COLUMBUS – Montpelier resident Trisha Russell was among 39 court administrators, clerks and program managers from courts throughout Ohio to graduate from the Court Management Program (CMP) of the Institute for Court Management, which is the educational arm of the National Center for State Courts (NCSC).
The 2014 Court Management Program graduating class represents court professionals from across Ohio.
Ms. Russell is employed as the Clerk of Bryan Municipal Court and is a graduate of Montpelier High School and Northwest State Community College. She is the wife of Gary Russell and has two daughters, Kaitlyn (Travis) Creek and Alaina Russell.
This is the seventh class of Ohio students to graduate from the national program – the only program of its kind in the United States. The two-phase CMP is for mid-level court managers interested in strengthening their management knowledge, skills and abilities. The program, which requires a three-year commitment, complements the training needs of courts implementing the National Association for Court Management’s core competencies. Completion provides graduates with a Certified Court Manager credential.
“I commend the graduates for their three-year commitment and the investment they have made in their professional development and in the future of our courts,” said Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor. “The mission of the Court Management Program is to develop and prepare individuals to actively contribute to the effective management of their courts. I have no doubt these graduates are eager to implement what they have learned in their home courts.”
Justice Sharon Kennedy offered remarks to participants and their guests, and Sandra Grosko, Clerk of the Court offered her congratulations and handed out diplomas during the Sept. 12 graduation ceremony.
The Sept. 12 graduation ceremony came after a 2 ½-day concluding seminar hosted at the Ohio Judicial Center. Titled “Purposes and Responsibilities of Courts,” the seminar provided a historical and philosophical review of the origins and purpose of the judicial branch of government. Many family members and judicial officers attended the program as guests.
During the program, participants were required to attend two modules of courses each year. The modules, which were each 2 ½ days long, covered topics ranging from managing court financial resources and fundamental issues of caseflow management to managing human resources and managing technology projects and resources.