Staff

 

    Administration

  • Luke Yoder, MBA, Executive Director
  • Luke, assumed the Executive Director role at the Center for Restorative Programs after serving as coordinator of the Center’s Parent-Teen and School programs during the mid-2000s. Luke has been with the agency ten years. Luke completed Masters’ degrees in Business Administration and Conflict Resolution at the University of Denver. Further, he directed the Center for Nonprofit Empowerment at The Partnership for Families & Children, and worked on a variety of organizational capacity building projects throughout the state. He has a background in positive youth development, restorative justice, bullying prevention and organizational development. He is actively involved in numerous community initiatives, including serving as the President of the Alamosa County Chamber of Commerce, sitting on the State of Colorado Restorative Justice Council, serving as a member of the Colorado Coalition of Restorative Justice Directors, and serving as Vice-Chair of the San Luis Valley Joint Inter-agency Oversight Group.

  • Clarissa Woodworth, MA, CAC III, Operations Director
  • Clarissa joined Center for Restorative Programs in 2017 as Operations Director. Clarissa received her Masters degree from Adams University and she also is a Certified Addictions Counselor III. Clarissa has worked in the Valley for over 25 years with the majority of her years at the SLV Behavioral Health Group as Development Director. Clarissa has overseen grant writing & development, communications, and public relations for behavioral health and coalitions as well as administered direct service programming. She has worked with schools, social services, public health, criminal justice and community agencies in all six counties of the Valley coordinating and implementing prevention, intervention and treatment programming areas including behavioral health, substance abuse, violence and suicide. She is passionate in her work with collaborative partnerships to strengthen and enhance community and agency collaboration and to strategically identify needs, gaps, and improvements to advance systems and outcome opportunities for children and families. She has served on various community boards and coalitions and helped develop the San Luis Valley Inter-agency Oversight Group.

  • Carol Wolkow-Price, BBA, Bookkeeper
  • Carol joined the Center of Restorative Programs in 2014 as the part-time bookkeeper. She moved to Colorado in 2011 and lives in the high mountains above San Luis in a house that is still under construction, the combination of which provides abundant adventures.

    Diversion

  • Paula Medina, Program Manager
  • As Program Manager since 1998, Paula provides victim offender mediation, case management, facilitates family decision making conferences, small claims court mediation, and volunteer coordination for the restorative justice program. She is a Latina and Valley native, intimately familiar with the area’s varied cultural histories, traditions, organizations and communities. Paula has been active in a number of community networks addressing the needs of at-risk youth and families. She served extended terms on her school district’s Accountability Committee, Tu Casa board, and the board of Valley Community Fund. She has also served extended terms as a trustee for the Town of La Jara and is currently the Mayor pro tem.

  • Liz Bosworth, RJ Diversion Coordinator
  • Liz Bosworth, M.Ed, serves as the Diversion Program Coordinator and joined the Center for Restorative Programs full time in May 2018. Liz attended the ReThinking Substances Facilitator training in November 2014 and served as a facilitator before obtaining the coordinator role. Unbeknownst to Liz at the time, her passion for working in a restorative justice setting began in college when she served on her university’s Judicial Board. Her path to CRP includes a year of service as an AmeriCorps Member at La Puente Inc, Volunteer & Service Learning graduate student at Kent State University, and 6 years working in Student Affairs at Adams State University. In Liz’s spare time she can be found walking her dog, playing a steel drum, and outside enjoying all that the SLV has to offer.

    Wraparound

  • Luis Alvarez, LPC, Wraparound Coordinator, Team Lead
  • Luis is a licensed professional counselor and has been working with at-risk youth and families since 1997. His passion for this unique population began with work at a boarding school in Arizona. Since then, he has dedicated his career to the service of vulnerable teens and families in both conventional and unconventional settings. His professional experiences range from youth corrections, community mental health agencies, and Wrap-around facilitation, to residential settings involving canoes in the Florida swamps and in the mountains surrounding the San Luis Valley. Early in his career he discovered the power of agency collaboration when working with families in need. Luis received his Master’s of Arts in Counseling from Northern Arizona University in 2003. From 2010-2013 he owned and operated a wilderness-based residential treatment program which he designed that embodied his counseling philosophy of agency collaboration and involvement. He is currently the Wraparound team lead for Alamosa, Saguache and Rio Grande counties. He also is the team coach for the LEAD team in Alamosa. He has been working with families and individuals affected by opioids in both a Care Coordination capacity as well as individual therapy.

  • Charlie Kuhns, BA, Wraparound Facilitator, Alamosa
  • Charlie has served as a Wraparound Coordinator for four years with The Center for Restorative Programs. Charlie has experience working with children and families having served as a supervisor for Social Services in Conejos County along with past work experience in substance abuse counseling with Crossroads over the last 16 years. Charlie has extensive experience working with community agencies facilitating Individualized Service and Support Teams and wraparound services with our collaborative management programming. He works closely with families to provide needed support and linkages to community services all while continuing to further his educational qualifications in a Masters’ degree program for human services.

