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.
Dr. Wendy Birhanzel has served more than 18 years in public education. She earned her doctorate degree in Educational Leadership in Urban School Settings from the University of Southern California and has been an educator in California and Colorado. Her passion is to improve achievement for all students. Previously as Principal of Centennial Elementary and Wildflower Elementary, she turned around two schools with significant free and reduced student populations. Under her leadership, both schools went from being the lowest-performing in the city to some of the top-performing in the city. She also helped her schools earn the honor of the National Blue Ribbon Award and National Title I Distinguished School. During her leadership, her schools also reported some of the highest levels of satisfaction within the district on culture surveys. For these efforts, Dr. Birhanzel was awarded the Mayor’s Young Leader Award from the city and the Young Alumni Achievement Award from her college. Dr. Birhanzel led the Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Department in Harrison School District where she ensured a rigorous curriculum for all students and aligned assessments to measure student learning. In addition, she is a national consultant focused on systemic implementation of programs to increase achievement and student learning outcomes.
Janet L. McCoy, CFP® AIF®, retired Vice President of Client Services at Seal Financial Services, a division of SRS Capital Advisors, Inc, has assisted 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.
Rich Schur, COO of the Schur Success Group in Monument, Colorado is also the owner and president of Magnum HR, a company that elevates employees to assets, and provides workplace development & guidance services to protect business and organizational leaders. He has provided expert guidance and direction to companies and organizations across the country. Rich serves several regular clients including a national health care company, a casino/hotel, and is the Executive Director of HR for a medical group.
Rich started his career in law enforcement as a police officer, trainer, investigator and evidence technician. He has more than 20 years of human resources, education, and professional development experience. He previously served as the Vice President of Training and Professional Development for IPC International Corporation, the Director of Community Education for the College of Lake County in northern Illinois, an Internal Business Consultant with Quantum, and as a Department Chair at Remington College. He has served clients in manufacturing, service, retail, hi-tech, higher education, finance, medical, and many other fields.
In 1999, Rich earned his Masters Degree at Northern Illinois University in Continuing Adult Education, and his undergraduate degree from Southern Illinois University in Workforce Development and Training. He earned a certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), and is credentialed through the State of Colorado as a College Instructor.
He is the President of the Pikes Peaks Chapter of The American Society for Training & Development, and a member of the national association. He is an active member of local and national associations of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Rich has also served as a board member on various other community groups and trade associations including the Chairman of the Lake County (IL) Gang Prevention Task Force, the chair of the Lake County (IL) "Stayin' Alive" Traffic Safety Task Force, and the Executive Director of the Human Resource Development Institute (HRDI), a program of the Chicagoland Chapter of ASTD.
Shannon Schur 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.
Pete Lee is a legislator in the U.S., state of Colorado and a former member of the Colorado House of Representatives elected in 2010 to House District 18 which includes Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs and El Paso County. Drawing on his experience and interest in criminal justice law, Lee has introduced legislation promoting victims' rights and reducing recidivism. He advocates for laws allowing prosecutors or victims to use restorative justice which is an approach to crime that focuses on the emotional needs and interests of victims, encourages offenders to take responsibility for their crimes and supports sentences that pay victims back when possible. Lee introduced a bill in 2011 to define and promote Restorative Justice in Colorado state law, encouraging it as an alternative to the existing corrections system in some cases and as a compliment to it in others. He has also driven milestone legislation in Colorado that encourages the use of restorative justice as a first consideration before suspending or expelling students from school.
Founding President of 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, Jeannette Holtham is 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. She has an unrelenting passion for inspiring youth to reach for their fullest potential.
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 Loyola Marymount University 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 co-authored the book Ten Surefire Ways to Transform Troubled Youth with his wife, Jeannette Holtham.
Leslye Taylor has worked in Restorative Practices for the last seven years. She began by leading Circles with formerly incarcerated persons to assist them to return to their communities. When one such person mentioned that the pipeline to prison was school for them, she took that to heart and began working in schools. Initially she helped develop Restorative Practice programs in high schools. Previously, as part of a collaborative called the Dialog Learning Group she helped develop the convening of dialog conversations with business leaders, and as well was trained by the Ehama Institute to bring people together to collaborate in a Circle Council learning to live harmoniously by sharing resources equally from all cultures. Compassionate Listening is a key foundation of her practice. She is passionate about diversity and attended Diversity University in Colorado Springs this past year.
In Leslye’s work as a Restorative Practitioner with Youth Transformation Center, she practices as a Circle keeper facilitator, leads Restorative justice conferences and is a Restorative mediator in schools. She has worked in K-12 settings to effect culture change and reach youth as early as possible before behaviors exacerbate or lead to a regrettable future. She trains school staff in Colorado Springs and Pueblo, and as well a team of practitioners she works with in schools. She serves on the Pikes Peak Restorative Justice Council Board. 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.
Terry Taylor spent many years as an engineer and programmer analyst working for large and midsized companies. With an interest in moving out of the hustle bustle of Corporate America, Terry did a two-year stint with AmeriCorps, working as a math tutor at an elementary school. During that time, he discovered his passion for working with youth. Following this, Terry began working for Youth Transformation Center facilitating Community Connection Circles in schools and added Restorative Justice Conferencing and training to his Restorative Practices.
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 also a certified service dog trainer and a Bee Keeper.
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®, Dispute Resolution Specialist, Trainer and Coach. Jan owns and operates Rodgers Mediation, LLC, a Colorado business that offers a broad menu of conflict management services and training. In addition to Jan’s Restorative Justice work with YTC, she is a Restorative Justice Facilitator for El Paso County 4th Judicial Neighborhood Justice Center and Pike’s Peak Restorative Practices as well as a member of the Pike’s Peak Restorative Justice Council in Colorado Springs. Jan also has extensive mediation experience including family mediation, workplace mediation, divorce mediation, and business/consumer mediation. She has worked as an international conflict coach and consultant in Asia, The Middle East, Latin America and Australia.
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.
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
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.
Marty Toland is the Security Coordinator for Harrison School District Two in Colorado Springs. Prior to that, from 1997 to 2019, he was a law enforcement officer with the Colorado Springs Police Department. Marty holds a bachelor's degree in sociology and public administration from Western Michigan University.
Widefield School District 3 teacher and track coach.
Juaquin Mobley dual resident of both Colorado Springs, Co and New York City, is the Vice President of CommunityWorks located in the greater metro areas of Colorado and a practitioner of restorative justice circles. Mr. Mobley helps individuals find their passion and career path by helping them realize their abilities and access to greatness