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Kathleen L. Giesler - Judge

Judge Giesler's bio is available by clicking here.

Lori Clune - Court Administrator

Lori became Court Administrator for the court in June of 2003. Her primary duties include: fiscal administration, human resource, technology, caseflow, and information management; acting as a liaison to other governmental agencies and departments; acting as a clearinghouse for the release of information to the media and public; identifying organizational problems and identifying administrative changes; program development, grant writing and program evaluation.
Lori's previous work experience includes a wide variety of interactions with youth and their families including working in adolescent psychiatric, residential treatment, and group home settings.

Lori is a graduate of Oak Harbor High School, she received her BA in Psychology from Michigan State University and MA in Rehabilitation Counseling from Bowling Green State University. Lori is a graduate of the 2001 Inaugural Class of Leadership Ottawa County. In 2007 Lori became certified as a Professional Juvenile Justice Administrator through the University of Nevada, Reno. She currently is a member of the Court Management Program Class of 2009 through the Ohio Judicial College.

She is Past President of the Ohio Association for Court Administration (OACA), is a member of the National Association for Court Management and the National Juvenile Court Services Association, is a United Way Volunteer, ex-officio member of O.C. CASA, and Secretary of the NW Ohio Michigan State University Alumni Club.


Jay Faris
Director of Probation Services

Jay was appointed Director of Probation Services for the court in July of 2008, he began his career with the court in September 1994 working part time as an In-home detention officer. His duties included making home visits and phone calls during weekend and evening hours to supervise juveniles who were on house arrest with the Court. In January 1995 he began working full time as a Probation Officer. His current duties include meeting with juveniles and their parents to explain court procedures and rules, supervising a caseload of youth on Probation,assisting with Unruly, Delinquency, and Traffic cases for juveniles who are not on Probation, transporting juveniles to and from detention for court hearings, scheduling assessments and evaluations, bailiff duties, preparing pre-dispositional reports, filing violations, conducting drug screens, and working with schools, counselors and other agencies in the community who work with juveniles currently involved with the Court.

Jay grew up on Put-in-Bay and graduated from Put-in-Bay High School in 1988. He went on to attend the University of Toledo and earned an Associate Degree in Law Enforcement in 1990 and later graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice in 1993.


Julie Bowman
Juvenile Probation Officer

Julie is one of the Juvenile Probation Officers with the Juvenile Court.  She has been employed here since September 1992.  Daily job duties include:  Assisting with all Court hearing including Delinquency, Unruly and Traffic, meeting with parents prior to their hearings to explain Court procedures, going over any recommendations from the Court and Probation terms, referrals for tutoring, Community Service, Diagnostic Assessments, transporting juveniles to/from detention for Court hearings, conducting drug screens, file Violations and/or Post Dispositional hearings, preparing Dispositional Investigative Reports on all Felony level cases, have regular contact with the area counseling agencies and other agencies that have contact with juveniles and families, and make sure families follow through with any recommendations of the Court.  She also supervises a Caseload with the concentration of youth from Genoa, Woodmore, and Port Clinton.

She makes regular visits to the schools, as well as visiting the youth that attend PENTA Career Center from throughout the county.  She has a second office in the North Pointe Educational Service Center in Genoa to meet with the youths in the west end of the County.  While there she also has contact with the youths that have been placed in the Alternate Learning Educational Center (ALEC), which is used by Port Clinton, Danbury, Oak Harbor and Lakota Schools, and the E.D. program which works with all Ottawa County Schools as well as Woodmore and Lakota Schools.  She is also a member of the Northwest Ohio gang Task Force.

She graduated from The University of Toledo Community and Technical College in 1979 with a triple Associates in Corrections, Law Enforcement and Social Work.  She then completed a Bachelors Degree at The University of Toledo in Criminal Justice in 1981.  Prior to coming to Ottawa County, she worked as an Adult Probation Officer for Hancock County, and Juvenile Probation Officer in Allen County and Lucas County.

Stephanie Weeks
Placement Probation Officer

Stephanie is the Placement Probation Officer for the Juvenile Court. She was hired on in September of 2004. As the Placement Probation Officer her duties include working with children the court has ordered into out of home placement for reasons of delinquency; out of home placements include foster homes, group homes, and residential treatment facilities. Stephanie meets with these children, their families, and the placement staff/foster parents on a regular bases to monitor and assist all parties in meeting the goals established through a case plan.

