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.
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.
Tracey Thiele is a trained facilitator utilizing a holistic approach drawn from mindfulness, unity, non-violence and collaboration techniques to invoke positive change. She has a proven track record of successfully starting businesses focused on health transformation, and as an independent sales representative for a large sportswear company. She has an exceptional ability to readily understand the needs of those she serves, and she is innovative; creating transformational courses and programs.
Tracey is also a Recording and Listening Trainer for the Zen Monastery Peace Center and a Certified Health Coach. Tracey works in on line and one-on-one modalities. With a BA in Psychology and a graduate in the Hakomi method of Mindfulness based Somatic Therapy, Tracey brings important and complimentary skills to the FCRJ team. Her expertise complemented the work she has done coordinating a peer mediation program with a local high school in partnership with FCRJ and teaching non-violent communication to youth in Chaffee County.
As an adventure enthusiast, she loves playing in nature on her bike and skis, attending to her garden, and ‘just being’.