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Theme: Turning Keys

This event occurred on
March 15, 2014
8:00am - 3:30pm PDT
(UTC -7hrs)
Monroe, WA
United States

The Monroe Correctional Complex (MCC) will be using TEDx as a vehicle to address and share ideas surrounding prison reform. On a national level, sentencing reform and prison capacity is a growing concern as addressed at the highest level by Attorney General Eric Holder. In true Washingtonian fashion, MCC would like to be the catalyst to address those issues head-on by providing our most innovative thinkers, both staff and offenders, with a forum to prove to the global community that Washington sets the bar in the world of Corrections.

By having a TEDx in a prison setting, we are taking a national and global stance on prison reform and how we can improve upon the practice for public safety. Including staff and offenders to be speakers alongside our Community Guest speakers, our event proves the answers do not lie within those outside the walls of confinement, but can be found within those who live the life each day.

TEDx Monroe Correctional Complex promises to be a day addressing the ways we think about prison and how that can change prisons. Not through massive changes that can take years or decades, but hundreds of small changes that can foster positive change in days or months.

Monroe Correctional Complex
16550 177th Avenue SE
PO Box 777
Monroe, WA, 98272
United States
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Dan Pacholke

Dan Pacholke is the Assistant Secretary for Prisons Division for the Washington State Department of Corrections. He has held many leadership positions and has pioneered many innovative practices that are utilized by the department today. He is creditied for putting DOC on the national map by paving the way for sustainability efforts through his collaboration with the Evergreen State College and the Sustainability Prisons Project.

Kathleen Macferran

Kathleen holds a vision for a peaceful, just and sustainable world. She works as a certified trainer and assessor for the Center for Nonviolent Communication and offers communication, conflict resolution and restorative justice system exploration to organizations and individuals. She is a lead trainer for the Freedom Project, an organization that strengthens community safety by supporting the transformation of prisoners into peacemakers. Kathleen is on the faculty of Seattle Central Community College. In addition, she has spent two decades as a music conductor and seven years as a public school teacher.

Sean Hosman

Sean Hosman is a leading voice in criminal justice advancements through his advocacy of – and expertise in – implementing Evidence-Based Practices in U.S. probation and corrections. His experience in applying the latest research, technology, contemporary best practices and a wide range of empirical assessment and outcome measurement tools makes him one of a handful of experts who help private, local and state jurisdictions shape a new future for corrections that is both tough and smart. An active and engaging presenter and trainer, Sean has 15 years of experience working with over 85 public and private juvenile and adult justice agencies. He has expert knowledge in the areas of automated risk and needs assessments, case planning systems, Evidence-Based Practices, Principles of Effective Intervention, and Motivational Interviewing. Sean received his law degree from Brigham Young University. He is a member of the Utah State Bar, the Colorado State Bar and the American Bar Association. He is also a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers and has participated as a member of the Board of Directors of the International Community Corrections Association and a corporate member of the Board of the American Probation and Parole Association.

Brian Walsh

Brian Walsh leads the offender education program for Peninsula College at two state prisons in the northwest corner of Washington state’s Olympic Peninsula. Brian believes that by providing quality college education, offenders will be less likely to return to prison and be better prepared to care for themselves and their families. As Associate Dean of Basic Skills and Corrections, Brian started the first prison-based Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (IBEST) program, a nationally recognized curriculum for adult education in Washington state. He began five new vocational programs including: Sustainable Horticulture, Artisan Baking, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Green Building, and Computer Programing and Game Development. He has led the effort to expand the use of technology in the prison classroom. Brian has worked to develop secure ways for faculty within prisons to deliver offenders the same technologically enhanced courses available to the public. Also, while raising three sons, Brian and his wife own and operate an independent school serving students pre-K through grade 8. He received a bachelor’s degree from Ripon College and, while serving as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, a master’s degree from the University of Wales. In November 2013, Brian was recognized by the White House as a Champion of Change, one of “10 local heroes who are taking creative approaches in using technology to enhance learning for students in communities across the country.”

Honey Jo Herman

Honey Jo Herman is honored to have worked with The IF Project since 2010 and Pioneer Human Services since 2013. She is motivated to share the story of her successful transition from prison back to her community as a means of inspiring others who are going through transitional periods of their lives. As the mother of four children, she is empathetic to the painful difficulties that incarcerated parents face when separated from their children. She is at her happiest when she sees others take steps to improve their lives and realize their potential. As she continues to diversify her professional experience, she is certain that it will always have a component of service. “People are interactive in their own demise, but they are equally interactive in turning their lives around.”

Kim Bogucki

Detective Kim Bogucki has more than 25 years of experience with the Seattle Police Department. She is currently assigned to the Community Outreach Unit. She has two goals: foster community outreach and reduce the cycle of crime. Six years ago, Kim cofounded the IF Project after forming an unlikely partnership with prison inmates that led to the development of an innovative program that utilizes writings and experiences from inside the prison walls to affect positive change. She and her team of former prisoners present these writings, along with real-life experiences, to youth groups and those at risk of serving time. This program leads to real, honest, lifealtering dialogues and action. Since she never sits still, she also launched another nonprofit organization: Tithe One On (, which aims at remessaging anti-bullying and creating communities of kindness. To get more involved with the IF Project, please feel free to e-mail

Carri LeRoy, Ph.D.

