The Mission Statement of the Wayne County Common Pleas Court Adult Probation Department is to provide the highest quality service to the Court, community, and offenders, ultimately enhancing public safety. This is accomplished through effective community based supervision, enforcement of Court orders and affording offenders an opportunity to initiate positive changes.
Our Philosophy about Community Control
Evidenced-Based Practices: All officers provide supervision to their offenders based on evidenced-based practices. We believe in addressing the core issues/needs that most of our offender’s experience, which involves evaluation and many levels of service. We refer to local agencies to address issues related to substance abuse, mental health and psychiatric care, 12 step and other support-based groups, vocational support, GED classes and other individualized services.
All officers are training in the theory and techniques of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and integrate this knowledge base into all interactions with offenders. Specifically, all officers utilize Motivational Interviewing techniques to encourage offenders to explore and access internal and external factors that impact their thinking and subsequent actions.
Probation Department Staff
The Wayne County Court of Common Pleas Adult Probation Department is staffed by six full-time probation officers under the direction of the Common Pleas Judges and the Chief Probation Officer. Our officers continue to work each and every day on the front lines with probationers to hold them accountable for the crimes they have committed and also to provide the offenders with the tools needed to initiate positive life changes. The challenges faced by this department are tremendous, yet the efforts of our staff and our ongoing commitment to excellence continue to make a positive impact on the community. All of our officers have embraced evidenced-based practices in their supervision style and they do so in an effort to ensure the highest level of public safety.
Cheryl Gerwig, Chief Probation Officer/CCA Director
Chief Gerwig is responsible for the daily operations of the Adult Probation Department, including office administration, departmental budgets and supervision of Probation Staff. She also supervises a caseload and is the Reentry Court Coordinator and works to assist probationers re-entering into the community from periods of incarceration including, but not limited to, time spent in state prisons. In addition to her daily duties, Gerwig is a member of the Wayne County Community Corrections Board, Wayne County Reentry Coalition/Task Force, Stark Regional Community Corrections Center’s Facility Governing Board, and the Sex Offender Program Certification Board for the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. In addition she is an active member of the American Probation and Parole Association, the National Association of Probation Executives (NAPE) and the Ohio Chief Probation Officer’s Association.
Chief Gerwig graduated in 1991 from the University of Akron with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology / Law Corrections.
Cindy Kuhl, Senior Probation Officer
Intensive Supervision Officer, Drug Court Coordinator, Mental Health Court Coordinator
Officer Kuhl’s duties include supervision of an Intensive Supervision caseload, coordination of the Wayne County Common Pleas Mental Health Court and Drug Court and additional supervisory duties as the department’s Senior Officer. She is a certified Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) officer and currently an advisory committee member for that program. In addition, Officer Kuhl has been a Special Deputy for the U.S. Marshal Service as a member of our area’s Violent Fugitive Task Force since February of 2016.
Officer Kuhl earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology (B.A.) from the State University of New York at Geneseo and a Master’s Degree in Human Services/Counseling (M.S.) from the State University of New York at Oswego. Officer Kuhl is independently licensed by the State of Ohio as a Professional Clinical Counselor with a supervisory endorsement (PCC-S). She is also fluent in Spanish.
Brandi Couch, Presentence Investigator, Probation Officer
Officer Couch’s daily duties include preparation of pre-sentence investigations to include investigation of victim impact, determination of restitution, mandatory sentencing requirements and review of criminal history. Officer Couch supervises a Basic Community Control caseload and coordinates all Interstate Compact Cases and monitors out of state offenders in accordance with federal regulations. In addition to her caseload supervision, Officer Couch is a trained Thinking for a Change facilitator and has facilitated cognitive behavioral groups following the Courage to Change and Criminal and Addictive Thinking curricula.
Officer Couch earned an Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Akron and her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Kent State University in 2010.
Matthew Zaleski, Probation Officer/Community Service Coordinator
Officer Zaleski oversees the community service program. His duties include interviewing individuals that have community service to perform and placing them at a non-profit organization that will utilize their specific skill set. He supervises a caseload of basic probationers and also completes all sealing of record/relief from disability investigations for the Court
Officer Zaleski graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice in 1997.
Dominic Palmucci, Probation Officer
Officer Palmucci supervises the Intervention in Lieu of Conviction offenders and co-coordinates the Wayne County Drug Court Program. In addition, Officer Palmucci supervises a Basic Community Control caseload of offenders and actively participates with the Wayne County Opiate Task Force.
Officer Palmucci graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and minor in Psychology from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, in 2008.
Courtney Curtis, ISP Officer, Re-Entry Court Officer, Presentence Investigator
Officer Curtis supervises probationers on the Intensive Supervision caseload, including all individuals who’ve been granted a Judicial Release. She is a Re-Entry Court Officer and works to assist probationers re-entering into the community from periods of incarceration including, but not limited to, time spent in state prisons. Officer Curtis’ duties also include the completion of Presentence Investigations for the Court, involving collection of Victim Impact Statements, determination of restitution, conducting interviews with offenders and providing the Court an overview of their social and criminal histories.
In addition to her caseload supervision, Officer Curtis is a trained Thinking for a Change facilitator and has facilitated cognitive behavioral groups following the Courage to Change and Criminal and Addictive Thinking curricula. She also serves as a facilitator for the Wayne County Adult Probation Book Group, providing community service hours for probationers who participate in a 12-week reading group.
Courtney earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Ashland University in 2008.
Adam Weaver, Case Manager - Day Reporting Program; Probation Officer
Officer Weaver coordinates the Day Reporting Program of the Wayne County Common Pleas Court. The individuals in the Day Reporting Program are deemed high risk or very high risk by the Ohio Risk Assessment System. Officer Weaver’s duties include working with offenders to address their criminogenic needs and making referrals to appropriate services/treatment. Examples include: linkage to housing, assisting with budgeting skills, mediating child support issues, assisting with emotional and other life concerns. An individualized case plan is developed for each offender to assist them in reaching their goals while on community control.
In addition, Officer Weaver supervises a Basic Community Control caseload of offenders who are considered low or moderate risk to reoffend.
Officer Weaver graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and minor in Psychology from Hilbert College in Hamburg, New York, in 2014.
Trina Wudarzewski, Office Manager/Fiscal Officer
Mrs. Wudarzewski coordinates all essential office management functions for the Adult Probation Department, to include processing of all legal documents, directs all incoming phone calls, is responsible for the collection and aggregation of all statistical data, and coordinates the records retention policy for the Probation Department. Under the direction of the Chief Probation Officer/ CCA Director, Mrs. Wudarzewski also oversees and directs the accounting, financial auditing/reporting and budgeting for the CCA program as well as the Common Pleas Court.
Bethany Sherrieb, Presentence Investigator
Bethany’s daily duties include conducting presentence investigation interviews and collateral contacts with felony offenders, administering ORAS risk assessments, completing PSI reports for the Court and making recommendations to the sentencing judge. In addition to her duties for the Adult Probation Department, she also is a court appointed Guardian Ad Litem (G.A.L.) with Wayne County Domestic Relations Court and continues to provide G.A.L. services and a children’s group to that Court.
She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice/Political Science (B.S.) from The University of Akron and has a Minor in Sociology. She is also a Licensed Social Worker (L.S.W.).