Ladeidra N. Jones, Chair
Ladeidra N. Jones began her career working at the Woodford County Detention Center. She later worked as a Probation and Parole Officer in District 9 (Lexington, KY). She also has years of clinical experience in the field of Substance Abuse working at Fayette County Drug Court and Kentucky Department of Corrections (SAP). Ms. Jones received a B.A. in Criminal Justice from Kentucky State University and an M.B.A. from Midway University. She received her initial temporary certification in alcohol and drug counseling in 2015. Deidra was appointed to the Parole Board on January 17, 2019.
Larry R. Brock, Parole Board Member
Larry R. Brock has worked in the criminal justice system his entire career, beginning as a Military Policeman in the U.S. Army. He further served with the Richmond Police Department before joining the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives as a criminal investigator and supervisor. Upon retiring from ATF after 23 years of service, he was appointed as the Chief of Police for the Richmond Police Department where he served for nine years. He is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University with a B.S. in Police Administration and a minor in Journalism. Larry was appointed to the Parole Board on May 23, 2016.
Bridget Skaggs Brown, Parole Board MemberBridget Skaggs Brown retired from the Louisville Division of Police in 2002 after attaining the rank of Colonel and serving as Deputy Chief. Later, she served as Commissioner for the Department of Juvenile Justice. In 2007, she was appointed by the governor to serve as Chairperson for the Kentucky Parole Board. After retiring for several years, Brown returned to state government in 2019, briefly serving in the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet. In December 2019, she once again was appointed to serve on the Parole Board. Ms. Brown has a Bachelor of Science in Police Administration and a Master's of Science in Justice Administration, both from the University of Louisville. In addition, she is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute Administrative Officer's Course. Bridget was appointed to the Parole Board on December 3, 2019.
Sharon Hardesty, Parole Board MemberSharon Hardesty most recently served on the Kentucky Parole Board from 2013-2017 and was again appointed in July 2020 after a brief retirement. Hardesty is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with degrees in Sociology (B.A., M.A.) and Law (J.D.). A lifelong Kentucky resident, Hardesty spend most of her career teaching Sociology at Eastern Kentucky University. She brings a wealth of experience to the board in the areas of criminal justice, community and rehabilitation. Sharon was appointed to the Parole Board on July 21, 2020.
Cyndi Heddleston, Parole Board Member
Cyndi Heddleston has worked for the Kentucky Department of Corrections for 19 years. Ms. Heddelston worked as a Probation and Parole Officer in Lexington, KY, and the served as the accreditation manager for the Division of Probation and Parole, working with the agency's training, policy and procedure, and accreditation process. Ms. Heddleston most recently worked with research and grant projects for the Department and served as the Department's legislative liaison. She has a B.S. in Social Work and Criminal Justice and a M.S. in Criminal Justice. Ms Heddleston is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer having served in Namibia, Southern Africa. Ms Heddleston was appoint to the Parole Board in January, 2023.
Shawn Helbig, Parole Board Member
Shawn Helbig has spent 24 years in law enforcement. He spent the vast majority of those years serving with the Bowling Green Police department and spent three years as a detective for the Warren County Attorney's office. He currently holds the position of National Trustee for the Kentucky Fraternal Order of Police, where he represents nearly 11,000 law enforcement officials on the national level. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with a minor in Criminology, and later earned a Master of Arts in Leadership Dynamics, both from Western Kentucky University. Mr. Helbig was appointed to the Parole Board on August 22, 2022.
Michael A. James, Parole Board MemberMichael A. James has spent his entire career in the criminal justice system. His experience includes nine years with the Texas Department of Corrections, two years in private corrections, and 23 years with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. Mr. James retired from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office in 2017 with the rank of Major as a division commander. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Justice and Public Safety, and a certificate in Conflict Management from Sullivan University. He is also a graduate of the Southern Police Institute Administrative Officers Course and the FBI National Academy. Mr. James served three years on the Louisville Metro Police Merit Board. Michael was appointed to the Parole Board on June 17, 2021.
Sherri Lathan, Parole Board MemberSherri Lathan began her career in corrections as a Correctional Officer at Luther Luckett Correctional Complex. She was promoted to Probation and Parole Officer and served for 14 years. Sherri has a Bachelor of Science in Correctional Administration and a Master of Arts in Special Education. Prior to retirement, she served as a Recruitment and Certification worker for the state's foster care system. Sherri holds a Highly Qualified Special Education Certification and previously served as an Exceptional Child Educator in the Fayette County Public System. She has also served as a Disability and Mental Health Specialist and Compliance Manager with Community Action Council. More recently, Sherri returned to her passion in Corrections by serving as the Reentry Mentor Coordinator for Lexington Rescue Mission. Sherri was appointed to the Parole Board on June 17, 2021.
James D. Nickell, Parole Board Member
Jim Nickell is a graduate of Morehead State University and continued his professional training at Eastern Kentucky University and the Federal Law Enforcement Academy. After serving in the U.S. Army, he returned to Kentucky where he served thirty-seven years in law enforcement and administrative positions. Mr. Nickell began his professional career as Sheriff and Rowan County Judge Executive. He then worked with the Kentucky Attorney General's Office for nineteen years as a Criminal Investigator and Supervisor. He also served as Assistant Director of the Prosecutor Advisory Council. Mr. Nickell retired in 2004. After a brief time off, he returned to work as a Detective with the 37th Circuit Commonwealth Attorney's Office. He then served again in local government as Rowan County Judge Executive for eight additional years. Mr. Nickell was appointed to the Parole Board in August 2022.