Carri LeRoy, Ph.D. is a member of the faculty at The Evergreen State College and has co-directed the Sustainability in Prisons Project (SPP) with Dan Pacholke since 2011. SPP is a program that brings science and nature into prisons, and hopes to reduce the environmental, economic and human costs of prisons. SPP was founded as a partnership between The Evergreen State College and the Washington State Department of Corrections, but has expanded to an international SPP network. Carri’s interests in science education in prisons are based on her master’s degree in interdisciplinary environmental education and her desire to facilitate environmental stewardship in broad audiences. As an ecologist, Carri studies interactions between forests and streams and has worked in riparian systems in Washington, Arizona and Utah for the past 15 years. She has published over 25 scientific research articles with students and collaborators in the fields of stream ecology, ecological genetics, riparian forest ecology and prairie plant community dynamics. She has received grants from the United States Department of Agriculture and National Science Foundation and has received an award from the North American Benthological Society.

Rosa Vissers

In 2010, Rosa Vissers made a life-changing decision for herself — she became a volunteer with the organization Yoga Behind Bars. Her commitment to service, her love of yoga and her career experience as an international dancer combined to make a great foundation to her becoming the organization’s development and communications director in 2013. Additionally, she brought with her experience as a development professional for the grassroots nonprofit agencies Velocity Dance Center and Dance Art Group. Rosa earned her Bachelor of Fine Atrs from ArtEZ in her native land of the Netherlands. Her credentials also include an Master of Fine Arts in Modern Dance from the University of Utah, a certificate in Nonprofit Fundraising Management from the University of Washington as well as being a certified permaculture designer. She earned her 500-hour yoga certification in 2007 at Centered City Yoga with D’ana Baptiste after a dedicated search to find a practice to cope with the stress and demands of professional dance. Fueled by her convictions, Rosa believes that, together, we can create a compassion revolution.

Ryan Quirk

Ryan Quirk is a psychologist who has worked with the Washington State Department of Corrections since 2009. He is the supervising psychologist for the maximum custody units (Intensive Management Unit and Intensive Treatment Unit) located in the Monroe Correctional Complex. On both units, Ryan works with a multidisciplinary team to provide programming and other opportunities to offenders in an effort to decrease recidivism. Such interventions are also designed to assist in offender transition to less-restrictive settings, including the community. It is his hope that individuals pursuing a career as a mental health professional will consider working in the field of corrections.

John L

John’s mother and father would say he was a good kid. His siblings would affirm he’s a great brother. His friends would declare he’s loyal to a fault and women admit he’s not what they expect. Those who don’t know him mention that he’s deeply flawed but those who know him well attest his flaws are outweighed by the depth of his character. He would say he’s all the above and so much more.

Jarrelle M.

Jarrelle is a purpose-driven young man, intent on progressive change and a positive future. Not only is he a dedicated husband to an amazing wife, he also is a proud (and protective) older brother to five younger siblings. Having spent the greater part of his life unaware of his own voice and the positive impact it has, Jarrelle strives to uplift and inspire those around him. A passion of his is contributing to the community through promoting conscious decision making amongst at-risk youth and young adults. In his free time, Jarelle enjoys spending time with his loved ones, and living/loving life with his wife Guru. He is an avid reader, a selfdescribed “foodie” and lover of great music. He is also currently enrolled in numerous college and independent-study courses.

Brandon P.

In my childhood years I didn’t know exactly who I was, yet I knew what I was opposed to. That is inequality in its many shapes and forms. Knowledge of self is my greatest asset. That encompasses my strong cultural roots of both African and Hispanic origin. I also maintain a healthy spirituality with prayer, meditation and laughter. I am not only a son and brother, but also a father of an awesome 7-year-old little boy who I have been unable to spend time with since he was 3 months old. Although this experience is disheartening, I still find subtle ways to make my presence known in his life such as through a letter or a gift of a book to share pieces of me, which is his history, and a key in to his future, which is education. My favorite quotes are: “By any means necessary.” – Malcolm X “If you can’t see God in all, then you can’t see God at all.” – Yogi Bhajan

Spencer O.

Spencer is a simple 25-year-old, born and raised in the outlying country of the greater Seattle area by his two loving parents; he is an only child of Euro-Scandinavian descent. This is where he’s from; what about who he is? “Caring, kind, driven and joyful: just a few of many words I identify with. I’m a lover and a fighter: I love people and enjoy creating positive social connections, and I’m not inclined to back down from a constructive challenge. I have a strong entrepreneurial spirit that I utilize every day to foster an atmosphere of enthusiasm and success for myself and everyone around me. I believe life is about learning, growth, and prosperity in every area: spiritual, relational, physical, mental — I do my best to live each day accordingly. Life truly is beautiful!”

Nick H.

Nick has been a resident of Monroe Correctional Complex for the past 11 years. He is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys hunting, fishing, camping and hiking. A self-described environmentalist, he has been known to hug a tree or two. He has traveled to Europe, Africa, South America and the Fijian Islands. High on his bucket list is to hike Mount Kilimanjaro with his son. After taking a permaculture class a few years ago, Nick shifted his career track into sustainable practices and is currently employed as a worm farmer.

Organizing team


Olympia, WA, United States
  • Marjorie Petersen
  • Peter Maxson
  • Susan Biller
    Rule Maven
  • Michele Wood
    Team Member
  • Rick Samp
    Team Member
  • Will Mader
  • Annie Williams
    Team Member
  • Angela Trim
    Team Member
  • Rob Herzog
  • Greg Miller
    Team Member