Blocker will take over the executive director role on Feb. 3 from Patty LaTaille, who is serving as interim executive director. Blocker has been in Salida for 8 years but is originally from Houston, Texas.
“She attended our 2-day training when the board got to know her a little better,” LaTaille said. “Then they asked her for an interview.”
Blocker said she hopes to use her business background to expand services to the community and to create more jobs.
She graduated from the University of Houston with a bachelor’s degree in education and earned a master’s degree from Houston Baptist University in management, computing and systems.
“I’ve worked for Fortune 500 companies like IBM,” Blocker said. “I hope to use my experience with sales, customer relations and account management to give us more opportunities to meet people and network as we seek grants.”
Full Circle is aiming to solidify and establish more funding avenues, such as the recent Coors grant. “Without more funding or volunteers, it’ll be tough to expand our services to meet our community’s needs,” Blocker said.
Part of Full Circle’s expanded services will require hiring a program administrator, whom Blocker said she hopes to hire in March or April.
LaTaille will remain with the nonprofit organization by taking the role of lead trainer/facilitator. As part of her new role she will work with youth and families involved in victim-offender conferences, training educators and students in peer mediation and nonviolent compassionate communication.
“We have spent the last couple of years gaining credibility in the community,” LaTaille said. “We have some very dedicated individuals that help. It’s a very positive thing.”
The main purpose of the organization is community safety, LaTaille said. “We help youth who have been disenfranchised, hold people accountable, help them make things right with the victim and help them move past the shame.”
For more information or to donate to Full Circle Restorative Justice, visit fullcirclerj.net or call 221-3069.