Our Staff

ANDRÉ ZARB-COUSIN

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.

JEANNETTE HOLTHAM

FOUNDING PRESIDENT


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, Board Chair

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 Schur, CAI, GPPA, BAS, Vice Chair

Shannon is the President & CEO of Schur Success Auction & Appraisal, and United Country - Schur Success Realty & Auction. Both businesses are based in Monument, CO and serve the entire state. Over the past few years, Shannon has grown the business to more than $5,000,000 in annual sales. Shannon and her team conduct more than 175 auctions each year and has been the exclusive auctioneer for the City & County of Denver for more than 24 years. The real Estate company currently has more than $15M in listings.  Shannon and her company conduct a wide variety of auctions including: government surplus and tax lien sales; personal property and estates; real estate; business liquidation; and charity / fundraising events. They are also the largest provider of Self-Storage auctions in Colorado, serving more than 190 locations.  In addition, Shannon’s team conducts business and inventory appraisal services for financial institutions, real estate developers, and individuals.  Shannon frequently offers her services as a speaker for various business and community groups. 

Shannon is a 1996 graduate of the Western College of Auctioneering, and has achieved her Certified Auctioneer’s Institute designation (CAI) in 2004. In 2007 she became one of the first two auctioneers in Colorado to achieve the Benefit Auctioneer Specialist designation (BAS). She earned the GPPA designation (Graduate Personal Property Appraisal) in 2011. She has been an adjunct faculty member of The Worldwide College of Auctioneering (Mason City, IA), since 2005.  Shannon is a Colorado Auctioneers Association Hall of Fame Member, and has been an active leader in the organization, previously serving on the Board of Directors as both President and Chairman of the Board. In January 2004, Shannon became the first female finalist in the history of the State Bid Calling Championship Contest.  Shannon has been a successful independent business person and business owner since 1994, running both a custom travel business and a financial publication prior to taking over the family business.  She is a skilled auctioneer and certified to conduct auctions in Spanish. She has attended numerous trade seminars and programs, and is constantly expanding both her business and personal skills.

Dan Benavidez

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 McCoy, CFP ®, AIF ®, Secretary/Treasurer

Janet L. McCoy, CFP®  AIF® 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. Ms. McCoy is a managing principal in the financial planning and asset management firm of Seal Financial Services, Inc. 

Deborah Hendrix

Deborah Hendrix has made Colorado Springs her home for over 21 years, serving her community as president of two school boards—Harrison School District 2 and Colorado Springs Early Colleges.  Deborah also serves on the boards of the Boys and Girls Club of the Pikes Peak Region and Discover Goodwill Industries of southern and Western Colorado. 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 13 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.  Deborah attends Restoration Church in Fountain, CO and is its Business Administrator.  She loves helping people grow and looks for every opportunity to make positive differences in people's lives.


What We Believe

We believe every youth deserves a 2nd chance.

We believe every youth matters.

We believe all youth have the power to reach their full potential.

JANET MCCOY, CFP®, AIF®

Secretary/Treasurer

DEBORAH HENDRIX

SHANNON SCHUR, CAI, GPPA, BAS

Vice Chair

DAN BENAVIDEZ

JOYCE SCHUCK

Board Chair

Our Board of Directors

Youth Transformation Center

Our mission: 
To provide high-impact training and tools to teach youth and young adults to
take responsibility for their actions and contribute to a healthier community.