Formerly incarcerated people face many barriers when starting over, from numerous collateral consequences–to deficient personal resources–to overwhelming expectations.
With Remerg.com, our first program, we work to connect people to community resources that help them realize their potential after getting out of jail or prison. By fostering connections to hundreds of resources, and empowering people with advice and examples on navigating and accessing help, Remerg.com supports the needs, goals, and dreams of our target audience.
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At one time a teacher in public and private schools, executive director and founder Carol Peeples became interested in mass incarceration after teaching in a prison and developing the first two editions of Getting On After Getting Out: A Reentry Guide for Colorado, which was the first written statewide re-entry guide for Colorado. Both experiences inspired the passion Carol has for the field of re-entry from jail and prison, specifically in fostering success and creating connections to the community. Carol founded Remerg in 2015 in order to create remerg.com, a re-entry specific website for people coming out of jail and prison in Colorado, which is the nonprofit’s first project. Carol is a mayoral-appointed commissioner on Denver's Crime Prevention and Control Commission and also serves on the Advisory Board for CU Denver's Smart Corrections Education Project.
Roohallah Mobarez is the youngest son of Afghani refugees, arriving in America at the age of three with his parents and five siblings. An entrepreneur, he started his first business with a $20 loan from his father and most recently graduated from Rocky Mountain Microfinance Institute’s Entrepreneur Boot Camp (winning the pitch competition for his graduating class--raising crickets as a protein alternative). Roohallah survived eight years of incarceration via art, education, CrossFit, ultimate frisbee, and camaraderie. Since he's been out, Roohallah has welcomed individuals released from incarceration into his own home, overcome the challenges of re-entry, and now provides firsthand guidance through Remerg. Roohallah is grateful for his family, especially his sister, for their unconditional love and support.
Prior to joining Remerg, Jeff spent the majority of his career working for large nonprofit organizations and serving in a consultant role for emerging NGOs through his own grant writing company. Jeff also has first-hand experience with addiction and navigating the criminal justice system as a result. He has seen the barriers formerly incarcerated populations face and understands the need for sweeping change in how we help those individuals return to the community. He is subsequently thrilled to be a part of the Remerg team and able to use his experience to further the organization’s impactful mission. Jeff studied Business Communications and Political Science at the University of Northern Colorado. He enjoys golfing, hiking with his dog, and spending time with friends and family.
As Remerg’s Peer Navigator, Rachel is responsible for client intake at the Assessment, Intake, and Diversion (AID) Center as well as helping case manage Remerg participants. Rachel brings a wealth of experience in recovery, both as a peer coach, sober living house manager, and as someone who has overcome addiction herself. She is excited to use this experience to help clients utilize re-entry resources, especially treatment/recovery options, and ultimately guide them towards a better, healthier life. Outside of work, Rachel enjoys hanging out with friends, exploring new things, and staying involved with The Other Side Academy.
Liz has led efforts for a variety of workforce programs under the Denver Economic Development and Opportunity Workforce Services for more than thirteen years. She most recently administered the successful completion of the Technology Employment in Colorado-Partnership, a $6.18 million US Department of Labor HIB Ready to Work grant. Prior to her work with Denver, Liz was a business owner of several small local businesses and spent seventeen years with the Xerox Corporation. Liz has been a member/volunteer for Mountain Plains Minority Supplier Development Council since 1999 and volunteer facilitator for local high school and intern programs over the past decade. Liz has a passion for connecting businesses and individuals to the resources and services they need to be economically successful--a perfect fit for the vision of Remerg!
Margot is a Senior Director for Basis Policy Research, an independent research firm specializing in applied research in K-12 education, where she specializes in project management and business development. Margot wants to break the cycle of incarceration from the perspective of a parent and knows that successful parents have children with a better chance to succeed in the world.
Bill is a computer engineer with Nordstrom supporting their credit business. While competing in a computer programming contest hosted by the state of Colorado, Bill researched the problems faced by those currently and formerly incarcerated, an eye-opening moment for Bill about this societal issue. Bill brings his tech skills to the remerg.com goal of providing re-entry information for free to tens of thousands of people whenever they need it.
