From Keuka College’s campus to criminal justice

You’d expect to see a gathering of Keuka College alumni at classmate’s wedding reception or a college athletics event. But in the local probation department? Yet that’s the case in Yates County, where six Keuka College alumni are working in the same place with the same goal: to help give people a second chance.

While the number of years on the job vary—from six months to 20 years—probation officers Amy Gelder ’94, Brittany Heysler ’15 M′17, Tanya Hubbard ’09, Alyssa Prince ’16 M′19, and Lynda Rossi ’96, and probation assistant Craig Pahl ’16, all call the Yates County Probation Department in Penn Yan their professional home.

“The relationship between the college and the probation department is an outstanding example of how the college and surrounding community engage in partnerships to meet our respective needs,” says Dr. Janine Bower, professor of criminology/criminal justice.

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