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’.
Jodi Breckenridge Petit, Ph.D. is a Restorative Schools Practitioner assisting FCRJ with student conflicts and restorative practices. Jodi lives by the three power verbs: teach, author, lead.
She has taught everything from chemistry to public education funding to Special Operations effective writing. She values volunteering in meaningful ways in Salida, Colorado; enjoys making art; and has three young-adult sons with her husband, Brian.
Brent is part-time pastor at First Christian Church, Salida and part-time chaplain at Columbine Manor, a long-term care facility. Brent also serves on the board of Chaffee Hospitality Inc. a non-profit that serves those persons experiencing homelessness in Chaffee County.
Ministry is his second career after nearly three decades in Hi-tech. Brent is a fourth generation native of Colorado and southern Colorado in particular is home. Nearly any outdoor activity is reason enough to spend time outdoors. The invitation to the outdoors is ever present in Salida and his hiking boots are always in his vehicle.
Brent believes strongly in the transformative nature of restorative justice and it suits his personal ethics. He is excited to help build stronger relationships in communities through the Transformative Community Conversations program.
No matter the challenge or obstacle, love always wins.
Natalie Carmen Millis was born and raised in Denver, CO. She has a degree in Biology and studied community health at Hampshire College, where she wrote a thesis on the political history of the Indian Health Service. Originally focused on going to medical school, Natalie worked as an EMT during college and then at an inpatient psychiatric unit upon returning to Denver. After witnessing firsthand the way our medical system treats patients (especially youth) in crisis, she became very interested in finding out how people can learn to truly break cycles of trauma.
While working as a lead guide in a wilderness therapy program for teens in the backcountry of Utah, Natalie witnessed the truly impressive impact of both wilderness and a collaborative approach to helping young women heal. After a detour during which she worked as a project manager at a tech startup in Salt Lake City, Natalie then served as manager at the Volunteers of America Homeless Youth Resource Center in Salt Lake City. One of her side projects was strengthening the program’s policies by facilitating regular feedback groups with clients. In addition, she supported the placement of Trauma-Informed Care principles into the Center’s policies around addressing challenging behavior from clients.
After moving back to Colorado for family reasons, Natalie worked at a large Federally-Qualified Health Center as a program coordinator, but during the pandemic she returned to the front lines as a Medical Assistant on a Covid testing and vaccination team in Denver. She is currently also a volunteer for the Blue Bench Project’s rape crisis hotline.
Although she grew up in the inner city, Natalie was fortunate to have a mentor who inspired her love of Colorado’s wilderness from a young age. Besides hiking the Colorado trail, Natalie has also done an 800-mile section of the Appalachian trail as well as countless trips throughout the Southwest. She is excited to use her spare time in the Salida area to work on connecting inner-city youth, BIPOC folks, and other “unlikely hikers” with the wilderness.