  • Teri Sisneros, Family Support Partner, Wraparound – Alamosa, Rio Grande and Saguache
  • Teri has been providing family support to families for over 4 years through our HB 1451 Collaborative. She provides a family perspective in the routine operations and development of the program In this role the family support Partner uses personal and professional life experience to advocate for families providing consultation and training for staff and others to increase awareness and improve the effectiveness of parent professional partnerships to meet the needs of families, and to participate in program and community meetings to maximize parent voice, choice and involvement throughout the service delivery process. Teri also is a member of the Interagency Oversight Group for Alamosa, Rio Grande and Saguache counties and was recently chosen by the State System of Care COACT recognizing her hard work implementing a System of Care that benefits children, youth and their families in the San Luis Valley.

    School Programming

  • Honey Strecken, BA, Restorative Practices School Team Lead
  • Honey is the Team Lead for our Restorative Practices Programs in Schools. Honey joined the Center for Restorative Programs the summer of 2016. Being an educator here in the San Luis Valley for the past 10 years, she has enjoyed watching young minds grow and discover new things. Partnering with students to achieve academically was extremely rewarding. The transition from teaching content to teaching restorative practices to other educators, administrators, and especially students and their families was a natural one for her. Honey now assists schools in creating their own positive school climate by learning how to manage conflict in a socially and emotionally appropriate way and by making building respectful relationships top priority. The practice of partnering with people instead of powering over them sets the foundation for her restorative work. Other aspects of Honey’s work is to collaborate and engage with community agencies that will help support students, staff, and families. In her personal life, she is an advocate for New Born Screening, participates in healthcare access advocacy, and is a member of the Organic Acidemia Association. Honey also serves as a community member in Rethinking Substances and Traffic Circles, diversion programs where youth explore the impacts of harm on self, family, and community resulting from an adverse situation they may have caused or had been involved.

  • Rachel Johnson, Restorative Practices School Coordinator
  • Rachel was hired with Center for Restorative Programs in August 2018 and moved to the Valley after living in the Denver area the last 27 years. She currently works with Moffat Consolidated School District as a Restorative Practices Coordinator where she provides training, coaching and support to students, staff and parents through classroom circles and restorative interventions. Rachel began facilitating restorative justice conferences in 2009 while attending CU Boulder, where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and recognized her passion for Restorative Justice. Since then, Rachel has gained case coordinating, training and program development experience for both restorative justice and mediation programs in Colorado. Upon beginning restorative work, Rachel has always seen schools as a space for restorative practices to thrive and spread out into the community. She is excited to be working towards that vision of strong restorative communities by being in schools and working with community partners full time. In case you were wondering, Rachel loves living in the Valley so far. When she is not working, Rachel still enjoys being engaged with her community by attending and volunteering for community events. She enjoys being active and doing most anything that gets her and, when possible, her dog Sibley outside and exploring.

    Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD)

  • Carey Deacon, MSW, CPS II, LEAD Program Manager
  • Carey is the Program Manager for Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) that began this April at Center for Restorative Programs and provides intensive clinical case management and wraparound facilitation for LEAD participants. Carey has worked for over 20 years in the San Luis Valley. Over the last 20 years she has provided clinical and consultation services in schools, medical clinics and early childhood sites, participated and help coordinated Emergency Disaster Response for behavioral health in the SLV. She spent over 15 years working with youth throughout the Valley in prevention programming including after school programs, youth coalition, mentoring, wraparound and intensive case management. She received her BA from Adams State College in Psychology and her Masters of Social Work from Simmons University and currently working towards her license. She also holds her certification as a Prevention Specialist II which is a national certification for prevention work. Additional certifications and training include Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention, SafeTALK Prevention, ASSIST, ARC (Attachment, Self-Regulation and Competency) Intervention for Complex Traumatized Youth, PreK CHILD, Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk (AMSR), Pyramid Plus, TF-CBT Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, SAPTS, Mental Health First Aide, Psychological First Aide, Field Response. She also attended Emergency Management Institute, as well as a number of other trauma and drug awareness certifications. Carey enjoy spending time connecting with her family, cooking, baking, reading, writing, walking and going to the mountains as often as she can.

  • Gail Garcia-Kuhns, CAC III, LEAD Case Manager
  • Gail currently works with the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) that began this April at Center for Restorative Programs. Gail provides intensive clinical case management and wraparound facilitation for LEAD. Gail spent over eighteen years working with youth and families throughout the valley in prevention and treatment programs at San Luis Valley Behavioral Health Group and Crossroads Turning Points. She holds her certified prevention specialist as well as her certified mental health youth first aid trainer certificate. Gail is a certified addictions counselor and is dedicated to making a difference and change to those who are in need of help. She is also passionate of the foster care system and who has adopted a beautiful daughter 7 years ago. Gail is bilingual and a native of the San Luis Valley.

  • Grantley Showalter, BA, LEAD Case Manager
  • Grantley currently works with the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) that began this April at Center for Restorative Programs (CRP) providing intensive case management and wraparound facilitation for LEAD. Grantley worked as a Restorative Justice Coordinator with CRP prior to this as a full-time volunteer coordinating restorative justice cases, working with offenders, victims, volunteers, and community stakeholders from the point of intake through process completion. Grantely also regularly assists with training referring agents and volunteers, and maintains community partnerships. Grantley completed trainings in Motivational Interviewing and Wraparound Case Management. In his free time he enjoys spending time in the mountains on his bike, rock climbing, and backpacking. He volunteers his time in the community with local non-profits including Alamosa Parks and Rec as a middle-school soccer coach. Grantley has a special interest in diversion programs and restorative justice stemming from his studies in Peacebuilding and Political Studies.