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.
  • Jeff London –Jeff London, PhD received his doctoral degree from the University of Colorado in 2006. While at CU, Dr. London was awarded CU-Boulder’s Department of Sociology “2003 Excellence in Teaching Award,” given by the Colorado Beta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta, and the “2002 GPTI Instructor of the Year” award, given for excellence in classroom instruction. During the summer of 2007, Dr. London began working at MSU Denver and is now an Associate Professor. In early 2010, Dr. London published his first book entitled, How the Use of Marijuana Was Criminalized and Medicalized, 1906-2004. Dr. London’s book investigates the social construction of the processes of marijuana criminalization and marijuana medicalization. It is the first substantive study on the subject to include a detailed historical context in which to situate a new theoretical model for examining the contemporary U.S. drug policy debate. From 2013 to 2018, Dr. London is serving as the evaluator for the administration of a National Science Foundation grant (Denver Metro Chem Scholars). He is also a member of the Colorado Department of Higher Education’s General Education Council. In addition, he is Vice Chair of the Colorado Faculty Advisory Council, and a member of Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP Colorado) Board of Directors. In 2017, Dr. London received the Presidential Award of Gratitude for Teaching Excellence by Delta Gamma Xi Criminal Justice Honor Society. As a rule, Dr. London is happiest when he is spending time with his wife and daughter.
  • Kim Gillan  – Kim works extensively in the area of health care policy and reform, pushing for increasing access to quality and affordable health care at the Federal and state level.  While in Montana, Kim had the opportunity to work with the state’s Correctional system and was part of an effort to change the Correctional paradigm and refocus efforts to help women and men develop skills, techniques along with support to ensure successful reentry.  She joined the board to help with fundraising to ensure sustainability and help the organization respond to increase interest in and need for AVP.  
  • Laura Schlater –Laura Schlater, Ph.D., has a doctorate in forensic psychology and an intense interest in the intersection between the correctional, judicial, and mental health fields. She has been teaching writing and psychology at the college level for a decade, and works as the U.S. Copy Manager at Spotzer. Laura is writing a book about schizophrenia, violent crime, and the Aurora Theater shooting.
  • 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.