In addition to the placement duties, Stephanie maintains a traditional probation caseload. As a probation officer she meets with youth and their families prior to hearings to explain court procedures, acts as a bailiff, schedules diagnostic assessments, appoints tutors, transports youth to and from detention for hearings, conducts drug screens, meets with youth on probation and files probation violations when necessary.  Stephanie maintains contact with local counseling agencies, schools, parents, and other community agencies to monitor the progress of those who come before the court. Stephanie is assigned to the Danbury School District and is at the school on a weekly basis. She also assists with court cases for minors that are not on probation in matters related to traffic offenses, unruly offenses, truancy issues, and/or delinquency offences. She monitors these cases after disposition to ensure all court orders are being met.
Prior to coming to the court, Stephanie worked as a mental health case manager/community support professional at a counseling agency, a case manager in child support, and a social service worker for Family and Children Services. Stephanie graduated from Port Clinton High School in 1992. She went on to complete a bachelor’s degree in Human Services with a concentration in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology at Siena Heights College in Adrian, MI. Stephanie is currently licensed as a Registered Social Worker Assistant through the State of Ohio Counselor and Social Worker Board, Marriage and Family Therapist Board.

Mike Reynolds
Intensive Probation Officer

Mike is currently the Intensive Probation Officer for the Court and is also responsible for the electronic monitoring / in-home detention program. He was hired by the Juvenile Court in July 2008. His duties include managing an intensive probation caseload and working with the juveniles that the Court has ordered into the electronic monitoring program. Currently, Mike is utilizing both land line (RF units) and GPS tracking monitors, when appropriate, to monitor juveniles more closely. Mike also assists with Court cases for minors that are not on probation in matters related to traffic offenses, unruly offenses, truancy issues, and/or delinquency offenses.

Prior to coming to the Court, Mike worked as an Adult Probation Officer and Deputy Bailiff with the Ottawa County Municipal Court for three years. Mike also worked as a volunteer probation officer / part-time probation officer with the Garfield Heights Municipal Court.Mike graduated from St. Edward High School (Lakewood, Ohio) in 2000; and then completed a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, minors in Sociology & Psychology, in 2004 from Baldwin – Wallace College (Berea, Ohio).

Mike also completed a Probation Officer Academy through the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy in the fall of 2007. Due to this, Mike is fully trained in firearms and self-defense.

William Lehr
Probation Officer

William grew up in Oak Harbor and graduated from Oak Harbor High School in 2002.  In June of 2005, he graduated from Terra Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Police Science.  From there, he attended Bowling Green State University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice in August of 2007. 

William began working with the court in July of 2007 as a part-time Probation Officer and Community Service Supervisor.  His duties included curfew checks, home visits, electronic monitoring, supervising litter crews, and handling various on-call assignments given by the full-time officers.  In July of 2008, William began working as a full-time Probation Officer.  His main duties involve supervising a caseload of youth on probation and making sure these youth follow through with court orders and terms of probation.

William is an avid Cleveland sports and Ohio State Buckeye fan.  He also enjoys fishing, reading, and playing basketball.

Sara Babcock-Nelson
Part-time Probation Officer


Amy Miller
Part-time Probation Officer

Amy is a 1991 graduate of Bellefontaine High School in Bellefontaine, Ohio. She spent two years at the University of Dayton as an art major and moved to Port Clinton in 1995. She completed her course work for an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice at Terra Community College in 2004 and plans to further her education in that field.
Amy has worked as a Part-time Intensive Supervision Probation Officer since May 2003. Before working for the Ottawa County Juvenile Court she worked for several artists including Ben Richmond of Richmond Galleries in Marblehead. She also volunteered in the Records bureau of the Fremont Police Department as well as at Fremont Middle School as an assistant to the social services director.
In addition to being a part-time ISPO, Amy monitors the court’s juvenile traffic program Harm’s Way, is an on-call probation officer 2 weeks out of the month and has supervised community service crews for the Juvenile Court.
Outside of the Juvenile Court, Amy is a substitute teacher’s aide for the Port Clinton City School District. She and her mother, Connie, share the joy and responsibility of raising Amy’s 10 and 7-year-old sons.

