President George W. Bush nominated Patricia K. Cushwa to the United States
Parole Commission and the United States Senate confirmed the nomination
on November 20, 2004.
Commissioner Cushwa received a B.A. in History and an M.A. in Contemporary
Government from Hood College in Frederick, Maryland.
Prior to her appointment to the Parole Commission, Patricia Cushwa served
for 12 years on the Maryland Parole Commission, seven of those years as
Chair of the Commission. She was the first woman to be named as Chair
of Parole in Maryland. She also served as a Maryland State Senator and
was an adjunct faculty member of Hagerstown Community College, teaching
government and history courses. She was appointed to the Board of Trustees
of the College.
Commissioner Cushwa spent over thirty years as a public servant in Maryland,
including her election to the Williamsport Town Council, an appointed
term on the Maryland Human Relations Commission and a gubernatorial appointment
to the Maryland State Board of Education. She was co-founder of Washington
County's spouse abuse agency, CASA (Citizens' Assisting and Sheltering
the Abused), and in 1977 that agency was named "Model Spouse Agency
for the U.S." by the Department of Labor.
Commissioner Cushwa is a member of the Association of Paroling Authorities
International and received the President's Award in 2002 for "significant
contributions as a trainer for the National Institute of Corrections."
She is a member of the American Correctional Association where she was
appointed to the Accreditation Committee. During her tenure as Parole
Chair in Maryland, the Commission developed its first risk assessment
instruments, and she worked with Chief Judge Robert M. Bell in 2002 to
start a publication, the Back Bench, to inform the Maryland Judiciary
on parole matters.
Commissioner Cushwa resides in Williamsport, in Washington County, Maryland.