2021 SUNY New Paltz Women's Leadership Summit

Karen S. DeSimone ’87

Karen S. DeSimone ’87Supervisor/Unit Administrator

Dutchess County Office of Probation & Community Corrections

Major: Communication Studies

Karen DeSimone has been a probation officer in Dutchess County, New York since 1989 and her caseloads assignments include: Juvenile/Adult Supervision, Pre-Sentence Investigations, Stop DWI, and Domestic Violence Supervision. Karen became a senior probation officer in 2003 and a Unit Administrator/Supervisor in 2008. Currently, Karen is supervising the Juvenile Diversion Unit and serving as the chairperson of the Dutchess County Juvenile Justice Committee. Karen is a member of the Dutchess County Criminal Justice Council Executive Committee and on the Steering Committees for the Dutchess County Juvenile Firesetter Intervention program, the Dutchess County Critical Intervention Team, and the Dutchess County Building Bridges program. She has participated in the Dutchess County Domestic Abuse Response Team, the Dutchess County Victim’s committee, the Children’s Services Council, Coordinated Children’s Services Tier II, the New York State PINS Rule Revision workgroup, and is currently a member of the Mid-Hudson Regional youth Justice Team. In addition, she has coordinated 3 research projects with Columbia University conducted at the Dutchess County Office of Probation developing evidence based curriculum for youth and families.  

During her many years working in the probation arena, Karen has trained extensively in at-risk youth and family dynamics, mental illness, alcohol/substance abuse, Motivational Interviewing, domestic violence intervention & Restorative Justice. Karen has also completed training in Critical Incident Stress Management & Debriefing, Critical Intervention training, Instructor Development for Law Enforcement and she is a certified NYS YASI Instructor. Karen provides training for local public schools, police departments, and is regularly a guest lecturer at SUNY New Paltz, Marist College, and Dutchess Community College. Most recently, Karen accepted an invitation to represent the Mid-Hudson region on the New York State Partnership for Youth Justice.