Appriss’ flagship solution, VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday) is the nation’s leading automated victim notification system. Through VINE, victims and concerned citizens can register and be notified when an offender is released from custody. VINE is currently provided to victims as a free service, with nearly 95 percent participation nationwide.
In each state, there is at least one designated VINE Program Manager. The Program Manager is typically an employee of the entity or agency that holds the VINE contract in that location and serves as the liaison between Appriss and their community. They are the main point of contact for all VINE-related questions, concerns, or needs that citizens may have, and are responsible for ensuring their community is knowledgeable about the VINE services available to them.
Program Managers are imperative to the success of VINE, as they provide Appriss invaluable feedback and suggestions from the field so we can be confident the service offers a streamlined, user-friendly experience and continues to be a trusted safety net for victims/survivors.
Our VINE Program Manager in the State of Wyoming is Shawn Sitzman. We are excited to get to know Shawm a little better…
Name: Shawn Sitzman
State/Title: Wyoming, Regional Program Manager
What drew you to your role as Wyoming VINE Program Manager?
The role was originally given to me as the prior person left, but I also wanted to learn more about the VINE program and how it helps victims.
What keeps you in your role?
Knowing that I can support an additional resource in our state that helps survivors.
What is the best part of your job?
After working in corrections for almost 8 years, I saw firsthand the people that our victim service programs and VINE helps. It is good to be able to continue to support victim service programs and survivors in a different way.
What does VINE mean to your state?
Being able to provide an additional level of assurance and safety to survivors. The notifications provided by the system help survivors plan for their safety so they can begin their recovery.
Where did you grow up?
I was born and raised a Wyoming Cowboys fan in Cheyenne, WY.
What are your hobbies?
Hunting, fishing, archery, playing video games.
Where is your favorite place to travel?
Anywhere in the mountains.
What is your dream vacation?
I'd really like to travel to either Croatia or Iceland. Of all the people I know who have traveled to Iceland, nobody has had a single negative thing to say.
What is your favorite food?
Favorite sports team?
Detroit Red Wings.
I enjoy any holiday that I get to spend with family and friends.
What books are you reading right now?
Atomic Habits by James Clear.
What TV shows are you binging right now?
Titans & Reservation Dogs.
Do you have any pets?
A pit/boxer mix, Felix.
What is interesting about you that most people don’t know?
I went paragliding in Switzerland with my grandma who was in her late 60's. It was her idea.