Founding President, Youth Transformation Center
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.
YTC RJ Trainer/Facilitator
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.
YTC RJ Trainer/Facilitator
Trained first as a mediator, and then in Restorative Justice and Circle practices, Leslye Taylor began as a Circle Keeper to assist formerly incarcerated individuals seeking to make a safe and supported reentry to their communities; and soon thereafter in schools after a member of one of those Circles remarked that schools are the pipeline to prison. Having had the opportunity to practice for a number of years with some of the renowned pioneers of Restorative Justice and Circlekeeping in Minnesota, Leslye helped develop a school restorative program for an organization working with school mediation, conflict coaching and Circles. Her work with both adults and youth supported County Corrections and direct clients, school administrators, Social Service professionals, teachers and students. Having moved recently to Colorado, Leslye now works with Youth Transformation Center to facilitate Classroom Connection Circles in elementary schools to effect culture change and reach children as early as possible before behaviors exacerbate or lead to a regrettable future. Those who work closely with Leslye are immediately drawn into her warm and inclusive style as she holds them in a sacred container where they feel safe to speak honestly, vulnerably and openly with one another.
YTC RJ Trainer/Facilitator
Karen Lee has been facilitating and teaching RJ since 2006 for the Manitou Springs Court, Colorado Springs Municipal Court, and local middle and high schools. She has recently co-facilitated a “high risk” RJ conference in the Department of Youth Corrections. Ms. Lee is also on the board of the Pikes Peak Restorative Justice Council
YTC RJ Trainer/Facilitator
Serena Vogel earned her Masters of Arts degree in Counseling and Human Services from The University of Colorado, Colorado Springs in 1996. She recently retired from her position as middle school counselor in the Manitou Springs School District after 29 years of teaching and counseling. She was trained in restorative practices and conferencing in 2005 and regularly used her skills with students in her school. Manitou Springs Middle School saw a significant reduction in harm caused by students when it was implemented regularly. Serena is now a restorative practices coach through the Transforming Safety Colorado grant funded project in two Harrison School District Elementary Schools and is a certified service dog trainer.
YTC RJ Trainer/Facilitator
After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University in electrical engineering, Terry worked as an industrial engineer for 20 years, working with a wide range of databases and specializing in Microsoft SQL as well as assisting in the computerization of small businesses. Soon thereafter, Terry did a two-year stint with AmeriCorps—a network of nonprofit community organizations and public agencies that fulfill assignments in the fields of education, public safety, health care, and environmental protection. The program is often seen as a domestic Peace Corps. During that time he worked as a math tutor for elementary school students in a program called Mathcorps. Upon moving to Colorado this year, Terry began working for Youth Transformation Center facilitating Community Connection Circles in elementary schools.
Maggie Schultz Patel
Scultz Patel Evaluation
YTC Community Associate
Mediator/RJ Trainer and Facilitator
Robin has been working in restorative justice since 2009 and was the lead planner of the Colorado Springs Restorative Justice Symposiums in 2009, 2010 & 2013 and is currently working on the 2019 NACRJ (National Association of Community and Restorative Justice) conference planning team. She also planned the 2012 state-wide RJ Summit in Denver. She is a restorative justice facilitator and trainer as well as professional mediator for the BBB, Small Claims Court and in private practice. She served for many years on the PPRJC board as secretary and helped create the Mediators without Borders graduate course.
Pikes Peak Restorative Solutions
Seal Financial Services, Ret.
Colorado State Senator
YTC Community Associate
Chair, Pikes Peak Restorative Justice Council
Lynn Lee has been working in Restorative Justice for the past 17 years as a community volunteer, victim advocate, facilitator, trainer and director. She is a retired special education teacher and holds a masters degree in education administration. Lynn was the chair of the Pikes Peak Restorative Justice Council beginning with its inception in 2007 through 2015. She continues to be an active board member. Lynn is the coordinator for the Manitou Springs Restorative Justice Project, working closely with the court and police department. She has successfully facilitated over 500 restorative justice conferences and has worked with the courts, schools, Colorado Dept. of Corrections and Colorado Youth Corrections in implementing and facilitating restorative justice and restorative practices. She is a recipient of the 2013 Pikes Peak Restorative Justice Leadership Award and the Peace Alliance 2015 Restorative Justice Peacebuilding Award. Lynn facilitated the first high risk victim offender dialogue in the Colorado Dept. of Corrections and continues to successfully facilitate high-risk victim offender dialogues in the Colorado prisons. Lynn was appointed to the Colorado State Restorative Justice Council in 2013 and continues on the board assisting in implementing RJ legislation around the state of Colorado.
