Board and Staff


Board of Directors


Victoria3Victoria Stone (Chair) spent years working street outreach for Urban Peak Colorado Springs. She is currently the Minority Family Advocate at Mission Possible. She helps minority youth navigate the court process and access needed resources and services. She has a 12-year-old daughter, Faith, and volunteers for many community organizations.



Melissa3Melissa Marts (Treasurer) serves as executive director for the Women’s Resource Agency. She is a longtime sustainable food advocate and has worked with Peak to Plains Alliance, Colorado Springs Public Market and the Green Cities Coalition.




Pat1Pat Hansen (Secretary) is a retired nurse who generously volunteers her time on various nonprofit boards. She is a member of the Pikes Peak Equality Coalition. When not working as a community volunteer, Pat enjoys music, hiking, yoga and hanging out with her granddaughter.



Carrie BaatzCarrie Baatz works as a community organizer for The Independence Center. She is on the board of NAMI-Colorado Springs (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and helps organize People’s Access to Homes (PATH), a grassroots coalition to provide affordable housing in Colorado Springs.




fortenberryDebra Fortenberry is really awesome, but needs to submit a pithy bionote for the website.




JeremtNelsonJeremy Nelson is a Metadata and Systems Librarian at Colorado College. As a working librarian, his research focus is on designing, developing, and using open-source library systems to address some of the challenges facing the active library. Before receiving his MS in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois in 2003, Jeremy worked as project manager and programmer at a number of software companies in the financial services and online education industries.

Laurie WorksLaurie Works is a community organizer, yoga teacher and writer who is passionate about nonviolence and community dialogue. She is the voice behind the PPJPC social media Twitter and Facebook accounts. You can find her writing at





ScottScott Olson (Executive Director) When Scott isn’t running the PPJPC office, he works as a carpenter and facilitates week-long well-being retreats on the Big Island of Hawaii that includes interacting with the wild spinner dolphins.



StevenSteve Saint (Associate Director, Media) has worked for the J&P in a variety of roles since 2005. He holds a B.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University. Prior to a 20-year career in newspaper and magazine writing, he helped organize the Green Party of California. He is a certified permaculturist and the author of Rules for Reaching Consensus (Jossey-Bass).


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