The COB is responsible for assessing whether the Office of the Independent Monitor is effectively performing its duties, making recommendations regarding policy and training issues, and addressing issues of concern to the community and other interested stakeholders. The COB will meet at least quarterly in public with the Manager of Safety, the Chief of Police and the Undersheriff and will conduct at least three meetings annually for public comment. The COB will also make an annual report to the public, Mayor and City Council and may furnish additional public reports as necessary.
The Members of the Citizen Oversight Board are:
Dr. Mary Davis has been actively involved in civic and community-improvement activities since arriving in Denver more that 30 years ago. She began her career in healthcare as a registered nurse and moved into the education sector as an undergraduate and graduate faculty member. Davis was the Director of Administration at the Regional Transportation District for 10 years prior launching McGlothin Davis, Inc., an organizational effectiveness consulting firm in 1995. She has served on numerous nonprofit boards including the Denver Chapter of the American Cancer Society, The Denver Hospice, The Learning Source, and Goodwill Industries of Denver, serving as board chairperson of the latter two organizations.Other community-based activities include serving on school accountability committees, nonprofit scholarship committees, higher education advisory committees, and as director of Children’s Church at two churches.
Francisco “Cisco” Gallardo, In his teen years, he joined what has been one of the largest gangs in Denver’s north side. Since that time, after facing a possible 48years in prison, he has dedicated his life to undoing the damage he helped cause. By redefining respect, power and pride and making a commitment to help the youth heal, he has helped countless young people, over the past 20 years, to redefine their own lives through his work in the community.
Nita Gonzales is a native of Denver and the oldest daughter of Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales and Geraldine Gonzales. She is the President/CEO of Escuela Tlatelolco Centro de Estudios, the forty-one year old Chicano school founded by her father. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting and Master’s in Education from Antioch University, in Yellow Springs, Ohio.
Her work includes being one of the founders and organizers of the Chicano/Chicano/Mexicano Education Coalition comprised of 23 community organizations and groups. She has also provided essential leadership in the All Nations Alliance (ANA), a coalition of over 80 social justice organizations from Denver-Boulder.
Ms. Gonzales is the recipient of many awards and honors for her work in educational and community empowerment, and she continues to work as a community-builder, visionary, and mentor across color boundaries, across cultures, and across age groups.
Pastor Burleson is the president-elect of the Greater Metro Denver Ministerial Alliance. He founded Denver’s Friendship Baptist Church of Christ Jesus in 1974 and continues to serve as its pastor. He also spent 28 years as an engineer with U.S. West Communication and four years in the U.S. Air Force. A former dean of the United Theological Seminary’s Denver Extension, Burleson is experienced in the prevention, identification, and counseling of individuals and families with substance abuse and other at-risk behaviors.
After receiving a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin, he went on to get a Bachelor of Hebrew Letters, Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters, was ordained from the Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion in 1970 and received his doctorate in 1985.
Rabbi Foster took his first position as an ordained rabbi at Temple Emanuel in 1970 and became the Senior Rabbi in 1981. He brought to his rabbinate a deep commitment to social justice, Jewish education and Jewish continuity. His work in founding the Temple Emanuel Preschool and Kindergarten, Herzl Day School, Stepping Stones to a Jewish Me (an outreach program for interfaith families) in addition to his far reaching community work such as serving on the boards of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, United Way, and Allied Jewish Federation to name a few, demonstrate his commitment to the Jewish and secular community alike. Rabbi Foster retired as Senior Rabbi in June, 2010, and now serves as Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Emanuel as well as chaplain for The Denver Hospice.
Mark Brown has been involved in the area of law enforcement and management for 25 years. Presently, Mr. Brown is a Criminal Investigator Supervisor for the Colorado Department of Revenue, Division of Racing events where he manages firearms training, armory maintenance, work scheduling, and vehicle maintenance. He is also currently involved in legislative bill development, budget analysis, and racing rules and regulation development.
Mark received a Bachelor of Arts Degree, in Economics from the University of Colorado and is an active member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated and holds a Colorado Real Estate Broker license.
Roger Sherman is chief operating officer of CRL Associates, a Denver-based government relations, public affairs and strategic communications firm. Highly respected for his skills in coalition building, community outreach and public positioning, Roger is experienced at forging links between diverse interests and groups. He is on the board of directors of SafeHouse Denver, which serves victims of domestic violence and their children through both an emergency shelter and a non-residential Counseling and Advocacy Center. He also is a member of the State Commission on Judicial Performance.
Roger earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Colorado State University. He resides in Denver’s Congress Park neighborhood.