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Executive Board

Judge Costine

The Honorable J. Mark Costine graduated from St. Clairsville High School and attended Wake Forest University. He received his Juris Doctorate Degree in 1979 from Ohio Northern University.

Judge Costine began his term as Probate and Juvenile Judge for Belmont County on December 24, 1998. He was a practicing attorney in The Costine Law Firm from 1979 - 1998, and was Belmont County Assistant Pubic Defender from 1979 - 1998.

Judge Costine is responsible for implementing an Intake and Diversion Program for Juvenile Court as well as a Juvenile Court Drug Program and Family Drug Court Program. He is a member of the faculty for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and lectures throughout the country regarding Juvenile Drug Court matters.

Judge Costine has been very active with the youth in the community. He was a Boy Scout Leader and member of the Executive Committee for the Ohio River Valley Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He has been the Coach for the World Finalist Olympics of the Mind Team for two years.

Judge Costine is married to the former Brenda Edler and together, they have three children.


Judge Corabi

The Honorable Judge Joseph M. Corabi graduated from Steubenville Catholic Central High School and Graduated from the University of Steubenville and Ohio Northern University School of Law.

Judge Corabi began his term as Probate and Juvenile Judge for Jefferson County on February 9, 2015. He was a practicing attorney since 1977 and practiced with his father and sister.

Judge Corabi was Jefferson County Asst. Prosecuting Attorney from 1987 through 1990 and was the Toronto County Court Judge from 1990 through February 2015.

Some of Judge Corabi's prior affiliations included being Solicitors for several Townships and Villages, a University of Steubenville Business Law Teacher, and Special Counsel for the City of Steubenville.

Judge Corabi is married to the former Kathleen McMenamin and they have three children. 


Judge Bennett

Judge David Bennett is currently in his first term as Judge of the Guernsey County Common Pleas Court Probale/Juvenile Divisions.

Judge Bennett is a lifelong resident of Guernsey County having graduated from Cambridge High School in 1978. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Bowling Green State University in 1982 where he graduated with honors and received his Juris Doctor from Capital University Law School in 1985 where he received the Dean's Award for his service to the University.

Judge Bennett received his license to practice law in Ohio in 1985, and the United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio, in 1986.

Judge Bennett was a partner in the law firm of Knowlton and Bennett for over 29 years where he practiced with his brother, William Bennett. He also served as President of Bennett Title Agency in Cambridge from 2000 to 2015.

Judge Bennettt has been active in the legal profession and the community throughout his career. He served on the Ohio State Bar Association Board of Governors and was President of the Ohio State Bar Foundation, he also served as Councilman-at-Large to Cambridge City Council from 1990 to 2015 where he was Chairman of the Finance Committee.

Judge Bennett has been active in numerous charitable organizations in Guernsey County such as Cambridge Main Street, the Cambridge-Guernsey County Community Improvement Corporation, and Dollar for Scholars. He is also an Elder at the First Presbyterian Church of Cambridge.

Judge Bennett resides in Cambridge with his wife Debi. They have two children: Stephanie, a nurse at Cincinnati Children's Hospital and Michelle, a Senior at The Ohio State University.


Judge Nau

The Honorable John W. Nau graduated from Caldwell High School and attended Salem College in Salem, W.V. He received his Juris Doctorate Degree from Ohio State University in 1976.

Judge Nau began his term as Probate and Juvenile Judge for Noble County in 1990. Prior to that, he worked at Theisen, Brock, Frye and Erb in Marietta, Ohio from 1976 - 1980 and was the Noble County Prosecuting Attorney from 1980 - 1989.

Some of Judge Nau’s affiliations include the Noble County Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, Noble County Chamber of Commerce, St. Stephen Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.

Judge Nau is married to the former Janet Van Fleet and they have two children, Sally and Matthew.


Judge Puskarich

The Honorable Matthew P. Puskarich graduated from Lakeland High School and attended Otterbein College. He received his Juris Doctorate Degree from Wake Forrest School of Law in 1991.

Judge Puskarich began his term as Probate and Juvenile Judge for Harrison County in 2003. Before that he was the Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Jefferson County from 1991 - 1996 and was elected Harrison County Prosecuting Attorney in 1997 and served until 2003.

Some of Judge Puskarich’s affiliations include the Ohio Association of Juvenile Court Judges, Director for District 5 from 2005 to present and Sargus Juvenile Detention Center Board Vice-Chairman from 2003 to present.

Judge Puskarich is married to the former Kris Heston and they have two sons.


Judge James W. Peters

The Honorable James W. Peters graduated from Zanesville High School in 1972 and the Ohio State University in 1976.  He received his Juris Doctorate degree in 1981 from Capital University Law School. 

Judge Peters served as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Wetzel County, West Virginia from 1983 to 1988.  In 1989 he was sworn in as Judge of the Monroe County Court, a part-time position where he served until February 2015 when he took the bench as Judge of the Monroe County Probate and Juvenile Court.  Judge Peters practiced law as a sole practitioner in Monroe County for thirty-four years.

Judge Peters and his wife, Kay, have two children.  Son, James, serves as the Monroe County Prosecuting Attorney and daughter, Kylie, serves as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for the cities of Reynoldsburg and Whitehall.

 

 


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