Brent Hultman, President
Director Investor Relations, Boulder Chamber of Commerce
Hultman earned the Member of Distinction Award from the Boulder Chamber in 2011. He has served in the Chamber’s Ambassador Program in which volunteers host chamber events and mentor local businesses. Hultman brings his experience in the non-profit community, his extensive business network, and his personal passion and understanding to support ex-offenders as they strive for self-sufficiency.
Joanne Belknap, Ph.D.
Professor of Sociology, Institute of Behavioral Sciences, University of Colorado
With over 20 years of experience in criminology, Dr. Belknap is a recognized expert in the field. Dr. Belknap 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. Dr. Belknap is an author and has been recognized for her work, 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. Dr. Belknap primarily interest is trauma to offending, pathways to jail-roles, and intersections of serious mental illness.
The Rev. Dr. Stan Adamson,
St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
Dr. Adamson worked with offenders in Lansing, Kansas, the Reception and Diagnostic Center in Topeka, Kansas, the Kansas State Industrial Reformatory in Hutchinson, Kansas; the DOC diagnostic center in Denver, the former Women’s Prison in Canon City and the Boulder County Jail.
Jana Hoisington Matthews
Matthews has served in a variety of capacities that address the needs of offenders; as Associate Director of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Outreach Coordinator of U.S. Department of Justice. With the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Ms. Matthews served as an advisor to HHS’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and Administration for Children and Families (ACF) regarding promoting local social service solutions to address human needs. At the DOJ, Matthews acted as a liaison between non-profit social service organizations and DOJ agencies regarding victims of crime, at-risk and exploited youth, and ex-offenders.
Matt Koschmann, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, University of Colorado
Koschmann (Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin) is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Colorado-Boulder. His research explores the communication processes of inter- and intra-organizational collaboration, with a particular emphasis on nonprofit organizations, cross-sector partnerships, and the civil society sector. He teaches classes on organizational communication, collaboration, persuasion, leadership, and research methods.
Gomez received her degree in accounting from the Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2013. She has received numerous awards for her achievements within the community including the Metropolitan Mayors and Commissioners Youth Award and a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Award. As a community activist, Gomez has been involved with programs designed to help women and girls achieve self-sufficiency through the YWCA of Boulder County and through Smart-Girl, Inc. in Denver. Now she is bringing her passion and talents to help offenders achieve self-sufficiency.