2017-18 Meeting Speakers

Thursday,  November 9, 2017  11:30-1:00 pm

Stan Garnett, Boulder District Attorney

Mr. Garnett was elected as the District Attorney for Boulder County in November, 2008.  Before he assumed the position of District Attorney, he was a trial lawyer for 22 years at the firm Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber and Schreck. Mr. Garnett specialized in complex litigation at the state and federal level, and has appeared before the United States Supreme Court, the 10th and 11th Circuit Courts of Appeal, the Colorado Appellate Courts and in state and federal trial courts across the United States.

District Attorney Garnett is a long-time Boulder resident. His father graduated from Boulder High School in 1943 and Mr. Garnett graduated from Fairview High School in 1974. He  then received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1978 from the University of Colorado, graduating Phi Beta Kappa,  and his Juris Doctor degree in 1982 from the University of Colorado.  From 1982 to 1986, he was a Deputy District Attorney in the Denver District Attorney’s Office.  Mr. Garnett was elected in 1997 and 2001 to the Boulder Valley School Board, serving as president of the Board during his final term in that office.

Mr. Garnett is well-known in the legal community as a top-level trial lawyer, and has received a number of distinctions from the legal community during his years in private practice.

During his tenure as District Attorney, Mr. Garnett has focused efforts on prosecuting economic crimes, crimes in the immigrant and homeless communities, and cold case homicide investigations.  He has established priorities in the Office on prosecuting violent and recidivist offenders, especially those who present a threat to public safety, as well as outreach to more vulnerable populations such as the elderly.

Since 2012, Mr. Garnett has served on the Board of Directors of the National District Attorney’s Association and has been very involved in promoting Restorative Justice and other progressive Criminal Justice reforms in Colorado, especially in the area of Juvenile Jurisprudence.  He is an outspoken opponent of the Death Penalty and speaks frequently about best practices in the Criminal Justice system.

In 2017, Mr. Garnett was elected as President of Colorado District Attorneys Council.


Thursday,  December 14, 2017  11:30-1:00 pm

Kristie Hornick, Co-Founder, The Reentry Initiative

Born and raised in Indiana, a true “Hoosier,” Kristie received her undergraduate degree at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, starting what would be a 7-year career in the banking industry.  Upon moving out to CO 12 years ago, she shifted priorities and took a position with Prison Fellowship, the world’s largest prison ministry.  It was during that time she graduated from the Iliff School of Theology with a Master’s in Social Justice and Ethics, and in 2012 was ordained in the United Methodist Church, receiving as well an official endorsement for work in pre-and post-release servicing.  She stayed with PF until last October before co-founding The Reentry Initiative.  Currently, she serve as a Loveland Police Chaplain, and in her “spare” time, she enjoys hiking, sports, movies, reading, and trying to be relevant in her two teenagers’ lives.

She never envisioned how much working with offenders and returning citizens would change her life.

Deborah Simmons,  Co-Founder and Board Chair

Deborah’s past experience has provided a pathway to making The Reentry Initiative a success –- She had a 20-year career in corporate organizational development, the Center for Creative Leadership and as the National Program Director for the American Leadership Forum. There she learned how to join and strengthen leaders to better serve the public good in chapter communities across the country.  She was a Founding Director for Gracehaven, a shelter for sexually trafficked girls.  She was also Board Chair for a community mental health center in Dublin, Ohio. 

Shortly after moving to Longmont in 2011, she became a FOCUS mentor, then Trustee for Community Foundation of Boulder County and Trustee for El Paso: Engaged Latino Parents Achieving Student Outcomes.  Through her board work, program leadership in the Boulder County Jail and participation in Leadership Boulder and Leadership Longmont, Deborah has developed a comprehensive network of personal and professional contacts with key Boulder County community and government leaders. She values these relationships and shares a growing commitment to serving the homeless, working with faith communities and other leaders in Longmont.

It’s not only the smart thing to do, it is the right thing.”  Deborah Simmons, TRI Board Chair, on creating The Reentry Initiative.”

The Reentry Initiative empowers women transitioning from incarceration to achieve behavioral change using evidence-based methods and spiritual growth — restoring lives, reconciling families, and renewing communities.


Thursday,  January 11, 2017  11:30-1:00 pm

Therese Robertson RN,CNM,MS,SANE, Ambassador Shared Hope International

Teresa Robertson RN,CNM,MS,SANE is proud to have been a Registered Nurse for 35 years.

During  the past 26 years as Masters Prepared Certified Nurse Midwife; Teresa has provided a full scope of Midwifery and Gynecological Health Care  services to women, teens and childbearing  families within Boulder County and The Navajo Nation.

Within Boulder County she has delivered this care, both as a business owner of private health care practices, and as an employee of several Boulder County non profits. Her previous Non Profit Employers have included: The Boulder Health Department, Peoples Clinic, Women’s Health, (aka BVWHC)and  Planned Parenthood. In addition to her private counseling practice: Teresa is a proud member of Boulder Community Health’s SANE team( Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) and represents the BCH SANE  team in Boulder County’s Trafficking  Advisory Group.

Theresa teaches obstetrical nursing students as an adjunct clinical faculty member for the Denver College of Nursing. Since 2014,Teresa has served as volunteer “Ambassador of Hope” for Shared Hope International,  educating communities about Domestic Child Sex Trafficking (DMST).  www.shi.org


Shared Hope International is dedicated to bringing an end to sex trafficking through our three-pronged approach – prevent, restore, and bring justice.

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