Veterans Court Members

The members of the Veterans Court of Southern Indiana want to see our military veterans succeed in the recovery process.

Hon. Maria Granger

Maria Granger has presided as judge of Floyd Superior Court 3 in New Albany, Indiana, since 2009, handling criminal and civil cases. She has been recognized for establishing the state’s first Certified Veterans Court and for assisting other counties in forming similar courts. Her work was highlighted by the invitation of Senator Joe Donnelly to attend the President’s State of the Union Address on January 12, 2016.  She was selected by the Supreme Court to participate in Indiana’s Commercial Court Pilot Project.  Prior to her election to the bench, Judge Granger practiced law in southern Indiana, including work as an attorney for the Floyd County Office of Family and Children and as a deputy prosecuting attorney in Floyd and Clark counties. During this time, she also served as a Title IV-D Referee in the Scott County Courts and an adjunct professor of business law. She is a frequent speaker to community groups about the legal system.  She serves on the Board of Directors for St. Elizabeth Catholic Charities, Indiana Humanities, the Indiana Judicial Conference, and the Commercial Court Working Group.  She has also been elected to membership in the American Law Institute.  She earned her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and her juris doctorate from IU’s McKinney School of Law.

Phone 812.948.5257

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Judge Andrew Adams

Judge Adams is currently the Judge of Clark Circuit Court No. 1, he served in the United States Marine Corps from 1990-1994.

Phone 812.285.6308

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Judge Bradley Jacobs

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Phone 812.285.6333

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Theresa Gahafer - Coordinator/Case Manager

Theresa GahaferTheresa Gahafer has displayed continual healthy support and structure to all participants. Veterans have repeatedly shared their benefit of her assistance.  She is efficient, empathetic and consistent, providing effective services and excellent case management. Ms. Gahafer is the Assistant Director, Program Coordinator and facilitator at Floyd county community correction. She also has a Bachelor’s Degree in General Studies with a minor in Criminal Justice.

Phone 812.948.5418

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Jervassio Smith - Case Manager

Jervassio SmithJervassio Smith began his journey with Floyd County Community Corrections in 2014. Jervassio currently serves as the Case Manager for Veterans Court of Southern Indiana, in addition to his role as case manager for home incarceration and co-facilitator for cognitive programs. He has become certified in the following evidence based programs: Moral Reconation Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Indiana Risk Assessment System. As Veterans Court Case Manager, Jervassio assesses the Veterans risk and needs and develops case plans that address those needs. He communicates with treatment providers to support progress for those dealing with mental health and or substance related issues. Jervassio achieved his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology from Indiana University Southeast.  Jervassio is enthusiastic and genuine about the opportunity to serve Veterans.

Phone 812.948.5418

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TBA - Mentor Coordinator

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Josh Seybold - Probation Officer

Josh Seybold

Joshua Seybold started his professional career in criminal justice as a Corrections Officer with the Indiana Department of Correction. Toward the end of his employment with the Indiana Department of Correction, Josh worked for a short time in community supervision through Indiana’s Division of Parole.

Following his time with the IDOC, Josh began working in probation in February, 2011 as a Probation Officer/Case Manager with the Clark County Drug Treatment Court. Throughout his time with the Clark County Drug Treatment Court, Josh served as a case manager and program co-coordinator. Josh held the position of co-coordinator until the Drug Treatment Court closed in 2014.

Since 2014, Josh has continued employment with the Clark County Probation Department now supervising substance related cases through intensive probation supervision. In addition to serving in Clark County, Josh started with the Veterans Treatment Court in April of 2016. Josh currently serves on the Veterans Court of Southern Indiana’s staffing committee and supervises Veterans Court Participants.

Josh completed his Associate’s of Science in Conservation Law Enforcement through Vincennes University, and his Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice through the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University Southeast. Josh is currently pursuing a Master’s of Science in Social Work through the Indiana University School of Social Work.

Along with his wife, Josh serve as a youth minister with the Salem First Baptist Church.

Josh has been a member of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) for the last 6 years and regularly attends NADCP training conferences.

Josh has spent the majority of his professional career working in Problem Solving Courts and Alternative Sentencing Programs. One of Josh’s favorite quotes comes from Gandhi. “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Josh’s dedication to improving lives has become an endless pursuit, and one he is very grateful to have.

