Criminology and Criminal Justice Alumni Panel, March 28

Posted on 3/24/2017 4:43:50 PM

The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Indiana University of Pennsylvania will host its annual Alumni Career Panel on March 28 in the Ohio Room of the Hadley Union Building. Alumni panelists representing a variety of agencies and organizations in the criminal justice system will discuss their careers and life after IUP.

Two separate sessions will be held: one from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. and one from 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Both sessions are free and open to the community.

Alumni panelists include:

Vonita Baldt

Former United States probation officer, Western District of Pennsylvania, and former district sentencing guidelines specialist 

Baldt received her BA in criminology from IUP in 1985. After graduation, she was hired as a youth counselor at Holy Family Institute, where she worked with dependent youth. In 1988, she accepted a position as an Allegheny County adult probation officer supervising approximately 250 offenders convicted of various felony and misdemeanor offenses. In 1995, Baldt assumed her role as a United States probation officer for the Western District of Pennsylvania, assigned to the presentence investigation unit, where she served the District Court for 21 years. In 2006, she became the district’s sentencing guidelines specialist, and in 2014 she was promoted to supervisor. In 2016, she retired and started a consulting business providing sentencing mitigation services to federal offenders while also working for Allegheny County Probation as a contract presentence investigator.

Erin Bruni

Operations manager, Office of Municipal Investigations, Pittsburgh

Bruni received her BA in criminology/pre-law from IUP in 1997. Before starting law school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, she worked briefly at Bethesda Children’s Home in Meadville. In law school, she was a member and board member of Pitt Legal Income Sharing Foundation and was recognized with the Distinguished Community Service Award for fundraising efforts to provide stipends to legal interns who worked unpaid internships in public service organizations and law firms. Bruni completed a law school internship with the Office of Municipal Investigations. At that time, the City of Pittsburgh had recently entered into a Consent Decree, and the Pittsburgh Police Department was under federal oversight by the Department of Justice. Subsequently, she was hired at OMI, and in January 2017 she was promoted to manager of OMI. OMI conducts background investigations of public safety candidates and residency checks in addition to its primary function of investigating citizen and bureau-initiated allegations of employee misconduct. In 2015, Bruni became a nationally certified internal affairs investigator/supervisor.

Patrick Dougherty

Indiana County District Attorney

Dougherty received his baccalaureate education at IUP, and then he earned his law degree from Duquesne University School of Law in 2000. While in law school, Dougherty completed an internship in Washington with the US Attorney’s Office, the Homicide Prosecution Division. As a law student, he worked with the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court Office of Disciplinary Counsel. From 2000 to 2001, he was a law clerk in Indiana County. Currently, he is chair of Criminal Justice Advisory Board and serves on the Parole Board, Prison Board, Drug Treatment Court, Suicide Task Force, Elder Abuse Task Force, and the Evergreen Boys and Girls Club.

Raymond Dupilka

Westmoreland County Detective

Dupilka received his BA in criminology from IUP. After graduation, he served as a patrol officer and a detective for the Latrobe Police Department. After 13 years of service for Latrobe, he began work in his current position as a detective for the Westmoreland County Detective Bureau. His experiences and extensive training in forensic investigation procedures have led to recognition as an expert in the fields of crime scene processing, latent print comparison, and drug identification and investigation. As a detective, he assists federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies in major case investigations. These include, but are not limited to, homicide and suspicious death investigation, robbery, drug distribution investigations focusing on multi-level corrupt organizations, and firearms violations.

Kim Woodring

Retired Chief of Internal Affairs, Federal Bureau of Prison Central Office, Washington, D.C.

Woodring, a 1977 criminology graduate, began her career the day after graduation from IUP. Her first job, a correctional officer at the Federal Prison Camp in Allenwood, was a direct result of undergraduate internships she was afforded at the United States Penitentiary in Lewisburg. After 22 months, she began her career climb through a series of duty station moves into positions of increasing responsibilities. She served in varied facility and administrative capacities around the country, which prepared her for her promotion to her current position. Aside from the routine duties of that work unit, she and her agents provided security on September 11, 2001, immediately following the terrorist attack on the Pentagon. She retired in 2003, after 27 years in the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and has worked as a consultant and sub-contractor since retirement.