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, where she earned a full-tuition Public Interest Scholarship for demonstrated commitment to public interest law. She and her husband, a public high school teacher, live in Denver and have two college-age children.
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. Claudia works as a managing attorney in state government, and over the years has led attorneys representing a wide variety of state agencies. Currently, the attorneys on her team represent the state agencies that license, regulate and tax marijuana and liquor businesses, and additionally provide legal services to any state agency facing bankruptcy-related legal issues.
Claudia is a trustee with the Brett Family Foundation, which was created by her father and step-mother. She also serves on the board of directors for Mi Casa Resource Center in Denver. Claudia has supported FOCUS Reentry through Foundation trustee grants for several years and has served on its board since early 2014.
Joanne Belknap | Board Vice President
With over 20 years of experience in criminology, Joanne is a recognized expert in the field. 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 presidential candidate Obama’s Criminal Justice Policy Recommendation Committee. Joanne was named Inconvenient Woman of the Year 2004 by ASC’s Division on Women and Crime, and given the Elizabeth Gee Award in 2009. She has a degree in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University. She joined the board of FOCUS in 2012.
Molly Bowers | Board Treasurer
Molly 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. She has been a member of the FOCUS board since 2015. In her free time Molly, runs and does yoga.
Jennifer Sullivan | Board Secretary
Jennifer Sullivan is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University and Duke University School of Law. She clerked for the Honorable W. Royal Furgeson, Jr. of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas before relocating to Colorado. Jennifer became a litigator at the law firm Faegre Baker Daniels, where her pro bono practice included prisoners’ rights and civil rights, familiarizing her with the many barriers people face after incarceration. Now the Senior Assistant Dean for Administration and Program Development at the University of Colorado Law School, Jennifer remains vitally interested in advocacy and social justice. In addition to Focus Reentry, Jennifer serves on the Advisory Council to the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. Jennifer lives in Boulder with her husband and their four children. Jennifer Sullivan joined the FOCUS board in 2017.
Jana Hoisington Matthews | Board Member
Jana spent a decade in Washington, D.C., working on Capitol Hill as well as 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 those leaving incarceration. She was a public speaker at federal and White House conferences regarding prisoner reentry issues and federal grants. Jana holds a master’s in clinical mental health counseling. She oversees Denver Seminary’s Writing Center and is a freelance editor. Jana and her husband live in Unincorporated Boulder with their young daughter, and has served on the FOCUS board since 2012.
Lynn is owner and president of Catalyst Communication, Inc. She is the founder and publisher of the BikeLife, Urban Streets, and Get Around series of print and online magazines for cities including Denver, Seattle, Boulder, Tucson, Anchorage, Cambridge. In 2015, the BikeLife series was named as a finalist for the top woman-owned new business in the outdoor recreation industry. Lynn has been the chair of the City of Boulder Transportation Advisory Board, the Boulder Board of Building Appeals, and the Emergency Family Assistance Association. She has served on the boards of the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative, Boulder Housing Partners Foundation, Democratic Women of Boulder County, and Intercambio Uniting Communities. In a previous life, Lynn was a practicing attorney and taught several classes at the University of Colorado Law School. Lynn joined the board of FOCUS in 2016.
Ryel Kestano | Board Member
Ryel is the Director of Training Operations at the Integral Center (based in Boulder) as well as a Course Leader and Course Supervisor for the Center’s wide-ranging Authentic Relating courses and programs. He regularly organizes and leads courses that provide participants with the skills and tools to engage in strong, conscious, authentic relationships of all kinds. Ryel has brought this work into the jail system in his mentoring relationships, and empowers his mentees to cultivate and sustain healthy relationships with members of their community and family. Previously, Ryel was the co-founder of Virtuance, the country’s leading provider of real estate photography, as well as the co-founder of Pink Mammoth, a successful creative arts collective based in San Francisco. Ryel lives in Boulder with his wife and four children and is an avid rock climber, skier, and world traveler. He joined the FOCUS board in 2017.