Ted Phillips
Part-time In-home Detention Officer

Ted is one of the part time in-home-detention officers. He was hired in 1993. His duties include electronic monitoring, in home supervision, curfew checks, and weekend on-call duties for the juvenile court.

Ted graduated from Cardinal Stritch High School in 1970. He Earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology with a concentration in Criminal Justice from the University of Toledo in 1977.

Ted currently spends his full time hours working construction as a Journeyman Iron Worker and spends his free time teaching and studying Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido.

Robin M. Wahlers
Chief Deputy Clerk

A native of Marblehead, Robin graduated from Danbury High School and Tiffin University, where she received an Associates Degree in Court Reporting.

Her legal experience includes internships while attending college, Court Reporter/Deputy Clerk at Tiffin Municipal Court, freelance court reporting, and as secretary for Attorney (now Judge) Kathleen Giesler. She was appointed to the Court as Chief Deputy Clerk in January, 1991.

Her passion is Michigan Wolverine football, but she also enjoys all other sports and reading.

Kay L. Kroeger
Deputy Clerk/Intake Officer

In July, 1999 Kay came to work as a Deputy Clerk/Intake Officer for the Ottawa County Juvenile Court. Kay’s duties include answering phone, processing all complaints and traffic tickets, sending summons for court hearings,

Kay is a 1975 graduate of Woodmore High School, Elmore, Ohio.

Kay is married and mother of two children. Her hobbies are reading, knitting and NASCAR.

Gloria J. Shenkel
Deputy Clerk Juvenile Court

In February, 1999 Gloria came to work as a Deputy Clerk/Fiscal Officer for the Ottawa County Juvenile Court. Gloria’s duties include processing filings, setting hearings, balancing the cash book, billing and managing the Reclaim/Youth Grant for the Department of Youth Services. Since 2002, she also serves the Ottawa County Probate Court as a court investigator for guardianship filings.

Gloria graduated in 1967 from Fairview High School, Sherwood, Ohio. Prior to working at the Ottawa County Juvenile Court, she was employed for 18 years at a local attorney’s office.

Gloria enjoys sewing, quilting, knitting, crocheting and spending time with her grandchildren. She is the mother of two daughters and has 7 grandchildren.


Cheryl M. Seigley- Specialized Dockets Coordinator

Cheryl joined the Juvenile Court in August 2007 as the Specialized Dockets Coordinator, where she coordinates the Family Dependency Treatment Court and Families and Court Together (FACT) programs.  Cheryl is a 1998 graduate of Lakota High School and holds a B.S in Gerontology with a Specialization in Long Term Care from Bowling Green State University.  Cheryl is also an alumnus from the AmeriCorps Homelessness Prevention Program from the Ohio Community Service Council.  She lives in Risingsun, Ohio with her husband Josh.  She enjoys motocross, stargazing, gardening and reading.

Elizabeth A. Holland – Diversion Officer

Elizabeth is the Diversion Officer for the Juvenile Court. She was hired in October of 2009. As the Diversion Officer her duties include working with the youth and their families once they have been place in the Diversion Program. The Diversion Program is a chance for the youth, who are first time non-violent offenders, to correct their mistakes without having a record. Elizabeth will be maintaining a caseload similar to traditional probation. Elizabeth will conduct a needs assessment on all youth and their families. She will prepare and explain a contract agreement for all youth in the program. Elizabeth will monitor these cases to ensure the contracts are being followed. She will also refer youth to any community resources necessary. Elizabeth will utilize mediation when appropriate.

Prior to coming to the court, Elizabeth worked as the Assistant Director for Community Service in Sandusky County Juvenile Court for three years. She also worked for Sandusky County Juvenile Detention Center for seven years. Elizabeth graduated from Fostoria high school (Fostoria, Oh) in 1992 and then completed an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice/ Police Science from Terra Community College (Fremont, Oh) in the spring of 1995.

Elizabeth also completed The Ohio Peace Officer’s Training Academy in the spring of 1995 and is also fully trained in firearms and self-defense.



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