Lelia A. VanHoose, Chair
Lee VanHoose has a wealth of experience in the criminal justice system. A graduate of Georgetown College with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, she served as a probation and parole officer and district supervisor for the Division of Probation and Parole for 20 years before being named its Director in 2005. She was appointed to the Parole Board on July 16, 2013.
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. Her 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. He was appointed to the Parole Board on May 23, 2016.
Michael A. Bolcas, Parole Board Member
Michael A. Bolcas, of Versailles, a former state probation and parole official, was appointed to serve for the remainder of the unexpired term, ending June 30, 2019.
George Carson, Parole Board Member
George A. Carson retired from Jefferson County Public Schools after 32 years of service. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science from Kentucky State University. He also holds a Masters degree in Education and Rank 1 Certification from the University of Louisville. He was appointed to the Parole Board July 15, 2010.
Melissa Chandler, Parole Board Member
Melissa Chandler, of Lawrenceburg, is a former internal policy analyst for the Division of Parole and Victim Services, was appointed to serve the remainder of the unexpired term, ending June 30, 2018.
Caroline Mudd, Parole Board Member
Caroline Mudd retired as Warden from CCA/Marion Adjustment Center after a 20-year career in corrections. She is a graduate of Campbellsville University, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in History and a minor in Criminal Justice. She is active in her community and has served on various boards and committees, including Centre Square Committee and Marion County Public Library Board of Trustees.
Neeka Parks, Parole Board Member
Neeka Parks has served as a licensed practicing attorney. Ms. Parks obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and her Juris Doctor from the University of Louisville. In addition, Parks completed a professional certification in Diversity Management from Cornell University and a Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation Fellowship in Public Policy at the University of Michigan. She was appointed to the Kentucky Parole Board on July 15, 2011.
Robert Powers, Parole Board Member
Robert Powers has worked as the Staff Chaplain Northpoint Training Center for two years, atworking directly with inmates by providing individual counseling. He has also provided The Life Outside Program and The Accountability Program (T.A.P.) where he works as mentor and facilitator. Additionally, he served as the Executive Director of the Bridge Program at Northpoint Training Center. Mr. Powers received his B.A. at the University of Arizona, in the fields of English and Sociology. M.A. at the University of Western New Mexico; D. Div. (Honoris Causa) St. Luke's; Fellowship National Endowment for the Humanities for post-graduate study at Georgia Tech.
Amanda Spears, Parole Board Member
Amanda Spears is a graduate of Berea College and Tulane Law School, Ms. Spears is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association and the Louisiana Bar Association. She previously served as a Senior Staff Attorney for the Kentucky Supreme Court. Ms. Spears was appointed to the Parole Board on August 1, 2011.