Dianne is the founder and chair of the Colorado chapter of Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants (CO-CURE) and the chair of National-CURE, headquartered in Washington, DC. Dianne also serves as a citizen member on the Denver Community Corrections Board and the Denver Sheriff Department Advisory Board. In addition, Dianne has been an active member of the American Correctional Association since 1999, serving on numerous committees. Because of her extensive experience, Dianne appreciates the need for a free online re-entry website and is one of the nonprofit’s most ardent supporters.
A staunch advocate of those who are disadvantaged, Tammy Bellofatto is the Executive Director of Bayaud Enterprises, a Denver-based nonprofit that provides hope, opportunity and choice to thousands of people through its employment programs. Prior to joining Bayaud, Tammy served as the Director of Vocational Services at Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. She co-founded the Denver Homeless Taskforce and from 2014-2016 Tammy served as Chair of The Denver’s Road Home Employment Subcommittee. In addition, Tammy is a member of the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Community Advisory Panel for Denver Health and sits on the Veteran's Administration's Advisory Committee on Homeless Veterans since 2018.
Chris Meeks is the President and Founder of Hope Homes, a real estate company that gives back a minimum of 10% to the community with every project. Appointed by Mayor Hancock in 2020 to be on the Denver Community Corrections Board as well as the newly appointed Secretary for the Colorado Association of Community Corrections Board, Chris is an advocate for criminal justice reform and regularly visits Colorado Prisons to provide hope and mentorship for others that are incarcerated, as he was once in their shoes. Chris’ inspiring story includes obtaining his civil engineering degree upon release from incarceration and going on to start his own company to provide affordable housing for people in need.
Cordelia Randall is an experienced relationship builder and workforce development expert with a proven track record of creating alliances and partnerships between social service providers and individuals. She leverages resources including grant funding, WIOA, TANF and other programs with career and education-development provisions to help provider organizations serve communities in need, approaches relationship-building opportunities with tact and compassion, and exemplifies out-of-the-box thinking to help achieve desired outcomes. Cordelia is trusted by prominent community leaders as an expert in workforce development and advocacy for career training. Her service on numerous boards and committees includes Community College of Denver, Project Life, Fair Chance, Academy of Charter Schools, the Park Hill Collaborative Impact Council for Employment and Home Stability, and I-70/Work Now. She is known as a noted diversity and inclusion advocate supporting educational and job programs for minority populations, the formerly incarcerated, and systemic poverty victims.
Jhil is a property manager for SWAN Enterprises and Consulting and an active volunteer in the community. Jhil brings over 25 years of personal experience in Colorado’s state prisons, lending insight into what is needed for successful re-entry and bridging the distance between those who have been incarcerated and organizations like Remerg that want to reach and help justice-involved members of our society. Jhil’s experience since his release from prison is an inspiration to all who meet him. After serving several years as the co-chair of our board of directors, Jhil recently became the founding member of the Remerg Honorary Board.
Jim retired as division vice-president of Performance Development for Walgreens Corporation and now specializes in human capital strategy development. He was President of the Illinois Occupational Skills Standards and Credentialing Committee and teaches graduate courses for the School of Labor and Employment Relations at the University of Illinois. Tikkun olam, a signature theme of Jewish tradition, refers to repair of the world. Jim served on the board of Remerg since its inception because the work struck him as “the perfect route to that end,” and in late 2022 moved from active status to the Remerg Honorary Board.
Please consider becoming a monthly donor or $10, $25, $50 or $100. Remerg.com currently provides resource information to over 6,000 visitors every month, providing over 1,200 connections to community organizations and resources. We don't charge a listing or subscription fee, and Remerg.com and our other programs are free to the public. Every dollar of your donation to our 501c3 nonprofit is tax-deductible (FEIN # 82-1801077) and greatly valued! Click on the Make a Donation button to access our PayPal link, or you may send a check payable to Remerg at PO Box 18463, Denver CO 80218. Thank you for your support!Make a Donation