Claudia Brett Goldin — Board President
Claudia grew up in Boulder and graduated from Fairview High School. She attended college at Harvard University and law school at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she earned a full-tuition Public Interest Scholarship for demonstrated commitment to public interest law. She now lives with her family in Denver. Since graduating from law school in 1993, Claudia has served as a public interest attorney in Colorado. She began her legal career with the trial and appellate offices of the Colorado State Public Defender, where she represented the criminally accused. She now works as a managing attorney in state government, with a focus on state and local taxation, bankruptcy, and marijuana and liquor industry regulation. Claudia is a trustee with the Brett Family Foundation, which was created by her father and step-mother. Claudia has supported Focus Reentry through Foundation trustee grants for several years and has served on its board since early 2014.
Dave Underwood — Board Vice President
Dave Underwood is an instructor at The University of Colorado Boulder. He has worked there, both as a teacher and as a production artist, since 1988. Prior to his work at the University, he worked in the art department at KMGH Television in Denver. Dave has been mentoring for three years with Boulder’s FOCUS reentry program and has been teaching graphic design with the JET program in Boulder County Jail for four years. Dave finds working with offenders to be hugely rewarding, endlessly challenging, and oddly addicting. In addition to working with JET and FOCUS, Dave volunteers at Children’s Hospital in Denver, playing music for the patients there with his combo, The BandAids. The group, entering their twelfth year of room-by-room performance, plays weekly, and brings blues, soul, and funk to what they consider to be the best audience in the world. Dave is a Colorado native, as is his wife, Ronna. They have two grown children, Kacey and Zack. He enjoys biking, skiing, and hiking in his free time. Dave joined the FOCUS Board in Summer, 2015.
Molly Bowers — Board Treasurer
Molly Bowers is a Boulder Native. She received a BA from the University of Colorado, Boulder and earned her J.D. from the Michigan State University College of Law. After graduation from Law School Molly returned to the Boulder Area. Currently, she is working for a small aviation company in Erie. Molly spent over three years helping incarcerated women earn their GEDs and this experience has made her passionate about reentry. In her free time Molly, runs and does yoga.
Joanne Belknap — Board Secretary
With over 20 years of experience in criminology, Joanne is a recognized expert in the field. She received her degree in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University in 1986. She is a Professor in Sociology and the Department Chair at the University of Colorado. She is the President of the American Society of Criminology (ASC) and a member of Women in Prison Committee of the National Association of Women Judges. She has served on state advisory boards for offenders, on the U.S. Attorney General’s Violence Against Women Committee, gave expert testimony to the Warren Christopher Commission investigating the Rodney King police brutality case, and served as an advisor for the Presidential candidate Barack Obama’s Criminal Justice Policy Recommendation Committee. Joanne is an author and has been recognized for her work, both locally and nationally, including Inconvenient Woman of the Year 2004 from the Division on Women and Crime of ASC and in 2009, the Elizabeth Gee Award. Joanne’s primary interest is trauma to offending, pathways to jail-roles, and intersections of serious mental illness.
Jana Hoisington Matthews — Board Member
Jana spent a decade in Washington, D.C., working on Capitol Hill and for three federal agencies including the U.S. Departments of Labor, Justice (DOJ), and Health and Human Services. While with the DOJ in the mid-2000s, Jana was part of the movement that brought prisoner reentry to the fore; specifically, she encouraged the inclusion of mentoring among the services provided to ex-offenders. She was a public speaker at federal and White House conferences regarding prisoner reentry issues and federal grants. Jana currently coordinates Denver Seminary’s Writing Center and is a freelance editor. She holds a master’s in clinical mental health counseling and has served on the Focus Reentry board since 2012. Jana and her husband live in Boulder County with their young daughter.
Kyle Ward — Board Member
Kyle C. Ward is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Northern Colorado. Originally from Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, Kyle has a BS in psychology and criminal justice from Lebanon Valley College, an MA in forensic psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and a PhD in Criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Kyle conducts research involving jail and prison reentry, policing, rural crime, and evidence-based crime prevention programs and policies. In his free time, Kyle enjoys hiking and trail running.