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 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 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
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 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 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.”
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 (titheoneon.org), 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. 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
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 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’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 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
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.
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 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
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.