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Zechariah Papp – President

Harriet Alexander Airfield - Chaffee County

Zechariah is the Airport Manager at the Salida Airport. ​He has ​grown up in Salida, CO​ and joined the FCRJ Board in 2016.

“​I love getting involved with the youth and community, and trying daily to make the world a better place. I have seen firsthand problems with the judicial system, and truly believe that justice does not always mean punishment.​”​

Forrest Whitman - Vice President

Minister, Writer

Forrest brings a varied background to our board. He has been a freelance and staff writer for various publications for thirty years. He currently writes for Writers on the Range (a service of High Country News), the Colorado Central Magazine, as well as a weekly column in The Weekly Register Call Newspaper.

Whitman serves on various boards and committees in the Ark Valley, including the Ark Valley Humane Society and Salida Sunrise Rotary. He has served as an ordained minister and still performs wedding ceremonies. He served as a two-term county commissioner and on various Railroad Boards. (He’s worked for four railroads and enjoys our local rail riders groups).

When serving as a volunteer mediator with High Country Mediation Service a few years ago, he came to love processes like FCRJ. He’s happy to help keep FCRJ going strong.

Talmage Trujillo - Secretary

Horizons Exploratory Academy

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Ken Matthews - Treasurer

Retired Attorney

Ken Matthews is a native Oklahoman who first came to Colorado in 1974, following graduation from the University of Oklahoma.

He served as a US Army officer for 3 years and returned to OU, where he received his law degree.

Ken has practiced law in Norman, Oklahoma (oil and gas), Colorado Springs (general civil litigation), and Denver where he had a Family Law Practice in partnership with his wife Leslie. Ken retired from the practice of law after 36 years in May, 2015.

Ken was a rugby player, coach, referee, and administrator for 35 years; playing while in college and law school, the US Army, and with both the Colorado Springs Grizzlies and the Denver Barbarians rugby clubs. He coached Denver East High School rugby club for 8 years during which East was State Champion on multiple occasions.

Ken and Leslie have owned property in Salida since 2006, were part-time residents for some years, and became full-time residents following retirement. Believing retirement is an opportunity to give to the community, Ken serves on the Board of Directors of Chaffee Housing Trust, Full Circle Restorative Justice, on the administrative committee for A Little Help and Salida Stories, and volunteers his time and expertise to the Alliance Against Domestic Violence.

Because justice does not always mean punishment

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