Kwame Holmes, Louisville, CO is a historian of urban, political, African American and LGBT experience along with a number of other sub-disciplines. Holmes has been published in a number of academic and popular journals and is the founder of Economies of Difference on the CU-Boulder campus. Holmes research is principally concerned with the history and dynamics of urban restructuring, or gentrification and on the implications of police violence upon urban economics. He has been a faculty member at University of Colorado-Boulder for 5 years.
Hassan A. Latif, CAC II, Aurora, Colorado is CCJRC’s Board President. After spending almost 18 years in Colorado penitentiaries, he was released in January 2006 and embarked on a career trying to help others avoid prison. In 2012 Hassan authored “Never Going Back: 7 Steps to Staying Out of Prison” (NGB) and founded Second Chance Center, Inc. (SCC). Second Chance Center has grown to become the preeminent reentry organization in the State of Colorado, in four short years. NGB is driving the mentoring program at SCC but is also supplementing pre-release curricula in prisons throughout Colorado and several other states. Hassan is married to Imani S. Latif and they have two children.
Kathleen Lord, Denver, Colorado has represented criminal defendants in the state and federal courts since 1988. She has worked as a federal and state public defender and served as the Chief Appellate Deputy for the Colorado State Public Defender from 1996-2009. She is now in private practice specializing in criminal defense and appeals. She has been on the CCJRC Board since 2011.
Diva Maldones, Denver, Colorado brings to CCJRC many years of nonprofit as well as state and local government experience. She’s previous worked with the Colorado Association of Alcohol & Drug Service Providers, Metro Crisis Services and the City & County of Denver. She is also an active participant in CCJRC’s Crime Survivors Campaign.
Joe Mauro, Denver, Colorado joined the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition in January 2005. He joined CCJRC because of his passion for solutions to mass incarceration, the need for successful and long-lasting re-entry for parolees, and the need for reform of our convoluted criminal justice system. He wants his participation on the CCJRC Board of Directors to make a positive difference on providing justice for all Coloradans. Joe joined the CCJRC Freedom Fighters in 2007, finding it a convenient way to give on a monthly basis. Joe manages his own business, JFM Consulting LLC, consulting with non-profit groups to increase their capacity for fund raising of all types. Joe is an 18 year resident of the Whittier neighborhood in northeast Denver. He is an avid gardener, a beekeeper, and enjoys the diversity and community of northeast Denver.
Hans Meyer, Denver, Colorado is the founder of the Meyer Law Office, P.C. His practice specializes in immigration law and removal defense, criminal defense and post-conviction relief, the immigration consequences of crimes, and the civil rights of immigrants. Hans also served as the former Director of Public Policy for the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, where he focused on local, state, and national immigration policy. Hans has been honored for his public interest litigation and advocacy by the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar (CCDB), the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and the Colorado Hispanic Bar, among other organizations. He is an active member of AILA, CCDB, National Immigration Project, National Lawyers Guild, the ACLU of Colorado, and the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, and serves on the board of directors for several nonprofit organizations, including the CCDB and the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition. Hans grew up in Aurora, Colorado, and is a 2006 graduate of the evening program at the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law. Prior to his career as an attorney, Hans was a forest firefighter, construction worker, and Outward Bound instructor. He also spent several years living, working and traveling in Latin America, focusing primarily on human rights issues in Guatemala and Chiapas, Mexico.
Lisa Raville, Board Vice President, Kittredge, Colorado has been the executive director of the Harm Reduction Action Center since 2009. The Harm Reduction Action Center is Colorado’s largest public health agency specifically working with people who inject drugs. She provides management, fundraising, grant writing, syringe access, policy-advocacy initiatives, and is the agency liaison in the community. Beginning her career in nursing home administration but soon moving into the world of non-profits, Lisa had the opportunity to participate as an AmeriCorps VISTA at an HIV/AIDS agency in CA. This experience changed her life and led her to embrace harm reduction principles. Past work experiences, besides the syringe exchange, that broadened Lisa’s activist voice include overnight homeless shelter coordinator, development work at a domestic violence agency, and a former campaign manager for a CA County Supervisor. Lisa is the co-chair of the Naloxone sub-committee for the Colorado Consortium on Prescriptions Drug Abuse. In 2014, Lisa won the Colorado Public Health Association Award for Excellence in Policy. Lisa holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and Women’s Studies from DePaul University.
Leanne Wheeler, Aurora, CO is a decorated Gulf War era veteran, Wheeler serves as president and CEO of Good to Great Engineering and Technical Services; and founder and CEO of The Wheeler Advisory Group. While in the Air Force, she served as a Cryptographic Equipment Maintenance Specialist. Her post-USAF career has seen her serve in a variety of positions with Raytheon Company. She also was an independent defense contractor, supporting work for a variety of classified customers with Lockheed Martin, GTE Government Systems and PRC, Inc. Wheeler has served on a variety of non-profit and community organizations around her current hometown of Aurora, CO. That includes the Colorado Homeless Prevention Advocacy Program; the Colorado Veterans Advisory Group; the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless; the Metro Denver Homeless Initiative; and the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition.
Rosalyn Wheeler-Bell, RN, BSN, Denver, Colorado is a registered nurse who graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. She is currently the Program Director of the Homeless Prevention/Rapid Re-housing and Rural Initiatives for the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless/Stout Street Clinic. She has developed, implemented, administered, and evaluated community service and treatment programs, with over 30 years experience as a psychiatric nurse. She is a dedicated community planner and organizer and has successfully managed a multi-disciplinary team in the development of new prevention programs for homeless citizens.
Mardy Wilson, Fort Collins, Colorado, has a long-standing interest in human rights that in 1999, led her to the ACLU of Colorado. She served on the Education Committee, helping to establish the Youth Education program, revamp the volunteer program, while working on many event committees. Mardy came to CCJRC in 2006 as a new board member, where she served as secretary. She continues to serve on the board, work on fundraising events, while hoping to increase volunteer opportunities. Mardy actively supports CCJRC’s efforts to change the face of the Colorado criminal justice system; hoping the message “Educate, Not Incarcerate” will continue to grow and impact us all. Mardy is continuously involved in living well with MS; which she has had in her life for the past 36 or so years. Classical music, jazz, reading, growing culinary and healing herbs, her love of food and cooking help to round out her personal time, while being closer to her family in Ft. Collins. Mardy grew up in east Denver, moved to NW Ft. Collins in the fall of 2014 where she continues her board duties via Skype, while hoping to draw more attention to the justice community needs in Larimer County.