Kimberly has lived in the Salida area for the past five years. During that time, she has served as a resource to families in Chaffee County through the Colorado Community Response program, worked closely with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and developed a long-term housing program for those victims. Most recently, she served as Chair of the countywide Housing Policy Advisory Committee, and worked with elected officials and county and municipal organizations to increase regional collaboration advocating for the formation of the Chaffee County Office of Housing.
She earned a Bachelor's degree in Business and Information Systems from the University of Colorado (CU-Boulder) and has thirteen years of experience as a technology professional. She leveraged her IT experience to form her own technology company that provided desktop, network and security solutions to small businesses and individuals. She later returned to CU-Boulder and worked in academic technology, research computing and data management. She has used her business and technological experience in the United States and other countries to empower individuals and families with educational resources and medical supplies as well as micro-financing for sustainable projects to pay school fees for children to continue their education.
Kimberly believes strongly that restorative justice practices are vital for the health and well-being of our community. Her leadership skills coupled with a passion for creating productive dialogue between parties affected by crime, violence and trauma are well-suited to take FCRJ to the next level in providing restorative justice services throughout the 11th Judicial District.
Formerly the Executive Director and now Program Director of the non-profit Full Circle Restorative Justice (FCRJ) based in Salida, Colorado, Ms. LaTaille’s professional background revolves around Social Justice and Communications in various venues.
She is the Lead Facilitator and Trainer for Victim-Offender conferencing, as well as serving as a Professional Mediator (Keeping The Peace, LLC) privately, and within the Judicial system. Ms. LaTaille is a professional Meeting Facilitator and an international speaker on methods of Non Violent Communication (NVC). Her experience as a Rotary Peace Fellow, in Bangkok, Thailand in 2015, was a pivotal point in her career as an International Peace Professional.
Currently, she serves as the Humanizing Justice Systems + Social Media Lead on the
Leadership Council for The Peace Alliance.
Ms. LaTaille holds a graduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She was employed by IBM in Boulder, CO, as an Master's level intern and then as a Communications Architect. Ms. LaTaille has a number of published works and photos in corporate and media publications, regional newspapers and magazines, and in Chicken Soup for the Working Woman’s Soul. She is currently awaiting publication of her book; "Paws for Peace: Enhancing Restorative Practices with Therapy Dogs".
Ms. LaTaille enjoys spending active time outdoors and with young people. In prior years, she worked and played at being a ski/snowboard instructor and a white water river guide. She has more than twenty-three years of experience in working with high‐risk adolescents, in addition to founding and managing a number of sustainable youth programs.
She was born and lived in Long Island, New York, and has now resided in the Colorado mountains with her furry family members for 24 years. Ms. LaTaille recently returned from a sabbatical for six months where she wrote and immerse d herself in Mexican culture in San Miguel de Allende - a dream come true! You can find her on FB, Linked In, fullcirclerj.net and keepingthepeacemediation.com
Stephanie Jones is a Colorado native who enjoys the many outdoor activities the Salida area offers. A recent graduate with a Master’s Degree in clinical Mental Health Counseling (3rd in her class of 280+ students), her focus is working with youths in Salida and Buena Vista. One of her primary professional goals is to help change the school-to-prison pipeline through implementing restorative justice practices. In addition to FCRJ, Stephanie also supports youth and families through her work with Family Youth Initiative (F.Y.I.) in Salida. In her work with youth and young adults, Stephanie focuses on improving adolescent thinking, attitudes and behavior. Stephanie is a retired correctional officer and served four years in the armed services.