About Us

AVP is an international volunteer progam that enables participants to deal with potentially violent situations in new and creative ways.

New Foundations is a sponsored project under the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center. CNDC, a Colorado 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization, provides New Foundations audit, accounting, insurance, payroll, financial management and technical assistance.

Project Board

  • Louisa Schlieben – Louisa Schlieben, board chair, is a client centered advocate specializing in family conflict and the intersection between domestic and criminal law.  Louisa was an attorney with the Office of the Colorado State Public Defenders, where she received exceptional training and tried over a dozen cases to juries.  Prior to moving to Colorado, she worked with the Public Defender Agency in Fairbanks, Alaska, and with the Legal Aid Society in New York City.  Louisa’s approach to the criminal justice system is grounded in the time she spent with the Innocence Project in New York City.  While under the direction of legendary litigators Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld, she observed the underlying causes of wrongful convictions, fought to exonerate innocent people convicted of horrible crimes, and came to realize what a tremendous responsibility and honor it is to be an attorney. 
  • Amy Clark, J.D., C.C.R.SAs facilitator and member of the Board of Directors of New Foundations – AVP; as student of conflict, structural violence and peacebuilding, and as crew member, my “why” is best summed up in these words:

“Perhaps the seeds of redemption lay not just in perseverance, hard work, and rugged individualism. Perhaps they lay in something more fundamental—the simple notion of everyone pitching in and pulling together.  . . .[T[he ability to disregard his own ambitions, to throw his ego over the gunwales, to leave it swirling in the wake of his shell, and to pull, not just for himself, not just for glory, but for the other boys in the boat.”

Daniel James Brown, The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

From my perspective, we are, each of us, sharing this boat called “Life.”  It is my greatest pleasure, to pull in concert with others to not only keep it afloat, but to move it forward in a powerfully positive way.  That, to me, is what AVP is all about.

  • Anthony MatthewsAnthony is a family and business mediator in the Great Denver Area, and an avid proponent of dispute resolution techniques, which is what led him to AVP. He is a trainee facilitator and a new addition to the Board, focusing on outreach, communication and fundraising. Previously Anthony enjoyed a career in the aerospace industry, rising to the position of Global Program Manager.
  • Jordan Esbin – Jordan joined the AVP Board in 2017 and looks forward to driving efforts in data analysis, social marketing and fundraising. He has a strong interest in social good and believes strongly in helping underserved populations. Jordan works in the renewable energy software industry, and leads product management at HOMER Energy in Boulder, CO.  Jordan studied Economics at Purdue University and University of Canterbury. He holds a professional certificate from Harvard Business School. 

Project Coordinator – Margaret Browne – Margaret has more than 25 years of experience in policy, management and financial analysis work for the City and County of Denver.  She was instrumental in streamlining New Foundations into its current organizational structure and has served as project coordinator since 2012.

Volunteer Coordinator – Maire Callan – Maire brings a variety of work and volunteer experiences to her role as Volunteer Coordinator.  She graduated with distinction from the Iliff School of Theology where she embarked on a career change, specializing in Spiritual Direction, Pastoral Counseling, and Chaplaincy.

AVP Facilitators -All facilitators are community volunteers who have completed a rigorous training program.