Phone 812.285.2563

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Christy Stivers - Veterans Justice Outreach/Case Manager

Phone 502.439.9397

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Melissa Campbell - Floyd Co. Deputy Prosecutor

Phone 812.948.5422

Jeremy Mull - Clark Co. Prosecutor

 

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Phone 812.285.6264

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Maria Joshi - Clark Co. Deputy Prosecutor

Maria Joshi - Chief Deputy ProsecutorMaria Joshi - Clark Co. Deputy Prosecutor

Maria Joshi is a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Clark County, Indiana. Previously, she served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Floyd County, Indiana for almost six years. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Louisville with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2004 and a Juris Doctor in 2007. While in law school, she served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Law and Education. She is licensed to practice law in Indiana, Kentucky, and Maryland.

Phone 812.285.6264

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John Ambers - Mental Health/Addiction Provider

Education:

Jefferson Community College: Associates of Science in Human Services 1993
Spalding University: Bachelors of Science in Social Work 1995
University of Louisville: Masters of Science in Social Work 1998

Work Experience:

I have over 20 years of experience in the Mental Health field focusing on psychiatric disorders and specializing in chemical dependency. During my years of experience I have supervised and trained adults with developmental disabilities with the goal of decreasing dependence and increasing self-reliance. I have worked with the mentally ill in both community based programs and private care facilities.

In the chemical dependency field I have assisted clients in understanding the progression of addictions and the recovery process using the 12 Step Method. I have supervised the programming of all Addiction Services in both the inpatient and outpatient departments.

I have lectured at colleges and universities in the area and presented work shops to numerous civic organizations.

I am currently the Clinical Director of Outpatient & Addiction Services Services at Wellstone Regional Hospital in which I oversee the Intensive Outpatient and Partial Hospitalization Programs for mental health and substance abuse.

Certifications:

  • Licensed Clinical Drug and Alcohol Counselor – KY 2016
  • Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor – IN 2010
  • Certified Social Worker – KY 1998
  • Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor – KY 2002
  • Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor – IN 2003
  • PRI Prime for Life DUI Instructor – KY 1998
  • State Certified DUI Assessor – KY 1998
  • Certified Turning Point Counseling Services Group Facilitator 1997

Volunteer Work:

  • Member of Veterans Court of Southern Indiana
  • Member of the Grassroots Prevention Coalition of Clark County Indiana
  • Coordinator – Fired Up Recovery Group, On Fire Christian Center
  • Board of Directors – Calvary Assembly of God 1994-2003
  • Coordinator – Turning Point Counseling Services, Calvary Assembly of God
  • Advisory Board of Teen Challenge of Louisville, KY

Contact:

Phone 812.284.8000

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Steve Mennemeyer - Indiana National Guard Family Assistance Specialist/Veteran

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Phone 812.949.3963 ext.88748
Phone 317.650.7756

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Brad Jones - Law Enforcement

Chief Deputy Bradly D. Jones has been a lifelong Clark County, Indiana resident. His career in public service started in 1993 at the age of 14. Jones served as a Junior Volunteer Firefighter with the New Washington Volunteer Fire Department. From there, he became a 911 Dispatcher / Corrections Officer for the Clark County Sheriff’s Office which eventually led to Jones being hired, full-time, as a Sheriff’s Deputy.

Jones served Clark County as a Patrol Officer, Squad Corporal, Shift Sergeant, and ultimately reached the merited rank of Lieutenant. Known as a fixture in the community, Jones was extremely active in the push to lower the number of drunk drivers in Clark County. The State of Indiana acknowledge this effort in November of 2003 when Jones recorded the highest number of DUI arrests in the State.

Upon his election as Sheriff of Clark County, Sheriff Jamey J. Noel asked Jones to serve as his Chief Deputy for the entire agency. In this role, Chief Deputy Jones is the second in command to the Sheriff and assists the Sheriff in running the day-to-day operations of the Sheriff’s Office.

Chief Deputy Jones has been married to his wife, Robin, for 14 years and they have a daughter.

Phone 812.283.4471

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Harold Goodlet / Colonel - Law Enforcement/Veteran

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Phone 812.283.4471

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Dustin White - Public Defender

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Danielle Grissett - Quality Assurance

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18 veterans commit suicide every day in the United States.