Author of Taking Restorative Justice to Schools: A Doorway to Discipline and co-author of Ten Surefire Ways to Transform Troubled Youth. Ms. Holtham is the president and founder of Youth Transformation Center and a recognized leader in Colorado’s restorative justice movement. She has contributed to driving milestone legislation to make restorative justice more predominant in the judicial, corrections and school systems. She has directly worked with more than 5,000 high-risk youth in alternative schools, detention centers and prisons throughout Colorado, Texas, Wyoming, Canada, and the country of Malta. Prior to starting Youth Transformation Center Jeannette worked for JA Worldwide (Junior Achievement) for nine years and served as Director of Organizational Leadership. In 2003 she received the Excellence in Communication Award from Regis University having graduated summa cum laude with a BA in communications. She has an unrelenting passion for inspiring youth to reach for their fullest potential.
Joyce Schuck is an author living in Colorado Springs. A graduate of Loretta Heights College with a major in Human Services and Counseling, Joyce is currently serving as Vice Chair of the Colorado Charter School Institute. She co-founded Community Transitions in Colorado Springs, served as the vice president of the Community Council of Pikes Peak Region, helped coordinate the El Paso County Shape Up Program, designed programs for PPCC, 4th Judicial District DA’s office, and was Vice President of the Women’s Foundation of Colorado in Denver. She is a member of the Junior League of Colorado Springs and was a founding member of Salon de Femme. Troubled teenagers, the homeless, and the disadvantaged have been the focus of Joyce’s professional and volunteer efforts. Joyce is a recipient of the Colorado Springs Mayor’s award for Civic Leadership. It’s no surprise that she is listed with Who’s Who in the West, Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who of American Women. Joyce and her husband Steve Schuck founded Parents Challenge in 2000 when they saw the need in the most ailing school districts in Colorado Springs. Parents Challenge provides scholarships to families who qualify for the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program. The scholarships help these low-income families in the areas of home school curricula and materials, public school tutoring, transportation to another public school, or private school tuition.
Shannon is President and CEO of the Schur Success Group in Monument, Colorado focusing on Real Estate, Auctions, Fundraising, and Asset Appraisals. She holds her Real Estate Broker License and conducts sales both traditionally and at auction. She has been an Auctioneer for 22+ years and is a 2nd generation Auctioneer. Shannon holds many industry designations and is a recognized industry leader. She was inducted into the Colorado Auctioneers Hall of Fame in 2012 and is only the 2nd woman ever to do so. She and her husband Rich Schur help many non-profits in reaching their fundraising goals by offering their consulting and auctioneering services. They both are Asset Appraisers in determining true market value to personal property. Shannon and her team have a goal of helping clients to solve problems during life's transitions.
Shannon has leadership experience in many areas including community service and trade organizations. She is a Past-President of the Colorado Auctioneer's Association, and serves on advisory committees for the National Auctioneers Association.
Author of For All the Wrong Reasons—a compelling memoir of a Latino man struggling to make it in a white man’s world—Dan Benavidez is well versed in the vulnerabilities of minorities who struggle to fit into a world fraught with discrimination. Dan’s fascinating journey has taken him coast to coast and abroad from living in the back of a gypsy wagon, to a stint in the U.S. Army, and to war torn Nicaragua as a successful businessman. Now in the worldwide import-export business for more than 20 years primarily in Mexico, Central America, Europe, and South Africa, Dan has used his experience to stress the importance of knowing the culture and customs of the Mexican people and offers seminars to schools and police departments to promote awareness and understanding. He has played a key role in forming sister city relationships for the cities of Denver, Arvada and Longmont, with Cuernavaca, Colima and Ciudad Guzman, Mexico. In 2013 Dan received the prestigious Longmont Legends award for legendary dedication to the Longmont community. A longtime community spirited resident of Longmont, CO, Mr. Benavidez was the first Latino in the city of Longmont to be elected to the City Council as Councilman-at-Large and to be elected by his peers as Mayor Pro Tem. Among his long list of community contributions, Dan presently serves as: Vice President of the Board of Directors of Eco -Cycle, one of the largest nonprofit recycling social enterprise organizations in the world; a member of the Board Directors of the Longmont Housing Development Corporation (LHDC); a community volunteer for the Longmont Ending Domestic Violence Initiative (LEVI); a member of the Longmont Police Department Latino Advisory Council (LAC); and a volunteer for the Longmont Community Justice Partnership (LCJP) to advocate for restorative justice.
Janet L. McCoy, CFP® AIF® Vice President, Client Services at Seal Financial Services, a division of SRS Capital Advisors, Inc, has been assisting individuals and companies with their finances for over 28 years. She has ten years’ experience in tax preparation and small business accounting and more than eighteen years of experience in personal financial planning. Ms. McCoy is a Certified Financial Planner® practitioner, receiving her designation in 1996. She served as the 2003 President of the Financial Planning Association of Colorado and has served on the Board of Directors of the FPA of Colorado and the Institute of Certified Financial Planners for over eight years. She has contributed to articles in Money Magazine and Financial Planning Magazine and has been a featured speaker of the Colorado Bar Association and other various groups. She is currently on the Advisory Boards for Patient Safety, and is a managing principal in the financial planning and asset management firm of Seal Financial Services, Inc.
Deborah Hendrix has made Colorado Springs her home for over 27 years, having served her community as president of two school boards—Harrison School District 2 and Colorado Early Colleges. Deborah serves as Board Chair of Discover Goodwill Industries of Southern and Western Colorado. Currently Deborah is the Executive Director of Parents Challenge, a non-profit that supports low-income families with a full menu of educational choice – private, public, charter and home school. She is also the Strategic Network Administrator for Colorado Early Colleges. Previously, she worked for Junior Achievement Worldwide, a non-profit youth-oriented organization. Over the course of 20 years she held nine positions with JA and gained experience in the areas of diversity management, board development, people management, strategic planning, event planning and course facilitation. Deborah is a multi-course instructor for Dale Carnegie Training in Colorado Springs. She has been instructing for 19 years, and was selected the Instructor of the Year for Dale Carnegie Denver in 2003. Deborah is the owner of CD Global Enterprises, which provides training, coaching, and consulting to companies and organizations to meet the needs of a global workforce. She loves helping people grow and looks for every opportunity to make positive differences in people's lives.
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VP OF TRAINING
Born on the island of Malta, Andre went on to hold all the soccer scoring records for more than 30 years from his alma mater The Colorado College where he is a nominee for the Colorado College Soccer Hall of Fame. Known for his "go for the gold" attitude, Andre spent 11 years coaching award-winning high school soccer teams. Not surprisingly, both his son and daughter are now nationally known coaches, a college track and cross country coach at the Air Force Academy and a figure skating coach, respectively. With a BA in business administration from Colorado College and more than 30 years as an accountant executive primarily with Hewlett Packard, André now prefers the training room where he can inspire youth to move away from risky behaviors and reach for their BIG dreams. Mr. Zarb-Cousin recently co-authored the book Ten Surefire Ways to Transform Troubled Youth with Jeannette Holtham.
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