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John-David (JD) Longwell - Executive Director

  • 720.341.1668
  • jd.longwell@gmail.com

JD began his involvement with FCRJ as a community volunteer in 2011. He quickly developed a passion for the work, stepping into roles as co-facilitator and surrogate victim. He completed two levels of Facilitator Training in 2014 and 2015, and assumed additional responsibilities as FCRJ’s financial manager.  He joined the board of directors as Treasurer in 2014 and left that position in 2017 to assume a staff position as Senior Advisor and Finance Director.  In July 2018, he was named Executive Director.

In addition to his restorative justice work, JD is a Professional Mediator and a contractor with the Colorado State Office of Dispute Resolution (ODR) for the 7th Judicial District.  In August 2018, he completed his training for Professional Coach Certification through Integral Coaching Canada™.  JD manages his mediation and coaching practices through his company, Point of Connection LLC (https://www.pointofconnectioncoaching.com/).  JD also serves a Trustee for the Town of Poncha Springs, Colorado.

Prior to his work in restorative justice, mediation and coaching, JD operated an international trading company specializing in innovative financial products for commodity exporters. He also had a long career as a corporate executive at CoBank and Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM).  JD has a Master of Science Degree in Agricultural Economics from Colorado State University.  For the past ten years, he has called the beautiful Upper Arkansas River Valley of Colorado home.

Patty LaTaille, M.A. -Program Director

  • (719) 221-3069
  • patty.nvc@gmail.com

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 - Case Manager

  • (719) 530-5597
  • sjonesfcrj@gmail.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.

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