Joan Shoemaker

Chair

Joan Shoemaker, BSN, MBA has extensive background in correctional systems. Retired from the Colorado Department of Corrections, she worked in several roles throughout the system. She served as warden of a multi-custody prison complex housing both men and women for six years. She actively participated in research initiatives including evaluation of Therapeutic Community for Women, NIDA project CJ-DATS, and administrative segregation. At retirement, she was Deputy Director of Prisons responsible education, food service, laundry programs, and health care as the health authority for the entire prison system. In her role as Deputy Director, Ms. Shoemaker was appointed to several state level committees and boards including the Behavioral Health Transformation Council and Justice Assistance Grant Board. After retiring, she was a Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Visiting Fellow. Her fellowship focused on implementation strategies for corrections regarding the Affordable Care Act. Shoemaker has worked actively with the American Correctional Association (ACA) on several issues including health care reform. Additionally, she is a certified national accreditation auditor and was elected to and served on the ACA Commission for Accreditation for three years. In 2015, she received from the Colorado Criminal Justice Association (CCJA) the Harry Tinsley Award. This award recognizes a firm commitment to excellence and major positive contributions to Colorado’s criminal justice system.

Eugene Atherton

Secretary

Eugene Atherton, BA, is the President and Head Consultant of Correctional Consulting Services Group (CCSG). CCSG provides direction and services to clients in a variety of correctional subject areas such as organizational management, staffing issues, event assessment, systems development, security auditing and auditing systems development. Gene has provided evidence in Federal and State Courts as an expert witness on a variety of correctional issues including conditions of confinement, facility design, use of force, unlawful discrimination, management of high risk offenders, training and curriculum development and human resource management. Mr. Atherton is currently in his 40th year of service in the criminal justice field, serving 27 years for the Colorado Department of Corrections. For the last fifteen years, Mr. Atherton has served as a technical assistance consultant and trainer for the National Institute of Corrections on a variety of topics related to corrections. Additionally, he serves as a member of several committees for the American Correctional Association (ACA) and has authored numerous ACA publications.

Ted Tudor

Treasurer

Ted Tudor has been a volunteer at Desert Waters Correctional Outreach since its inception in 2003, and served on its Board in 2003 and 2004. Ted has worked as a truck driver and a truck driver trainer for 30 years, and is the author of the “Professional Truck Driving Manual” Volumes 1 & 2. Ted is married to Desert Waters’ founding director, Caterina Spinaris.

T.C. Brown

T.C. Brown

Photographer

T.C. has over 20 years in the Corrections field as an officer, Lieutenant, Analyst and in the Education field.  His experiences took him to every level of prison in the Federal system and introduced him to federal and local staff from all walks of life.  T.C. was a subject matter expert in multiple topics to include: Evidence Recovery, Incident Command System, Emergency Management, Investigative Intelligence and Use of Force. He has been active with Desert Waters Correctional Outreach from early on in its inception and served on its Board of Directors in the past (2005-2006).  He was honored and challenged to work in this field with the professional men and women who choose Corrections as their career field.  T.C. retired from the Federal Bureau of Prisons in September 2020.

T.C. has over 30 years experience as a photographer.  He has travelled the United States and parts of the world capturing images of the people, culture, and nature all around.  His work has appeared in newspapers, magazines, and other periodicals on his voyages.  His travels have always brought him back to the American Southwest.  There is something about the vast areas with pockets of the most beautiful areas in the world that keeps him coming back for more.  One of his favorite subjects is the pieces and parts of the desert areas that are Intimate Landscapes.  His unique and sometimes abstract view helps him look outside of the box and at a bigger picture.  T.C. also volunteers his time with Team Rubicon using his photography skills as well Emergency Management.