The Third Branch
Tenth District Court Administrator
Kristina Aschenbrenner started as the new Tenth District Court Administrator on June 2. She fills the position vacated by Scott Johnson, who left to become deputy state court administrator in North Dakota.
Aschenbrenner previously served as the Eau Claire County clerk of circuit court for more than five years, during which time the county planned and built a new jail. As clerk, in addition to managing personnel and budgets, Aschenbrenner helped usher in the use of new courtroom technology and managed high-profile trials. She also served on the Eau Claire County Criminal Justice Collaborating Council and was involved in the treatment courts and Evidence-Based Decision Making initiatives.
Aschenbrenner holds a Master's degree of Business Administration from UW-Eau Claire and has previously worked in finance and marketing. She also served 10 years with the Wisconsin Army National Guard in the 724th Engineering Battalion.
Special Projects Coordinator, Office of Court Operations
Tommy Gubbin joined the Office of Court Operations in June as a policy analyst focused on Evidence-Based Practices and Criminal Justice Coordinating Councils. He replaced Nikki Leicht. Gubbin previously worked for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections (DOC), where he began in 2000 as a probation/parole officer working in Milwaukee and then Madison.
In 2005 he was promoted to Corrections Field Supervisor in Janesville, where he helped implement Evidence-Based Practices, including assessments, motivational interviewing, and revamped case planning processes. He has been a member of the Rock County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council since its inception in 2006, and chairperson since 2012. He was a charter member of the Rock County Behavioral Health Redesign Steering Committee, and helped develop and operate Rock County's OWI Court beginning in 2012. Gubbin holds a bachelor's degree in Behavioral Science and Law, and a certificate in Criminal Justice from UW-Madison.
First District Court Administrator
Holly Szablewski replaced former District One Court Administrator Bruce Harvey, who retired Aug. 18 (see The Third Branch, spring 2014). Szablewski started on Aug. 19.
Szablewski has worked in various court-related capacities in Milwaukee County for 27 years, including most recently as judicial review coordinator. Szablewski led the development and implementation of Milwaukee County's pretrial screening program as well as the complete redesign of the county's pretrial supervision programs.
Szablewski is currently a member of the National Institute of Corrections Pretrial Executives Network, Milwaukee County's Evidence-Based Decision Making Initiative Policy Team and the Wisconsin Criminal Justice Coordinating Council's Evidence-Based Practices Subcommittee. She has also served on the board of directors for the National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies.