Board of Directors
Melissa Marts (Chair) 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
Debra Fortenberry is a mother, activist and lawyer in private practice with the Fortenberry Law Group. She has provided pro bono legal services after the wildfires, planted trees in the burn area, taught attorney education related to foreclosure defense and participated in lobbying efforts to create greater protection for homeowners facing foreclosure. Through meditation practice and backyard urban vegetable gardening, Debra cultivates consciousness, compassion and gratitude.
Melissa Allen (Treasurer) earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin. Although on the CPA track, she surprised her peers and family alike by joining the U.S. Peace Corps where she taught Accounting and Computers in the Samoan Islands. Upon completion of her stint overseas, Melissa won a Peace Corps graduate fellowship to Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles where she earned an MBA in Information Systems. Since completing graduate school Melissa has worked for several fortune 500 companies, such as MCIWorldCom (now Verizon) and Hewlett-Packard. She also worked as Senior-Accountant-In-Charge at a small software firm in downtown Colorado Springs before moving into teaching full-time. She has since earned her CPA license in the State of Colorado and served as Chair for the Accounting program at Pikes Peak Community College for about 9 years now. She is now studying for the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exam and is on target to earn that license in 2017.
Ruthie Markwardt (Secretary) is a bicycle riding, child educating, chicken chasing, cat wrangling, goat milking, and community gardening lady. Ruthie is looking forward to developing a Peace Camp curriculum that integrates with the Sunrise Garden at Hillside Community Center. She works as Community Coordinator for non-profit Concrete Couch which facilitates community-built projects in arts, construction, and sustainability.
Jeremy 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.
Jesse Perez is the Program Director of the LGBT+ Resource Center at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. The LGBT+ Resource Center is a resource for and about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, asexual, questioning, queer, and ally members of the UCCS community. As Program Director, Jesse works to create a safe and supportive campus environment by offering educational and community building opportunities and advocating for the needs, visibility, and inclusion of the LGBT+ community on campus. Jesse joined the J&P team for the opportunity contribute to inclusivity efforts on a broader scale within the Colorado Springs Community.
Glenn Rohlfing has lived in Colorado Springs since 1994, and served in the United States Army and National Guard as a Communications Specialist for eight years. He has a lovely nine-year old daughter with whom he enjoys creating life experiences with, from road trips to board games. Professionally, he’s faculty at Pikes Peak Community College, where he also is an advisor for Phi Theta Kappa. He has served as a faculty scholar for five years running, and he also sits as a member of the Honors Program Council, and has created Service Learning Curriculum for 1300 chapters across the country and internationally. He is currently Board President for High Plains Church Unitarian Universalist. Standing up for and, more importantly, with those who are victims of injustice is an important part of our humanity that has drawn him to the J&P.
Anjuli Kapoor (Executive Director) has been serving youth in foster care through Fostering Hope Foundation for the past two and half years. Prior to that, she spent time in higher education, serving students on both the staff and faculty side. Her passions for political engagement through nonviolence and sustainability led her to the J&P as she seeks to serve the wider Springs community.