President, Schur Success Realty & Auctions
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COO Master & Champion Auctioneer
Schur Success Realty and Auctions
Phoenix Strategies, LLC
Jan holds a master’s degree in Conflict Management and Dispute Resolution from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She is a Restorative Justice facilitator, Certified Collaborative Mediator®, conflict specialist, trainer and coach. Jan co-owns Phoenix Strategies, LLC, a Colorado company that offers a broad menu of conflict management services and training. Jan is a Restorative Justice Facilitator at El Paso County 4th Judicial Neighborhood Justice Center and Pike’s Peak Restorative Practices. She is also a member of the Pike’s Peak Restorative Justice Council in Colorado Springs. In addition to Restorative Justice practices, Jan has extensive mediation experience including family mediation, workplace mediation, divorce mediation, and business/consumer mediation. Jan mediates for Phoenix Strategies, LLC, Better Business Bureau of Colorado Springs and the 4th Judicial Small Claims Court in Colorado Springs. She has worked as an international conflict coach and consultant in Asia, The Middle East, Latin America and Australia.
Margaret Schultz Patel, PhD (2020)
Schultz Patel Evaluation
Maggie is an experienced human services program evaluator with demonstrated success. Maggie's past work has focused on workforce development, adult education, mental health, criminal justice, homelessness, youth services, and foundation efforts. Maggie has a Master’s of Social Work from the University of Chicago, a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is currently an advanced doctoral student in Research Methods and Statistics at the University of Denver. Most importantly, her experience as program provider staff, foundation staff, and public agency staff means she has a rich and nuanced understanding of the complexity and common barriers in these environments. Maggie joins the Youth Transformation Center as an objective third-party program evaluator specifically for the Transforming Safety grant funded project.
TriKnot Restorative Solutions
Schuck Corporation, Parents Challenge
Past Board Chair
Strategic Network Administrator
Colorado Early Colleges
Ron Wiley, PhD
TriKnot Restorative Solutions and
YTC RJ Trainer/Facilitator
Ron Wiley has worked his entire career in the non-profit sector, both public and private, and the past 23
years with Resource Exchange International, Inc. (REI), an international humanitarian service organization headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO. Ron is currently the Director of Field Personnel and a member of the leadership team for REI. He actively coaches and mentors young leaders who are exploring cross-cultural professional service options, and works to ensure that REI’s field staff in six emerging nations are thriving, along with their families. Until early 2010, he had served as REI’s Field Director for Kazakhstan, launching programs in English education, micro-enterprise development in rural villages, and expatriate language acquisition, and leading REI’s Kazakhstan team of national and expatriate staff.
Ron has a B.S. (Bio-Agricultural Science), M.S. (Plant Genetics & Breeding), M.A. (Organizational Leadership), and PhD (Conflict Analysis & Resolution: “Indigenous Restorative Conflict Resolution Practices Among Kazakhs”). He is passionate to build a more just and peaceful world one reconciled relationship at a time. This has contributed to Ron founding and directing TriKnot Restorative Solutions, LLC, as a trained Restorative Practices facilitator, High-Risk Victim-Offender Dialogue facilitator, and Restorative Justice trainer/consultant in Southern Colorado.
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 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.
Janet McCoy, CFP ®, AIF ® , Secretary/Treasurer
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, Past Chair
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.
Wendy Birhanzel, PhD
Wendy Birhanzel holds a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California. Her dissertation was titled “Doubling Student Achievement Through the Use of Human Capital at High Performing High-Poverty Schools” which aptly reflects her many professional awards and accomplishments throughout her career as an educator. She currently serves as Chief Operating Officer and Acting Superintendent of Harrison School District Two in Colorado Springs, CO. A few of the honors that Dr. Birhanzel and the schools she leads so richly deserve include U.S. News and World Report Best High Schools (2016/2017), Urban School of Excellence Award (2017), Blue Ribbon School of Excellence (2016/2017), Colorado Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award (2017), John Irwin Growth Award (2016/2017) and District of Distinction (2015).
YTC RJ Trainer/Facilitator
Jeanine is trained as a facilitator in restorative practices. She worked in Pueblo City Schools (District 60) elementary and middle schools for the 2017-2018 school year bringing circle practices to the classrooms and co-facilitating in restorative conferences.
She is presently working as part of the team with the Transforming Safety Colorado grant in the Harrison School District. She also is supporting the Pueblo Municipal Juvenile Court and the Pueblo County Boys and Girls Club in their restorative practices.
Jeanine has also volunteered for many years for Resource Exchange International, Inc. in Kazakhstan and locally in Colorado Springs in the REI, Inc. main office. She has a MS in Nutrition and MA in Organizational Leadership.
COO & Acting Superintendent, Harrison School District Two
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