Carli Nieuwenhuis '18

"Throughout my internship in Probation and Parole with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, I grew immensely in knowledge and skill. I was able to apply my education to hands-on experience and practice skills that I was taught in the classroom. During my internship, I was able to interact with offenders through office visits and by taking statements, complete daily tasks such as referrals and intakes, and observe various processes such as Revocation Hearings, Drug Court and Pre-Sentence Investigations. Because I was able to apply my education and gain experience through my internship, I was hired as a Probation and Parole Agent. Once I complete Agent Basic Training, I will work in the field supervising offenders sentenced to community supervision. I am thankful for the opportunities I was able to have because of my internship, and I look forward to continuing to grow as a professional in the field as I start my career as a Probation and Parole Agent." 


Hunter Panning '18

"After graduating from Chaska High School in June of 2014, I started attending Winona State in August of 2014. I had a wonderful experience at Winona State all through my undergrad. I was the President of the Criminal Justice Club and I also worked for WSU Security. College was fun for more, but I couldn’t wait to graduate and start the career I have wanted to do forever.

After graduating from Winona State in December of 2017, I attended Rochester Community and Technical College for law enforcement skills. Shortly after graduating from RCTC, I passed the POST Board licensing exam and applied to the Chaska Police Department for a Police Officer position. I got hired as a Police Officer for the Chaska Police Department in September of 2018. This was my dream job – one I have wanted for a very long time. I was born and raised in Chaska, and I also was a Police Explorer, Community Service Officer, and an Intern for CPD so I knew for a fact that is where I wanted to end up.

I can say confidently Winona State prepared me tremendously for this very dynamic and ever-changing career and I am so excited to see where the opportunities take me.

Remember - do your job, treat people right, all in attitude, and all out effort."


Emily Malchow '15

Emily was recently hired by the Minnesota Department of Corrections as a Probation and Parole Agent. 


Chad Lubinski '14

Chad was hired after his internship as a probation officer aide at Yamhill County Community Corrections in Oregon. 


Cory Christianson '13

2018 was a busy year for Officer Christianson. During the year he split duties between Patrol, the Special Enforcement team and the Dakota County SWAT team as well as served as an Explorer Advisor. In 2018 Officer Christianson made 101 DWI arrests. This is the highest number an AVPD Officer has ever made and was the highest number by an Officer in Dakota County for 2018. Officer Christianson was recognized by the state of Minnesota as both a top 20 DWI performer and for getting three DWI arrests in one shift on three occasions. He made the roads safer for people in Apple Valley. Officer Christianson's DWI enforcement did not come at the expense of his other duties. For all of his efforts, the Apple Valley Police Department is proud to recognize Officer Christianson as the 2018 Officer of the Year. 


Steven Rysted '12

Steven was recently hired as a Community Service Officer at the Winona Police Department. 


Joel Flaten '11

Joel was hired by the Onalaska Police Department in 2011. 


Shelly Cole '01

Shelly recently accepted the position of Coordinator for the Rice County Family Services Collaborative. She is responsible for coordinating prevention services in the county including chemical health, mental health and truancy prevention. Shelly works very closely with many groups including law enforcement and corrections. Prior to her new position, she spent ten years working as a Drug and Alcohol counselor. Her WSU internship at Rice County Community Corrections played a key role in obtaining her first job.


Terry Terpstra '97

Terry has recently been hired as the police chief of Cuba City, Wisconsin. 


Ben Meinnert

Ben was recently sworn in as a new police lieutenant at the Two Rivers, Wisconsin Police Department.