenberg
Ms. Rosenberg is a native of Pittsburgh. She graduated from Mt. Lebanon High School in 1983 and went on to earn a Master of Business Administration from Robert Morris University in 1990 and a Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University in 1987. She was appointed as Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency in 2011 and has more than 25 years of experience working to improve the efficacy and efficiency of the Commonwealth’s criminal and juvenile justice systems. As Executive Director, she is responsible for the oversight of over 90 full-time staff and the administration of over 30 state and federal funding streams totaling more than $100 million annually. Ms. Rosenberg began her career at PCCD in 1992, serving as manager of its Computer Laboratory and Training Center and later as chief information officer. Ms. Rosenberg returned to PCCD in 2004 after serving as Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Justice Network, or JNET, from 2001 to 2004. She is a member of the Commonwealth Leadership Development Institute for Women in State Government, and a member of the National Criminal Justice Association Board of Directors. She is also a former board member of SEARCH, the National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics. On June 15, 2016, she was confirmed by the Senate.