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 the Board since early 2014.
Dave Underwood — Board Vice President
Courtney 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, Courtney 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.
Joanne Belknap, Ph.D. — Board Secretary
Professor of Sociology, Institute of Behavioral Sciences, University of Colorado
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, 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. Joane’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 issues 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 grants and funding. Jana currently coordinates Denver Seminary’s Writing Center and is a freelance editor. She and her husband have a baby girl. Jana holds a master’s in clinical mental health counseling.
May Mgbolu — Board Member